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Old 06-10-2008, 08:08 AM   #6781
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just the right tire/suspension balance and the m04 can be drifted just like a full scale 2wd car. old m-grip tires works for me.

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Old 06-10-2008, 02:17 PM   #6782
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love the Mini pickup, looks evil. And love the old school truck too, is it a 56 Chev maybe? Cant wait for them to come out on sale.
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Old 06-11-2008, 04:19 AM   #6783
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Old 06-11-2008, 12:12 PM   #6784
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I'm wondering what you guys would suggest for an affordable ESC for a mini?

I've been using the stock one without any issues, but I'm considering an upgrade. Not neccesarily for the sake of going faster, but for reduced size, and possibly weight savings. (which may lead to going faster)

I used the word "affordable" but I suppose I should clarify: Installing a $200 ESC in a mini, in my mind, is a waste, and it goes against the spirit of the series. What I'm wondering is what would be the best controller I can lay my hands on for less than $100, or preferably under $60.

BTW: Just for laughs, I installed the stock ESC from my Axial AX10 into my M04. It goes at least as fast now as with the stocker. It's also smaller. Cool!

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Old 06-11-2008, 12:16 PM   #6785
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I would suggest the LRP Runner. Tiny, way less than $100 and works great.
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Old 06-11-2008, 06:59 PM   #6786
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Hey Tony...any basic tuning tricks that you can share for black cans. We have begun to use them in mini outside here and it would be nice to have any info you could pass on. Thanks!
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I'm wondering what you guys would suggest for an affordable ESC for a mini?

I've been using the stock one without any issues, but I'm considering an upgrade. Not neccesarily for the sake of going faster, but for reduced size, and possibly weight savings. (which may lead to going faster)

I used the word "affordable" but I suppose I should clarify: Installing a $200 ESC in a mini, in my mind, is a waste, and it goes against the spirit of the series. What I'm wondering is what would be the best controller I can lay my hands on for less than $100, or preferably under $60.

BTW: Just for laughs, I installed the stock ESC from my Axial AX10 into my M04. It goes at least as fast now as with the stocker. It's also smaller. Cool!

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Go to Parts for sale here in RC tech lots of good deals on used ESC at very affordable prices. Stick with name brand Novak LRP, KO Propo. All these Mfg. stand behind their products so later on down the road if the ESC goes bad you can get them fixed at a reasonalbe price or for practically nothing.
I havent' been burned yet on buying used electronics here on RC TECH.
I guess there's a lot of honest racers out there!
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Old 06-11-2008, 07:38 PM   #6788
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Hey Tony...any basic tuning tricks that you can share for black cans. We have begun to use them in mini outside here and it would be nice to have any info you could pass on. Thanks!
Good question, but you might not like the answer.

As with any sealed motor there are a million diffferent ways of running them in etc, and in our experience, none of them really make much difference!
The bottom line, most motors will eventually settle down to a level probably 500+ rpm of how the motor comes out of the box. And that'll happen pretty much no matter what you do to it.

To use an old phrase 'you cant make a silk purse out of a sows ear' And it applies to Sport-Tuneds too.
We've seen as much as 5000 rpm difference between a good one and a bad one. We just...buy half a dozen, test em, keep the good ones..and sell the others off... Hee hee. Its a simple as that.

And, as a benchmark, anything around 22,000 rpm+ (measured on a Trinity Dyno) is considered a good motor. We have seen them up in the high 23's, but they're few and far between.

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Old 06-11-2008, 07:48 PM   #6789
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I fully endorse what Tony posted. I have tried water dipping etc and the increase in RPM was pitiful.

The best way is to buy a few and test, keep the good ones, (not give them to others, ) and ditch the rest.

The other telling factor is to have high voltage cells to power them.

My two bob's worth.

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I fully endorse what Tony posted. I have tried water dipping etc and the increase in RPM was pitiful.

The best way is to buy a few and test, keep the good ones, (not give them to others, ) and ditch the rest.

The other telling factor is to have high voltage cells to power them.

My two bob's worth.

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Hmmm... i thought water dipping is the best way to break-in the brushes? shouldn't it make a noticable difference?
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Old 06-11-2008, 08:39 PM   #6791
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It makes a 'measurable' difference (i.e. 400rpm or so) but only speeds up the process slightly. It won't actually give you any more power than what that motor was going to deliver anyway.

All I do now is throw the motor in and run it a few times (after its been tested to see if its a half decent one in the first place) and that's it.

Certainly Cal is correct in that the motor is only part of the equation. Decent high voltage cells are just as important.
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Old 06-12-2008, 12:49 AM   #6792
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i almost tried the methos...
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Old 06-12-2008, 01:53 AM   #6793
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We know of about half a dozen people who actually DID try the Mentos....

And the only thing sillier than trying it, is admitting to us that you did!
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Old 06-12-2008, 03:31 AM   #6794
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Old 06-12-2008, 05:28 AM   #6795
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Yep, we see an average of 23,250 on a plain old properly broken in black can.

Secret tricks = 25K+, but those tend to fry pretty quickly.

Actual operating range on both of them in a Mini is pretty much the same, so unless you can adjust gearing or have a super long straight and not too many twisty bits, secret tricks just cost you more $.
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