❯❯ Graphite chassis set—item no. GMCT50; $89
❯❯ Blue aluminum front bulkhead—MCT12A06; $19
❯❯ Blue aluminum rear motor guard—MCT03R06; $7
❯❯ Blue aluminum CV driveshafts—MCT22006; $14
❯❯ Wheel hub ball-bearing set—LOSB1528; $12
SUSPENSION & STEERING
❯❯ Blue front lower arm mount—MCT0806; $5
❯❯ Blue rear lower arm mount 1-degree—
❯❯ Graphite front shock tower—GMCT28; $19
❯❯ Graphite rear shock tower—GMCT30; $24
❯❯ Reservoir high-viscosity damper—
❯❯ Blue steering arm with titanium axle—
❯❯ Blue drag link—MCT4906; $5
❯❯ Losi Li-PO battery & charger—LOSB0863; $45
WHEELS & TIRES
❯❯ Silver aluminum wheel set—MCT50508; $21
❯❯ Square-lug monster tires—MCT896L40G; $5
It takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour to charge the LiPo battery pack to its full
capacity with the included charger, but charge times will vary depending on how much
voltage is left in the pack. I averaged 8 to 10 minutes of run time on the first couple of
cycles, and more than 15 minutes after the pack had been cycled a few times.
Even with the stock motor and gearing, I noticed an immediate increase in performance. I used to have to back up and then hit the throttle to get the truck to pull a
wheelie, but not any more; it pulls wheelies on demand now, and it seems to be
faster on the top end, too.
It got across my living room in a much shorter time, and I was able to catch big air
over my homemade cardboard jumps. The suspension seemed much less bouncy as
the truck transitioned through the carpet, linoleum and tile surfaces around my
house, and it also felt more stable when landing from jumps. The chassis still bottomed out on occasion, but far less often than before I installed all the modifications.
ALUMINUM NOSE AND TAIL
I didn’t want to get carried away
with aluminum hop-ups on this project, but I felt a few molded components would fare better under
extreme conditions if they were
machined aluminum. I installed Hot
Racing’s aluminum arm mounts, front
bulkhead and rear motor guard. The
aluminum arm mounts are much
stronger than the stock pieces, so I’ll
never have to worry about the suspension pins being ripped out of the
arm mounts. If something breaks in a
crash, it won’t be the arm mounts.
The aluminum bulkhead provides a
much more rigid foundation for the
front shock tower to be mounted on, and although the motor guard is more of bling
item, it does a good job protecting the motor. Having a little more weight over the
rear end also helps the truck to cope better on loose surfaces.
The aluminum motor guard will get scratched up
with use, but I doubt it will ever break.
I have a couple of Micro-T stadium trucks, and the transmissions on both trucks felt bound up. The rear tires did not turn freely, and the
pinion/spur gear mesh felt too tight. As it turned out, the gear mesh was set overly tight on both trucks, but it only took a slight adjustment to
get the gears meshing properly. Adjusting the gear mesh helped quite a bit, but the transmissions still felt bound up. I discovered that by slightly loosening the screws that retain the transmission halves together freed up the transmission big time. I loosened the three screws on the left
side of the transmission case and two more behind the spur gear. I highly recommend that you install the Losi Micro-T wheel and hub ball-bearing kit as I did further to reduce drivetrain friction.