Got it out in some rocks around the house today for a shakedown run and set a baseline for the return on expected mods.
1. Definitely need the tires to be more flexy, so I'll be removing the foams.
2. The departure angle with this pickup body is atrocious. Don't think I'll be able to make the bed look anywhere decent by chopping so I'm shopping for a body, preferably hard. I started thinking I was gonna trim it because the tires run pretty hard when flexed out but with the departure angle I just need to start with something better.
3. Control is decent going forward, but reverse seems really touchy. I don't know if there's an adjustment to be made in the ESC or if I need to gear down just to make reverse more usable. It has portals which I didn't even know until I laid hands on the box, so I would think I'd be in a good spot gearing wise. Maybe I just need to practice and build some more dexterity in the reverse trigger direction. Does brushless help with that sort of thing or is that just longer battery life?
4. Gonna try the side battery mount instead of the rear. It's really light in the front which makes it want to cartwheel backward really easily on steeper climbs.
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Those have a lot of potential.
Those tires are sticky but the foams are probably not ideal. Those tires are glued on so getting the foam out is going to be a pain. Get some beadlocks, new tires, and foams . Then you can play with the foam easily and put weights inside. No foam in something that size probably wont work. You can tune foams to your liking by trimming them if you cant find one ya like.
Just cut up the body
Making reverse better could be as easy as just recalibrating the ESC. Not familiar that setup, but the procedure is usually really simple. Id leave it brushed.
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