The Sno-pede Build
As it has been getting colder here, and the snow will be on it's way in the very near future, (they say 12-15cm this Saturday and more on Sunday) I decided that I don't really want to run another winter on just tires. The snow is quite plentiful here, to put it mildly, and as I recalled all the trudging through the snow last winter to retrieve my pede after the tires sunk into the snow, I thought about how I really despised having to fetch the truck every five minutes.*
I had seen ski kits before from integy, that are said to be okay for going in a straight line, but like a lot of integy stuff they look pretty but obviously don't function very well. Spending 50 bucks on integy parts doesn't seem justifiable to me anyways. Then I saw the full force rc ski kit for 55 bucks, and after watching some vids of how well they performed, I was sold and had to have em.
The aluminum parts for this kit are very well made and look solid, and the skis are nice and wide. (see pics in following post) They are also extremely flexible, which I'm sure will make absolutely no difference when it hits -50 Celsius or colder here. Lol. I might have to start thinking about installing a block heater, interior warmer and a battery blanket in my pede, or it might not fire up in the morning!
The plan is to run the ski kit on it's own dedicated pede build which some of you guys have already seen the start of in the GH aluminum tranny thread I started. So for now I figured I'd start this build thread and show you guys what I've got so far and what is on the way.
The Sno-Pede will be run on Traxxas Velineon waterproof electronics and will be powered by 3s lipos every time, all the time. I have the vxl3s esc already in my parts bin and have a new vxl motor on the way that I will be pairing with it. My spektrum dx3s radio is getting replaced under warranty, and when it returns, I can then either pass down the gt3b for use on the Sno-pede, or I may just use one of my Traxxas 2.4's.
I had chatted with a few members about which tires will be best suited for this build and when the other two sets arrive, I will have lots to choose from. I ordered a set of badlands, a pair of imex 2.8 paddles, and I already own a few sets of stock monster jam tires, a set of trenchers and a set of stock maxx chevrons. Considering the amount of snowfall we experience here, I am fairly sure that the maxx chevrons will be the top performers on the powder, simply because the surface area of the 3 inch wide tire
Will distribute more weight and won't sink as easily.*
Here's a couple pics of some of the parts I have so far:
So now I'm just waiting on the mail for the new chassis, bulkhead, rpm front bumper, body mounts, turnbuckles, links, rubber sealed bearings, vxl motor, front skid and some stainless steel hardware, plus a bunch of other upgrade parts.
I don't really feel the need to buy another swami full brace wheelie bar, just to have the smooth rear deflector for skimming across the snow. I'm pretty sure I won't be pulling crazy amounts of wheelies, and if I do, the wheel bar wheels will be of no use. I will either make my own out of aluminum plate, or I was also thinking maybe I'd try a full belly pan since I won't need the ground clearance. I had been given a suggestion of a good rear skid plate other than the swami, that would work good for the skis, but I can't remember what the name of the manufacturer is.
As this is the first time ever using skis on a pede, I would love to hear any suggestions/recommendations on how I could possibly make this build better suited for running in the snow, and the freezing cold temperatures. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
I will be updating the build as the new parts come in. Thanks for checkin it out!