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Discussion Forum

Triggering a analog video switch from adrurover

Started by F. C. Bearsch "Tearig". Last reply by Grant Morphett yesterday. 1 Reply

tiny video switchCan ardurover trigger a camera switch based on accelerometer position?  Continue

Contributing to giving sight to AV's

Started by RoboBill. Last reply by RoboBill yesterday. 61 Replies

Hello everyone,I'm trying to design and build an "open source" radar system. The premise is that while we have the hacked Neato and the RoboPeak system, I've not found anything for outdoor use. So…Continue

Revo Drone

Started by Erik Harmon. Last reply by Thomas J Coyle III Feb 27. 1 Reply

Hello Folks,My children and I are in the early planning stages of our first drone project.  What we have is a second hand, dirty, Traxxas Revo 3.3.  What we would like to do with this is:Convert it…Continue

How to Install Dual Sonars on a Pixhawk

Started by Thomas J Coyle III. Last reply by Anders Wikstrom Feb 27. 23 Replies

Hi All,I just completed installing dual Maxbotix MB1240 sonars on one of my Pixhawk equipped rovers.Since the sonars were from an APM equipped rover they already had single pair shielded cables…Continue

Tags: install, Pixhawk, dual, sonar

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Comment by John Moore on May 17, 2013 at 8:06am

@ Mike,

Probably your easiest method to accomplish this would be a server wire splitter.  Allowing one steering ch to drive 2 servo's.



Comment by Mike Wilson on May 17, 2013 at 6:08am

Hi guys,

I'm looking for the best way to setup 4 wheel steering with the APM.  My Traxxas e-Maxx is setup with 4 servos and I understand that the standard APM code only has a single output for steering.  There are lots of spare outputs so I don't think it would be too difficult to add code to mix PWM signals and invert them for the rear steering.  Has anyone already done this?  I would prefer not to have to use an external mixer.  Since the new APM code supports Skid Steering, could the skid steering output be used somehow?



Comment by Greg O on May 16, 2013 at 1:29pm
The CEN GST can also be gotten used for fairly cheap (under 200) and is built like a tank. It's a nitro truck but has brushless conversions. Has a ton of internal space if you add a roll cage or bar to it. This is what I'm going to base my rover on when I start my build. After seeing the great process, its making me want to get this going.
Comment by Bot Thoughts on May 16, 2013 at 1:16pm

FYI, RedCat Racing, ExceedRC, and a couple of other brands carry some of the same models. Do a bit of research on durability. I have seen folks post that they like RedCat; it's not clear to me if the models are identical or if there are differences in plastic or what. Just read up on the RC sites.

Comment by John Moore on May 16, 2013 at 7:58am


Another platform to consider is the RedCat Racing (  My buddy is running a cheep rock crawler which he paid $150 for which perfoms really well.

Another one I considered was the 1/8 scale MaxStone crawler by exceed found at


Comment by Bot Thoughts on May 15, 2013 at 6:06pm

@Kabir - to get a "hobby grade" RC vehicle, you will need to spend at least $100. But you can get something good for under $200.

I have an ExceedRC Sunfire 4x4 buggy I got as a used roller for $60. For on road, probably ok. Off-road, suspension is absolutely terrible. Mixed bag; you'll probably buy it and want something better at some point.

Far better value can be had at the $150 and up price point. I and many others love ECX RTR kits. They are known to be very durable, low cost, easily upgradeable. has a whole sub-forum devoted to them where you can learn everything.

My rover, Data Bus, is based on an ECX Circuit. I've crashed and rolled and flipped, and just beat the snot out of it for the last three years. It's been running a brushless setup for the last two. I've only broken/bent a few items in extreme collisions and all the parts are dirt cheap. They now come with a 2.4GHz radio. The suspension is good, can be upgraded, gearing, motor, esc, all upgradeable. But in stock form it's quite usable.

I don't have personal experience with Duratrax but worth looking at. That brand has been around awhile and has some following. They have at least one entry level stadium truck you could go with that isn't too costly.

Helion is Hobbytown USA's house brand, but carefully check into these for durability, check reviews, etc. I don't have personal experience with them.

I also picked up an Ofna Hyper10TT 4wd truggy roller for $150 + $130 for a nice big Tekin motor, and a small sum of $40 for a HobbyKing ESC. This is a fine RC truck, high quality suspension, excellent shocks, aluminum chassis, etc.

For awhile I had an Ofna JL10E which I put together for something like $200? I just stuck a Traxxas Titan12T and XL5 ESC on it. Ran fine on the street but very little clearance. Also a quality machine.

Spend some time on,, or, look for used deals if you want, or just learn about different new options.

Hope this helps.

Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on May 15, 2013 at 9:02am


I have found that you get what you pay for in the quality of rovers. I use Traxxas truck chassis. I built my first Traxxas E-Maxx chassis from new parts off of eBay for about $400 USD. My AVC Traxxas Slash rover started at a "roller chassis" for $88 USD, but you have to add a motor, ESC, servo, receiver, wheels, and a battery to get it up and running.

The cheaper chassis will usually not last as long and will break fast nickel and diming you with part replacements.

Check out this thread:



Comment by Kabir on May 15, 2013 at 8:55am

Guys, what would be a good ArduRover platform sub $100 if I don't want build one myself?

Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on May 15, 2013 at 8:45am


I am presently using the stock PID settings. Each rover will be different so it is hard to generalize.



Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on May 13, 2013 at 2:15pm


Yes, that is correct. However, CRUISE_SPEED is in meters/sec. Also, CRUISE_THROTTLE, in percent, sets the base throttle percentage, which is an estimate, to reach the mission cruise speed (CRUISE_SPEED). If you want fast vehicle performance it is best to keep SPEED_TURN_DIST around 2 meters and SPEED_TURN_GAIN around 50% or greater. My rover can go through the curves at 5 m/s so I have the SPEED_TURN_GAIN set at 75 - 100% with a CRUISE_SPEED of 5 m/sec.




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