Week 9 – ARB Licensed Grip Fab Locker

I am working out of town this week and decided to do a phone interview with the creator of these new pieces. I always enjoy discussing products with the people that have developed them, hope you all enjoy it as well.

Week 8 – Holmes Hobbies Crawlmaster Expert

I was excited to hear that Holmes was bringing in a new machine wound version of his popular Crawlmaster motor. The 13t (a 13t 5 slot is approx equal to a 27t 3 slot) hand wound version is my prefered choice for a brushed motor in the Wraith but it is quite expensive. These new versions bring the cost way down for those that are willing to sacrifice a little bit of power. It seemed like the perfect mix for this build.

Vanquish Products Vaterra Twin Hammers Rear Trailing Arms

I received some first release pieces of the brand new Vanquish Products rear Trailing Arms for the Vaterra Twin Hammers. This video goes in depth on the design and function of the arms, as well as a little bit of running footage.

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 –> http://www.mcmaster.com/#92185a107/=ndldq8

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.

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 www.HolmesHobbies.com 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


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

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