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underscorepatrick 09-15-2018 03:55 PM

underscorepatrick s FJ trx4 build :
 

Hey there!

This is my first build since coming back to rc crawling. Im from the clod buster axles & gd600s with 55t era :ror: lol. When HPI released their FJ body I had to get one(something about FJs and samurais :) ) . The tamiya fj was too short a wheelbase. I liked the features of the TRX4(thisll be my second),like portal axles, although in my opinion,some are useless,like locking diffs. Id prefer lockers,so spools might be coming . Aside from that,my current TRX4 has been running very effeciently & reliable. So I decided to use the HPI fj body on a assembly kit TRX4. Lets see how it goes!

Ill be updating this thread as soon as the parts come in,so stay tuned. Hope you guys enjoy :)


UPDATES
(easier to navigate)
9/13/18 initial start chassis build, accessory mount, wheels/tires, winch
9/14/18 v2 Jerry can/propane mount, finish chassis & mount electronics, fender trimming
9/16/18 body mounting/fitting & wheel fitting. Opinions wanted :)
9/17/18 mounted rock beasts, Warn fairlead, axle/t-case
9/19/18 install Castle 2.0 BEC, trasharoo, MAIDEN RUN.
9/27/18 UPDATE on page 2! install brass axle parts.




CHASSIS
+ TRX4 . wheelbase 12.4

ELECTRONICS
+ stock esc & motor
+ Savox 1257tg
+ Castle BEC 2.0
+ RC4WD 9.5 winch & controller

BODY
+HPI fj sandstorm
+HPI bumper set

WHEELS/TIRES
+ SSD contender/ Proline krawler KX or
+ Vanquish/incision method/ Proline mudterrain KM3



Here are some initial photos. Stay tuned ,Im hoping this build will come out clean! Thanks for stopping by,& God bless yall.

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...sjxznzvuj.jpeg

9/13/18

-aluminum bracket to hold jerry cans
-mount winch to bumper
-mount tires/wheels
-start chassis build




Began with making brackets for the rear tire carrier to mount Jerry cans .


http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...sfjnv87gi.jpeg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...sruulytvq.jpeg



Winch mounted onto bumper ,as well as the beadlocks & tires


http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...suvaep2uk.jpeg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...savbtdtja.jpeg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...sx7vkct3s.jpeg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...silufxmbg.jpeg





Starting the chassis kit now. Fairly easy kit to build. Everything is split in seperate bags, so all components for axles are in one bag,chassis in one bag,etc.. much easier than back in the day ,where all screws were I. One bag & parts were on parts trees.


http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...sgaowyhzg.jpeg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...sjbp2krkp.jpeg


9/14/18

-new mount for propane tank & Jerry cans
-finished mounting electronics & chassis
-mounted bumpers
-trim fender wells to fit fj body.


http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...s3a80w7fv.jpeg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...s3pcnefzk.jpeg


Also started trimming the fender wells. Had to chop a good amount of material,but this is the form of the front fender well:

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...srsrrrvqh.jpeg



9/16/18

-body mounted
-wheels/tires mounted


Got the body mounted today. Take a little bit more trimming for he fenders,maybe slight spacing for the stock sliders( looking for a nice set right now) . Its on there. The rear will be mounted with a Velcro plate . Have to mess around with mounting holes as well. She looks so pretty :)



http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...sjtvguhjx.jpeg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...siwfedbks.jpeg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...sqqucl5ib.jpeg



TIRES

I mounted the km3s & kxs . The tires are too big. Anything 4.75 will he, so ill be running some Pitbull RockBeast tires on. I think theyll look perfect. Im loving this filled fender look though :x


Whats your opinion? Bronze SSDs or Silver Methods ?

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...szhamlclc.jpeg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...siwqj5bck.jpeg



9/17/18

-Pitbull rock beasts mounted on method wheels
-Warn fairlead from rc4wd installed
-axle & t-case skidplates installed

Tires fit much better with almost nothing rubbing. Seems like the bronze SSD contenders are everyones choice so Ill be mounting them on tonight. Stay tuned!

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...spqpdj6cs.jpeg

Installed a Warn fairlead,also moved the winch forward more to try & get the bumper & body to mesh.

