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    NB Jeep Rockcrawler Radio Range

    Hi guys, thanks again for the help with the batteries. Well, I bought 2 silver rockcrawler for my son and myself, and tonight after he went to bed I snuck mine out into the yard for an evaluation. It has horrible radio range, I'm talking 15'. I tried it on 2 different bands, and I tried 2 different sets of transmitter batteries. The battery pack was charged over night so it should have been good to go. Otherwise if performed fine, perfect for what I was thinking, but this range is terrible. Any help you guys can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,
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    RE: NB Jeep Rockcrawler Radio Range

    I've had several of these crawlers & had the same problem with some but not with others...
    I thought it was just due to cheap electronics & mass production.[sm=confused.gif]

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    RE: NB Jeep Rockcrawler Radio Range

    man if this is the case, these things are going back. you have to follow the thing around to even run it, outside of 10-15' and it goes dead. I took the transmitter apart and found the signal wire from the base of the antenna to the circuit board was crimped pretty bad by the transmitter shell when they put it together, so I replaced the wire and my results were still the same. That's just bogus if this is just how they are. I've had toy and hobby grade RC cars since the early 80's and I've never seen one this bad, and for a toy these things really aren't that cheap.

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    RE: NB Jeep Rockcrawler Radio Range

    Yeah they don't sell cheap in stores.....The only reason i still tinker with them is i get them used..cheap at thrift stores & install h/g electronics...
    Don't know what you paid or what you budget will allow, but the redcat rs10 is a good crawler for the price.

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    RE: NB Jeep Rockcrawler Radio Range

    well I got the other one out of the box and tested it and it is good for about 20'. I haven't bought a toy grade rc car since i was a kid, but if this is the quality of what is out there, new bright should be ashamed of themselves. When I was a kid I had the tyco turbo hoppers and the nikko panthers and stuff like that and they all had far better range then this. Heck with the turning radius of this thing on grass you can barely get it to make a circle before it gets out of range. This would be my son's first RC car, and I don't have the heart to give it to him, I think it would frustrate him and sour him on the experience more then anything. I was surprised to see it didn't have proportional steering as well. Oh well, lesson learned.

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    RE: NB Jeep Rockcrawler Radio Range

    .............. .... (( The pleasure is in the ((MODS))............

    These products NEWBRIGHT, are rc / toys ..

    Without some mods, they are good for the trash ..

    ((The forum and its members help us improve these rc / toys,))

    Many have succeeded in their project, and others have failed ..

    It's up to you to make your choice ..

    You let your crawler as it is, or, like all other members of this forum, you make mods to your crawler, and with good mods, you will get good results ..

    I give you an example, my personal crawlers ..

    ((YELLOW-CRAWLER/BIG-CRAWLER/BLACK-FLY/MIX-CRAWLER ..et others)) ..

    Look at the thread of this forum to make you a little idea of what we can do to improve these rc / toys ..

    We await your decision ..

    thanks ..

    AFTER BEFORE


















    The pleasure is in the ((MODS))

    PS....

    You can also watch several videos ... You can see them in action

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gao3LN_BCtU[/youtube]

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWVqwe2kxgE

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKE0_GRoEkY[/youtube]

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ze0mFm-PPmg[/youtube]


    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcxKTQ9Y0AM[/youtube]

    THANK ..



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    RE: NB Jeep Rockcrawler Radio Range

    I have no problems with making mods, and I understand the fun of doing it, but I guess the starting point was a little different then I had hoped for. My son being able to stand in one place and run it arond the yard was really all I was hoping for. I figured with it's height and gearing it should be able to pull thru the grass, which it does fine, but I guess I never thought that range would be a problem on a yard that is 40' wide. I bought 2 with the intention of modding mine, and my son enjoying his "as is" for crusing around the yard and driveway, and just generally enjoying his first RC car experience. He is only 4 years old, but his RC IQ is very high for his age. He can already fly our blade mcx heli by himself. I've been flying airplanes and running RC cars for 28 years, so I have the know-how, I guess I expected more from the NBs though. I have never in my life encountered a RC product with such limited range. It may as well have a remote cord considering it gets out of range at 15'. Our yard isn't big and you can't even make laps around the yard with it. You literally have to follow it around to run it. When I was a kid the toy-grade RC cars I had were much better than this and that was many years ago. Are the other NB products like this, or do I have a couple lemons? Perhaps it is the 3v transmitters not producing much of a signal?

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    RE: NB Jeep Rockcrawler Radio Range

    I had several NEWBRIGHT, and radio range, was still very good .. 25/35 feet or more, if I remember correctly.

