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Old 05-07-2018, 09:12 AM   #1
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RC10GT Conversion?

Hey guys,

Some of you may remember my thread in nitro off-road on the RC10GT:

http://www.rcfiles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=47758

After visiting Newman's carpet track yesterday, am now considering converting the blue plate to brushless electric. Found and ordered a conversion motor plate off Ebay. Wondering what unknown challenges lurk in doing this before ordering battery and body? Appropriate gearing comes to mind immediately. Anyone up to offering any experiences with this as a conversion?

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Old 05-07-2018, 01:35 PM   #2
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You would probably end up spending more money trying to convert this over than you would just buying one ready. Just a voice of reason.
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Old 05-07-2018, 02:21 PM   #3
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Hello Pearland,

Thanks for the reply. Always good to hear a voice of reason. And you well make a point I have considered.

Bottom line is I have the GT already, and I'd rather convert it for use than have it sit as a shelf queen. Appreciate your input, though. In the end, you may well be right. These projects have a way of doing the dollar creep. :-)

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Old 06-06-2018, 04:49 PM   #4
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Hey Guys,

Got a driveway runner. GenAce 4200 2s shorty LiPo; GTB ESC; Ballistic 17.5 BL. Airtronics MX-V radio.

Now to get busy on converting the body and some shake-down runs.

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You would probably end up spending more money trying to convert this over than you would just buying one ready. Just a voice of reason.
My bigger concern is if the geometry is right?

The current trend is laydown tranny with square packs and a gear diff... I would look into the upgrade to see if it can accommodate these features first and foremost, otherwise you'll be putting yourself at a disadvantage before putting the car on the track.

I would look for setup sheets, having pro driver support is key in getting your truck tuned properly. Chances are a frankenfit will not drive as well as it can if the geometry isn't there for the desired tuning window

The T6 was recently released and a local driver is destroying everyone in the field with that car, they've optimized the geometry for carpet.
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My bigger concern is if the geometry is right?

The current trend is laydown tranny with square packs and a gear diff... I would look into the upgrade to see if it can accommodate these features first and foremost, otherwise you'll be putting yourself at a disadvantage before putting the car on the track.

I would look for setup sheets, having pro driver support is key in getting your truck tuned properly. Chances are a frankenfit will not drive as well as it can if the geometry isn't there for the desired tuning window

The T6 was recently released and a local driver is destroying everyone in the field with that car, they've optimized the geometry for carpet.
Thanks, Bill.
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Old 06-08-2018, 03:36 PM   #7
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Spent the day getting the 'test & tune' body serviceable.

Fabricated a 0.040" Lexan two-color patch for the nitro exhaust cut out. Fixed it in place with double-sided tape.

Rear body mounts were tore out, so fabricate a dual purpose patch that would repair the damage and serve as a wing. Again, 0.040" Lexan. Fixed the wing to what was left of the body w/ (2) 2-56 screws and lock nuts.

Days end, have a serviceable T&T body. Made a silk purse out of a sows ear as we used to say in Nebraska.

Personal note here. Much prefer working with 0.030" Lexan sheet. Easier to form and trim. 0.040" was all I had in the shop and 0.030" is on back order. 0.040" is probably good for a wing. It's durable. 0.030" is better for body patches.

Movin on... Cheers. AC
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:04 AM   #8
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Phase I Complete

Weighing it at 4lbs, 4oz (68oz), Phase I Blue Plate Special is a wrap. Ready for hot-lapping my driveway and sidewalk course.

Phase II coming soon will be a 'drag pack' for 1/10-scale 1/8 mile (66ft).

Thanks for looking in. Cheers.

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Old 06-30-2018, 11:34 AM   #10
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June Update

Thanks, Bill, for the LIKE. She's a good little ST.

Here she is wearing the "B" body. Really pleased with the run time 2S 4200 LiPo Shorty gives me on the driveway track. 17.5T powers it just fine for what I'm doing. Did adjust the Minimum Brake to take away tires locking-up on pavement braking. Had to give up Drag Brake. Still getting used to that.

Had an issue with the diff bolt backing out. Replaced the drive shaft o-ring spacers with two cut-to-length pieces of nitro fuel tubing. No more issues.

Replaced the 'itsy-bitsy' factory body posts with some out of my pit box. Lots easier now for my fat fingers to get the clips in.

Cheers. Thanks for looking in.
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Cost of conversion project

Now for the boring stuff. Cost of conversion project:

$61.30 actual out-of-pocket purchases + $191.26 value = $252.56 total.

The 'value' figure are items coming out of the pit box. I value that at 1/4 what actual purchase price would have been to buy the item. E.g., if an item sells for $4, its 'value' as a pit box item is $1.

Been a fun project. Cheers.
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RC10GT Black Tub

Hi gang,

Time to pull the black tub chassis off the workshop pegboard, dust it off, and proceed with conversion to a brushless grasstrack racer. Besides, I need space to hang my Nebraska Cornhuskers plackard...

Figuring this build will be a step quicker than the RC10GT/conv. blue plate, above. Thinking 13.5 / 3s will do the trick for my backyard grasstrack. Ordered a motor conversion adapter off Ebay yesterday. Went through the chassis, bearings, shocks and diff on the black tub same time as doing the blue plate. So it is a good to go almost roller. Just have to start hanging stuff off it.

More to come. Cheers. AC
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part numbers and links for the conversion would be nice for reference
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part numbers and links for the conversion would be nice for reference
Sure. Happy to oblige. Here is the biggie, the motor plate off Ebay:

Motor Plate Link

Purchases for conversion are inventoried on my workshop spreadsheet. I will post up a PDF upon completion.

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Cool deal, sometimes I like to link to interesting threads that I can reference later when folks ask random questions on the net, no doubt I'll come across someone else asking how to a conversion down the road, I've linked your thread here:

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