By User12611829-Oracle on May 19, 2009
It is often the little things, like regular maintenance. Off road trucks take a tremendous amount of punishment, especially if you are prone to running into curbs or cartwheeling off a ramp. At the end of every session you should give your truck a thorough examination and replace parts like this bent hinge pin.
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It may not seem like much but this hinge pin will cause the steering block to bind in the caster block which will will impact the handling of the truck. This will be more pronounced coming out of a turn but it may even prevent your truck from keeping a straight line. If this is a four wheel drive truck you may experience a lack of power when turning. You will also be creating additional work for your steering servo which can lead to shorter run times and premature failure of the servo itself. And this is completely unnecessary. A replacement hinge pin is a $2 part and takes just a few seconds to replace it.
Before you invest in an expensive brushless power plant and high capacity energy source, do the little things.
Get your truck ready for the stresses of a more powerful motor.
- Reduce rolling friction everywhere (large bearings on the axle carries and steering blocks)
- Stronger lower suspension arms
- Aluminum caster blocks to prevent bending your hinge pins in the future
- Steel transmission and differential gears
- Heavy duty output drives
- Large front and rear bumpers to protect suspension parts and your new motor
- Heavy steel steering links, and if available adjustable steel camber turnbuckles
- Heavy duty aluminum shock towers (as the stock ones fail)
- Get a range of pinion and spur gears (and start at the low end of the recommended gearing range and move up if the motor, esc and battery stay cool)
And at the end of every race or afternoon of bashing
- Thoroughly inspect your truck for damage and replace all broken parts
- Clean dirt away from electronics (radio, speed control, servos)
- Make sure your suspension moves freely
- Replace any bent screws or hinge pins
- Tighten screws that have become loose - be careful with plastic parts as they can easily strip
- Oil your motor bearings, and if brushed clean with motor spray and check your brushes and commutator
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