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Old 11-15-2007, 11:19 AM   #1
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Here's my upgraded Wheely King, I've got some experience working with carbon fiber, so I made a few things for my Maverick Crawler. This is my first finished crawler! I've built several at the shop that customers talked me out of before I could complete them. This one hasn't seen the rocks yet, but that should happen soon.

I've lurked around rccrawler.com for a while now, thanks to all who posted all the great info! Most definitely one of the best r/c related websites out there!

New to posting, so I only put up only a few pics. I'll get some better detailed pics and action shots up soon.

Maverick W.K. stats:
Chassis: Maverick Crawler Edition
Trani: Stock W.K. (clocked motor mount)
Motor: KC Racing 60 Turn (Torque Blank)
ESC: Rooster Crawler
Radio: Spektrum, JR R1
Links: Delrin with Traxxas Jato ends
Axles: W.K. w/ Maximizer lockers
Rims & tires: Axial beadlocks (with custom rings), Losi Rock Claws
Wheelbase: 12.45'ish

Swift R/C Racing Products Carbon Fiber parts: (prototypes)
Maverick Crawler Edition Chassis
Clocked Motor Mount
Servo Mount
Rear Link Mount
Upper Link Mounts
Body Post Braces
Battery Plate
Beadlock rings

Planned upgrades: Better body post system, CVD axles, shock internals, RCP C's, and more carbon parts!
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Old 11-15-2007, 11:22 AM   #2
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That looks really nice.that chassi and the carbon fibre details look awesome.
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Old 11-15-2007, 11:23 AM   #3
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Very Nice, I like those bead locks.
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Old 11-15-2007, 01:54 PM   #4
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carbon+rocks=interesting very very nice looking rig
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Old 11-15-2007, 01:59 PM   #5
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I don't see what everyones problem is with carbon fiber. Its a very good thing. Super light and really strong. If its braced properly it should work perfectly fine.
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Old 11-15-2007, 03:37 PM   #6
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Nice work man
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Old 11-15-2007, 04:22 PM   #7
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very nice want to make me a set of those rings?
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Savage: Thanks!

WKRyan: Thanks, they have worked out well so far. A friend of mine has been "testing" them for me (meaning, beating the crap out of them) and they have held up great!

Xgerstandtx: Yes, it will be interesting to see how rocks vs carbon plays out ... But, they make carbon shock towers for most 1/10 and 1/8 off road buggies and trucks, and the buggy versions are just out hanging in the wind to get scraped up in a flip. And, our oval cars hit the wall at over 40mph and usually come out fine ... So, I figured what the heck, let's give it all good run on a crawler!

2JSC: My thoughts exactly!

Tsuan987: Thank you!

Juststartin: I'm just starting also, but I am kicking around the idea of doing some for sale ... Do you run 2.2, axial rims? Do you have a design you would like done? I'll add a pic later today of the design I made for a friend who's been testing the idea for me.
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Old 11-15-2007, 06:18 PM   #9
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That's clean

I like CF also, the only downside is when it splinters from draggin' on the rocks...just tough on the hands when you handle the truck is all. And those splinters can be a bear to get out too
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Offroader5: Yep, those carbon splinters are rough! I usually CA glue the edges of the chassis and carbon parts, this really helps with delaminating. I figure I can always make a delrin skipd plate to take the abuse, if the rocks start winning the battle.
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Old 11-15-2007, 06:54 PM   #11
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dude those beadlock rings are kick ass will they work for all axial bead locks...i have the black rock stars i think and how much
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Uhhhh, he says in his first post that the 'locks are Axials, and since all the Axial 2.2 rings are the same...I am going to say yeah.

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Old 11-15-2007, 08:50 PM   #13
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yea i have axial black chrome rings. i would be happy with just any kind of simple design. ill send you a pm. those would look sweet on my new stealth sw3. thanks alot
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Old 11-15-2007, 10:35 PM   #14
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CJW: Thanks! Yes, they are for the Axial 2.2 rims. I need to do a little more testing, and figure out pricing. I'll keep ya posted!

LST: Thank you!

Offroader: I've always wanted to ask ... Is that your real dog pictured? Man, that pup is scary!

Juststartin: Check out the pic below. it's a different design. I have a few others I've done. I'll check my pm's next.
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looks good man keep it up
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Old 11-16-2007, 10:44 AM   #16
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Carbon Fiber looks great! Is there anything you can do to coat the carbon fiber to keep it from splintering or would the weight of coating it defeat the purpose?

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That Servo/ battery mount is also very nice! I just got the plans to make that mount and was going to do it out of aluminum but that Carbon Fiber one of yours sure is pretty!
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Baja: Thanks!

Samel: There's not really anything to coat the whole panel, but using thin CA glue on the edges really helps keep the carbon together. CA is also used to repair the carbon if it does delaminate or splinter.

WKRyan: Thanks! I used aluminum servo mounts from an offroad car, flipped upside down as a backing for the servo, and then bolted the battery plate to them. Worked out good so far, I just didn't have the guts to put a LiPo up there yet! I'm thinking of trying a 7 cell 2/3 A pack there next. I'll also add some grooves in the battery plate so the zipties will have somewhere to grap onto.

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Nah, no dogs here. Just a pic I found online, then desaturated it, played with the contrast, and added some highlight to give it that look.

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So how much does it weigh, compared to an aluminum chassis of similar design? Or even plastic for that matter. Just curious, oh and nice job
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