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Old 02-15-2020, 10:24 AM   #1
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Thanks for the add guys

I recently bought an rc Dragon Willys jeep! I have an unbuilt one I was waiting to convert but this came up at a reasonable price. Itís been converted well but the front axle is causing me issues.

The axles are ARB plastic and the rear was extended using hex axle wideners which fit perfectly with the stock wheels and tyres.
The front was built using two axles to make it wider. Now, this is where the issues lay.

The front axle was bonded together and was showing signs of splitting. I have managed the sleeve the axle and re fit it but I am not 100% happy.

What axle can I replace it with the get the stock look? I read the AR60 is perfect but a bit wider.

I have 240mm pin to pin end measurements.

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Old 02-15-2020, 10:30 AM   #2
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The day I picked it up



New figure and tidy up done. Removed flaking decals and dusted/cleaned.




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Axle issue...



Fix to axle - works but not happy.




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Looking forward to see how this turns out. Are you building it stock?
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Thanks Mike

This one is built and running already, my second will be a copy of my real jeep - a 1951 M38.

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I had the D60's on my CJ6 orginally. I combined the front and rear housings to make a wider front by gluing them together. The glue seam was made at the point where the clamps were placed, to maintain some strength in the plastic. I used the 12mm extenders on the rear.

I have since converted them to the metal D44's and put the D60's aside, for now. Check out post #26 here...

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Check out post #22 in the original thread...here.

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Old 02-15-2020, 12:58 PM   #7
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Excellent, sleeved inside is a better idea. Nice to see someone else used the same as the guy I got it from

I will check out the D44.
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Thanks Mike

This one is built and running already, my second will be a copy of my real jeep - a 1951 M38.

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I also have one waiting in the wings, to be built as a CJ-3B. This one will be a steel frame though. Is your 51 a M38A1 or a straight M38?
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I also have one waiting in the wings, to be built as a CJ-3B. This one will be a steel frame though. Is your 51 a M38A1 or a straight M38?
Straight M38 - the change over to A1 was late 1952
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I ran the jeep again today, seems to be running pretty damn well. It’s no crawler as such, I have the stock wheels and tyres on it which will be useless.

Looking into a cheap 21st century or Soldier of the world jeep to make a proper crawler out of.

Does anyone know if you can get axle shaft cups with a longer cut out slot for the shaft to fit into?
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I don't think I've ever seen deeper cups, but Tamiya makes longer axles...PN 50808(SP80. With some spacers or wider hex's, it would give you some extra width outside the hubs. Traxxas makes some 8mm hex's.

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It’s got perfect width but I will bare that in mind for my next one

Not sure if all the cups are the same depth?
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Itís got perfect width but I will bare that in mind for my next one

Not sure if all the cups are the same depth?
The Highlight axles are a little shorter but are hardened. Too long interferes with steering angles and weakens the area.

May I ask what it is that you are trying to do?
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I noticed on full lock that one side the shaft end is very close to popping out of the cup slot!
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You could shim the inner and outer axles a little. You could also add some kind of a stop on the steering knuckles that would keep it from going beyond that point. Evening up the toe-in or out may also reduce the side that is close to popping out.
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I just got FMS' new 1/6 ROCHOBBY 1941 MB Scaler yesterday so don't have a clue yet on parts availability but the tires that came with this are nice. Overall happy with the detailing & build quality.

Initial impressions are quite good except for the suspension which is far too soft. Haven't had chance to take it out but need to switch out the shock springs for something far more stiffer. As is, it can even carry one figure without lurching around like a drunken sailor on liberty & that was just running it around a few minuets in the living room.

https://www.fmsmodel.com/product/roc...april-21/1182/
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Why not use wheely king axles? Supposed to be the go to axle on these
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Why not use wheely king axles? Supposed to be the go to axle on these
I've heard that too, and they're supposed to be quite stout for these large rigs. They can be tricky with a leaf sprung suspension though. I wanted a much more scale look for mine and the D44's can't be beat for scaleness.
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The day I picked it up



New figure and tidy up done. Removed flaking decals and dusted/cleaned.




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I want to find one of these. They are very cool.
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I want to find one of these. They are very cool.
amazon has them from $25 to over $500, action ,military ,movies.

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B083DT74J6/...v_ov_lig_dp_it
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