Hello, first let me say I love bashing now that’s out the way I have a Cen Gen 7.7 I need a brushless conversion kit for it I tried smrcinnovations but I get no response and I don’t want to send loot and get nothing! Any help will be appreciated,
Thanks in advance Ray
Cubby- Hola Ray, thanks for the email and we’ll be in contact to shoot ya some fancy-dancy BigSquid stickers in the snail mail.
What does it tell me when SM RC Innovations won’t get back with you after you contacted them? One- that either they don’t want your business, or two- that they have gone belly up. Either way, you absolutely don’t want to send them one dime.
So… you’ve got a gargantuan Cen GST 7.7 and want to go brushless with it. To me it looks like you have two choices- make your own conversion kit, or ditch the CEN. Unless you’ve got a decent fab shop at your disposal you are staring directly at selling your CEN then taking that cash and going with a genuine brushless monster truck like the Thunder Tiger MT4-G3. You would have spent $100 smackers on a conversion kit, plus nearly $400 for a good motor/speedo on your CEN anyways, so the entire Thunder Tiger truck at just under $600 is not a bad deal at all.
As Evan likes to say, “Bash Heavy” Ray, and let us know what direction you ended up going.
Love your reviews, and the site. Quick question about the Apache. When you are talking about bumping up to the Castle Monster system, were you referring to changing out just the ESC or both the ESC and the motor? And if both, then would you suggest the Monster 2200 over the 2650?
Thank you in advance,
Cubby- Hey what’s up Pete?
The speedo is really the issue in the HPI Apache. We had two test buggies and both had issues with their speedo’s, and… we just got one speedo back from HPI repair last week and we managed to break it again in a matter of minutes. “Sigh”
Because of the size and weight of the Apache a Castle Mamba Monster is the speedo of choice. No, they aren’t cheap, but if you are looking for long term issue free performance the Monster is the solution, period.
I don’t think the stock Apache “Alphastar 2350” is inherently a bad motor, we are still using them in our Apache’s and they seem to put out decent power. However, you will need to solder larger bullet connectors on its wires if you upgrade to a Monster speedo.
Flowood R/C Indoor Park
Brian, I know there has been a lot of discussion lately on Race Fees. I run the Flowood R/C Indoor Park in Flowood, MS. It is a city owned indoor off road race track and I know I am prejudice, but to me it is the finest indoor facility in the country. We are open four days a week, have membership of $50 per year and race every Saturday if we have enough. We hold six special event races per year with one of them being our BIG race. All the income goes to the city but they provide me with whatever I need to have the best track. As long as it breaks even the city will continue to keep it open. Our first year being open, we broke even. However, I don’t get paid and I did 71 birthday parties where I provide the kids with short course trucks for the parties. I also took in $12,000 in banner sales to the merchants in the city. However, if I had relied on strictly racing we would have not broken even.
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