The last hard bashing session with my hcg mt yielded 3 spent bearings. One khdz oversized bearing, which was seized, and two wheel bearings which were, by the time I found them, bits of metal and a race. I believe this is a sign it's time for me to do a good thorough, full on maintenance session.
I want want to replace all bearings, clean diff's and install 100k rear 50k front fluid, check all my hinge pins, and perhaps doctor on my shocks a bit. I will, of course, take lots of pics and document it all, as boring as some of it may be.
I do a lot of long, hiiigh jumping with this truck. I run the gtr shocks, and right now have stock rear fluid (35?) And 40 ( or 45 I can't remember) front fluid. I feel with such jumping I may need stiffer springs and maybe 60 front/50 rear shock fluid. The problem is, I also run it around a track and do some offroading with it. Such heavy fluid may hurt me there.
1) Would the traxxas gtr variable damping kit help me with the large air but let me be soft enough for track use and offroading at the same time while using something like 50/40 or 40/30 fluid?
2) What springs do I look for to be one step up stiffer from the stock gtr springs?
I have noticed in going through old bearings that I have ooooold metal shielded bearings that are smooth as silk, while all my rubber sealed bearings seem to get rough pretty quickly.
3) Would I not be able to get more life and better performance from a set of metal shielded bearings, if I stay away from water?
When I clean the diff's and service them I would like to go 100 rear, 50 front (50 up front for better steering I hope) diff oil.
4)How bad is steering with 100k up front? I don't like taking a mile to turn.
I'm also thinking i might need to think about getting new bearing/axle carriers. Just stock or rpm. I wonder if they are wearing out.
Is there anything you guys can think of I should check for wear while I'm tearing into this truck? Steering, suspension, or diff's, etc? I plan to go back with stock or rpm parts mostly. I have an ultimate on the way that will have the nicer aluminum carriers and an aluminum steering setup some day.
This truck was used when I got it, and is simply in much need of a little maintenance.