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Old 11-12-2018, 08:43 PM   #1
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Hi everyone I finally decided to make an account after reading about the trx4 issues and various upgrades that are possible. I just purchased my trx4 and Iíve been loving it up until today. I turn it on when I get to the trail and Iím walking from my car with the defender cruising next to me and about 5 minutes into cruising it stops working. No smoke no weird smell just loss of steering and no sign of life. I opened it up to find that my xl5 is toast. To kill downtime since I know dealing with Traxxas warranty will take at least two weeks. I came home and ordered the quicrun wp 1080 which will be here tomorrow surprisingly. Iím thinking about doing a couple more mods to make the truck more reliable but some of the things require soldering (which Iím not familiar with at all) so I had a couple of questions.

1) the quicrun wp 1080 comes with a xt60 connector and I have a traxxas 3 cell 5000 mah Lipo with the traxxas ez peak. So my question is there an adapter I can buy? I would cut the connector off the xl5 and ask my local HS to solder it for me but Iíll be mailing it back to traxxas tomorrow so I need to keep it in tact.

2) Iíve been looking into upgrading the servo as well since those are notorious for burning up. Iíve been looking into the savox 1210sg and was wondering if I need a BEC If Iím running it with the quicrun?

3) Contemplating buying a dx5c 5 channel radio and receiver to preserve the locker and transmission servos. I am also going to be purchasing a boat to tow with the trx so I think it would be worth It in the long run. Open to opinions

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Old 11-12-2018, 09:14 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome to the forum, just an fyi thereís a Trx4 section that youíll get more info from too, you shouldnít need a bec with the 1080, you could get your hobby shop to just solder you on a traxxas connector for the time being, you will also need some bullet connectors for the motor as the 1080 doesnít come with any. I recommend a hacked fly sky gt3b or gt3c radio you can run up to 8 Channels with this radio and they are affordable. If you plan on sticking around in this hobby I highly recommend you learn to solder itís definitely a useful skill in this hobby and very easy once you get the hang of it.


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Old 11-12-2018, 09:39 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply and advice. Iíll check out those controllers since the spectrum are quite pricey. I want to learn how to solder I just have to purchase the soldering gun. Any recommendations on a good inexpensive one?
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Old 11-13-2018, 04:38 AM   #4
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I own that one for many years.

https://www.amainhobbies.com/trakpow...pr0950/p204594

always get the job done, no matter what I threw at it...
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Old 11-13-2018, 01:27 PM   #5
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Welcome CdnCrawler this is the soldering iron I use. It’s very easy to learn and I use it a bunch.

https://www.amazon.com/Weller-WLC100...OXL&ref=plSrch

I believe I bought mine at Home Depot years ago.
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Old 11-13-2018, 01:45 PM   #6
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Welcome CdnCrawler this is the soldering iron I use. Itís very easy to learn and I use it a bunch.

https://www.amazon.com/Weller-WLC100...OXL&ref=plSrch

I believe I bought mine at Home Depot years ago.
Yep same one I have, works great!
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Old 11-13-2018, 08:49 PM   #7
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Yep same one I have, works great!
Thanks Iíll be ordering one soon. I have another question though lol. I just installed my quicrun 1080 and Now I have another problem. No freakin steering! I donít know how the servo and the xl5 managed to go out at the exact same time with no smoke or water anywhere near them. So now I gotta get a servo. I was thinking about the savox 1210sg but itís a little bit pricey and I was wondering if there were cheaper waterproof options that people use?
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Old 11-13-2018, 08:52 PM   #8
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Honestly about to buy the savox right now cause I can get it by tomorrow. Do I need a glitch buster?
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Old 11-13-2018, 09:15 PM   #9
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Try a ds3218 servo from Amazon, affordable and works great, do you have throttle? It seems like maybe something else is going on. You have no need for a glitch buster.


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Old 11-13-2018, 09:30 PM   #10
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Try a ds3218 servo from Amazon, affordable and works great, do you have throttle? It seems like maybe something else is going on. You have no need for a glitch buster.


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I have throttle and reverse. The lockers and transmission function. I just donít have steering.

Looked up that servo and it seems great. How does it do in the water? I know itís water proof but Iíd like to take it swimming once I get it working again.
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Old 11-13-2018, 09:33 PM   #11
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I havenít submerged it, but I have blasted through puddles and itís been pretty wet and have had no issues.


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Old 11-13-2018, 10:55 PM   #12
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I havenít submerged it, but I have blasted through puddles and itís been pretty wet and have had no issues.


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Just ordered the savox. It came down to which one I would get sooner . Savox tomorrow or save money and wait till Friday. You can probably guess which route I went. Hopefully my hobby shop has 22 awg servo extension in stock so I can finally get this thing going again. Like I knew that the servo and esc arenít the greatest from traxxas but I thought Iíd get more than 3 runs out of it
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