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Old 12-03-2017, 07:36 AM
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I had built this in 1985 and seemed to move onto other things. I recently pulled her out of the box, having never been ran, and toyed with getting her going again. Being out of it for 31 years is like starting all over again. I assume brushless is a bad idea and if so what is a top of the line motor that I can put in this. Are there any recommended upgrades. Wheels and tires seem to be a problem. I have an old Airtronics XL. Is it possible to get new servos and run both cars off the same controller? With the issue of parts would anyone recommend just not running it at this point? Thanks for any advise.

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Bit of a rehash of what’s said above, but. Honestly, best thing to do is get a re-released kit & use that as a runner. The original version will be worth good money if it hasn’t been used especially if it’s in the box art colour scheme. I’ve got one of the box art re-released Super Hot Shots for the shelf which looks awesome but any predominantly plastic Tamiya kit will come with it’s own limitations & push it too far & something IS going to break. Have had the first re-released Avante with a 2S Novak brushless combo which ran well with a 2S 25C 5000mAh Lipo but when I tried running it with the battery from my 22T with a higher burst rating it stripped a gear & I was lucky it didn’t do more damage. The same thing would work in a Super(shot or) Hot Shot. Check the overall top speed & gear down the pinion or spur if necessary to make it manageable. It helps to have obvious weak link in the drive train (plastic spur/metal pinion) which is easy to replace & will limit damage. You’ll won’t look back when you convert your buggy as your run times will be significantly increased & set up well it should remain problem free with regular maintenance provided you don’t push it too hard. Have a friend with a brushless original Wild One who often pushes it so hard that it usually cuts short a really good run & needs parts to continue using it. I saw the light with my first Team Losi...
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Thanks for the information. Whats the best brush motor you would put in? Ill attach a pic of what I was about to put in back in the day. Any suggestions on shocks. At this point I might not run it and just buy a new one. Looks like it wont let me post the picture but its a Trinity Monster 1985 World Champ. Silver can with Orange
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Car looks great and thanks for the information. I am thinking about selling it and getting something where parts might be more readily available. What would be a good asking price for an unused built supershot with box, 1985 trinity monster motor and airtronics XL 2P?
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That Hotshot II is a good looking car.
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Anyone have a recommendation for shock upgrades? I belive they are listed at 77 and 103mm. I was looking at the Proline Power Stroke shocks but open to suggestions.
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i will actually tell you to stick with the stock shocks, just rebuild them, install new orings and shock oil.

you will be fighting with aftermarket shocks trying to get the geometry and throw to just match stock. usually aftermarket shocks bodies are going to be too short or too long, that will make you start messing around with the shock tower mounts making fabrication after fabrication trying to get it right. on the track you will see zero improvement over the stock yellow CVAs.

Chief complaint of CVA they stick. yup they stick after sitting for a few hours because the o-rings seal against the shaft is tight and this causes Stick-tion as the oil has pushed away and the o-ring gone dry. all you do before a run is Stroke the Shocks a couple of times to re-wet the O-ring and you are good to go. you can try slimeing the shaft it won't matter it will still stick after sitting a while.

otherwise Yellow CVA shocks are just as adjustable as aftermarket, you can change the pistons , and change the oil to adjust dampening. ride height is easy to adjust with the inserts and there are different spring rates available but the shock spring rate is good.

I used to race on Stock CVA shocks. and i have been through the after market shocks on tamiyas and it is a waste of money. if you are attempting to run Larger bore shocks in an effort to jump higher all you will do is Bust the gear cases or A arms jumping higher it is all ABS plastic and not designed for Table top jumps.

Tracks back in the 1980s and late 1980s did not have large triple and doubles and table top jumps. Remember the hotshot is a 1985 release, the super shot came out in 1986 the designs started in 1983-1984.
Good post. Another thing I want to add is that Tamiya CVA shocks don't leak. A lot of aftermarket shocks will unless you spend a lot of money.

On old Tamiyas and re-releases there's no need to update shocks to anything more than CVAs.
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Very much appreciated. I guess the only thing I’ll do is put in a new brushed motor. Looks like I might buy one to run until I decide if I am going to run this one. Looking for the best motor that won’t stress the gears and drive. I will continue that search but open to suggestions. Suggested that I stay above 15T.
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I really appreciate the advise as I have been out of this for a while. Good information and I hope you don’t mind if I pick your brain some more. I think I’ll hat one of the Tamiya bz or ex motors. I do have an unused trinity monster 1985 world champ lemans that I was about to put back in the day. Guessing onebif the ones you mentioned would be a better fit.
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