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Week 2 – Axial Universals & Battery Relocate

I was just too busy last week to get any run time in on the Poison Spyder Wraith. I didn’t want that to hold up the schedule though so I jumped right into the next round of upgrades. This week I added Axial’s front Universal shafts and then relocated the factory battery tray from the rear to up under the hood.

Here is the current state of the budget:
Remaining Budget from last week: $21.67
This Week’s Budget: $50.00
Total Budget: $71.67
This week’s expenses: $37.90
Budget to carry over to next week: $33.77

SuperShafty.com Limited Edition Transmission Cases

Rick @ SuperShafty.com just sent me a sneak peak of his newest pieces that just came in from coating. Rick was able to work with Vanquish Products to get a batch of raw transmission cases so that he could put his own custom touch on them. What you are seeing is a 3 color annodized finish. These limited edition pieces will be available only through SuperShafty.com so if you want something different than anyone else, you’ll have to get moving!

Can you guess which one of the two special colors is mine?

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FreqEskinZ – Hit & Run

I have already showed you my process on forming custom aluminum panels. Now the last step to wrapping up (bad pun) this build was to apply the Skinz from FreqEskinZ.com. I worked out the design the week before and picked up the final prints just a few days later. I shot this video, once again, late at night while trying to finish this truck for the KCRC Goat Hill Scale Team Challenge.

 

Crawler Innovations Foams and Pitbull Rockbeast II’s

Selecting tires for the Hit & Run Wraith was not the hardest choice I had to make for the build. The Pitbull Rockbeast II’s have been praised for their performance since they were released last September. Selecting your tire is barely half the battle however, the Pitbull’s do not come with foams out of the package. I contacted Eddie @ Crawler Innovations and brought him up to speed with my current plan. He was just about to release his new Comp Cut Closed Cell inner foam. This new inner design allows for the foam to better fill the sidewall of the tires and also work better on as many wheel widths as possible. I shot the following video late at night before the Goat Hill Scale Team Challenge, it will give you a little bit of insight into my setup and how I felt they performed. I couldn’t be happier with how this rig performed.

Thank you again to Crawler Innovations for providing me with a fantastic product.

Hit & Run – Stiffy Kit & Custom Panels

The Axial Wraith is my favorite RC ever, hands down. However, sometimes you want to change the look up and have something a little different than everyone else. Local RC Master Fabricator Jerry Justice from the Death Metal Garage (DMG) builds what he calls a “Stiffy Kit”. These parts are made from aluminum to keep the weight down and completely change the style of the Wraith. These parts are NOT EASY to get. Jerry is a one man operation and is constantly working on something different. You can only contact him through RCCrawler, user name “the DMG”. Getting a response is not promised, he gets slammed with requests and just can’t keep up with everything.

This video walks you through what went into installing my Stiffy Kit into the Hit & Run Ultimate G6 Axial Wraith. I also touch on the process of making some custom aluminum panels to change the look of your wraith even further. I will try and get some PDF templates uploaded for those if you want to make your own.

Waterproofing a Sensored Brushless Motor and ESC – Corrosion X

This time around I decided to change up my process and use Corrosion X to waterproof my setup. I will still seal up the motor with RTV around the motor plate itself and I will continue to apply dielectric grease to the sensor cable ports. This is just an extra layer of protection for the motor itself. In the event that any water did get in there, this should stop any damage. Corrosion X is not a permanent solution, over time you may want to reapply the liquid to the parts. I may do this twice a year. Here is the video showing you my process on my Castle Mamba Max Pro and a Tekin ROC 412.

Ebay Gimbal – Bench Test

My two Futaba BLS257 servos came in and I was ready to get moving on setting up the gimbal. Dialing in the servos was not too hard but did take some time. The gimbal servos plug into the Motor positions 7 and 8. My initial numbers were around 550 for roll and 750 for pitch but I need a longer servo arm on my pitch servo so that will get dropped down soon.

Test flight footage is coming soon!

 

Week 1 – Before the First Run

Before I ever run this truck I will be doing a couple mods to help parts last as long as possible.

First, adding a Castle BEC to allow the stock ESC to run on 3s LiPO. Here is the method I use to wire in my BEC.

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Second, changing the gearing to something that will not stress the stock Axial 20t motor so much. I chose to switch to an 84t spur and 16t pinion.

 

Week #1 Video

Check back every Thursday for updates on this build.

Axial Poison Spyder Wraith – $50 Budget Build

Here is the newest truck into the shop, the Axial Poison Spyder Edition Wraith. It rolled in last week during the rush to finish up my Hit & Run build. Since I had just finished building my version of the “
Ultimate” Wraith I sat down and talked through what I was contemplating for this truck. I posted the following video on my YouTube channel and asked people their thoughts. The majority seemed to agree with my initial idea, my version of a “Budget Build”. When I say budget build I don’t mean cheap parts, as I fully believe in the saying that “You get what you pay for”.

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Hit & Run – TziWorld Winch Installation

A winch should be on your required list of performance mods if you plan on running a G6. For this Wraith build I planned to install my TziWorld.com winch into this rig. This winch is a BEAST. The video walks you through my thought process to install this winch into my Axial Wraith.

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