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.