As noted in the previous post about the Everest Gen 7 it was noted that the steering was bad & it took a football field to turn this thing. I knew this when I bought it as it’s well documented on the forums & Youtube. There is also an issue with the rear driveshaft being to long and binding at times. Again well documented.
Removed the front wheels to make access easier. Then removed the tie rod and drag link. Next was sanding the nubs off the steering arms. This will allow them to turn further. It also causes the tie rod to hit the pumpkin. Replaced the stock tie rod ends with ones that were angled. They were also longer so they had to be cut off a little. While I was in there I also replaced the servo arm with a metal one this lets you lower the drag link which gives it a tad bit more throw. After putting it all back together, did another test and The Gen 7 now has much better steering. I think that now it has all the steering that is mechanically available. The good thing is this was all free as all the parts need were on hand. If you had to buy them it would cost about $10.
Removed the rear driveshaft by removing the retaining screw on the rear of the drivesahft. Also removed the lower links on each side by removing the front mounting screw on each side. The allowed the diff to move enough to get the drivesahft off the diff. Slid the 2 pieces apart and cut about 1/4″ off the inter section. Sanded the cut edges and put it all back together. Now if you collapse the rear suspension the transmission doesn’t move.
Some of the other guys lowered the center of gravity but I will be waiting on the until I have had a chance to drive it more than the 30 minute test run the other day.
I do think I will swap out the rx so I can have more control of adjusting the inputs. With my Fatuba TX I can change the throttle curve. I’m thinking I level it out so when you pull the trigger it doesn’t take off like a rocket. Hopefully I can do the same for reverse. By doing this I will be loosing the waterproof rx but that really doesn’t bother me as I’m not one to take my crawlers swimming, I will drive through water that is half way up the wheels but that’s about it. The rx is mounted high so that shouldn’t be an issue.
Picked up a slightly used bone stock Everest Gen 7 Pro today. The temperature was in the high 40’s so I decided to run by West Tyson park on the way home and try out. West Tyson is a cool place has several trails of various lengths if you want to do some trailing. Has several creeks down in the valley for some rock climbing.
Went across a short trail leg and then down into the creek. Creek was still full of fall leaves, need a couple of spring rains to clean them out. Ran maybe a total of 30 minutes or so.
Here’s my thought on this 1st shack out run. It comes with a 17T brushed motor which is my opinion is to powerful for rock crawling & trailing. You have to be real light on the throttle or it takes off way to fast. Has good top speed for a trailing and decent wheel speed. My thought is that it would be better with a 27T. I have heard of people putting 35T & 55T in them. I have tried these motors and just didn’t feel they had enough wheel speed. Changing the gearing might have helped too. Getting off track here back to the Gen 7.
Needs a shorter turning radius. The way it is stock to make some turns you would have to do a lot of backing up which isn’t always good when crawling especially when reverse seems to be way to fast with no way to turn it down, at least I don’t think so. There are some adjustments on the TX that I have not checked out yet. In the parking lot I parked on the left line of a parking space cranked the wheel all the way to the right and it took almost the entire space to turn. Same turning left. This isn’t as bad as it sounds, there are a couple of inexpensive mods that can be done for less than $10.
The other issue which I really did see in the short run that I did, but pushing the rear diff you can see the transmission move. This tells me that the driveshaft is to long and needs to be shortened a bit. This is also documented in the forums.
Don’t think this is a comp crawler but for trailing and running creek beds I don’t think you can go wrong for the price. Pretty sure it will crawl as good as my Deadbolt and almost as good as the Wraith.
Sept 23, 2017 ProlevelRC held the 1st practice race of the season. Didn’t really feel that I had enough speed yet to actually race but practice with traffic couldn’t hurt. With this in mind I went and gave it a shot. My goal was to finish the race and not cause any wreck nor hold anyone else up.
They run three qualifying sessions with staggered starts. They divided the 6 F1 cars into 2 groups. A fast group (from previous experience) and a slower group. I was in the slower group 🙂 I ended up 3rd in my group of 3 with a 24/6:13 in the 1st one which ended up being my best.
For the Main they put all the cars together as there was only 6 of us anyway. I finished the Main in 5th place with a 22/6:00. Was involved in one mishap which wasn’t my fault. With all things considered I feel that I accomplished my goal for the day, finish the race and stay out of trouble. We’ll try it again next week.