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Old 03-03-2011, 06:35 PM   #1
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Default Witch 17.5 motor to buy....

I'm racing a stock 17.5 class this year and shopping for a motor.
I have a Balistic 25.5 that I could buy a new stator for and be done with it.
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Is there a better 17.5 out there that would be worth the extra $$$?

I'll be using an LRP SPX Stock Spec esc.
If I go with the Balistic,will it work ok with this esc?

Any advise would be appreciated.
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If you are racing stock with no boost or anything than the ballistic is not the right answer. I have had good luck with the duo series motors.

The duo 2 or duo 3 have been working very well is what is considered "blinky stock". Each of those two motors run well at about a 3.86 roll-out and change the endbell timing till you get what you are looking for.
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Thanks for the reply, I was actually considering the Duo 3.

When you say 3.86 roll out, is that the same as FDR?
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I've tried many of the current 17.5 motors, ended up with LRP X12. For me it's faster but runs a lot hotter than others. Seem to get more off the corners with the LRP. IMO
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You really not gonna see a huge difference between brands, they all run about the same. Sure some are better than others but you can have a bad fast trinity just like you can have a bad fast Novak, Hell some of the fastest motors I've seen are plain Novak SS motors.
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I've looked at that one too. More than likely I'll go with either the X12 or the Duo 3.

I think the Duo 3 is a little cheaper.

This might sound crazy but the motor has to look good to. I like the looks of the Duo 3
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I like my Speed Passion v3 17.5.. The bullet connection are great. I run to classes and switch between 21.5 AND 17.5 fast... Just a HW LCD change and off to the races..

I run the SP motors in my 21.5, 17.5 and 1/12 17.5 the bullet connection are great..

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I've looked at that one too. More than likely I'll go with either the X12 or the Duo 3.

I think the Duo 3 is a little cheaper.

This might sound crazy but the motor has to look good to. I like the looks of the Duo 3
Superior Hobbies has em cheap.

http://www.superiorhobbies.com/istar...=TRITEP1053!SH
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I like the LRP's the best so far but the Duo's are just as good. The main thing I like better about the LRP's is they seem to survive better if you overheat it. Those things can take a real baking and still run just as strong.
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anyone have an opinion on buying used motors?
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anyone have an opinion on buying used motors?
Depends. I have some killer motors I bought used but I knew what I was getting as I had seen them run (except for one that came with a car and wasn't much). But you could also be buying someone's dud or smoker.
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Thanks for all the info guys.

That is the cheapest I've seen on the Duo 3.

I might just buy that one.
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Thanks for all the info guys.

That is the cheapest I've seen on the Duo 3.

I might just buy that one.
Superior's awesome, they ship fast too! Save yourself on the used motor thing, unless of course you personally know the seller and the condition of the motor, it's just too easy to get junk otherwise...
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If you are looking to buy a new motor its easier to look at how the motor feels in a car, if you can, borrow a motor from somebody at your local shop and see what you think, if you dont like it give it back, if you do like it then think about buying it, and watch other poeple drive who have the same car and see what their car does with the motor they have. Its more so all personal feeling and what you want to have a motor do during a race, you might end up getting the Dou 3 like everybody is recomending and think you would have been beter off buying a new stator for your novak, but like i said its all personal, i bought the Dou 3 and got faster but i prefer speed passion motors because to me, they feel smoother and more consistent with less drop off, some people may have a different opinion though, just experiment and make a decision from there. I hope this helps you, if not then i tried, but when you decide tell us which motor you choose and we can give you extra advice from there.
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Thanks for input, I have a tekin 17.5 in my xray that I've raced a few times on carpet. I'm used to it. I'm gonna run it in our boosted class.

Our local track just started running 17.5 this up comming season. Last season
I tried running a 17.5 in the 13.5 spec class. I didnt like it at all but I was using a GTB and a different car. The motor feels totally different behind an Rs Pro. I'm happy with it.

There are a few guys running Viper motors this year aswell....

Our season will start in april we race outdoors P-lot and we have a real nice road rail set up. Excellent turn out always.

It'll be kinda hard for me to try someone's motor or car. (Mainly because I'm to impatient, I want everthing yesterday)Sounds like a good idea though. I never thought about how the motors might feel different. I might just have to break down and buy the stator for the novak too.
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