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Old 10-03-2007, 11:33 AM   #1
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Arrow My latest SW3 build........Good-bye Bug, Hello Grappler

I've had a few requests recently for pics and stats on my latest SW3 build.
Here's the latest version.........

Prototype SW3 chassis
TLT axles
RCP copper ring and pinions
RCP cvd's front and rear
Custom machined and welded RC4WD knuckles
Stampede tranny
Maxx 2.5 driveshafts
Integy 50t hand wound motor
Mamba Max ESC
Hitec 645mg steering servo
Custom 6 cell 2/3A battery packs
Duratrax shocks
Custom machined MSD aluminum beadlocks
Losi Rock Claw tires
Spektrum radio gear
Kreepy red foams in front, stock Losi's in the rear
HPI Baja Bug body

For those that missed it I have video of this set-up in action here.
Fresh SW3 Footage.........
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Old 10-03-2007, 11:42 AM   #2
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Ever since I have seen your rigs and how well both the rig and the driver have performed, Im sold on them! Keep up the excellent work and hopefully I will be building mine over the winter and have it ready for the spring!! Awesome build!!
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Old 10-03-2007, 11:44 AM   #3
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Don't forget Fat Rock axle C's.

Do you run a slipper? I can't remember.
What's with the zip ties on the front springs? Never noticed that before.

She's a thing of beauty and a serious arse kicker. The red body really looks good man.

EDIT: Oh, and big thumbs up for making your battery pack with a Tamiya plug.

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Old 10-03-2007, 12:02 PM   #4
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Ever since I have seen your rigs and how well both the rig and the driver have performed, Im sold on them! Keep up the excellent work and hopefully I will be building mine over the winter and have it ready for the spring!! Awesome build!!
Thanks for the compliments. Let me know if you need any help with the build when the time comes.

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Don't forget Fat Rock axle C's.

Do you run a slipper? I can't remember.
What's with the zip ties on the front springs? Never noticed that before.

She's a thing of beauty and a serious arse kicker. The red body really looks good man.

EDIT: Oh, and big thumbs up for making your battery pack with a Tamiya plug.
Thanks boss.

The C's are actually from a company in Thailand, as are the rear lockouts. I've been helping them with R&D on their products.

I do run a slipper on the Pede.

The front suspension is partial droop now. I ziptie the springs to the cups to keep them in place. I'll probably end up gluing them there if I stick with that set-up.

Tamiya connectors for life!! Actually they may be getting ditched shortly.
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Old 10-03-2007, 12:12 PM   #5
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Looks great. I always loved you builds and studied them closely. :-)

What was the reason you are useing a brushed motor again ? Isnt that setup heavier than BL ?

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Looks good brad! When you going to a r2d ?
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Old 10-03-2007, 12:16 PM   #7
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looks good Bender !! I love my SW2 ,I even layed down the lowest score (-1) with it at our last Comp (SERCRC) oh yell . I think a SW3 might look good in the south . hmmmmm thinking

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Old 10-03-2007, 12:23 PM   #8
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Looks great. I always loved you builds and studied them closely. :-)

What was the reason you are useing a brushed motor again ? Isnt that setup heavier than BL ?

Pete
Thanks Pete.

This set-up is a little heavier, but the low speed throttle control is awesome. My brushless set-up has been acting a little weird lately. The settings got wiped out of my Mamba 25. I re-programmed it to the proper settings, but it's just not the same as it was. I'm constanly trying new set-ups, so I'm not done with brushless. But, for now I'm happy with how this set-up is working.

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Looks good brad! When you going to a r2d ?
Thanks, I've been eyeing those R2D trannies more and more lately.
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Thanks for the compliments. Let me know if you need any help with the build when the time comes.



Thanks boss.

The C's are actually from a company in Thailand, as are the rear lockouts. I've been helping them with R&D on their products.

I do run a slipper on the Pede.

The front suspension is partial droop now. I ziptie the springs to the cups to keep them in place. I'll probably end up gluing them there if I stick with that set-up.

Tamiya connectors for life!! Actually they may be getting ditched shortly.
My bad, I knew the rear ones were some other deal but didn't know about the fronts.

I was wondering if that had to do with a partial droop setup......you are a sly one my brutha. Always sneakin one by us (well me at least).
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looks good Bender !! I love my SW2 ,I even layed down the lowest score with it at our last Comp (SERCRC) oh yell . I think a SW3 might look good in the south . hmmmmm thinking
Thanks Badd. I'm glad you're happy with the SW2.

Here's a few pics on the rocks. Courtesy of www.timmageephoto.com and slugzracing.
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I was wondering if that had to do with a partial droop setup......you are a sly one my brutha. Always sneakin one by us (well me at least).
You know me..............I can't leave anything alone for very long.
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Old 10-03-2007, 12:50 PM   #12
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your rigs are always the sweetest
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Looks good Curious as to why you run a trashy 645 servo?
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...were you running high clearance bent links in the rear at Nats? Im still baffled how you made that #@%$#!! ledge on course 3 Couldn't be the driver
Great rig
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As usual your builds are well thought out and thoroughly tested, but i have to ask, why do you run just a 645 servo? I run 5955's in all my trucks and even then i find i need more power in some cases. Do you run a voltage reg. to it? Also curious on what spur/pinion combo you are running.
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Very nice Bender, that chassis of yours is on my to get list for my next build, the bug bocy is just awesome
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Old 10-03-2007, 02:22 PM   #17
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is that Volcano red?
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Old 10-03-2007, 02:42 PM   #18
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Thanks for the compliments guys.

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Looks good Curious as to why you run a trashy 645 servo?
That servo will be ditched shortly. I've got a servo regulator for it now, I just need to figure out what servo I want to upgrade to.

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...were you running high clearance bent links in the rear at Nats? Im still baffled how you made that #@%$#!! ledge on course 3 Couldn't be the driver
Great rig


I had the straight links on during nats. I was having flexing issues with the rear high clearance links after a while, so I went back to straight rear lowers.

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As usual your builds are well thought out and thoroughly tested, but i have to ask, why do you run just a 645 servo? I run 5955's in all my trucks and even then i find i need more power in some cases. Do you run a voltage reg. to it? Also curious on what spur/pinion combo you are running.
I run an 87t spur and a 14t pinion right now, seems to be a decent combo of torque and wheelspeed. I will be ditching that servo soon, becasue it is barely strong enough for me.

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Very nice Bender, that chassis of yours is on my to get list for my next build, the bug bocy is just awesome
Thanks, let me know when you're ready.

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is that Volcano red?
I just used standard rattlecan paint from the LHS, it's bright red, backed in black.

Thanks again guys.
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Old 10-03-2007, 02:46 PM   #19
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Looks sweet Bendy!
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Old 10-03-2007, 04:52 PM   #20
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Brad, my daughter won a set of those axle "C"s at one of our comps for taking 2nd place. I noticed that hers are machined without any offset top to bottom, they are symmetrical. As the knuckles have one kingpin post that is taller than the other, I had issues with the knuckle binding when steering. Have you noticed this, or are yours machined with the knuckle offset in mind?

Truck looks.........killer!
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