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Posted by dragbikebam | Jan 14, 2015 @ 06:46 PM | 10,442 Views
I modded the camera bracket by spacing and adding foam for support. Replaced the Velcro strap with a rubber band and spaced the camera so the power/video connector is not touching the gimbal bracket. Hoping this will make huge difference with video quality issues from vibrations. I also have replaced the props with the Tiger Motor brand. I have tried my best balancing the motors and even had to do some light balancing on the TM props. I will do some testing tomorrow with nice weather expected.
Posted by dragbikebam | Jan 12, 2015 @ 02:37 AM | 11,292 Views
Well I took the plunge and invested in a professional camera drone rig. Its the Matrix-s with a 3 axis gimbal/w tilt on an isolation plate and a Rage Cams go pro 4 black including a flat lens. I have had an intense experience getting it all set up.
Posted by dragbikebam | Oct 29, 2014 @ 10:59 AM | 12,723 Views
Budget minded nitro for you guys. Only upgrades are frame spacers, engine mounts, 13t clutch bell, TTN head stock, later std. dual swing arm and front brake pads/rotor no rear brake yet but it really doesnt need it with stock gearing. Should make for a nice tight runner. Im also going to use budget servos a JR st126 high torque($40) for brake and throttle duty a feetech FT5478M ($25) low profile light weight for steering.

Will be updating post as nears completion.
ok I got the bike all broke in and everything is great, the stock gearing is not bad at all and will still haul ass. The stock pipe is not near as restrictive as I thought and the engine will reach full rpm without issue. I love this bike its very easy to drive fast without fear of crashing, lots of stability.
Posted by dragbikebam | Oct 27, 2014 @ 01:17 AM | 14,506 Views
The engine will require a little modification to be right for a bike and I will explain in the pictures below.
The G3.0 is a little wider engine than .12's so you may have to adjust your lay shaft position, this is especially true if you have a wide gap between the flywheel and engine bearing. The closer you can get the flywheel to the engine the less shimming or spacing you have to do to the spur and more right side lean angle you get. Try several flywheel collets to get it as close as you can, anywhere close to 1mm or less is good. I highly suggest upgrading to the steel spur with this engine....Continue Reading
Posted by dragbikebam | Apr 14, 2014 @ 01:14 PM | 16,522 Views
I been taking my time with this one. I have received everything I need to wrap it up..I hope. The bike is very easy to work on.
Posted by dragbikebam | Mar 01, 2014 @ 07:01 PM | 14,348 Views
Thunder Tiger Nitro Ducati W/ HPI G3.0 .18 Engine (3 min 41 sec)

Battery installation went really well. This battery is a 700mah LiFe 6.6v it only weighs 40 grams or 1.7 oz. its 2.64 oz lighter than a regular 6v 5 cell and the total weight of the bike RTR w/o fuel is 1866 grams(65.25oz), only 15 grams heavier than my RG EVO 3 nitro @ 1851g(65oz) also with a LiFe and 4 grams heavier than the 701 with a LiFe @ 1862. To me this is amazing, an old TTN with a .18 that's practically the same weight as an RG and 701. Im getting some of these batteries for all my nitro bikes. I really was not trying to make this a light weight bike, it just happened that way from the parts I used, I could make it even lighter if I wanted to but this is good enough, its going to be hard to keep the front end down as it is. Only thing left to do is test run and finish breaking in the engine.

Update: After getting a few runs with the bike I am starting to realize that this .18 with the RD free flowing pipe is not giving me much run time because of the small TTN fuel tank. I think the bike would be better with the stock exhaust giving me more torque with these gears and longer run times. Its very fast on the top end but its not very practical power IMO....Continue Reading
Posted by dragbikebam | Feb 24, 2014 @ 09:45 PM | 14,740 Views
Engine is good now so I been doing a little work on the TTN this weekend. Im now waiting on the li-fe battery and should be ready for some test runs soon.
Posted by dragbikebam | Dec 07, 2013 @ 08:57 PM | 11,454 Views
Im going for all out top speed so Im going with the RD pipe. The top speed should be in the 50+ range with the 25t rear sprocket, that's about how fast my 509 is with the same set up.
Posted by dragbikebam | Dec 07, 2013 @ 02:12 PM | 15,166 Views
I will not be actually racing this bike but I been wanting to build my version of a maxed out TTN for a long time and this is it. Instead of buying a whole bike or doing this to my original TTN, I just ordered a frame and a few other parts. I am adding my own swingarm, wheels, brakes, forks etc. that I already had in my parts bin.

UPDATE: I do not recommend using the RD exhaust with the HPI .18 run times are only 4 or 5 minuets and they go by fast. Stock exhaust is best IMO....Continue Reading
Posted by dragbikebam | Aug 17, 2013 @ 08:10 PM | 17,109 Views
Its way better than I expected once sorted, The bike is unbelievably connected to the road and inspires confidence with your driving. The brakes are surprisingly very good, more than enough. The wheels are on the heavy side but its all focused outwards for unrealized stability. It has a low C.G. feel and great lean angles. You can drift easily like a fast electric and it will not fail you, it is the most forgiving feeling bike I have ever driven. It has nothing in common with any other NF nitro before it and is next level.
Nuova Faor 701 nitro (9 min 58 sec)

Posted by dragbikebam | Aug 02, 2013 @ 01:40 PM | 16,795 Views
I routed the battery lead around the exhaust and between the plates. I soldiered on an extension to get a perfect length instead of using an extension with connectors. I doubled up on the shrink around the manifold. The receiver connection is the on/off switch.

I have since changed to a 700mah LiFe battery and lost 2.64 oz of weight from the bike..WOW!!!!
Posted by dragbikebam | Jul 29, 2013 @ 08:55 PM | 17,302 Views
Servos came in today and I been at it ever since, this bike is so different than anything Im use to. It is very simple but just different. NF has done a good job. It has less parts and is much lighter than a normal nitro bike. The engine pops out in a few seconds its easy and fast to remove with just 2 bolts holding it in. The engine has to be moved out of the way to change the spur. All I need now are a set of 200s and some paint.

Its been brought to my attention that if you mount the steering servo inside the plates you will need to use a servo arm that is standard thickness and has the arm positioned to the outer edge of the spline shaft. Thick or clamp on type servo arms will not work and do not clear the middle servo when turning. you can use them but mount the servo outside the plate if you do.
Posted by dragbikebam | Jul 28, 2013 @ 03:59 PM | 15,731 Views
The upper and rider is straight from the SB-5 mold. Its tricky to get just right and trimming for the exhaust. It was easier fitting this than it was the lower. I also want to note that this is not the ordinary lexan NF uses, it is much thicker and higher quality, its good stuff, same for the lower too.