We’re back with Tekin Builds and moving right into the next project! The new Vanquish VS4-10 PRO kit has been out for about a month now and we were lucky to get ahold of one out of the first batch. Ty is assembling the kit and going over some of the awesome new features the PRO kit brings to the table. New axles, the new VFD transmission and a bunch of other changes were made to the platform and we can’t wait to hit the trails! I used products from these awesome companies:
Tekin Servos are highly programmable pieces of equipment. Using the HotWire device on PC, you can customize your servo setup to suit your driving style. Create, Save and Share custom servo profiles. Adjust the feel, speed or strength, set the center point or program in warning alarms with the HotWire Servo Software.
Servo Settings Guide Use the servo settings guide on the website to follow along as we cover each parameter available.
Adjust Drag Brake on the fly from your transmitter as of V272! Setup can vary from transmitter to transmitter, ideally you need a 3-position switch that can be programmed for momentary operation. You will need TT3825 Adapter Cable to connect your ESC to a spare channel on your receiver. Check your ESC box, it is included with all of our ESCs that have a Data Port.
Tekin Servos give you unmatched feel, consistency and accuracy. Installing a T-Series servo is easy and quick setup is a breeze! Optional but advantageous, your new servo is programmable via the HotWire PC interface on Windows operating systems. We will cover that in another video soon, for now here’s the quick way to install and setup your new Tekin Servo! Feel the difference.
In 2017, we returned from Axialfest with the crazy dream of building a 1/10 Rally Truck like you’d see in the Dakar and Silkway Rally Raids. I am a big rally fan, but those big 10 ton trucks racing at speeds up to 120mph across all kinds of terrain for days on end is just intriguing and spectacular to watch. With the support of some amazing companies, we were able to bring that project to life. When that project, named the M-55 was complete and Axialfest 2018 was over, we immediately dove headfirst into the next truck build. It had to be bigger, better and faster. More features, cleaner layout and wiring and back up its looks with performance. It is safe to say, the new K-55 delivers everything we hoped it would.
We started with the basics, which included a massive pile of Vanquish Products aftermarket parts for the SCX10-II and Bomber platforms, bearings from Fast Eddy Bearings, King shocks and 2.2 ZXL tires from RC4WD, a 2-speed SCX10-II transmission and a couple WB-8HD driveshaft kits from Axial Racing. There are LED bars from Pro-Line Racing, more LEDs from the interwebs soldered up by yours truly, an ESS ONE+ sound module and of course, Tekin gear to push the beast, shift gears and steer. 2 ProTek LiHV 8200mAh packs provide the go juice for the RX4 speed controller, the 2300kV ROC412 HD brushless motor, the T-440 steering servo and the T-120 shift servo. The livery is custom Tekin-designed and printed by SOR Graphics. Check the end for the complete build sheet and truck specs!
Wild West Raceway in Winchester, Ca hosted round 5 of the
JBRL Niro Series last weekend. It was a great turnout with over 125
entries. Adam Drake was the top qualifier in nitro buggy, but suffered
a flameout during a pitstop and fought his way back to third.
Drake took the victory in electric buggy followed by Jared Wiggens and
This years ROAR 1/8 Electric
Nationals was held at Adrenaline RC Raceway in Winchester, Virginia which was
luckily only a 5 hour drive for me. I made the drive down on Tuesday to finish
getting things prepped and then practice started on Wednesday. From the first time
on the track I felt very comfortable with all of my cars and knew I was going
to have a good shot at racing for the titles.
Throughout seeding and qualifying it
became quite clear that where you started in the main events was going to be
crucial because there was not very many passing opportunities on this layout,
so clean runs and good points were a must. At the end of qualifying, I ended up
in the TQ spot in Truggy, 4th in SCT and 7th in Buggy after some really close
runs with the rest of the drivers in attendance.
For the mains, we had Triple A Mains
on tap for all 3 classes. For Buggy starting in 7th, I knew I was going to have
to be pretty aggressive to make anything happen results wise. I tried my best,
but with some rough luck I was only able to end up 8th overall. In SCT, I had
some really good races with both Tebo and Lutz and was able to grab the last
podium spot in 3rd. In Truggy, I was able to take advantage of my TQ spot and
put in two clean runs in A1 and A2 to take the wins and grab my 2nd ROAR
Overall, it was a great weekend for me and I’m proud of my results. Thank you to all of the companies that back me and allow me to do my job to the best of my ability!
This episode covers the electronics installs. An RX8 GEN3, T8 GEN3 and T-250 Servo go in the 8IGHT-X E and Ty also covers some soldering tips, shows how to center and set servo end points (EPAs) and shows how to calibrate the RX8 GEN3. Lastly, setting the proper voltage cutoff is very important so you don’t damage your LiPOs! The RX8 GEN3 has a 2S cutoff out of the box, so if you want to run 3-6S you have to set the proper cutoff.
Calibrating the ESC to your radio is a 100% necessary procedure! This ensures that you are getting full throttle and full brake/reverse when using your ESC. Improper calibration can lead to some odd behavior and can prevent settings like Drag Brake and Turbo from working properly. You should radio calibrate anytime you:
First install a new Tekin ESC.
Flash the firmware in the ESC.
Replace a receiver.
Change a radio or set to a different model on the radio.
On 27th of April I participated in the first round of the 2019 Lithuanian off-road championship. The event took place in Kaunas. Dominykas recaps:
“Q1: During practice I thought I had a good setup, just needed to get the car to be smoother through the rough sections. Pace was good, but a couple of mistakes gave me 4th place. Almost all the guys were really quick (or maybe I wasn’t fully out of the winter break 🙂 ). Q2: Change of tires and lower ride height gave me the stability I needed. 1st place, but only 0,85 from 2nd place. Top 4 were 4 seconds apart. Q3: Steady pace with no mistakes gave me 1st place and a 10 second gap to 2nd place.
R1: Took TQ in qualifying. In 2nd place was TLR’s driver Domantas Cesiulis who was really quick but had a tendency to make mistakes. Had a great start, tried not to make mistakes. Domantas saw a gap and overtook me. But after a while he had a contact with a backmarker. After that 3 drivers battled for 2nd place which allowed me to pull away. But once a said to myself ,,just don’t make mistakes’ my pace dropped a bit. Took 1st place with 4 seconds to 2nd place.
R2: On the practice lap before the race my car switched off unexpectedly. Somehow my dad and my friend got the car going again. This final was a bit easier, but in the beginning I needed to defend from Domantas a lot. But in happened again that he pushed his car too much and made mistakes which allowed me to take 1st place!!!
After the A2 final I had secured a 1st place finish, which allowed me to skip the A3 final, as it wasn’t necessary. Overall, I’m really happy with a great start to my 2019 season. A TQ and Win is a great result!”