Originally Posted by Manny
That really sucks for for Trackstar RC but these motors are sold through a different brand name, Turnigy. Trackstar is the name of the line not the name of the company.
Trackstar R/C needs to copyright their name and logo. Hobbyking/Turnigy have obviously stolen their logo and name.
I have a Trackstar motor - I compared it to my sonic and sonic 2 - Many similarities. Decent quality - Stator can be interchanged - Havent bench run it though. The endbell can be gently machined with a dremel to gain extra timing. But all your most likely going to do by adding more timing is introduce more heat and reduce the lifespan of the motor. It's best to perfect your driving skills, car setup and consistency before chasing more speed/power.
Tip... if you are going to do this machining, dont trim the three sliver alloy sensor mount tabs smaller as this will make the mounts weaker and prone to failure. The endbell red/grey casing has to machined internally so the timing adjustment slots/grooves allow more positive timing adjustment. The rotor overall length was slightly different but could be interchanged by changing of the brass shims. The rotor balance had more drilling on the Trackstar than the Reedy did. Trackstar 4 holes compared to Reedy 2 holes.
The hacker Skalar 1/10 motors appear to be totally different externally.
Overall you get what you pay for, the Trackstar is the best bang for buck. I'm lucky, our club/governing body has a ruling that in some classes a "commercially available" motor can be used rather than just a "roar". Neither the Trackstar or the Reedy has the same QC as a Fantom, but you do get what you pay for.
I paid $105 here in Australia for a Mk2 sonic - I fried it (my faiult) I was unable to buy a 21.5 stator as they dont sell them. I emailed Reedy/AE and pointed out I used reedy's in the early 90's and just returned to RC expecting there would be parts. They got straight back to me - I mailed the motor back to them and they sent a replacement. You WONT get that service with Hobbyking nor do they stock any parts atm.
On a sidenote - The Trackstar (stealing their name again) Tyre Warmer is from the same factory and is identical to the GFORCE (japan) which retails for about twice the price over there. Possibly the same as the SKYRC warmer which has a different operating button system.
My warmer works perfect and is basic to use. I bought a HK/Turnigy 500w power supply and Quattro charger which work great too. I'
m not affilliated with HK in any way.