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Old 08-08-2008, 10:06 AM   #1
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Default What is the best new 13.5 out there.

I am a racer looking to get feedback on the best 13.5 motor available. A lot of companies have come out with new 13.5 setups and I want to get one. I had a Novak 13.5ss with a Lrp TC. I am still going to run the LRP but need a new motor. Any help?
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Old 08-08-2008, 10:13 AM   #2
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I have a speed passion 13.5 on it's way, I've heard good things about it! I will follow up with you as soon as I get it..
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What is the consensus on LRP motors like the 10.5 and 13.5? I keep hearing the novak 13.5 or the SP 13.5 is the way to go. Why is that?
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What is the consensus on LRP motors like the 10.5 and 13.5? I keep hearing the novak 13.5 or the SP 13.5 is the way to go. Why is that?
novak 13.5 and hacker 13.5 are definitely VERY strong motors. i have an LRP 13.5. it just didnt rip (torque) and have as much top end as the novak or hacker. i have a feeling my gearing was off. a fellow racer had an SP. he blew up 2 of them. so im hesitant to try them. not sure what the cause was though. hacker had a lot of torque and allowed me to gear a little more aggressively.

when time permits, im going to try the LRP again.
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There is not a 'best 13.5'!!
Brushless is the ultimate equalize,r preventing anyone from having the fastest, and no one needs to worry about having a fresh motor or older speedo
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Old 08-08-2008, 04:59 PM   #6
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The best motor is the HACKER with an lrp speedo
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Old 08-08-2008, 05:15 PM   #7
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Hey,

I would give the LRP a try, my brother was running one, with Ni-mh and it was a weapon, it was actually faster than the guys running 13.5 and Li-po.

We had it geared at 4.1, for a medium size track. With LRP's dont be affraid to gear them high, they seem to handle it fine.

BTW, this was with a Nosram ISTC Speed Controller.

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the SP is pretty good, but the trinity 13.5 is ridiculous
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Go Expressmotorsports.com and check out their motors, I run their 17.5, they are vented cans and run awesome!!!! Cooler temps on longer runs!!!
Cannot beat it!
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Go Expressmotorsports.com and check out their motors, I run their 17.5, they are vented cans and run awesome!!!! Cooler temps on longer runs!!!
Cannot beat it!
My Express Motorsports/Trinity 13.5 is sick....I can gear it wherever I want and it never got above 150* I was geared from a 4.5-3.9 and it was awesome...
When I wear out my 17.5 or need one for my Pro10 class car (waiting to find out what everyone wants to run for that class) I will pick one of those up too...
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dont see how 13.5/4c could be the superstock formula for pan10.

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Since the performance of all 13.5 motors that are built to ROAR spec are pretty much the same, take a look at the manufacturers' after-market programs. Here are all the BL accessories (for both speed controls and motors) offered by Novak:

Novak After Market Accessories

All BL motors ever sold by Novak can be upgraded to the current versions by replacing the rotors and/or bearing/endbells. Also, here is the link for Novak's non warranty motor service program:

Novak Brushless Motor Replacement Options

The replacement/exchange program allows you to return your motors (working or not) and replace them for about 45% or less of the cost of a new motor. You can also exchange for a different wind motor.

No other brushless company offers this quantity of accessories, service replacement parts, upgrade options or the comprehensive motor (and speed control) exchange program.
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NovakTwo,

Everything you said is true, and a huge virtue for people buying your motors. It does seem, however, that you guys have fallen behind a bit in convenience and design. Many people dislike a fixed sensor harness, for example. Also, timing on your motors isn't easily adjusted, and it's clear that people want this ability. And while it's debatable how much people care about style, you can't deny many people have a strong desire to have their gear look as good as possible. Compared to the other offerings, the Novak motors are a bit dated looking, and often look out of place in modern cars. For what it's worth, I consider the new Orions the leader here. Too bad they're slow. :-(

With all that said, I still run a 2 year old Novak 13.5. I ran a 10.5 all summer, which started its life as the same 4300 I was using 3+ years ago when we started some of the very first brushless sedan racing in the country. Your dedication to quality and upgradability is undeniable.

I hear Bob Novak was out here in Denver, racing at MHOR? I'm sorry I missed him, I'd love to chew the fat in person sometime.
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Morning, Syndrome. I have emailed your motor comments to Novak's engineering and marketing staff. Keep them on their toes! No resting on laurels around here!

The longevity and upgradeability if your Novak motors does say something, though.....
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Old 08-09-2008, 10:57 AM   #15
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ive had my novak 13.5 for a few years and it hauls ive also got a 13.5 equivilent thats still rated in kv or something like that and it still screams.Novak is pretty impossible to beat when you consider all factors involved even if they dont have fruity stickers all over them
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