Shedding Grip – Seems, efficiency or sturdiness?
As I see it, there’s three totally different roads to selected between when upgrading an Axial SCX10-3: scale appears, efficiency or sturdiness. Some upgrades tick not one, however two bins, different upgrades shall be an enchancment in a single space, and an precise detriment in one other. Instance on the previous: aluminum wheels look good, and in addition add weight down low, therefore bettering each appears and efficiency. Instance on the latter: a metal roof rack filled with scale equipment appears superb, however provides a number of weight on the very high, making the automotive extra vulnerable to tipping over.
Which approach to selected then? Every to his personal, in fact, however right here’s my considering.
Upgrades for sturdiness is, a minimum of in my case, hardly wanted. For my rock racers and bouncers, I went all in for sturdiness, as within the SSD diamond axles pictured above. For the SCX10 I’m not the least frightened that issues would possibly brake; it’s not overly heavy and geared for a most pace of round 15 mph. Staying true to the specs of the Mamba Micro ESC I intend to maintain it beneath 8 lbs. Much less weight equals much less breakages. It now weighs, battery and all, six kilos, twelve ounces (3086 grams) . This implies I’ve a margin of 1 kilos and three ounces (540 grams) for upgrades, not rather a lot. The place to place it? Sturdiness not wanted, appears or efficiency stays.
Does the SCX10 want something within the appears division? Not so far as I’m involved. I do know that a number of you (hiya Jeremy!) like so as to add all types of spare equipment, however this isn’t my cup of tea. Effectively, a minimum of not if I’ve to decide on, as on this case. When on the paths and rocks, my SCX10 shall be accompanied by two extremely succesful 2.2 rigs, whether it is to remain on their tails, any upgrades should be aimed toward efficiency.
With a Holmes Passion Puller Professional Stubby V2 2700kV, a Citadel Creations Mamba Micro X, and a 500 oz-in servo from Savox (SW-2210SG), the electronics division is properly catered for. My fundamental fear is climbing and side-hilling functionality, since I do know these would be the largest challenges on the terrain round the place I stay.
On the need record: as a lot weight as doable, as far down as doable, nearly as good trying as doable. As I’ve mentioned earlier than, I hate shopping for twice, higher to go for one of the best from the beginning. There’s a number of totally different portal covers and knuckles on the market, however the one producer that ticks all of the bins, is Samix RC. Not less than that’s what it appeared like trying on the specs, so I bought myself a pair of portal covers and knuckles. As quickly as they arrived and I had a correct look, was very impressed by the end, and instantly ordered a second pair of portal covers, this in line with my precept of ”order a little bit at a time, benefit from the procuring course of and spend rather a lot on postage”.
Samix RC’s brass portal covers weigh in at 55 grams every, 88 grams with an elective tuning weight. Along with their 8mm hexes and scale brake rotors, it sums up at 196 grams for a pair. The whole entrance package deal with knuckles weighs in at 315 grams. All in all simply over 500 grams, proper down on the axles, as far down as it could probably go. In my case that’s roughly 15 % of the whole weight of the automotive! The 8mm hexes additionally widens the stance a bit, including much more to facet hilling functionality. The mix of a wider stance and a decrease heart of gravity should make fairly a distinction in crawling efficiency.
I’m nonetheless within the technique of correctly evaluating this improve, measuring issues like heart of gravity earlier than and after, doing earlier than and after runs and such. In the event you’re an everyday reader, you’ll know that I’ve a comfortable spot for physics, geometry and goal info. Relaxation assured that these portal covers and knuckles shall be scrutinised.
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