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Old 04-19-2015, 09:16 AM   #1
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Default Serpent f180 electric 4wd (FORMULA E 1/8)

Hello everyone ,
I ll start this topic and show a lot and different mods on serpent f 180 ,some of them step by step .
As you know this is a very rare limited production car from serpent so all the mods will be very carefully machined for top results .
The concept is to convert this amazing car to a unic electric and very fast formula car in track .
An electric conversion has already machined and tested as a 2wd but this think needs more traction as an electric car ..... so 4wd conversion will be soon ready


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Old 04-20-2015, 10:16 PM   #2
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So lets start the conversion ...
I ll first show the bl conversion as a 2wd ...as i said the 4wd conversion is on build.

We want to keep the front mechanical brakes (you maybe already know that there is a conversion kit from speed passion but the installation of this kit not aloud the braking servo) we also want to make a motor mount for 1/8 size motors and not for 550 size.

First i ll take off the center aluminum bracket and mill it ...



And this is how it will look like


In this bracket will "rest" the backside of the motor to prevent any flex .

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This is awesome adventure! Can't wait to see the next phase.
I appreciate your commitment to share with us.
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Old 04-22-2015, 01:34 PM   #4
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So ,these are all the nessesary parts for the conversion ...



Exept for the moded center aluminum bracket i will make some new holes in the chassis to install the parts .
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Fantastic! I finally got my new in box F180 nitro with the original .28 Mega engine etc. I've recently built it and gotta say it is a beautiful model. Unfortunately mine will stay as a shelf queen in a glass cabinet as I just can't bring myself to run such a thing of beauty. Mainly as there are no spares anymore. I will look for another chassis from eBay to use as a runner and your conversion would be awesome. We may have to talk dollars
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Fantastic! I finally got my new in box F180 nitro with the original .28 Mega engine etc. I've recently built it and gotta say it is a beautiful model. Unfortunately mine will stay as a shelf queen in a glass cabinet as I just can't bring myself to run such a thing of beauty. Mainly as there are no spares anymore. I will look for another chassis from eBay to use as a runner and your conversion would be awesome. We may have to talk dollars

Welcome to the f180 club and thank you very much!!
A second chassis is recomended as a runner!! I already have 3 of them
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So ,lets start building ....

The aluminum servo platte will move the plastic servo mount 15mm to the rear and 10mm to the side of the chassis so to have more space for the battery and motor.




Motor mount made of 7075 t6 aluminum













...and with battery tray installed...







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Sweet!!
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Single speed conversion....





milled with two different bolt patterns ...


one spur gear adapter ,two different brand spur gears...

for traxxas spur gears...






and for the original f 180 gears...





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Like the beefy parts. Watching
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Hey Koval,

This should be an interesting journey to watch. I'll be sure to tune in daily with my tea and crackers to observe the progress.

Hey Dan V,

You have one of these "new" in a glass case? Thats incredible man! Please, post a pic!
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Thanks guys ,
apriciate your good comments , i ll keep posting to this thread .
4wd process is the next step !
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Comming soon.....

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Everything is ready for the 4wd conversion
We deside a front spool set up for the prototype car , a overdrive ratio with one way front diff is possible but first we must build the car and test it .
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Old 05-30-2015, 11:35 PM   #15
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Necessary belts and pulleys




Some fitment test after milling the center front aluminum bracket





Front center pulley after some weight reduction



Front spool with spacers ,bearings,drive cups ready to install



Inside the red dotted line You can see the belt tensioner for the front drive belt

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