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Old 10-19-2011, 05:45 PM   #21
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Got the hood done today...

The parts needed:



Took the stock hood off:



Close up of the hood pins:



Drilled out holes and threaded the pin studs in:



Hood teamed out to fit pins:







Mounted the rear clamps:



Mod cost about $5 and is a must if you run a battery up front. So much easier!

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Old 10-19-2011, 06:27 PM   #22
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Mounted the rear clamps:



Mod cost about $5 and is a must if you run a battery up front. So much easier!

Hope you dont mind if i steal that idea. Traxxas slash battery hold down pins?

part #?
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Old 10-19-2011, 06:33 PM   #23
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Hope you dont mind if i steal that idea. Traxxas slash battery hold down pins?

part #?
3727, I think it is the battery hold down parts for a stampede.

I stole the idea from someone else, so have at it.
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Old 10-19-2011, 06:35 PM   #24
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alright. ill pick some up tomorrow. can you get the wire clamps at the hobby store too? ive never seen small ones like those.
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Old 10-19-2011, 06:41 PM   #25
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alright. ill pick some up tomorrow. can you get the wire clamps at the hobby store too? ive never seen small ones like those.
I got mine at Home Depot. Its a 1/4" plastic wire loom clamp found in the electric section with the wire ties, etc...
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Old 10-20-2011, 05:31 PM   #26
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I'm really digging your rig. I am in the process of converting to a front mount battery and want to know what batteries you are running. More specifically the dimension and capacity.
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Old 10-20-2011, 06:48 PM   #27
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I'm really digging your rig. I am in the process of converting to a front mount battery and want to know what batteries you are running. More specifically the dimension and capacity.
Largest I can fit like it is set up now is 40mm x 40mm x 75mm. The batteries i run are a hair smaller than that. They are cheapo "mystery" lipos (3s) with 1500mah capacity. I am going to eventually swap for something with a little more C- rating as these are slowly starting to go out one by one. Several vendors sell lipos on rcc. I also recommend Hobby King if you want cheaper ones. Just be ready to do some soldering and have plenty of time to wait on shipping if you use them.
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Old 10-20-2011, 07:04 PM   #28
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Put new Dinky Cowl Hood on today... Also made front inner fenders...









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Old 10-21-2011, 09:45 AM   #29
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I got the proline shocks installed but feel like the stock springs are a little stiff. Are you using the stock springs or did you get the tuning pack?
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Old 10-21-2011, 01:57 PM   #30
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I got the proline shocks installed but feel like the stock springs are a little stiff. Are you using the stock springs or did you get the tuning pack?
Right now the stock ones are on it. The tuning kit came in today for them, though, so I will report back on how the new spring rates work.

On a side note, we need to get a Southeast Wraith GTG planned...
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Old 10-24-2011, 06:46 PM   #31
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The Proline shock tuning kits came in a few days ago. I dropped the primary spring down a rate to blue. You can see the steel gauge is a bit smaller.



I also got around to getting the upper shock mount shimmed with a few O-rings. The mounts are 5mm machined balls by Jeepin Doug.



Also picked up a set of 2.2 Proline TSL's to get me rolling for a while. I used CI foams in them. These things bite hard. I am really impressed with them.



A few shots before I gave it a good shake down this afternoon.











A few after I had a chance to run the bugs out of it... Lol





Driving impressions:

I love the new lockers and universals. Amazing steering. No drivetrain slop. It gives you a ton more control as well as reliability and consistency.

I love the new 32p trans gearing with under drive gears. Temps seemed to stay cooler, lots of beef for abuse.

I also really am impressed with the shock setup now. Night and day difference from the stock spring rate. No more random suspension unloading anymore, seems a lot more consistent and smooth as well.

Judging by my experience today, I wouldn't change a thing on any part I have put on it.
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Old 10-25-2011, 02:55 AM   #32
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i like what ya did with it..keep it simple and replace the critical stuff first instead of going for looks b4 performance...nice work keep it up
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Old 10-25-2011, 04:24 AM   #33
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Great build, i'm going to follow a few of your mods on mine.
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Old 10-25-2011, 06:39 AM   #34
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i like what ya did with it..keep it simple and replace the critical stuff first instead of going for looks b4 performance...nice work keep it up
Thanks! Don't have to make it look too different yet, not many Wraith's in the RCA (Rock Crawlers of Atlanta) group... That may change after our scale comp this weekend though

In all seriousness, I don't care what it looks like near as much as I care how it drives. Building this one with a soul of a comp truck...

I am thinking of taking the cage off the back and making some delrin kick braces to the shock mount to clean up the look a bit. Figured it would save some weight and bulk too. You forget how big these things are until you try to get under a ledge or somewhere else tight.

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Great build, i'm going to follow a few of your mods on mine.
Thanks!

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Old 10-29-2011, 10:54 AM   #35
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hey
Bye chance what rims are you running?
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Old 10-29-2011, 11:34 AM   #36
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Vanquish SLW's. 1.35 wide, 600 hubs.


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Old 10-29-2011, 12:41 PM   #37
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nice looking wraith i have one also love them looking for and scx10 now or cc01 for my 1.9 rig
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Old 10-30-2011, 03:20 PM   #38
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nice looking wraith i have one also love them looking for and scx10 now or cc01 for my 1.9 rig
Thanks!




Updated a few things before the trail comp RCA had yesterday...

First, I got DMG to make me a custom set of front shock towers. They are sized for the longer Proline Powerstroke shocks that I use up front. I wasn't happy with them laid back, so I stood them as straight up as possible. It really paid off with a lot more stability and predictability off camber (at the cost of a little travel... But totally with it IMHO). I LOVE the new feel up front now. I also dropped the smaller upper spring down a rate alt all corners as well. :thumbsup:

New mounts:


Comparison to stock:


Before relocation:


You can see how vertical they now sit. I was playing with the wheelbase in this pic, so they are still angled back a bit... Now they sit almost perfectly verticle (took about a 1/8" of wheelbase out after this pic was taken...). Unbelievable how stiff the front is now as well... it really took a ton of chassis flex out of the front end.



This of course changed the way I could access the battery, so I redid the electrics again up front.



While I was digging into the wiring, I added a few accessories... In the past I powered the servo with a bec through the receiver. Cheapbatterypacks came out with a nifty harness that bypasses the receiver and sends power straight to the servo. They are cheap, and work great. I got two, one for the front... one for future use out back.



Both bec's wired in:



Almost ready to go:



A Dynamic Concepts 72 blazer body came in the mail yesterday. Stay tuned!

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Old 10-30-2011, 03:37 PM   #39
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That hood mod that you came up with is a great idea! And the shock mounts poking out of the hood is looking killer. Nice job
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Old 10-30-2011, 10:36 PM   #40
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The body came out of the box and underwent the knife.



Got the hood fitted up and trimmed:







Sides trimmed and fitted:





Rear end mocked in as well...



I'm going to do a diamond plate facia over the stock rear corners. For paint it will be a black and/or white paint job. Simple and clean.
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