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Old 2018.11.27, 09:33 AM   #1
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radio question

I'm picking up a mr03 later today from a local hobby shop that is setting up a track to race there. I race 1/8th scale buggies and have a spektrum radio. what do i need to do to run spektrum on it? is it worth doing it? I know I'll eventually want to get another one one as well to do a brushless class.
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Old 2018.11.27, 11:40 AM   #2
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PN makes a Spektrum board.

You can buy the board separately, or buy it pre-installed in a PN chassis. As far as a second car and brushless, I'd wait until the EVO comes out next month or so. It's reported to have the ability to handle brushed and brushless motors, and a separate receiver component that could be Spektrum.
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Old 2018.11.27, 11:47 AM   #3
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Thanks Iíll look into the evo as well. Thanks for the info. Iíll look into that spektrum board. Iím heading to hobby shop in a bit to get it. Smallest Iíve raced was 1/18th so Iím pretty excited to try this out
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Thanks Iíll look into the evo as well. Thanks for the info. Iíll look into that spektrum board. Iím heading to hobby shop in a bit to get it. Smallest Iíve raced was 1/18th so Iím pretty excited to try this out
The best advice I can give you is to just drive the box stock car for a while before you do any major upgrades, other than tires. Check out what other people at your local track or club are driving. Mini Zs are awesome, but you can easily get invested in things you'll wish you'd thought out more strategically, especially if you plan to own multiple cars.

TX/RX types have been kind of a mess, and there are a bunch of different reasons to think carefully about which compatibility path you choose. You can search the forum here for more info on ASF, FHS, FHSS, MHS and the various versions of MR03. The new EVO chassis seems to remedy things, but know what you're getting into before you drop a bunch of money.
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Old 2018.11.27, 12:38 PM   #5
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The PN board is DSM2, so keep that in mind. I'm not a Spektrum expert, but I believe they have moved on to something else although I think the new radios are backwards compatible. Putting a new board in a car is not difficult if you are fairly handy, I wouldn't pay the extra $$ to have PN do it unless you don't have the time or just really don't want to mess with it. There are lots of threads on here that say bearings, tires, t-plate is all you need to race, and some of the newer cars are coming with bearings. It is super fun racing, I hope it goes well for you!
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Old 2018.11.27, 06:08 PM   #6
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The new MR03 Evo should have receivers that cover: KO ASF/MHS, Kyosho FHSS, Futaba, and Sanwa. I imagine a Spectrum receiver would be available soonish, but wont be offered initially. The RWD Readyset comes with a basic Kyosho FHSS controller KT-531P, but you could upgrade to the KT-432TP.

I agree with others to see what class or classes the hobby shop is planning to run, just so you're purchasing a model that can run with others if they are planning organized racing. I'd stay away from Sports or Sports2 MR03 versions, as the newer RWD MR03 has better electronics. Box stock class with minimal upgrades is a super fun class to run from my experience.
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Old 2018.11.27, 09:02 PM   #7
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As of now itís box stock. The owner wants to run other classes once more people start coming. So far we have a group of 5 for sure. And 4 of us having been racing rc cars for 10-15 years. So getting another class wonít be too hard lol. I got my car earlier. Didnít get to mess with it much. Busy fixing my 1/8th scale and my race wings for this weekend. Iím going to play around with it in the morning.
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Old 2018.11.29, 11:43 PM   #8
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So the ko propo ex2 doesnít work with the mr03 correct?
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So the ko propo ex2 doesnít work with the mr03 correct?
http://kopropo.com/america/support/c...ychart/#tab-10

Looks like it does only for MHS models (VE Pro)
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Old 2018.11.30, 02:10 AM   #10
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The Kyosho EX-6 does MHS and ASF.
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Old 2018.11.30, 07:13 AM   #11
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And this is why it took me so long to get a mini z. They are all over the place with radio protocols
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I completely agree, it has been one of the biggest deterrents of entry. They also do not offer any real mid level radio systems, which makes it more difficult. No single radio can control all cars... the list goes on.

I would like a relatively simple $100-120 radio for the FHSS protocol cars, much like what the ex5-ur was for asf. The issue with those was availability, which increased the price close to what an ex1-ur was.

As good as the FHSS cars feel with the stock radio, I just can't see myself recommending the $200+ kt-432pt radio for what is essentially a stock class only car. If the pricing for the kyosho FHSS receiver for the evo were significantly cheaper than the competition models, it might be something worth considering, but at the moment, it's too high to stamp a seal of approval on.
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Old 2018.11.30, 04:14 PM   #13
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As of now Iím looking into switching to sanwa. Been thinking about switching the last couple of months. Still comes the issue of not being able to control my current mr03.
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Yeah, I have a sanwa transmitter, and there is a sanwa RX on bangood. But, then you need an ESC, and servo controller. The PN brushless ESC has a 5v BEC, which is most friendly to the kyosho servo motor when using greater than 6v, or can be overridden to not have BEC reduction on 4.8v.

But, then the issue of packaging comes into play. Fitting it all inside of an MR03 is not easy. However, the PN chassis uses a similar layout, with a lot more real estate on the top to mount electronics. For AAA use with aftermarket electronics, this is pretty much the only route to take unless you go custom.
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Old 2018.11.30, 05:17 PM   #15
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I know on has the one for spektrum but I havenít seen one I could use for brushless yet
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