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Old 07-12-2019, 11:56 AM   #81
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nice sticking with the bronze.
i was watching a review of the endure on youtube last night and one of the weaknesses mentioned was the beadlocks/tires that are NOT vented. this could be contributing to your de-beading issue.
i will likely address this as well, most likely will drill a hole in the wheel to let the tire conform to surfaces better, even if i risk turning my foams into crumbly moldy mess if i run through water (not often but im not shy of it).
also worth a shot is what soze mentioned, maybe run a metal internal beadlock ring? rough up the edge so it bites the tire better?

but either of those wheels are REALLY nice! great taste sir!
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Old 07-12-2019, 02:12 PM   #82
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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:

You're welcome, good to hear! Those SSD gold/bronze beadlocks are pretty.

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i was watching a review of the endure on youtube last night and one of the weaknesses mentioned was the beadlocks/tires that are NOT vented. this could be contributing to your de-beading issue.
i will likely address this as well, most likely will drill a hole in the wheel to let the tire conform to surfaces better, even if i risk turning my foams into crumbly moldy mess if i run through water (not often but im not shy of it).
also worth a shot is what soze mentioned, maybe run a metal internal beadlock ring? rough up the edge so it bites the tire better?
Great ideas, yes non vented tires and the mold release that was not cleaned off the tires or wheels before assembly is not helping either. I've done both types venting and a leatherpunch with 3-4 2mm holes in the tires is best, foams are cheap and replaceable.
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Here's a couple from me. Modified CBE link brackets and short Revo ends to gain some anti-squat. And a recycled Axial battery plate on the sliders.
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Old 07-13-2019, 10:34 AM   #84
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I was fabbing up link risers that are almost identical. Have you ran the truck with them?


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Yes, today. I have the links at the lowest position on the bracket, but plan to move them up another hole. I tried a line that I failed at before and it has made a difference. One more hole up and I think it'll be dialed. This is just a random picture from today.
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The link risers can also be mounted to the outside of the chassis, but you'll need to clearance the side plates. Both ways achieve the same results.
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Old 07-13-2019, 07:28 PM   #87
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Might have me some aluminum stock and a hand full of Jato rod ends... Hmmm...
Nice quick little mod that should make a noticeable increase for very little dollars. Thanks!
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The CBE risers I used had to be placed further back on the chassis to clear the motor and skid. The short upper rod ends brought the axle back to a stock position. You may have an easier time with your own custom made brackets. I used what I had on hand. Definitely worth the small effort.
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And after looking at sozes work with a BOM rear cage, I might make my own upper shock hoops too...?

Great stuff!!!
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Old 07-14-2019, 12:30 AM   #90
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GMADE BOM Cage and Front Bumper



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Revised Cab/Bed brackets:

https://www.myminifactory.com/object/3d-print-96751

Requires drilling 2 new holes, as well as 2 extra screws. Reduces the Cab/Bed flex a fair amount. Doesn't eliminate it, but it helps...
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Oh those are great! I was thinking something like that would be a good fix, and there it is!
Now I just need to decide on keeping the bed, or removing it for a BOM cage like soze has shown us, or going with an entirely different body?! These are good problems lol
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Oh those are great! I was thinking something like that would be a good fix, and there it is!
Now I just need to decide on keeping the bed, or removing it for a BOM cage like soze has shown us, or going with an entirely different body?! These are good problems lol

I really like the BOM cage on this chassis. Using the BOM body would've made it fit even better... but I already have an actual BOM lol. Anyway, I have a SR5 cab I can use as well, but I really like the Enduro cab with the hard plastic detail parts. All I need to do is stiffen up the rear suspension, and extend the rear cage posts.

I had a chance to run it with the cage and it did pretty well despite the rear shock position.
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Pretty cool truggy there...
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Revised Cab/Bed brackets:

https://www.myminifactory.com/object/3d-print-96751

Requires drilling 2 new holes, as well as 2 extra screws. Reduces the Cab/Bed flex a fair amount. Doesn't eliminate it, but it helps...

Like, haven't seen you on here much lately!
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I dig it!
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Like, haven't seen you on here much lately!

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Been super busy. My 9-5 job shut down, so I've been having to kick my Ebay into high gear. Still have a few projects going, but less time for pictures and posts.

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Been super busy. My 9-5 job shut down, so I've been having to kick my Ebay into high gear. Still have a few projects going, but less time for pictures and posts.

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That's to bad! any chance of it starting up again? We need to get together for coffee next time we are down Medford way.
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That's to bad! any chance of it starting up again? We need to get together for coffee next time we are down Medford way.

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No, it's highly unlikely at this point. It's too bad, we had finally gotten a few steady material sources and were making consistent profit. But the owner wasn't happy with slow and steady, shut it down to go chase more get rich quick schemes, lol.

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I was looking at the battery tray thinking it could sit lower so I did a bit of tinkering and came up with this:

Lowered battery tray, the battery is as low as it can go in the stock location now. Its basically sitting on the frame rails now.




What I did was notch the stock battery tray for the chassis rails. I used the ridges next to the holes as a guide of where to cut and the battery strap notch for the other cuts, and the angle I did freehand with a razor. The other cuts were made with a fine toothed hand saw.


Flip the battery tray mount point/crossmember upside down so its offset downwards instead of up.


Notch the battery tray to clear the driveshaft.


Removed the ridge that runs between these holes so the battery tray could sit on the mount (this is probably not needed as I did shim this up a bit after)


With all that the tray now sits like so, with the chassis rails sticking up a few mm.


I printed up some spacers to lift the tray up 2.3mm

Put them in these holes

and that raises the battery tray up so its now flush with the chassis rails. Stock screws can be re-used.


I though about designing a new tray to 3D print but hey why not re-use what I already have.

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