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...srcdkeoli.jpeg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...slnqhdf1r.jpeg

Found these on the internet. The t-case skid is solid,the axle skids are soft aluminum. Not sure how long those will last.

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...salidcyjo.jpeg



9/19/18

- installed CC 2.0 BEC
-trasharoo came in!
-remounted scale accessories
-MAIDEN!

basic BEC install. Removed power wire from ESC. Running 6 LEDs straight to a port on the reciever. Is this an ok power source for LEDs ? Will I mess anything up?

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...s3rrpzouu.jpeg

Scale Trasharoo from RPP . Cool accessory! Stuffed with extra hardware,zip ties,winch controller, wrench,& anchor.

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...s4tqzxtpr.jpeg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...s4gxyzc45.jpeg

Cleaned up the rear a little bit.

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...scudh1rmf.jpeg


AND HAD HER MAIDEN RUN!

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f1...s37fsqcxp.jpeg

I have to figure out how to post videos . He crawls good. Everything feels fresh compared to my defender lol. What ya think so far?

FANATICRC 09-16-2018 05:18 PM

Re: underscorepatrick s FJ trx4 build :
 
Be interested to see it with the FJ body. Always loved the FJ but hated the HPI platform.

Nightwalker 09-16-2018 05:26 PM

Re: underscorepatrick s FJ trx4 build :
 
Very nice build!!! Can't wait to see it with the body installed me too!


Quote:

Originally Posted by FANATICRC (Post 5869088)
Be interested to see it with the FJ body. Always loved the FJ but hated the HPI platform.

What do you hate so much about the Venture ?

FastMatt 09-16-2018 06:52 PM

Re: underscorepatrick s FJ trx4 build :
 
Funny, I just bought the same body for my TRX-4 as well! I haven't started the conversion yet. I still don't know what size tires will fit even with some fender trimming on the body. Curious the route you'll take.

underscorepatrick 09-16-2018 09:52 PM

Re: underscorepatrick s FJ trx4 build :
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by FastMatt (Post 5869101)
Funny, I just bought the same body for my TRX-4 as well! I haven't started the conversion yet. I still don't know what size tires will fit even with some fender trimming on the body. Curious the route you'll take.


Trimming the fenders wasnt bad. I freehanded the cuts & it came out pretty clean... I did mount the wheels & the tires are going to rub bad. I have a set of rock beasts Im going to throw on. I think the 4.5 will look really clean. If you have any questions about the conversion ,you can PM me or comment here . Stay tuned for the updates! :)

Quote:

Originally Posted by FANATICRC (Post 5869088)
Be interested to see it with the FJ body. Always loved the FJ but hated the HPI platform.

I hear ya. I was actually going to get the venture,but I opted for the trx,because for almost the same price,you get better features. But if I get lucky & save enough pennies,I might have to get a venture! First rc was a nitroMT lol :ror:

underscorepatrick 09-16-2018 09:54 PM

Re: underscorepatrick s FJ trx4 build :
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Nightwalker (Post 5869093)
Very nice build!!! Can't wait to see it with the body installed me too!




What do you hate so much about the Venture ?

Thanks man :) stay tuned!

Snowflake 09-17-2018 01:22 PM

Re: underscorepatrick s FJ trx4 build :
 
Hey why would you have a propane tank on the back of your fj?

underscorepatrick 09-17-2018 01:46 PM

Re: underscorepatrick s FJ trx4 build :
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Snowflake (Post 5869304)
Hey why would you have a propane tank on the back of your fj?



It’s actually intended to be a co2 tank,but it looks more of a propane tank,so I just say it’s propane lol. “Can’t call a dog a dog if it ain’t a dog. “

OSRC 09-17-2018 03:07 PM

Re: underscorepatrick s FJ trx4 build :
 
My vote is for bronze - they look perfect under there

underscorepatrick 09-17-2018 05:41 PM

Re: underscorepatrick s FJ trx4 build :
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by OSRC (Post 5869327)
My vote is for bronze - they look perfect under there

Thanks for your input. Ill be mounting these rock beasts on them tonight! Updated the thread today,check it out!

eric113 09-17-2018 06:55 PM

Re: underscorepatrick s FJ trx4 build :
 
I also did a fj cruiser. I shorten the wb and used Lockedup RC bumper mounts and rear body mount. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...e920078104.jpg
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...6a66d3d7e5.jpg

Nightwalker 09-17-2018 09:19 PM

Re: underscorepatrick s FJ trx4 build :
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by underscorepatrick (Post 5869141)
Thanks man :) stay tuned!

