Tips To Assemble Beadlock Wheels

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Who loves assembling tires? Raise your hand! Stop raising your hand, we can’t see you. Glueing or assembling tires on beadlock rims is not among the favorite build tasks of an RC machine. Perhaps that is why most RC manual writers leave it to the end. But it’s a job that needs to get done. However if it’s not done right, it could lead to problems when you’re out at play or on the course. Here we’re going to go over how to assemble a certain wheel type so it secures the tire properly and that is a beadlock rim. Beadlock rims have some great advantages, they secure the tire without glue and the wheel can even be reused when you want to swap tires. But if you assemble a beadlock incorrectly, your tire may seem out of alignment and cause wheel wobble and erratic handling. Let’s go over some tips to help you install a tire on a beadlock wheel properly.

GATHER YOUR PARTS
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Gather all the parts you need to assemble one wheel and put them together in a pile. Here is the loosely assembled wheel, tire with insert, screws and inner hub.

TOOLS
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The tools you’ll need will be pretty simple. Pretty much you’ll just need a 2mm hex driver for this wheel. We’re going to make our lives easier and use and electric driver with 2mm speed bit. You may also need a leather punch depending on how you want to vent your tire.

STEP 1
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These 2.2 Walker Evans Wheels came loosely assembled from the factory. It is important to notice how they come apart. They have a vent option built into the wheel that allows you to have no vent, a 2 hole vent (1 on each side) or a 4 hole vent or even a 6 hole vent. This vent system is off-set so you’ll want to notice the position of the middle ring. To make keeping track of the rim easier, we put the wheel from the factory on the table, backside of the rim first. Then slide out the center hoop and place the back side down next to the rear locking ring. Then we take the face of the rim out and placed it next to the center ring.

STEP 2
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Take the center ring and slip it into the tire makeing sure it also goes inside of the foam insert. As you slip the insert in, the “back” of the rim will continue to face down.

STEP 3
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Check to make sure your inner ring is perfectly positioned in the center of the foam.

STEP 4
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Now pick the tire up, move it over the back side of the beadlock ring and place the tire down. You can flip the tire over now so you can push the outer rim onto the tire. We know the additional steps to keep track of the inner ring off-set sound silly, but trust us, its better to go slow and keep track rather than getting frustrated wondering why your wheel isn’t going together properly.

STEP 5
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Look inside the wheel, see the notches? This is the venting system. By moving the outter rim so it inserts over the peg in a different location adjusts how much the tire will vent. We have it in the middle so only one hole on this side of the wheel will vent air. Want a softer tire, allow 2 holes to vent. Want to go in the water, shift the wheel ring so none of the holes are open. You get the idea.

STEP 6
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Now take the time to set the tire bead onto the shiny portion of the rim ring, we pulled the tire off of it, so you can see it better. If its on the next lower part of the ring, it may not press on properly later. After slowly pushing in the outter ring, lift up on the tire edge a bit to make sure its seated properly.

STEP 7
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Now you can flip the tire back over and place it on your bench. Slip in the front portion of the rim from the top. Push down on the rim face so the tire bead seats itself just like you did to the back ring.

STEP 8
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With the rim face in place, flip the tire over again and make sure the screw holes line up. If they do not, spin the front rim face until the holes line up. Do no turn the back ring, this will change your vents.

STEP 9
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Time to start assembling this thing! Screw two screws into the rim on opposite sides. Only screw them in a few threads.

STEP 10
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Now install two more, again across from each other and just a few threads.

STEP 11
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Thread the last few screws into the wheel, again just screw them in so a few threads catch. Your wheel should now be aligned and ready to be tightened. But wait!

STEP 12
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You will need to keep the wheel face and back ring even as you tigthen down the screws. This is achieved by tightening the screws a little at a time in a “star pattern” just as if you were tightening the lug-nuts on a real car. You may tighten the screws down in the star pattern for 4-5 cycles before the wheel has compressed and properly pinched the tire in the beadlock. Tigthen the screws until they are snug and you don’t see any gaps between the rim pieces or screws.

STEP 13
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Install your inner hex hub in a similar fashion. You can install all the screws at once, but tighten them into their final position by using the star pattern.

STEP 14
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Check your tire overhang. Lift up on the edge of the tire and you should see the rubber overhang edge that sits on the outter edge of the rim. It should look uniform as you turn the wheel and gently pull up on the edge. If you see a large gap or can’t pull the edge out at all, there’s a chance your  tire is not properly seated in the rim and you’ll need to disassemble the wheel and repeat the install process. If you don’t the tire will wobble. A wobbly tire can cause bad handling and wear other parts on the rig prematurely.

TIPS
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Some drivers choose to vent through the tire. To do this, you’ll need a leather punch to punch a hole in the tire. The thought behind venting the tire is that any dirt that gets inside can “fling” out. Or if water gets in the tire, it can drain out. Some think less dirt gets into the tire with this style of vent. It’s an option we just want to let you know about and you can decide what style is best for you.

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Foam Trimming- There are a number of methods to trimming tire insert foam that will change how the tire acts. Some will cut the outer edges of the foam on a diagonal so the sidewall of the tire will feel a bit softer. If you are just having fun, leave it as is. If you plan to race, see how other racers modify their inserts.

