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Old 10-04-2019, 09:46 PM   #21
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Took a hike today in Carlsbad, CA. I went to the MTB trails at La Costa where I used to ride my downhill bike.



It was a steeper and longer hike than the hike which toasted the stock motor. My Venture is heavy and the Traxxas 21t 550 motor stayed cool enough to touch the entire time. That time by the way was a 2.5 hour hike on an 80 degree, sunny day. My 3S, 5000mah battery easily lasted for the entire run.



I only rolled it over twice, during some mis-applications of the phrase "when in doubt, throttle out." Other than that the Venture did great.



When descending something steep, once the 80% drag brake kicked in the rear wheels would come up in the air a bit. But my heavy battery and weight on the rear axle would always calmly push the wheels back onto the ground.



The still forward weight bias came in handy a time or two.



The only problem I have now is a leaky front, passenger side shock. When I initially installed them the shock body couldn't move around at all, so I think the shock shaft moved around inside of the shock body. The seals on that shock are probably burnt now.

Dirt Grabbers tires are rad. I can't say they're better or worse than my RC4WD Goodyears in this terrain, but the Dirt Grabbers did well today.
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Old 10-05-2019, 04:50 AM   #22
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Truck looks good and so does the weather. Lots of rain here so not out for a while. Glad the servo saver delete worked as well.
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Old 10-05-2019, 06:45 PM   #23
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Thanks. The servo saver delete saved my desire to drive this thing.

It sucks trying to drive a vehicle you can't control, especially when 1/4 of an inch is the difference between getting hung up or not.

And the weather, yeah, that's San Diego's strong point. The weak point? Home prices...
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Old 10-09-2019, 07:31 PM   #24
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I'm hoping to answer a question before it gets asked, and show you guys how I attached the Yeti cage to the Venture. There's 10,000 ways to do this, and the RCC crowd can probably figure all of them out on their own, but for those who want to know, read along.

For those unfamiliar with the Axial Yeti cage, it is designed to attach at the rear of the vehicle, while the front of the cage swings upward to allow battery access and maintenance. That's how I have it set-up on my Venture. Here are a few photos showing how I attached the rear end of the cage.

This shows the two hooks that swing closed to hold onto some structural member of the chassis. The cylindrical section pushes through a hole in the cage and is held in place by a body pin. Photo of that later.



These 2 pictures shows the pieces I added to the Venture rear shock towers for those hooks to hold on to. I used 3 rod ends and 2 screws per side. They attach to the rear most hole on the shock tower and also bolt through the upper shock eyes.





This picture shows the driver's side hook closed, holding onto the piece that I added to the Venture.



Onto the front! This photo shows the stock Venture front body posts flipped upside down. I drilled a small hole into the shaft and threaded a ball-end stud into the hole. Those ball-end studs are a Vaterra part I got off of one of my old Twin Hammers. Those studs go through the body and get a body pin holding the body down.





As stated above, there are many ways to put a Yeti cage onto a vehicle. This is how I did it on my Venture and hopefully it's helpful for someone to see.

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Old 10-10-2019, 03:38 AM   #25
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Nice work. The Yeti cage looks ike it was made to fit there.
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Old 10-10-2019, 12:40 PM   #26
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Thanks Mitch. I suspect that the Yeti cage was initially designed to fit the SCX chassis, and the way that it installs sort of confirms that along with it looking great on 1.9 wheels.

But someone at Axial probably decided to chase the 2010 era Traxxas models, and that a go-fast basher was what they wanted to sell. Hence, the Yeti was born. That's what I suspect.

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