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Old 06-19-2009, 08:16 PM
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i got a tekin rebel esc i can pull off the wife's mo3 mini. and i have the 20 off 50 code..
Cool! So what are you waiting for?
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Old 06-19-2009, 08:32 PM
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i have half of the ammount cause im going to get 2 6 cell packs and a bulk pack of deans, hope to have the other half soon
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Old 06-21-2009, 09:56 PM
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Can somebody with a stock ESC put a voltmeter on one of the motors while it's running at full throttle? I did on mine, with a single 6 cell pack and the motors running in parallel each one is getting 7.2 volts. I'm curious about how many volts each motor gets with the stock ESC and two battery packs.
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Can somebody with a stock ESC put a voltmeter on one of the motors while it's running at full throttle? I did on mine, with a single 6 cell pack and the motors running in parallel each one is getting 7.2 volts. I'm curious about how many volts each motor gets with the stock ESC and two battery packs.
Sorry, SteveK, can't help you there. I don't have a volt meter.



During the crawling we did the 4th of July, my brother was able to make it over a big rock once but couldn't do it again. I tried multiple times and lines and never could get over it so that fueled the fire for more modding.



This is the rock that is responsible for the latest round of mods. I made it down it just fine but couldn't crawl back up it.





I started by taking the tall pick up cab off and going back to a stock CC body to keep everything nice and low. Then, I printed off a 40% off coupon and headed to Hobby Lobby for some tubing to use for stretching the rear links. I had some threaded rod here at the house. They didn't have aluminum so I got brass tubing. With the coupon it was $2.27 after tax. I used the same method to stretch the links that I used when clocking the axles. I cut the stock links in half, inserted the threaded rod, and sleeved them with the tubing. With the links reattached to the axle I checked to see where my shocks needed to mount and fabbed me up a chassis extender/shock mount using some scrap sheet metal.



This is how it sits with the chassis/rear link stretch.





Stance with the batteries added





I think it looks alright. I didn't wanted it to look wildly stretched.





While I was modding I went ahead and cut ever other lug out of the middle of the tires to help with the grip. With that finished it was time to hit the rocks.





The stretch helped with flipping over on inclines and maybe helped a little with the clod stall. The tire cutting seemed to give it just a little more grip. As of right now the stall seems to be the biggest limiting factor so I have ordered a 12 tooth pinion to put in the front since there doesn't seem to be a lower gear for the rear going to be available any time soon. Thanks for Jamus for the link on that.



Here is a little video I shot of the test run after the stretch.





For the money this rig is plenty capable and lots of fun.



Here is my list of mods and project total as it sits in the pictures and video above.



Duratrax Cliff Climber RTR $115 shipped with coupon

Relocated body post to lower body Free

Body post mounted standard batteries Free

Dean's Plugs About $6 or so

Lowered electronics it chassis Free if you got mounting tape

Wheel Weights $8 shipped from ebay

Steering Mods Free using parts I had

Clocked Axles Free using stuff I had

Stretching the wheelbase $2.27 for tubing

Painted Wheels Free



Total cost of rig as it sits in pictues $131.27



For a fun, affordable, capable, hobby grade rock crawler I think that is pretty good compared to the price of the other options. They are pretty capable stock and really capable with a few cheap and simple mods. If you break anything parts are readily available so they are not like a Nylint or other cheaper crawlers. I think for the money invested its a great rig. Another thing I really enjoy about my little CC is that as much as I have been through the forums, I haven't found another one just like it.
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Old 07-19-2009, 03:13 AM
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I've thought about getting a CC or MRC. Would be my first crawler so I'm still debating. I think that I'm leaning more towards the MRC. Any input?
Theres no doubt about it , go with the MRC.There are tons of cool aftermarket parts available for them and they are fairly cheap to mod. You can get an awesome tube chassis for them for around $65 to $75 and have a wicked crawler. Go on the rcrockcrawler.com forum and go to the vendor section to DMG Death metal garage and check out there stuff for the mrc. In my opinion there is no choice. Go with the mrc. The cliff climber don't have that much hop-up stuff out there.
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I got a Mapp Gas torch for my birthday so I decided to give brazing a shot. I fabbed up a chassis extender/roll bar for the rear of my CC and added a stinger to the front.











For the stock body to go on the rig I had to cut out the bed area. On the stock body I cut out the tailgate for a truggy look. I left the tailgate on my custom body.







I have had a little issue with turning the front wheels so I removed some of the weight and that helped the turning issue without hurting performance. I have 2 1/4 ounces on each front wheel and 1 1/2 ounces on each rear wheel. The rig is pretty heavy anyway with the standard 6 cell batteries.



After I got finished working on the rig I had heard about a place not far from the house to go crawl so I went to check it out. It was a beautiful area at a creek.















It was nice to get out and do some crawling. For the money invested I am still really happy with my CC. I wouldn't mind adding some grippier tires at some point and I have a clicking in the rear axle that I will have to eventually fix.
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cracking job mush,,,,very impressed
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