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Old 09-23-2019, 08:13 AM   #21
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Nice concept and I really like the Raptor body. Looking at the similarities between the TRX-4 rails and the VS4-10 you would kind of expect decent performance with AR44 axles, as long as your gear ratios are in the ballpark and you don't run a huge battery behind the transmission like so many TRX-4s run.

Makes me wonder how a chassis with a bit more axle clearance would work with the TRX-4 portal axles. Something laid out like the VS4-10 for COG but with the extra clearance of the portals without raising the COG too much just might work out.

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Old 09-23-2019, 10:31 AM   #22
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Yep, they sure do... still listed on their site, and for sale at various vendors...

Very imaginative build!

My brain hurts with all the various mental chassis/axle/transmission combos I've been doing.

However, I have not attempted one dang thing yet.

I have the Vanquish chassis, SSD Pro44s, a practically new TRX-4, and a new Enduro.

The mind reels at all the possibilities!
Sooo did you start yet? excited to see what you come up with D!

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DUDE! That thing's a friggin goat!! Impressive! Any problems with tire rub? What compound KLR's were you using? Well done.

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Thanks Max! Not really any issues with the tire rubbing, I may try some 4.45 boom racing hustlers on there once I get new foams for them, but thatís mostly just for appearance as the KLRís look huge in the raptor wheel wells IMO. But they are a killer tire, these are the red compound and still breaking them in. Only the second time theyíve been on the rocks.

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I agree with max-d, that things a goat! Maybe one of these days i can make it out that way n hit some trails with u. Such a beautiful playground u got there topher!

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Indy that would be sweet! Iíd be happy to take anyone from rcc out wheeling around here. Great rocks everywhere


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Great pics and awesome video!

Glad to hear and see that it did very good! I like how low the chassis and body sits now. Yeah, a set of VS4-10 axles under it would look sweet!

I might have to add this to my list of winter projects for my TRX-4 Sport!
Thanks BMow! The VS4-10 axle idea is gaining steam since they are readily available. May try and find some take offs next month, unless the ssd offset front axle becomes available.

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Sweet build and very capable! I want to build something similar, but using the Vanquish chassis instead.
A new Jato build? Thatís what Iím talkin about. Do ittt.

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i sent off a set of trx4 frame rails and scx10 ii axles to my cousin also sent off scx10ii skid plate but its gona take a long time to finnish cause im buyin the parts lol some day ill do a thread about it but im not doin the build so ill have to rely on his pics and what he says he did lol its realy nice to know that its a good set up although his has a scx skid it should be close to what you have there
Youíre a good cousin ferp, hope we hear about this build. Definitely considered going for a Vader skid or something similar so I could use a 10.2 transmission but wanted to see how this would work out first.

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Nice concept and I really like the Raptor body. Looking at the similarities between the TRX-4 rails and the VS4-10 you would kind of expect decent performance with AR44 axles, as long as your gear ratios are in the ballpark and you don't run a huge battery behind the transmission like so many TRX-4s run.

Makes me wonder how a chassis with a bit more axle clearance would work with the TRX-4 portal axles. Something laid out like the VS4-10 for COG but with the extra clearance of the portals without raising the COG too much just might work out.

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Thanks Brigg. And yessir that was the idea. Iím running a small 3500mah 3s Helios pack in the front tray. Basically everything on the chassis is on the front half of the truck, except for about half of the receiver box.
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Old 09-23-2019, 11:39 AM   #23
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A new Jato build? Thatís what Iím talkin about. Do ittt.
Thanks! I have the Capra preordered so that's going to be first up.
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Old 09-23-2019, 12:01 PM   #24
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those actual KLR or the chinesesium version? That thing is a goat.
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Thanks! I have the Capra preordered so that's going to be first up.
Nice! I havenít pre-ordered but after seeing how easy itíd be to set up the rear steer Iím seriously considering it.

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those actual KLR or the chinesesium version? That thing is a goat.
Thanks Duke! These are the legitimate KLR X4ís in the Vex (Red) compound.
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Old 09-23-2019, 08:08 PM   #26
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Nice scale garage Topher Danza!
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Old 09-25-2019, 11:15 AM   #27
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Little update here. My panhard was a bit long before, spent some time tweaking the steering links again and made some improvements. The axle doesn’t swing out and angle the tire when turning now.

Next should be an offset front axle when I can make it happen.

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Thanks for the quick video on "The Gram." Would it have made the same lines with the portals?

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Just remembered I have a clip of my other trx4 with portals doing that line here... this one is about 9 lbs with a good bit of weight on the axles.



