Team Orion released
Edition 3200mAH LiPo Battery in 2006 in an effort to
offer a LiPo battery that fits in many of today’s RC cars with
little to no modification. All you must to do to install the
Carbon Edition pack into the XRAY
T2’007 EU Edition is cut away a small portion of the
battery’s case. It is less known, however, that Team Orion’s Platinum
Edition 4800mAH Lipo will also fit in both
editions of the T2’007 (EU
with only a few simple modifications! Here, we describe the steps
necessary to properly install the Platinum Lipo in the T2’007
cars, as well as offer some extra tips for installing this pack in
all 1/10 touring cars.
Note: These steps
involve placing thin shims (EU - 0.5mm, US – 1.5mm) underneath
the T2’007 upper deck. The Platinum LiPo will physically fit
in the EU Edition without adding these shims, however it fits so
tightly that it prevents the chassis from flexing properly (hurting
the performance of the car).
Remove the clear label from the Platinum LiPo Pack.
This is actually a very important step. Out of the box, the
Platinum LiPo has a rather thick, clear label wrapped around it.
The purpose of removing the label is to reduce the height of the
battery by 0.25mm (the label itself is 0.125mm thick, so it adds
0.25mm to the battery’s overall height).
Shim upper deck up 0.5mm (US Ed. 1.5mm)
The extra clearance gained by adding 0.5mm (US Ed. 1.5mm) spacers
under the upper deck (combined with the 0.25mm gained by peeling
off the battery’s label) will give the Platinum LiPo about
0.75mm of overall clearance from the upper deck, allowing the
chassis to flex properly while being run on the track.
I cut the EU
Edition spacers shown below from some sheet composite to make the
installation and removal of the upper deck easier, but standard
round spacers (such as those offered by Take-Off)
will work just fine. If you are using the chassis posts for extra
chassis stiffness, place your spacers underneath the posts
to make the upper deck installation a little easier.
Once the upper deck is raised 0.5mm (US Ed. 1.5mm), the plastic
bearing holder for the steering bellcrank must be spaced back down
by the same amount so that the steering bellcrank maintains its
original height. The shim used for this should have an opening for
the notch in the plastic holder; I cut a slit in a Yokomo 10mm (internal
diameter) shim, and then stretched it over the plastic holder.
After adding the
shims, the bare-minimum steps for installing Platinum LiPo have
been completed. You must slide the battery forward by a couple of
millimeters compared to the “sub-C” position due to the
layshaft mount’s location on the chassis, but this is no real
Use a high-quality
battery tape such as our Pro
Battery Tape to secure the battery to the chassis. The XRAY
T2 Battery Strap will not fit unless you are willing to
modify the bulkhead and battery strap post.
the Platinum LiPo installed in both editions of the T2’007:
installation tips from Nexus Racing:
LiPo batteries are
light, so light in fact that the RC cars we are driving are not
ready for them yet! You will often see some gaudy weight setups on
LiPo-equipped cars because racers are attempting to balance the
chassis. To help balance the chassis, you can use either the
simple and effective HUDY
Chassis Balancing Tool or the more accurate Integy
Digital Weight Distribution System.
Secure multipurpose weights to the bottom of the pack.
One way to strategically add about 1oz of weight to the pack is
to add lead to the bottom of the pack so that the pack
conveniently “keys” itself into the sub-C cell slots already
milled into the chassis. We are now offering some 1.25mm-thick
weights perfect for this task; see Nexus
Racing LiPo Lower Weight Set (6pcs):
feature a decently-strong adhesive backing; for the strongest
bond, however, we recommend removing the adhesive (by soaking
the weights in motor spray for ~2 min and peeling it away) and
securing the weights to the battery using Shoe-Goo or E6000
adhesive. The weights must be cut to the appropriate width of
your car’s cell slots (you can cut them with scissors).
Install weights on the battery pack and chassis for optimal
Lower Weight Set (6pcs) only adds about 1oz to the
right side of the chassis. For optimal balance, you should
attach much more weight; we recommend adding lead to both the
battery pack and chassis. Weights from Take-Off,
Racing, and XRAY
are available from Nexus Racing. I covered my weights with Parma’s
Carbon Fiber Decal to make them look a little more
There you have it!
Once you complete these steps, you will have a LiPo-equipped T2’007
ready to tear up the track!