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2JSC 05-05-2016 04:05 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Excellent cage design, gives me lots of ideas. Great work. Love the hip bars and the rear spreaders.

Szczerba 05-05-2016 09:49 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ZoSo (Post 5497665)
Great job guys

looks awesome

we need a Willy's GTG!

we have a few more being built in SoCal


Thanks. Still some work to do on this. Ran out of tubing. Stay tuned.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Big Mike (Post 5498562)
This is looking excellent.

I've been away for a while, it's good to see some work still being done on some 1/6th Jeeps..."thumbsup"


Yes sir, right now, it sits at 11.07 lbs.

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2JSC (Post 5498568)
Excellent cage design, gives me lots of ideas. Great work. Love the hip bars and the rear spreaders.



Hip bars? Rear spreaders? Engrish please! [emoji51]

Cage finish welded and hastily grinded on. Sanding and paint on it next.
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HahnsB2 05-07-2016 03:57 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Very nice. Very much like how I'm planning mine. Highly debating gutting my Wraith drivetrain for the build as funds have become tight.

Szczerba 05-08-2016 05:20 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by HahnsB2 (Post 5499656)
Very nice. Very much like how I'm planning mine. Highly debating gutting my Wraith drivetrain for the build as funds have become tight.



Thanks.

Removable and laydown rear tire carrier. Still need to do some stuff to it.
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Mike Flea 05-08-2016 08:18 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
That's neat, Can you show a pic of the hinge?

Szczerba 05-08-2016 08:38 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mike Flea (Post 5500123)
That's neat, Can you show a pic of the hinge?



Sure, that'll be $14.99 to my paypal. [emoji12]

Just a single Carter Fab tab with two on either side on the bumper.
Just two on the top.
Also, this is all just tacked together.
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Mike Flea 05-08-2016 08:46 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Check's in the mail, :lmao:, thanks, simple enough "thumbsup"

Szczerba 05-08-2016 09:41 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mike Flea (Post 5500140)
Check's in the mail, :lmao:, thanks, simple enough "thumbsup"



Took me three tries to bend the main one piece hoop though. [emoji35]

twissted 05-09-2016 10:40 AM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Looking good. I like the tire hagging out on the Jeeps it works like a cushion when they hit something. Wrapping the tire just gives you more weight and something to hang up on. It is pretty though.

Szczerba 05-10-2016 02:27 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by twissted (Post 5500364)
Looking good. I like the tire hagging out on the Jeeps it works like a cushion when they hit something. Wrapping the tire just gives you more weight and something to hang up on. It is pretty though.

Thanks. That is the reason why I made the rear tire carrier removable. If the driver doesn't want the weight, just take it off with 4 screws, problem solved.

Szczerba 06-15-2016 09:55 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Got some parts in that have been backordered.

Zeon 1/8 winch and 3" VP LED bar. 6" bar will be installed on cowl bar later
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twissted 06-18-2016 12:22 AM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
I broke the winch line on mine the first time I tested it. I bought some 100 pound Kevlar line to use. You may want to look into that.

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Szczerba 06-21-2016 08:26 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by twissted (Post 5520898)
I broke the wimch line on mine the first time I tested it. I bought some 100 pound Kevlar line to use. You may want to look into that.

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Noted. It's mostly going to be for looks.

All the hard work done and ready for paint, baking and reassembly.

Cage sitting on top of chassis.

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Szczerba 06-29-2016 11:23 AM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Painted and baking some parts
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Mike Flea 06-29-2016 07:58 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
^ That's a good idea! "thumbsup"

Szczerba 07-02-2016 05:04 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mike Flea (Post 5526973)
^ That's a good idea! "thumbsup"



Probably the 8th or 9th chassis painted/baked using the VHT engine enamel.

Cut and rewelded MIP for the rear
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Pretty much done. Will need some shock tuning.
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viper6171 07-02-2016 06:03 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
nice work Shane .....one of these days I may have to get one of those big jeeps

Szczerba 07-02-2016 06:06 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by viper6171 (Post 5528386)
nice work Shane .....one of these days I may have to get one of those big jeeps

Thanks "thumbsup"

they are good size, as these tires are 5.75" tall

Szczerba 07-03-2016 04:41 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Transmission mount I made with some 3/16 tube and Carter Fab captured tabs.
Really makes me feel better about this trans mounting location

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Nova's Ark 03-11-2019 10:30 AM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
July 3rd, 2016 was the last post to this thread. :shock:

I knew it had been some time, but nearly three years. :shock:


When Shane, Jesse, Gavin and I met to discuss this project many years ago, these large Willys were not that popular. Seemingly, once the project got started, many other companies were doing the same thing. I didn't care for it, especially when I knew the effort going into this Willys was going to be of a higher degree than others. I was not about to display a new vehicle that multiple people had put work into, for it to be glossed over by content saturation by others. That is reason #1 this project has taken so long.


