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Old 07-01-2019, 10:15 AM   #1
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Here's a compilation of how-to's for your new AE Enduro Senduro RC Truck and how to get the most out of it.
Feel free to post your free or otherwise updates and upgrades, modifications to enhance performance.

Other threads for upgrade and how-to content:


Soze adds an Enduro Sendero RTR to the fleet.

Soze's how-to on the OD gearing change that comes with the rig: Soze adds an Enduro Sendero RTR to the fleet.

The original thread intro on the Element Enduro: Team Associated teasing a scale crawler!

Other bodies for Element Enduro: Enduro - Aftermarket Bodies

Lowering the battery tray: Enduro Kit, Jim

More info on the overdrive transmission and gears: Team Associated teasing a scale crawler!

John Schultz vid on the new Element Enduro: https://youtu.be/yaTfolPifjo

John Holmes unboxing vid: https://youtu.be/ri5-l7h1P2M

CodyBoy's weighted offset axles: Codyboy's Enduro making it my own, 46 PW

Soze's fitting a BOM truggy cage to Enduro: Soze adds an Enduro Sendero RTR to the fleet.

BMow-71's body reinforcing and bumper mods: B-MOW's Enduro Journey!

Adding an interior - page 2: topher goes Full Sendero
Adding a front winch: Winch options

Enduro Aftermarket Bodies: Enduro - Aftermarket Bodies


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Current aftermarket upgrade parts - Cesco's compiled list:
Element RC: https://www.associatedelectrics.com/...s/spare_parts/
Combination of spare parts & upgrades. Upgrades range from scale to performance to body expansion.

Club5 Racing: Element - Page 1 - Club 5 Racing
Club5 Racing was 1 of the very first to come out with aftermarket upgrades. Assortment varies widely, from light sets to metal bumpers, scale upgrades, chassis upgrades, very diverse. At the time of this writing, they have the most upgrades from all aftermarket providers. One interesting product is their link set both adds weight and corrects the wheelbase. Making the wheels better aligned in the wheelhouses of the Sendero body.
Their steering link kit does something similar, adds some weight and compared to the original set you get a little more freedom to the pumpkin on the axle.

Reefs RC: https://reefsrc.com/store/p_853264/sendero-sliders
Reefs RC arrived very quickly with a metal slider.

RC Addict: https://rcaddictparts.com/products/i...0c976164&_ss=r en https://rcaddictparts.com/products/i...0c976164&_ss=r
RC Addict offers an incognito body mounting system. They also work with Spare Times Hobby, which develops 3D components, so upgrades are still to be expected there. Link sets upgrades are offered under their D-Links brand.

D-Links: https://rcaddictparts.com/products/d...0c976164&_ss=r

BoomRacing RC: https://www.boomracingrc.com/index.p...search=element
BoomRacing has launched their first upgrade, a Drive Shaft Set and will undoubtedly follow with more upgrades.

ScalerFab: https://www.scalerfab.com/collection...enduro-sendero
ScalerFab offers various metal bumper and slider options.

Wertymade: https://www.wertymade.com
Although their website does not yet mention Element RC products, you can find them through their dealers. Information can also be found on their social media. Offer are metal bumpers.

CCHand: https://nl.aliexpress.com/store/grou...6c04473eCRHjC2
CCHand currently also offers various bumpers and slider options. But given their scale offer for other brands, more scale upgrades are to be expected. Asiatees and RC4WD often offer CCHand, so you can also keep an eye on their websites.

Team KNK: https://teamknkhardware.com/search?c...submit_search=
Team KNK currently offers brass hexes and a Stainless Hardware Kit. In addition, they offer the original Element RC parts and upgrades.

RC Bearings: https://www.rcbearings.co.uk/index.p...search=element
RC Bearings currently offers a complete 24-piece Enduro bearing set.

