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Old 12-06-2018, 07:51 AM   #1
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Default Any battery tray options for the raw builders kit?

So I assembled my raw builders kit, which was fun, but not without a few snags.

One thing a don't like is that the battery tray won't take the 7-cell, hump style nimh I tend to use most often. It also needed to be trimmed considerably to fit a 550 motor.

Are there any options to get a wider tray that's not going to interfere with the motor? The raw builders kit it supposed to be the same layout as the Honcho if that helps.

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Old 12-06-2018, 09:29 AM   #2
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Im running 2200 mah 3s lipos... they are much too small for the battery tray, lol

Just taking a quick look, you could always do the old school plate across the chassis just behind the front shock towers....

Or get into modern battery tech and buy a couple 2200mah 3 s batteries....
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:50 AM   #3
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Just taking a quick look, you could always do the old school plate across the chassis just behind the front shock towers....

Or get into modern battery tech and buy a couple 2200mah 3 s batteries....
I'll look into the place across the shock towers. I wish the servo was mounted in a more traditional way, rather than on the side of the battery tray.

I've got 5000mah lipos, which should be able to fit the stock tray, but I just don't like bringing lipos when the nimh work just fine. I also don't know if they'll be too large for the 550 motor.

Smaller than that and it won't work for the other rigs I've got (my batteries are shared between my crawlers and short course trucks).
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:47 AM   #4
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Lipo all the way. [shrug]

What did you end up for electrics and a body? Any pics?
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Old 12-06-2018, 12:20 PM   #5
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Lipo all the way. [shrug]

What did you end up for electrics and a body? Any pics?
Yeah, lipo... I get it. I use them with my other trucks, but nimh in my Trx-4's have worked well across the board.

Tull using Trx-4 electronics and motor... Will get a mamba x once they are back in stock.

Body (Cherokee) is cut but it's too cold to paint it at the moment

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Old 12-06-2018, 04:49 PM   #6
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Im running 2200 mah 3s lipos... they are much too small for the battery tray, lol

Just taking a quick look, you could always do the old school plate across the chassis just behind the front shock towers....

Or get into modern battery tech and buy a couple 2200mah 3 s batteries....
What are you talking about the 2200, 3s fit perfectly but flat in the tray just right size to lay down...i use Gen's ace version.

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Old 12-06-2018, 04:56 PM   #7
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I'll look into the place across the shock towers. I wish the servo was mounted in a more traditional way, rather than on the side of the battery tray.
There are some options to move the servo to the front. I know GCM Racing has a couple of options to have a combo servo and front bumper mount.
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Old 12-06-2018, 09:29 PM   #8
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There are some options to move the servo to the front. I know GCM Racing has a couple of options to have a combo servo and front bumper mount.
Cool! Yeah a front servo might actually be more ideal. That's how my Trx-4 servo is laid out and it's nice.

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Old 12-08-2018, 10:34 AM   #9
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Cool! Yeah a front servo might actually be more ideal. That's how my Trx-4 servo is laid out and it's nice.

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I'd stick with the design as intended. Axial did an excellent job with the front end geometry and weight balance. If you really want a bigger motor, flip the skid.
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Old 12-08-2018, 11:02 AM   #10
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I'd stick with the design as intended. Axial did an excellent job with the front end geometry and weight balance. If you really want a bigger motor, flip the skid.
Does that still fit though?
I'm struggling to get a 550 in mine, even with the spur cover removed. Am I doing something wrong!?

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Old 12-08-2018, 01:06 PM   #11
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I got the servo/bumper mount for my scx10 ii n love it. I used the original batt tray, but lookin for one that lays a lil flatter. Movin batt behind shock towers n servo behind bumper, it gave me room to move esc over the axle. Dont mind the body mount lol, thats actually the front. Lil trial n error gettin the body as low as possible

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Old 12-08-2018, 01:21 PM   #12
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Does that still fit though?
I'm struggling to get a 550 in mine, even with the spur cover removed. Am I doing something wrong!?

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Both 540 and 550 are the same diameter. Flipping the skid means the motor will face the other direction, which should give you plenty of room.
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Both 540 and 550 are the same diameter. Flipping the skid means the motor will face the other direction, which should give you plenty of room.
I'll take another look but on initial inspection I thought the spur / top shaft would interfere with the battery tray?

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Both 540 and 550 are the same diameter. Flipping the skid means the motor will face the other direction, which should give you plenty of room.
I'm interested in this. I had to cut my battery tray quite a bit to get my 550 can in there, but I'd like more room for the battery (if I stay with that battery configuration.

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Old 12-08-2018, 02:26 PM   #15
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I got the servo/bumper mount for my scx10 ii n love it. I used the original batt tray, but lookin for one that lays a lil flatter. Movin batt behind shock towers n servo behind bumper, it gave me room to move esc over the axle. Dont mind the body mount lol, thats actually the front. Lil trial n error gettin the body as low as possible

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I like this! What servo mount did you use?

Does having the battery lay horizontal affect performance at all?

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I like this! What servo mount did you use?

Does having the battery lay horizontal affect performance at all?

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It does pretty good. Just so happens the 2 holes in the bottom of the batt tray line up with the ones on the cross member. So batt sits up on edge. Im lookin to get it to lay flat as if to just lay it against the frame rails. It wont put it much lower, but it will lean it more forward

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Old 12-31-2018, 07:51 AM   #17
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I'm not saying this will work for everybody, but using a metal servo horn no longer than the plastic one included in the kit, and attaching the ball with a shallow panhead screw up from the bottom, forgoing a nut to retain it (loctite so it won't fall out)



I was able to get max steering and max travel with no obstruction



Top is uncompressed, bottom pic is totally compressed (tucked away nicely, the way the engineers drew it up, I reckon).

If I were to rotate the servo all the way (steering left) in pic one, the horn would slide under the rail and eventually contact the panhard bracket (it has a bevelled surface there). That's full lock on my chassis, with the left inside front tire buffing the link at that point.

Hope this helps.

Cheers...

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Old 12-31-2018, 02:19 PM   #18
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Heres a few better pics for u. With the front mount servo/bumper mount, it moves the servo horn away from everything. I used a pivot ball to drop the draglink a lil so its in line with panhard. At full left, there plenty of room between servo horn n panhard mount. This setup works great IMO

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Old 01-01-2019, 06:51 PM   #19
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I just finished flipping my Skid (with the THICK Plastic AX-style Gearbox)...
I only had to clip a 1/2" by 1/2" by 5/8" corner off of the end of the Battery Tray. Battery STILL fits great!!

Though, I did it to get more room for an Interior.....

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Both 540 and 550 are the same diameter. Flipping the skid means the motor will face the other direction, which should give you plenty of room.
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Old 01-03-2019, 07:50 AM   #20
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Is there a difference between battery tray between a RTR and RAW kit? I have a CRC edition, I had to trim my battery tray slightly to fit a Traxxas 5000mah 3s.
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