Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: RC Car: Radio Shack Thunderfox

  1. #1
    <Insert witty one liner> Kanoe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    989
    Thanks
    97
    Thanked
    114 times in 80 posts
    • Kanoe's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus ROG STRIX X299-E GAMING II
      • CPU:
      • Intel 7960X (4.4GHZ All Core)
      • Memory:
      • 64GB Corsair Vengeance PRO (8 x 8GB) 3200
      • Storage:
      • 1x 2TB M.2, 2x 1TB M.2, 960GB SSD, 2TB HDD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • nvidia 3080 FE (1965MHz @906mV +1500 VRAM)
      • PSU:
      • Superflower 1200W
      • Case:
      • Phanteks Enthoo Primo v2
      • Operating System:
      • Win 10 Pro 64bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • 28" Gigabyte M28U 4k + 24" Dell U2412M
      • Internet:
      • Zen 1 Gig Fibre

    RC Car: Radio Shack Thunderfox

    If this post is in the wrong section, please move.

    I recently got my RC Car from my parents that i had as a birthday present in the mid 90's and having been trying to get it back to working order with little to no success so far.

    I thought the tricky bit was going to be getting a new battery for it but nope, that seems pretty standard and is no problem at all.

    The trouble im having is wheels and tires, the plastics and rubber are gone and im trying to find something else that might fit the bill but annoyingly nobody puts dimensions on anything! (not even the manufacturers sites have that info).

    So i thought i would go to a physical model shop for assistance. Nearest one is like an hours drive away so was reluctant but went anyway yesterday and got to the store and spoke to the owner about it to see if he could assist and he basically laughed at me and said good luck and that was it.

    Think I have found some that might do the trick, especially for the fronts but again cant find sizes.

    I dont want to bin it, it was expensive, even back then, and im sure it still works, but disappointed it looks like its going to end up in the bin.

  2. #2
    Super Moderator Jonj1611's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    5,778
    Thanks
    1,811
    Thanked
    1,015 times in 777 posts

    Re: RC Car: Radio Shack Thunderfox

    No idea mate, though did find this online : If you have bad tyres and can't find a spares doner with good ones then it's quite cheap and easy to switch the outboard drive cups to tamiya boomerang/hotshot/bigwig etc ones and you can then choose whatever hex wheels you like

    Not sure if that's any good to you or you may have already seen it
    Jon

  3. Received thanks from:

    Kanoe (03-07-2024)

  4. #3
    <Insert witty one liner> Kanoe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    989
    Thanks
    97
    Thanked
    114 times in 80 posts
    • Kanoe's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus ROG STRIX X299-E GAMING II
      • CPU:
      • Intel 7960X (4.4GHZ All Core)
      • Memory:
      • 64GB Corsair Vengeance PRO (8 x 8GB) 3200
      • Storage:
      • 1x 2TB M.2, 2x 1TB M.2, 960GB SSD, 2TB HDD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • nvidia 3080 FE (1965MHz @906mV +1500 VRAM)
      • PSU:
      • Superflower 1200W
      • Case:
      • Phanteks Enthoo Primo v2
      • Operating System:
      • Win 10 Pro 64bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • 28" Gigabyte M28U 4k + 24" Dell U2412M
      • Internet:
      • Zen 1 Gig Fibre

    Re: RC Car: Radio Shack Thunderfox

    yeah i saw that on my dive down the rabbit hole but couldnt really get what they were on about

  5. #4
    Super Moderator Jonj1611's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    5,778
    Thanks
    1,811
    Thanked
    1,015 times in 777 posts

    Re: RC Car: Radio Shack Thunderfox

    Going to guess it changes the size of something to accept new wheels/tyres

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/196068352473 - They aren't the right ones but might give you an idea what you are looking for

    I guess if you change them to something that fits more readily available tyre/wheel sizes then you can fit Tamiya parts for instance
    Jon

  6. #5
    <Insert witty one liner> Kanoe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    989
    Thanks
    97
    Thanked
    114 times in 80 posts
    • Kanoe's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus ROG STRIX X299-E GAMING II
      • CPU:
      • Intel 7960X (4.4GHZ All Core)
      • Memory:
      • 64GB Corsair Vengeance PRO (8 x 8GB) 3200
      • Storage:
      • 1x 2TB M.2, 2x 1TB M.2, 960GB SSD, 2TB HDD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • nvidia 3080 FE (1965MHz @906mV +1500 VRAM)
      • PSU:
      • Superflower 1200W
      • Case:
      • Phanteks Enthoo Primo v2
      • Operating System:
      • Win 10 Pro 64bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • 28" Gigabyte M28U 4k + 24" Dell U2412M
      • Internet:
      • Zen 1 Gig Fibre

    Re: RC Car: Radio Shack Thunderfox

    thats the thing, i couldnt find the exact ones they were on about and other drive cups i found didnt remotely look like they would fit

  7. #6
    Administrator MLyons's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Posts
    474
    Thanks
    310
    Thanked
    156 times in 92 posts
    • MLyons's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASUS PRIME X470-PRO
      • CPU:
      • 2700x
      • Memory:
      • 16GB DDR4 Corsair RGB
      • Storage:
      • 500GB MX500 500GB HDD 2TB SSD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • EVGA SC2 1080Ti
      • PSU:
      • Corsair tx650
      • Case:
      • Corsair Air 540
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • 2 Asus 1080p

    Re: RC Car: Radio Shack Thunderfox

    Do you have any picture or measurements of the hex that's used to attach the wheels?
    Any sort of picture of where the wheels are mounted would help.
    Half dev, Half doge. Some say DevDoge

