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WHAT HAPPENED TO MY RAT ROD GRiM REAPER MONSTER TRUCK? | RC ADVENTURES

WHAT HAPPENED TO MY RAT  ROD GRiM REAPER MONSTER TRUCK? | RC ADVENTURES


– [RCSparks] Yes I’m about to take you on an incredible journey
through time and space. Who remembers the Reaper Rat Rod Summit? I bet a lot of you guys thought that I’d actually gotten rid
of this beautiful machine but indeed I have not. This is hydrodipped and
painted by Pitdawg Hydro. I’ve had this body from Pro-Line for a very, very long time and in fact I’ve had this Traxxas
Summit for a very long time. These are 40 Series
Mud Slingers from RC4WD on the Poison Spyder aluminum rims. These are Leading Edge Machine,
that’s the company’s call, that’s the company’s name. These axle drive shafts
they actually don’t, I don’t believe they’re
in business anymore. This thing has seen better
days, I’ll tell you what. It has entertained millions and millions upon tens of millions of
people on this channel and I tell ya, I think it’s time. Since it is minus 35
degrees celsius outside at the time of this filming,
yes I’m very happy for you, it’s warm where you
live but the rest of us are freezing our butts
off and there’s no way we can go outside and RC right now. It’s a great opportunity
to go ahead and to see how we can bring things
back from the dead. The Rat Rod Reaper, back from the dead. So let’s have a look at this. The last time, here, the
last time I used this I blew one of them brushed
motors on this side and listen to this, it sounds horrible. (crunching sound) Crunchy. So I think that that
pinion is just slipping on this spur gear right here and for those in the hobby world out there
that know the Traxxas Summit, this is supposed to be
a 1/10 scale machine, but I would say it’s
closer to a 1/8 scale size but it’s really hard to
say because who knows? Maybe the model that they were modeling this after was enormous. That’s always been the joke
with the Traxxas Summit is that it is far larger
than a 1/10 scale. Now this does have a
ESC on it, you can see I put an external BEC on here
to handle all the extra power when it needed, when the servos
were calling for more power because of these bigger tires, the BEC is able to
reroute from the battery and give it the proper amount of current. Now this runs normally
on a two battery system. It runs on 4S Lipo, two on
this side, two on the other. I know, so beautiful and yet it looks like it wasn’t taken care of at all. But indeed it has just
been sitting on the shelf for a very, very long time. Ugh. (laughing) That’s what she said. So today, sad for me, is that I went down to look for Kershaw
Designs from Dan Fischer that used to run Kershaw Designs and Kershaw Design’s site was gone, and it’s been gone for years. I guess Dan used to make
these dual motor mount plates which I love, I think they’re fantastic. And I went to go and buy
the motors off of him but he passed away several
years ago from cancer. So, that is a loss to the RC community, even though I’m just finding out, I feel a little bit
like a boob about that. But I bet there’s many
other people out there that didn’t know that either. He did some great work. Well, instead of putting
in dual motors on here, and I was thinking and
I would replace this, get rid of like the stock ESC on here, maybe I was gonna do a brushless and then I thought, well
then I’d have to get, do a brushless ESCs, and
if you look on the inside there is not a lot of room. But I have had a monster
Tekin motor for years sitting just waiting to be used. And look at this, look
at the KV rating on this. It’s not on that side. Yes it is, 2250 right there. 2250 KV, this can size is enormous, way larger than the other
one that’s in there, and if I only use one, that way I can fit a new ESC down on that spot, and get rid of this old
fella, replace it out with a new ESC and start
bringing this back from the dead. Yeah the last time I used this
years ago was in a mud video and I ended up cooking one of the motors and it was quite a smoke show. And that is going to need to be cut out but the secret with this
is if you just kinda start moving that around, it’ll start loosening up that screw. And then you’ll be able
to back it off easier if I can get it some bite in there. Ah, there we go. Beautiful, as long as
you can move the motor kind of cracks open that pinch that it has on the screw there. I’ll try to move it back and forth. Then of course that just goes to show it was that pinion on the spur gear. Actually for my last video
