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Old 08-22-2007, 02:37 PM   #1
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Default Booyah my first real rc crawler

So finally something comes out that I can justify spending money on. Before I would look at prices and be like...um hell no that's x or x for my REAL truck.

The plan (I'm a total noob so help is appreciated):
Stretch the weelbase as far as I can as the kit allows. Run a toyota body preferably second gen if they exist...anyone? I'm gonna try to get it looking similar to mine...but don't know how that will go, we'll see....cause I need just a cab and then build a box. And then I'm gonna get adaptors eventually or make some and run the nylint rims and tires...they seem super squishy on the nylint so we'll see how that works.

As far as electronics go I'll be diggin out stuff from storage from like 8 years ago. I have an old rooster esc with reverse and futiba sp? remote and servo. I'll buy the lathe 55 motor..I think that's what you guys call it. And that's it, not spending money on anything else....yet


Should be here next week sometime....:-D:-D:-D STOKED!

I bought a nylint when they came out cause they were cheap....and then there were no other options untill now . This is my nylint thread How to convert your Jeep TJ to a Toyota Landcruiser with a video of it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyxrMZjkhVg..it has a tummy tuck now but the monster size of the diffs would get hung up all the time so I'm stoked for this thing.

This is my real ride:



Although this looks like a creek it's not. It's run off from snow melt and rain. It'a drainage route for the clearcut at the end of the trail and is dry in the summer.


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Old 08-22-2007, 03:26 PM   #2
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Do you have anymore picturesd of you 1:1? it looks seriously cool and also please post anymore videos you have!
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Old 08-22-2007, 03:26 PM   #3
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sounds like a fun project, if you want it to look like your 1:1, there are some people in the vendors section that make custom tubers, that might be the way you to go, and for the body, this one might work for you http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/showthread.php?t=44565
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Old 08-22-2007, 03:35 PM   #4
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sounds like a fun project, if you want it to look like your 1:1, there are some people in the vendors section that make custom tubers, that might be the way you to go, and for the body, this one might work for you http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/showthread.php?t=44565
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Hey thanks, I'll start searching for more options....I know someone on this site has built a scale first gen and it's popped up on probably every toyota 4x4 forum around. I'm gonna search for him and start askin questions lol.

Thanks for the warm welcome guys.....now could a mod put this back in the ax-10 section please.
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Old 08-22-2007, 05:36 PM   #5
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Well that's gay.....japan needs to get on it and send some toy bodies over here...subscribed to this thread.

Guess I'll be going with the rockwerks extra cab
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Old 08-22-2007, 06:10 PM   #6
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have you tried ebay?
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Old 08-22-2007, 06:22 PM   #7
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haha for $200, no thanks. This is a budget build.

Does anyone know if anyone else sells these? Looks like they are still waiting to be made? Edit..looks like everything on that site is "waiting for approval" may just have to email them. And will these work with the ax-10 axles? Are the ax-10 hex sizes the same as the clod and txt?

I want to run these tires bad...sweeet! From what I've read it sounds like the axles and gears are beef so I'm gonna run these if I can cause mine on my nylint are super soft all cut up...and they look wicked.



Thanks, Joe

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Old 08-24-2007, 05:43 PM   #8
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And ordered




Can anyone tell me if the hex size on axial difs are the same as the TLT and clod buster.

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Old 09-01-2007, 01:56 AM   #9
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Put it together...luckily I didn't have any problems. Everything went together great except for making the rear lockouts....my fingers aren't strong enough to thread them so I used the plastic lockouts.....but it gives the rear wheels a tiny bit of toe out looking from the rear....toe in from the front.



Put some washers in there just incase and after reading this stuff about the cup cracking I put them in the deep freeze to shrink them before I pressed them in just in case lol. Works for 1:1 why not on a smaller scale?



And flexed. NOTE: O rings for shocks go inside the caps.



I got a rooster crawler esc and 5000nimh 7.2 battery...whatever that means lol but it was pricey.

I got a Tq3 off ebay that I'm waiting to recieve as well as a Tower Pro MG995 that should be here soon. I'm running an integy 55 turn lathe motor. So that's my setup from everything I've been reading. Can't wait to get the servo and remote so I can run this thing

Nylint tires will not be going on cause this thing is tiny, a lot smaller than I thought and they would look lame and eat up my wheelbase.

The only thing that I don't like without driving it is that there is no uptravel. I'd like to find a shorter coil, maybe 1/2 or 3/4 inch shorter but with a similar spring rate. It sits with the battery and everything with shocks maxed out...= 0 downtravel :-( Maybe a new post for figuring that out unless someone has a recomendation on a coil that will fit with the shock body.

Thanks rccrawler for all the good info for us noobs to read up on .