FINISHED!
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Your beadlock wheel and tire are now properly assembled. Just three more to go! Or if you have a Bomber, just four more to go! Take your time and assembled your wheels properly. They’ll stay together and allow your rig to perform better.

Build The Perfect King Shocks

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When it comes to building shocks on an RC kit, many builders start to cringe. It’s not a favorite task for many, however building your shocks properly is a must if you want your suspension to perform. We’re working on a RR10 Bomber for some future video action shoots and decided to take some extra time to take photos to show you just how to build the King aluminum shocks that come with the kit. Here we’ll show you all of our tips and tricks that will result in a high performance shock that will give your rig the best handling possible.

YOU’LL NEED
Shock Shaft Pliers (TLR99101)
5.0 Nut Driver (Set: DYNT2010)
Shock O-Ring Grease (TLR77002)
Competition Silicone Shock Oil (TLR74020)
Paper Towels

STEP 1
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It’s best to take the time and lay out all of your shock components nice and neatly so you have everything in front of you and nothing is left out.

STEP 2
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We’re going to start with the cartirdge assembly. Carefully cut them from the parts trees and slip the clear o-ring over the threads and seat it in the lower slot.

STEP 3
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Don’t jump right into installing the shock o-rings in the cartridge. Before you do so, here’s a tip. Use a shock o-ring grease such as TLR77002  to grease the o-rings. Place a small amount of grease in a plastic bag and then the o-rings. Work the grease onto the o-rings so they’re well coated.

STEP 4
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You’ll also need the cartidge spacers and caps to finish the cartridge assembly. It’s best to cut the parts off of the tree using a hobby knife. Cut as close as you can to the spacers so there isn’t any extra material from the tree on the spacer. Extra material here could cause a binding in the cartridge.

STEP 5
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Place a greased o-ring in the cartridge, followed by the spacer, followed by another o-ring.

STEP 6
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Snap the cartridge cap on and make certian it is perfectly seated in place. If the cap isn’t completely snapped on, it could possible come apart during use.

STEP 7
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Now it’s time to install the pistons on the  shock shafts. In your RR10 kit, there will be delrin pistons in the bag. Use these. Place one washer on the shock shaft, followed by the piston, followed by another washer and then the retaining nut. Use shock shaft pleirs to hold the shaft and use the 5.0 nut driver to snug the nut into place.

STEP 8
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Once you’ve tightened the nut, make certain the piston just barely spins on the shaft. If you tighten it too much to the point it can’t move, you may have possibly “mushroomed” the piston and it could possibly bind in the shock body.

STEP 9
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Slip the assembled shock shaft/ piston into the cartridge and thread it into the bottom of the shock body slowly. You’ll want to completely screw the cartridge in slowly until the o-ring can no longer be seen and the cartridge is tight.

STEP 10
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Slide the bump-stop on the shaft and screw the shock end onto the shaft until the top of the end meets the unthreaded portion of the shaft. Using shock shaft pliers here is a good idea.

STEP 11
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Time to install the pre-load collars, but first you need to slip the black o-rings into the slots inside the collars.

STEP 12
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When threading the collars onto the shock body, it’s a good idea to put a drop of oil at the top of the threads. This will allow the collars to screw on much easier.

STEP 13
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We’re getting there. It’s now time to fill the shock with oil. Instead of using the kit oil, we’re going to use a competition grade oil from Team Losi Racing to fill the shock. With the piston at the bottom of the body, fill the shock body with oil to the top.

STEP 14
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This is a critical step. We have to cycle out any air trapped under the piston. Slowly push the shock shaft up in the body. Don’t let the piston go past the oil at the top. When the piston nears the top, pull the shock shaft back down and air bubbles should rise to the top. Continue this process until all of the trapped air is gone. If there are fine bubbles in the oil, set the shock aside and wait for the air bubble to come to the surface.

STEP 15
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Seat the shock bladder into the cap. Slip the bladder in and using a fine blade screwdriver or similar object, make sure the bladder is seated perfectly in the top of the cap by pushing on the edges.

STEP 16
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Top off the shock with oil if necessary. The oil should be near level with the top of the body.

STEP 17
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Slowly push the shock shaft to the top.

STEP 18
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Now screw the shock cap on. Some oil should seep out of the sides. Tighten the cap firmly.

STEP 19
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Once the cap is tightented, the shaft should slide out a little bit. Cycle the shock shaft in and out several times to make sure it has a good feel and there isn’t any binding.

STEP 20
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If the shock is built correctly, you should be able to push the shock shaft all the way to the top. If there is a lot of shock shaft showing, you have what’s called hydro-lock and this will cause handling problems. You may need to bleed some additional oil out of the shock. Loosen the cap, push the shock shaft in all the way and tighten the cap again. This should bleed out some oil. Repeat the process until the shaft goes all the way up.

STEP 21
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Almost done, slip the appropriate spring over the shock body and slip the lower shock perch into place. Pop the ball end into the shock eyelets and you’re shock is assembled!

FINISHED
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Your shocks should now be assembled and ready for installation on your rig. You’re not done yet. You’ll still need to adjust your pre-load collars to set your vehicles ride height. Use the suggested collar settings in the manual as a starting point. Because the weight of the equipment used in a rig may vary, small adjustments may need to be made to set your vehicle to a ride height that will work for you.

