RC stuff in the UK is expensive and often just not available :-( so I try to buy lots of RC stuff on the odd trip I make to the US. (Not sure I actually spend any less overall, but do I get more for my dollar.) I’m going to be near Hobbytown Atlanta in the first week of November and am writing my shopping list to email them so I can pick it up... the goodies should then keep me busy for the next few months. (Anything Hobbytown can't get I can order for delivery to hotel).
SO, I want to get my list right, and I have some questions… I would also really appreciate any comments on what might be poor choices or might be missing from my list.
Background: My E-Revo has twin 700HOs currently, and I have already installed steel CVDs, adjustable rear arms, one pair of Traxxas tubes, two-speed gearbox & wheelie bar; and two pairs of 2S lipos. I have been waiting on MMM to upgrade to brushless and would ideally like to keep using my 2S lipos. I use it for bashing only; I like speed, but torque and run time are more important.
Q1: 2.4GHz Tx/Rx package. I just want a basic one with minimum 4 car memory, and with 3rd channel suitable for gear-change. I am unlikely to use any fancy features. I was assuming the Spektrum DX3 was my best/only choice, but would love to be recommended something cheaper that would do the job
Q2: Motor/ESC combo: I’d like something that will suit 4S (i.e. using the 4x 2S lipos I have already, rather than having to buy new 3S lipos), although I’d like to be able to try 6s later, so are these sensible? In particular can I run Twin VXL on 2x2S?
- 1st choice: CC MMM v3 & 2200 motor combo ($300) … if the combos are out in time.
- 2nd choice: CC MMM + Tekno Neu 1515/1Y ($410) … if MMM v3 is out but CC motors delayed
- 3rd choice: Twin VXL ($425 incl. MSA-10, sinks & fans) – BUT will this even work on 2x2S? FAQ implies that each VXL needs 3S which would be expensive for me to start again (TrueRC lipos = +$178 additional)
- 4th Choice:??
Q3: Metal geared servos: I am buying some large wheels/tyres from Kershaw and reckon this is the time to upgrade steering – can anyone recommend decent servos that would drop right in without complex linkage add-ons and would take the heavy duty servo saver spring? Should I use one servo or two?
Q4: Are the fancy coloured wheels to go on the wheelie bar any use? $20 seems a lot if they are just cosmetic.
Q5: At a later point I’d like to have a waterproof runabout (rains a lot here in winter) and was thinking about a picking up used stock E-Maxx 3905 roller (into which I could even drop a 700HO)… Or would I really hate the handling after being used to the E-Revo? Would appreciate input from anyone who has upgraded from 3905 to E-Revo or who knows both. (The logic is that it would be more interesting to have something different, and the high stance seems a good plan if I am driving in puddles…)
I'll post my shopping list so far below.