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    Ford fiesta!.... Need tips??

    Wassup RC Drivers.... Im new to this so i would be needing some good advice and important information...
    Im looking to drop a different motor in her (brushless) im looking for power. I was wondering if a 2 cell battery any good? What's a good choice for pinion gears and spur's? should I put some oil shocks in my inventory? I'm also looking for larger wheels that fits something stylish good with handling. So basically I'm trying to put together something fast And furious (R.I.P Paul Walker)
    Any help out there?????

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    The stock V380 is pretty powerful... the price gap between that and the next step up is pretty steep with a Neu at around $170. A stock V380 is around $30... just be sure to get a different ESC as the 3M ESC is the weak point. A Castle SV3 makes for a great upgrade.

    A SPC 2S 2500 is a great pack... lots of available amperage for a good amount of punch. They also sell 3S packs, but I found my 3S packs collected more dust than anything else... just too much for where I could run.

    As far as gearing... that depends a lot on you. There is no such thing as the perfect gearing for everybody... there are way too many variables. Start with stock and gear appropriately from there.

    Stock shocks are oil filled... this is a hobby grade RC.

    As far as tires... check out this thread:
    http://traxxas.com/forums/showthread...ape%2C+vintage
    Whatever it is I just said... I could be wrong.

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    Traxxas offers a power up trade in program where you can trade your brushed motor/esc in for a brushless setup ar a discounted price.
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    Brushless would be better right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmie Neutron View Post
    The stock V380 is pretty powerful... the price gap between that and the next step up is pretty steep with a Neu at around $170. A stock V380 is around $30... just be sure to get a different ESC as the 3M ESC is the weak point. A Castle SV3 makes for a great upgrade.

    A SPC 2S 2500 is a great pack... lots of available amperage for a good amount of punch. They also sell 3S packs, but I found my 3S packs collected more dust than anything else... just too much for where I could run.

    As far as gearing... that depends a lot on you. There is no such thing as the perfect gearing for everybody... there are way too many variables. Start with stock and gear appropriately from there.

    Stock shocks are oil filled... this is a hobby grade RC.

    As far as tires... check out this thread:
    http://traxxas.com/forums/showthread...ape%2C+vintage

    Thanks for the tips...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Streetz Daddi View Post
    Brushless would be better right?
    Yes...definitely.
    Stick with a 380 can though...the BB can raises the COG...which is a bad thing.
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    I was wondering if this motor Would be a better replacement for the stock.
    VXL-3m traxxas brushless
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B002AV...&pi=SX200_QL40

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    The power up program has ended up being more expensive in the long run due to chop shops like Dollar Hobbyz. It is hard to beat a motor for $30: http://www.dollarhobbyz.com/traxxas-...ess-motor.html especially when the ESC in the combo is not that desirable.

    Don't forget you will need a different motor mount, plate, and gear cover for the smaller motor:
    7077 Gear cover/Hardware
    7090 Motor Plate
    7060 Motor Mount


    The stock brushless V380 is the motor we have been discussing... the ESC is something I would pass on though.
    Whatever it is I just said... I could be wrong.

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    [QUOTE=Jimmie Neutron;5623000]The power up program has ended up being more expensive in the long run due to chop shops like Dollar Hobbyz. It is hard to beat a motor for $30: http://www.dollarhobbyz.com/traxxas-...ess-motor.html especially when the ESC in the combo is not that desirable.

    Don't forget you will need a different motor mount, plate, and gear cover for the smaller motor:
    7077 Gear cover/Hardware
    7090 Motor Plate
    7060 Motor Mount


    The stock brushless V380 is the motor we have been discussing... the ESC is something I would pass on though.[/QLUOTE]

    I should get a heat sink too right?
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    Yes... just don't install it until you have it geared so it does not overheat.

    Heat sinks and fans are meant to bring an already properly geared system down in temps so it will last longer... not to solve heat issues. Gearing is supposed to be used to solve heat issues.
    Whatever it is I just said... I could be wrong.

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    Would that castle ESC SV3 fit being through its a 1:10 or is their one for 1:16?

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    There is no 16th specific ESC... other than stock.

    The SV3 fits fine on its side right where the stock ESC is located.
    Whatever it is I just said... I could be wrong.

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    you just have to trim a notch in the rail for the stock esc so the s3 will sit flat on the chassis
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    Ok im going to go with the 380 BL and the ESC SV3 with a LiPo 2cell. Sounds like a fun project... Later on down the line I'm going to shoot for the stars and spend that 170$ ;-)

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    Wanted to know if two 2cell batteries can be installed to that 380?

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    2 cells can be used with the 380, yes.
    Some have even used 4 cells for speed runs.
    Whatever it is I just said... I could be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmie Neutron View Post
    2 cells can be used with the 380, yes.
    Some have even used 4 cells for speed runs.
    I was asking if two batteries can be hooked up at once with a connector wire harness?

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    Ah, gotcha.
    Yes... in parallel.

    With that question, the ESC is more of the limiting factor than the motor... the motor can handle up to 4S sparingly, which is twin 2S packs in series, but the stock 3M ESC cannot. Even the SV3 cannot handle 4S voltage.
    Last edited by Jimmie Neutron; 12-28-2013 at 10:20 PM.
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    How about one 3s wit that SV3?

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    You can use two 3S if you wish... in parallel. As a matter of fact I suggest running all batteries in parallel in the 16ths.
    Whatever it is I just said... I could be wrong.

