Monster Truck Madness – Electronics for your New Losi LMT
Hey folks and Happy Thursday!
I got a shipment update from UPS that made me VERY happy- my TLR Tuned Losi LMT kit has shipped! I was one of the first to pre-order and got in the first batch, so I got lucky in a crazy quick turn around. I think all pre-orders are slated to ship by April at the latest though, so no matter when you ordered you should have it in the very near future.
So upon the announcement of the kit last week, I started receiving e-mails from folks asking about electronic recommendations. That’s what we are going to discuss this week!
When it comes to servos, you are going to want something that has some oomph. The general rule is around 300 ounces of torque, and if you are going to race I’d recommend digital. Yeah sure, you can get by with something analog that’s less powerful, but this is a race kit so let’s go with a racing recommendation. I have been using a S6250 Standard Digital HV High Torque Metal Gear Waterproof Surface Servo for about a year now in my current LMT, and it’s been fantastic. It’s quick, has plenty of torque and retails for $120.
The subject of motor/ESC is the most interesting one, as there are a lot of options out there. For this, I went to my fellow racers that have a good deal of LMT experience and asked them for recommendations.
Before suggesting what they had to say, I’ll state that the RTR LMT electronics – Spektrum™ Firma™ 3150Kv 4-pole Brushless Motor and Spektrum Smart Firma 130A ESC – work good for me when running on 3S. I’ve used mine from the RTR version in my other Losi LMT for two full racing seasons now.
Some of the setups currently working great on the track from my buddies – Hobbywing Xr8 w/ a 4300kv long can motor, a Fantom FR-8 Pro ESC and a Speed Passion 5700kv 550 motor, a Holmes Hobbies Puller Pro V2 540-L 4100Kv paired with a Castle Creations Mamba Monster X.
All of these systems and combos will get you movin’.
Alright folks, there ya have it. I’ll post my impressions of the kit as well as my full build details when I complete the truck later this month.
Until next time, keep it on all 4’s!