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Common Parts Found in RC Cars

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When you take a look at the mechanical aspect of radio controlled vehicles, you would be surprised to know that they are very complex under the hood. If you seriously want to get into RC vehicles as a hobby, you will need to be aware of what all the parts do since RC racing is a very high maintenance hobby, and a lot of parts ca break easily. Here is a quick rundown of the parts that you will need to keep your eye on or keep spares handy.

Pinion Gear – This small toothed cog is used to connect with the spur gear and drive the transmission. If your batteries run hot then that is a sign that you will have to change the pinion gear.

Suspension Arms – These connect to the axle carriers, and both of these parts can be quite problematic it certain models such as the MERV (mini E-Revo) monster truck. If your vehicle land at an awkward angle on the wheel, these can break, and they are a lot of hassle to change out.

Shock Towers – Support the suspension and join the oil filled shock absorbers to the chassis. Certain trucks such as the Traxxas Stampede and Rustler can break their shock tower at the back quite easily after a big jump, so it is a good idea to have spares.

Servo – motor that allows the wheels to turn left and right – the steering in other words. You don’t want to break this!

Servo Saver – this is a part that is actually designed to break easily. It prevents the servo from breaking by absorbing all of the impact. This can break very often, so make sure you have a lot of parts.

Certain models are hardier than others – a Traxxas Stampede RTR will break a lot less frequently than a Revo. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these parts!

RC Cars – A Great Beginner’s Model – Traxxas RC Stampede

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There are many people who are really starting to get into RC racing as it is shown on television late at night. These RC cars are a lot faster than the old remote controlled cars that you used to find 10 years ago – these ones are capable of incredible speeds and car easily beat a full size car in acceleration alone.

The cars are called Nitro cars, or Nitro buggies, which run on a mixture of nitro methane and oil, function in much the same way as full size engines because they have an internal combustion engine which is typically two stroke in order to generate their massive power. However, these hobby grade engines are expensive to buy, and a chassis that is designed to handle the large forces generated by this engine even more so, and the huge cost can be very off-putting to those who just want to get started.

Luckily, there are cheaper models available that are not quite toy-grade but still pack a lot of acceleration and speed. Electric technology is improving fast, and some think that maybe one day the electric variants will be faster than the nitro powered versions.

If you are looking for a powerful starter’s car then you couldn’t do any better than a Traxxas Stampede for starting out. These cars are powered by battery rather than an oil nitro mixture which gives them a little bit less power but they are still really fast and maneuverable. The cost of the starting model of the Stampede is under $200 which is really affordable for many especially since the full scale nitro models can cost $600 or even more!

The 4×4 rating of the Traxxas Stampede allows it to travel over multiple surfaces, and its suspension can handle the bumps with ease. If you are looking for a good car for starting out then look up this model – you won’t regret it!