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FTX Vantage: Reversing direction of drive train
When you want to upgrade to brushless electronics in your FTX Vantage car, it is good to note that before you can use a motor and ESCs with sensors, you must reverse the rotating direction of the drive train.
With the sensor technology you’ll get a better throttle response for the lower revolutions and a more accurate torque response. The motor transmits information on the precise position of the rotor when it is rotating on lower revolutions to the ESC, enabling the ESC to regulate current output more precisely, improving the power control.
When using motors with sensors, you must note that the rotating direction cannot be reversed the same way as in brushed motors and motors without sensors. Sensored Motors rotate in the opposite direction compared to regular motors. That’s why you have to reverse the drive train rotating direction for example in the cars of the FTX Vantage, Bugsta and Carnage series. It is not a difficult operation and it does not require special tools. You only need to turn over the differentials of the drive train inside the gearbox to reverse the rotating direction.
You’ll get the job done easily by following the steps below.
Tools needed for the project:
2.0 mm Allen wrench
1.5 mm Allen wrench
A work stand
Clean paper towels (e.g., kitchen paper)
E.g. a desk pad on which you can disassemble the car (to keep the working environment clean)
A container for the loose screws
Suitable grease for the joints and gears
- So, if there used to be three shims on the side of the gear and one on the side of the cup, you should switch their places so that there is one shim on the side of the gear and three on the side of the cup. When you have switched their places, you have to check the play of the gear once it’s put back into its place.
Next, close the gear box:
- After this, it’s important to check that the drive train rotates freely. Keep the car on the work stand and spin the rear tires to see if the front tires spin in the same direction. There should be no resistance when spinning the tires . If there is resistance, you can check the shims of the differentials. Too tight gear mesh will overload the motor and negatively affects the car’s performance and durability.
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