Hello guys! I have spent a bit of time here and in other forums so thought it time I joined up. The decision was made in November by my youngest to ask Santa for a Stampede. I have built one TA track car, and bought a Rustler for my oldest when he was 3 but know pretty much nothing about the hobby.
Santa brought him 2 cars (one for Dad) and my oldest decided he wanted one as well and promptly paid for 1/2 and we shouted him the balance for his birthday, so we are now the proud owners of three 4x4's.
I have spent a bit of time on R/C Planet and purchased up large on spare A arms, rear hub carriers, front castor blocks and hub carriers as well. I also purchased a few camber links for good measure. The parts are a mix of RPM, stock and aluminum (for me) so I'm hoping this takes care of most things. I'm on holiday here in the US at the moment so want to buy the parts before we all head back home.
I seem to have run into a bit of bad luck, so thought I'd check to see if I was doing anything wrong. Firstly, the speed controller seems to be working any way it chooses. The boys cars are doing fine, they have run Lipo's on 50% power since day one. However my first controller went up in smoke (Traxxas have offered to replace it which is great) and I purchased a new one so we could all play while the parts were being shipped back and forth, however the new one doesn't seem to like using the stock batteries in the "red light" mode, and keeps reverting back to Lipo mode, then flashes green/red and then decides at times to just behave. Heat isn't an issue as the motor is usually packed in dry Utah powder! I've checked clutch adjustment, pinion contact, etc and no binding or tightness, so I don't understand why it's behaving this way. Sounds like Traxxas will replace it without drama, but again, I'd rather avoid 10 days of transit if it's operator error. Another niggling has been my younger son's transmitter has had a red contact disconnect; again Traxxas have offered to replace, so that will go in the mail on Monday.
So if you can offer any advice as to what to change or purchase before I head back home I'd like to ensure I have the common parts on hand that may go wrong or get broken in the future, and that I look into any common faults on this new model. Sorry for the long post, and yes they have been an absolute blast and great for the family to play with together