Originally Posted by mdelosrey
Its been around five years since I left the RC world, and one of my buddies purchased a Traxxas 4tec 3.3 (his 1st RC). All of the sudden I have the urge to get "into" it again. I started with an Hpi like a lot of people, hopped it up and sold it. After I got rid of the Hpi I bought a rc10gt, Uncle broke the shock tower and now its lost. Then around May of 2001 I bought my 1st "real" RC, it was the Serpent Impulse. It came with a Nova Mega .12 engine but no radio. But all of the sudden (change of interest) I left and was never able to even fire up the serpent. Now since its been a while I don't know what to do. Do you fellows think I should fire up the serpent? I am scared of crashing it because I don't know where to find replacement parts. Is it still a decent car? My buddy thinks his Traxxas is the S***, but if I recall correctly Mugen and Serpent were the S***. Maybe I should get an Hpi just to get my feet wet...again. Thanks. Any advice/input/opinion/comments are appreciated... I miss it so much.
Dude, to be honest neither the Traxxas nor the impulse are the SH*T at todays high racing standards. But if I were you, I would go through your Serpent, make sure things are cool with it...you know like (belts, gears, pulleys screws not missing or loose, lube bearings, etc.) I would tear it all the way down and make it like new.
Also tear the engine apart and clean and inspect that bad boy. Make sure radio equipment is all good to go and cycle that old battery about three times.
Then after it's all rarin to go, fire that mini monster up and whip so Traxxas BUTT! I'm pretty sure you can still get all or at least most of the parts for the Impulse. I think that some parts are still interchangable with the 710 and maybe even the newer 720...but don't quote me on that.
By going this route you get to have fun reviving your old ride and getting rid of those old demons that got you out of the hobby in the first place. Plus the Serpent impulse is still a decent car. VERY decent next to the TRAXX-ASS. Plus you can put a fresh shell on that bad boy with some new paint, new tires and walla, new car again!!
Plus only had to spend a few bucks.
I personally was going through some of my Serpent parts and came across some "Impulse" parts still in the bag. I never owned and impulse...that's why I think they "might" be compatable with the S710. But either way I will never have a use for them and would be more then happy to send them your way.
Knowing me, they would be things like the A arms and any other common part that you break at the race track. I think the belts are compatable also with the newer Serpents. Sorry for all the "maybe's" and "might's", but like I said, I never owned an Impulse. Hopefully some other guys on here can help you out with those questions. Or just go to MY TSN and other online shops and research it yourself.
When it's all said and done, I would do exactly what I told you to and you will SMOKE your buddy
. Plus it will see if it's something you want to persue down the road with a new car. And I would not recommend that new car to be an HPI if you get to that point. Read some of the more current threads on here about "what car should I buy" etc. But one thing at a time, revive your impulse because it is still a "real" race car, where as the TRAXX-ASS is a fast straight moving TOY car.
Now go and start tearing that thing down and clean it up for your "battle"!!!! You'll LOVE it...trust me!