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Old 2004.05.21, 12:02 PM   #1
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XMODS light kit for your Mini-Z

Guys,

You can hook up the Radio Shack XMODS light kit ($5.99) to your mini-Z.
Connect the orange wire to the +terminal (~ +5V) on your battery and the yellow
wire to -terminal (ground). The red wire controls the red led (led with red wires)
and the brown wire controls the head lights. IMPORTANT, you MUST connect
a ~1kOhm resistor in series with the brown and red wires before connecting
them to the +terminal or the motor terminals. Otherwise, you will fry the
light kit...

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Old 2004.05.21, 12:33 PM   #2
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How bright is the Shack kit compared to the Kyosho and Megatech light kits?
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Old 2004.05.21, 01:23 PM   #3
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TNB,

I've never used other light sets since I've always created my own so
I can't compare to the other sets. The radio shack LED's seem bright
enough to me. To make them brigther, you can just lower the value
of the 100Ohm resistors on the circuit board of the light kit. Right now,
the 100Ohm resistors limit the current to about 20mA. I'm not sure what
the max current those LED's can handle. I like the fact that you get a
little circuit board with the kit to play around with... It's not bad for 6 bucks.

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Old 2004.05.21, 01:34 PM   #4
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I have a light set for the xmod and they are just as bright as the others. I was going to get a few of the xmod light sets about a month ago and they were back ordered. Lately I have been making my own light sets
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Old 2004.06.04, 09:09 PM   #5
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Sorry for such an old post but its better than making a new topic.

Can someone supply a Circuit diagram or a diagram of how everything is wired?
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Old 2004.06.05, 12:40 AM   #6
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I purchased two Xmod light kits, an Xmod and all the hop ups. I started a thread about Xmod Turning (or why it turns slightly better on way) if anyone has any suggestions. I do like the way the Shack anticipated someone installing a light kit--buckets, screw holes for the board, and a plug-in.
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Old 2004.06.05, 05:49 AM   #7
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I started a thread about Xmod Turning (or why it turns slightly better on way) if anyone has any suggestions.
This is only one thread of many regarding the steering issues the Xmods have.

http://www.tinyrc.com/forums/showthr...t=steering+fix

I fixed my Xmod steering problem. I took the batteries out and installed them in a Mini-Z. No more steering probs since.
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Old 2004.06.05, 05:33 PM   #8
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sry but what does it mean a 1kohm resistor in series? sry this is a great idea im just trying to follow it and if i understand i will try it.
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Old 2004.06.08, 03:01 AM   #9
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I fixed my Xmod steering problem. I took the batteries out and installed them in a Mini-Z. No more steering probs since.


That is damn funny....
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Old 2004.06.08, 08:52 AM   #10
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Wow its been a while since I've been here. Regarding the steering issue of the X-Mod, 2 3.3k ohm resistors (from 'da shak) can be soldered in series with 2 of the servo wires (not sure which). Go to rc universe and ask "ashamans" This will allow the wheels to turn enough to completely hide the end of the steering rod when looking from the underside of the car. I also had to do a little bit of sanding on the inside of my Supra.
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I was trying to stay within the Xmod XRL Tournament rules--no modified electronics and hop-ups installed according to Shack directions.
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Old 2004.06.08, 01:04 PM   #12
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I was trying to stay within the Xmod XRL Tournament rules--no modified electronics and hop-ups installed according to Shack directions.
Then using the 4.5 tie rod, that comes in the suspension kit, is the best you can do. The turning radius is still limited (and uneven) but mine did better on my RCP track with it. Keep the rear end loose so you can use the slide to help you turn. It was also my experience that with AWD they pushed so bad, you had to crawl around corners to keep from hitting the outside wall. Mine all did better, on RCP, without AWD.

Good Luck Man.
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I removed the AWD too. 4.5 tie rod, soft front springs, hard rear springs, harder rear tires, and Kyosho 20's in the front. I need to check the tire rule, but the 20F's seemed to make the Xmod get around the 180s on the RCP Mini-Tile much better than the Xmod Tire Upgrade. Ironicially, the Xmod actually has a slightly better turning radius than my Enzo when I push it by hand. I haven't tried the foams yet. I'd just hoped I could get it to turn consistantly in both directions.
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sry but can any one draw a diagram on how to hook one up i just got one and thought it was a good idea and wanted a little help. and where do i get a 1kohm resistor? and where does it go?
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Old 2004.10.19, 11:34 PM   #15
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Hey, going to revive this thread instead of my origional repost...

I want to pick up a light kit of two tomorrow... but I don't know much about electronics... where do the resistors go and I should be able to buy them at Rat Shack right?

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