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Nice scale garage Topher Danza!
Haha thanks Walsh

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Old 09-25-2019, 11:37 AM   #28
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Little update here. My panhard was a bit long before, spent some time tweaking the steering links again and made some improvements. The axle doesnít swing out and angle the tire when turning now.

Next should be an offset front axle when I can make it happen.

Just remembered I have a clip of my other trx4 with portals doing that line here... this one is about 9 lbs with a good bit of weight on the axles.
That's damn impressive!
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Old 09-25-2019, 12:22 PM   #29
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What he said !!!

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Old 09-29-2019, 01:43 PM   #30
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Took the mutt out today and ran in my first competition ever. This wasnít a standard comp but a timed, blind course, where the top 3 got paid. There were 18 or 19 drivers at $10 a head.

I ended up in 4th which Iím happy with, a gate penalty or a bonus gate away from being in the money. The truck did great, the pan hard length seems to be spot on now too.

Iíll have a longer video of the competition together for later but hereís a pic from today for now.


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Old 09-29-2019, 01:55 PM   #31
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That beautiful red rock reminds me how much I miss the desert. Good job on 4th. Now that you've got some good wheel time on it, do you think the switch from portals helped you or hurt you in a comp environment? Still happy with it?
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That beautiful red rock reminds me how much I miss the desert. Good job on 4th. Now that you've got some good wheel time on it, do you think the switch from portals helped you or hurt you in a comp environment? Still happy with it?
Thanks J.

The axle swap certainly didnít hurt, although since Iíve never comped before, with or without portals, itís hard to say. The truck is predictable and side hills well, definitely has more steering in its current form as well.
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The axle swap certainly didnít hurt, although since Iíve never comped before, with or without portals, itís hard to say. The truck is predictable and side hills well, definitely has more steering in its current form as well.
How do you think this truck compares to one of your other straight axle trucks like the element enduro?

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How do you think this truck compares to one of your other straight axle trucks like the element enduro?

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It is much more capable than the enduro, but that’s not too fair of a comparison because these axles have metal tubes from ssd as well as ssd brass steering knuckles so there is a weight advantage.

I have a 10.2 with pro44 axles on it and I’d say these two are fairly close in performance. That one is fairly heavily modified as well.

Danza builds a 10.2 kit

I can say that it is a lot better performer with the axle swap on it than it was before in its mildly modified state. I had yeah racing housings, samix brass portal covers up front, and front overdrive before and it wouldn’t do what the truck does now.

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Great job on the 4th place finish! Not too bad for you first comp. Especially being a timed blind course. That adds just a tiny bit more pressure!

Glad to hear ďMuttĒ did great! Canít wait to see some video footage!


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Thanks BMow!

I got a lot of video, and tried to get everyone I got clips of in here, so itís a long one. The clips of the raptor in here are re-enactments since I wasnít filming during the actual run. The truck that took first is the red Cadillac looking truck, itís Matt Wolfeís from Issued LV Scalers, lightweight and very capable build.

Vid and a buncha pics:

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Awesome pics and video - BTW, the "Cadillac looking truck" is a Proline Crowd Pleaser 2.0 SUV, which was sold as an E-Maxx body way back, I had one on mine!

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Awesome pics and video - BTW, the "Cadillac looking truck" is a Proline Crowd Pleaser 2.0 SUV, which was sold as an E-Maxx body way back, I had one on mine!

Duroklopedia ftw.

Thatís real cool, Mattís sponsored by Proline (same guy that built this beauty, among many others) so it makes sense he had a gem up his sleeve for this season.
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Great pics and video! Man that looks like it would have been a lot of fun! I would love to crawl some of them red rocks someday. They look like they would be more fun to climb them the slimy moss covered rocks I have in my area!

With all the roll overs, it looks like some of them lines were a bit tough! Raptor looked liked it climb through the course with ease!
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Great pics and video! Man that looks like it would have been a lot of fun! I would love to crawl some of them red rocks someday. They look like they would be more fun to climb them the slimy moss covered rocks I have in my area!

With all the roll overs, it looks like some of them lines were a bit tough! Raptor looked liked it climb through the course with ease!
Hey thanks B! You should consider a trip out here sometime, this time of year (and the next few months really) are prime time for crawling weather. If ya do give it a few days because there are a lot of equally amazing spots a drive away, such as where Proline by the fire is, and of course valley of fire, and then Utah.

The TRX10.2 has been exceeding expectations for sure, I was worried about not having a winch, brought a one strap with me, but didnít end up needing to use it. It didnít do everything but it did a lot and did it pretty well.
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