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Old 02-26-2013, 10:39 AM   #1
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Hello everyone. This was my first scaler, and first crawler in general.

I wanted to make it look like a daily driver Cherokee that will get down on the trails... And that it will! It's a fine rig, and is surprisingly very capable considering the mild appearance. What it lacks in ground clearance, it more than makes up for with balance and poise. I trimmed and painted it to look as stock as possible, added wipers front and rear and made some factory-style cross bars for the stock roof rails. It looks fairly stock I think, like something you might see driving to work...






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I used to like them loud when I was younger, but the older I get, the bigger the mufflers get, hehe...





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Here it is at work... It sits pretty low on partial droop suspension with the helper springs removed, but the up travel is quite impressive considering the short 3.75" tires.









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It's riding on 1.55 cut and shut Flat Irons, mounted on ABC Hobby wheels(made for the Genetic m-chassis racer). It's just a big station wagon so it can pull off car wheels



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COG is very low so it will sidehill and handle really steep inclines with ease, even with no extra weight added to the wheels. Afterall, station wagons don't roll over as easy as trucks... Hehe







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No body trimming and very minimal rubbing, even at full flex, thanks to the short tires and conservative wheel offset. I had to use 2mm hex spacers up front, so the inner sidewalls would clear the hub carriers. Actually makes it look more realistic with a slightly wider front track.






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And here's the underside, a tried and trued SCX 10. Seen one, seen 'em all really, but they are fantastic to drive and this one looks even more low slung with the body removed!...





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Tekin FX-R 35t combo is the motivation. Stock gearing. Nothing clever here, just a nicely balanced mix of slow control and wheel speed.



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Vanquish dig controlled by a HiTec 645, to help add with tight maneuvers and slow descents. The green HR rings keep the Traxxas shafts nice and snug



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Hand Bros chassis mounted servo kit with another HiTec 645 attached to it. Bent connectors on the panhard rod give a tad more clearance above the pumpkin, for extra down travel.







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Here's a neat feature that is cool in theory, but I rarely ever actually use it, hehe... The front axle can be clocked or unclocked(is that a real term?) to adjust the steering/pinion angle by simply twisting this handy little turnbuckle



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Last but not least, this is probably my favorite feature on this rig... The hand made custom muffler, lol. It was the first intricate styrene accessory that I made, and I guess I'm sort of proud of it. I always meant to come back and weather it some, because it looks like it just left the muffler shop, ha.





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Well thanks for checking out my first scaler. It was responsible for getting me hooked on this segment of RC. It's a great rig, and I'll always think of it and smile.

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Old 02-26-2013, 11:50 AM   #2
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Very cool looking chero!! I love these close to stock builds. That muffler / tail pipe is great!
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:18 PM   #3
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Thanks! I think I'll take it outside for some new pics tomorrow. These are just awful.
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:11 PM   #4
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Nice Jeep. I have a bit of a soft spot for 'wagons, but I like mine with an even lower COG - I drive a Subaru Wagon! LOL

just one teensy little thing - you have the exhuast running over top of the frame? a 1:1 would never do that....
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Thanks. I didn't want the exhaust tubing to interfere with suspension travel, or just stop in plain site, so that's where it ended up. Technically, the muffler is in the totally wrong location for a Cherokee anyway, but then again the whole frame and suspension is not remotely accurate either so I can live with the muffler inaccuracy on this one. It was just a fun thing to look at
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:35 AM   #6
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Thanks. I didn't want the exhaust tubing to interfere with suspension travel, or just stop in plain site, so that's where it ended up. Technically, the muffler is in the totally wrong location for a Cherokee anyway, but then again the whole frame and suspension is not remotely accurate either so I can live with the muffler inaccuracy on this one. It was just a fun thing to look at

hehe, was just yanking your chain a little. Its all good! but you do need to do a little weathering on that - shouldnt there be a rust hole or two in that can?

Oh, wait - I see you are in NC - no salt... ok, maybe not rusty holes like we get up north here... hehe
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:00 PM   #7
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Updated first post with some not-so-craptastic pics. They still look fuzzy though... maybe my iPhone lens is cloudy, eh who knows.

Took the green wagon out for a quick spin today. First time driving it in a couple of months... Weathered the muffler finally, and already scratched it up, hehe. How's this look?....



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The perfectly new muffler was really bugging me
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:03 PM   #8
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I always appreciate a clean and simple build! Stuff that looks stock or mildly modified but can still hang with the big boys is great.
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Now that looks like a muffler that has been around a while! LOL Nice job on the weathering!

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Old 02-28-2013, 02:57 PM   #10
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I think I've seen this truck driving around my neighborhood...
Looks great! I do love a stock-esque build. Something attainable by the common man in 1:1.
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Thanks for the comments you guys. All of my builds(car and truck) have a normal-ish look to them I suppose. I guess I tend to build and paint them up the way I would want to have them in real life.
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I like the little details like that weathered muffler. Nice touch!
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:15 PM   #13
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Great rig. Love the low stance and the 1.9 Irons on 1.5's. I think you really pulled off the look you were going for. Do you happen to have a wheelbase measurement?

That Hand Bros kit looks pretty new, where'd you get it from? It's the main thing I'm looking to find before starting a build.
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Thanks! Wheelbase is 11.5". Everything on the rig was purchased a long time ago... I'm just getting a late start on posting my builds up, lol.
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I saw this rig in the sale section doni had to look at the build thread.. You did a great job the set up really looks like a real rig.. I'm not big on Cherokees but this has changed my outlook I really like the rig.. Sucks that you sold it though ..I look forward to seeing what you do next man
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Thanks j-bird. Yep, the Jeep has officially been sold. I'll miss it, but it went to a really good new home though... He's already ordering parts to enhance the scale-ness

I do have some other rigs already built that I need to post up, so stay tuned for some more real world style builds soon!
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No worries guys I'm going to keep the build going. This Jeep is going to be inspired by my 1:1 though it is a two door Name:  uploadfromtaptalk1362659892149.jpg
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So I got a ton of parts in and as it progresses I'll update. So far I just finished the interior and am about to do the wheels next. Only problem with the interior I'm going to have to remove the dig so I dont have to hack the interior away.

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4 wheel disc brakes going on. 1.55 stampedes with micky thompson mtz's. I can't wait to get this together. Some minor paint to go on the floor pan and then it's mounting time and real picture time.

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A quick mock up with my new little tires on it. I also got the ride height too scale of my 1:1 and the flex is almost scale too.


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