    Check the antenna and your little 9 volt battery ..[8D]


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    I'll check the appropriate radio range of YELLOW-CRAWLER, and I give you the result
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    RE: NB Jeep Rockcrawler Radio Range

    OK .. I have the result ( IN THE HOUSE ) .. 30/35 feet for YELLOW-CRAWLER ... RUBICON 1/10 NEWBRIGHT


    See my LAND ROVER on the video .. it is stock, and a product NEWBRIGHT PRODUCE ..

    The radiorange is very good[8D]
    Without RC/TOYS, life would be dull :-)

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    RE: NB Jeep Rockcrawler Radio Range

    your transmitter is a 9v? The two I bought are 3V, 2AA. Maybe they changed something?

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    RE: NB Jeep Rockcrawler Radio Range

    Sorry [], I made a small mistake with my other controller .. it is like yours ..


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    RE: NB Jeep Rockcrawler Radio Range


    ORIGINAL: eness76-RCU

    well I got the other one out of the box and tested it and it is good for about 20'. I haven't bought a toy grade rc car since i was a kid, but if this is the quality of what is out there, new bright should be ashamed of themselves. When I was a kid I had the tyco turbo hoppers and the nikko panthers and stuff like that and they all had far better range then this. Heck with the turning radius of this thing on grass you can barely get it to make a circle before it gets out of range. This would be my son's first RC car, and I don't have the heart to give it to him, I think it would frustrate him and sour him on the experience more then anything. I was surprised to see it didn't have proportional steering as well. Oh well, lesson learned.

    Have you tried to run them together?....I was never able to run two at a time without Tx bleed-over.....no matter what band they were set on.

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    RE: NB Jeep Rockcrawler Radio Range

    man that is pretty sad. Funny, their website says 80-100' is acceptable range. I don't know how they get away selling a product like this. Mine are going back to the store this evening. I'm just glad I checked them before Christmas morning. I guess I'll look for something else that'll roll thru the grass and actually have enough range to get around the yard. It won't be another New Bright product though.

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    RE: NB Jeep Rockcrawler Radio Range

    Good decision ..


    Look at this model at an affordable price ..((( COMPLETE KIT ..)))

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Electric-RC-Rock...item25575fc8e1

    Without RC/TOYS, life would be dull :-)

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    RE: NB Jeep Rockcrawler Radio Range

    that is a sweet piece, but I think it's a little too complicated for him. If I decide to get him a hobby grade, I may just get him a traxxas stampede. Spare parts are readily available and I can set the speed control to the beginner mode for him. I have a propulse truck that is a few years old I can dust off and run with him.

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    RE: NB Jeep Rockcrawler Radio Range

    I'm sorry for the trouble that the purchases you have made,[]

    I understand you very well when you say that newbright are not very good .. (Model 1 / 6 is better .. BIG-CRAWLER )

    But I had fun making their mods ..

    My next purchase will be quality HG .. [sm=thumbup.gif]

    THANK
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    RE: NB Jeep Rockcrawler Radio Range

    Texx, you have done some really cool stuff with this crawler, excellent modifications. I liked everything about this crawler except the range. If the range was as advertised I would be all over it.

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    RE: NB Jeep Rockcrawler Radio Range

    eness76-RCU ..

    Thank you for those kind words ..

    I've always done my best for these newbright, but the time has come for me to move on ..

    I made some mods to my Polaris snowmobile, but the snow is still falling ..

    BIG-CRAWLER still works very well and he is resting until the summer.

    I watch the new projects on the forum, and I always hope to find a gem (rc jeeps, rc truck) at a flea market in my area ..

    To start a new project ..

    THANK ..

    PS ..

    The range of BIG-crawler is very good .. I install a system kit FUTABA esc ..

    See my thread BIG-CRAWLER ... for ESC ..

    http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_86...tm.htm#9243354
    ##################################################

    On this video, my newbright 1 / 6 LAND ROVER stock, has a good range radio ..

    BIG-crawler has the same range .. but not the same speed

    LAND-ROVER 1/6 STOCK ...Electronics Stock
    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7XdC1qBA8U[/youtube]


    BIG-CRAWLER 1/6 STOCK .. Electronics Stock....before ESC KIT .....Bad cam []
    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZfeN-0XW2k[/youtube]
    Without RC/TOYS, life would be dull :-)

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    RE: NB Jeep Rockcrawler Radio Range

    I just ran mine and i get about 35 feet range, being powered by only 2 AA batteries i can understand, my Evader got really far reception but the Tx used 8 AA batteries. As for getting your son a Traxxas Stampede, i would because its 100% rebuildable if anything breaks, where as these NB's have no spare parts for consumers to buy. Just my 2 cents

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    RE: NB Jeep Rockcrawler Radio Range

    check on the electonics board sometimes the wire gets cut where you can see it, happened to me.
    Traxxas Stampede w/ sidewinder esc and vxl motor, Slash w/ sidewinder 4600kv combo. FIRST TO DO ROLLING BACKFLIP WITH SLASH!!


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