 

Axialfest 2018 Skeeno Report Part 2

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In Part 1 of the Axialfest 2018 Skeeno Report, I showed you the sights and sounds of Day 1, or Wednesday, at Axialfest 2018.  This is Part 2, and I will be recapping my Thursday at Axialfest 2018 where I visit more vendors, see more people trailing, go check out the Concourse builds, and finish the day off with the CKRC Dollar Dash!

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Every day at Axialfest starts with a hearty breakfast. You need to fuel up for a full day of RC adventures.

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Tree didn’t get his rig fixed last night because he lost a screwshaft in the dirt.  Luckily, most Axialfesters are happy to help each other out.  When Tony Mazza heard Tree was pouting about not being able to drive, Mr. Mazza dug into his spare parts bin and found just what Mr. Tree was looking for.

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I spotted Mr. Colman aka Joshua Kaine Elliot aka ESP cruising around checking out the action.  He did tons of filming, so look for his video recaps of Axialfest 2018 coming soon!

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I went to see who was out trailing and ran into these guys on the handicapped accessible trail along the side of the road.

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Don’t be fooled by the looks of it. It was tougher than it looked.

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As usual, large groups of friends and family were seen walking to trails and out on the trails.

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Over in A camp, the Down With The Sickeness Crew was again rolling deep.  I think they have 100 members packed in there.

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The slippery rocks down in the river bed always provide a challenge.

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‘Merica!

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It’s important to remember to take a picture of your rigs at the beginning of every trail.

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That banjo player was still pickin and grinnin, but it looks like his wifey left him. Maybe she’s cooking breakfast.  Do skeletons eat?

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I wonder what that is.  I’ll have to stop by later when the Reef’s boys are around and ask them.

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Chassis, chassis, chassis.  You know what that means?

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Yup, CBE was back at Axialfest 2018, and they brought all the goodness with them.

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Hi, Mr. CBE!

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The coffee girls were back, and they bumped and danced and served up their coffee drinks all day.

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Our EMT friends returned to make sure any medical issues were dealt with quickly.  But, now that people know to stay hydrated, it’s a pretty slow week for Mr. EMT.

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RC4WD showed up on Thursday and brought out all the cool stuff.

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They have some amazing scale accessories for Axial vehicles.

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A working scale lift?  That makes changing muffler bearings a snap!

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These guys were checking out the tire selections.

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What did you win on the RC4WD Plinko game?  I think they were raffle tickets for a vehicle giveaway.

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I spotted these amazing vintage trailers as I left the RC4WD booth.

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The detail was unbelievable.

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Oven, check. Stove, check. Hood vent, check.

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Sink, check.  Dinette, check. Linoleum tiles, check.

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Same thing in this one.

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Both were beautiful.

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Hey look, it’s Harley from Vanquish Products.

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Tekin always has amazing vehicles.

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The 3D printed 6×6 was back.  See the Yeti Jr in the back?

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What up, Ty?

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Of course they also have amazing ESCs and Motors, but these servos are what I envy the most.  They’d be a great compliment to my RX8/ROC412 in my Bomber. Feel free to send one my way, hint, hint.

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I cruised past the pavillion.  It was set up and ready for Concourse later tonight.

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Roof Top Tents seem like the best way to get a comfortable bed just about anywhere.

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Hot Boyz! I believe this crew said they were from Metairie, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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This crew from drove by and recognized the Hot Boyz as camp neighbors from last year.  New friends are always made at Axialfest.

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I caught Big Tex Chris Zemek and Old Man Dan Wilson driving through some brush.

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Looks a little too pokey to stand on.

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This is either going to be cool or scary.  We’ll have to go check it out.

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There was a something Jurassic eating a sub on the river. Is that Meg?

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Someone should tell that kid not to swim in there. I’d hate to see him get eaten.

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Smile, little Axialfester!

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The river was a great spot in the hot afternoons.  Here this lady rests in the shade while still trailing through the gates.

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This probably means that there are dinosuars around.  I better keep an eye out just to be safe.

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This bridge made getting down to the waterfall easier.

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I scooted back up to check out the concourse and ran into Eazy E aka Elio.  He blessed by with some limited edition Axialfest 2018 trail swag. Who else got one?

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I got there just in time.  All the rigs were already lined up and ready to be judged.

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Oh, man.  The Skeeno Altra 5K Bomber.  That HAS to win.  Look how cool it is.

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There’s Mr. ESP doing his thang.  I hope he got good footage of the Skeeno Bomber.

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The next several pictures are some of my favorites.This one here looks like a solid piece of American iron.

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There’s nothing cooler than scale MATTRACKS.

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This Land Cruiser looks ready for some overlanding action.

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Work Horse.  I almost mistook this for one of the logging trucks transporting trees on the Fordyce access road.

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You don’t see many Jeep Liberties out on the trail.

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A scale engine bay always gets my attention.

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This monster truck looks like it’s ready for the Crawl For A Cure.

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Hmmm, will there be aliens at the Axialfest Monster Jam this year?

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This Tacoma would be right at home on the Rubicon.

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I wonder why I didn’t spot these Jurassic Jeeps down by the river.

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Jurassic dinosaurs or Star Wars space creatures?

