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Old 11-19-2013, 05:58 PM   #1
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Been trying to get my hands on a prebuilt large scale for some time and someone pointed out that the Wraith I was willing to trade for it had everything I needed but the skills to put it together.

Well I decided to go ahead and give it a go so here's what I have to work with now I just need skills. More than likely this build will be a longy so bear with me on it. My first order of business is to figure how to take indoor photos better.

Tomorrow hopefully I will have a unboxing video of the base for this build if I can figure out how to do videos in a timely fashion

Here's what I have so far:

Some Wraith kit axles, a .75:1 RC4WD Disruptor, a Supershafty, and some MIPs:


A Tekin 17.5, a MMPro, 7955TG, Spektrum 3C, and a modified CC Bec to isolate the servo power:



Also have a set of Gearhead 2.2s that will need to be painted (possibly) and RC4WDs Swampers along with a set of Gmade shocks:


I have plenty of scotch tape and nails so this should go together easily.
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:10 PM   #2
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Cool, maybe we can wheel together when your finished!
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:01 PM   #3
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Cool, maybe we can wheel together when your finished!
Sounds good to me
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:05 PM   #4
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Sounds good to me
What is River City Crawlers?
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What is River City Crawlers?
An old club I was with now defunct :(
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:16 PM   #6
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Short unboxing video I kinda promised

Hasbro Willys unboxing - YouTube

I don't know how or if I can embed video in the post so theres a link to my youtube.

Here's a pic after unboxing, can't wait to get started

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Old 11-20-2013, 01:05 PM   #7
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That box kicked your ass.

Done yet?
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Old 11-20-2013, 01:24 PM   #8
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Getting there...this frame seems kinda flimsy I may have to rethink this whole thing and get serious with it, haven't decided yet. May have to go to a custom frame..anyway I did get the hood cut off now it's time for some Pizza Hut

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Old 11-20-2013, 04:45 PM   #9
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Some people fill the inside of the plastic chassis with metal to stiffen things up.
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Old 11-20-2013, 04:48 PM   #10
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DUUUUDE ! Don't paint those 2.2 Gearheads!!! They are beautiful wheels ! Hell, I'm looking for a set of those for a SB build that's up next... I'll trade you something for them instead of seeing you paint those beauts !!!
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Old 11-20-2013, 05:15 PM   #11
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DUUUUDE ! Don't paint those 2.2 Gearheads!!! They are beautiful wheels ! Hell, I'm looking for a set of those for a SB build that's up next... I'll trade you something for them instead of seeing you paint those beauts !!!
I was actually just checking the width of the Wraith axles and thought hm these wheels don't look too bad so I guess I'll leave em be

The width turned out acceptable but the ride height will be a bit lower than the normal 'canned corn' standard.




Is SB Short Bus? That would be cool.

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Old 11-21-2013, 05:54 PM   #12
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nice man. another one!

move that front axle out. at least to the end of the grill. then you will have a longer wheel base and it doesnt look bad. i did that on mine. if you keep the stock wheel base it will like to get tippy on uphills.
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:31 PM   #13
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nice man. another one!

move that front axle out. at least to the end of the grill. then you will have a longer wheel base and it doesnt look bad. i did that on mine. if you keep the stock wheel base it will like to get tippy on uphills.
Right on. I was seeing what it would look like with a scaled down 80" wb but like you said it probably won't perform well, thanks!
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:41 PM   #14
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I decided to try out the stock frame before ditching it without even giving it a go so I started with tackling the transfer case. The plastic is pretty stout and gave my dremel a workout plus once bolted to the body is not as flimsy as by itself, the sum of all parts rule applys to this frame. I will however have to do something creative to the front rails they will not work as is and will also need to raise or make a new front bumper.

On to the pics:

Started by removing all the stock 'axle parts'



Then dremeled the areas smooth:




What was left after shaving all the junk off:



Shaved to accept the Disruptor:



Used some spacers and bolts (don't forget the thread lock):



Installed in place:


Frame mocked back into the body, perfect fit



Next I'll try to get the transmission in place, thanks for watching.
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Old 11-21-2013, 08:25 PM   #15
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I was actually just checking the width of the Wraith axles and thought hm these wheels don't look too bad so I guess I'll leave em be

The width turned out acceptable but the ride height will be a bit lower than the normal 'canned corn' standard.




Is SB Short Bus? That would be cool.

Man - that looks badass with that wheel/tire combo !!!

SB = Southern Buggy
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Old 11-22-2013, 09:22 AM   #16
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Man - that looks badass with that wheel/tire combo !!!

SB = Southern Buggy
I like it too, thanks!

I started on the hood mod and it took some figuring but after reading around it's already been covered so I'll let the pictures do the talking:

Dremeled out some hinge reliefs:




Decided to go with an A-B Epoxy rather than drilling holes in the hood, I tested some of this stuff and it bonds like mad I don't know about long term but we will see:



Taped it in position best I could before removing:



Sanded the area down and glued em in place, you get about 5 minutes to work with this stuff. I actually dropped the whole deal on the floor with my fumblefingers and it held together right after what I thought would still be "wet time". It didn't budge:




I will sand this down after the recommended 24 hour cure time but for now me likey:



Open:




More soon!

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Old 11-22-2013, 09:41 AM   #17
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Started some of the fun stuff which ended up being a chore.

The trans has 6mm outputs and an extended one to clear the spur gear which I had two choices, cut off the output or clearance the grill...I opted to clearance the grill because I had to anyway for the spur gear slipper adjuster. Oh well on the bright side the MIP AX10 length driveshaft was a perfect fit.

Another step complete

Clearanced grill:



Bolted in with zero tolerance on the MIP:



Motor and transmission shoehorned in:



More to come!
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:02 AM   #18
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Doing a great job!
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Old 11-24-2013, 12:29 PM   #19
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Doing a great job!
Thanks. Slow I know but it's fun.

Decided to get the front end ready for axle placement so I cut off the frame thingy:



Smoothed it out:


Added a set screw to the radiator to keep it in place (it just sits there in a pocket) and elongated the slots the bumper slides into to raise it about a quarter inch:



Screwd it together with the leftover hinges from the pack for the hood, hey they were leftover! Anyway a little touchup paint and they will look fine plus its solid as steel. This whole mod leaves lots of room for the front axle:



More soon.
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Old 11-24-2013, 12:47 PM   #20
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Be carefull if the front bumper sticks out too far past the front tires it will kill your approach angle.
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