Building a dream

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Re: Building a dream

Post by Owl » Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:07 pm

The local hobby shop stocks Louise Tyres, which have a 12 mm hex. Will these fit my clodbuster?

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Re: Building a dream

Post by Owl » Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:30 am

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Still enjoying the clod! I've been wondering- the rubber bits on the shock shafts limit suspension travel. Is there aby reason not to remove them?
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Re: Building a dream

Post by andymac0035 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:58 pm

They limit suspension travel to protect the steering linkage on top of the axles.

Most of us cut recesses into the chassis or change/modify the steering to deal with this.

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Re: Building a dream

Post by Owl » Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:46 am

Thanks, that explains it!

What your YouTube channel name?

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Re: Building a dream

Post by Owl » Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:16 am

Thanks ! Gonna enjoy that. For some reason my browser doesn't work with the video links on this site.

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Re: Building a dream

Post by Owl » Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:04 pm

Just been destressing- ran the clod up and down the driveway at sunset. Fantastic! I'm glad I went with black, looks so good in the half dark with the lights blazing....

I think I'm probably a bit gentle with this model, but it is a lot of fun.

Goes to show, you're never to old to get new toys

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Re: Building a dream

Post by Owl » Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:16 pm

Had good fun running around the "track" on my lawn where I got the feel for running fast with race truck. The clod can actually really go!!! I think must drill some holes in the rims now, although the way it bounces around is entertaing. Managed to do some nice fast turns with a front wheel in the air.....

Can't help thinking how much fun an 8x8 would be.

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Re: Building a dream

Post by shadowfocus603 » Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:48 pm

I'm really enjoying the updates. A video would be awesome!

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Re: Building a dream

Post by Owl » Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:53 am

I'll see about a video later!

I've adjusted the front steering linkage, so now theres a little more steering at the front than the rear. Doubt it will make much difference, but seemed like an idea.

I assume I can run lipos with the esc? No one seems to know if it has a low voltage cut off?. I'm not terribly worried, as I am very happy with the current performance from a 5000mah NiMH. Just curious...

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Re: Building a dream

Post by ratpower396 » Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:13 pm

if stock esc then no lipo cut off that i remember hearing about. something cheap but works is an alarm like this to use with stock esc to give you a warning.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-2in1-1S-8S ... SwzvlW-2vP

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Re: Building a dream

Post by Halgar » Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:45 am

Owl wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:53 am
I assume I can run lipos with the esc? No one seems to know if it has a low voltage cut off?. I'm not terribly worried, as I am very happy with the current performance from a 5000mah NiMH. Just curious...
I think that Andymac is pretty well versed in cutoffs and BEC ratings of ESC's, so if he doesn't poke his nose in here soon, send him a pm and have him come reply to this thread.

I'm with you, a good day out with the Clod is better than just about any other day doing anything else. There might be one or two exceptions, but I'm at a loss as to what they might be at the moment. :wink: :mrgreen:
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Re: Building a dream

Post by andymac0035 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:02 am

You can run a 2S lipo with the stock esc ... BUT ... it is meant for "life" batteries, not LIPO. What that means is that the voltage cut-off for the stock clod esc is a bit too low. It will cut-out, but you'll run your lipo down lower than what you should. Have I done this?... yes... many times and it was fine... but I'm sure someone out there had a problem. A voltage alarm is your friend and also knowing enough to stop running your truck when it starts losing some of it's punch, which is a sure sign that your lipo is getting to that spot where you should be stopping.

All that said...... I'd just get a different esc. (Unless you use life batteries)
I never keep the tamiya esc... over in Japan, "life" batteries are what they use I guess, but not here.
There are several to choose from, but I always have come back to the traxxas EVX-2 as I've yet to use anything I liked better.
Just make sure it's a modern one that says low voltage detection on it in tiny letters. (there are older models that don't have this feature)

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Re: Building a dream

Post by Halgar » Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:58 am

And THAT, my friends, is why we keep Andy around! =D> :mrgreen:

It's funny, I ran my trucks on Nicad until they literally quit moving, screw this "when power first starts to drop off" stuff. Was it the best thing, probably not, but I was gonna get every second I could out of those puppies before stuffing them on a hot charge to run again as soon as possible. :twisted:

I will say, however, that the current batteries don't take well to abuse like the old NiCads did. Not that abuse was good on them, but, I never once worried about a pack going :explosion: on me with the torture I put it through.
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Re: Building a dream

Post by Owl » Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:25 am

Thanks gents! I thought as much. I probably won't put a lipo in, as I an happy with how she goes. It already wheelies from a standstill, so I am happy. But then, I am curious how much difference it will make...have a couple of nice big high C 2 cell packs for racing, and they seem to fit just fine.

Al