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Another cool build by the guys at Tekin.

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What’s for breakfast? Check out the garbage can with liner.

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Mr. Kett, Mr. Knight, and Mr. Schultz hamming it up.

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David and Dolly of KLP Hobbies made the trip from China for the second time.  Glad to have you guys back.

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Matt Kett considered each entry very seriously.

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Badger and Gerrish also discussed each rig before choosing their favorites.

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Take a sip of the potion and hit the three wheel motion…

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This great SCX10 lowrider made an appearance.

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It was my favorite for its originality.  That’s all chromed out SCX10 under the body.

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Mr. Coleman’s brought out this cool Land Rover.  I believe he named it Blud Muney.

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The Axiallet was back, but this time it was business on the left…

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and party on the right!

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Go see these guys if you need and Axial haircut.  They’ll hook you up.

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Elio was on the prowl for youngster with no rig.  If you were a kid and didn’t have a rig, you might have gotten a special raffle wristband to win a 2ChainzScalerz custom built rig at the Awards Ceremony.

 

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This guy didn’t need a bracelet.  He was entered in the concourse.

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Daily driver
1. Alec Va DenBrink – Liberty
2. Joe Zuniga – Hilux
3. Elio Dianda – Brute

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D’raisin
1. Corey Hall – Goat
2. Todd Norton – Military 6×6
3. Bree Eral – Beetle

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Monster truck
1. Paul Russel Jr – White/Blue MT
2. Ben Thomas – Black Truck
3. Cancer sucks – Kye Steiner

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Trailer
1. Daniel Flores – Jeep Trailer
2. James Tomlinson – Forerunner
3. Judd Rummage – Amain Bike trailer

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Trailer
1. Daniel Flores – Jeep Trailer
2. James Tomlinson – Forerunner
3. Judd Rummage – Amain Bike trailer

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12 and under
1. Ina Eral – Unicorn
2. Sadie Silva – Dinosaur Wraith
3. Joe Zuniga – Blue Jeep

PS The Unicorn is amazing!

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Best Theme
1. Bree Eral – Dragon 6×6
2. Devlin Shipley – Scooby Buggy:
3. Chris Harder – Radioactive FC

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13-18
1. Jacob Simpson – 6×6 Flatbed
2. Dominic Reyes – Green Flatbed
3. Jensen LeBlanc – F350 SD

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Adventurist
1. Ty Campbell – Dakar Truck
2. Matt Hauck – Wrangler/ Powerwagon
3. Chris Prestwood – SBC Power Wagon

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Bomber
1. Jay Jaffe – Silver Otterpops
2. Mike Thompson – Red Altra
3. Dean Farrington – Black/ Orange

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After Concourse, it time for dinner!

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Sirloins, corn on the cob, and mashed potatos!

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The smell attracted our old friend from Costa Rica, Adolfo Gutierrez.

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This year he brought the whole Pura Vida! Crew out to Axialfest 2018.  We missed seeing Marcos Rojas, so maybe next year, my friend.

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After dinner, it was time for the CKRC Dollar Dash.  Mrs. Heather man (or womaned) the sign ups.

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1 Lap = $1, fastest time wins ALL the cash!

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Many competitors got slipped up on the PVC bridge.

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The good times usually go late into the night.

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That’s Old Man Dan.  He’s won the Dollar Dash for the past few years. Did he defend his crown again?  You’ll have to wait for the awards ceremony to find out.

Check out Axialfest 2018 Skeeno Report Part 3 where I will recap what I saw on Friday at Axialfest 2018.

Axialfest 2018 Rock Racing And Altra Ultra 5K Results

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The Rock Racing event at Axialfest is a fast paced and challenging race open to anyone who attends Axialfest. Many prep their rigs specifically for the event and others just arrive for fun. Racers stage in each class for qualifying to narrow the fields. Qualifying however involves strategy as there are no marshals to assist you in roll overs on the course for most of the racing. You flip, you’re done unless you can wiggle your wheels and rip the throttle to right yourself. After qualifying, the field is narrowed up and the mains are run to determine the top three finishers. Here, drivers tend to toss strategy and go for the win. Sometimes this new style of driving works and other times it does not as this year we saw some favorites on their roof early on. Drivers take on the rock, sand, wood. jump and even pinecone littered course for three laps in the  main and the following drivers made it to the top to claim their positions at one of the toughest Rock Racing events; Axialfest!

Rocking Racing
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Factory Bomber
1. Chris Jones
2. Cary Reese
3. Asher Sibole

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Yeti
1. Spencer Bell
2. Zach Whitrock
3. Chris Duran

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Unlimited Tuber
1. Griffin Dean
2. Michael Pham
3. Gene Boyd

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1. Ethan Bell
2. Claton Pleming
3. Donnie Barron

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Brushed 1.9
1. Ken Mejica
2. Adam Nudelman
3. Sebastian Velencia

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1.9 Brushless
1. Forest Ward
2. Gabe Fleming
3. Tommy Thompson

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2.2 Mod
1. Michael Pham
2. Seth Reese
3. Angelo Lanford

