This winter I was doing some maintenance and upgrades on my Axial Yeti XL, when I noticed the stock bearings were starting to get a little crunchy and I decided to replace them. I immediately thought about Boca Bearings, which is where I have bought my bearings from the past. I have had no issues with Boca bearings, but this time, I wanted to try something different. After doing some online research, I decided to try Fast Eddy Bearings and I ordered the Fast Eddy Axial Yeti XL Sealed Bearing Kit $23.99us. I must say that their website was very easy to navigate and finding the correct bearing kit for your vehicle should not be a problem with their impressive vehicle database.
The shipping from California was very fast and it should be considering it cost $12.99us. The package took about a week and a half to arrive here in Nova Scotia, this also included an inspection of the goods by CBSA at the border.
Upon opening the package, I counted the bearings and confirmed they were all in the package. I then grabbed one bearing and rolled it, I grabbed another and did the same thing. It did this for every bearing in the package and there wasn’t a clunker in the bunch. I was very happy with how smooth the bearings rolled. They were extremely quiet and rolled with seemingly no effort. Continue Reading
Eustace Moore and his team at M.I.P. have done it again. Losi 5t owners should be very impressed. M.I.P. have released a quick fill refueling system so it can be done NASCAR style. “The MIP Quick Fill can dump a whopping 800 ml of fuel in under ten seconds (empty to completely full).” Continue Reading
The Traxxas X-Maxx is a very big and very tough RC, simply put this thing is a beast. As people use the X-Maxx, it was found that some people were destroying Differential Gears. Traxxas listen to the consumer and have announced Machined Differential Gears. The gears are machined from hardened steel to add extra driveline strength. They are also spiral cut for extra shock load resistance. The new gears will slide right in with no modification required. MSRP is $45.00 for the rear, Part# 7778x and $45.00 for the front, Part# 7777x.
The parts are listed on the Traxxas site, but I am having a hard time find them in stores. I hope this isn’t another situation where Traxxas announces a new part and we get to wait upwards of a year before it is readily available.
Team Associated have announced new Factory Team Aluminum Servo Horns for their 1/8 line up. The machined aluminum servo horns offer a strength advantage and a different feel. The stock servo horns are plastic and can give you a rough ride over time. These new ones are machined aluminum and slightly shorter length, they provide a smoother feel while decreasing the load on the servo. They are designed for the steering servo in the RC8B3, RC8B3e, RC8T3, and RC8T3e.
The 23T fits Airtronics, JR, KO, and Spektrum servos. Part# 1361
25T fits XP Digital, Reedy, Futaba, Savox, and newer-style Hitec servos. Part# 1363
The new servo horns will be available in April 2016.
For more details Check out New! Factory Team Aluminum Servo Horns
I have an RC8.2e FT and I am looking forward to getting my hands on one of these.
Castle Creations has released the Mamba Micro X which is small enough for 1:18th scale vehicles. The waterproof Micro X is suitable for 2WD and 4WD vehicles weighing from 1.5 lbs up to 2.25 lbs. The Micro X has the ability to run sensored brushless motors and the programmable Auxiliary Wire allows you to make on-the-fly changes to different settings, such as torque control and max throttle.
The Mamba Micro X can be found using part# 010-0147-00. Look for a late July release with a MSRP of $89.95
To get more details check out Castle Creations Mamba Micro X .
RPM have announced Rear A-Arms for the Traxxas Nitro Slash. Unlike the stock A-Arms which are used in many different applications, the RPM A-Arms a designed solely for the Nitro Slash, eliminating many different unused holes in the A-Arms which in turn creates durability.
Get complete details at RPM Nitro Slash A-Arms
The A-Arms should be in stores soon. MSRP $11.95 Part# 73652
Boom Racing has released a bunch of Aluminum upgrades for the ECX Torment, Circuit, and Ruckus. Some of the upgrades include Steering Blocks, Hub Carriers and A-Arms. To see all of the parts, check out AsiaTees.
FWIW, If you aren’t familiar with AsiaTees, I made 2 separate orders from AsiaTees this year, both times I used PayPal and I haven’t had any issues.
