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Old 05-05-2018, 05:11 PM   #1
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Alright, alright, first the pictures, because that's all you guys really want to see... All pictures show situations that the Venture was driven into and out of, even though the last one might be sort of hard to believe.









Onto my brief review, after 3 battery (2S, 4000mah) packs:

AWESOME!

Changes I've made:

1. Unglued (by boiling) the tires, painted the wheels, then re-glued the tires.

2. Made inner fender wells out of tupperware, and painted them black.

3. Painted the D-rings red.

Pros:

1. Performance is awesome out of the box! I know everybody hates the stock steering servo, and yes, it is quite weak. But in my opinion, it does not need to be changed right away, or even anytime soon. The stock tires look sort of goofy, but they perform too well for me to be willing to get rid of. The stock foams feel pretty nice too. Not Crawler Innovations nice, but also not Axial crummy.

2. Looks. This body is hot! In fact, the body is the primary reason that I bought this truck, and it lives up to the hype. The stock suspension settings make for realistic body roll and reactions to trail features, and combined with the rad body, this truck really looks good when trailing.

3. Speed. The stock electronics' top speed is slightly faster than my natural gait with the stock gearing, making for a sweet hiking rig. The drag brake is effective (mine is set to 100%) on all but the steepest of descents, and makes for realistic looking crawl descents.

Cons:

1. None that I've seen yet. Once again, the stock servo is weak, and I know no one likes the stock plastic suspension links. But trailing performance is rad, even with both of these items as they are. Eventually I'll change both, but I'll be focusing more of my attention on adding scale details, unless something fails.

Summary: Anyone looking for a rad scale trail rig, that is truly "ready to run" out of the box should scoop the Venture up. In my experience, Axial rigs tend to need upgrades right away for them to look realistic, and perform realistically. Not so with the Venture. It's almost annoying how little this thing needs to provide satisfying, scale performance. I want to throw money at it, but it already looks so good, that I can't really justify it (yet).

I ran into this snake on my way back down the mountain, and if anyone can tell me what it is, that'd be cool. Being that this was in Southern California, I suspect that it's a gopher snake, but I've never seen a gold gopher snake before.


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Old 05-06-2018, 03:18 PM   #2
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Regarding your cons,there are simple things to do.Get a better a servo and make your own metal/aluminum/brass links
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Old 05-06-2018, 05:54 PM   #3
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Thanks.

For now, I'm happy with the stock servo, even though it's noticeably weak.

I would eventually like to make some links though. Did you have to cut threads into the brass, or do you pass all-thread through a hollow brass sleeve?

I like the creativity of homemade upgrades.
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Old 05-07-2018, 12:23 PM   #4
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I drilled holes to the brtass bar and then cut the threads
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Old 05-07-2018, 02:39 PM   #5
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Be careful with assuming the stock servo is ok.

It's biggest downfall is the fact that it's got plastic gears. One big tumble and those gears will break/strip. (I'm ignoring the fact it also has a servo saver on it and that should go in the garbage asap..)

Now, I've heard that HPI is changing the build spec so the servo will be metal geared. I don't know if that's happened yet, when it might happen, or if it's even true..

For now, if I was you, I'd have a replacement servo handy so you don't get stuck out on the trail.


I absolutely love my Venture, I hardly ever run my 10.2 anymore..


(I've got extra stainless steel lower links made, pm me if you want a set)
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Old 05-07-2018, 04:14 PM   #6
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Killer man, I'll PM you about those links later tonight. Thanks for offering to sell them.
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Old 06-26-2018, 05:14 PM   #7
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All I've done to my venture is add a kayak to its roof and a new servo. One of the best ready to runs around. The straight drivetrain is one of the best features in my opinion. Very easy on the bearings etc
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Old 10-11-2018, 10:05 PM   #8
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Finally, a decent update. I took the Venture for a fun crawl. The track I took it up, was a mix of loose, deep silt, dry hardpack, and big rocks on a steep hill. The Goodyear Wrangler MT/Rs were perfect for such a mix of technical terrain.



I added some lead weights to the chassis. 140g to be exact, some of which has been hidden in the front bumper. With the extra weight, (plus aluminum wheels, interior, scale items and a heavy 3S battery) the stock steering servo really started to struggle to keep up. I finally swapped it with a Traxxas 2075 that I had in a Tamiya M05.



I shaved off the body pin nubs, and sank the all-thread for the Pro-Line body caps into the body mounts. The body is super secure, and doesn't waggle up and down at all.



This is the Pro-Line interior for a Jeep Cherokee body, along with my driver: Lazarus, who my daughter made at VBS.



This is a super rocky, steep section of the track. These rocks are covered in dry dust, just to make the climb extra fun..My scale hi-lift jack has had the foot broken off in this picture, from rolling over onto it.



This shows a different angle of the above photo, which makes this section look not quite as challenging as it really was. This section (and a few others) were risky because they were steep, littered with big rocks, and required momentum to get up. I had to treat the Venture more like a U4 truck than a crawler on these sections, but it made it.





Finally to the top. Those RC4WD Goodyears are almost the same size as the stock tires. I'm running the Vanquish 225 hubs to get them as tucked as I can. I slightly trimmed the rear side of the front fenders so that there wouldn't be any rubbing.

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Old 11-19-2018, 10:16 PM   #9
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A while ago, I said that I bought the Venture to crawl, and if I wanted a rock bouncer, I would have built a rock bouncer. Well last week I was jonesing for a new project, and had this idea...



Which came to this...





Those are some crummy, non-action pictures, I know. Hopefully I'll get her out for a crawl soon, and actually take some pictures.

I ran her at the beach today, and my son took turns driving too. It's a blast to watch the suspension hit bumpy sand at speed, and then slow the wheels down to dig yourself out of a hole when necessary.
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Old 11-20-2018, 09:33 PM   #10
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Took her out for a brief crawl with my son, and snapped a few pictures.

This thing makes for a pretty awesome U4 truck, with a 3S pushing the stock electronics.

And yes, in case you were unsure, that is an Axial Yeti cage.



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Old 11-25-2018, 10:18 PM   #11
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I decided to move the cage aft a bit, to not only look better, but to prevent the front tires from rubbing at full articulation + full steer.

Now the lowest, forward portion of the cage sits slightly aft of the leading edge to the sliders. Sweet!

I also added (after some severe chopping) the Jeep Cherokee interior, so now I have a 5 seat, 1.9 wheeled, solid axle Yeti.

I have the front bumper off in the photo above, which looks a lot nicer. However, I definitely want a front bumper, but one that doesn't look like a mustache. The stock Venture bumper is just too wide in my opinion. Anyone know of any narrow bumper options that fit the Venture?

As it currently sits, I have to use a 2.5mm hex driver to remove 2 screws, in order to change the battery. The front of the cage then pivots upward, and remains attached at the rear to allow access, just like on the Yeti. I eventually want to change that so that no tools are needed, but I haven't come up with a way to do it yet. In time...
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