being a mud video with this it’s actually in pretty darn good shape. In fact you guys are
probably wondering right now where did you get the white arms? These are RPM arms. They were made, I don’t know if they still make them anymore? I’ve had this truck for so long, these are basically undyed arms. You could dye them the color you wanted. And RPM of course, being a leading name in the plastics, when you
would have indestructible, unless you went into the freezing cold, indestructible plastic basically. Who remembers me doing the Traxxas Summit, the floating Traxxas Summit video where we had the tires that were floating, this whole truck was on top of the water, had some great tunes with it. I think that was back in 2012? This was the very first
crossover mainstream vehicle to hit the RC market. I remember when Traxxas
dropped this bomb on everybody and it seems so regular now and
usual all these years later, eight years to be specific, to have a two-stage
transmission in a monster truck. This not only was being sold as a crawler, you could crawl over
things which was unusual, you wouldn’t get a truck
this size that would go slow, but it would also go a fairly decent clip that you could bash, so it was a bash slash crawler hybrid truck. And, you know, still pretty darn popular. Not as popular as they used to be but I still have mine ’cause I love it. So first thing I gotta do is remove this receiver box off of here
but even though I said that’s the first thing I’ll do, let’s actually make it the second. Let’s take this off and have a look. Years of gunk and what you’re
seeing is old grease in there because you’d always put a
blob of grease around the edge to keep that transmitter from getting any water on the inside. I’ll have to clean out this
entire gross box, look at this. Whatever congealed substance
that is. (laughing) let’s get this outta here. Yeah, we’d always dab dig gloves
of marine grease in there. Get it in focus here for you guys. So, I wasn’t getting any
leaks from the water. You can see it works but years later, ugh, you’re gonna pay the penalty. It’s not too bad. It just looks like a bunch
of baby snot all hardened up. So for beginners that are afraid of doing this kind of thing, all I’m
doing is following the wire to where the channel is, you can see this is the first channel here. So I’m just going to remove that, noting that the signal wire,
which is the bright wire is towards the antenna
when it’s upside down, so it’s not a big deal. Yeah, look at this. I completely cooked the eng
of this in the last video. That is the ground wire
that is melted right out of the sheeting right there. I’m so glad I decided to change this out. Now I gotta clean all that gunk out. But upon further inspection,
I can see that my BEC looks relatively unscathed. So I’m actually gonna recover the BEC. I don’t think I’m gonna
need the BEC in here, I very well might. But instead of putting in
like an eight scale RX system in here, I’m gonna use the RX4, which is instead of the RX8. But I wanna see how this does
because this doesn’t have any motor limit on the brush. Brushless, pardon me. And it’s got a pretty decent
ESC or BEC in there already. So, with a giant motor like that, even though it’s for eight-scale racing, I think it will perform
well even with the RX4. I could be proved wrong, but we’ll see. All right, now after about
an hour of being off camera, I’ve actually gone ahead
and done quite a bit of the suddering, soldering, suthering, whatever you wanna call it. Wherever you’re from in the world. And done some electronics works already. I’m gonna be running
the batteries in series, which basically means
I’m gonna be doubling up the batter power, so I’ve got 2S Lipo and a 2S Lipo for a 4S Lipo. I made this little connector so you can kinda see how it goes. This one of course go into the battery, this one go into the battery. And this one will be going to the ESC. Now, here is the speed control. And I decided to change
my mind and actually just throw the BEC on there. Even though it’s got a high voltage BEC. Because it’ll be easier
for me to do it now than to muck about with
it later when I need it. Now, I’ve left my leads entirely too long, I actually don’t need them
to be that long at all. But I usually like to
place my speed control and the kinda eyeball it,
