So I don't know if anyone remembers me but a couple weeks ago I started a thread showing you guys how "RIT" dying my chassis black came out. What happened was I tore it down almost 4 months ago to dye everything and then just lost interest as I purchased a RC8T kit to build. Well it took a lot of remembering how everything went and all in all the whole thing was a success. Last weekend I charged up my stock NiMh's fully, took it out to my back yard to run it for the first time in month and got literally a little over a minute of run time out of it. My stock battery's were past their usable lifespan. So now I was faced with a decision.
I went to my LHS and contemplated the Mamba Monster 2. I just about pulled the trigger as it seems like such a cool upgrade but then I got to thinking. Out of the box the Summit it near perfect! I have submerged it fully just like a boat in my pool and in lakes many times without a single hiccup. In my opinion the Titan 775 has plenty of power for this application and this vehicles intentions.
Believe me I am not knocking Castle and it surely is not a financial or budget issue. I just don't understand why? They make a brushless E-Revo for that, why would you want to deviate from the Summit's nearly flawless out of the box capabilities. I know for a fact that the Mamba Monster 2 can not be any more reliable as far as water and elements go, than stock. Then you have to try and eliminate cogging from that brushless motor. The Summit's drivetrain is not meant to handle that kind of power, and being geared as low as it is, it would just become impractical and unreliable. If I want to go fast, I will just take my XO-1 out!
I ended up going with a modest 2 cell setup. I purchased 2 Venom LiPo 3800 MAH 25c 2 cell hard case packs and could not be happier. I am getting around 45 minutes of run time and I feel like my Summit has regained all the power it had on the first couple charges of the NiMh packs! But I did run into one problem...
There are three factors that come into play when twisting up a driveshaft like this. Throttle control/hard bashing, Slipper too tight and LiPo power! So needless to say I ended up going back to my LHS and purchased and installed these baby's!
Now I know that a modification like this can hurt more than it helps. Something else will break as a result IE differentials. But I have adjusted my slipper properly now so I am confident I made the right choice with these. I like to mod my Summit tastefully and try not to deviate from it's original design and purpose too much. I use all Traxxas parts because they always fit like a glove and I am really happy with how it is turning out! Thanks guys for listening!
Here is the link to my "RIT" Dye results- http://traxxas.com/forums/showthread...d-of-My-Summit!
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