First upgrade is two Gens Ace 800mAh 20c lipos from HobbyPartz.com. Initial results had me very happy. Durring testing it was drizzling outside so there wasn’t any wheelie action but there were tons of donuts and burnouts. The two combined will give me great run time and fit really well. Will do more testing when it is dry outside but for now I’m very happy.
*Since changed to a single Sky Lipo Battery which is bigger, easier to deal with.
I had an extra set of shocks from my RC18T2 lying around so I decided to make them fit my Smash. The mod isn’t perfect and I’m looking into a few options to improve the mod. If I can get better eyelets I would like to compare the RC18T2 shock mod to the Losi upgrade shocks.
I started off by removing the stock, bottom eyelet.
I then removed the bottom ball cup of the RC18T2 shocks.
I then drilled out the threaded end of the ball cup and cut the bottom part off the ball cup creating a spacer of sorts.
The next step is to place this spacer on the shock shaft and thread the stock eyelet back on.
From here just add the spring and the spring retainer and mount on the Smash.
With this mod you do lose travel but you gain dampening which is really nice. If you have any questions comment below.
Drive Train Mods:
With the new shocks I decided to get a brushless system in there. I’m running the Toro 25 amp ESC with a Tacon finned motor. They are controlled with a FlySky GT3B radio and powered with my new Sky Lipo 1300 mAh 25c. I also ordered a Losi Mini-T motor plate to add adjustability to the motor mount position and a set of Loi pinions designed for their 1/18 scale vehicles. To complement all this I added a bearing kit from Duratrax. Thanks to all these mods the truck has great runtime, speed and does wheelies which always puts a smile on people’s faces.
- DuraTrax Bearing Completer Set Losi Mini-T (8) DTXC1105
- Losi Pinion Gear Set 13T-16T Mini Vehicles LOSB1261
- Losi Transmission CaseMotor Plate Set Mini-T LOSB1058
- FlySky FS-GT3B
- Sky Lipo 1300mAh 7.4V 25C
- Tacon 2030-3100KV
- Toro 25amp ESC
I also bought a new body for this truck from Parma of a Nissan Titan. I’m not sure how I like it so we’ll see if it lasts.
Well, I ended up getting bored of the Titan body so I ordered up the Parma X-Citer buggy body for a Mini-T. It’s a pretty easy fit really. The only issue is that the front shock tower needs to be dremeled out a little and you need to use velcro in the front instead of a body clip.
You may wish to get Mini-T tires to better achieve the buggy look but I’m fine with the way it looks.