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Old 07-07-2018, 07:26 AM   #1
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So this truck showed up July 5th (finally).
I wish I would have taken a picture of the poor factory steering geometry but the front steering servo was so far forward that when the tires were turned left full lock and you tried to turn right the servo was doing more pushing against the axle than turning the wheels. Keep in mind this is only under load, it seemed okay when just sitting. Anyways I tore the truck to pieces within an hour as most would expected me... and designed a new battery tray with an integrated servo mount that moves it up and back slightly.
Ever since I installed the piece everything seems to be working as it should. The factory radio also seems to be jerky so Iíve replaced it with one of the original Axail radios that came on the old RTRs. Itís a huge improvement over stock. I donít have any more pictures with me at the moment but you can check out the unboxing if you wish here:
https://youtu.be/yaPa3ahi55o

The modification video here:
https://youtu.be/5I4d1VbMTAI

And a running video should be up shortly. Thanks for looking!


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Old 07-07-2018, 02:51 PM   #2
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Just got one Thursday & it's still in the box. Neat to see what you are going to do with it.
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Old 07-07-2018, 06:13 PM   #3
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That truck looks seriously good. Love to hear some thoughts on performance.
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Old 07-08-2018, 06:00 PM   #4
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Just got one Thursday & it's still in the box. Neat to see what you are going to do with it.


Thanks, so far other than the steering it seems to be decently put together.


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Old 07-08-2018, 06:02 PM   #5
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That truck looks seriously good. Love to hear some thoughts on performance.


Thanks, Iím hoping to cover that in a video soon but Iíll make sure to cover it in a short write up here.

For anyone wondering here is the running video:
https://youtu.be/-2kc_RxZcFg


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Old 07-14-2018, 05:25 PM   #6
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How is it holding up? Mine is still in the box. Ugggg
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Old 07-14-2018, 06:09 PM   #7
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How is it holding up? Mine is still in the box. Ugggg


Havenít had any major issues yet. After fixing the steering geometry and greasing the axles and transmission everything has been fine. Iíve also changed the stock radio for one of the old Axail ones that used to come on the RTRís before they switched to tactic. Hereís my more in depth video review:
https://youtu.be/ktyS_pjo2-M

I plan on machining a bull bar like this one for my truck as well.


Hopefully itíll look as cool as I plan. Iíll be incorporating a D ring mount into it as well so that Iíll have a dedicated recovery point.
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Old 07-22-2018, 09:45 AM   #8
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Hey guys thinking about one of these, or another smaller scale trail truck. I have a a small course in my backyard that the SCX10 is just to big for. I live in a rural town in Canada and I'm a 3 hour round trip from the LHS. Can someone please do me a favour and post a size comparison photo beside an SCX10, I'd greatly appreciate it. I want to see if this truck would suit my track, before I make the trip to the LHS.

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Old 07-22-2018, 12:09 PM   #9
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In another related thread it was said to be the same size as the Thunder Tiger mid sized crawler from a few years ago.
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Old 07-22-2018, 02:22 PM   #10
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I read that, but Thunder Tiger is not really readily available in Canada. Actually that was the first time I heard Thunder Tiger even made a scale crawler.

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Old 07-22-2018, 03:24 PM   #11
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I read that, but Thunder Tiger is not really readily available in Canada. Actually that was the first time I heard Thunder Tiger even made a scale crawler.

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Not sure if your local hobby shop has them in stock or not. When I was at mine this week I didnít see any. I got my from RPP. If you watch my unboxing video you can see it compared to my TF2 and TRX4. Also the thunder tiger 4x4 hilux is the same platform as this Truck basically. To the left: Scx10 dingo
Center: Team Associated CR12
To the right SCX10 Honcho

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Old 07-23-2018, 10:19 AM   #12
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That picture answers my question perfectly, thank you. This truck will fit my course a lot better then my SCX10, now just to make the decision between this and the Barrage.
My LHS has 3 in stock according to the website, 2 blue, and 1 black and I like both colors so that doesn't really matter to me. Of course I'll have to call before making 3 hour trip. I want to pick up a boat as well.

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Old 07-23-2018, 11:54 AM   #13
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i LOVE those tiny tires!!!
i wonder how this would do against a barrage... hmmm...

bull bar looks like its coming along! you going to use links for the bars? seems like a natural choice.
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That picture answers my question perfectly, thank you. This truck will fit my course a lot better then my SCX10, now just to make the decision between this and the Barrage.
My LHS has 3 in stock according to the website, 2 blue, and 1 black and I like both colors so that doesn't really matter to me. Of course I'll have to call before making 3 hour trip. I want to pick up a boat as well.

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Glad I could help! If you pick one up and are interested in any of the CNC parts I cut shoot me an email at extremerc4x4@gmail.com


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Old 07-23-2018, 10:44 PM   #15
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i LOVE those tiny tires!!!
i wonder how this would do against a barrage... hmmm...

bull bar looks like its coming along! you going to use links for the bars? seems like a natural choice.


Me too! I love tall and skinny tires. The biggest hang up on this truck is that the differentials get hung up easily but it makes for a fun challenge. Iím going to get back to work on the bull bar soon as I had to stop so I could build my new TRX4 kit. I picked up some 1/4Ē aluminum rod at Loweís that Iíll be drilling and tapping rather than trying to braze this together. All I really have left to do on it is cut two new main supports and then cut, drill, and tap the aluminum rod as needed. Hopefully it will look as cool as I planned it to.


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Old 08-02-2018, 11:23 PM   #16
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Hi everyone! Got some work done on this little guy in the last couple of days. Hereís the finished bull bar:

The sides are 1/8Ē and the cross braces are 1/4Ē rod that is drilled and tapped for M3x8mm hardware. For those who are interested here is a video from my channel covering it in more detail:
https://youtu.be/fqmIZqcFeTI

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That's nicely done!

You could even use square bar stock for the middle crossbar and drill it for lights...

Cool extra touch with the tow rings mounted down low!
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Old 08-03-2018, 08:15 AM   #18
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That push bar looks fantastic!
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Old 08-03-2018, 02:01 PM   #19
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Agree with above, nice work!!!
Looks extremely stout, would easily take any abuse that little guy could dish out.
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Old 08-03-2018, 09:24 PM   #20
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That's nicely done!

You could even use square bar stock for the middle crossbar and drill it for lights...

Cool extra touch with the tow rings mounted down low!


Thank you! I was thinking about center drilling the lower rod but I donít have any extra lights at the moment. I thought I would throw the tow rings on for a simple, but useful touch. The bull bar is practically part of the frame so I have now worries about it!


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That push bar looks fantastic!

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Agree with above, nice work!!!
Looks extremely stout, would easily take any abuse that little guy could dish out.

Thank you! It easily supports the entire truck so I would probably take a hard hit to break it. Iím sure the 1/4Ē rod definitely helps strengthen the mounting plates.


The next item Iím hoping to improve is the side steps/rock sliders. They just donít fit the truck well. The factory bumpers look correct on the truck but it would have been much better if they would have completed the package with some new side steps. At the moment Iím not sure if I want to use the factory plastic mounts or start completely from scratch and build the steps that directly mount to the frame without an adjustment.


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