Hello all! A few of the guys may know me from the other neck of the woods. Mainly the Stampede, ERBE, EMBE, Slash, & Sl4sh forums. I've been in RC for many years, way back in the early 90's. I got back into it a year and a half ago. I have fun with all my Rigs and they are all fun to bash in their different ways. LOL Anyways I purchased a used MERV on here a couple weeks ago from a Forum Member. It was delivered Saturday a few days ahead of schedule. Yay. This is going to be for my little boy's birthday, he will be turning 4, in a little over a month. He is going to be so surprised to have a truck of his own to take care of and drive. He currently loves to drive my 1/10 scale trucks and help me clean them. Its so awesome to have that kind of time with your kiddos.
I busted open the package Saturday evening. I looked it over and threw the Traxxas 1400mah 2S Lipo pack in it to see how it ran. This sucker scoots like there is no tomorrow. I also picked up a Traxxas 3S Lipo from the same guy for a package deal. I tried it out to, it is just sweet. I can see owning one of these for myself to drive around the house in when the weather gets rought out. LOL
Like I do with any of my used RC's I tear them down, clean up, and rebuild them. This one came with a few upgrades, here is the list.
MERV VXL-3M 380 Can Brushless
RPM A-Arms on all the way around
Everything else is stock VXL with 2.4ghz Tx/Rx.
Here are a couple of shots of the truck right out of the box.
I'm re-gluing all the tires. They all had loose treads on the inside walls.
The truck was a little dirty, but needed to be cleaned around whee all the oil/ grease was at. Nothing to serious. Good reason to learn the ins/ outs of the truck.
It's a different animal. Nothing hard to do, just mini-sized compared to the 1/10 i'm used to. It has some good upgrades for him so far. The tires will be one of the first things to go, but they will suit him for a little while. At least wear them out. I want to show him stuff and let him pick out what he would like on there. I know in the future alloy pushrods, toe links, & GTR shocks. Probably some rockers to. Anything else anyone can recommend that would be good in the future? Oh and i'm not much of a fan for RPM Knuckles, i'd like to change them out to alloy HR ones. I think i'm going to keep the VXL system in there just in case he decides to vere off the road into a puddle. I'm a castle fan myself though. So far i've cleaned it all up, including the gears in the bulk. I use the RC concoction of denatured alcohol, degreaser, & WD-40. Some good stuff there. It'll look just like new, rather does already. The diffs sounded great and felt like they are still in check.
I'll be posting more picks of the clean parts and re-build. Thanks for looking.