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01-16-2001, 05:05 PM
Hi Guys, If you read the manual it recommends not using the car in the wet, through puddles or wet grass. I just wondered if anyone has any success in waterproofing there cars. Sometimes you just cant wait for dry days. I want to spray some water around. No what i mean. Anyway, comments please.
01-16-2001, 05:25 PM
I snow proofed my HPI Nitro MT and had no problems. Wrap the receiver in a balloon and do the same for at least the steering servo. cut a little hole for the horn to stick out. For my throttle servo, I just used some silicone grease at the seams. Also wrapped my battery pack in a plastic bag. I've driven it in snow a couple times (get the proline sand paw tires; awesome for snow) and I've had no problems. Just dry it when you are done. Some steel parts can still rust up but most parts are plastic and aluminum so there's not much to dry.
Hope this helps
Pro.15 MIP 360 Stinger
01-16-2001, 05:32 PM
Thamks Cosper, That does help. Even with a balloon over these components water still finds its way in. The mannual says that the engine is not waterproof. Have you had any problems with this.?.
01-16-2001, 05:33 PM
You should be ok if you baloon the reciever and tie it off w/ a cable tie. The servos should be sealed w/ rtv around the top and where the wires come out. They still won't be sealed at the servo horn but that should be good enough for puddles n stuff. Just don't turn it into a submarine and submerge it and you should be ok.
If you do submerge it you can take apart everything that's full of water(reciever, servos, engine), dry them out w/ a hair dryer or on their own fer a day or so and they'll probably be good as new.
My son runs his TMaxx in water all the time(I tell him not to)and he hasn't had a problem yet, but I wouldn't do it on purpose myself.
Ouch, didn't make it in time! ARRHH!
01-16-2001, 06:41 PM
Well Super Kev, i would strongly recomand that you NOT use the r/c in any forms of wet weather!!!! My friend brought his Nitro rustler over the other day and we drove it in the snow, and i will just put it this way, he needed to by two new servos, and a engine, i would strongly suggest you NOT go the expensive way!!!!! it's not fun! Also i am not trying to make the other guy look bad, but i think he is right, you can probly run it in wet weather if you go through the whole thing very carefully, and don't forget to cover anything!!!!!! I have seen other r/c water profe, it can work, just be carefull!
01-16-2001, 06:53 PM
Super Kev. I agree with these guys. Be Very careful. Make sure your wire ties are tight. These things are not water proof. As for water in the engine, I got a motor savers air filter with dirt cover. It covers the air filter very well. I also cleaned the snow off pretty well when I was done and it's still running great.
01-17-2001, 04:56 PM
I've had my rustler at the beach and have nicked some water at speed. My battery pack and servos are in balloons. I've hit snow and wet ice without any problems, but I always clean it asap afterwards. I think you will be ok in a wet parking lot, but if H2O gets in your servos or engine (water just doesn't compress too well....) you will get pretty messed up.
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