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Old 04-08-2005, 10:18 PM   #1
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Default Novak XRS CRAP

I just got a replacement xrs back from Novak. The first one ran 6 laps of practice with a P2K2 and an average (1.16) GP 3300 before it started faulting. I only bought it for practice so I could back off a wall if I got hung up. I won't even try the replacement. A Novak tech. called me and told me that the problem with the first controller was that I replaced the stock plugs with Sermos. I replied that I was running a mild stock motor and since the controller was rated for a 15 turn mod, I should be fine. He replied that they rely on the resistance of the bullet connectors and the Tamiya plug to limit the current, and if you replace any connectors, the speed control will not handle even a mold STOCK motor. I talked to a supervisor who also confirmed this. (I didn't even replace the crappy 16 gauge speaker wire they used!)

I've been racing since 1987. I have 15 year old Tekin esc's that still work great. Novak is false advertising their product. They should recall the XRS's.
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Old 04-09-2005, 05:35 AM   #2
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I bought my XRS for the same reason - just to mess around. It lasted 5 months then went bang. Thankfully Novak replaced it even though it was a month out of warranty. I changed the wire to Novak super flex wire and run corally connectors and have not had a problem with it. That was just over 6 months ago.
FYI i run a trinity Chameleon 2 pro with GP3300's and the speedo is swapped between my XXXS - carpet, street weapon - asphalt and RC12L4 and doesnt have a problem running under any conditions.
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Old 04-09-2005, 08:48 AM   #3
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so i guess the problem occurs when hardwiring the wires. and should always use some connectors? that sucks.
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Old 04-10-2005, 09:25 AM   #4
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Do you mean just on battery or on motor as well cos my motor is hardwired!
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Old 04-10-2005, 09:32 AM   #5
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I also have one I got just to mess around the house with and so far it's been ok, but another guy I know at my local track has one he put in his mini and after a couple of minutes it seems to go into thermal overload.
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