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Old 04-17-2011, 11:19 PM   #61
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Well, they said once you have driven it there is no warranty, but agreed to replace the motor as a courtesy this one time.

I am beginning to understand more about this hobby, and I get that some parts may not last long. However, to less than a dozen runs our of a car before needing repairs like this strikes me as ... well, uncool. If the motors that ship with the car are junk and have a low life expectancy, and everyone seems to know that, then that should be disclosed.

Obviously, everyone who has been doing RC for a long time knows these facts. However, to us new folks - well, we just feel ripped off.

For $220 my son and I were expecting a little more enjoyment and a little less headache with this truck. I am sure we'll eventually get it all right and be able to enjoy the hobby, but in one month of ownership this thing has had more downtime than uptime. Yes, I was aware things would need maintenance. But broken parts, a torched motor, and at last count no less than 4 screws coming out and being lost - it's ridiculous. All from riding in the yard and cul-de-sac.
I understand how you feel, when I got into the hobby a few years ago I started out with nitro, which can be a real big headache for a newb to rc's...... However if you decide to stick with the hobby you'll learn the odds and ends of everything and understand that things breaking is all part of the hobby....It does get frustrating when you have an expensive item just sitting around because you can't drive it...... So hopefully you stick with it and have better results in the future......
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we had to really heat the pinion up to get my set screw out. don't no why they have to loctite them in i never have in 20 plus yrs, of racing.
Any time ThunderbirdJunkie doesn't loctite motor screws or setscrews in a pinion, they come loose.
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Any time ThunderbirdJunkie doesn't loctite motor screws or setscrews in a pinion, they come loose.
I was planning on using Blue Loctite - however experience tells me that whatever Losi used was not Blue Loctite - Blue doesn't hold that darn tight, and I've never had to apply heat to break Blue loose.
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I understand how you feel, when I got into the hobby a few years ago I started out with nitro, which can be a real big headache for a newb to rc's...... However if you decide to stick with the hobby you'll learn the odds and ends of everything and understand that things breaking is all part of the hobby....It does get frustrating when you have an expensive item just sitting around because you can't drive it...... So hopefully you stick with it and have better results in the future......
We're sticking with it ... it's a lot of fun. Eventually, everything will settle down and all the bugs will be worked out.
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I was planning on using Blue Loctite - however experience tells me that whatever Losi used was not Blue Loctite - Blue doesn't hold that darn tight, and I've never had to apply heat to break Blue loose.
You are correct. ThunderbirdJunkie just left the pinion on the motor and gave the motor to a buddy for his kid's slash. Tried to get that stupid pinion off though
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I was planning on using Blue Loctite - however experience tells me that whatever Losi used was not Blue Loctite - Blue doesn't hold that darn tight, and I've never had to apply heat to break Blue loose.
I used a heat gun to mines off, a lil heat loosens it right up.
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Back up and running - however less than 10 minutes into the first battery, motor already smells like it's burning.

Anything with a lifespan this short is a piece of junk. Seriously.

Just waiting for the EZ Run ESC's to be back in stock.
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Back up and running - however less than 10 minutes into the first battery, motor already smells like it's burning.

Anything with a lifespan this short is a piece of junk. Seriously.

Just waiting for the EZ Run ESC's to be back in stock.
Did you break that motor in? There is a recommended procedure for brushed motors. I hear you though. Brushed motors, stock ones anyway, are total hit and miss. The traxxas titan is the same. Some folks seems to run em forever, whereas I've fried three in as many weeks at one point. The best luck with stock brushed, I've personally had, is the HPI firebolt motors. I broke one in and threw it in my nephew's stampede in december, he's still beating on it.

You're on the right track. Brushless.
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Instead of a new brushless setup, try checking the buy sell trade forum right here on RCtech. some good deals to be had here.
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Instead of a new brushless setup, try checking the buy sell trade forum right here on RCtech. some good deals to be had here.
+1, there is usually a nice lightly used Tekin RS that go from $70 to $100, great little esc IMHO! A good used brushless motor will set you back between $40 and $60 depending on the brand...
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