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Old 04-19-2019, 01:02 PM   #21
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I'm really liking the new wheels! The truck overall is looking mighty fine as well. Can I make a suggestion to leave the snorkel off... I really feel the snorkel takes away from the trail rig vibe.. JMO and do as you wish ... just sayin...
Suggestions are always welcome and that's a point well taken. Thank you! I've had the snorkel for a while now and for whatever reason(s) I just haven't wanted to install it... not sure why. Maybe it's something about the aesthetics that I'm afraid will be compromised. Maybe it's b/c I know that I can't undo it once it's done. Also my buddy had a Safari snorkel on his TRX4 and the top intake piece kept coming off no matter what he did to secure it. So yeah... maybe a combination of things have me hesitant to install it. At least for now... I prob will go ahead and leave it off. Plus I love the badges that I'm going to put on and the snorkel would definitely hide the ones going on the drivers side just a bit.
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Old 04-29-2019, 09:53 AM   #22
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Suggestions are always welcome and that's a point well taken. Thank you! I've had the snorkel for a while now and for whatever reason(s) I just haven't wanted to install it... not sure why. Maybe it's something about the aesthetics that I'm afraid will be compromised. Maybe it's b/c I know that I can't undo it once it's done. Also my buddy had a Safari snorkel on his TRX4 and the top intake piece kept coming off no matter what he did to secure it. So yeah... maybe a combination of things have me hesitant to install it. At least for now... I prob will go ahead and leave it off. Plus I love the badges that I'm going to put on and the snorkel would definitely hide the ones going on the drivers side just a bit.
Sir...... That is your inner scale telling you the snorkel is not needed nor wanted.... LOL
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Old 04-30-2019, 12:11 AM   #23
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Sir...... That is your inner scale telling you the snorkel is not needed nor wanted.... LOL
Ha! Maybe that's indeed correct lol. I just installed the badges yesterday and I love 'em. The look of the truck now, only reinforces that it was a good decision to hold off installing the snorkel. After pondering why I got it in the first place, I think that I was just wanting to set this truck apart from the full size Marlin Crawler... so I subsequently wound up buying some stuff that the 1:1 didn't have.
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Old 04-30-2019, 06:24 AM   #24
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Hey Drifter, your de-marlinized Marlin is looking great! Nice looking wheels. Looking forward to seeing pics of the badges.
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Old 04-30-2019, 11:58 AM   #25
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Thanks Brian. They were a PITA to do... had to paint em black then sand down for the raised metal to show. Then had to apply the adhesive and make sure to get everything lined up, centered, level, etc before pressing in place. The older I get the harder these tiny detailed tasks are becoming lol.
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Old 05-14-2019, 02:58 AM   #26
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Time for an update!

So the rear taillights have really been bugging me... more specifically the phillips-head screws. I think they're an eye-sore... so much so that I had to take action. After a lot of head-scratching I decided that I either needed to a) not use any hardware at all and just glue the lenses in or b) use more scale/ real looking hardware. Problem with gluing was that I wouldn't be able to remove the lenses and there would be two visible holes in each lens. So I went ahead and used some small wheel zinc screws ( 2x6mm iirc). It's not ideal but imo it's a lot better looking than the silver phillips-head screws. I'm happy with the way it looks for now despite that it's not truly scale.

At the same time I wanted to hide the holes that you can see behind the lenses. These are the holes that would be used if adding full lighting. Since I've already got the red lights in the bottom holes and didn't feel the need to wire in any additional orange or clear lights for the time being, I opted to use some orange and clear faux plastic gemstones from the walmart craft dept. These have a chrome backing so they shimmer really well. Just pressed 'em into place and put the lenses back on with the new hardware. Much better looking now imo.

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After:



This pic ^^^ shows the lens installed with the new "lights" and screws.

The pic below shows the fake lights that cover the holes:



Next up were the badges. Talk about a delicate project! Anyway... pretty self-explanatory. I painted 'em black then sanded 'em with fine grit. On the Toyota logo front grill badge I actually used a razor blade to remove the black paint from the raised lettering. This was much quicker than sanding and produced great results. I used Gorilla Spray glue ( clear) for the backing. It holds very well with no excess around the edges.









I also had an issue with my particular Marlin Crawler with a gap around the side and front windows at the a-pillars as well as a gap between the front windshield and dash. I remedied that by attaching the "glass" to the dash and drilling new mounting holes in both the dash and glass. It's hard to explain so maybe a pic will help. Anyway... now everything fits nice and snug with no more gaps. I think the issue is that the three pieces ( body/ window insert piece/ dashboard) just don't fit together quite perfectly. Maybe I just got unlucky with mine... dunno if they're all "off" like mine was but it's fixed now.



Hey... Why not add a dashboard penguin and license plate while I'm at it!?






Next up were the ball ends on the drag-link ( from servo horn to steering knuckle). I mean... they were REALLY tight! I initially popped out the pillow balls and added some graphite but they were still too tight. Next I used a dry lube spray... better but still too tight. So at that point I felt like the only way to truly remedy the issue was to just replace the ball ends and balls. Bingo! I don't know what brand I used from my parts bin but they are nice and silky smooth now... still with zero play but so much easier to rotate. Also no more squeaking nor hindered movement in the suspension. Anyway... pic of the old and new ball ends...



Finally I went ahead and swapped out the stock axle shafts for some XVD's. Straight fwd install with no hiccups. I cleaned the bearings and surrounding parts at the same time fwiw. Was a quick and easy job.