Fast Eddy Bearings: https://www.fasteddybearings.com/tea...d-bearing-kit/
Fast Eddy Bearings also offers a 24-part bearing kit for the Enduro.

DSM Off-Road: https://dsmoffroad.com
And DSM Off-Road also offers a 24-part bearing kit, available on Amazon and Ebay, among others.
https://amzn.to/2oHObok
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Element-RC-...-/123824709267

Jims Bearings: https://jimsbearings.com/search?q=element
In addition to a complete 24-part bearing kit, Jim's Bearings also offers a 16-part bearing kit for the axles only and an 8-part bearing kit for the transmission only.

Beeftubes: https://www.beeftubes.com/apps/search?q=element
Beeftubes started with a line of aluminum and brass upgrades, mainly focused on shaft, shock absorber and link upgrades.

IE RC: https://iercscaler.com/shop?olsPage=t%2Felement-rc
IE RC makes various metal performance and scale upgrades.

MIP: https://www.miponline.com/19110-MIP-...ment-RC-Enduro
MIP offers an extremely high-quality Center Drive Kit, an upgrade for the drive shafts.

Xtra Speed: Search Results of RC Cars, Hopup Parts, Engines, Servo, ESC on rcMart.com
Xtra Speed has also started upgrades for the Enduro, I cannot find a website but via the above RCmart link you can find and order the upgrade. At the moment mainly drive shafts, flange balls and brass hexes.

Samix: https://www.rcsamix.com/index.php/forrccar/element.html
Samix is and comes with a whole package of mainly aluminum, titanium and brass upgrades. Mainly focused on performance upgrades.

Lit Led LTD: https://www.facebook.com/pg/litLEDlights
Lit Led offers a led light kit for the Sendero, but they do not have a website or shop. You need to contact them through Facebook.

GPM: https://www.gpmracing.com.hk/en/prod...-40100&fid=274
GPM comes with various, in particular, aluminum upgrades. Special mention, in different color options! Links sets, body posts, drive shafts, shock absorbers and hex adapters at the moment.

SOR Graphics: https://www.shopsorgraphics.com
SOR Graphics (aka Stuck On Racing) offers a scale trim decal sheet for the Sendero body. Have announced that they will come up with more design for Element RC, also for the new Trailwalker body. Usually announce via their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SORgraphics/

East Coast Vinyl Werkz: East Coast Vinyl Werkz - Car, truck, motorcycle,and lawn mower decals
A whole selection of wraps for the Element RC. Type on their website in the search bar Enduro and you get all the options.
Or order via their Amazon shop https://amzn.to/2VabbZe.

Fish's Crawler Parts: https://www.fishscrawlerparts.com
Offer a carbon fiber battery tray.

Intheworks RC: https://intheworksrc.com/element
Intheworks RC have several link sets and 3D printed parts.


3D print designs to buy:
Shapeways: https://www.shapeways.com/marketplac...oduct&q=enduro
Shapeways is a 3D print marketplace where vendors offer their Element RC Enduro professionally 3D printed parts.

PushRod3D: https://pushrod3d.com/product/batter...200-3s-enduro/
A 3D printed battery tray 2200 3S.

Luxury RC: https://www.facebook.com/LuxuryRC/ and sales via https://amzn.to/30HNVD6 and https://amzn.to/2AGhb2z.
Luxury RC offers a neat solution for the wiring.

3D print designs to print yourself (free and paid 3D print files):
https://www.thingiverse.com/search?q...35d95c6d33a73f
https://www.thingiverse.com/search?q...35d95c72e43d58
https://www.myminifactory.com/search/?query=element+rc
https://pinshape.com/search/designs?q=element%20rc
https://pinshape.com/search/designs?q=enduro


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The Element Enduro Senduro (why so many names? LOL) Brand new to market it's a very good option and performance is rather good right out of the box.

