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Old 03-23-2020, 06:07 PM   #1
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Just picked this thing up today, basically new trx4 sport with traxx. Has some nice upgrades including savox 1212sg and some brass parts up front. Was hoping to get a kit and go that route, but for $600 I think I got a good deal.

If I sell all my other stuff I still may end up with a kit because I really want the lockers/2 speed or a 10.3



Took it out on a local trail, canít say Iím super pleased with it. Kind of slow lol but hey it looks cool!
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Old 03-23-2020, 07:39 PM   #2
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Congrats on the rig!

Traxx look like fun out there in all that wet dirt.

It will be faster with normal wheels and tires, you can usually find take offs around 30-40 so maybe something to look out for to give the rig another dimension.
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Good score Fricker!

The X4 that comes Traxx equipped is geared down a touch. Throw a wheel set on there and swap out your pinion gear if you want some giddy-up
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Old 03-23-2020, 08:44 PM   #4
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I got a new set of sport wheels and tires with the deal, and the matching pinion for that setup. So I’ll definitely be using that too.
I think the traxx will be fun in the snow and at the beach. I’ll look into adding a 2 speed, I’d just need a new radio setup which is fine

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Old 05-02-2020, 07:23 PM   #5
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So Iíve since sold this rig, and traded the traxx with cul8tr.
As luck would have it I stumbled across another one locally. Bone stock hardly a scratch on the body. Rtr with lipo and charger for $400. Have a set of stock wheels and pinion in route.




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Old 05-22-2020, 08:32 PM   #6
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Iím going to start with this.. if youíre considering buy a rig second hand, and when you show up the car is not clean and presentable... just walk away.

So here we are, as you can tell Iíve owned a couple Trx4ís I parted with both the traxx rigs and found what seemed to be a decent deal local on a defender. Which is what Iíve been wanting for a while.
To start I should have taken a closer look at things but the guy was nice and seemed pretty straight up. The rig was dirty but looked clean at a glance. Had a broken front dog-bone, no big deal.

Came with a ďlike newĒ proline 12.8 jk body... which once you got the mud off has some pretty decent damage and monstrous holes to mount the lights and other stuff. Came with a yeah racing trailer with a ďcustomĒ cover done. Upon getting the thing home, the cover was cardboard. So that got tossed, but the trailer cleaned up pretty ok.

On to the rig.. it looked ďcleanĒ because it had been spray painted black over rust, dirt, mud, grass, etc. the shocks, steering servo, you name it, itís got black spray paint on it. Said to have a brushless setup in it.. come to find out itís out of a boat. Broke off screw in the motor mount, and a wheel hex so stripped out he wrapped the drive hex in electrical tape and cranked the wheel nut down.

Iím not going to say what I paid, or what I have spent on replacement parts that are in the mail, but I could have a brand new kit with quite a few nice upgrades.

So this is more of a restoration than a build. Iíll post progress as I go, but I intend on going through every millimeter of this thing. Iíve got new bearings, stainless hardware and a ton of other stuff in route. Holmes Hobbies 21T hobbywing 1080 and more


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Man, that would make me see red...

Props on taking on this nightmare project!
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Man, that would make me see red...

Props on taking on this nightmare project!
Man at first I was like whatever.. Iíve been at work the last couple days so I didnít get a good look at it until today. I wrote the guy and told him how I felt, but I had already ordered so much replacement parts because it kept snowballing, I didnít really want to hear what he had to say in return so I cut off the communication line. I bought it as is and he got me.. Iím the sucker. Never again though.
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Im in the middle of trying to buy a 1:1 XJ Cherokee. Things are looking very similar to your ordeal.

Hate to see you go through it but with a little work you will end up with what you want.
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Old 05-22-2020, 11:50 PM   #11
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Im in the middle of trying to buy a 1:1 XJ Cherokee. Things are looking very similar to your ordeal.

Hate to see you go through it but with a little work you will end up with what you want.
Man thatís a tough deal, I mean at the end of the day, these are toys. I get it.
But yea used 1:1 car shopping is a whole other ordeal with real Money. I hope you find a good deal on a clean XJ!
I bought a used Subaru Outback 2 years ago from a Subaru service team manager.. maybe the cars just a lemon idk but Iíve had nothing but issues and bad luck with that car since I got it. Now it needs a torque converter, but with 130k miles I should do head gaskets and so on that adds up to more than the cars worth. I can do the labor but itís just not worth it and I still owe $5k on the car.
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tough one.
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tough one.
Yea looks like Iíve got some of the stuff sold I pulled off, so that helps offset the cost a little. See what else I can get rid of lol
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Well some parts have started showing up, and Iíve started the daunting task of cleaning this thing up... and it hasnít gotten any better. If anything, Iíd say itís worse on the inside than the out.
Attempted to clean the shocks up, and get the black paint off. 5 minutes in some degreaser and I ruined the shock bodies. So more money will be coming out of my pocket.
I sold the stock tx/rx motor and esc. So that softened the blow a little. Unfortunately the stainless screw kit wonít be here for another week but Iíll have bearings tomorrow. So I started tear down of the axles. Thankfully the gears look ok, no missing teeth or anything chewed up. But Iíll tell you, this thing was submerged in water at some point and it was never service.
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Man that's rough.
Hope you get it all back together and show it some needed love.

Are you in Wilsonville Oregon?
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Old 05-27-2020, 09:06 PM   #16
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Man that's rough.
Hope you get it all back together and show it some needed love.

Are you in Wilsonville Oregon?

Thanks, Iíve got the front carrier rebuilt and the rear diff/portals. Waiting on my stainless hardware kit before I go all the way back together.
Yea man I am, see youíre in Portland?


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Years back, I bought an ATV off eBay that ended us like that; submerged and ran like crap. Totally misrepresented on eBay. Drove 600 miles to pick it up. Should have driven away, but paid w/ Certified Check. As soon as I got home cancelled the Certified check. Turns out they can be cancelled because of fraud. Took the ATV to a local dealer and had the top end redone, etc.. Seller was barking mad! Deducted cost of repairs and that's what I paid.


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There are people out there that just should not be allowed near machines. By the time it is all said and done you would have been money ahead to buy a new kit. On the plus side you are resurrecting with would otherwise be a basket case.
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Yea itís all about the principle. I would have low balled the guy but he made it clear he was firm on the price before we met up. So I figured it was a solid rig.



Thatís good you were able to get the repairs done on the quad on his dime. Itís only fair when itís not as described as promised.



I received all new plastics today and got the frame rails sanded and painted. Hopefully Iíll be able to start assembling the chassis this weekend
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Transmission wasnít pretty, but a lot better looking than the axles.
All 40 new bearings installed through the truck. Little grease and the transmission will be going back together tomorrow.
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