10 and Under Kids
1. Sierra Reese
2. Jason Hernandez
3. Jaxson Hall

Yeti Jr
1. Mike Thompson

2018 Altra Running Ultra 5k Enduro
This year’s Ultra 5K was exciting from the start as 62 entrants lined up to compete in the challenge that tests the runners endurance, their rigs durability and ability to navigate the course. Brad Perry put a lot of work into laying out a challenging course and that it was. Runners took off two at a time on their own clock to conquer the trails that lined Cisco Grove. The path had technical challenges that went up hill, through loose dirt, through rocky terrain, past fallen logs and over lots of rough natural terrain. There were a number of dropouts in the race, mainly due to mechanical failure, but most runners kept their hearts in it to say they finished an Axialfest Ultra 5K. In the end, there were some familiar faces on top. Jake Wright took home the win ahead of Mike Thompson who just grabbed the second place podium spot thirty seconds in front of third place Chris Jones. The top three all sported Altra Running gear to help them to their victory.
Axialfest 2018 Racing 5
1- Jake Wright (BFGoodrich Tires)
2- Mike Thompson (Method Race Wheels)
3- Chris Cru Jones (Magnaflow Exhaust)

Think you can take on the racing events at Axialfest? Start prepparing now and we’ll see you at Axialfest 2019!

Axialfest 2018 Skeeno Report Part 1

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You know what July means, Axialfest! That’s right, the largest gathering of scale RC fans at Cisco Grove Campground. Follow along as I give you a small sample of what went down at Axialfest 2018. Part 1 of the Skeeno Report will cover what I saw on Wednesday, July 18.

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As usual, you have to stop at the store when you arrive at Axialfest.  This year was a little different though, because before you went to the store, you had to stop at registration on the opposite side of the street.

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First Axial staffer I ran into was Stinky Shawn Barton. He was up at Cisco Grove for four weeks getting ready for all the Axialfesters to arrive.

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Looks like a full schedule of fun at Axialfest 2018.

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Before going in to the registration building, you got to get all your Axial vehicles teched by some of the Axial staff.  Randal Davis and Scott Kerkes were manning the tech booth when I arrived.

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If you passed tech, you got one of these stickers.

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If you failed tech, you got one of these stickers.

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At the tech booth, RC legend Don Hughes was arguing with Matt Kearney about which brand of muffler bearings were the best.

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There were cones and tape for traffic control, but I don’t think there were ever very big lines.  The new check-in system really seemed to smooth out the process since it was open all day, everyday.

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I saw one chain of 2ChainzScalerz, Adam Dean, aka G Eazy checking in and getting his swag bag, shirt, hat, waterbottle, etc.  Can you see the swamp cooler in the corner of the picture?

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Ohhhhh, sweetness! a PK Ripper.  This bike was on my wish list as a kid.

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Over at the camp store, the ladies told me that the campground was again sold out this year.  That’s 450 campspots! Axialfest 2018 was set to be off the chain once again.

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After checking in, we headed over to H30, the Skeeno Spot since Axialfest 2013.  This year we jammed 3 tent trailers and 2 canopies into our spot. Nothing fancy, but the orange shag sure is nice to stand on once the Altra Lone Peaks come off after a long day of walking.

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Tree, Mike, and I took little break after setting up camp before heading down to check out Vendor’s row. Mike brought a TV, but didn’t get to watch it much, because there’s too much to do at Axialfest.

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Ryan Gerrish of DS Pro had some screaming deals on bodies and hard to find parts.  I got a Glitch Buster for $1!

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This was  box of random Axial plastics.  It was all free.  If you broke a part, you could rummage through and find what you needed to get back on trail.

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MIP came out this year with Matt Olson.  We reminisced about our old favorite RC mag, Xtreme RC cars.

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MIP had this racer on display.  I’m not sure what it was, but it was HUGE!

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A Main Hobbies was back with TONS of goodies.

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Do you need some scale accessories?  A Main Hobbies has you covered. I see WERTYMADE, SBC, and CBE in there.

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They had a Wheel of Fortune to spin to win prizes.

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A Main again had a sweet custom build on display.  If I’m not mistaken, this was given away on the last day of Axialfest 2018.

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I’m not sure if those are Pivot Phoenixes or Fire birds, but it doesn’t matter. Those Knights Customs parts really complete this build.

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Speaking of Knights Customs, James Knight was back out with his amazing 3D printed goodness.

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His booth is alway filled with the coolest accessories.

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3D printed metal bumpers, exhausts and Pull Pals?  Yup, Knights Customs has them.  Do you see the scale Canyon Cooler?  They were Axialfest exclusives.  Did you get one?  I did.

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Hemistorm had his build on display.  Pictures don’t do it justice.

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The ‘ghost’ bodies were my favorite part.

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I love the way you can see how all the parts mount up in the stock bodies.

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Look how freaking awesome that 22R sits in this Toyota Honcho. PS, this was a raffle item.  See the tickets in the background?

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Here’s my sweet Knights Customs Canyon Cooler.  I think it’s going on the Jeep.  Did you get one?

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Of course, Pro-Line was there.

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Paul Willhite told me to look for tokens out on Trail E.  They could be turned in for prizes at the Pro-Line booth.

31Hatfields and McCoys. Budweiser and Coors. Red and Blue. Yes, it’s true.  Tower Hobbies was bought by Horizon Hobby and the once fierce rivals are now a team. Have no fear, they announced that Axialfest will live on.