I can mount up the motor and you can see I only need
a few inches there of wire. So I’m gonna take that back and heat up the soldering iron again. (laughing) You guys have always fuck me up on that because you’re all from
all over the world. So you all say it differently. Kinda like Tamiya, Tamiya, Tamya. Dang it. Now, I’ve gotta be really
careful with this motor. Because this motor mount isn’t
actually the proper mount for this (laughing) set up. But as you can see, I’ve added a screw which kinda wedges this motor into place. And I’ve got an excellent small
small, maybe one millimeter gap in between the pinion and that spur. So running it back and forth. Beautiful, no weird sounds at all. And this shouldn’t move whatsoever. To prevent this motor from coging, which is kinda like a jittery movement when the calm is trying to find its position inside (mumbles). This sensor wire will actually sense it and tell the motor where to start. So I won’t get any kinda
hopping at a slow speed. We get that with the brushless
motor when it’s sensorless. This being censored will avoid it. Now, although this Tekin
motor is not waterproof, so I won’t be taking this
through any melting snow, but as you know, there is no
melting snow at the moment, I still wanna add some
grease to the open ports. This is the center cable
port, as well as the fan port up on this side here ’cause
if you don’t do that, you can have water seep
past and give you problems inside the ESC. Yes, it’s supposed to be element-proof, but there are these little
areas that can cause a problem so they include the grease. In order for me to stick this ESC down, I’m gonna have to have
a nice, clean surface, so that double-sided tape
has an opportunity to stick. Just place that on there,
stick it down nice and firm. Well, after lots of effort and time today, even though the video
has gone by fairly quick, I have actually salvaged
the summit and I am ready to plug it in for the first time. You can see I’ve got the
connector for a series, for both of my batteries hooked up. A very tidy wiring job here. I’d like to mention to
anybody that’s running a BEC that remember, when you
power the BEC directly or the receiver directly form
the BEC that’s plugged in, that’s coming straight from the battery, remove the red wire from your ESC because the red wire
from this plug right here normally powers the receiver. But because I’m running a BEC, it’s gonna automatically power it. Now, I did take the red wire out of this, which means I’m gonna still be able to use my on and off switch. If you guys ever run something like this and realize that your on
off switch isn’t working, that’s because you’re double powering it. So let’s actually get this all plugged in. Make sure my old radio is on. Green light. Here’s whatever that can go up into smoke if I’m not careful. Three, two, one. No smoking, I like that. I should’ve put up the
no smoking sign here. So my sensor cable is
plugged in and ready. I’m gonna turn on my ESC, which
I still need to calibrate. Yeah, do I have power to my cirvos? Oh they just need to be reversed. And then, I don’t even
know what motor type I have it set on here. Does it go forward? (laughing) Back from the dead. (laughing) Yes. Now, we finally get to give
it a little bit of a test. Two-speed transmission. Remote locking differentials. Oh yeah! Welcome back! (laughing) Such a beautiful body
too, we’ve crushed it and bashed it and mangled it. But I’ll tell you what, it’s been one of the coolest looking
bodies I’ve ever had in the studio, that’s for sure. Whoa, I cannot believe
we’d breathed life back into it, my friends. I need a bigger space
to open it up of course, but two-stage transmission there. Then it allow me to do the
crawling and the snow bashing. I probably need to replace
the slipper clutch on this just because it is so well-loved,
I should say. (laughing) Well thanks a lot guys. Hopefully, you’ve made
a comment down below. Smash that like button for the return of the Reaper Rat Rod. And I wanna know, if you’ve
been watching RC Adventures for a long time, which is your favorite RC out of all the ones we’ve had on the show? Post it up down below and we’ll see you in the next episode of RC Adventures. Now get outside and have fun with RC or if it’s too darn cold,
stop procrastinating and do the maintenance
like you’re supposed to. We’ll see you guys,
bye for now. (laughing) Oh yeah! (laughing)

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