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Old 07-12-2015, 11:53 PM   #1
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I've had this kit for a few months now and I think it's time for some performance upgrades and upgrades to make it more durable. Nothing crazy or too expensive. Things like steering, suspension,gears, tire/wheels, and better waterproofing. This is new to me and I need some recommendations on what to get and what brands.

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Old 07-13-2015, 12:04 AM   #2
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Damn the search button!
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Old 07-13-2015, 12:32 AM   #3
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the most important durability upgrades are...

metal susp. and steering link rods.
and metal gears for the transmission.

The stock WB8 drive shafts hold up fine...
If ya put a solid plastic dowel inside the male end.
That will reduce the dreaded spline twist.

I used a scrap 6mm dowel taken from one of the parts trees.
had to clean up the nubs with a dremel..
but it slid right in and I just cut off the excess flush.

Don't use wood or any other moisture absorbing dowel...
it will swell the drive shaft(s)... causing bind.
And it's a necessity those slide freely...
or the suspension will not compress as it needs to.

I learned that the hard way

Another option for the WB8 drive shafts...
is to upgrade to the WB8 design utilized on the DeadBolt.

Of course some will say to upgrade to metal drive shafts...
but I run 3s LiPo utilizing my stock WB8's
and haven't had issue for well over 2 years use.

^ but then... I don't drive it like I stole it neither.

Did you look thru the "Tips and Tricks" sticky at the top of this folder ?

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Old 07-13-2015, 11:18 AM   #4
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metal links. and steering links.

then foams and tires + wheels / will give you the most noticeable performance IMO
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Old 07-13-2015, 10:34 PM   #5
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Damn the search button!
For your information I did use the search button. I am looking for specific brands and part numbers for my situation and goals for the build. I'm not mechanically inclined so I will be having someone swap these parts, not all at once but in stages. Making a list of parts and planning stages for these parts to be installed is what I am trying to do.
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Old 07-13-2015, 10:39 PM   #6
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So you used the search function and couldn't use Google to reference your own specific parts and part #s? For instance, if you want a vanquish link kit, go to their website and find it. Or rpp or your local hobby store. Also, as a note, you will want to learn how to use 3 hex drivers and a cross wrench, as that's pretty much all you need to disassemble and reassemble the whole truck, otherwise you better have some amazing friends, as it will get expensive to you, or annoying to your friends.
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Old 07-13-2015, 11:21 PM   #7
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tldr

. give us a budget for a purchase and maybe we can help you
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Old 07-14-2015, 01:19 AM   #8
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I would recommend you read the following thread.. >> Stock SCX10 Performance Tech.
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Old 07-15-2015, 11:19 PM   #9
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Budget is around $300-$350 give or take

So far i have the following:

Aluminum links (4-Link Conversion)
Aluminum steering links
Aluminum drive shaft
Aluminum Hubs and Knuckles
Replace shocks
Transmission Metal Gear Set
Battery Relocated to the front
New Tires
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Old 07-16-2015, 01:39 AM   #10
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Budget is around $300-$350 give or take

So far i have the following:

Aluminum links (4-Link Conversion)
Aluminum steering links
Aluminum drive shaft
Aluminum Hubs and Knuckles
Replace shocks
Transmission Metal Gear Set
Battery Relocated to the front
New Tires
All that is great...
but why aluminum drive shafts ?
or is that a typo ?

Heck the original WB8's will fare better then aluminum would.
toss those out in favor of some hardened steel DS's
Or just stick with the WB8's
fill the male end with a plastic 6mm dowel and it won't twist too easily
Mine hasn't twisted running 3s with the 27T - 35T motors I use.
The other WB8 option for more beef is to utilize the WB8 shafts
utilized on the Deadbolt chassis.
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Old 07-16-2015, 03:15 AM   #11
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If it drove good I'd leave it alone as far as functionality. I'd put some bumpers, wheels, roof rack, driver, winch and so on.
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