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Cheez 04-29-2017 05:50 PM

From the "tub up"
 
Has anybody built a Yeti from the "Tub up"?
Meaning instead of purchasing a kit and upgrading from there, building a Yeti from scratch including upgrades.
I've built a Yeti Xl kit, upgraded my Yeti Xl RTR, and upgraded my Yeti, now considering building a Yeti from the ground up.
Can it be done? Is it cost feasible?

spoo76 04-29-2017 06:36 PM

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CoolRunning 04-29-2017 07:03 PM

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There are many little parts and screws etc that it might not be feasible. Have a look at the diagram in the manual and start pricing the little bits...I think it would quickly add up to something silly and make it financially a bad idea.

I'd just buy a second hand Yeti on the cheap and use that for the base personally (this is what I did anyway). Then you can spend up on the important stuff.

Cheez 04-29-2017 08:16 PM

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What did you pay for a second hand Yeti and where did you get it?

Rumpelhardt 04-30-2017 10:14 AM

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I thought about it but it looked to me like it would have been a colossal pain sorcing all the parts and much more expensive.

mtr1514 04-30-2017 01:59 PM

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I thought of this as well and it wasn't worth it after just the body, chassis and hardware. The next best thing is starting off with a used Yeti and going from there. I was about to do that before I found an open box Yeti kit on Amazon. Paid $250 for it.

Cheez 04-30-2017 06:10 PM

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Thanks guys, sounds like it's not a feasible idea.
I was curious if anyone has actually done it.

SCREAMER 05-02-2017 10:43 PM

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I've done it twice, best way to build a Yeti and not buy a bunch of throw away parts. The entire front end to include the diff and all steering requires replacement. The stock trans is OK but can benefit from several reliability upgrades especially with the spur. All the stock links, shocks, and the trailing arms need to be replaced with anything not made from wet noodle. The rear axle needs Axial's full width kit as a minimum strength upgrade so you don't have to run 2 inch long hubs and bend axles with every rollover and landing. RTR electronics are OK but there's plenty of better choices out there for cheaper and sensored in case you plan to "crawl". All you need to do is go on eBay and start looking for all the new chop shop parts. You can get a great start on a pretty complete tub and rear subframe for $30 shipped. The kit instructions can be downloaded from Axial's website for free.

Cheez 05-03-2017 08:01 AM

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Originally Posted by SCREAMER (Post 5703391)
I've done it twice, best way to build a Yeti and not buy a bunch of throw away parts. The entire front end to include the diff and all steering requires replacement. The stock trans is OK but can benefit from several reliability upgrades especially with the spur. All the stock links, shocks, and the trailing arms need to be replaced with anything not made from wet noodle. The rear axle needs Axial's full width kit as a minimum strength upgrade so you don't have to run 2 inch long hubs and bend axles with every rollover and landing. RTR electronics are OK but there's plenty of better choices out there for cheaper and sensored in case you plan to "crawl". All you need to do is go on eBay and start looking for all the new chop shop parts. You can get a great start on a pretty complete tub and rear subframe for $30 shipped. The kit instructions can be downloaded from Axial's website for free.

I may just give it a shot.
Any build threads or pictures out there?

SCREAMER 05-03-2017 02:13 PM

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Tons of build threads here. I think you should definitely do it. You'll enjoy building it yourself with only good parts and you'll be surprised at how easy it was when you're done. See when you buy take off parts like the complete tub, it comes with everything attached like the little lids for the receiver dry box, the gaskets, most if not all the screws. Just make sure you buy new and compare all your options before deciding on which tub. Both times I started a Yeti build for myself and a friend, I got complete tubs with subframe brand new pulled from an RTR for $30 shipped. Everything else is even cheaper or aftermarket. Rpm arms are cheap, Traxxas big bores are only $18 shipped and use Axial springs. You can find a new transmission for $40-$50. The cage and body can be found for $40-$50. Build everything on it to suit your specific purpose and save cash not buying all the horrible stock parts. "thumbsup"

SCREAMER 05-03-2017 02:33 PM

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This is what you're looking for as a good start. All brand new, comes with all the hardware and a few extras which is why the price is a bit higher. This guy doesn't do free shipping either so with a bit of patience, you could find cheaper but might not be as fully inclusive. This has links, the front upper chassis/diff and steering brace and a few other things. I think this would be the perfect start for you. Be aware that just a new tub from Axial is $30 so this is a great deal for everything it includes.

Cheez 05-03-2017 03:04 PM

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:ror:Gonna do it!
It'll be a couple of months before I can get started.
I'll probably use this thread for the build and I'm sure I'll need help along the way. It will probably take quite awhile but I'm looking forward to something fun and challenging.
Thanks in advance to everyone who helps along the way.

Here's the family I'll be adding to.


http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/attac...1&d=1493845322

SCREAMER 05-03-2017 03:16 PM

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Excellent. I'm sure you'll be very satisfied with the build. Post up questions if you get stuck, there's plenty of knowledgeable guys here to get you sorted out.

Cheez 06-05-2017 03:14 PM

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So it begins... this is what I'm starting with.
No kit, no rtr, completely from scratch. I'll appreciate any and all help and advice along the way "thumbsup"
http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/attac...1&d=1496697210

Cheez 06-05-2017 03:17 PM

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So it begins... this is what I'm starting with.
No kit, no rtr, completely from scratch. I'll appreciate any and all help and advice along the way "thumbsup"
http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/attac...1&d=1496697210

http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/attac...1&d=1496697210

Cheez 06-05-2017 03:35 PM

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Happy to see the mailman! Getting the party started:ror:
http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/attac...1&d=1496698512

CoolRunning 06-05-2017 05:49 PM

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Maybe throw a dollar amount in there (one that itemises the build part by part) as you go, so guys have an clear idea of what a bespoke, from the chassis Yeti could cost in its entirety.

I imagine it's going to be an awesome truck!

Hillbilly63026 06-05-2017 08:55 PM

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I have done it started with a bearing kit knk screw kit and tub

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Hillbilly63026 06-05-2017 08:58 PM

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And download kit manual

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Deadbydawn 06-05-2017 09:47 PM

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Whoa! This is gonna be awesome!!!!!!!


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