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Old 05-26-2011, 08:40 PM   #1
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not really here to show it off, more just to ask questions.
anyone have any deep knowledge of this car, and want to give me some pointers? there isn't much info on them out there that is easily uncovered.
It is quite fun though! And a ton faster than I expected with oil bushings and a MSC!
I used to have a Tamiya TB-02 with a brushless system and tons of power, and I hated it. I traded it off for an Xray M18, which was slower and more contlrolable, and I loved it! but... I traded that off for TWO rtr mini off-roads, which was more desirable at the time...
I started to miss on-road, I didn't have any sedans!
so when I saw this beauty sitting on the shelf of my LHS for ONLY $110, i immediately snatched it up!
I LOVE THIS CAR! Perfect blend of speed and controlability right out of the box, and I can imagine it can only get better
perfect for messin' around in the street by my house!
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Old 05-26-2011, 10:48 PM   #2
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SWEET!

not really here to show it off, more just to ask questions.
anyone have any deep knowledge of this car, and want to give me some pointers? there isn't much info on them out there that is easily uncovered.
It is quite fun though! And a ton faster than I expected with oil bushings and a MSC!
I used to have a Tamiya TB-02 with a brushless system and tons of power, and I hated it. I traded it off for an Xray M18, which was slower and more contlrolable, and I loved it! but... I traded that off for TWO rtr mini off-roads, which was more desirable at the time...
I started to miss on-road, I didn't have any sedans!
so when I saw this beauty sitting on the shelf of my LHS for ONLY $110, i immediately snatched it up!
I LOVE THIS CAR! Perfect blend of speed and controlability right out of the box, and I can imagine it can only get better
perfect for messin' around in the street by my house!
hmm, a 1999 traxxas 4 -tec, i have some magazine articles on this car..not a top end car though, but at least its twin belts.
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Old 05-27-2011, 06:15 AM   #3
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With the amount of money you'll spend to make it run good (unless you have a bunch of electronics for it already), you might have been better off buying a more up-to-date car.
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The only thing you can really find on the 4-tec is the manuals from traxxas.
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For bashing in the street it's good-

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my advice is spend the minimum on it , have fun , bash it and when your ready then just buy a better one

good luck and have fun with it
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Is that a mechanical speed controller Haven't seen one of those since 1988
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The original came out in 1998, that one is the updated version when Traxxas made all their RTRs come with Pro Grafix bodies. Probs 2002-3ish?
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I think it's a 2002. looking at the Traxxas catalog that came with it is hilarious! Oldschool rustler, ancient stampede, spirit, gas buggy... lolol
I know it isn't a top end car, that's not what I was looking for.
I am actually very pleased with it the way it is! I changed the steering setup a bit (came stock with an ABSURD amount of toe out ), trimmed the wheel wells so they allow more than 2mm of suspension play (lol) and added some pre-load, and I am very happy with the way it performs! For some reason, I LOATHED my TB-02. I can't explain why, but I just hated it... something about this car makes it very enjoyable

so, I havn't spent any money on upgrading it, and I really don't plan to. I want to try and make a custom motor heatsink, maybe one that wraps around the motor, protrudes off the back of the can, and fans out back there to dissipate the heat... I also want to pick up a few belts before they go extinct. (anyone know the belt lengths, and if they make standardized belt lengths? I'm new to belts lol) and I also want to get some ballbearings, which could wait a bit, it seems to be doing okay with the bushings. I might also want to try and get some more resistors so I can run 2 sets, which I saw online reduces the heat, because those things really get cookin'! Anyone know if that's normal? The manual says they are... I mean WERE $3 for a set... that isn't too bad. If I can get an ESC soon, then I won't worry about this haha
I'm trying my hardest to get an ESC for under $10, I don't want to spend tons on it lol.

all in all, I expect to put MAYBE another $30-40 into this, which isn't too bad.

I just thought of something...
I wonder what Traxxas would do if I sent in the registration paperwork...... hahaha
OR sent in one of those mail-in order forms for new belts and resistors. haha
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I have a new esc it goes down to a 15 turn.
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Try the duratrax sport esc from tower. About $23 plus shipping. I use them a lot in F1 and they work great. Just keep a silver can motor in it and drive forever. As for the belts, they should have the numbers on them since the car looks to be in new shape. Just head down to your local bearing/belt supplier and buy 3 set's for less than the price of one at a hobby shop. This also works for any belt drive car since the belt's are not RC specific. Think sewing machines, industrial equipment,etc. I have the same car with all the options, Lot's 'o fun
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Old 05-27-2011, 08:43 AM   #12
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I don't really want to get a "new" ESC... I'm trying to spend as LITTLE money as possible. I can deal with the MSC until it dies lol... I'm going to wait around and see if anyone can give me a good deal
I've got a unch of threads in various "wanted" forums around the net. it's only a matter of time.
I'm going to try for UNDER $10 for a few months, and then I'll see what I can get for $20, which should be tons easier.

EDIT: looking at the rear belt, it has the numbers 22, 149, 150, and 162 on it... WHICH ONE! lol...
the front belt has 501UG, 53M, 0628, and 3 on it lolol...
at least I know the brand... "bando"
I'll look into it.
my LHS doesn't sell belts anyway haha, this is the first (and probably last time) I've ever seen anything other than off-road models... still a Traxxas, so he was abiding by his "traxxas only" rule lol... I kinda don't like my LHS, small, and not enough selection. I own more than just a Traxxas Slash or Emaxx, I need Losi and Associated parts too! lol
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It finally happened, someone that spends as little on rc as I do

I was digging around in my building the other day and found a box of old Novac esc's. I trade a lot. About a dozen I think. I sent them to a bud of mine to check them out and he said all of them but one worked. The only problem is he will be out of town for at least a month with army stuff. Maybe I should talk him into going AWOL so I can get some old cars running again.
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I kept my brushless slash running on bubble gum, paperclips, and duct tape one year. the first year I had it, we went camping for 3 weeks...
you better believe I broke stuff, but with no LHS in hundreds of miles, and no spare parts... what's a guy to do?
I used barbecue skewers to brace a broken turnbuckle, wrapped them in twine, doused them in cold water to shrink the twine, and wrapped the whole thing in duct tape... it worked! haha
I am a budget minded man

would he/you be interested in selling me an ESC when he gets back?...
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the old school traxxas were built like a tank, well they are still that way(my slash never breaks). i still have my pede from the late 90s and that thing still takes my bashing and never breaks.
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