Sure will "thumbsup"

FANATICRC 09-18-2018 04:38 AM

Re: underscorepatrick s FJ trx4 build :
 
Those tires definitely complete the look.

Quote:

Originally Posted by eric113 (Post 5869381)
I also did a fj cruiser. I shorten the wb and used Lockedup RC bumper mounts and rear body mount. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...e920078104.jpg
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...6a66d3d7e5.jpg


FANATICRC 09-18-2018 04:41 AM

Re: underscorepatrick s FJ trx4 build :
 
Maybe hate is too strong a word but as was said below when comparing price and features the venture comes up short. Not that I wouldn't have one but when choosing a new one the trx4 has been hard to beat.


Quote:

Originally Posted by Nightwalker (Post 5869093)
Very nice build!!! Can't wait to see it with the body installed me too!




What do you hate so much about the Venture ?


Topher Builds 09-18-2018 09:26 AM

Re: underscorepatrick s FJ trx4 build :
 
I really like the idea but I can’t help but to wish there wasn’t so much rear bumper(s) going on there. The bumpers look to be like 40% of the rear fascia.

If you could get the body down lower it would help too. Keep at it! Looking good so far

vipers28 09-18-2018 09:36 AM

Re: underscorepatrick s FJ trx4 build :
 
"What’s your opinion? Bronze SSD’s" I hate them with the KM3's, you should send them to me for disposal!!!!!!!!! STAT.

Natedog 09-18-2018 10:43 AM

Re: underscorepatrick s FJ trx4 build :
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by OSRC (Post 5869327)
My vote is for bronze - they look perfect under there


X2, bronze SSDs! "thumbsup"8)


Quote:

Originally Posted by underscorepatrick (Post 5869370)
Thanks for your input. I’ll be mounting these rock beasts on them tonight! Updated the thread today,check it out!



Ditch the aluminum skidplates, they decrease ground clearance slightly and don't slide over obstacles nearly as easy as the plastic axles and skid.

4.5" tall or shorter tires looks better and will sidehill better. "thumbsup"

underscorepatrick 09-18-2018 11:33 AM

Re: underscorepatrick s FJ trx4 build :
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Natedog (Post 5869540)
X2, bronze SSDs! "thumbsup"8)






Ditch the aluminum skidplates, they decrease ground clearance slightly and don't slide over obstacles nearly as easy as the plastic axles and skid.

4.5" tall or shorter tires looks better and will sidehill better. "thumbsup"



"thumbsup"


Yea I noticed that too. Thanks for the heads up! I bought them on an impulse late night buy. The ARB cover I have is going to get beat up Lol. 4.5 tires look amazing! My photos dont do it justice! Thanks again for your input:)

underscorepatrick 09-18-2018 11:37 AM

Re: underscorepatrick s FJ trx4 build :
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Pant Danza (Post 5869530)
I really like the idea but I can’t help but to wish there wasn’t so much rear bumper(s) going on there. The bumpers look to be like 40% of the rear fascia.

If you could get the body down lower it would help too. Keep at it! Looking good so far



The rear bumper is quite tall including the painted bumper section of the local. In person it’s not too bad,but I understand exactly what you mean.. some trimming would probably fit that... I’ll be looking into bumper options made for both the Venture & TRX4. Since this truck will do mainly trails,I wanna try to keep it as scale as possible ,so i’d Want a rear swingout. Any suggestions? I know Scalerfab makes quality bumpers. I also have a SSD front bumper on the defender trx4 I have that seems to be good quality.


Thanks for your input!



Thanks for all the input guys. Appreciate it! Stay tuned! :mrgreen:

underscorepatrick 09-18-2018 11:40 AM

Re: underscorepatrick s FJ trx4 build :
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by vipers28 (Post 5869533)
"Whats your opinion? Bronze SSDs" I hate them with the KM3's, you should send them to me for disposal!!!!!!!!! STAT.


:lmao: Bronze SSDs it is!!!! Might be selling/trading the km3s,but. If I remember correctly,I have to pass a probation period before able to post in the classifieds. Stay tuned!


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