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Old 02-12-2019, 03:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Mickey_B View Post


If drives anything like the nitro your gonna have a lot fun getting it dailed!!
lol, I might get lost in translation, but it almost sounds like you mean that it's a pain to dail in? 8)
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Old 02-12-2019, 09:33 AM
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lol, I might get lost in translation, but it almost sounds like you mean that it's a pain to dail in? 8)
This is what I made of that comment too
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Old 02-14-2019, 01:20 PM
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First, I'm relatively new to this particular forum. I've been on the Traxxas forum for the past couple of months, having recently rejoined the surface RC community. For the past few years, I've been flying quad- & hex-copter drones, and the years leading up to that I've been flying RC helicopters. Anyway, glad to be back "on the ground". The first vehicle I picked up was a rustler 4x4 VXL, which already has several upgrades (incl a Hitec servo), and will soon have the rest of the electronics replaced (Tekin RX8 ESC & Pro4 motor, Futaba Rx). I'm also in the process of building up two other vehicles, both using LCG pre-roller chassis - another Rustler 4x4, plus a Slash 4x4.

Forr the greatest parts, the parts lists for both vehicles is complete, with the exception of shocks for one of the two vehicles. Interestingly, while searching for shocks for that vehicle, I happened to discover the TLR 8ight-XE. Talk about amazing. To make a long story short, I found a shop in my state that receive a few yesterday...and mine should be shipping to me before the end of today. I realize this will cause a delay in the building of the other two projects...but who cares.
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Old 02-14-2019, 03:50 PM
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UPDATE: Just received the "shipped" email, with USPS tracking number. I'm as excited as a kid in a candy store...except this "kid" is over 50.
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Soooooo stoked! Received my XE today, and some bits and pieces.. I've been one of the "few" that only run 1:10 at my local track, and so looking forward to 1:8. While tons of folks from my local track are heading to Motorama this weekend, I'll be building my XE! (I may build the diffs tonight!...can't wait!)
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Yep! I'm another one of the lucky ones that got their kit today - but, I unfortunately have too much other shit going on (non-RC related) to get to it. I'm looking forward to the feedback on the build from you guys!
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Old 02-14-2019, 09:10 PM
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Should have my kit tomorrow. Then all the aluminum parts that are visible are off to get anodized!
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Old 02-15-2019, 12:32 AM
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Should have my kit tomorrow. Then all the aluminum parts that are visible are off to get anodized!
Aren't they already? Or are you going for a colour change?
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Mine came in today! Unfortunately a sinus infection will delay the build, but Iíve got my nitro x dialed In.
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At least three three of you either already have yours, or will receive you're today...I ordered mine (and it shipped) yesterday. Regarding the anodizing, I've never had it done before, although I am considering it (there's a few places in San Jose, CA, that offer the service). Just curious, but, for RC vehicle parts, what would the approximate cost be? Also, will you be having the standard, or hard anodized, done? Just trying to get an idea, to make certain the local places aren't "ripping me off".
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Originally Posted by Panther6834 View Post
At least three three of you either already have yours, or will receive you're today...I ordered mine (and it shipped) yesterday. Regarding the anodizing, I've never had it done before, although I am considering it (there's a few places in San Jose, CA, that offer the service). Just curious, but, for RC vehicle parts, what would the approximate cost be? Also, will you be having the standard, or hard anodized, done? Just trying to get an idea, to make certain the local places aren't "ripping me off".
I've owned 8ights from 1.0 to 3.0. I suppose I might have missed something, but on the race kits, I don't remember any aluminum kit part or upgrade part that was not already anodized from the factory. If you choose to have the existing anodizing stripped and re-done be aware that you may affect the fit of certain parts. The thickness of the anodizing is accounted for in the manufacture of these items. Probably won't make much difference on the chassis, though.

The RTRs are different - some of those have come with parts that weren't anodized.
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Originally Posted by ta_man View Post
I've owned 8ights from 1.0 to 3.0. I suppose I might have missed something, but on the race kits, I don't remember any aluminum kit part or upgrade part that was not already anodized from the factory. If you choose to have the existing anodizing stripped and re-done be aware that you may affect the fit of certain parts. The thickness of the anodizing is accounted for in the manufacture of these items. Probably won't make much difference on the chassis, though.

The RTRs are different - some of those have come with parts that weren't anodized.
Correct. Most of the time, if someone is anodizing parts for a new kit it is because they want a different color.
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Originally Posted by Huleboer View Post
Aren't they already? Or are you going for a colour change?
Color changing. Gonna do a black chassis, shock towers and shock bodies. Orange shock caps, shock collars, and hinge pin holders
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Originally Posted by Panther6834 View Post
At least three three of you either already have yours, or will receive you're today...I ordered mine (and it shipped) yesterday. Regarding the anodizing, I've never had it done before, although I am considering it (there's a few places in San Jose, CA, that offer the service). Just curious, but, for RC vehicle parts, what would the approximate cost be? Also, will you be having the standard, or hard anodized, done? Just trying to get an idea, to make certain the local places aren't "ripping me off".
I could get you a rough estimate if youd like
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Originally Posted by dougo96 View Post
I could get you a rough estimate if youd like
Thanks, but no longer necessary, now that I know the parts are already anodized. The only reason I might consider it would be (as you've doing) if I wanted the color changed.

On a vehicle-related note, I could really use some assistance in determining the best ESC & motor for my 8ight-XE. I have three other vehicles, all of which are running, or will be running, Tekin RX8 Gen3 ESCs & Pro4 Gen3 motors. However, while all three are for track use, none of them are race-only vehicles...the 8ight-XE will be intended as a true race vehicle. I expect to use the same model servo (Hitec HSB-9360TH) as I use on the other three, and, as for the Rx, it will be a Futaba R334SBS (in non-SR mode).

As for the track, it's a medium-sized dirt/clay track (approx 30' x 70'), with approximately an equal amount of straightaways & turns, and equal amount of tight & wide turns. In other words, it's "well-balanced". Unfortunately, quite a few of the regulars aren't exactly "friendly", thus, turning to them isn't exactly a realistic option, which is why I'm asking here.

I like the idea of sticking with Tekin...but, at the same time, I wouldn't mind switching (for this one vehicle) to something else. The question is, what ESC & motor (again, the same brand, or different brands) will best suit the vehicle's needs? Should I stick with Tekin for ESC & motor? Should i go with Castle, or Hobbywing, or maybe something else? Should I get an ESC of one brand, and a motor of a different brand? And, most importantly, what specific models for each (as well as the kV or T of any suggested/recommended motors)? Assistance would be GREATLY appreciated.
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