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Tyco Bandit build on a budget thread

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I've had this Tyco Bandit on my garage wall for something like 2 years. I randomlly decided to do something with it today. The goals for this build are: $30 total investment, and 3 hours or less of work to get it moving under it's own power.
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Like most things in my life, I haven't even started the timer and I've already spent most of my money. The car was $9.99 from goodwill. The esc was $3.25 and the R6FG reciever was $10.91. Both from Aliexpress. On hindsight, I probably could have saved a few bucks by getting an R6F reciever (no gyro), but it a little late for that.
Total Spent - $24.15
Time - 0:00
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The first step is disassembly. I got margainally further than the pic shows, but I'm not messing with the front suspension. It works fine. This cost nothing but took 11 minutes and 51 seconds.
Total Spent - $24.15
Time - 11:51

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Re: Tyco Bandit build on a budget thread

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~$2.03/minute
Hope you're doin' something fun.

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Re: Tyco Bandit build on a budget thread

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$121.80 per hour...Hmm... :shock: :lol:
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Re: Tyco Bandit build on a budget thread

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Got the chassis cleaned and steering servo mounted. I had to do some cutting of the chassis to make a standard size servo fit, but it was hardly a nice chassis to begin with. The servo is a clunky old futaba that I pulled out of my rc10gt, so I'm saying it cost $0. Cheating? Maybe, but I wasnt putting that servo in anything else.
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Time - 01:01:57

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Re: Tyco Bandit build on a budget thread

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Got the esc mocked up and tested.
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Then soldered it all together and tested it again. Realized that it cuts power too the motor when quickly applying the brakes from full throttle. I cant say its suprising, considering the esc was $3, but I've used them before and never had issues. Any idea what could be causing this?
Total Spent - $24.15
Time - 02:00:52

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Re: Tyco Bandit build on a budget thread

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The build us finished! I decided to ignore the esc issue as it was already soldered in and I didnt feel like redoing it with another esc.
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Assembled and running on a 4.8v 2000mah nimh battery.
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Took a few minutes to swap connectors on this random 6.0v 800mah I had. This battery gave it much more go, but significantly cut down on run time. It also seemed to minimize the power cut issue a bit? Not sure how that makes sense.
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The last thing I did was swap out the dry rotted and cracked rear tires for some used vintage grasshopper ones. They're a pain to get on, but fit just fine and dont require tire glue to have a firm hold. These cost me $5.

Final Total Spent: $29.15
Final Time: 2:46:34

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Re: Tyco Bandit build on a budget thread

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That would be a fun project....
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Re: Tyco Bandit build on a budget thread

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Cool! Now do the F40... :D

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Re: Tyco Bandit build on a budget thread

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ZED32 wrote: Sat Feb 24, 2024 8:31 am Then soldered it all together and tested it again. Realized that it cuts power too the motor when quickly applying the brakes from full throttle. I cant say its suprising, considering the esc was $3, but I've used them before and never had issues. Any idea what could be causing this?
ZED32 wrote: Wed Feb 28, 2024 2:31 am Took a few minutes to swap connectors on this random 6.0v 800mah I had. This battery gave it much more go, but significantly cut down on run time. It also seemed to minimize the power cut issue a bit? Not sure how that makes sense.
Sounds like a "brown out", from a weak BEC.
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Re: Tyco Bandit build on a budget thread

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1911Colt wrote: Wed Feb 28, 2024 12:08 pm Cool! Now do the F40... :D
That build was finished months ago. I need to do a post on it. It's an old Digitcon digital proportional car with the same setup as this bandit.

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Re: Tyco Bandit build on a budget thread

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The bandit was probably my first ever RC car my mom purchased for me at a yard sale. Very cool little truck I’ll always remember having so much fun with mine.

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Re: Tyco Bandit build on a budget thread

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Ok I lied. The esc issue started really bugging me, and two more $3 escs showed up yesterday. No idea when or why I bought them, but might as well use one. Got it soldered together, and it seems to have fixed the issue. Then I made a custom rear bumper out of some aluminum tubing. I'm sure I'll manage to destroy it somehow, but it looks good for now.
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Re: Tyco Bandit build on a budget thread

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Freaking awsome! I love to see when someone bring these cars back to life!

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