    Feel free to message me if you find any bugs or have any suggestions.
    If you need me urgently, PM me
    If something is/was broke it was probably me. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  8. #7
    <Insert witty one liner> Kanoe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    989
    Thanks
    97
    Thanked
    114 times in 80 posts
    • Kanoe's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus ROG STRIX X299-E GAMING II
      • CPU:
      • Intel 7960X (4.4GHZ All Core)
      • Memory:
      • 64GB Corsair Vengeance PRO (8 x 8GB) 3200
      • Storage:
      • 1x 2TB M.2, 2x 1TB M.2, 960GB SSD, 2TB HDD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • nvidia 3080 FE (1965MHz @906mV +1500 VRAM)
      • PSU:
      • Superflower 1200W
      • Case:
      • Phanteks Enthoo Primo v2
      • Operating System:
      • Win 10 Pro 64bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • 28" Gigabyte M28U 4k + 24" Dell U2412M
      • Internet:
      • Zen 1 Gig Fibre

    Re: RC Car: Radio Shack Thunderfox

    Yeah I can try and upload some photos. I think that's part of the problem the backs are not hex fit.

    Fronts are bearing as its only 2WD.

    I think the grasshopper II front wheels might do it but again can't find anyone giving the dimensions!

  9. #8
    root Member DanceswithUnix's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    In the middle of a core dump
    Posts
    12,994
    Thanks
    778
    Thanked
    1,567 times in 1,324 posts
    • DanceswithUnix's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus X470-PRO
      • CPU:
      • 5900X
      • Memory:
      • 32GB 3200MHz ECC
      • Storage:
      • 2TB Linux, 2TB Games (Win 10)
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Asus Strix RX Vega 56
      • PSU:
      • 650W Corsair TX
      • Case:
      • Antec 300
      • Operating System:
      • Fedora 39 + Win 10 Pro 64 (yuk)
      • Monitor(s):
      • Benq XL2730Z 1440p + Iiyama 27" 1440p
      • Internet:
      • Zen 900Mb/900Mb (CityFibre FttP)

    Re: RC Car: Radio Shack Thunderfox

    If the alternative is scrapping the car, then 3d printing some tyres in TPU filament could be an option.

    Not as grippy as proper tyres, probably OK for an offroad sort of vehicle.

  10. #9
    <Insert witty one liner> Kanoe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    989
    Thanks
    97
    Thanked
    114 times in 80 posts
    • Kanoe's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus ROG STRIX X299-E GAMING II
      • CPU:
      • Intel 7960X (4.4GHZ All Core)
      • Memory:
      • 64GB Corsair Vengeance PRO (8 x 8GB) 3200
      • Storage:
      • 1x 2TB M.2, 2x 1TB M.2, 960GB SSD, 2TB HDD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • nvidia 3080 FE (1965MHz @906mV +1500 VRAM)
      • PSU:
      • Superflower 1200W
      • Case:
      • Phanteks Enthoo Primo v2
      • Operating System:
      • Win 10 Pro 64bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • 28" Gigabyte M28U 4k + 24" Dell U2412M
      • Internet:
      • Zen 1 Gig Fibre

    Re: RC Car: Radio Shack Thunderfox

    Yeah, getting some wheels and tires and will try and design and print some adapters for the back wheels.

    Never tried designing anything for 3d printing so that's going to be a learning curve and a half!

  11. #10
    <Insert witty one liner> Kanoe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    989
    Thanks
    97
    Thanked
    114 times in 80 posts
    • Kanoe's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus ROG STRIX X299-E GAMING II
      • CPU:
      • Intel 7960X (4.4GHZ All Core)
      • Memory:
      • 64GB Corsair Vengeance PRO (8 x 8GB) 3200
      • Storage:
      • 1x 2TB M.2, 2x 1TB M.2, 960GB SSD, 2TB HDD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • nvidia 3080 FE (1965MHz @906mV +1500 VRAM)
      • PSU:
      • Superflower 1200W
      • Case:
      • Phanteks Enthoo Primo v2
      • Operating System:
      • Win 10 Pro 64bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • 28" Gigabyte M28U 4k + 24" Dell U2412M
      • Internet:
      • Zen 1 Gig Fibre

    Re: RC Car: Radio Shack Thunderfox

    After a busy weekend of messing about the car is up and running. Took about 8 prototypes to get the wheel adapters just right but now it probably works better than it did originally! Took me 2 days to realise that the back left and right were completely different and needed different designs.

    For future reference for anyone else (read me in a few years when I forget):

    - Pack of Tamiya Grasshopper II Wheels and Tyres
    Wheels and Tyres
    - Pack of Metal Bearings (for front wheels)
    Metal Bearings

    For the fronts file the axels/bearings so they fit. The axels are 5mm and the inner diameter of the bearings are 5mm so needed to file them slightly to get them on but with that done they are a perfect fit and good match for the originals in size and style.

    For the rears the left and right side are different:

    Right:
    - Wheel needs middle drilling to 5mm to fit on the rear shaft which is 5mm to fit properly
    - Needs right hand adapter that was designed and 3d printed (link to come to for stl file)

    Left:
    - Wheel needs middle drilling to 5.5mm to fit on rear shaft which is 5.5mm
    - Needs left hand adapter that was designed and 3d printed (link to come to stl file)
    - Don't overtighten nut otherwise wheel will get drive from shaft not the diff, make sure when moving the wheel it freely drives the opposite wheel in the opposite direction

    STL Files for Both Sides
    Last edited by Kanoe; Yesterday at 08:39 PM. Reason: added link to STL files

  12. Received thanks from:

    Jonj1611 (08-07-2024)

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •