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Old 08-12-2019, 07:11 PM   #1301
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Great pics Nate!!!! That was a ton of fun

I would have no reservations grinding that nub off the end of the yoke, I've done it before with no problems.
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Old 08-14-2019, 10:40 AM   #1302
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Rockhugger, thanks and yes it was! Thanks for the driveshaft input!


M1tch, Incisions are very scale looking, splines are not loose and floppy (yet anyways ) like MIPs. Junfacs work and are nice small diameter, but the 'D' shaped slip yoke connection is less than ideal and the Incisions are more scale looking. All I had to do to fit these was open up transmission output shaft holes little more and then 45' chamfered outside of holes!


Transmission output shafts from left to right, new Vaterra through-hole shaft with 1.5mm removed from each end to flush up with driveshaft yoke, original non-through hole shaft, and new un-modified through hole shaft. Cleaned, re-greased gears, threw in a few cat hairs, bolted together and ready to rock!




Shafts installed, bottom chassis shot, new setup with all 5mm solid steel upper and lower suspension links (more weight down low, slides over rocks nicely). After much testing, Crawler Innovations Deuces Wild foams for Pitbull RockBeasts are the best foams inside the Vaterra Swampers imo, Pro-Line foams are too large (they're made for the 4.75" tall Pro-Line tires). Blazer tires work way better with the CI foams, new foams on the way!




SIde shot, lookin good, note STRC aluminum rear upper link with Yeti.Stealth's 3 screw mount mod! Realized I was changing too many variables at once (and had a ton more work to do) so went back to Vaterra aluminum shocks that I've been running, but drained and refilled them with Losi 50wt oil.


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Old 08-14-2019, 11:39 AM   #1303
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Look really good. I like those incision shafts.
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Old 08-14-2019, 01:23 PM   #1304
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Thanks Natedog. Those shafts look really nicely made. Tempted maybe....
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Natedog: https://youtu.be/9JyC23lwsn4?t=220
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Haha! Was that Natedog winning something?
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Old 08-15-2019, 09:48 AM   #1307
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Look really good. I like those incision shafts.
Thanks, they're beauties for sure.

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Thanks Natedog. Those shafts look really nicely made. Tempted maybe....
You're welcome.

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Nice, thanks!

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Yes it was, Losi NightCrawler that Ernie tuned up and helped find a deserving home for.

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Old 08-15-2019, 02:38 PM   #1308
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You and Ernie! The kings of paying it forward!
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Thank you, Dean, always try to be!

Rear axle narrowed, cleaned up, knuckles on but will drill holes and set caster later. Measured ten times, marked housing, measured a couple more, used calipers for overall width check, very small tubing cutter to mark all the way around housing for cut, X-Acto course tooth saw (cut it few thousandths of an inch long), then sanding wheel to specs and squareness. Scotch tape was used to tighten the knuckles fit on ends of axle, stretched tightly almost two full wraps of tape, then installed knuckles.




WB4 with all steel links!




K10 body is about 22mm less height than Blazer body, making it difficult to get the body low and still have room for tires during flex. Compared side by side to my old Honcho body and it's very similar in dimensions height and width wise. Honcho originally came on (and I ran it) with much smaller 1.9s, Axial Ripsaws, however I'm very partial to the size and traction of the Vaterra Swampers....gotta run these tires. What to do....


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Why did you narrow a rear axle for the front axle?

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Much easier to add third screw through the upper link mount into the pumpkin housing ala Yeti.Stealth brace.
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Gotcha. So, are you no longer using the stock floating battery tray? Glad to see youíre still tinkering with them. I love my OG ascender and itís dialed in but never use it much,or any of my trucks for that matter lately.

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Not on the K10 (Blazer still uses floating tray), will be running BPC tray made for ProTek 3S 3600/4100 LIHV. Work and family can make it difficult to get crawl time or are you RC flying or?

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Just life priorities. No flying for me. Made a short, very short venture into planes and that ended quickly. Literally lol. Keep up the good work and pictures.

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