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Post by gritsngreens1 » Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:03 am

Hello all, just found this forum during the week. I always wanted a clod back in my younger years and somehow never got one. Now i'm kind of having a second childhood with both of my children grown and gone, I ordered a clod this week and can't wait to finally have one! I will start off stock and then start modding. Any advise for speed controls and motors? I just wand a yard basher no racing or jumping. I just want a solid dependable truck i can run an not have to constantly repair.

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Post by andymac0035 » Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:37 pm

Welcome!

A traxxas EVX-2 esc (you'll need to make up a jumper plug to bypass the 2nd battery plug), a stick sized 3S lipo (the type that are the dimensions of a standard 2S lipo), and heavier motor wires on the stock motors will get you off to a nice start.

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Post by gritsngreens1 » Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:28 pm

Are stock motors ok? Do I need to purchase something different for longevity?

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Post by andymac0035 » Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:58 pm

They are fine, in fact, that is what I run more often than not. They will take 3S long term, and even take 4S short term.
You will want to order a full set of ball bearings to use instead of the stock plastic bushings.
It would also be a good idea to get a pair of robinson racing 13T 32P pinions, as the stock ones wear out quickly.

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Post by gritsngreens1 » Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:48 am

Thanks for the info. I ordered bearings when i ordered my truck. I've been reading as much as possible on here in the last week. It's amazing how much things have changed since i've been out of the loop.

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Post by SFC K » Sat Mar 23, 2019 4:51 am

Welcome to Clodtalk!
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Post by gritsngreens1 » Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:27 am

Thanks!I have a few more questions, What kind of charger and batteries? I'm totally new with lipo altogether. Can i order one of these traxxas combos with batteries and charger to go with the speed control (Evx2) i ordered? Or better off going with the thunder AC680 and smc batteries? What connectors do I need? Do I solder everything except batteries? Lots of questions but mainly about batteries and chargers. I also see the bags for the batteries when charging, any info on do's and dont's ? Sorry for all the questions but last time I charged a battery I would buy a set of matched cells and solder up my packs and just plug and play, seems a lil more complicated with lipo. Thanks in advance guys.

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Post by andymac0035 » Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:13 pm

gritsngreens1 wrote:
Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:27 am
Or better off going with the thunder AC680 and smc batteries? What connectors do I need?
That's what I would buy. (3S 4500mah)
As for connectors, use what you prefer, as long as they are high current connections.
Do I solder everything except batteries?
Depends on what plugs you go with.
That said, the EVX-2 is meant to be used with TWO batteries, and is wired in series internally.
if buying a new one, the battery plug with the red tag on it is the primary plug, the other is the secondary.
The secondary plug needs to be bypassed to function on a single battery. This is done with either a jumper plug (you would need to make this), or by cutting the secondary plug off and soldering the wires together.

Also when buying an EVX-2, make sure it is one of the modern ones with lipo cut-off. The case will be blue, and there will be tiny writing near the on-off button.
I also see the bags for the batteries when charging, any info on do's and dont's ?
Lipo batteries have a voltage window. Cells should never be charged over 4.2v, or discharged below 3.0v (safer to stay around 3.2-3.4v).
So a 2S for example (2= #of cells) (S= series) (sometimes you will see "P" and that's for parellel, example 2S1P (2 cells in parellel) or 2S2P (2 cells made from 2 pairs of cells in parellel, meaning 4 small cells wired up to equal 2 larger cells)

LIPO bags are fire resistant bags as if a battery catches fire they are nasty. This is not common, but as with all electrics, things can go poof.
Make sure you always balance charge with a balance charger. (the one mentioned above is good)

If using traxxas plugs, get the old ones. the new ones are backward compatable, but traxxas has gone towards a system that does not utilize a separate balance plug (the industry standard) which means you need a traxxas charger to charge a newer traxxas lipo.
I have used traxxas plugs for years, but some days I get tired of them, as they can get on the snugg side and I have to sand the contacts down which is annoying.

There are many options out there. I am thinking of going to XT60's, but that is mostly because someone gave me a bag of them.... :mrgreen:
Most people at the track where I race have gone to XT90's.

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Post by gritsngreens1 » Sat Mar 23, 2019 7:27 pm

Thanks Andy, i'm sure I'' have questions in the future.

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Post by gritsngreens1 » Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:04 pm

Plan b for charger? Can't seem to find an ac680 anywhere.

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Post by andymac0035 » Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:31 am

The AC6 is nice for the money. There's lots of nice ones out there, I just would not bother with the traxxas one unless your intention is to buy only traxxas batteries.

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Post by RC51DUDE » Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:06 pm

Welcome aboard!

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Post by gritsngreens1 » Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:44 pm

RC51DUDE wrote:
Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:06 pm
Welcome aboard!
Thanks! I can't wait till everything shows up. I spent a bunch getting back into this. I even found a few screwdrivers and items I somehow was able to keep for 20 years from when I last worked on an R.C. it's like having a second childhood, only I don't have my parents telling me "no"

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Post by Halgar » Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:31 pm

I've been away from the hobby for a few years myself, the biggest change has been in batteries and chargers, hopefully the current technology will stick around for a few years, having to constantly be updating your gear gets old pretty quickly.

Welcome aboard. 8)
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Post by gritsngreens1 » Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:48 am

Thanks, i have most everything and am ready to start assembly but need to make sure i have time to do it. I'm getting married in a few days and would prolly be single again if I started this project right now. I'm gonna wait a lil longer and then begin. I think it's the best option for now. It's killing me looking at a brand new box and i can't just jump right in and start.