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  1. I'm sure that, in the not too distant past, I saw somebody say they'd bought a set of Traxxas (E-Maxx??) shocks for a decent price. My search-fu is failing me and I can't find the post. So who was it? And more importantly, where did you get them?
  2. Anybody have any thoughts on the different ones linked to in the previous post?
  3. I spent some of Sunday trying to race my Boomerang on the very wet track at this years Iconic Revival. With all of the water having possibly killed some of the electrics I thought I'd start a topic to find out what people do to try and waterproof things. I'm asking from the "racing the Boomerang" point of view, but it would apply to other models and There are some obvious answers such as fitting waterproof electrics to start with and putting receivers into balloons etc Those kind of things require a bit of foresight and planning (both of which I was severely lacking ) One thing that occurred to me on the way to the Revivial was the balance plugs on my Core RC stick lipos - I was fairly sure I didn't want them getting wet, but I didn't know what to do about it. I ended up wrapping them with some electrical tape. Also with the motor being exposed and having vent holes and an exposed sensor cable/port, what's the best way to keep that clear of water? So what are your top tips for waterproofing?
  4. Is the "Build tips and techniques" sub forum meant to be in the Sales section? It seems a bit of an odd place for it
  5. Thanks for the input guys. So far I've found 3 options for alloy TA01 knuckles... The ones @ThunderDragonCy linked to - https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F132884733272 Some Fastrax ones - https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F202637983353 And some others - https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F330609491787 Of all of those, I like the colour of the ones in the last link - it looks the closest to the blue of the stock units. Is there a preferred make for these kind of things? Does one manufacturer have a better fit/finish than others?
  6. Do you have a link to the ones you bought? I've got some TA01 ones in my eBay basket but haven't pulled the trigger in case they weren't right. I know that the TF uses the same knuckles as the Super Sabre - when I rebuilt the TF I needed some knuckles so used ones I had lined up for a Super Sabre rebuild. But I'm not sure if the re-re Boomer uses the same ones or not. As you say it's a minefield!
  7. Guys, can anyone point me in the direction of some alloy steering knuckles for the (re-re) Boomerang? Thanks
  8. Well the Revival adventure didn't go too well. Ran my first heat with the Boomerang, the track was soaking wet with plenty of standing water. As I'd missed practice I took it steady to learn the track. At one point I hit a puddle and the car stopped and wouldn't respond. A few seconds later it came back to life and I could finish the heat. I ended up last but it was fun. A few heats later I thought I was supposed to be running my Top Force. Turns out there was a mix up and I was in the wrong category. Wasn't really too bothered as I think my TF is too nice to run in these conditions. Short while later there was an announcement that my first heat was being re-run. Some timing problem in the heats before mine apparently, so mine had to be run again to even things up. On the start line for the re-run heat I noticed I only had intermittent reverse. Forward was ok so I carried on. Knowing the track better now I tried to run a bit harder than I had in the previous run. I managed a third of a lap then caught a hose wrong, cart wheeled the Boomer and pulled the lower ball joint out of the front upright. Back in the pits I fixed the upright then, whilst testing found that throttle response was patchy. No reverse and intermittent forwards. Tried recalibrating the ESC and that didn't help. In fact it wouldn't even calibrate properly. I suspect it's the sensors in the motor. Water has probably gotten in. I've got a spare motor with me but I don't really want to risk killing another one. So my day is done. Lipos are storage charging whilst I wait for the raffle to be drawn before I head home.
  9. Not started yet! Practice is underway at the moment. Although I missed my practice rounds so will be going into the first heat cold! But you don't need to practice with a Boomerang right?
  10. At Iconic Revival 4WD day...
  11. Setup the ESC's in my Revival runners - Boomerang, Top Force and TXT-2. It was just a case of calibrating throttle range and picking some starting settings for the programming options.
  12. Got stuck into some more Revival prep today... Swapped out the damaged/failed hinge pin on Boomerang. Mounted and glued some Schumacher tyres and inserts on a set of Dark Impact wheels. Built a pair of Manta Ray gear diffs and swapped them into my Top Force in place of the ball diffs. Fitted the 69t speed tuned spur into the TF with a 23t pinion. Fitted some alloy gearbox braces to the TF. I need to find a 15mm self tapper to finish the job though. Swapped the Trackstar Sportsman ESC in the TF for a Hobbywing 10BL120 that I had on hand. Then I set about stripping and cleaning the original Top Force shocks (not going to race it with shiny hi caps on). Found that the original shocks seem to be re-re ones - they have the one piece piston shafts. And one of the shafts is bent. Got some new (again one piece - they'll do for me) shafts on the way. Other than rebuilding those shocks it's just a case of setting up ESC's in all of the main cars - Boomer, TF and TXT. Now I need to remember to take everything I might need.
  13. After picking up a new leisure battery this morning, this evening I had chance to finish off my Revival prep on my TXT-2. Having changed the motor pinion and removed the old ESC yesterday, tonight it was a case of soldering up the new ESC and mounting it in the truck. The new ESC is a Hobbywing Xerun XR8 SCT. Now that it is fitted it just needs setting up with my TX and programming. But that's a job for another day. So the Revival prep currently stands at: Boomerang - waiting for new hinge pins and ESC programming. TXT-2 - waiting for ESC programming Top Force - waiting for lots of stuff!!
  14. Postman didn't bring it, I went and picked up a, still in delivery packaging but 2/3 of new price, 12v leisure battery to serve as a power source for charging in the field. Now I need to make sure I have the right connections to charge it (using the Pb program on my lipo charger) and to charge from it.
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