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Old 07-08-2019, 09:10 AM   #61
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Earlier I mentioned the boat washed up on the beach...
Twin inboards, props, shafts and rudders buried in the sand.
It was gone the next day, so evidently they were able to float it back out on high tide.

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Old 07-08-2019, 09:15 AM   #62
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Here's Mike's custom Element Enduro, setup as class-1:



Mike is part of the development and testing team for the new Element Enduro. He's mostly active on intagram as Mike's RC Headquarters: mikesrch
Pretty much every time I've been down to CDM rocks he's there...

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On the SSD heavy hex hubs, here's the stock plastic, the standard SSD that comes with their wheels, and their heavy rotor hub:





They bolt up without mods, however they're a little thicker than the stock hub so less thread is showing on the axle once it's mounted on the truck. There was just enough thread to grab the center cap, but some have reported the could not get them to stay on. An option would be to lock-tite a non-nylock nut to reveal more axle thread.





I ordered another set of weights, will run them for awhile, but I can see a set of alloy bead-locks in my future...


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Old 07-08-2019, 09:27 AM   #64
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Why does your truck still look unscathed? LOL
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Nice! I didn’t mess with the hubs too much but I think some lock tite definitely could have helped.

Truck looks great! And unscathed. I like the stripe work.
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Maybe just three hours running or so...have only turtled a few times.




This is a vertical hop - Enduro made it just fine.



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Why does your truck still look unscathed? LOL

Haven't you seen Chris drive, it is with the precision of a surgeon!!! Right Chris?
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Haven't you seen Chris drive, it is with the precision of a surgeon!!! Right Chris?
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I'll have to head out with him and make sure he's fully testing the capabilities of the truck!
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Haven't you seen Chris drive, it is with the precision of a surgeon!!! Right Chris?
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Sure. A drunk surgeon. LOL I drive like an 8yo.


There's some rash on top, you just can't see it, and nearly took the driver's mirror off, but them things are amazingly flexible. I've started folding them in on the rocks. I need a set for my Land Cruiser.
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Having converted a few Vaterra Ascender truggy bodies to flatbed I had some leftover roll-bar extrusion. It fit right in the bed with some trimming, screws in from the underside. Added bonus is that it really strengthens that flimsy body/box joint on the truck.
Did some custom paint work as well...





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Having converted a few Vaterra Ascender truggy bodies to flatbed I had some leftover roll-bar extrusion. It fit right in the bed with some trimming, screws in from the underside. Added bonus is that it really strengthens that flimsy body/box joint on the truck.
Did some custom paint work as well...






Nice find Chris, I was kind of wondering if that would work? This is turning into a great thread for everyone!
Hope to get my truck kit soon!!!!

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Yup, post your best stuff.
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I like what you did on painting the fender flares and rocker panels. I want to do the same and was thinking of using PlastiDip spray for durability. I currently have INJORA 1.9 beadlock wheels with 18mm SLW hubs on my Enduro. The wider stance is great for added stability.
Iím looking for appropriate suspension limiting straps for my rig. Anyone is them!
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I like what you did on painting the fender flares and rocker panels. I want to do the same and was thinking of using PlastiDip spray for durability. I currently have INJORA 1.9 beadlock wheels with 18mm SLW hubs on my Enduro. The wider stance is great for added stability.
Iím looking for appropriate suspension limiting straps for my rig. Anyone is them!

I used Tamiya Polycarbonate paint, roughed the surfaces with Dawn and a scotchbrite, and masked with fine-line tape. The problem with plastidip is that it's very soft and will scratch off easily. IMO a second choice to the traditional lexan paint would be Krylon Fusion. Just know that it's not nearly as durable as the Tamiya paint either.

The fender lips got an overcoat of Tamiya flat-clear. If you look close the box and hood are high gloss, the fenders not so much.