Team Associated has released a CT4.2 Mid Motor Conversion Kit for the RC10T4.2. The kit is designed specifically for very high-traction surfaces. The Centro CT4.2 Mid Motor conversion for the T4.2 features a hard aluminum one-piece chassis, and molded gearbox and bulkhead assembly that positions the motor in front of the rear wheel centerline, creating a centralized weight balance.
The Kit includes: Continue Reading
The new Pro-Line 1:8 Trifecta Lexan Wing brings a huge amount of weight savings to the highest part of your buggy and massively lowers your cars center of gravity. This results in faster corner speeds and reduces the chance of traction rolling when faced with high-bite track conditions.
The new Clear Lexan Wing is in stores now and can be found using Pro-Line Part# 6252-00. MSRP $21.21
RPM has released a Servo-Saver Eliminator Bellcrank for the ECX Boost, 2wd Circuit, 2wd Ruckus or 2wd Torment. The new Bellcrank which is molded from their trademarked blend of engineering grade nylons, is designed to cut down on the wandering tendencies, the steering slop and the centering problems, that are bound to come up over time in a stock system.
Get complete details at Servo-Saver Eliminator Bellcrank for the ECX Boost, 2wd Ruckus, 2wd Circuit & 2wd Torment.
It should be in stores soon and it can found using Part #73492. MSRP is $11.95
The ECX name is really making great progress in the RC world. I am starting to see them at the RC Park more and more. Quality aftermarket products are being released constantly and overall users seem very happy with whatever ECX model they get.
Integy rolls out a complete Billet Machined Suspension Kit for the Team Associated SC10.2 Short Course truck. Parts included in the kit are front alloy and rear lower suspension arms, carbon fiber and alloy front and rear shock towers, alloy front and rear hubs, alloy front c-carriers, and front and rear adjustable turnbuckles. The kit is available in Blue Part# C25644BLUE, Gunmetal Part# C25644GUN and Silver C25644SILVER. MSRP is $149.99. The kits should be in stores soon.
Kyosho has released details of a new wing stay. This is the wing stay run at the 2014 IFMAR 1/8 Worlds. It features a new lower mounting position than the original wing mount. It should be available in late November. No details on price, but it will be part# IFW460
Castle Creations has upgraded their famed 2028 Motor for 1/5 scale vehicles.
Some of the updates include:
- The new 800Kv rating will make the setup faster.
- Rated at a higher RPM (45,000) due to improved manufacturing processes.
- Capable of operating on 12S.
- Revised stator and magnet shapes provide lower cogging torque for improved starting performance.
The end result is an “enhanced” Castle 2028 that now carries an 800Kv rating. These “go big” motors can easily run in the 10 horsepower range.
This motor will pair nicely with the Mamba XL2 ESC.
To get the complete details, check out Castle Creations 2028 Extreme
Associated have released the Reedy Blackbox 410R ESC.
The long-anticipated and highly developed Reedy Blackbox 410R ESC is now available to racers worldwide. Extensive track testing by Reedy’s engineers and racing team has resulted in a high performance, high quality, and reliable ESC suitable for all levels of competition. A focus on excellent throttle and brake feel, precision adjustability, and robust hardware make the Blackbox 410R suitable for a wide range of racing applications.
- CNC-machined black aluminum case with integrated heat sink
- Fully adjustable brake, throttle, power, and safety functions
- Eight pre-programmed, customizable* profiles
- Blinky mode with ROAR-approved software
- Precision throttle and brake control
- Speed sensitive drag brake function
- Ultra-low resistance FET board
- 12-gauge power wires
- Heavy-duty external capacitor board
- Built-in voltage booster for 1S applications
- RPM data logging*
- Firmware updateable*
The ESC can be purchased separately or with a programing box.
Check out Reedy Blackbox 410R ESC for complete details or check out Blackbox 410R 1S-2S Competition ESC w/PROgrammer for details on the pair.
Pro-Line Carbon Fiber Battery Brace
Pro-Line has rolled out their monthly bag of goodies and there is the usual suspects of tires and bodies, but today we will start with Pro-Line Carbon Fiber Battery Brace. The battery brace will eliminates those pesky Velcro straps. The brace fits the PRO-2 SC Truck. Pro-Line part# 6093-07. MSRP $39.06 Continue Reading