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RC snowmobile project
« on: March 29, 2019, 05:11:49 PM »
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Just after xmas I was at Canadian Tire and scored a RC Yamaha Viper RC snowmobile that was on the return rack with a note that said "motor broken".

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/rc-yamaha-1-6-scale-snowmobile-0500547p.html

For $25 I saw an opportunity, and bought it. Unboxing at home it stunk of cigarette smoke, no battery, some random piece of paper towel and half the decals either peeled off or coloured on. Not the prettiest looking machine but you can always put lip stick on a pig and make things work.

A quick search yielded this video, one of many by RC Helistef.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzRbO-sb7Zg. After deciphering his poor english comments in his videos I compiled a list of needed parts to do what he did with his vipers.

After waiting a month for the goodies to arrive from China I put it all together and of last night I got the buggy done. Our snow is pretty poor with rain in the forecast but testing so far all is good.

In case someone wants a summer project this is a good one. You can score the sleds off ebay and for about another $150 CAD you can have a beefed up RC sled. They are available in store at xmas time and according to the Canadian Tire website some stores still have them. Source seems to sell them and walmart has them too.
https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/kidztech-16-rc-yamaha-snowmobile/6000197873105

Feel free to email me with your questions etc, I can provide the part list.  chris.manuel@gmail.com
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« Reply #1 on: April 8, 2019, 05:33:30 PM »
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That's a neat little project there Rock.  I like the video he made - the slo mo portions get you right into it.  That Canadian tire video cracks me up. 
So how much of an upgrade did you give the little ride?  Keeping it blue lol?
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Quote from: oly_man on April  8, 2019, 05:33:30 PM   

That's a neat little project there Rock.  I like the video he made - the slo mo portions get you right into it.  That Canadian tire video cracks me up. 
So how much of an upgrade did you give the little ride?  Keeping it blue lol?


I probably put another $150 CAD into it, buying everything from ebay. I ripped out the guts of it and kept only the chaincase. I ordered a new engine, esc, battery, lights, steering servo, receiver and remote a couple misc parts. Once you get all the parts it doesnt take long before you can get it together. Next one I'll do I'll order local to save the shipping time and probably get better parts in the end.

I had it out the other day in some slush we had on the driveway. It flies, probably 30 km/hr just like the elan.
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« Reply #3 on: April 8, 2019, 06:45:58 PM »
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Holy crap!  That sounds like a fun outfit you created there.  Should get someone to drive it while riding passenger on the élan... and put a video camera on it!
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