Features

CMS (Chassis Mounted Servo)
Adjustable front track bar
Universal front drive axles
Stamped steel frame rails
Enclosed receiver box
12mm wheel hexes
Adjustable front and rear bumper mounts
Adjustable width rock sliders
Two battery boxes
Aluminum motor plate
Adjustable body posts
Optimized ball cups for more fluid axle articulation

Adjustable rear shock mount positions
Telescopic driveshafts front and rear
Extruded aluminum driveshaft splines
One-piece rear axle design
Splined front axle with adjustable caster
Machined input pinion gear
Metal ring gear
Machined steel top shaft
Metal idler gears
Heavy duty 5mm diameter steel links
Metal ball bearings included



First mods (Free Mods)

One of my first projects was to improve approach and departure angles for this truck. The bumpers hang down quite a bit, and seem to drag on everything. Especially approach - if you trim off the bottom of the bumper and move it in, drill new mounting holes so it can mount about a quarter inch closer to the frame/body, front and rear. You'll need to trim the body some for the rear to move in, and radius the ends of the front to clear the tire on full lock-full compression.










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When I first saw this rig I thought of a '70's to 80's dodge pickup truck, so I went with that theme for mine.
Knight Customs created a 'Dodge' grill and offered up at Shapeways, so my grill came before the truck did.

I was all excited and went to install it on the new truck and found out the stock lenses don't work with this grill - and especially it needs some lenses. So cut a piece of lexan to fill the entire headlamp and turn lamp area, applied a reflective sticker to the turn indicator (maybe I'll get to a led turn lamp) and gluded it to the grill.




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I think this will be an interesting thread to watch!!! and plan from!!
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Old 07-01-2019, 10:35 AM   #4
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very awesome post, chris! first things im doing to mine is a 14t pinion (checked my bins all i had was a 16) and eventually a hobbywing 1080. maybe some inner fenders too (and a dodge grill!) but that's not really performance oriented.
i really like your bumper mod and i had a similar idea just looking at pics.

BRING ON THE DREMEL MODS! hahaha

oh and there is a section now!
Scale Rigs Brand Specific Tech - Element RC 1/10 Enduro Trail Truck Sendoro at RCCrawler.com
maybe you could post this there too? or mods could be super nice and move this there??
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Here's the official how-to for your new AE Enduro Senduro RC Truck and how to get the most out of it.
Great idea Chris!

Looking forward to seeing some mods and adding some as well!

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Old 07-01-2019, 10:48 AM   #6
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New forum section?? Whoot!!

LOTS more to come!! Just love this new little truck, it's great!

A brief glimpse of 'Browneye Proving Grounds' - my front yard crawling course made up with left over paver stones.



Oh, and here's how much improved approach angle is with the bumper mod. Notice I have also moved the front mounting posts all the way to the bottom mounting hole - as tall as it will go. It sets the front of the body about 3/16" up off the front bumper, but also eliminates the front tire rubbing by about 75%. The rest was trimming the rear of flares a bit.




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Nice thread Chris! That rear bumper mod was one of the first things I did, but I didn't want to trim the body yet to acccomodate it as I didn't know if I'd change to a different bumper. Instead I had the body just flap over the bumper LOL! In the beginning of my video you could see where the flaps got caught on the bumper though after a tumble.
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Nice thread Chris! That rear bumper mod was one of the first things I did, but I didn't want to trim the body yet to acccomodate it as I didn't know if I'd change to a different bumper. Instead I had the body just flap over the bumper LOL! In the beginning of my video you could see where the flaps got caught on the bumper though after a tumble.

Yeah, I don't mind trimming...edward scissor-hands.
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Gearing was discussed a little over on the introductory thread for this rig, but here's the scoop for new owners...
The design is a 'trail truck' and obviously thought to run on 2S power. If you've been in the hobby/sport for any length of time chances are pretty high you run your rigs on 3S lipo. Before I even got my truck I ordered the new REEDY 3000mah lipo compact battery, and especially since I have three Vaterra Ascenders that use the same compact pack. I was also more than pleased that all my deans connectors were right at home with this rig.

