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Tamiya Toyota Hilux - which waterproof ESC with drag brake?

Discussion in 'Trail Truck Electronics' started by OveNorway, Jun 15, 2014.

  1. OveNorway

    OveNorway New Member

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    I am about to take up my RC interest after a 24 year long pause...and I am buying a brand new Tamiya Toyota Hilux High-Lift tomorrow.

    ....have not built a RC Truck in a loooong time, but are somewhat schooled in electronics in general.

    I want to make it waterproof as quick as possible, and seek advice on what ESC with drag brake to buy.

    These are my options:
    - Castle Creations Sidewinder 3 ESC
    - Holmes Hobbies TorqueMaster BR-XL WaterProof
    - Axial AE-5 Waterproof Forward/Reverse ESC w/Drag Brake
    - HobbyWing QuicRun 1060

    What are the benefits of having a programmable ESC over a non-programmable ESC?


    Please feel free to explain to me like I am a newbie, because I am!
    ...and are there any other ESC's I should look into?

    My aim is scale accuracy and low-speed naturality.
     
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  2. Crankbait

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    The best one on your list in my opinion is the HH BRXL.
    The Drag brake can't be beat and depending on your motor choice low speed control
    is awesome.

    I currently have 4 brxl's and haven't had to get into the programming from stock ( easy with Castle link), but depending
    on your driving style changes can be made to the drag brake settings, throttle curves, ect.

    The best part many don't consider also is I can almost guarantee the Holmes Hobbies warranty to be the
    best of the bunch.
     
  3. ShardRayzz

    ShardRayzz Studio Forums Elite
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    Are you going to trail with it? I use just a traxxas xl5 esc with no drag break. Was able to do a ttc
     
  4. skedhead

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    Well in a real truck you dont have a drag brake it is just for mainly going up hills. I got my xl5 waterproof esc for 25$ off ebay amd am hapoy with it
     
  5. CrawlerKnox

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    a brxl for crawling but for screwing around a xl5 would be fine
     
  6. Crankbait

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    Trust me if you ever use a BRXL for a scaler the Traxxas esc would stay in your short course truck.
     
  7. jaloos

    jaloos Mod, Staff Member and Ghetto Fabricator
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    I beg to differ. If your truck has an engine and a transmission it has drag brake.
    Gearing down and using the motor is drag brake.

    Drag brake isn't strictly for crawlers it was invented some 20 plus years ago.

    It is used for deceleration in the corners it has just been beefed up and made more powerful to aid crawlers. Just because you have it doesn't mean you need it set real high.

    A side benefit is also recharging batts.
     
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  8. skedhead

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    Ok you guys win.........
     
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    Didn't know it was a contest.:wut:
     
  10. jaloos

    jaloos Mod, Staff Member and Ghetto Fabricator
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    Win what, where do I get my prize.

    Really its not a win situation here.

    It is what it is thats all.
     
  11. skedhead

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    Ok I know that you can use a type of drag brake by using your gears but on a rc car you have a single gear. So the drag brake to me just makes it more easier to drive
     
  12. jaloos

    jaloos Mod, Staff Member and Ghetto Fabricator
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    What it does is turns your motor into a generator and either uses the power to reboost the batts or shorts out the motor.
    This adds a ton of magnetic drag and thus slows your vehicle.
    Much the same as an internal combustion uses the compression to slow a car down.
     
  13. Azrayel74

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    My vote.. is the BRXL as well.. even though I dont have one, I have setups using Axial esc's, have tried Traxxas, Novaks, and a few others, and my personal preference is running brushed motors for any form of scale ability and speeds. My own experience with several Traxxas Vehicles and ESC's, is they dont tend to like going slow that much... great esc for bashers, monster trucks, short course.. anything GO-FAST... not as much for scale trail rigs. just my 2 cents.
     

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