Stampede VXL Steering/Servo BellCranks Rubbing On Driveshaft And Chassis
<_< Traxxas has admitted to the known issue of steering component design problems on the Stampede VXL. Both bellcranks, the one on the Servo Saver rubs and melts on the driveshaft, wears the driveshaft, and the bellcrank on the servo shaft rubs and rides upon to the chassis, placing dangerous force on the plastic splined servo motor shaft and gears. This happens when the steering endpoints are set to default on the radio. The only current fix for this issue is to carefully set the endpoints, as to shorten the travel and stop the parts from contacting each other causing premature wear and eventual failure.:mad:
The Stamped is advertised as "ready to run" out of the box...but this is NOT the case. So...check your driveshaft for a wear line and bellcranks (part #6845 X 2) for melting and distortion. Call Customer Support and ask "nicely" for the belcranks, driveshaft and servo gears as warranty replacement parts. There is NO current fix to allow running without parts damage, in default steering endpoint setting mode.
Fair Warning: Set the Steering Endpoints to stop parts making contact with driveshaft and on the chassis. Too bad this is the case...$400.00 + is quite a chunk of change to lay down for a great truck....with known serious issues in the steering design.
There is NO WAY to adjust the steering linkage (trust me), eliminating the parts contact and resulting wear, to allow default steering travel setting. I am going to modify the chassis, removing some material with a dremel tool and add a spacer under the servo bellcrank, as well as relieve some material on the servo saver bellcrank. What a pain!! Traxxas should get a permenet fix for this known issue ASAP and send out the parts to ALL registered owners of this model. :rolleyes:
No Replacement Parts.... Without Shipping The Truck Back?
[QUOTE=SmatPede4x4;5168181]I tried to call Traxxas and they said they can't just send the parts out. They would need me to send my car in so they can inspect it.[/QUOTE]
Possibly when you called Traxxas, the Tech Specalist was either mis-informed or... had recently been informed that no more steering parts for the #6708 would be sent out without inspection. In their defense, maybe they want to see for themselves, just how prevalent and serious the rubbing issue is.
One of the great Tech Specs I talked with told me [B]" There is NO way to adjust the steering Bell Crank to not rub on the the driveline or the Servo Bell Crank on the chassis....I know...I tried everything. You HAVE TO SET THE STEERING END POINTS TO STOP THE WEAR. I will send you the parts". [/B](Steering Linkage, Servo Saver/Servo Bell Cranks, Aluminum Driveshaft and even the plastic Servo Gear Set). The stock parts are still functioning, but I wanted back-up when they finally do fail.
This rubbing of steering parts is a "known" issue with the #6708 4X4 Pede. Check other forums and see. The rubbing and wear should not be happening and is a small black eye on Traxxas. I do hope soon, they will find a relativley easy and permenent fix for this minor steering issue and send out the parts under warranty. I don't particularly enjoy having to re-set the steering end points after re-setting the radio, or doing modifications to allow "as is" performance on a brand new truck. I know this isn't a terribly serious issue....but....
Why should we as consumers throw down over $400.00 for an RC truck that has to be modified to run stock? Worse yet, [I]possibly[/I] go through the hassle and cost of shipping the item back to the dealer for inspection? :thumbdown:
Traxxas has been very good to me on sending parts without shipping the truck to them. Looks like this thread may have contributed to the begining of a real $$$ headache $$$ for Traxxas.
Still the #6708 is a fine RC Smasher and I am happy with the overall performance and especialy the customer service I have recieved. I think probably just set the end points, run it and chill.
Humm... a recall on an RC Truck?? :confused:
[COLOR="#B22222"][/COLOR][SIZE=3][/SIZE][FONT=Century Gothic]Hey Bashers...it has been awhile since I ran my Stampede. Got it out while selling fireworks on New Years Day...-5*below zero and lots of huge snow piles with ice and tried to bash in the snow...no go with the stock tires. Looks like I am gonna buy another set of tires and wheels, insert HEAVY UPHOLSTERY TACKS inside and through the new skins. Super glue & baking soda each tack (about a dozen spaced evenly for balance) and then ROCK AND ROLL!!
Also added a set of 4 LED lights on the front and lowered the body way down with chrome cap nuts, tossed the clips and used Heavy Duty Velcro as a secure hold down on the body/chassis sides. Had to do a small cut out on the front of the body to accomidate the the light bar. Lights hook up to the cooling fan clip easily. Looks really cool with the lights at night.
Still have the rubbing issues with the steering and that ****es me off...but..I am coping and still have spare parts when they fail...and they will. Can't believe after all this time..we still have no permenent retro-parts fix from Traxxas for this design flaw. Hummm.... wonder if the new model Pede [URL="http://www.rcplanet.com/Traxxas_Stampede_4X4_VXL_RTR_w_4000mAh_2C_LiPo_p/tra6708l.htm"]http://www.rcplanet.com/Traxxas_Stampede_4X4_VXL_RTR_w_4000mAh_2C_LiPo_p/tra6708l.htm[/URL] has the same steering issues?? Soon to post some sweet picks of the lowered "FrankenPede" and new "nasty blood drawing" ice tires and flood lights.[/FONT]