With that out of the way, lets pick up the story. Once Shane had finished the chassis work, I brought the Willys to Jesse of JWalker Design. I do not recall how long it stayed with Jesse, but it was a while since there was not a projected finish date. I do not recall the timing of when I got it back from Jesse. The body work, custom paint and detailing Jesse did look great. So great, that I displayed the Willys on a rack in my office for so long now that it has accumulated these on it:


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The time and desire came this weekend to dust off the cobwebs, and get to work. More to come...

Mike Flea 03-11-2019 06:54 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Go figure. Guess it's about time to continue the build

MrSquiggles 03-11-2019 07:40 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Love the color, and all the top shelf work done on this rig. If this style/ type of crawler has gone out of fashion... I'll be happy to take it off your hands and put it to good use somewhere besides a shelf. [emoji106]

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Nova's Ark 03-13-2019 08:55 AM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mike Flea (Post 5917363)
Go figure. Guess it's about time to continue the build


Agreed.


Quote:

Originally Posted by MrSquiggles (Post 5917400)
Love the color, and all the top shelf work done on this rig. If this style/ type of crawler has gone out of fashion... I'll be happy to take it off your hands and put it to good use somewhere besides a shelf. [emoji106]

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Thank you.



I say it's not for sale, but nearly everything has a price LOL. This would be quite expensive. I've now run two complete 4S 2200mah packs through it. It's a joy to drive. Much more to come.

Nova's Ark 04-01-2019 10:24 AM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Passion. For whatever reason, this build has tested my passion for this hobby. I know that I have it, and this project has brought out aspects of my character that I'd not considered before. As I age growing older, my time seemingly becomes more limited and selective. When building custom rc's they seem like a vacuum for time, creative thought, construction and deconstruction. This rig has proved no different.

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I guess to start with, I had assembled an aluminum transmission for this build using a collection of mismatched manufactures parts. The trans case was an anodized green that was hideous and my son protested it's use. So I rebuilt that trans into a different case. I installed that trans with a Tekin Pro4 motor, and did not like the abrupt torque startup and low speed resolution.
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Out came the transmission and motor for a second motor to try. This time I thought I would try a lower KV, still four pole, 3mm motor shaft so I could gear down further. A Teking ROC412 2300KV;
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One thing to note, removing the transmission and motor is a bit difficult and time consuming with this custom crawler. Thankfully Szczerba built a rear trans brace that mounts to the body. This greatly strengthens the trans mount keeping it secure, but it adds to the difficulty to remove the trans. Also the front axle blocks the trans bolts. So this entire motor swapping, tuning, and initial test run on it's way to consuming its first battery pack took several hours :ror:.


The ROC 412 still had the abrupt torque start and not enough low speed resolution for this build. This had me stumped. I fully expected to enjoy the ROC 412. Since this is a custom build, I am limited on my under hood clearance in regards to motor can length. A Tekin Pro4 HD will not fit under the hood due to the longer can. This custom crawler is extremely heavy to, so a motor with torque is required. Time to try something different.

Nova's Ark 04-01-2019 10:36 AM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
I decided to try a Trinity 17.5 two pole motor for this build. We have been using a lot of Tekin 13.5 motors on 4S lipo in our scalers for years and always enjoy them.
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The transmission is Vanquish Products aluminum case in black. It is filled with Vanquish Products steel gear set, Robinson Racing Products 60T hardened steel spur gear assembly, Billet Works Design aluminum motor plate, MIP steel drive shafts, Geared 60T spur / 9t pinion, 32pitch.

Electronics; Castle Creation One Cell Mamba Max Pro ESC; Castle BEC, Trinity 17.5 motor, running on 6S 3300Mah 60C lipo battery.

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Nova's Ark 04-01-2019 10:42 AM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
So to recap, so far this Willys hasn't completed it's first 4S battery pack, and it's already on it's 3rd motor and now second transmission because the first transmission I assembled somehow ended up with an aluminum idler gear between a steel top and bottom gear. :ror: It didn't last long and I had to remove the trans again and install the new VP complete VP gear set.

Once the trans was set up correctly, the proper motor and gearing was found, next came this :x:
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Nova's Ark 04-01-2019 11:05 AM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
From the first pull of the throttle trigger, this build needed some weight down low and it was going to need strength. I have not found anything that holds up to our custom builds in the stock style. It doesn't matter the brand or quality of that brand. Steel breaks under heavy loads and high performance. I specialize in creating traction. So obviously my builds are going to test for the peak performance. It is my nature to work for the best.

With that said, this build has a heavy cage and giant spare tire out back. To counter act that, Dlux Fab knuckles were installed. I started with full brass but it was not heavy enough. I ended up using drilled brass knuckles filled with tungsten slugs and weight rings added:shock:.
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I also purchased the Dlux Fab FBA wraith/bomber 4340 Steel axle shafts after I had broken the set I made from Kyosho.
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Front axle re-assembled and ready for install;
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A quick tip about ring and pinions; there should not be any in or out movement of the pinion in the axle case. To prevent movement, add steel shims to the pinion between the bearing and drive shaft yoke.
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dav57 04-02-2019 12:34 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
New to Forum and finally have a 2001 Hasbro Jeep on the way to build. Your axles look great! Are the Wraith axles still preferred for these Willys builds over all the axles available these days? Thanks.

