Hey guys , first post in the international forums as im from Oz but hello to all fellow RC enthusiests
Last week i received my Traxxas from Towers and first thoughts out of the box were PURE WOOOOOWWWWWWWWW but after a bit of bumming around with it up and down the court , that turned to " wonder how much ill get for it on ebay
Today though was the first real day ive had a full on play with it so heres my final thoughts .
WARNING THIS IS A LONG THREAD LOL :
The registering process to unlock the 100pmh is sooooo terrible that youll really sit back and think , " Stuff this , i seriously cant be bothered , its allready fast enough "
1: turn on remote attach iphone - Yout TX needs system update
2: try to install system update fails ( finally get it downloading after 20 mins )
3: Enter unlock 100mph tab - MUST Sit through a 5 minute video of this car doing laps
4: Unlock 100mph - you have to register email address , last 4 numbers of drivers licence (ok fair enough)
5: unlock varificatiopn goes to your email , click it and then says on pc screen unlock varified click unlock factory on iphone
6: click unlock and says on screen congratulations car is unlocked for 100mph ( SWEET )
7: Turn on car , iphone tells me new software for the receiver needs to be installed so must install
8: Install software , turn off car and tx , turn both back on again cars limited to 50mph again
9: go to unlock from settings and iphone says you must register to unlock 100pmh mode
10: go back through all the frikkin crap again of email , dl , varification
11: Varification your car is now unlocked
Long story short is that after an hour and a half , the frikkin thing is still doing exactly same speed on both settings no change and i purely CBF going on with it for now and am going to go take a long jog and calm down with this cheap TX and have another go when im a bit more relaxed on the weekend or something .. FRUSTRATING
SO as of owning it 5 hours :
TX = MASSIVE FAIL
Traxxas registration system = MASSIVE FAI
Persisted in the end and got it going so took it to the local court . Gave it a few belts but just noticed it was not stable on handling , when you turn the front inside wheel would lift and shake /wobble and just handle like crap . Felt like it needed about a kilogram of lead in the front to actually steer . In saying this , the whole front end is plain and simply LOOSE , about 4mm of play in the front steering , camber has about 2mm of play and just a nightmare to control untill all that is fixed .
Anyway , back in its box that night and thinking bout ebay .
That night im sitting in the garage looking at this thing in the corner and thinking ," ive got a spare M11 TX in a box here somewhere , might do a transplant and see if i can get the M11 to work in place of the TQi TX . The transmitter it comes with is TERRIBLE , it is cheap ass terrible . Comparable to the Stock Tamyia ones they supply with the RTR . I believe they thought after commiting to that TX that they would add an iphone feature to it and simply slap in on the bottom of the remote ... " yes slap it on the bottom of the remote so no one can see it as their hands will be in the way they said " . Anyway , after 3 long nights i finally got an M11 to FULLY work with the car including the Iphone bit as i stuck that over the LCD display .
Doing this changed my attitude a bot towards the car as i now felt more comfy with the remote as its solid , perfect centre of gravity and i now have the screen in my face not under my fists , i am very M11 biased so others may dissagree ( pix up later of the conversion )
Todays Full on test
Today was the first real day ive had time to spend on this thing so did the full go over in set up , charged batts fully ( replaced everything with deans plugs ) played with some suspension settings and adjusted and off to an open road i go .
Sorry , brought camera but forgot memory card in PC so no video today
The road i had to play with was down near the airport , nice industrial estate length plenty , width about 3 normal roads .
Did about 4 or 5 straight runs , just building up confidence on handling of the car and was getting quicker and quicker each time and working out the speed at which it actually started taking advantage of the downforce and actually became very confident in the car towards the end . Started out doing 40mph runs ( still very quick mind you ) and found that at about this speed is where it was getting sucked into its happy zone .
Anyway , enough piss farting around , it was time to open the throttle so way up the top street i drove it till it was barely a spec and slowly throttled up till i was comfortable in its suck zone and then power on .
all i can really say is
and stuff it ill add another
This car is like a formula 1 car where if its not using aero dynamics and in its zone , its useless but once it gets in the zone it just comes to life as did this on these runs .
Being limited in my breaking distance , best i could do was 87mph ( still a solid 140kph ) and it not only looked HORN but it had a sound on it that was undiscribable , ive never heard what it does sound like but it sounded like a plane that was about to go through the sound barrier with a whistle from the motor and just HEARING FULL ON the wind doing its thing over the body . Sounded awesome .
Also to build up to the suck zone , the car is a boat , its all over the road as the front end needs some serious tightening as its as loose as all F*** but once you hit that 40mph the thing just sticks and i mean STICKS to the road , you can give it correction without losing it .
Ok , so now weve done our little runs up the street and thought theres got to be something better to take advantage of steering at speed so with my mate we pretty much said it together as i saw the light bulb over his head light when he saw mine and said " Coburg Veladrome "
We get there , obviously locked so do the old dig under the fence on the other side and set up . throw some new batteries in , put it on track , get a few 50mph "get to know you laps" in and once again , game on . Put the power on and this thing just gripped gripped gripped like a mother F****R . Grip just defied physics in my books as i skated this thing around the banked corners like it was glued to the track , much more stable than the pan cars we take round due to obvious size and weight . On the telemetry , i was taking corners at 86mph and on the straight peaking at 93mph ( i didnt change the spur gear just pinion so imporessed it got to that ) .
All in all VERY VERY IMPRESSED with this car which makes me really happy today as mid week i was so dissapointed in it i was ready to whack it on classifieds just to get some money back and call it a loss .
Few things you need to do something about if you get one :
Front end is really really loose , i mean even the wheels wobble in the uprights a bit , is this designed deliberately as a give point for the speed i dont know but that needs to be fixed i believe
Steering train , about 4mm of play .... MASSIVE FAIL , once i fix this im confident ill fix the low speed handling
The transmitter ... im not even going there ... DISSASTER , go buy a K Mart toy with the wheel tx and there you have it .. end of story
Unlocking the 100mph online , upgrading software of TX and RX ... FAIL ... it will frustrate you so please allow for that
Body clips ... worst possible positions on the car , front ones you have no choice but to stab the shell as their right on a bump on the front wheel arch so the bonnet lifts right where the clip goes so no choice but scratch . The rear clips are right under the little 1cm gap under the rear wing , if your a kid or a chinese with tiny fingers you MAY be agle to squeeze your fingers in to push them , otherwise bring needle nose pliers and you will need these to put those clips on .
Battery connectors ... Flat spade type .. do not know why companies cannot just go with Deans but i do know people who prefer these so to each their own