In any case, externally painted surfaces are going to get scratched up if you run your rig in the rocks. It's just the way it goes.
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Old 07-10-2019, 11:13 AM   #75
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nice touch on the fenders getting flat clear. gives it a good change in "texture" making them look like plastic add-on fenders.

i'm going to give spray-on bedliner a shot on mine, see how it holds up when that super thin lexan flexes...? i'll probably do the entire underside of the body with it. at best, it helps keep it from wiggling around everywhere, at worst, it cracks and flakes off. hopefully i can get to it this weekend. hardest part will be masking off the outside of the body and inside windows.
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i'm going to give spray-on bedliner a shot on mine, see how it holds up when that super thin lexan flexes...? i'll probably do the entire underside of the body with it. at best, it helps keep it from wiggling around everywhere, at worst, it cracks and flakes off. hopefully i can get to it this weekend. hardest part will be masking off the outside of the body and inside windows.
You'll likely have better results if you give it a base coat of lexan specific paint first. This should really help the next coat adhere and hopefully prevent chipping.

As for doing the underside, I'd guess thats likely to add a fair chunk of weight and you might only be able to admire it when you roll over on your lid, lol. Consider getting the inner fenders and painting them with bedliner if you want that look and to be able to see it.

If you're just looking for some body reinforcement theres also the sheetrock mesh/tape and E6000 or gorilla tape methods.

Sorry I'm not trying to tell you what to do Chris, I just didn't want to see you go to all that work and resign to "It might just chip off"

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I really like the black bed/flares that you did Browneye. I just picked up mine yesterday so I haven't had much time to plan on upgrades but I see some paint in my future!
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Having converted a few Vaterra Ascender truggy bodies to flatbed I had some leftover roll-bar extrusion. It fit right in the bed with some trimming, screws in from the underside. Added bonus is that it really strengthens that flimsy body/box joint on the truck.
Did some custom paint work as well...

Just bought an Ascender cage for mine. LOVE the way this looks! I think I'll keep the spare tire carrier back there too though for some added scale realism.
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this one is sort of free-ish because it comes with the truck, but here is a link to the single post in my thread on how to do the 11.83% overdrive gears.

Enduro 11.83% overdrive gear instructions.
Perfect amount of OD/UD and great that it comes with both optional ratios!!!

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... I mentioned the jack-rabbit reverse and he said you need to reverse your throttle channel and motor leads and that will smooth it out. Sure enough!! Now I don't need a speed controller - it works the way it's supposed to....
As built the radio comes with reverse setting on the throttle - that is wrong.

Another tech tidbit was the new HW 880 esc - it's a double motor version, but you can run it on one of the channels, it's programmable like the 1080, but will also run on 4S power.

I also found out there's no slipper clutch in this rig.
ESC/TX settings what I suspected from the symptoms, glad you got it fixed.

HW 4S ESC, schweet!

Ain't nobody needs a slipper, I like that! Less parts, less rotating mass, shorter spurgear cover.

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Here's Mike's custom Element Enduro, setup as class-1:



Mike is part of the development and testing team for the new Element Enduro.
Very nice LC70 hardbody, would look even better without the Honcho front bumpah!

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On the SSD heavy hex hubs...They bolt up without mods, however they're a little thicker than the stock hub so less thread is showing on the axle once it's mounted on the truck. There was just enough thread to grab the center cap, but some have reported the could not get them to stay on. An option would be to lock-tite a non-nylock nut to reveal more axle thread.

I ordered another set of weights, will run them for awhile, but I can see a set of alloy bead-locks in my future...
Nice hubs, but yeah new steel or aluminum beadlocks in the long run.

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Having converted a few Vaterra Ascender truggy bodies to flatbed I had some leftover roll-bar extrusion. It fit right in the bed with some trimming, screws in from the underside. Added bonus is that it really strengthens that flimsy body/box joint on the truck.
Did some custom paint work as well...

Chris, that turned out great, paint, grill, bed cage, wow! Keep it up!
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Thanks Nate, guys! I'm enjoying the platform - I really do think it's all it's cracked up to be.


I already lost a bead on the plastic wheel - and not from one I had disassembled. Seems this may well become a problem as well. If you look close at the rear wheel in the last pic above you can see a bulge where the bead has popped out. No problem re-seating it, but would not be convenient in the field.

I'm thinking a set of these are in my near future:




Or these:


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