Body will be a toyota body from rockwerks and am just gonna scab some paint on the betty....I just want to wheel this thing

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Old 09-01-2007, 02:07 AM   #10
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Put it together...luckily I didn't have any problems. Everything went together great except for making the rear lockouts....my fingers aren't strong enough to thread them so I used the plastic lockouts


one side of the rear lockout shaft is backwards threaded, i fought with it for an hour and then smacked my forehead when i realized it.. lol

bet thats the problem..
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Old 09-01-2007, 02:11 AM   #11
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Bwahahh never mind the springs are perfect...if you look closely I have the ruber bumpstops bellow the coil bucket.....I was wondering what the purpose of those were when building them haha..they're bump stops....sits way better now and feels nice and cushy
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Old 09-01-2007, 02:15 AM   #12
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one side of the rear lockout shaft is backwards threaded, i fought with it for an hour and then smacked my forehead when i realized it.. lol

bet thats the problem..
Hahaha two head slappers for me. Thanks I'm sure that was it. I thought I just hadn't developed the man fingers for it yet...I have blisters on both thumbs and index fingers from building it.
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Old 09-01-2007, 08:21 AM   #13
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What is the diameter of the green links (the tubes)? What about the thicker section (of the tube) in some of them? thanks!
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Old 09-01-2007, 11:48 AM   #14
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Mä en tiedä....ehkä 5mm? Ja isompi on 7mm about. Did that make sense...been a while en ole puhunut pitkään aikaan enkä kirjoittanut lol .
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Old 09-27-2007, 03:53 PM   #15
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Took it out for it's virgin run today. The rooster crawler glitches...I'll have to search and read more on what people are doing as for as that goes, you can see it in the videos occasionally. And the first mod will be aluminum body shocks cause the caps would pull out when bound a bit or in a hard roll. Over all, 1.5 hours of good hard fun This is all with the battery mounted in stock location but biased forward. Tires hook up on this rock..stock foams.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS78HDmyTBw

Took me forever to get this line then I got it...but not on camera, then took a bunch more tries to get it and finally hit it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNbNwXaSqnU

And this one took a bunch of tries and more off camber than it looks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAxghp9Vp6s

This is a lot steeper than it looks...seems it can take a good beating . If you tilt your screen so the tree in the top right corner is pointing straight up you'll get a better idea of how steep it is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiHD09Uc3AI


Just ordered the traxxas big bores from RCP

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Old 09-29-2007, 01:42 AM   #16
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Tonight I mounted the battery on the rear axle and put my reciever on my front axle as far away as possible from the esc to see if the glitching would stop but didn't help. Still get the occasional jerk.

Also tried to figure out how to get weight on the front axle and came accross pencil lead for fishing weight. I cut it up and made weight packs for the front axle. Can't wait to test it out tomorrow. I was also able to get the body down lower without the battery in the stock location and did a bunch of trimming....looks way better now, I hate the high up look. I'm all about as low as possible with the biggest tires possible.

No more super easy flops.


It's hard to tell but the weight is biased to the front. I don't see too many people putting weight in the rear....but in 1:1 if you don't have weight in the rear you unload on decents so hopefully it'll be alot more capable than before





This is what I used for the front weight packs.


Mounted


More pics and video tomorrow
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Old 10-07-2007, 05:50 PM   #17
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So my shock caps kept pulling out when bound up and no they werent over filled or build wrong. I ordered the traxxas big bores's from rcpcrawlers.com http://www.rcpcrawlers.com/product.p...&cat=14&page=1

I put in the stock scorpion shafts for extra length and left the traxxas springs in left the stock bump stops and put the traxxas coil buckets on so the springs sit nice.



Sits nice and low now, links are horizontal and now there is some down travel out of the shocks unlike the stockers



For other noobs the fuel tubing looks like this and is fuel tubing for rc cars. You stip a bit off and run it through the traxxas shock caps.



This it set up:



I also mounted the body lower and cut it up. I found that when I'd roll or lean into stuff the body would flop all over the place...ended up tearing my body post holes the way it was first mounted. So I have it velcro'd down to the battery tray and this helps the body be way more stable and helps support the boddy if you flop so you can drive out of it. A lot more realistic wheeling IMO.



The finished product :-P, time to go test I love it like this, hides all the junk on the axles pretty well and doesn't look like a gay monster truck.







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Old 10-07-2007, 06:48 PM   #18
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Nice job. looks great. as for the rooster, try and keep all the power wires (motor wires and battery wires) separate from the receiver wires and antenna wire.

I took one of the mounts from the top battery tray (I don't use it) and mounted it in place of the spacers on the front upper links and put the spacers in place of it on the top stand off bar. I mounted the rear servo tray on that and mounted the rooster on it. Then I mounted my receiver on the battery tray mount on the rear.

I run all my power wires along one side of the chassis and all reciever wires and the antenna along the other side. I have my battery mounted on top of the servo. Works great for me. I have some big bores and was thinking of mounting them up, but I didn't know how it would look or work. Thanks for showing me.
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Old 10-07-2007, 10:40 PM   #19
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Very nice first build. You already implemented most of the tricks and little tweaks people are using with this kit. I kept my stock setup for about a month but now Im assembling a tuber setup with Axe this week. I love your 1:1. What an awesome rig! Im hoping to get an old Yota and make it a trail rig next summer. Budget didnt allow it this year....
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Old 10-08-2007, 01:42 AM   #20
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Thanks for the compliments guys. I got a pic of my 1:1 rig in CRAWL magazine in the september/october issue in the "Island Cup" writeup . It was awesome.

Here's a video of tonight just took a quickie and I flop near the end and you can see how low the COG is. Also the tires walk up that steep stone in the wet, it had just finished raining. It has trouble when the tires have dirt on them and the rock is wet....which is the problem in the vid. A little skinny pedal and it made it though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ULbGKgqJC0

Love the mods. Will take more pics and video tomorrow. It's our thanksgiving up here
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