parts and equipment researched, selected and acquired
initial construction complete
-several out-of-the-box steering issues corrected, wiring roughed in, shocks unsatisfactory
bench testing/living room assault mode – all systems ok. due to high speeds, living room assault mode is indefinitely suspended.
parking lot – all systems ok, multiple traction roll-overs with only cosmetic damage, severe degradation of super soft rear tires. due to high speeds, tire wear and surface conditions, parking lot testing is indefinitely suspended.
disused baseball field – extremely rough, hard, dusty, hot. added 1 temp probe to telemetry (battery), extended wheel base (1.5mm), rebuilt shocks bladder-less, speed control firmware updated and configured, 100% throttle attempted.
radio transmitting and receiving at range – ok
battery, speed control and motor power levels – ok
battery, speed control and motor temps – ok
steering and suspension – left front wheel worked itself loose at the 20 minute mark, due to not using thread-lock on the screw. wheel off, screw lost, go home.
use of full throttle – it remains very difficult to put full power down and keep it shiny-side up. instant wheelies at any speed and unsuitable surfaces have kept me veeeery light on the throttle. mostly, i was looking for glitching or low power as i stressed the car at maximum. i had a few nice powerslides, flicking the wheel lock to lock, which should have induced the problem if i was going to have it at all.
tear-down/analysis/rebuild showed severe dust and grit penetration of the rear exposed bearings, with no penetration of the motor or transmission internals. the stock bearing shields are painted/coated, which fouls the bearing even without external contaminants. since there is no penetration of the internals, the bearing shields have been removed and white lithium grease added to lubricate the gear teeth. the external bearings will remain in use with regular servicing until failure.
due to it being like driving on the moon, local baseball field testing is indefinitely suspended.
having hit several milestones, confidence remains high. during this rebuild, i have upgraded to bleeder shock caps and tungsten carbide diff balls, and arrived at a useable wiring solution. the car is now ready to accumulate some miles on a race track!