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Old 01-06-2010, 04:22 PM   #1
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Hey yíall,

Iím about to embark on my next build and I think it may be my most involved yetÖ.not that that says much. Thereís a few motivating factors behind this build. First, is the fact that our club in central Texas has two classes: Daily Driver class for more moderate trucks and a Trail class for the more radically modified rigs. These are based on modified Montana Scale rules. My Jeep fits pretty well in the Daily Driver class, but Iíd like to have something for the Trail class, too. For the second reason, I owe a debt of gratitude to the Oregon (ORCRC) and Canadian folks. I saw your Top Truck Challenge (TTC) builds and videos and they inspired me. They inspired me to organize a local TTC styled event which Iím in the process of doing now. They also inspired me to build my Trail class rig to look like a TTC competitor.

Our local scale rules donít yet allow 2.2 wheels/tires, but that may change at some point. In addition, I envision 2.2ís being allowed into the TTC event(s) and I'd like the option to run them, too. In my opinion, most rigs need to be at least 1/9th scale to look reasonable scale with 2.2ís. That means no small bodies like my F-350. I need to go largerÖ.

Iím shooting for the look of a heavily modified truck that did not start as a tube buggy, but ended up being a buggy/truggy. It will resemble its original ďtruckĒ profile, but will bare little resemblance otherwise to itís original form. There were several rigs which inspired me. At the top are War Pig's TTC truck and Grizzly4x4's Guido. Just Zach's Tube Bronco and Saydee1800's Pirate builds were also heavy influences. They resemble early Broncos, but itís clear theyíre now hardcore, purpose built trail rigs.

Of course, thereís no point in having a rig look like a TTC competitor if it only has the performance of a stocker. This means it needs big power for a sled pull, wheel speed for mud bogs, torque for crawling, and a suspension that's flexible and stable for all this, in addition to rock races and time trials. That means high speed capability to some extent.

After lots of thought and calculations I thought it best to start with a Honcho SCX10 from Axial. Iíll definitely use the chassis and axles. Iíll likely keep the transmission for now, too. Not so sure about the rest of the suspension. Definitely selling the entire body/cage and will be fabbing my own. It may retain the Honcho suspension bits since it has the wheelbase I want (~12.5Ē), but Iím thinking of doing something different. Battery will definitely be 3s LiPo. Servo will be high torque. Iím still undecided on the motor. Holmes puller? Handwound? Brushless? ESC will be something that hopefully can handle 4sÖ..just in case!

As of today, the Honcho has arrived and is built as far as I can go while I await more parts so there's not much to see. Suspension bits, body, and some other upgrades are all purchased and on the way. Iíll be updating when I have something worthy of sharing.
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i will be watching
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A couple goodies arrived today...

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Looks and sounds great Tommy! Can't wait to see what you come up with.
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Thanks, Tim!

Made a little progress today. Not so sure these RC4WD springs will hold up to the weight and power this rig will have, however....





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Looking great!
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I will be watching this one. Looks like a great start!
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Traction bars might be a good idea if you're going big on the motor
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Yeah, I'm thinking front and rear traction bars will be required, especially if I keep these springs. I've got some Tamiya springs I can try, if need be. I would just have to work around the behind-the-axle steering I'm planning on using, which could be a challenge.

I will likely end up linking the rear, but before I do, I think I'll try to extend the chassis to move the rear axle farther back. Shooting for a wheelbase in the 12.5"-13" range.
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Hey Tommy


Are those springs super soft. How much do you think you rig will weight when its done. ? Looks like we are making great progress



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Hi Evan,

I suspect it'll be pushing 10 lbs. when all the tube work is done. I'm doubting these springs will be strong enough, especially in the front. Moreover, I think they'll have a hard time dealing with the rigors of a truck built for this kind of competition. Time will tell, though. ;)

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Got the body today. It's a shame it'll likely end up getting all chopped up.

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Very nice so far....as for the body, yep a shame to cut it up but after the first snip it gets easier!!
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WHAT ,not a jeep body. Neah, looks like a killer build, i like the leaf/shock mounts on the axles.
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No, if I build another Jeep it'll be a long wheelbase JK. But if that happens, it won't be for awhile. I've got other fish to fry right now! ;)

Right now I'm wrestling with a few things....

- I don't think the leafs will hold up to the weight/power this rig will have. And traction bars aren't the only thing it'll need. I'm envisioning at least the rear being linked and stronger leafs up front.

- I'm trying to get the motor under the hood so I can build an interior, but that's a big challenge to accomplish while also getting the gearing I want.
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If it's gonna be a heavy truck why not use the rc4wd leafs for the high lift?? It comes with helper springs and they are not too soft but still flex good once you break them in?!?
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nice looking rig. The leaf springs do look a little soft. Ill be watch as it looks like a great start to a very nice truck.
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If it's gonna be a heavy truck why not use the rc4wd leafs for the high lift?? It comes with helper springs and they are not too soft but still flex good once you break them in?!?
I've got some Tamiya leafs, but they're really firm. Not sure what kit they're from, though. I may try them, but I'll most likely make my own.
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I think I'm going to be linking the rear, but I still want to run leafs up front. Current wheelbase is only 12". I'd like to get about 1 more inch out of it. Anyway, since this rig is going to be set up to run either 1.9's or 2.2's, I picked up some 1.9 Rock Lox for it. I'm still undecided on the 2.2 wheels I'm going to run, but I really like the CAC stuff. I'll likely go that route or design my own. We'll see.



Still trying to find a way to get the motor and trans under the hood...
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I've got some Tamiya leafs, but they're really firm. Not sure what kit they're from, though. I may try them, but I'll most likely make my own.
maybe throw the helper springs in too it should stiffin up a bit
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