View Full Version : Noobie needing help with motor install

07-19-2004, 11:53 AM
I am workin on my first RC build, and I am using a TC3 kit. I am LOVIN IT! I am just about to get to the part where I install the motor, ECS and servos. I have a question. I have 2 lenghts of wire to install the motor. One end will need to have bullet plugs installed, which I can go buy and use a crimper on. But for the other end, to go to the motor, should I solder them directly to the motor or is there a clip that I could use?

Also, does anyone have a link to a tutorial on installing a motor? Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanx.

07-19-2004, 12:26 PM
Welcome aboard Galactik, if you think you like it now, wait till you get it on the track. :D Do yourself a favor, keep it off the street, it's the worst place of all for your new TC3.

You are really best to solder the motor wires directly to the motor leads, and you will have less resistance if you use a low-resistance plug such as a Deans or Race Preps (I use race preps <shrug>) for any removable connections you need to make. You can always change those later, but the motor end of your wiring gets solder, hands-down. The fewer connectors you have in your electronics, the less resistance, which equates to higher efficiency and longer run times. Bullet plugs are second only to Tamiya plugs for the amount of resistance they have in your wiring.

How to install an ESC (http://www.rccaraction.com/rc/articles/ht_installnlc.asp) (Your motor soldering Q's are answered here, with pictures)

Some articles of interest at this point:
How to install no-loss conectors (http://www.rccaraction.com/rc/articles/ht_installnlc.asp)

In fact, many racers do what's called hardwiring (http://www.rccaraction.com/rc/articles/hardwire.asp), solder/un-solder each time they run for maximum connection efficiency.

07-19-2004, 01:22 PM
Wow, thanx for the great reply and the links. It is GREATLY appreciated. I am lookin through them now. I have instructions with the controller I bought, but nothing with the motor I picked up.

07-19-2004, 01:48 PM
I am at work right now so I cant remember what instructions I have at home. But what I am looking for is this:

I need to find instructions/pics on conecting the battery and motor. This is my first build, and I want to see where the battery pack connects to, what terminals on the motor I should be soldering to. I do have pics for soldering the capacitors to the motor.

I know this sounds sooooo noobish, but hey, I gotta start somewhere, and I wanna do it right.


07-19-2004, 02:18 PM


The ESC link above is the same as the no-loss connector one. Doh. Here's the ESC article (http://www.rccaraction.com/rc/articles/ht_install_esc.asp), I was wondering why you were re-asking lol. This should have it in it.

An we were all noob-ians at one time.