The REEDY pack is really nice, it's a hard case, and reasonably priced, surely lightweight, so for me it was a natural with the stock compact battery tray that comes in the new rig. They also package a full-size tray if you want to install it in your rig to run the larger high-capacity packs. AE offers all the way up to 7500mah in a standard size 2S pack.





The problem with 3S in this rig is that it's now just way too fast. Worse, all of the gearing upgrade options are to make the gearing even taller. It comes with a 18T pinion and 87T spur. I think there's a 89T option which I will look into as well. Anyway, the motor mounting plate does have sufficient adjustment slots to allow for a 14T pinion gear. I had a couple on hand, they're the stock pinion for an Ascender and I've mostly changed all mine to even smaller yet. It's a standard 48-pitch (tooth size) pinion and spur gear in the new Enduro.

Potentially a 13T would fit in here, but for sure the 14 sets up nicely and really improves slow-speed crawl. Unfortunately reverse is still really punchy, so you have to remember to really ease into reverse - it will literally flip itself on it's top if you punch reverse in stock format.

IMO this is a must-do if you're going to run 3s packs. If you're a trail runner and want some speed, then the 18T is just grand - it really moves!!
If you want even taller gearing you'll have to source the smaller spur gear as the adjust slot is all the way out for the larger 18T pinion gear.

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The problem with 3S in this rig is that it's now just way too fast.
This is going to be entirely subjective.

Out of the box, the truck has a 47:1 gear ratio at the overdriven front end which is pretty good compared to every truck without portals. A lot of my 1.9 trucks run around a 2200kv motor on 3S with gearing in the 45-50:1 range for crawling, out of the box on 3S would be pretty close to what I like out of my trucks.
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This is going to be entirely subjective.

Out of the box, the truck has a 47:1 gear ratio at the overdriven front end which is pretty good compared to every truck without portals. A lot of my 1.9 trucks run around a 2200kv motor on 3S with gearing in the 45-50:1 range for crawling, out of the box on 3S would be pretty close to what I like out of my trucks.

Yeah, I used to run a lot taller gearing in my rigs as well. So agreed - I should preface this for rock crawling and slow speed control.


A 45T motor runs really slow.
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perfect example:
my co-worker, who's yeti im currently giving a thorough overhaul, heard me talking about this rig and says "how fast is it?"
my answer was "well its a trail truck/rock crawler, not a gofast. so for you, i would say its slow." "so like 10mph?" i said yeah maybe.
he is still interested in the truck but im not sure its for him... unless he gets those optional taller gears on 3S and really stretches her legs...

so yes, its subjective.
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I tucked my bumpers even a bit deeper than the OP..... Still catches once in a while but is like 90% better than the stock. Eventually I may spring for a better bumper but for now this will do.

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ohhh NICE work there! i really want to see how long i can use the original bumpers also.

i have another body i will toss on this rig, but i want to beat on this "doge" for a bit... for research ;) and to buy myself time to put some finishing touches on the other body.

*question: those holes on either side of the fairlead, are those for LED's?

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ohhh NICE work there! i really want to see how long i can use the original bumpers also.

i have another body i will toss on this rig, but i want to beat on this "doge" for a bit... for research ;) and to buy myself time to put some finishing touches on the other body.

*question: those holes on either side of the fairlead, are those for LED's?



Thanks! And I think they "were" for LED's but I ground through them....
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If you're scissor happy.....
Flip the bumper chassis brace over on the rear and chop some bodywork away... Loadsa clearance now...


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Here is quick little mod I had to do to the large battery tray. I dremeled out a notch for the battery wires so the battery would lay flat in the tray.






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Here is a good one.
One of the 3 included servo horns is extra beefy! I just swapped it out and am about to go drive it, I can't see this one stripping... for a while.
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