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Old 01-02-2022, 05:20 PM #1
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Radio Control! RC trucks, cars, planes, boats, whatever tickles your pickle!

I figured I'd start a new RC topic in the new year in order to be more inclusive of everybody's RC hobby.

My first RC outing of the year was at John A. Phillips Preserve. I was out for a couple hours. My battery ran out at the end, so I had to carry my Enduro Trailrunner for about 10 minutes. No big deal. I might have made it back to my real 4Runner if I didn't take a wrong turn towards the end of my outing.

I also redid the front end yesterday. I replaced the ball studs in the lower arms with hex cap screws last spring or summer. I eventually had to replace the ball studs on the upper arms in the same way but with additional springs and washers. This made my IFS more sturdy, but it also threw my steering geometry way out of whack. The lowers didn't affect it too badly, but the tops were a mod too far. I looked at what the plastic rod ends were doing in other parts of the truck, and I saw that they used little plastic balls that had holes for M3 screws. I was using M4 screws in my mod, so I took my pack of extra balls (giggity) and bored out the holes with the standard Dremel drill bit and a slightly larger drill bit in a regular drill. It took some doing, but I got the M4 screws in place with the balls and the balls in the rod ends. Nuts and threadlocker completed the mod. I also replaced the screws and nuts on the lower arms with stainless steel. Today's outing was good. However, I also found that I have a busted bearing in the right front steering knuckle. It was an expensive Fast Eddy sealed ceramic bearing, too. I may replace it with another sealed ceramic, but if it's going to be so prone to breaking then maybe I'll just use cheaper bearings in that spot. There's no use using sealed ceramics where they'll just break before regular bearings would rust. The matching bearing on the other side appears to be okay, though. In any case, the wheel's okay in the meantime. There's a dual bearing setup in the steering knuckle, so it rides well enough on the inner bearing.







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I went to Julian L. Capik Nature Preserve today. It was supposed to be an epic snow day. Instead I broke a driveshaft. I already got an upgraded replacement. Besides that, there's not much to say. The pics aren't anything new. After the front driveshaft broke, driving the truck back was a pain. It also started snowing a tiny bit for just a minute. I just hope these upgraded driveshafts are better. They're pretty heavy. I got Hot Racing driveshafts. I had to grind down the tips to get them to fit, but they fit well after grinding.

And now I'm going back to work tomorrow. No more off roading until Saturday. Mini Z racing is Sunday.







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So, my new Hot Racing driveshafts are great, but all this snow isn't so great! I decided to go to Raritan Bay Waterfront Park to see how much off roading I could get done. I got more done than I thought. There were some areas where the snow was just too deep, though. I also ended up messing up the motor again in a water crossing. I was able to revive the motor on the beach, but I don't know about this motor. It's rebuildable but not very hardy. The stock motor would have been able to take it.



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I will get some current pics of mine, also need to do a trail hike with them this summer. My current list is:

XMAXX - extremely fun, but you need lots of space
2, 1/10 Summits - want to do a brushless conversion on one of them
Stampede - 2WD fun
1/16 Summit - brushless and needs a little work
1/16 Summit - 12yr olds car and she breaks it often, lol
2, Latrax Tetons - 4yr old enjoys driving these
Axial SCX24 - C10 body and pretty fun tiny thing to drive
RedCat Windigo Kit - need to finish assembling this so I can have more of a true crawler

Thinking of adding a couple more, but probably should put some money into my 4Runner first, lol
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I went down to Toms River today. I stopped by Hobbytown for a bit first and picked up a few Mini Z parts. Nothing major. I just happened to be in the area. I also ran into the organizer of Jersey RC Racing Promotions who was setting up the Mini Z track there. I then went to Unreal RC and checked out the 1/10 scale crawler course there. It was very, very challenging for my Trailrunner with its still-stock tires, ride height, etc. I was able to get around much of the track without too much hands of god, though. It's a punishing track! That much is for sure! My truck was making all kinds of sounds. It's a good thing I got the upgraded driveshafts. I bet I snapped one of those wheel hex rod things at the course, though. I also briefly tried running my Mini Z 4Runner, and it was... It went as you'd expect. I want to try the course again with a Traxxas New Bronco if I ever get one. Maybe this spring. I also brought a couple Mini Z cars and drove around the track for a while. I actually ran into the same people I saw the last time I went there. We raced our cars a bunch. The one guy even picked up a Nismo Skyline R33 AWD while he was there. Really cool dude.

I then went to the nearby Cattus Island County Park in all of its freezingness today! A friend of mine said I was a madman! I just know that I have to get my Trailrunner time in when I can. Much of the snow has melted or washed away in the past week, so my Trailrunner was able to get around. The trails I took weren't super crazy or anything, but they were nice. There are plenty of trails that I didn't take, though. I'll have to get there again one day. I also had to change a tire while I was out. I think the busted bearing that I had been running was the main culprit, but there was a sharp point on my lower arm modification. I've since smoothed over the sharp point and inserted an older but functional bearing in place of the busted one. I'm glad I kept it after I made the switch to ceramics last spring.









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I went to Jamesburg Park Conservation Area for the first time today. I entered the trails at Locust Street. I didn't realize that the entry trail is actually a super tiny thing that you can barely see on the map, so I ended up being far less along in my hike than I thought I was, and I ended up taking a turn that took me to a dead end but I didn't realize it. It was super cold to be lost in the woods, no more than 20 degrees but it was all good. I had layers on, and I got myself back on track. I also ran into a weird sidewalk in the woods. It doesn't make any sense. I don't know why it was there. Maybe it was made in the very early 1900s. This is one of the bigger areas I've ever been to, and it's going to take many visits to see it all.







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