ASK Cubby, Version- Going Above & Beyond To Make Up Answers
Hey Cubby, what’s going on with the Traxxas velineon recall? Is my truck going to burn to the ground?
Tony from New York”
Cubby- Yooooo Tony, thanks for the letter, be sure to shoot me your home mailing address so we can send ya out a genuine BSRC sticker pack to paint some of your trucks with.
So… about that “recall”. It isn’t full blown and mandated by the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) yet, at this point it is still voluntary by Traxxas. From details given on the Traxxas website, it looks like the fix for the time being is a “fusible link” installed in the wiring between the TRX battery connectors.
Is your truck going to burn to the ground? I have no idea, what I do know is that we have two X-Maxxs here at the BSRC offices and neither has had an issue with the speedo. But… IMO the X-Maxx feels like its power system is being pushed pretty hard right out of the box, so it wouldn’t surprise me if they had some issues with it here or there. While a normal Joe Blow running his X-Maxx bone stock on nice flat pavement doesn’t push an electrical system very hard, another driver might have geared his truck up and only drives in thick mud, thus putting a whole lot more strain on the system. Just to be safe, if you are an X-Maxx owner I would highly recommend you contact Traxxas and get one of their fusible links on the way.
Btw… I have always wondered why our wonderful rc hobby never uses fuses/fusible links/circuit breakers from the factory. In every other electrical based industry, they are very common, heck, they were everywhere inside a 1:1 car. I would think at some point in the future they will become commonplace for us. Yes, they take up some space, yes they add some weight, yes they eat up some power, and yes, a consumer would have to keep a couple spare fuses around, but they can instantly make our electrical systems safer.
Articles about maintaining bashing vehicles would be good.
Cubby- Wow Matt, you keep it short and sweet don’t ya? Actually it’s quite refreshing to get email that doesn’t ramble on forever and ever. Be sure and shoot us your snail mail for a sticker pack.
So ya, I totally agree with ya Matt, it would be great to have a once a week column on maintaining rc cars/trucks/buggies. It would also be great to have a once a week article on the very basic of basics for the noob crowd. I can think of a dozen more that would also be great to see, but we’ve only got some much time in the day and we are pretty slammed as it is.
To boil it down, I’ll see what I can do for ya Matt. With any luck, hopefully we can find a few more hours in the week and bust out something good for all the bashers out there. Sure, there are noobie/maintenance articles all over the web, but I think they could be better when done Big Squid style.
So there ya have it. Have a question? Gotta vent some steam? Have a bone to pick? My email box is always open, thecubreportrc at gmail dot com. If yours is “Letter of the Month” you’ll win a BSRC t-shirt, or you will receive a BSRC sticker pack for simply making it into ASK Cubby.
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