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Old Dec 28, 2012, 05:45 PM
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How to add functional steering to an RC Toy?

They have several toy quality RC cars out there that steer by backing up, and using a "caster" to turn the car in reverse. Just wondering what parts/techniques anyone has heard of that could be used to make the front wheels actually steer via a hobby grade servo. The motor/ESC is the easy part. Maybe just use a whole new chassis? But that puts using the stock rims (which complete the look) out of the picture.
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 03:25 PM
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The problem with most of those types of "Back up to turn" toys is that the wheels only turn one direction. And therefore would need a lot of work to get them to turn the other direction.
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Old Feb 06, 2013, 09:39 AM
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Yep figure a new tx/rx, servo, and maybe an esc to make it work. Along with a new steering linkage system.
Lotta work but hey that's part of the hobby.

It can be done, I've rebuilt three of those Wally World Jeeps and a 21st Century Humvee over to regular electronics. Only thing left stock on them was the drive motors.

Ditto a whole slew of 1/6th and 1/9th tanks. Makes a world of difference in how they perform.
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