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Old 02-21-2020, 12:17 AM   #1
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Whatís up everyone, just picked up a Twin Hammers from a fellow member. Added to my Wraith and Scx10.2
First Vaterra Iíve owned and first impression isnít terrible. The rig I got turned out to be pretty well used so Iíve got some replacement parts in the mail. Iíve installed a 20t axial motor and junk brushed esc I had laying around. Waiting for some mounts to setup the steering servo. Doesnít have the setup for shift servo so Iím not too worried about that right now. Swapped out the stock rear shocks for some stock scx10 shocks but looking forward to getting this thing going.
Came with a pinched cold buster body that needs some restoration, picked up some pieces for that, but saw a post about cutting up a stampede body.. and well I have 2 that donít fit anything else I own so I may take a crack at that
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Old 02-21-2020, 03:18 AM   #2
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Iíve had a twin hammers for about three years now. I think I went too big on the motor LOL I have a 1500 turn brushless in it. Itís not the most stable vehicle. But I think I found a new use for it. GCM makes a hoop shock mount conversion for the front suspension. Stock SCX 10II shocks work perfect on the front. Itís a work in progress, Check it out itís pretty cool. I shortened the frame and put the front conversion on it. I have paddles for all four tires. Iím going to put a hard plastic bug body on it. Also Iím going to extend the rear suspension and also widen the front suspension. Iím making it a sand drag car.



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Old 02-21-2020, 10:37 PM   #3
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The TH is a really nice, and underrated, platform. It does Ultra4 well, bashes well, and with the right setup can outcrawl almost anything due to it's very low CG and wide stance.

It does of course have some downfalls:

1) Stock steering sucks
2) Cantilever suspension is not fantastic
3) Suffers from some torque twist
4) Front driveshafts can be problematic under heavy load

All of these can be remedied with a variety of methods.

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Old 02-22-2020, 07:56 AM   #4
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Thanks guys, I’m excited to get this thing going. Waiting on some parts in the mail before I can though.
So I do know that it’s got the bell crank steering and wraith length trailing arms. I swapped in some stock scx10.2 shocks I had for the rear. I’ve been looking at doing an upright front shock mod but don’t really want to spend a ton more money on this thing.
I’ve got some old shock hoops laying around so I may try a mod I saw on here. I enjoy working on these things as much as driving so it’s been a good project so far
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Old 03-03-2020, 12:43 PM   #5
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Well I finally got to drive this thing, I replaced the cage front bumper mounted a tactic servo out of my wraith that I upgraded to full metal gear. 20t axial motor with ae-5 esc and a little 3000mah 2s reedy lipo.

I have to say, it was a bit frustrating working on this car compared to everything Iíve ever owned. Getting the steering servo setup was a pita. Also the fact that they use 3 1mm screws on the transmission absolutely drove me crazy. Couldnít find a wrench anywhere and ended up sanding a 1.5 and struggled to get those screws out. Luckily a local Ace had replacements with a 1.5mm head.

The stock ď25tĒ servo horn does not fit a 25t servo. Had to get creative on a couple things but I can say it does all work like it should.

Not really sure this things for me, You might find it in the classifieds soon.
Trying to decide if I should spend the time trying to restore the body or cut my losses and let the next guy mess with it
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Old 03-03-2020, 04:27 PM   #6
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You use some thin cardboard or some card stock paper and make some mock up panels. Then transpose that onto something else for panels: 16oz cans, lexan from fleaBay, etc.
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Old 03-03-2020, 05:11 PM   #7
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You use some thin cardboard or some card stock paper and make some mock up panels. Then transpose that onto something else for panels: 16oz cans, lexan from fleaBay, etc.
Yea, it came with a pinched Clod body. In the pictures I thought it looked pretty cool. But itís pretty beat. For the money I spent on supplies to repair it, I should have just bought a new cab and pinched it myself, Then made it fit.
Right now Iím looking at sectioning 1/2Ē out of the middle to tighten it up so it sits right and can still steer
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Old 03-03-2020, 05:38 PM   #8
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I always go to national hardware for all of my screws for RC vehicles. They have the biggest selection super cheap bulk prices. They are on Blackstone and Spruce right on the corner.


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Old 03-13-2020, 09:54 PM   #9
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Well I finally got around to working on the body for this thing, got 1/2Ē cut out of the middle, trimmed and sectioned some stuff to fit. Getting ready to make some backing panels and get to glueing this thing back together. I was going to paint it but I have some carbon fiber vinyl laying around so I think Iíll wrap it and go from there.
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Old 03-15-2020, 11:45 PM   #10
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Not sure how I feel about it. Probably should have painted it and bought some better body filler
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Old 03-16-2020, 02:31 AM   #11
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Hey thatís really cool! I like that a lot.


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Old 03-16-2020, 02:43 AM   #12
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That came out good. Personally, I like the beat up body. Maybe a coat of primer and leave it be.
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Old 04-25-2020, 08:33 PM   #13
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Changed things up a little, trimmed a Chevy proline stampede body to fit. Have some wheel extenders in the mail so I can keep the front fenders. Tried to save the clod body but it was rough.
Decided to throw some more parts at this thing then itís gonna go up on the auction block.
I have a 2 speed setup in the mail including a hitec mighty mini servo and tactic 3 channel radio. Some 90mm shocks and a plate of 1/8Ē aluminum to try and make an upright shock tower. Also picked up a 30t pinion to try and get a little more speed out of the 20T brushed motor. Swapped out the ae-5 for a brushed esc with freewheel instead of drag brake.
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Old 04-29-2020, 03:45 PM   #14
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Well here’s the start to my super budget upright shock mod.
I just pulled all the cantilever stuff off, left the manta steering upper plate and did a little fab work with 1/8 aluminum plate and a dremel.

I should have got 80mm shocks instead of 90mm but I’m going to limit them internally for now. I’m going to clean up the tower and give it some cutouts for aesthetics

Sorry for the sideways pics, I can’t sort it out
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Old 04-29-2020, 05:01 PM   #15
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Make the bracket a little taller and move the mount holes higher.
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Make the bracket a little taller and move the mount holes higher.




Yea I just didnít want to shocks sticking up to the moon. I regulated the travel internally with a rubber spacer I had, and put some shorter rod ends on. It sits nice and uses the exact travel of the arm, so Iím good with it.

Iím planning on running the red Chevy body and it fits under it without cutting holes in the hood.





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Old 02-26-2021, 07:52 PM   #17
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Well here’s the start to my super budget upright shock mod.
I just pulled all the cantilever stuff off, left the manta steering upper plate and did a little fab work with 1/8 aluminum plate and a dremel.

I should have got 80mm shocks instead of 90mm but I’m going to limit them internally for now. I’m going to clean up the tower and give it some cutouts for aesthetics

Sorry for the sideways pics, I can’t sort it out
I just joined and saw your Scorched Parts steering from Shapeways. Their parts seem a little pricey, but what about the shipping and handling from England? Was it expensive too? There isn't a lot to work with anymore. Most upgrade parts have dried up. Mine has a stock one-piece body and I don't want to have to butcher the hood for parts that stick up high if I don't have to.
Is there an explanation on how to post pics? Thanks.

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Old 03-02-2021, 12:37 AM   #18
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Hey sorry man I just saw this, so I got this thing second hand.. I have no idea where the steering and all that came from. I built the shock tower and kind of restored it a little then sold it off about a year ago


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Hey sorry man I just saw this, so I got this thing second hand.. I have no idea where the steering and all that came from. I built the shock tower and kind of restored it a little then sold it off about a year ago


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