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    RC Turnbuckle Jr. BaldyDaniels's Avatar
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    Some More Upgrades to the HR P2de XL...

    Decided to pass down the old vxl motor to one of my other P2des and upgrade the HR P2de XL with a Traxxas/Castle ET-2400 Motor. I had originally planned to also use an ET-3S esc and the TQi Radio system as well, but found out that the TQi receiver will not run my steering servo without making it twitch and heat up very quickly. Also, I cant seem to get the ET-3S esc to calibrate with any other remote other than the TQi, and since the TQi wont run my servo, that killed the plans to use both the new radio and the esc. No worries though, cuz my Duratrax/Castle Element Esc is very much up to the task of powering the ET-2400 motor on 3s lipo and my trusty old flysky gt3b radio will do just fine until i can figure out what the deal is with the TQi messing with the steering servo. I currently have it geared with 48 pitch gearing at 21/86 to start with, but will be going up in gearing quite a bit since my motor and esc temps were only at 80F after a full 5400mah 25c 3s pack, and i would like a bit more top end. The ET-2400 motor is very capable, has very minimal cogging at low speed and gives far more power than the vxl at a much cooler temperature. This motor has also added quite a bit of runtime, making my thunder power 5400mah 25c 3s lipo last for an impressive 55mins, which is about 10-15 mins longer than the vxl motor. Hopefully Traxxas will consider replacing the VXL with th ET-2400 in their current and upcoming releases.






    The next upgrade to my truck was something i came upon by winning a cheap auction on ebay. I was looking to give my truck the Losi Treatment, so i was hunting for a decent deal on some 8th scale Losi 8ight shocks and i came across some knock-offs that didnt look too bad. So for the heck of it, I threw in a bid for 20 bucks and sure enough i won. I figured that if they last me a few months i will have got my moneys worth out of them. They arrived ten days later, and to my surprise they are built pretty well and look good too. I filled em up with 30wt, grabbed some shock mounting spacers out of the parts bin and bolted them up. You can see in the following picture just how big they are compared to the teambluestar shocks (botttom) and the Traxxas Ultras (middle). They perform really well and best of all, they dont leak! I will be replacing the rod ends wih some aluminum ones as soon as they arrive because ive been having a lot of shock rod end breaks lately due to some big launches and flip attempts. At least my steering and camber link bends and rod end breakages are a thing of the past since i installed the 5mm axial tube links.









    Ive also been honing my mid air manipulation skills, check it out:



    I love freestyle bashing with any kind of vert ramp, i wish there were some kind of competitions available for wheelies, flips and tricks with R/C vehicles. That would be soooo cool.

    Thanks goes out to Thedreadedend and Ksb51rl for recommending the Ofna mt splits wheels which have been indestructible so far. After shattering several sets of rpm wheels, I was beginning to think that replacing wheels was going to be a common occurence (and a severe pain in the butt), thankfully theres good guys like these around here to steer us in the right direction. Being so busy at work has left me with little to no time for forum posting or r/c repairs, so all the help in getting my truck to be bulletproof is very much appreciated as it keeps me and my son bashing worry free during the very few free minutes i do have.

    Thanks for reading guys, and if anyone with TQi radio experience could throw me some pointers as to why the TQi 5 channel receiver wont run my servo, i would be very thankful. Oh yeah and its not the ET-3S esc BEC that is causing the servo issues, because i can install the flysky rx with the ET-3S and the steering will work flawlessly but i cant get the esc to calibrate or accept the throttle commands from the flysky. Strange.... Maybe Traxxas has limited the ET-3s esc for use only in the Nhra funny car? And only for use when paired with the TQi Radio? Help Please!!! lol
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    Looking awesome as always. How much longer is your truck then stock?
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    Definitely looking good. Im really loving that blue can on the 2400 with the TRAXXAS logo. That's a real nice touch your initial gearing choice is not a bad starting place, what's nice about your situation, is that i know you have some quarter sized pinions laying around. That's the one you want, lol. Good to hear from you again baldydaniels. The truck's looking clean man.

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    ya then it must be the reciver i got 6518. it has been heating up the servo on the mustang so bad it makes the motor feel cool.
    but i gotta say that servo is still kicking throught the heat
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    I want to upgrade the front end of my stampede XL-5 I put the velineon into it already big difference but want to widen the front end any suggestions????

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    Baldy first off welcome back man!!! Reasons like these are why you need to be around. You definitely stretch the limits when it comes to pushing the limits of the Pede. If I ever go the route of extending my Pede chassis yours and Oaks are examples of ones I would take note at.

    Have you tried a glitch buster to see if that would fix the twiching your servo is giving you? I am running 2 TQi's without any issues. The 3 channel is on my Digger with the CC MMP 3800kv with the 208oz Servo from eBay. The 4 channel is on my Sl4sh CC MMM 2650kv with a Savox 1258TG. With this one I had to run a glitch buster because it went all crazy and warmed up. But this is typcial of running these servo's and with Castle ESC's I believe. The castle BEC is 5.5v if i remember correctly. Even purchasing an external BEC for the ET-3S might fix the issue. I'm not real positive if that is the issue at all. I have basically everything you are talking about but the ET-3S. Do you have the Castle link to connect this controller to and look at its settings. Sorry if i'm going over stuff that you might have already checked.

    Here is a link to re-program the ET-3S to the TQi or any other radio.
    http://traxxas.com/support/Traxxas-E...ol-Programming

    Only other thing i can suggest if none of that works call Traxxas or Castle and see what they say. If push comes to shove throw the ET-3S to the side and get at MMP or MMM.

    Hope this helps ya bud.
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    Hey man I just noticed you had posted this issue in more depth on the Traxxas Radio forum. That is probably the best spot to get an answer back on this. It sounds more of a Rx issue than anything else. I hadn't heard of any issues until you said something. Mine have worked flawlessly so far. Both with 2 different setups and configurations. Either i'm lucky or havent made it to the point of the issues others have been having. Hope you can get this sorted out because averything i've done with it it has been top notch. The controls and setup are ubber easy to do. If you can get this thing panned out, which I hope you do. I have pre-ordered a couple GPS Modules & Expander Units. Right now i'm using the Voltage Tab & Temp Sensor. They are both spot on.

    Wish ya luck and hope you get that sucker up and running soon! BTW the Blue Can Traxxas/ Castle 2400kv looks sweet on your rig. Cuddos to ya.
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    Well well, look who's come out to play lol. Nice rebuild! Those are some monster shocks huh! Is 30wt. to heavy? Are you getting the fast spring back action with them..? I've found that the really light wt. fluids work really well in my losi sets. My heavy truck, (SUGAR) HAS 20wt. Front and 22.5wt. rear. I'll be way hung and reading, talk soon.
    oh, glad the wheels work as well for you as they do for me. That one broke rim was a slam into create on a 45 angle. Never happen twice in a year lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tagar89 View Post
    Looking awesome as always. How much longer is your truck then stock?
    Thanks man. My chassis is extended 2.37" which gives me a 13" wheelbase. Since I only run 3s lipos, its almost a necessity to extend the chassis to maintain full control of the truck. Sure its fun once in a while to run my other stock length pedes on 3s and watch it flail around unpredictably like the tazmanian devil, but that gets old really quickly when you're bashing in a small area or trying to launch off a ramp that's barely wider than the truck. Lol I also chose to go to 13" wheelbase because it opens up a massive selection of body options.

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