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Old 07-30-2019, 08:28 AM   #1
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Hey fellers...

Recently purchase a gently used special edition blazer tf2. Currently going through most of the tf2 mods / upgrades. Already so fearful of the rc4wd soft screws and darn loctite!
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Is there any way to get more clearance on its T-case etc. With the scale engine centred Iím not too sure on what can be done. Appreciate any help and directions where to look if itís already out there.

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Cool truck, this uses same Hammer tcase as the Toyota pickup, but the mount is overhead like a real Chevy.
https://store.rc4wd.com/RC4WD-Trail-...on_p_5694.html

I'll bet the Bowhouse nylon high clearance skid will bolt on and raise it slightly, however it might already be higher than that. Got a side view picture with the body off? Also email Bowhouse as maybe they will make one for you, otherwise you can make your own.

Good guys to deal with and they make nice parts!
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Old 07-30-2019, 12:38 PM   #3
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Thanks for the help.., what a crazy anchor this thing has. Couldnít be any worse



Not so bad from this side but itís still so low...





With centred engine/ tranny, donít think a lot can be done. Too much to ask for scale and performance;)





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I take it this is the one Iíll need..., doesnít look like itíll add much clearance but may slide easier???



https://bowhouserc.com/n2r-skid-for-tf2-gcm-lrt2-combo/


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Good guys to deal with and they make nice parts!
https://bowhouserc.com/tf2-collection/

Theyíre not bad are they.... Eh?



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I take it this is the one Iíll need..., doesnít look like itíll add much clearance but may slide easier???
Actually, if you've got the Limited Ed. RTR, you're going to want this one:

https://bowhouserc.com/n2r-skid-for-...-hammer-combo/

I picked up this skid for mine. And no, it won't add much clearance, as the Hammer T-case is still mounted the same way. But it will help keep the truck from catching on the sharp edges of the stock skid plate.
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Actually, if you've got the Limited Ed. RTR, you're going to want this one:



https://bowhouserc.com/n2r-skid-for-...-hammer-combo/


Thank you!!!

Have you noticed much of a difference?





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Theyíre not bad are they.... Eh?

Beautiful! Little lines are only from polished reflection
Correct, eh...pass the cruellers. I've got their nylon printed versions, but probably going to buy the machined ones only because metal. I've had zero issues with the printed nylon even with hard wheeling and some spills.

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Actually, if you've got the Limited Ed. RTR, you're going to want this one:

https://bowhouserc.com/n2r-skid-for-...-hammer-combo/

I picked up this skid for mine. And no, it won't add much clearance, as the Hammer T-case is still mounted the same way. But it will help keep the truck from catching on the sharp edges of the stock skid plate.
Thanks for chiming in, looks proper! Yes, should catch less on rocks and roots.
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Thank you!!!

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No, I can't say I noticed a difference, because I swapped out the stock skid plate with the Bowhouse RC version before I ever hit the trails.

Scale and performance is always going to be something of a trade-off in this great little hobby. I love the scaleness of V8 motor, R4 trans, & Hammer T-case, but it all just sits too low for the best performance. So, I picked up another Tf2 with a R3 trans to make a performance rig.
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Scale and performance is always going to be something of a trade-off in this great little hobby. I love the scaleness of V8 motor, R4 trans, & Hammer T-case, but it all just sits too low for the best performance. So, I picked up another Tf2 with a R3 trans to make a performance rig.


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Correct, eh...pass the cruellers. I've got their nylon printed versions, but probably going to buy the machined ones only because metal. I've had zero issues with the printed nylon even with hard wheeling and some spills.







Thanks for chiming in, looks proper! Yes, should catch less on rocks and roots.


Haha., thanks you Hosers!;)))

Really appreciate the help. Not till I bought the special edition did I realize it came with yota axles and a non performance t case. Yay

What can you do?


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Haha., thanks you Hosers!;)))

Really appreciate the help. Not till I bought the special edition did I realize it came with yota axles and a non performance t case. Yay

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Well, first thing, swap out those Yotas for some cast K44s with the right/passenger offset pumpkin for GM correctness!
And pick up either RC4WD's or A&M Garage's shackle reverse kit for the front leafs. I used the A&M version for my Limited Ed. RTR, and the only real issue I ran into was moving the servo to make room for radiator and pulley accessories. I've ordered a RC4WD kit to try with the other TF2 from my LHS, but I haven't picked it up yet.

Here's my take on the RTR in case you're interested:

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Thanks for chiming in, looks proper! Yes, should catch less on rocks and roots.
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Here's my take on the RTR in case you're interested:



Ironhide13's TF2 K5 Blazer


So interested! Definitely have gone through your build and will continue to do so. Appreciate all the help.., my first leaf sprung truck.., this crawling thing is too addicting

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Just wondering which rc4wd crawler is the most capable? Marlin Crawler? Not a fan of 2 speed trans....

