Anyone else experienced a similar problem? I purchased a nitro aircraft fuel filter for my T-maxx, slapped it on mid-run and kept running. Soon there was a cloud of white smoke coming from the engine and the temp was really high. It was a dual flow filter, meaning it could be installed in either direction and still work as intended. Sure it was an aircraft filter but it was the only filter at the store. My fuzzy logic told me that RC planes usually on average have larger displacement engines, so fuel flow wouldn't be minimized.
And it was a large filter, even the inlets were large. Just a little confused. Thanks guys.
My only guess is the fuel filter got clogged?
EDIT: Do you have a link to the said filter?
Ah I don't have any idea what brand. It was a solid body/couldn't be disassembled, it was new, I could blow air through it easily. And I had just cleaned my entire "fuel system" before installing it. Stuff like this just kinda bothers me haha. Once I removed it the truck ran great.
Like said above, restricted fuel flow somehow wich caused lean conditions, which made
It hot and smoke. Did you get a temperature reading?
The fuel tank has a filter, so you don't need another one, but in case you wan an extra filter, if it is a rc company who made, and tested it, they will tell you in the instructions that you need to lean out the LSN.
There is also a chance that there is an air leak cause by the fuel filter. that would lean it out a good bit as well.
4wd Sportmaxx 3.3
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I ran a cheap duratrax 2 piece screw together filter once and threw it in the garbage after the first run with it for the very same reason you had with that one. When screwed together it completely shut the fuel flow off. Awesome design duratrax. I now run the Sullivan CT small filter and it works great. It has 3 stages of metal screen traps in it with the holes in the screen getting progressively smaller in each stage.
I too ran the duratrax filter, could not figure out what was going on. Had about 5 gallons on an engine and thought man this thing is worn out. I was running hsn at 6 turns out and still running right at 265. I took the filter apart many times, and cleaned, just never suspected the filter. Took it off for some reason one day and wow, my truck ran normal, got about 4 more gallons through that engine before it was worn out. May have even lasted longer if it had not ran so hot for so long.
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+1 to the air leak. I've had a filter not seal correctly... Usually you can tell that because it's wet after use....
Not sure if an airplane filter is much different from what we normally use, but I've had great luck with the Mugen fuel filter...
Take the thing off and see if you are running like you were....
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The filter was not leaking at all (very dry/clean, I would have noticed because I keep the trucks shiny). But maybe it was just a lemon internally.
I agree, or at least put a built in fuel filter in the tank.Huh, that is interesting Traxxas needs to come out with an inline filter that works.
I find something that works,,, I stick to it .... Unless I find something better
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I'm using du-bro filters on 3 of my trucks and they work like a charm. They come anodized in 4 different colors and are only $3
@Nitronaught and Kyleb, Thanks for the recommendations! Will definitely look into the products.
I just installed a racers edge medium blue anodized fuel filter on my tmaxx and has no effect on performance or tune. it runs like a champ. I recommend it. I also made body cutouts in windshield and rear window for cooling.