Hello All, My name is Chris, I live in Okinawa Japan and I am a extreme newb to this RC hobby, so please bare with me. I got my son into it and he dragged me into it.
I bought my son a used TT01 for a bit over $250 ready to run. Friggin car is tough and takes a hell of a beating. He's having a blast with it and seeing this, I wanna get in on the game so I buy a used TT01 set up for around $250. The guy said the motor, servo, and speed controller were brand new, and to be honest, they looked new. I wait for my son to get home from school and I drive my car down the road to meet him and then everything shut off. Nothing worked and I knew NOTHING about this new hobby. So I bring my car to RC Paradise here on Okinawa. Here is the set up I bought. Motor is a EnRoute 6.5T
According to the dude working at the shop, he said the stuff I had was good quality. I ask him what the problem was and he says I need to buy a new radio and receiver to upgrade it from AM to a 2.4GHz system(sorry if I get the nomenclature wrong, I'm a newb). He sells me a Kyosho Syncro KT-201 and we install and set up the stuff and still nothing. The guy chuckles and I realize that I'm being taken for a ride, BUT I need this fixed cause I wanna play with my son. The guy says that I need a new Speed Controller, so he sells me a HobbyWing speed controller rated for my 6.5T motor. After I buy it, the guy says (in japanese) "that speed controller won't work unless you buy the HobbyWing programmer card, so I buy that too. I ask if they can solder the controller to the motor and the two clowns start laughing and say "you've already spent $400, so we'll do this for free". I head home feeling raped, but excited I can play with my son. I get home and we go outside to play and my steering turns all the way to the right and locks in place. Feeling pretty frustrated that I gotta see the clowns at RC Paradise again, I head over and they sell me a Savox servo. I have no idea what I'm buy, but they keep saying it's good stuff. I get home again to play with my son and my car will run for a bit, then every once in awhile it'll cut out, Speed Controller still running, but no forward or back and the steering also cuts out. I have been messing with it, but cannot figure it out. I've tried both of my batteries, but still the same problem. My sons lithium battery seems to make my car run better. Could my problem be my batteries? I just wanna confirm before dumping more money into this car. And that HobbyWing program tuning card doesn't work for crap. Says it needs software upgrade when hooked up to the car and says Connecting to PC when hooked up to the laptop, BUT it never connects to the laptop.
Here it is my car now
and here is a pic of my boy with his indestructable car
Any tips or suggestions are very welcome. I hope to learn more about this hobby and hopefully someday can help out with what I have learned.