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Old 03-31-2009, 10:08 PM   #1
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Losi 1/18th mini crawler. I put 8 OZ of lead in each tire and I stripped the diff in the rear end. I replaced front and back with steel. My dilemma/question is why not do the steel diffs in the first place?
I got a spool of lead fishing lead rope 1/8th in diameter and wrapped the inside of the wheel assy. while I had the tire(rubber) peeled back. I also notched the tire foam so it could grab the rocks a little bit better
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They don't use steel gears to keep the manufacturing costs down.
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They don't use steel gears to keep the manufacturing costs down.
It also works fine as is until you add 2+ pounds of lead to the drivetrain
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They won`t make any money if the upgrades came in stock form .
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They don't use steel gears to keep the manufacturing costs down.
That and it also is cheaper to replace plastic gears that strip rather than replacing gears and drive trains together. Believe Team Associated said something to those lines on their RC10GT question and answers area.
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It also works fine as is until you add 2+ pounds of lead to the drivetrain
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People do stuff like that and then complain, yet they would be the same guys complaining about the cost of the RTR if they came with steelgears already. I don't get it. You GET what you pay for.
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Can we get an amen on that, lol??
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People do stuff like that and then complain, yet they would be the same guys complaining about the cost of the RTR if they came with steelgears already. I don't get it. You GET what you pay for.
I wasn't bitching about the cost of the gears. I have been into Rc's for 3 years and have spent a lot of money in the sport. I know it isn't cheap. I also realize that I have added a lot of weight and will need to beef up the entire drive system including the motor, but my original point was the gears I thought should be steel to begin with since there is such a small contact area for the axles, it seems to be an accident waiting to happen even if I didn't add weight. I know I induced the failure, I just thought for the extra $10.00 bucks or so at the production level It would have been a good feature to incorporate.
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Bought the AX10 kit a while back for $200. I think I have spent another $800 over the past couple of months in mods, and this doesn't include any of the electronics. Once you start adding weight and really abusing it, things start to break. There's always a weakest link in the drive train and something's gonna give.

Also, half the enjoyment for me is tearing it down and adding something new (or repairing something that broke), and tweaking it for better performance. I imagine the above post is correct, this keeps the initial cost down and most wind up modding the crap out of their crawler anyway.
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