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Old 06-30-2006, 08:44 AM   #1
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Default Need Tips for Installing Everything into Car (newbie)

I should (finally) be installing my Novak GTB, Spektrum receiver into my Hara Pro4 this weekend. I could use some tips for installing stuff that people who have been doing this for a long time take for granted.

For instance which wire connections do I want to be the shortest?

What's the best way to attach or adhere the ESC, receiver to the chassis? (Velcro?)

What are some tips for a clean install?

Any other tips you can think of?
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Old 06-30-2006, 08:54 AM   #2
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The GTB is a big speedo so you are probably going to have to stand the rx on its side to get it all in. Use double sided tape to attach everything to the chassi. The GTB probably comes with some. Run the thin wires from the servo and speedo bedind the rx and esc between the shaft and use zip ties to hold them together. It will give it a cleaner look. use fuel tubing over your exposed antenna where it may contact other wires or the chassi that can cause glitching.
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Take your time. I usually spend a couple of hours putting everything in the car. Line everything up the way you like it and try to clean up the wiring before you install anything in the car. Use heat shrink, zip ties, coiling, whatever it takes to keep the wires from flopping around. If your power wires are hanging off the side of the car, it only takes one good side shot to pinch a wire between the chassis and fry your speedo. Good luck.
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Old 06-30-2006, 09:15 AM   #4
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Thanks for the input guys. Any thoughts on which wires should be shortest?

What about using adhesive backed velcro vs. the foam tape? Is that a bad idea?

I was thinking about putting the rx on top of the servo. Anything wrong with that?

BTW, why are they called "rx" and "tx"?
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Old 06-30-2006, 09:21 AM   #5
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Parma has some good servo tape.. It's silicone based and really strong, yet easy to clean up. I would recommend that over the foam tape.
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I would not recommend VELCRO at all. I alway's coil my receiver and servo wires (makes things look cleaner). The shortest wires should be to the motor. And I try not to have excessive wires to the battery.

I also take a 12g wire and strip out the silver wire and just used the tubing to insulate the antenna wire between the receiver and the antenna mast/mount. (This seems to keep the car from glitching).
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BTW, why are they called "rx" and "tx"?

Tx is the transmitter
Rx is the receiver

T,R just mean for short
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I always like to clean both surfaces with lighter fuel before putting and double-sided tape on them. The tape that comes with the GTB works quite nicely.
I have also found it better if the speedo and motor are in place before you start cutting any wires. Remember to measure twice and cut once.
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Eww i hate installing things on their side as they tend to fall off. I like to cable tie bunches of cables together so that if it does come unstuck it doesnt drag on the ground and is held in by other things. IE try to cable tie wires together with that of your servo.....
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