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A Tale of 2 Axial Crawlers

Discussion in 'Radio Controlled' started by Corbet, Oct 30, 2017.

  1. Corbet

    Corbet Speski OffRoad LTD. Supporting Vendor

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    So our Durango wheeling group has been bitten by the scale crawler bug. Evenings in camp now become RC crawling time between campfire and meals.

    My son, then 7, got to demo an Axial Bomber at the 2016 W.E.Rock Championship Weekend in Farmington. Didn’t take long for him to get hooked too.

    Shortly there after I found an Axial Wraith on Craigslist used for only $180. Basic RTR unit but had a decent charger, battery, and upgraded steering servo already installed. The rear axle was a mess so I found a new take off on eBay for $45.

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    Since last fall I’ve let the boy find the weak parts on the Wraith. He burned out the motor, cooked a battery, drove it until loose parts fell off and wondered why it quit working. I put a rebuildable Axial 55T motor in to replace the standard 27T than burned up. Slowed the car down a bunch and made it crawl much better. Replaced the loose hardware and it’s been pretty solid now for a few months.
     
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    This fall the boy turned 8 and I got him an Axial Bomber kit.

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    The plan, build the kit together and swap in all the electronics from what is now my Wraith. Then I get to rebuild the Wraith into the truck I want.

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    The kit form of the Bomber seemed like such a better value as it comes with upgraded; links, front inner axles, gears, shocks, & tires. Plus I did not need another set of basic RTR electronics.

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    Corbet Speski OffRoad LTD. Supporting Vendor

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    Building it has been pretty fun but slow going given my schedule.

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    It’s turned more into Dad’s project as I’m fearful he will strip out the screws during assembly. But he is watching and learning how things work. So that is cool.

    Where it stands now

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    Corbet Speski OffRoad LTD. Supporting Vendor

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    The boy wanted a poser shot.

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    Up next is Building the shocks, paint, and move all the electronics over from the Wraith.
     
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    Got some paint on the body panels. Decals yet to be applied. While many seem to have an adversion to the gold Axial components we decided to embrace them with a gold metallic paint choice.

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    When you're building the shocks I'd use some Team Associated green slime on the o-rings. Miracle fix for leaks in my experience.

    Glad to see more RC build threads here. I need to post my latest project build :)
     
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    I've been reading about the green slime too. Our most local RC shop did not have any. I'm going to try using a mountain bike suspension product that I have and see if that will seal them up. If not I'll order the green slime online.
     
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    Trying to keep the upgrades to a minimum. But these seemed logical.

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    Shock Building started this morning.

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    First shock completed.

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    I used some “Slick Honey” grease to try to get a good seal on the shock o-rings. It’s what I use on my mountain bike suspension seals. We will see how well it works.

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    Where is stands now with the shocks and decals installed. Need to start painting the interior/drivers.

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