Next up... hitting the rocks for some fun! Thanks for looking!
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Old 05-14-2019, 03:03 AM   #27
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After the new mods/ upgrades ( also new rear bumper)...






















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Old 05-14-2019, 09:26 AM   #28
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This build is turning out on point! I love the little details you are adding. The penguin is super cool. I have something similar but needs paint before I can display... I like the new wheels as well....
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Old 05-14-2019, 05:20 PM   #29
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Yes, well done and coming along nicely! Might have to do the gemstone tail light trick too. My rod ends are same, very tight even after crawling a good amount. THe ends you used look like Traxxas lower shock ends for Stampede, Rustler etc. My windshield also fits poorly and is forcing the dashboard down, should be slightly angled upwards. I've been wanting to try trimming the bottom of windshield off little at a time until it's correct, if not replacement is about $15. I'm not sure from the pics what you did to improve yours? Glued windshield to dash with Gorilla glue and trimmed off excess bottom edge or?

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Old 05-16-2019, 11:34 AM   #30
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This build is turning out on point! I love the little details you are adding. The penguin is super cool. I have something similar but needs paint before I can display... I like the new wheels as well....
Thanks very much! It's funny in the scale world how you can spend SO much time on such small details. But the end result is often greater than the sum of the parts lol so I'm pretty happy with where this rig is now. Still more to do but that's always the case I guess! Man, that little penguin made it's way into my pocket one day at work so I figured why not give the little guy a ride. I'll keep him there until he eventually jumps out on the trial and heads back to his homeland lol! I'm absolutely loving these wheels too ( as well as the tires... They grip everything!).

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Yes, well done and coming along nicely! Might have to do the gemstone tail light trick too. My rod ends are same, very tight even after crawling a good amount. The ends you used look like Traxxas lower shock ends for Stampede, Rustler etc. My windshield also fits poorly and is forcing the dashboard down, should be slightly angled upwards. I've been wanting to try trimming the bottom of windshield off little at a time until it's correct, if not replacement is about $15. I'm not sure from the pics what you did to improve yours? Glued windshield to dash with Gorilla glue and trimmed off excess bottom edge or?
Thank you, Nate! I've also used the faux-light stickies in my TRX's front and rear light housings and they really do add a touch of realism and more of a 3-dimensional appearance so I'm really content with 'em. Also I'd guess that you're correct about the rod-ends/ balls... I do have a Stampede and plenty of asst Traxxas parts in my bins. Glad to hear that I'm not the only one seeing some really tight-fitting parts. I'm glad that I discovered this and swapped 'em out as I really do think that they could've been putting a bit of undue strain on some of the other components... as well as hindering suspension movement.

You can see in one of the pics that I used a Sharpie to mark where the center of both a-pillars were ( on either side of the windshield. I was initially going to cut the lexan window insert into three pieces and E6000 them separately into place. I believe that would've eliminated any gaps but I didn't want to permanently affix them to the hard body.

Anyway... it seems that the 3 parts ( window insert/ dash insert/ body) don't quite fit together perfectly so I went ahead and pressed the window piece to the dash piece but when I did, the holes didn't all line up. So with the dash and window pressed together I drilled 3 new holes into the dash piece ( as it was aligned with the window piece now).

Then I ran into another issue- Each bolster molded into the hard body, relies upon each "channel" molded into the dash piece for aligning the parts together. I think that this is sort of a design flaw regardless... because the channels don't seem to be deep enough to be able to completely press the dash piece into place. That's one of the reasons that the gap between the window insert and body exist in the first place. So now I had to make the new holes large enough to fit around the body bolsters... no longer utilizing the channels molded into the dash. This way, with the dash and window insert aligned and pressed together, I was now able to press them into place flush against the inside of the body. All three pieces now fit snugly with no gaps. Essentially the dash and window inserts are sandwiched in between the body and the mounting screws.

I didn't use glue to affix the dash insert to the window insert but that would certainly work. I instead just kept the green masking tape in place so that I can adjust or separate them if I ever need. This mod doesn't rely upon the tape to keep them in place but rather the larger holes that slide down around the molded body bolsters and the screws.

Sorry for the confusing explanation. I do understand if it doesn't make sense. Another picture probably would've been better to show all of that lol.
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Old 05-21-2019, 12:52 AM   #31
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Rig is looking fantastic!

Where did you ring the roll bar with the smaller tubing? Looks much more scale.👍🏼
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Old 05-21-2019, 02:25 AM   #32
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Rig is looking fantastic!

Where did you ring the roll bar with the smaller tubing? Looks much more scale.����
Thanks, brother! It's getting there. I like this roll bar much better than the other one that I was first going to use. I definitely agree that the tubing diameter is much more scale-looking and matches the sliders and bumpers quite well. Also not too heavy and comes with a metal template to assure perfect alignment of pilot holes. It's an 'RC4WD TF2 roll bar'. Surprisingly lightweight considering it's steel.
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Old 05-23-2019, 08:25 AM   #33
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Great looking rig it looks so real in several of your shots awesome job.
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Old 05-24-2019, 05:40 AM   #34
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Great looking rig it looks so real in several of your shots awesome job.
Thanks so much for taking a look. I'm really happy with this truck atm but there's always more to do lol. I enjoy taking pics of this rig. She seems to photograph pretty well... thank you.
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