Week 11 – Trans Gears & Motor Plate

The beginning of building the transmission up to bulletproof status begins here. SuperShafty.com provided his Ultimate Wraith motor plate and a set of steel gears for the transmission.


Week 10.5 Special – Axial R35 BFG’s

A special delivery required a special video. A mid-week update! I didn’t want to delay so I bent my rules a little. Thursday will still have your regularly scheduled video however!

Week 10 – Vanquish Knuckles & Carter Fab Panels

Time to replace the stock knuckles with some Vanquish Products Wraith knuckles. After that I did a visual upgrade with some aluminum panels from Carter Fab.

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.

Week 7 – Futaba S9157 Servo Upgrade

It was finally time to replace the stock servo. I of course looked to Futaba for my replacement of choices.

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 –> 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.

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