Custom Design Your new Traxxas Truck
Remote control vehicles have been around for more than half a decade now - their history goes back all the way to the 1960s! This goes to show you how much we love driving and flying things.
While those first models were slower, and a little dangerous, RC vehicles still stood the test of time.
Today, it's such a big industry that the Recon G6 event in Hong Kong went viral in mainland China.
But for a beginner, it's difficult to figure out where to start. There are so many models to look at!
In general, though, it's good to start electric, like with a new Traxxas truck.
Once you decide on your Traxxas, read on for the 6 best ways to customize your RC car.
1. Making an Iconic Fictional Car
Competitive racing is fun and the feeling of sportsmanship is great to share. But sometimes, modifying cars for fun provides the same rush.
So... Why not start your modification by making a new body for your RC?
Iconic fictional cars come in many shapes. Remember Marty McFly speeding to the future in the DeLorean? You can build that on your own, provided you have the right tools.
3D printers make your job easier here, but manual molding is also possible. After removing the body, you'll need to base the new model according to the chassis.
Take your time measuring dimensions. Then decide between using a mold and shapeable acrylic.
Whichever you choose, sanding materials are a must. Having a reference to the iconic car will help you make each detail accurate.
This customizing option is a little advanced, so learn more about molding and fitting. It pays to inform yourself on DIY RC body builds.
2. Dropping the Weight in Your RC
Weight plays a big role in speed, but did you know you can change more than that heavy RC body?
Since these little vehicles emulate real cars, all the moving parts are replaceable. Aluminum parts can seem appealing and are very shiny but the weight can add up. A better upgrade are nylon infused plastics which are much stronger and save the extra weight RPM High Strength Parts.
When they're all replaced, the weight you shave will be significant.
Your battery weighs quite a bit as well, as such, replacing that is the next step. Ni-Cad or Ni-Mh are the stock RC batteries, so a quick shift to Li-Po will lighten your car.
They also provide more power, making this part replacement in any remote control Traxxas cars a must.
Balancing the speed and weight is integral in performance though.
If you lose too much, traction suffers and even a small bump can catapult your car. Racing will also be difficult because turning will be harder.
3. Painting Custom Decals
Do you like exercising your creativity? Well, here's your chance because you can paint your RC's body all you want.
Nothing expresses individuality like drawing. Then taking your designs and then applying them to new RC cars.
It's advised you plan where these designs go before you paint. Because mistakes mean you have to start from scratch.
Finding the right type of paint is also important. Most available RC colors come in spray-cans, so cutting out stencils is helpful. You can use those attachable spray pipes to make painting lines cleaner.
Use masking tape to cover up your body protects the general layout of the RC.
Make sure to let each coat rest after applying them. This way, there will be fewer drip stains to deal with.
4. Improving the Engine in Your New Traxxas Truck
Since you want to improve your new Traxxas truck, you should look into replacing the engine. You want to test that bad boy off road, so you need the power to climb hills and rocks.
Motor ratings help you understand how much speed or power your vehicle can dish out. When you buy one, it shows you the power (kv) and the turns (t).
The first is for smaller racing models, while the second improves off-road capability.
Brushless motors are the ticket to improved performance on rough terrain. You'll want to use a slower motor that exerts more power in every rotation.
So, an engine rated 7000kv and 10t would be better than one that runs at 8000kv and 4.5t. The opposite applies to racing.
5. The Fine Details in Gearing
The finest detail you can work on in remote control Traxxas cars are the gears inside the motor. More speed and acceleration in your car fall to the pinion and spur gear.
Different combinations of both gears will change depending on the speed you prefer. A small pinion combined with a big spur gives you the best acceleration.
You'll have more control and turns will be a breeze, but you sacrifice the top speed.
Using a bigger pinion and smaller spur results in the best top speed. It'll take a while to get off the starting line, but once it's going, it won't stop for anything.
Like when dealing with weight, balancing between both is important. A bigger pinion and smaller spur demand a lot out of your engine.
Keep that in mind before buying your parts.
6. Tires and Accessories
Performance is nice, but don't let that stop you from building a cool car.
Changing your tires adds a bit of speed depending on the driving surface. But you know what can make them cooler? Slick-looking rims in the perfect color that matches your car.
A new remote with better range coupled with a strong receiver let you take farther rides. That way, you won't have to chase your little speed demon every time you take it out.
Building your Personal Beast
RC racing, whether for hobbyists or beginners, bring many people together. It's a fun pastime that involves creativity and technical know-how. No wonder RC racers take it so seriously!
At the end of the day though, what matters is that you have fun while driving your new Traxxas truck.