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Week 6 – Vanquish Products Titanium Steering Linkage

I spent some time down at the Lake of the Ozarks over the long holiday weekend. While I was there I jumped onto an abandoned mini-golf and Go Kart facility for some rouge fun! After that I get into the upgrades for the week. The steering was in need of some serious upgrades, this will be the first step in getting it under control.

Week 5 – Vanquish Products Titanium Lower Links & Cage Modification

This week I did a ton of hard running on the truck and surprisingly nothing let go on me. After watching some of the video I could see the links really bowing out, this seemed like a good next upgrade and gave me the parts to do the rear cage modification. Check out the 5 video of the series!

Axial Trail Ready Beadlocks Review

After running the new Axial Poison Spyder Wraith for 5 weeks I decided to do a quick review on the new Trail Ready Beadlocks. I was loosing beads on the tires and was worried that these new wheels weren’t going to hold up. This short video shows some testing on 2 different tires, the verdict is that the wheels are SOLID but the new Axial BFG tires have a bead that doesn’t hold well in the wheel.



Week 4 – Vanquish Products Hubs on Trail Read Beadlocks

I started to lose a bead on one of my rear tires and while removing the wheel I noticed I had started to spin the plastic hub adapter on the stock Trail Ready beadlocks. So I decided to upgrade to the VP hex hubs that these wheels were designed around.

Stock Track Width (outside of tire): 11.25″

I chose to use the VP 475 SLW hubs: VANQUISH SLW WHEEL HUBS

You need a set of 12mm Hexes: Axial Racing 12mm Aluminum Hex Hub (black) (4pcs) #AX30429 – The Crawlers Store LLC

You will also need 4-40 hardware to for the hubs, I already had plenty laying around the shop. I don’t know of a hardware pack for them just yet but I’ll see what I can find out about that. The hardware in the stock axial hubs is 3mm and will not work with the new hubs. You can purchase 50 pieces of hardware for about $6 + shipping through McMaster –>

Install was straight forward.

With the 475 hubs, the track width went up to 11.75″, a gain of .500″ total. If you want to retain the stock track width you would want to go with the 225 hubs from VP. I will be staying with the 475’s as I like the increased width.

Light Bar Mount Fabrication

The Hit & Run Wraith has been a blast to drive. An upcoming RECON G6 is coming to Missouri and there is some night running that is promised to occur. I needed to get my lighting situation figured out ASAP so that I could be sure that nobody would mistake who’s truck was coming. This is just the first part of this task, more will come soon on what the full plan of attack is to be…

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Wraith Short Side Panel and Battery Box Templates

While I was working on the Hit & Run I kept the paper templates I made to create my aluminum side panels and battery box. I scanned the templates in and traced them in CAD to make them available to everyone. I used .025″ aluminum sheet for the side panels and some thicker .040″ for the battery tray. You can use whatever thickess you like however. Simply download the PDF I have attached and print it out on your home printer. Make sure you DO NOT USE THE FIT TO PAGE option, you want to print this at full scale (no scaling). After you print the page, check the 1″ square box on the page to ensure you have printed this correctly.Clicke here to download the PDF –> Wraith Templates

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Axial BFGoodrich Krawler Tire – Testing

The stock tires on Poison Spyder Wrath are a fairly stiff  in comparison to the most popular scale performance tires today. The large lugs have caused some discussion amongst scale enthusiasts in regards to their proportioning to this tires full size counterpart. Even though these are the harder compound that is found in most of Axial’s Ready-to-Run trucks, they didn’t do too bad on the rocks. These aren’t going to be making a big showing in the comp scene any time soon, but they still surprised me. I would still like to try the sticky versions of these, just to see how they do, but for now here is some side-by-side footage of these tires in the rocks. The other Wraiths in this video are highly modified but as you can see the PSC Wraith still was able to follow them around without too much effort.


Holmes Hobbies BRXL Micro – Sneak Peak

20130617_212550A new ESC from Holmes Hobbies will soon be hitting the market. This is the next step in the evolution of competition crawler ESC’s. Amazingly powerful, feature packed, and in a package that you can tuck nearly anywhere. The lack of a heat sink means you need to be conscious of their use as the heat is drawn out of the ESC through the wires. This form factor allows you to stack a pair of ESC’s for use in dual motor comp crawlers and minimize the space allowing you to maximize performance by putting the weight up front.

These ESC’s are going to be capable of accepting up to 6s Lipo batteries, just like it’s bigger brother. Watch for these to come in-stock very soon.

Here is a short video giving you an up close look at this bite sized powerhouse.

Week 3 – MIP Driveshafts and Golden Horizons Servo Horn

This week’s upgrade chose itself. While running the truck at a construction site near my house I ended up trashing the stock driveshafts. The upgrade choice was easy as MIP’s are always my go to choice for tough driveshafts. While I was at it I also installed a Golden Horizon’s servo horn, I was NOT happy with this purchase however. The fit and quality was terrible, I will not be purchasing any products from Golden Horizons again.

Remaining Budget from last week: $33.77
This Week’s Budget: $50.00
Total Budget: $83.77
This week’s expenses: $50.93
Budget to carry over to next week: $32.84


Hit & Run – Ready for the First Run!

I finished the Hit & Run Ultimate G6 Axial Wraith early in the morning the day of 2nd Annual KCRC Goat Hill Scale Team Challenge. This was a final overview of the build before it got taken out and beat on for the event!

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