Just thought I'd run this thread for techniques to prolong the life of our trucks and minimise the time we have to spend maintaining them.
I run in wet uk mud and grass on 2s lipos, currently on stock electrics, have 2 kids 4&6 who also drive the truck not on training mode - so it really gets bashed. I'm a doctor, so don't have a lot of free time, and don't really want to spend it cleaning (at start cleaning was taking longer than the run times) and really don't need to be doing a complete strip down more than once a month
I have stared each upgrade as to the effectiveness of the upgrade +++++ = very effective, minimal maintenance, + = rubbish, leads to more problems than benefits. The way I'm testing is by doing NO MAINTENANCE other than the following:
1) Waiting for mud/water to dry naturally - no air compressors, no washing, no towel drying
2) Tightening loose screws, replacing worn gears, replacing shock oils etc when required - I still want the truck to handle properly lol
3) Use a stiff paintbrush to brush off loose mud once dry
4) Remove anything bound around Driveshafts
So what have I done so far:
YEAH STAINLESS BEARINGS +++++
Week 2 of ownership, complete strip down. 30% of the bearings had rusted solid! I was aware of this problem so had pre-ordered yeah stainless steel bearings and replaced ALL the bearings with these sealed units - claimed to require NO maintenance.
KING HEADZ MOTOR MOUNT +++++
Again was aware of stock motor mount problems so before running at all swapped this in
OUTERWEARS SHROUD +++++
Again bought before truck, always used, in combination with....
PROLINE UNDERTRAY +++++
Cut down to just overlap shroud at front but not rear - provides easier access to battery whilst stopping things persuading the shroud off at the front - also stops stones entering front of driveshaft
DP SLIPPER NUT COVER ++++
Applied from New
alternative would be new longer driveshaft cover - both prevent stones entering at rear of driveshaft
RPM NERF BARS ++++
put on from new, from what I read stock are very fragile
RPM REAR BUMPER (and lights and mud flaps for show lol) +++
Not really necessary but got it for Christmas and allows light mounting along with mud flaps - all for show
SHOCK SOCKS ++++
Only £3 for length long enough for 8 shocks
An Aircraft quality anti-rust treatment and lubricant. This was used to lubricate everything metal and plastic before re-assembly after a complete clean. Excellent at stopping drive shafts binding. Very good at preventing rust. It is meant to last about 1 year - I will re apply when rust appears on treated parts and inform you when this happens.
THE STARTING TRUCK....
Nice and clean, for the last time in a while (kills me as I love a clean truck)
This is the "typical" appearance after a run of 2x2s and 1xStock NiMh which I usually do 3-5 times a week, depending on shifts:
The Time I Enjoy Wasting Is Not Time Wasted