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    If your after speed and deciding to use 4s after, I'd spend the extra money on a mmax pro.
    Especially spending $170 on a neu motor.

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    Is their any hot body Shells that fit?? Share link if so

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    Basically what I've found are...
    Traxxas Rally
    Traxxas Fiesta
    Traxxas Boss 302
    Traxxas Camping World Toyota Truck
    Proline Protoform Rally
    Proline 2011 Camaro GS

    In my opinion...IF you can find one...it's hard to beat the Ken Block Gymkhana Fiesta...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Streetz Daddi View Post
    That's the Proline Protoform.
    It's pretty sweet...and the Traxxas Fiesta rear wing fits it perfectly.They designed it to use that wing.

    http://racepf.com/mini-micro/tornado...ss-clear-body/
    Last edited by dcfox; 12-29-2013 at 07:43 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcfox View Post
    That's the Proline Protoform.
    It's pretty sweet...and the Traxxas Fiesta rear wing fits it perfectly.They designed it to use that wing.

    http://racepf.com/mini-micro/tornado...ss-clear-body/
    I like this body right here.... Looks real sporty! But im not too big on the stickers. Maybe a couple.. But im looking to spray my shell and cleat coat... any suggestions?

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    These shells get painted from the inside... the shell itself is the clear coat.
    Whatever it is I just said... I could be wrong.

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    Yep...basic spray painting skills and proper sticker placement can even make a beginner look like he knows what he's doing.
    This was the very first rc body that I ever painted...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmie Neutron View Post
    These shells get painted from the inside... the shell itself is the clear coat.
    Quote Originally Posted by dcfox View Post
    Yep...basic spray painting skills and proper sticker placement can even make a beginner look like he knows what he's doing.
    This was the very first rc body that I ever painted...



    Nice! What size are the wheels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmie Neutron View Post
    These shells get painted from the inside... the shell itself is the clear coat.
    Show me your fiesta

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    Quote Originally Posted by Streetz Daddi View Post
    Nice! What size are the wheels?
    Those are cheap Integy 1/10 tires and wheels.
    If you look further up... The same wheels are on my Ken Block car in that pic.

    I also have a brushed Fiesta body... But it's just dark red with the factory stickers removed and a bunch of other stickers stuck all over it.lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Streetz Daddi View Post
    Show me your fiesta
    I don't have one.
    I sold my 16ths a while back... just too small for where I run.
    Whatever it is I just said... I could be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcfox View Post
    Those are cheap Integy 1/10 tires and wheels.
    If you look further up... The same wheels are on my Ken Block car in that pic.

    I also have a brushed Fiesta body... But it's just dark red with the factory stickers removed and a bunch of other stickers stuck all over it.lol
    Lol i seen them on the Ken Block.. but I think they look better on the Mustang... Show me the brush body
    So 1/10wheels fit perfect?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmie Neutron View Post
    I don't have one.
    I sold my 16ths a while back... just too small for where I run.
    So what's your toy now

    Im shooting for the Traxxas xo-1 around income tax time lol.... that's three feet of fun ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Streetz Daddi View Post
    So what's your toy now

    One for slow and one for go...
    10th scale Summit - Custom 8 channel pistol grip radio, custom wiring, DeWALT powered, twin 2S batteries.
    8th scale MT4G3 - MM2/2200 powered, single 5S battery, custom body mounts, custom ESC mount, custom wiring.
    Whatever it is I just said... I could be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmie Neutron View Post
    One for slow and one for go...
    10th scale Summit - Custom 8 channel pistol grip radio, custom wiring, DeWALT powered, twin 2S batteries.
    8th scale MT4G3 - MM2/2200 powered, single 5S battery, custom body mounts, custom ESC mount, custom wiring.
    Any pics or vids?


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    Last edited by cooleocool; 12-30-2013 at 06:22 PM.

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    Whatever it is I just said... I could be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Streetz Daddi View Post
    Lol i seen them on the Ken Block.. but I think they look better on the Mustang... Show me the brush body
    So 1/10wheels fit perfect?
    Yes...1/10 tires/wheels fit just fine.



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    Well i just order my Ford Fiesta should be here by the middle of next week... I brought some treats to come with her ;-) thanks to 5the tips i should make out good.. But we just got hit with 8" of snow so i gotta wait to have real fun... I'll keep u posted

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmie Neutron View Post
    The power up program has ended up being more expensive in the long run due to chop shops like Dollar Hobbyz. It is hard to beat a motor for $30: http://www.dollarhobbyz.com/traxxas-...ess-motor.html especially when the ESC in the combo is not that desirable.

    Don't forget you will need a different motor mount, plate, and gear cover for the smaller motor:
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    The stock brushless V380 is the motor we have been discussing... the ESC is something I would pass on though.
    I want to know when it comes to pinion gears for this motor can a 12T mini 8 fit right on??

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    Hey guys. I have a stock brushed Ford Fiesta that I run on qty 2 Traxxas niMh (stock batteries) and of course, using the Traxxas parallel connector. I wanted to have more drifting action so I added a strip of electrical tape on the wheels. After 5 minutes of play, the car stopped, ESC was no longer responding and emited smoke, and my steering servo stopped working and now shows a curious hole in its side as if something punctured it from the inside-out. Can anyone tell me what happened ?

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