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Old 11-22-2014, 06:03 AM
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Mainly they will last longer between rebuilds. There is a performance advantage, not huge, but an advantage. Mostly longevity.
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Old 11-22-2014, 06:42 AM
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Originally Posted by fq06 View Post
Mainly they will last longer between rebuilds. There is a performance advantage, not huge, but an advantage. Mostly longevity.
Right on, thank you.
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Old 12-01-2014, 06:19 PM
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Picked up my 18t 7 years ago, my first hobby grade rc. Fun little car, I take it almost everywhere and run when I can. Currently running hobbywing esc and 7800 kv motor geared 12/60. I puffed my 3 year old lipo but my 18t still does about 35mph on nimh. Getting ready to swap a new chassis this winter, cracked the front of the old one.
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Old 12-01-2014, 07:42 PM
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Its funny how these trucks/buggies are still in demand. Too bad there's only a handful of places to race them!!
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Old 12-04-2014, 04:12 PM
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Its funny how these trucks/buggies are still in demand. Too bad there's only a handful of places to race them!!
There is an indoor track somewhat close to me, last time I was in the attached hobby store they still raced minis, with the 18t being the most popular. I may need to make a trip over there and at least try their track. They rent track time to the public, is that common?
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Old 12-04-2014, 05:46 PM
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They rent track time to the public, is that common?
I think most indoor tracks have a night or two during the week dedicated for practice only.


Do they race on carpet or dirt?
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Old 12-05-2014, 11:26 AM
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I think most indoor tracks have a night or two during the week dedicated for practice only.


Do they race on carpet or dirt?
It's is a carpeted road style track, no jumps or bumps that I saw. $6 for an hour, free on race day if you race.

Feeling bad I let my 18t go so long without maintenance, it was my loaner all summer as I was into my sc8.2e this year. One of my ft shocks got all bound up, looks like the anodizing piled up at the middle of the piston stroke. Is that possible? Shock body has an obvious ridge insidea that binds the pistion. Diffs are both used that I threw in after my 2 nephew's melted both in july. Not to mention the cracked chassis, bent hinge pins, balding tires and I'm sure there's more.

That little hobbywing 35a esc and the 7800kv motor have taken some serious abuse and not a beat missed. Nephew's had the motor at 200f a couple times and I generally run it up to 170f before I stop for a break.

So much abuse this little truck has taken.
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Old 12-07-2014, 05:49 PM
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Stock 18r with stock esc/radio - forward throttle works fine - but when I press the throttle trigger forward for brake and hold it there - the vehicle slows and then goes immediately into reverse? Is this normal for this esc/radio? I have reset the esc numerous times with the same result. It does not have the normal press the throttle forward for brake, return to neutral, press forward a second time for reverse - it just slows and then goes immediately into reverse. Any ideas? Thanks!
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Stock 18r with stock esc/radio - forward throttle works fine - but when I press the throttle trigger forward for brake and hold it there - the vehicle slows and then goes immediately into reverse? Is this normal for this esc/radio? I have reset the esc numerous times with the same result. It does not have the normal press the throttle forward for brake, return to neutral, press forward a second time for reverse - it just slows and then goes immediately into reverse. Any ideas? Thanks!
I believe the xps micro esc is a double click for reverse. Trigger forward once for brake and twice for reverse. You've calibrated the esc and still the issue persists. Sounds like you need a new esc for your 18r. If it was me I would go with a brushless setup, not much more than buying the stock esc again. Good luck.
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Old 12-17-2014, 08:52 AM
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18t rebuild on hold until parts arrive. Thought I had all the parts but found the top plate broken at the front diff. That's what I get for letting the cracked chassis go for so long, to much flexing caused the plate to snap. Complete new differentials, rebuilt cvds, replaced numerous bearings, hinge pins and a handful of bent screws, not to mention new chassis and now a top plate.
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Old 12-18-2014, 02:41 PM
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Anyone race the rc18t2 in the stock ST class? Is that even allowed or only 1/10 and larger for stadium truck racing?
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They might allow it on a really slow night.
You will be much slower than the 1/10 trucks so you will be in the way, if there are competitive racers there that are turning fast lap times they will not want you in the class.

Your best shot at getting it on the track is in the novice class that allows any vehicle.
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It's just crazy how the rc18t2 kit is 119 and the 1/10 version is like 259$! That was the only reason I was asking... But I think I'll stick with sct and buggy class
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Yeah, the lap times are much slower than 1/10. They are fun and a dedicated class would be a blast but you would be an obstacle in a 1/10 race.

One of the tracks I race at started a 1/16th losi buggy class and a bunch of people bought them. It died off in about 4 months but those did turn pretty quick times. Those guys were turning the fast laps in 1/10 so they could race a radio shack RC competitively
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Old 12-21-2014, 11:35 AM
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Top plate came in yesterday, rebuild complete! Ended up replacing nearly every screw in the front end as they were all bent. Dog bones in the rear were original, not much left so I replaced those too. Adjust the diffs and it's ready to go for another 6 years.
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