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Old Yesterday, 10:21 AM   #1
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Default More weight to keep Night Crawler SE planted

Hey guys,

I recently purchased a Night Crawler SE for my 11 year old to run at a local indoor crawler course. He's been having a great time using it and it does fairly well for a stock RTR.

However, on a few spots of the course where it's really steep going upwards and downwards the lack of weight down low in the chassis reared its ugly head. I zip-tied 2 ounces of wheel weights to the top of the steering servo to help him out (that's all that was available to us at the time). While it helped, it didn't solve any problems plus it interfered with the body during articulation.

I've got to confess I really don't know anything about this platform. I wasn't sure if knuckle weights or anything similar was still available for this type of crawler anymore like in the heyday of the LCC and original LNCs (I can't seem to find anything online). I also read about people using stick on wheel weight inside the wheels to help lower the center of gravity. However, I'm not sure this will work with the SE 1.9 wheels or not. Can anyone confirm if it will?

So what else can we do to keep this rig planted on the crawler course?

Thanks!
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Old Yesterday, 10:18 PM   #2
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Hey guys,

I recently purchased a Night Crawler SE for my 11 year old to run at a local indoor crawler course. He's been having a great time using it and it does fairly well for a stock RTR.

However, on a few spots of the course where it's really steep going upwards and downwards the lack of weight down low in the chassis reared its ugly head. I zip-tied 2 ounces of wheel weights to the top of the steering servo to help him out (that's all that was available to us at the time). While it helped, it didn't solve any problems plus it interfered with the body during articulation.

I've got to confess I really don't know anything about this platform. I wasn't sure if knuckle weights or anything similar was still available for this type of crawler anymore like in the heyday of the LCC and original LNCs (I can't seem to find anything online). I also read about people using stick on wheel weight inside the wheels to help lower the center of gravity. However, I'm not sure this will work with the SE 1.9 wheels or not. Can anyone confirm if it will?

So what else can we do to keep this rig planted on the crawler course?

Thanks!
I make a few things that could help you guys out.
Losi Steering mod design

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I make a few things that could help you guys out.
Losi Steering mod design

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OK Ernie, I'll give that thread a read. At 15 pages though it's going to take me a little while to get all the way through it.

BTW, the wheel weights I bought off you for my TRX-4 a couple of summers ago are still doing great!

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Default Re: More weight to keep Night Crawler SE planted

You can also check this out, im pretty sure Erik will still make them. You could also use codyboys axle mod with the Dlux knuckles but would need to order the axial chub and shaft version.

Ther are only a few companies making aftermarket parts for the losi platform today.

CODYBOY
DLUX FAB
Myself
Krazed builds parts are still relatively new
Hot Racing.

I ran across a set of old knuckle weights on a Facebook page not to long ago.

Check on the losi scale crawler page and see if you can find any parts there.

For sure, in the future.. Id go with a Codyboy axle. weight down low right where it is needed. the stock axles are really really light.
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