Thinking if I kept the blazer as a scale/ pretty piece., and get a second more for performance? Thanks


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Just wondering which rc4wd crawler is the most capable? Marlin Crawler? Not a fan of 2 speed trans....

Thinking if I kept the blazer as a scale/ pretty piece., and get a second more for performance? Thanks

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I'm in a similar situation. I was going to pick up a Marlin but change the body to a Blazer. The Marlin comes a single speed R3 transmission with some nice chassis upgrades (Yota II axles, taller front hoops, metal bumpers, etc.) and the bobbed bed on the body. But for me, those options didn't amount to much since I planned to swap out the body, bumpers, tires, axles and more anyway.
I wound up getting lightly used / modified TF2 that started as a Marlin, but not much Marlin-ness left on it. I'm not particularly crazy about the open pinion/spur gears on the R3, but I'm going to try it. A&M Garage makes a skid plate that really reduces hangup points for that setup.

Short story is, I think all of them are capable, especially for using leafs. But there's going to be some compromises on scale vs. performance. That said, a stock Marlin may be a good place to start until you figure out what mods you want to make.
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I'm in a similar situation...... Yes!!!!

Short story is, I think all of them are capable, especially for using leafs. But there's going to be some compromises on scale vs. performance. That said, a stock Marlin may be a good place to start until you figure out what mods you want to make.

I might stick with blazer for now.., has anyone had much use with the teraflex shackles? Iím waiting on the z-boxes yet..., hope it makes a big difference because without them ; I have no flex at the moment. What about direction... RC4WD has pics of them every way;)



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I might stick with blazer for now.., has anyone had much use with the teraflex shackles? Iím waiting on the z-boxes yet..., hope it makes a big difference because without them ; I have no flex at the moment. What about direction... RC4WD has pics of them every way;)

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Don't bother with any of that monkey motion stuff, do the basic cheap/free mods, disassemble, check, reassemble everything. I had several bent leafs right out of the box, hand straightened each leaf to ensure they all had about same arch and curvature. Don't over-tighten the screws that hold the leafs to the axles as they should be gently snugged and then I backed off about 1/4-1/2 turn, they need to be able to slightly rotate during suspension flex. I've not done the Chino mod yet, have really good flex imo for a leaf setup, my TF2 crawls great!

The leafs need some break-in wheeling time, gently fully compress/ stretch both axles to full limits of travel in both directions helps too.
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I might stick with blazer for now.., has anyone had much use with the teraflex shackles? Iím waiting on the z-boxes yet..., hope it makes a big difference because without them ; I have no flex at the moment. What about direction... RC4WD has pics of them every way;)

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One thing I've had to learn going from links to leafs, flex isn't all what it's cracked up to be. Some places set up Class 1 trails to where little to no flex is an advantage, allowing you to carry a tire over a hole rather than letting it flex down into it.
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One thing I've had to learn going from links to leafs, flex isn't all what it's cracked up to be. Some places set up Class 1 trails to where little to no flex is an advantage, allowing you to carry a tire over a hole rather than letting it flex down into it.


Really appreciate your help and response! Thanks. Unfortunately I purchased the Tera-flex kit.., pretty much installed. Still waiting for my o-rings and might do the chino.., Which probably isnít needed since I have the teraflex... tons of flex. I installed the the rear shock brace bar upside down, giving full flexibility.
Ill try it out, thinking itíll be way too much flex. I limited my SCXii blazer build to look a little more scale as it is. Using the teraflex seems to make it more dependant on the shocks, than the leafs. Kinda defeating the purpose of having a leaf sprung truck.



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Really appreciate your help and response! Thanks. Unfortunately I purchased the Tera-flex kit.., pretty much installed. Still waiting for my o-rings and might do the chino.., Which probably isnít needed since I have the teraflex... tons of flex. I installed the the rear shock brace bar upside down, giving full flexibility.
Ill try it out, thinking itíll be way too much flex. I limited my SCXii blazer build to look a little more scale as it is. Using the teraflex seems to make it more dependant on the shocks, than the leafs. Kinda defeating the purpose of having a leaf sprung truck.
You are welcome! I had some of the same questions as you, and I didn't see many people on here that seemed to have much experience with the LE RTR.

I was tempted by the Teraflex setup as well. A couple of things that helped me decide not to try it was the slight raising of the center of gravity (with this truck tipping the scales around 9 lbs. for me, that was concerning) and the lack of means to dampen or slow down the flexing; the truck could just rock over on the Teraflex boxes and shackles uncontrolled. That might cause a disaster during side-hilling. But, of course it will depend on the terrain you prefer to drive on if the Teraflex setup will work for you.
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