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The official hobby shop of Axialfest, RPP Hobby was again packed and ready to meet your needs.

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They brought all the sweet deals with them.

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The best coolers to keep your perishables cold at Axialfest, Canyon Coolers was back. Did I mention Knights Customs has a scale replica?

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Cheers, Mr. Canyon.

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Hemistorm was manning the Castle booth.  Did you know Castle now has sensored brushless systems?

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I stopped by to see my old friends at CKRC.

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Yes, it’s true that they decided to close up shop and follow a new career path, but that didn’t stop them from coming out and having fun at Axialfest.  Here former owner, Jason chats with the Taz, Tristan Judkins and Half Link about his next adventure in life.

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CKRC even had their own trail.  The first part was a 2Chainz Skillz section.

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Of course, it was detailed with cool scale buildings and such.

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It looked easier than it was.  We’ll come back later and try it out.

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Of course, I had to stop and make Grumpy Fast Eddie yell at me.  Sadly, he wasn’t around, so I took the opportunity to totally violate his lawn. All my bearings will probably seize when he sees this picture.

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Pedals Bikeshop was back.. I tried to get them to give me that PK Ripper, but I got denied.  I did get a new PBS t-shirt, though.

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Over at Area 108, these skeletons were having a good time pickin’ and grinnin’ on the old banjo.

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I took a spin around campground to check out who was here and found lots of people already out running the trails.

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The bridge up front by the camp store is always a fun place to play.

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Lots of kiddos were out and about this year again.  This guy was smart and remembered to stay hydrated when out in the heat.

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This little guy was totally focused on driving.  I had a hard time getting his attention.

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He finally threw up the deuces.

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The water was low, but I still saw lots of little ones out cooling off in between driving the trails.

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I spotted this cool fire pit on my way out of the creek bottom.

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There were little surprise buildings all over the place.  I’m sure I missed a bunch.  How many did you see?

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The 1:1 SCX10 was back again.

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Last year Mrs. Zotti was over in A section all by her lonesome.

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This year she brought all her fun bags and canopies over to Vendor’s Row.  She can customize yours for you.

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The temps were only supposed to be in the mid-80s, but for some reason it felt WAY hotter.  Luckily, Mr. Barton had a little shade to keep cool on his security rounds.

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What in the what?  Secret Area 51 Security vehicle.  Scott G. brought his Haflinger out to play at Axialfest.  The engine looks like someone cut a VW flat 4 in half.

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Go check these out, super cool!

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Big man, little car.  Last year Tree putted on my Skeeno Skooter.  This year he jammed himself into the Haflinger.

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Something crazy happened this year; I actually got to drive my SCX10!  Usually, I’m so busy with STAFF duties that I don’t have time. This year I got to hit a few trials.  The 2ChainzScalerz course was my first stop.

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I had to fill up before we headed out.  I updated my trail rig this year by going with a Proline Toyota Honcho lid and Axial Nitto Trail Grapplers in the R35 compound.

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I never obey this sign.

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As I was trailing along I spotted this Northstar camper.

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I looked for the owner, but I think we was taking a nap.  Great work whoever built this.

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We trailed around a bit more until Tree and Mike had some mechanical issues, so we cut it short and headed back for dinner.

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For dinner, we hit up the MOGROG truck.

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That’s right, Unimog Food Truck.

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Hmmm, what to get?

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It all sounded good, so we had one of each.  It was muy delicioso.

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After dinner, the poopy pants boys fixed their rigs, so I went back to Vendor’s Row to see who showed up while I was out trailing.

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Looks like Casey Currie showed up.

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Yup, the axles check out.  It’s Mr. Monster himself.

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And, he brought enough Monster Energy to keep us going all weekend.

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Finally, Mr. Altra, Chris Cru Jones showed up.  He told me the new Lone Peak 4.0 will be out very soon.

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You know Altras are the offcial shoe of RC.

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And bonus! I get a little discount on my new shoes!

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So, that’s what I saw on Day 1 of Axialfest 2018. After getting Tree and Mike’s rigs fixed up, we decided to hit the hay and be ready for Thursday at Axialfest 2018. Look for the Axialfest 2018 Skeeno Report Part 2 where I will go over what I saw on Day 2 of Axialfest 2018.

 

How To: Low Cost Blazer Tail Lights

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The AX90058 SCX10 II 1969 Chevrolet Blazer has become an instant hit since it’s release and drivers all over are already taking it out to explore new trails and others are already customizing it with incredible scale detail. A few of the features that many Blazer owners like is the included front LED lights and included AE-5L speed control to power the lights. If you haven’t noticed already, there is an open pigtail on the speed control that will allow you to install an additional set of LED lights. We’re going to show you how to take advantage of that open LED port by installing tail lights on your Blazer. All you’ll need are the light pods included with the kit, some hardware you may already have and a light string you can pick up at your local hobby shop or favorite online retailer.

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You remember that bag of extras that came with your kit? Time to dig it out from under your workbench. Inside you’ll find some parts trees with light buckets and lenses. There are a number of light buckets included, but we’re going to use the small round buckets found on the tree shown above.

