Set 8034 was supposed to be motorized using 8700. Of course, this is way outdated and kinda pointless to buy motor this old.

8034+8700 instructions

Current set for this purpose is 8293. Problem is, old motor was 5 studs long, new one is 6, and new set does not provide rubber band for power transmission. Can these be easily fixed? And is there anything else I should be aware of?

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The length of the wire is another thing to be aware of. The wire attached to the motor in 8293 is only slightly more than 20 centimeters (might be a few centimeters more, I don't remember), you can double that by putting in the switch which has about the same length of wire, but it's still not much. I don't know how long the wire in 8700 was, but it looks longer.

You should also be aware that the new motor doesn't have a pin sticking out that rotates, but a pinhole, if you put in a 2L axle it will look about the same, but the notches on the newer (part 32062 - the older part 3704 didn't have notches) are in a different position (I believe they are in the middle of "each L", while the pictures show that the notch on the axle extending from the old motor is in the middle of the "half L" closest to the motor, the belt wheel was about ½L thick), so you'll have to think about how you place the belt wheel if you want to use a rubber band directly from the axle to transfer the motion. You can work around that with a (half)bush on the axle, but that significantly changes the circumference the rubber band goes around, as thus the gearing. (This section was significantly extended to address Michael Verschaeve comments, thanks goes to him for pointing out the issues I believe I have now addressed)

I don't know set 8034, but from the pictures it looks like it would be hard to fit the new motor due to the increased length.

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    If the notches indeed do not align, easily adressed by putting a bush or halfbush on the 2L axle ... Commented Mar 1, 2018 at 13:30
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    Also, I doubt I have ever seen the notches in a 2L axle being used as a pulley for a rubber belt, I kind of doubt they are deep and wide enough... Commented Mar 1, 2018 at 13:38
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    I have extended the answer (the middle paragraph) to address those issues. (It became a rather long comment and felt like something that belonged in the answer). Commented Mar 1, 2018 at 13:59
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    8700 came with two wires. The short one was about 20 cm (suitable for adding a battery trailer to your self-powered vehicle), while the long one was 75 cm (suitable for a remote control).
    – Mark
    Commented Mar 2, 2018 at 5:17
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    Agreed with the issue of the notch in the 2bar, a better option might be the technic smooth half-bush? Commented Mar 2, 2018 at 8:33

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