Nova's Ark 04-02-2019 01:12 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by dav57 (Post 5924306)
New to Forum and finally have a 2001 Hasbro Jeep on the way to build. Your axles look great! Are the Wraith axles still preferred for these Willys builds over all the axles available these days? Thanks.


I can't speak for others, but these Vanquish Products Currie Rock Jock Axles are working great. Plenty of strength, especially when combined with Dlux Fab steering knuckles and axle shafts. The AR60 width has worked well on the rocks and I am please with the scale look of them. This Willys was built for performance first. Function over form.

Nova's Ark 04-02-2019 01:12 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 

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dav57 04-02-2019 02:24 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Nova's Ark (Post 5924321)
I can't speak for others, but these Vanquish Products Currie Rock Jock Axles are working great. Plenty of strength, especially when combined with Dlux Fab steering knuckles and axle shafts. The AR60 width has worked well on the rocks and I am please with the scale look of them. This Willys was built for performance first. Function over form.

Thank you for response. Have you or anyone tried the alloy SCX10 sets from Ebay or are they not strong enough?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/US-Complete...oAAOSweptcjztx

Nova's Ark 04-02-2019 02:34 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by dav57 (Post 5924334)
Thank you for response. Have you or anyone tried the alloy SCX10 sets from Ebay or are they not strong enough?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/US-Complete...oAAOSweptcjztx




This is a great forum to use the search feature on.



You get what you pay for. Plus you have to ask yourself what you are building, a model, or an rc crawler? Function over form as I have already stated. There's a reason you see all of the top quality parts and builders involved with this project. A budget wasn't a word even considered for building this project. The bigger the RC, the more it costs because the more strength it needs to be durable.



My Big Blue is a perfect example of a design brought to the limit of the materials available. Every outing cost something. Mostly broken axle shafts. And to bring that truck to Dlux Fab standard parts isn't worth the investment to me. So consequently Big Blue is a shelf queen.



So what are you building?

dav57 04-02-2019 03:00 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
A basic crawler with driver. Finally got a Hasbro 2001 from Ebay for decent price...the one with gun and painted dirt on it. Have a TRX4 Sport and Gen8 but Race730 on YouTube got me hooked on the Willys. Loved GI Joes way back when...lol.

CM9000 04-02-2019 03:51 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Punisher 17.5... a beast of a motor I must say. I'm glad you have taken a liking to the trinity motors. They have been my go to for the past 4 years. How is that 17.5 holding up on 4s?

Nova's Ark 04-03-2019 10:57 AM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by CM9000 (Post 5924359)
Punisher 17.5... a beast of a motor I must say. I'm glad you have taken a liking to the trinity motors. They have been my go to for the past 4 years. How is that 17.5 holding up on 4s?


It's on 6S 60C 3300mah :twisted: and it is holding up great! I'm very surprised and pleased. The lack of torque of the 2 pole combined with low gearing and high voltage yield a throttle that feels like a brushed motor at start up.

CM9000 04-03-2019 11:14 AM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Dang! 6s.. Lol. You should tell them you are running one on 6s. I bet thier heads would explode!

Cant wait for a pair of 13.5 punishers to show up at my door.

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Nova's Ark 04-03-2019 11:24 AM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Gavin created this video for Crawler Innovations and it features the newly completed Willys. This custom built rc crawler is the combined creation of many talented builders. Szczerba Built, JWalker Designs, Ayala Metal Works, Vanquish Products, and Crawler Innovation all contributed to this build. The detailed build up and its story are on the RCCrawler Forum:
http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/large...lys-build.html

Gavin drove the Willys, captured the video, and edited this video for Crawler Innovations. In this video, the Willys is using a 6S 60C 3300Mah Lipo battery, combined with a Castle Creations One Cell Mamba Max Pro ESC, Castle Creation BEC, Trinity 17.5 Punisher 2 pole motor, and a Hitec steering servo.

The tires are discontinued RC4WD 2.2 Mickey Thompson Baja Claw Radial version. The tires are super soft, very thin with short lugs and no internal ribbing. The foams are all Deuces Wild Heavy Weight, P/N; CWR-1325 in front, CWR-1326 in rear, with CWR-3315 in each wheel foam added width. The 2.2 bead locks are discontinued Vanquish Products KMC wheels in negro.

Thank you for watching. If you enjoyed it, please subscribe, like, or comment for more.

#crawlerinnovations #ayalametalworks #heavyweightfoams


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BigSki 04-04-2019 09:43 PM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Nice to see this Jerp come back to life. "thumbsup"

Nova's Ark 04-05-2019 11:46 AM

Re: Crawler Innovations, Szczerba Built, & JWalker Designs Willys Build
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by BigSki (Post 5924927)
Nice to see this Jerp come back to life. "thumbsup"


Agreed. Its been nice to have a challenging project in the Willys.

Nova's Ark 04-05-2019 12:09 PM

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