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To add LED lights you’ll need to pick up a pack of AX31481 lights that will look similar to the lights above. You’ll also need just a few screws to complete the install. Two 3x6mm button head machine screws (AXA0113) and two 2x6mm cap head machine screws (AXA013.)

STEP 1
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We’re going to install the tail lights in the rear bumper. The first step is to test fit the lights so you know exactly where they are going. The two photos above show where the light buckets will be located on our Blazer.

STEP 2
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Using a marker, make a mark on the bumper where the indexing pin on the light bucket will go in the bumper.

STEP 3
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Now drill a small hole where you made your reference mark. We actually found that rotating a hobby knife around like a drill will make a nice small hole just right for the bucket pin.

STEP 4
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Now place the light bucket back into place on the bumper, the index pin should go right into the bumper. Make sure the bucket is square in the bumper and then use your marker to make a mark around the mounting boss of the bucket. This will give you an idea of where you need to drill the mounting hole.

STEP 5
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Drill a 3.5mm hole using your marks as a guide. When you’re done, your hole pattern should look like this.

STEP 6
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Time to assemble your light buckets. Slide the LED light in the bucket, followed by the LED clip over the back of the light and use the 2x6mm screw to secure the clip to the bucket.

STEP 7
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Next press the lenses into the light buckets. TIP 1: Paint the lens red from the backside to give it more of a tail light look. TIP 2: Before pressing the lens into the bucket, use some clear model glue to help secure the lens.

STEP 8
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Here is the tricky part, screwing the light bucket to the bumper using the 3x6mm screw. To do this, we cheated and made an additional hole in the bumper bracket that allowed us to slip a long 2mm ball-end hex driver through the bumper to get to the screw. Screw your light pods to the bumper.

STEP 9
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Things get simpler here. Plug your LED light string into the open port of the AE-5L speed control.

STEP 10
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Use some zip-ties to secure the LED light wires to the chassis cross members.

FINISHED
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In about 10-15 minutes of time at your workbench, you should have working taillights. Head out to the trails and enjoy the new look of your Blazer on your Axial Adventures.
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Axialfest 2018 Concours

Each and every year, some of the best RC builders converge at Axialfest to put their work on display for Axial fans to see and judges to notice in the Concours event. Year after year, more and more spectacular builds line the miniature walls of the Cisco Grove pavilion while bystanders look on as judges stroll pass the presented vehicles looking for machines that really stand out from the rest. Like previous years, the vehicles on display were all amazing displays of passion for the hobby and representation of some skilled detailers. Two new kids classes were introduced into the mix and were supported with some creative builds for their age brackets. All of those who put their custom built Axial based machines into concours deserve recognition for a job well done, but in the end only three were pulled for awards in each class. Check out some concourse scenes from Axialfest 2018 and the top three machines for each category.

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CONCOURSE TOP 3′s
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Daily driver
1. Alec Va DenBrink – Liberty
2. Joe Zuniga – Hilux
3. Elio Dianda – Brute

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D’raisin
1. Corey Hall – Goat
2. Todd Norton – Military 6×6
3. Bree Eral – Beetle

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Monster truck
1. Paul Russel Jr – White/Blue MT
2. Ben Thomas – Black Truck
3. Cancer sucks – Kye Steiner

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Trailer
1. Daniel Flores – Jeep Trailer
2. James Tomlinson – Forerunner
3. Judd Rummage – Amain Bike trailer

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12 and under
1. Ina Eral – Unicorn
2. Sadie Silva – Dinosaur Wraith
3. Joe Zuniga – Blue Jeep

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13-18
1. Jacob Simpson – 6×6 Flatbed
2. Dominic Reyes – Green Flatbed
3. Jensen LeBlanc – F350 SD

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Best Theme
1. Bree Eral – Dragon 6×6
2. Devlin Shipley – Scooby Buggy:
3. Chris Harder – Radioactive FC

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Adventurist
1. Ty Campbell – Dakar Truck
2. Matt Hauck – Wrangler/ Powerwagon
3. Chris Prestwood – SBC Power Wagon

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Bomber
1. Jay Jaffe – Silver Otterpops
2. Mike Thompson – Red Altra
3. Dean Farrington – Black/ Orange

Best Of Show
After the Judges had determined the Top 3 finishers for each class, the owners of the trucks were asked to come together and vote on a best of show. Sure each builder felt their rig was the best, but it was only a short time for them all to come together and agree who was best in show overall. In the end, Todd Norton with his Kraz 255 Converted Ukrainian Military clearly stood out from the rest from it’s detailed body, perfectly scale wood log haul and it’s patina for days.
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Congratulations for all those who took home awards and thank you to all those who entered. Yet again another Axialfest Concourse event has wrapped up and builders continue to amaze with builds that show off passion for Axial adventure vehicles and beyond. We can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with for AXIALFEST 2019!

Axial SCX10 II 1969 Chevrolet Blazer Video Collection

It’s that time again where we gather up some of the most viewed videos of Axial’s newest release. This time it’s the AX90058 SCX10 II 1969 Chevrolet Blazer. The following (in no particular order) represents some of the most viewed videos on the Blazer at the time of posting. Some are action videos, some unboxing and some include reviews of the truck. If you have or are interested in the AX90058 SCX10 II 1969 Chevrolet Blazer, then this is your go to spot to get information and impression of this exciting scale off-road ready to run rig.


