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Old 12-02-2014, 07:05 PM   #1
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Not sure where this should go, but its going to be running 2.2 tires so i guess ill put it here for now.

Ok well i wanted to try something a little different. After checking out a military Humvee and seeing the independent suspension i always wanted to try one on the trails.

Started out with a older nitro revo i found on ebay for about $40 shipped.
Not very pretty but it will do the job...



Then i found this nice unique large Hummer SUT body in the classified section. Ive never seen one like this before. Its BIG 13.5" wheelbase, has a drop bed with working tailgate, and all the lights have leds. The weird clear engine cowl will be done in black. Not sure on a body color yet, might stick with a red since the plastic underneath is red.



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Old 12-02-2014, 07:14 PM   #2
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First thing is first, the revo is WAY too wide. I nabbed a set of slayer arms off good ol fleabay for about $10. This should narrow it down quite a bit!

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Old 12-02-2014, 07:20 PM   #3
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I took it completely apart for some r&r, first the traxxas blue has to go.... primed and painted all the metal parts black.

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Old 12-02-2014, 07:32 PM   #4
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Well you cant have a trail crawler with open diffs! So i took apart the diffs, cleaned them. Used some liquid steel epoxy to lock them up, then re-lubed and reassembled!

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Old 12-02-2014, 07:33 PM   #5
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I was thinking of this too as I look at the military humvees. Lots of ground clearance with full independent suspension.

Traxxas make a spool to lock out the diffs.

I'll be following.
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Old 12-02-2014, 07:52 PM   #6
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I was thinking of this too as I look at the military humvees. Lots of ground clearance with full independent suspension.

Traxxas make a spool to lock out the diffs.

I'll be following.
Right, they look pretty cool! Thanks for following!

Ah too late on the diffs, i did it the cheapo way...haha.

I forgot to mention this is an extreme budget build, i'm trying to stay under $200 total. So i might cheap out in a few areas....lol

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Old 12-02-2014, 07:57 PM   #7
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I was able to grab a 1st gen 2 speed e-maxx transmission for $13 on.....you guessed it....fleabay....

After a little work with the dremel tool i had it in its new home.

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Old 12-02-2014, 08:03 PM   #8
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I also picked up 2 HPI 27t Saturn motors for $6 each....score!! Got a couple traxxas 15t pinions for $2.50 each.

The power plant is complete!

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Old 12-03-2014, 09:42 AM   #9
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Its getting closer to roller status!! I picked up a set of links from a slayer pro to go with the shorter arms for $10, 8 links for $10 is pretty cheap, way too cheap for me to pass up. Only problem is i cant remember where i put them....


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Old 12-06-2014, 08:29 PM   #10
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I've always wanted to do this myself, I'll be watching as-well.
Thank you, Its a fun project while the weather is cold. I like to tinker, and if it ends up being a flop ill replace the diffs and use it as a go fast basher
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Old 12-06-2014, 08:36 PM   #11
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Ok got it finished as a roller. I opted to shorten the revo axle shafts instead of buying the slayer ones for two reasons. 1.) its free 2.) they are a larger stronger shaft design. Some trimming with the dremel cut off made short work of them.

I also grabbed some slayer wheels and tires for $25 shipped with new hexs, pins, and nuts. I like the look of the tires, but they are pretty stiff and the compound is harder then i thought it would be. I am probably going to try and cut a set of normal crawler 2.2's to fit the 2.2/3 wheel.


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Old 12-06-2014, 08:53 PM   #12
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Grabbed a HOBBYWING QUICRUN WP860 for the ESC. Its waterproof, runs two motors, lipo cutoff, and has a drag brake. Oh and it was only $32 shipped

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Old 12-07-2014, 08:24 AM   #13
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Nice start!


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Old 12-07-2014, 08:50 AM   #14
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ROCK BEAST 2.2./3.0 B/SC (BASHER EDITION) SCALE RC SHORT COURSE TIRES (SCT) // ZUPER KOMPOUND (SOFT - 1 BOLT) - 2tires+2foams

Pitbull has short coarse tires that look the part
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Old 12-08-2014, 01:51 PM   #15
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Nice start!


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Thank you!

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Those look perfect, i just wish they were a little taller. im gonna need a larger tire to fill out the wheel wells a bit i think. i'll do a mock body on pic so you guys can see what i mean.
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Old 03-14-2015, 10:10 PM   #16
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Made some more progress. Mounted some 2.2 treps to the traxxas wheels. The esc is wired up. Im waiting on a servo, and i need to mount the body.

Its looking good mocked up though.



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Old 03-15-2015, 02:03 PM   #17
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Different. I like it!
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Old 03-15-2015, 08:54 PM   #18
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I think you basically built a Summit. I swear, Traxxas is like the Taco Bell of RC.

Cool truck btw.
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Old 03-16-2015, 12:06 PM   #19
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after seeing your thread I have found a use for the free 3.3 revo I have taking up space in the shed. did you change the wheel base at all?
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Old 03-16-2015, 12:38 PM   #20
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I think you basically built a Summit. I swear, Traxxas is like the Taco Bell of RC.

Cool truck btw.
Thank you! Actually its alot more narrow then a summit, but i know what you mean. I also have a Summit, ill post some side by side pics for a size comparison between the two

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after seeing your thread I have found a use for the free 3.3 revo I have taking up space in the shed. did you change the wheel base at all?
Thats a good idea! I was very lucky and the body fits the wheelbase perfect. one of the main reasons i chose this body. There are alot of lexan bodies that would fit. Or it would also be cool to stretch the frame to fit a 1/6th hardbody. No too many people build those, and there are some nice hardbodies out there.
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