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Old 03-30-2010, 11:32 PM   #1
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Since Scale Nat's is just around the corner and the TTC entries need to be done really really soon, I thought I'd start building something. Updates will be a bit spotty (if at all) but this should be done in time.

Here's the start, a mix of old and new, something the same but different and hopefully interesting enough to catch your eye and win your vote for a spot in the TTC event in May.

First things first. What axles to use? Axial has by far the stoutest axle going in the comp and scale world but it seems everyone is using them. My only issue with them is that the amount of clearance under the diff is less than I want for my TTC rig. TLT? Tried and true but again, diff clearance. Bruiser? Weak housing, inner shaft, crappy steering and parts scarce. But how about that diff clearance?


I'm not near done with them yet, they will get gussets, link mounts and pretty black paint! These are just mock up pics.

What to do....

Make my own axles? Ahh yes, that's the answer. I'm limited on machinery so this will be done using a drill press, Dremel, welder and/or brazing.

I kinda cheated but oh well....

Bruiser center section sleeved with 1/2" steel tubing, custom "C's", Vanquish high steer knuckles, 6mm Chromoly axle shaft, 6x11 bearingsand not sure on the gears yet but I do have a few ideas.




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Old 03-30-2010, 11:37 PM   #2
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Excellent Dean! I can't wait to see what kind of Frankenstein creation this becomes.
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Also might add some 3racing portals. But most likely not due to the gear issues.

However I do have an idea....

Look what happens to have the correct pin spacing.... Axial transmission top gears.



I lose the gear reduction but I gain a whole lot more strength. Needed to narrow them up a bit and took a little massaging of parts to make them work. Smooth as butter! Not sure how long they will last with 2.2's but I'm sure they might be o.k. with 1.9's. Maybe for the next Bruiser axle project.
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Should be an incredible build, I just saw your payment, your order will go out tomorrow
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The portals would be sweet but I agree, prolly not strong enough for 2.2's.
Great mod with the Axial gears though.
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nice axle tubes Dean! this will be sick for sure

not sure I'll do a TTC unless I a) build fast or b) already have something up my sleeve...hmm
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Dang Dean, your mind never stops spinning does it.... REALLY... bruiser modded axles, more mods to the portals...... WOW

This will be a interesting build for sure
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Should be an interesting build for sure. Do you think the brazed on c's will handle the stress of the TTC? I braze a lot and have never had a joint break on me, but I'd personally be a little nervous having it at such a critical point. Just my 2 cents.

Can't wait to see what this turns into!
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I'll be watching this build Dean looks like its going to be interesting.
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Old 03-31-2010, 09:13 PM   #10
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Should be an incredible build, I just saw your payment, your order will go out tomorrow
Thanks man! Can't wait to thrash on your pins!

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The portals would be sweet but I agree, prolly not strong enough for 2.2's.
Great mod with the Axial gears though.
I think definately 1.9 worthy but maybe I will try them on a 2.2 some day.

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nice axle tubes Dean! this will be sick for sure

not sure I'll do a TTC unless I a) build fast or b) already have something up my sleeve...hmm
I have rentals!

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Dang Dean, your mind never stops spinning does it.... REALLY... bruiser modded axles, more mods to the portals...... WOW

This will be a interesting build for sure
Part of the reason I can't sleep at night, brain won't shut down.

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Should be an interesting build for sure. Do you think the brazed on c's will handle the stress of the TTC? I braze a lot and have never had a joint break on me, but I'd personally be a little nervous having it at such a critical point. Just my 2 cents.

Can't wait to see what this turns into!
Yeah, I'm curious to see what happens too. However, I clamp'ed down on one of the C's with my big channel locks and ended up bending the end of the ears with no breakage (and I put the GRIP on it). Not sure how it will take a shockload though.



BTW, I scored a Summit trans off the bay for $58 shipped (including motor plate/slipper/spur)!

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Old 04-01-2010, 04:57 AM   #11
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WOW nice start look forward to more.
hope you do true 45 tray with this build to.

As to portals have run them on p/line chizels 2.2 and cobolt on 3 cell for awhile gears are good but bushings wore a little [to be expected]
all in all no prob.
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Sounds like a fun project Dean, can't wait to see if it holds up....(I've seen you drive) . Love the axles.
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Finally got time to finish up the front axle housing. Waiting on gears, then need to make the shafts.









Body has been shortened to an FJ45 cab (not prettybut I'm short on time). Frame prepped and ready to go, sourced a bed for this. Need to make fenderwells, roll bar, sliders, suspension links, blah blah, blah.....





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That front axle looks great. can't wait to see the rest of the build.
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Axles look great so far
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:17 PM   #16
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looks good mr chino!

that silver 45 is still kickin! man that thing has been around the block a few times!
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yea dude...no shiat!!that body is old..

but it might be a different one because:
1. Dean sold "Old Relaible 2" a while back...
2. The OG body it beat to hell and ha WAYY more scratches on it!!!
haha. nice work Dean!!this things gunna be badass!!
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Old 04-17-2010, 03:07 AM   #18
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Finally got around to working on this, time's running out too fast!

I've been having problems with the Bruiser axles as far as getting the internals all together and since time is running short, I decided to continue using a set of 3racing aluminum housings instead.
I can easily mount up the Bruiser axles if I can get everything done on time but we will see.

It will have an Axial trans with 17.5 brushless and hopefully 3s power.
Front and rear winches
Tube bumpers and sliders
Axial NVS kit

Not sure on how much tubing it will get. It's actually pretty heavy as it sits right now so... Not to mention the 3" clearance under the chassis. Might not do any. I really like the way it looks with just the body and bed.



Here's where we are up till now.

Cab mocked up on frame.




3 link/panhard plate, one of the upper link bracket bolts is actually threaded into the housing for some extra beef. Two wasnt going to cut it for me.





Here's the bed narrowed and set onto the chassis. Rear shock mount in the bed.







And of course a full interior courtest of my O.G. tan 'yota (which is sitting in a disassembled pile rusting away). I know it's blurry but the windows are all scratched up.

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Damn bro, that's some sick work as always! I hope you get the internals for the Bruiser axles in time. Might just have to keep the original axles sitting in storage.
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love the use of the upside-down unimog bed, the shock towers look sick sticking through it
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