After spending a decade without an RC car, I've finally decided to get back into the hobby. Last weekend I visited a hobby shop for the first time since I sold my Terra Crusher in '05 (I was in the neighborhood and it was my birthday so..) The experience was amazing, and now I want an RC car. Fast forward a couple of days and I found myself ordering a new Super Clod Buster from Tower Hobbies (I'm glad that site is still there). As a kid I always thought Clod Busters were goofy looking, but now it kind of reminds me of the old Terra Crusher, in a ridiculous, awesome sort of way.
While I wait for delivery, I'm trying to narrow down all of the parts I need to order. I am starting from scratch - I don't have any RC stuff anymore - not even a charger or hex wrenches. Also, my Terra Crusher was gas powered - the electric world of RC is fairly new to me. So, please help me decide what to purchase. p.s. If you have any recommendations for tools I'll need/want for this hobby, lemme know!
The Clod Buster will be kept in a fairly stock form for the time being. If I ever decide to get crazy later down the line it would be with a CPE-FLASHBACK chassis and 4-Link suspension, but I'm planning on staying with brushed motors. This vehicle will be for bashing around in my back yard, no racing (or inside if it's slow enough...). Speed wise, I read the sticky topic about Clod powertrain upgrades and the absolute maximum speed I'd ever want to go would be something like the stock motor and 3s lipo battery (I live in the city, my backyard isn't that big). I would like to see it bounce up into a wheelie or jump something though. Money isn't that big of a concern for this build, but it's always good to make wise decisions.
Here's what I'm thinking to start with: (Please add your thoughts!)
- Motors: Stock Motors - Until they burn up, then I'll probably switch over to the Titan's from an E-Revo. I've read that the stock wiring might not be the best? Should I replace it? What should I replace it with? Also, should I add some capacitors to the motor like the EVX-2 guide suggests? That reminds me, I'll need to order that soldering iron I've been meaning to get.
- ECS: Traxxas EVX-2 3019R - Built in LVD. Traxxas site has it listed as $180, Towerhobbies $110, Ebay sellers have it for ~$70 from torn down new trucks. Think the eBay ones are okay? I'll have to buy a jumper as well since I plan on running a single battery pack.
- BEC - I believe the EVX-2 has an onboard BEC, correct? Do you think that's adequate to power two steering servos? I think it will, I'm just not sure.
- Battery: Not sure - All of my reading leads me to believe that I want either a single 3s or 2s LiPo battery pack. Not sure of the mAh I should get. I honestly probably won't run this truck more than 30 minutes at a time. Is it a bad idea to run a stock truck on a 3 cell LiPo? Will I just be asking for trouble? I suppose if it's too fast I could switch the ESC into "beginner mode" or whatever it's called to halve the power... I need feedback on this. Also, what batteries do you recommend? I've seen people recommend turnigy and gens ace brand, and to stay away from venom.
- Charger: No idea - What should I buy? I'm probably not going to need a DC charger, but if a quality charger happens to include both AC/DC mode I'll get it.
- Servos - not sure, still learning about them. I'll need 2 servos for 4WS.
- TX/RX - I'm still figuring that out, but I'm leaning towards either a FlySky GT3C or something from Spektrum. I'll have to figure this out myself I think, I'm not done researching. Another requirement is that this radio will have to control 2 other vehicles - a nitro blizzard and a blizzard EV.