By: axialvideos
Title: Axial AX90058 SCX10 II 1969 Chevrolet Blazer 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – RTR
Description: Classic looks. Open-air top. Aggressive stance. These are just some of the characteristics that describe the gorgeous Axial AX90058 SCX10 II 1969 Chevrolet Blazer, a rig that’s as comfortable climbing to the top of a mountain as it is cruising on the beach.

But this Blazer sports more than just a macho look. Additional items like chrome-coated grille, mirrors and door handles are included. Officially licensed Chassis Unlimited front and rear tube bumpers are mounted tight to the body for maximum clearance and a set of off-road light (with LEDs) shine some light when the action goes dark.

To keep the Axial Racing SCX10 II 1969 Chevrolet Blazer rolling along in even the toughest situations, we’ve mounted it on our rugged SCX10™ II chassis. High-clearance AR44 high-pinion axles, a chassis mounted servo (CMS), re-designed AX10™ transmission case and tough steel suspension links are just a few of the parts that make the Blazer 4WD, ready to run, RC scale truck a beast on any terrain.


By: Harley Designs
Title: Axial K5 Blazer SCX10-2 Review
Description: The Axial 1969 Chevrolet K5 Blazer is hitting the shelves and I’m excited to get my hands on one early. This truck is bigger than the normal SCX10-2 that we have seen lately, its much closer to the size of first SCX10-2 Cherokee body and also includes the hard molded grill, but this time in chrome! Check it out as we go deep into the details and differences of this truck vs any of the other available models!


By:Scale Builder’s Guild
Title: Axial 1969 Blazer Unbox and Q&A!
Description: (Video Recorded From Live Broadcast) I take a live look at the new Blazer bodied RTR offering from Axial, and answer your questions.


By: RCDriver_Online
Title: Tackle The Toughest Trails! – Axial Racing AX90058 SCX10 II Chevrolet Blazer Review
Description: For some time now, there has been a rumor of a Chevrolet Blazer body in the works from the crew at Axial Racing. People have been eagerly awaiting to hear if the rumor is true. Well the time has come and it’s true, Axial has released their new Blazer body on their SCX10 II and this factory painted blue machine has lots of scale enthusiasts pumped for new builds. We managed to grab one of these new machines and give it our standard unboxing, feature breakdown, action segment and performance breakdown. Have you been waiting for a exciting new Axial scale RC trail truck? This just might be the rig you’ve been waiting for.


By: ferndogg310
Title: BLUE JUSTICE!! 69 CHEVROLET BLAZER SCX10-2- Ferndogg310
Description: Before I head out to Axialfest 2018, I had the opportunity to test drive the 1969 Chevrolet Blazer by Axial Racing before its release. This may be my current favorite [SCX10-2] RTR from AXIAL. [#AX90058]


By: axialvideos
Title: Axial SCX10 II 1969 Chevrolet Blazer Through The Woods & Water Crawl
Description: The Axial AX90058 SCX10 II 1969 Chevrolet Blazer has recently been announced and we showed you a rig that’s as comfortable climbing to the top of a mountain as it is cruising on the beach in its product launch video. Now we show you how it looks taking on another tough side of nature navigating through wooded trails and trudging through creeks.

The Axial AX90058 SCX10 II 1969 Chevrolet Blazer comes ready to run with chrome-coated grille, mirrors and door handles are included. Officially licensed Chassis Unlimited front and rear tube bumpers are mounted tight to the body for maximum clearance and a set of off-road light (with LEDs) shine some light when the action goes dark. To keep the Axial Racing SCX10 II 1969 Chevrolet Blazer rolling along in even the toughest situations, it’s mounted it on the rugged SCX10™ II chassis. High-clearance AR44 high-pinion axles, a chassis mounted servo (CMS), re-designed AX10™ transmission case and tough steel suspension links are just a few of the parts that make the Blazer 4WD, ready to run, RC scale truck a beast on any terrain.

Pro Boat Models – Official Sponsor of AXIALFEST 2018

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Axial RC Inc. is proud to announce that Pro Boat Models has been added to the sponsor list for AXIALFEST 2018!

Pro Boat Models brings the fun and excitment of radio control watercraft to modelers in scale versions of popular boat types and beyond. Each Pro Boat Model has been designed from the ground up with quality and performance in mind. Whether you are into hydroplanes, deep-v hulls, scale boats or just want something fun with self-righting ability, Pro Boat has the perfect boat model to add to your RC collection.

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Spektrum – Official Sponsor of AXIALFEST 2018

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Axial RC Inc. is proud to announce that Spektrum has been added to the sponsor list for AXIALFEST 2018!

ABOUT SPEKTRUM
In October of 2004, Horizon Hobby rocked the RC world by unveiling one of the most revolutionary products to ever hit the market: Spektrum 2.4GHz Digital Spectrum Modulation Technology. Similar technology in the computer and telephone industries has eliminated interference, increased signal resolution, and provided a stronger link between the base units and the transmitting units. Since then, racers and pilots have embraced Spektrum technology, and the future is even more promising. Over the years Spektrum has brought major advancements with it’s products. Starting with the DX3 and DX6 years ago, the line of Spektrum products now includes some of the most advanced air and surface RC equipment in the world.

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