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Old 09-16-2017, 10:15 AM
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First off, let me apologize for my ignorance. I purchased a Grand Hauler as my first Semi truck kit. I have built several 4x4 kits before, but this truck is a bit overwhelming with all the radio options, sound,light and etc options. I have been researching for the past several weeks trying to determine my best options for my purchases and am getting no where fast. All my local hobby shops are no help as no one seems to be involved with these trucks in my area.
I have purchased a Spektrum Dx7 radio and receiver(which I have no idea how to set up or operate) two Spektrum servos and am looking into sound and lights now. I have interest in the Servonaut and Beier systems, but have several questions in regards. From what I have gathered, Servonaut is very expensive... worth it? If I am correct, I'm looking at close to six hundred for lights and sound? Beier if I am correct, is half the price for the same situation? From what I have been reading, including from here, I should stay away from Tamiya's systems? If I go with one of the two for-mentioned, where are you folks purchasing you leds from? Again, I apologize for my knowledge, but I have run out of options for answers. ANY help or advice on my build is greatly appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
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Old 09-16-2017, 10:21 AM
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ESS one PLUS is a decent sound option. Make SURE its the onePLUS, or you can ONLY have engine, turbo, & brake sound. One plus has the horn option on it.
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Old 09-17-2017, 01:25 AM
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There is nothing wrong with the MFU's and there are plenty of setting up videos on youtube with a lot of different radios how to program them, the MFU will work with digital and anologe radios..... including the new DX radios....
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Old 09-20-2017, 10:21 PM
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I'm with Cossett. The tamiya system is plug and play and will do all you need with regard to sound, lights, and even cab shaking if you want it. If you don't mind me asking what have you read to turn you away from tammy's MFU?
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Old 09-20-2017, 10:40 PM
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I'm with Cossett. The tamiya system is plug and play and will do all you need with regard to sound, lights, and even cab shaking if you want it. If you don't mind me asking what have you read to turn you away from tammy's MFU?
The only thing I've read to discourage me is the limitations of adding extra leds.
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Old 09-20-2017, 11:36 PM
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My discouragement was PRICE For around $70.oo USD I can get the ESS1+, For around another $70.oo I can get a 3rd party light controller module. OR, for around $300.oo USD, I can purchase a Tamiya all in 1 unit.
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If you want extra lights most guys that use the mfu run a light modual to run any extra leds ( that can be done in a lot of ways) you need and then run them off a seperate channel...
But like everything its best to lay it all out on the work bench and test it before installing it in a truck or trailer so you know how it works together,
Some choose the MFU because there is no extra wiring of leds and other componants to run it and also the MFU come with the different clips and housing to install them unlike the two you mentioned that need other parts>
Also go to the Servonaut and Beier systems web sites ( not the resellers ) and have a good read of the list of things you need and what it requires to run them the price adds up very quickly ..........
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Old 09-21-2017, 08:07 AM
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If you want extra lights most guys that use the mfu run a light modual to run any extra leds ( that can be done in a lot of ways) you need and then run them off a seperate channel...
But like everything its best to lay it all out on the work bench and test it before installing it in a truck or trailer so you know how it works together,
Some choose the MFU because there is no extra wiring of leds and other componants to run it and also the MFU come with the different clips and housing to install them unlike the two you mentioned that need other parts>
Also go to the Servonaut and Beier systems web sites ( not the resellers ) and have a good read of the list of things you need and what it requires to run them the price adds up very quickly ..........
Thank you very much for the reply. I had noticed the expense of the other two companies. It's very shocking how quickly their products add up in cost. I am going to have to reconfigure my thoughts to my plan for lights.
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Does the ESC on the MFU have a lipo mode?
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Old 10-02-2017, 06:34 AM
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hi matey im bear an servonaut is ok but for you you should use the mfc 01 in your grand hauler until you get the hang of the the builds an all the option parts
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Thanks for all the replys!!!! I went with Tamiya's MFC. For now I think it will suffice.
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MFU does not have a LiPo cut-off BUT it does have a low voltage cut-off. It will start shutting down and restarting the truck when the battery gets too low to operate correctly. I have never had a problem using LiPos with an MFU.
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