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Old 03-01-2010, 11:01 AM   #316
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You can email [email protected] for assistance. Or, if you wish to return your motor for evaluation, we can check it out for you.

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Preface: I hate posting questions that might bring in the trolls for "bashing", but maybe that won't happen this time...?

I've been running Novak motors for a LONG time -- dating back to the original bonded rotor 13.5's, and have had great success... However, I have one motor, a 13.5 Ballistic that is just not what it should be... I have SSPro13.5's, and even upgraded 13.5 EX motors (changed to sintered rotor, etc.) that out perform this one by a significant amount. I also have another Ballistic 13.5 that runs great, so it is something about this motor... It's not "defective", it just runs "soft" -- lacking punch, and lacking top end... If I gear down to get punch, there is just no top end -- if I try to gear up to get top end, there is no bottom end. The motor also runs about 20-30 degrees F. hotter than other motors with the same gearing in the same vehicle...?

My initial guess is that the rotor is weak...? I bought this motor as a "spare", and by the time I used it enough to decide it was the motor that was the source of lost performance, the warranty was expired, so I want to try to figure out what I can do to get it running like it should...

Any CONSTRUCTIVE suggestions..?
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You can email [email protected] for assistance. Or, if you wish to return your motor for evaluation, we can check it out for you.
Thanks for the response -- I may try the email route, but sending it in wouldn't make much sense. The motor is not under warranty, and if it is found to be operating "normally", the fee would be $25 on top of 2-way shipping (and I would still have my issue) -- if it is found to be "bad", the replacement fee would be $44 plus 2-way shipping -- if the problem is a weak rotor, a new one is $26.99 and I would only pay one-way shipping... (I'm not complaining about Novak's charges, just saying that in this case, I might be much better off solving this one without sending it in..?)
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Old 03-01-2010, 01:25 PM   #318
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Does novak dyno the motors before they put them out for sale?

Reason is, I bought a new motor and its heaps slower than my 1 year old motor it replaced, all on the same timing settings. And it also runs hotter.
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:23 AM   #320
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Does novak dyno the motors before they put them out for sale?

Reason is, I bought a new motor and its heaps slower than my 1 year old motor it replaced, all on the same timing settings. And it also runs hotter.
Yes we do dyno the motors before we ship them. What do you mean by "heaps slower"? Let me know what style the two motors are?
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:26 AM   #321
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Any plans for a HV style Ballistic motor?
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:42 AM   #322
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Yes. We will be announcing the Ballistic 550s soon.
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:15 AM   #323
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Yes we do dyno the motors before we ship them. What do you mean by "heaps slower"? Let me know what style the two motors are?
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sorry, I put a reply in the wrong section as I couldnt find another suitable thread to put it in. Its not a ballistic, its the 17.5 ss pro series.

What I mean by heaps slower is, my old motor is 0.5-1.0 sec quicker per lap than the new one. The new one has less grunt and top end. All settings are at the novak 30degree timing, as they came from the factory.

What I did was, I needed to heat up the motor with a heat gun to install the novak heatsink. Could have the heat gun have damaged the motor by any chance, even though there is no noticeable psychical damage that I can see.
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How warm did you get the motor? Heat + Magnets = weaker Magnets

Every motor is different. I have several motors and after testing, they all seem to have slightly different sweet spots. One thing to try is replacing the rotor (or even exchanging the rotor between your new and old motor) and see if it makes any difference.

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Does novak dyno the motors before they put them out for sale?

Reason is, I bought a new motor and its heaps slower than my 1 year old motor it replaced, all on the same timing settings. And it also runs hotter.
Sadly -- I'm starting to see a trend... (Either that or I have very bad luck?)

The first Ballistic I bought was just that - "Ballistic" - every bit as strong as my other Novak's..! The second one was purchased a good deal later, and was just never "good" -- it was "marginal" or "OK", but that was it... I just bought a 3rd Ballistic -- "surprise" -- it is only "OK" right out of the box. NOT defective, but not what I have come to expect.

PS: I have contacted Novak tech support for advice...
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Any plans for a HV style Ballistic motor?

Our Ballistic 550 motors are now shipping.
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I have a lrp sphere tc spec and want to get a balistic 17.5. Will have any issues with this combo?
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I have a lrp sphere tc spec and want to get a balistic 17.5. Will have any issues with this combo?
It should work fine.
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i have a ballistic and it's a monster! i'm running spec on a small high bite asphalt track at about 3.5. Down the straight it's got plenty of power.
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I have a 17.5 ballistic and was wondering what fdr to start with? Im running a Hobbywing xerun with boost. These motors seem like they can be geared up higher and with a little less boost. is this right?

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