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Old 06-12-2019, 12:02 PM   #1
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I'm getting back into crawling after a long break. Ten years ago I had a built AX10 that was a lot of fun, and I later regretted selling it, so after playing around with an ECX kit for a while I dove back in to an Axial.

The goal was a scale-ish 1.9 truck that behaves similar to a 1:1 wheeler. I have a built flatbed Toyota on 37s so the Trail Honcho was a natural choice. I've been driving it for a few months, starting from stock, and this is what I've ended up with. The mods aren't too crazy, just enough to improve the weak spots and increase crawling capability.

SCX10ii Trail Honcho RTR
Bobbed flatbed 30mm, added fuel cell, trimmed fenders
DIY aluminum bumper and sliders
Pitbull Rock Beasts, Pitbull 2 stage foams with an extra stage added to the rears
SSD Steel Beadlocks
Axial U-Joint front axle shafts
JX 30kg Coreless Waterproof Servo, Axial aluminum servo horn (enough steering angle to rub the lower links)
Vanquish stainless steel link set
Traxxas TRX-4 GTS shocks, black "heavy" pistons, 20wt oil
Axial white 1.13 lb/in springs front, green 1.70 lb/in springs rear
Common Sense RC 5200 2s LiPo
Stock Axial motor/ESC
Axial 12t pinion for a bit more gear reduction

It's a pretty fun little truck now! I've done a bunch of trimming/adjusting/shimming to get everything set up well and I think it's pretty dialled in for now. I'll definitely upgrade the motor and ESC in the future, but the compact TTX200 transmitter works well and is pretty lightweight for hiking around with the truck so I don't see a need to swap that yet.






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Old 06-12-2019, 12:04 PM   #2
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Crawling at our local spot:



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Old 06-12-2019, 12:07 PM   #3
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I also brought the truck up to Lake Chelan, WA, during a camping trip and found some rocks:





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Old 06-12-2019, 12:10 PM   #4
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That's about it for the way it sits now! I'll continue to post as things evolve, and I usually get a few pics each time I take the truck out.
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Old 06-12-2019, 03:32 PM   #5
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Beautiful terrain you've got there!

Welcome back to the addiction...
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Old 06-13-2019, 11:40 AM   #6
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Beautiful terrain you've got there!

Welcome back to the addiction...
Thanks! It's a bit of a drive to the good spots but it's always worth it for a few hours of fun.
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Beautiful shots!


Nice and simple setup (that is how I like it too). Can you please tell me how are the TRX4 shocks behaving on the Honcho.


Thanks in advanced and regards from Brazil


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Beautiful shots!


Nice and simple setup (that is how I like it too). Can you please tell me how are the TRX4 shocks behaving on the Honcho.


Thanks in advanced and regards from Brazil


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Thanks!

The TRX-4 shocks are great, very smooth movement though they seem to stick in place a tiny bit if the truck has been sitting for a few days. Once you cycle them by hand the sticking is gone. I'm sure a bit more Green Slime would solve that but I don't really want to take them apart. Lol

One thing to note is that the shock pistons in them are the heavier damped Black pistons, which are meant for the heavier hard-body TRX-4 trucks and the generic Traxxas shock oil (which is comparable to 30wt). On a lighter rig like my 5.8lb Axial that damping is too much so you would either need to switch to the Traxxas Red pistons from a TRX-4 Sport, or just run 20wt shock oil.

Otherwise they're a bolt-on affair. Even the Axial springs fit well on them.
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