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Old 09-09-2008, 08:41 AM   #1
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Smile Modifications to my Cliff Climber.

First of all, I want to present myself my is Salvador Gonzalez from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico in the border of Mexico an USA. I'm a fanatic of the 4X4 and I have been in some competences of this sport in Mexico. And I like a lot the rock crawling and RC cars and when I saw the Cliff Climber I went to look arround the hobby Stores in McAllen, TX to find this truck until I got mine.
I started to modified the truck with Traxxas Tmaxx turnbuckles instead of the plastic suspension arms.
Then I ordered the steering aluminium link but I don't know wich rod ends to use, because I bought the Traxxas rod ends for the revo and the inner diameter is bigger than the one in those aluminium links.
Hope you could help me.





I used a Futaba HT servo and Panther Cougar Tires with memory foam and eight shooter by Pro-Line.




Here. you can see the difference between the stock tires and the Panther.

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Old 09-09-2008, 11:42 AM   #2
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Try using Traxxas rod ends for the T-Maxx.

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Old 09-09-2008, 12:21 PM   #3
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Thanks man, I'll give them a try.
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Old 09-09-2008, 02:11 PM   #4
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That looks sweet!!!
What links are you using in the photos?
Did those wheels bolt right up to the stock hexs?
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Old 09-09-2008, 03:46 PM   #5
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Thanks for your comments.
The links that I'm using are the 2.5 T-maxx rear turnbuckles part #5139 they are 118mm.
And the wheels are the Pro-Line 2.2" Eight Shooter Bead-Loc Chrome Black Wheels. The tire goes between the wheel and the aluminium ring.
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Old 09-11-2008, 05:30 PM   #6
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That's not gonna flex much without any shocks....
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Old 09-12-2008, 07:56 AM   #7
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You're right, it looks ugly or funny with 1 tire of each one, but that picture was just for comparisson reasons.
About the shocks, you're right. I used the stock suspension arm instead the stock shocks just to see the size of shock that I'll need. The stock ones are 2.9 inches and the ones I need, has to be of 4 inches or more. Because I used those arms (Tmaxx turnbuckles) the stock shocks were too short, and I'm looking for the ones I can fit. I've saw some larger ones, but I have not decided yet.
I'll post some more photos on the weekend to see the progress.

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Old 09-15-2008, 05:55 PM   #8
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Hi there, here are some new pics of the mods I've been doing to my Cliff Climber.
I installed the rear shocks and changed the rear steering links with the aluminium version from duratrax and traxxas rod ends (Thanks to Dezfan).



The shocks are from Venom.



In this pic you can see the difference between the front and rear links.
The ines in front are from Tmaxx 2.5 (4mm) and the ones in the rear are from a Tmaxx 3.3 (5mm).




Here is a close shot of the rear section.




And some shots from the flex.




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Nice setup, but you'll want to limit the flex some. Otherwise with the front shocks installed you're gonna have like 90 degrees of flex... The height of a 12oz. beer-can is just about perfect for most areas.
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That looks great!!
I ordered all the links for mine.

Did you have to change the hexs to use the 2.2 wheels?
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Old 09-15-2008, 07:40 PM   #11
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Nope, you don't have to change anything to feet those wheels. The hex on the CC are 12mm. I just put the proline eight shooter and hammer tires.
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whats the wheel base on that ?
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12 inches from center to center of the wheels.

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Nice setup, but you'll want to limit the flex some. Otherwise with the front shocks installed you're gonna have like 90 degrees of flex... The height of a 12oz. beer-can is just about perfect for most areas.
You're right, I'm waiting for the big bore shock mounting kit to modify the upper position of the shock, I think this will limit the travel of the shock. And need to trim the body.

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Old 09-17-2008, 11:12 AM   #15
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I'm just waiting for the metal gears to install them including the bearing set in the transmission.
I just installed the ones that goes on the aluminium knuckle arms.
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Old 09-23-2008, 11:17 AM   #16
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Some parts that I ordered from TowerHobbies:
e clips from various sizes, metal gears, bearing set, retaining clips, aluminium wheel hex.



Metal Gears


Metal Gears, bearing set and stainless steel screw kit.


Stainless steel from RCscrewz


This photo with the stainless steel screwz intalled.
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Old 09-25-2008, 04:57 AM   #17
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Looking good! I just got mine last weekend but have not had a chance to try it out yet. Only thing I did was replace the body with the RJ Speed 70's Outlaw Body (Jeep CJ-5).
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are you running a 3 channel radio? how did you get it not to crab with the rear servo like that? I tried to change mine like that and all it did was crab crawl.

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Old 10-12-2008, 12:48 AM   #19
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man look good i think i mite try the cc
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Old 10-12-2008, 09:07 PM   #20
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are you running a 3 channel radio? how did you get it not to crab with the rear servo like that? I tried to change mine like that and all it did was crab crawl.
I'm using the stock radio system (2 channel). And for the rear steering I used a servo reverser instead of the stock Y arness. It is positioned between the ESC and radio receiver. The servo reverser is from Expert Electronics EXRA325.

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