Axialfest 2014 – Report By Skeeno

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Well it was that time of year again, Axialfest Time!  Did you make it out?  The Skeenos did, and it was an awesome way to spend Father’s Day Weekend.  Skeeno Jr and I had another great time.  If you didn’t make it, you better make plans for next year.

Here’s how it went down around the Skeenos.

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First thing was that Axialfest 2014 fell a week earlier than usual.  For me, that meant I had to do a little preplanning, since I would be working up until Friday when Axialfest started.  I didn’t want to be rushed to set up camp the day of the event, so I met Mr. Parker up at Cisco Grove after work one day and set up camp a little early.

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Red Rocket kept an eye on G Camp during the week while I was at work.  Thanks Red Rocket.  You did a stellar job.

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For the rest of the week, it was a little hard to focus on work knowing good times were just around the corner. Finally, Friday came and I was able to sneak away from work early, scoop up Skeeno Jr. and head up to Axialfest 2014.  These signs made it easy to find the new location at Cisco Grove Campground.

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First thing I saw was Mr. Tree strutting around. He was actually prepping the mud pit. Sweet shoes big boy.

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Since the buckets were heavy, Tree got some assistance from Mini Meeks.

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I walked around G Central and saw lots of familiar faces. Here I saw Bender, Rodney, and Sam Trujillo of Rock Armor chatting.

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I also saw Anthony Rivas.  He is a huge part of the G Crew, Parker’s right hand man.  He was actually smiling.  It must have been because the craziness hadn’t started yet.

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A few people were still driving on the Trials Course.  Here a Toyota runs through the Axial Alley.

DSCF1006Axial Alley was a popular spot to run.

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Before the start of the the G6, I had some business to conduct.  I was the official cook of the G Crew for Axialfest. I had this view for every meal.

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4 pounds of Tri Tip should keep the G Crew happy.

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My cooking must have been ok, because the G Crew seemed to enjoy it.  Rivas didn’t get to eat with us because he was tasked with manning G Central all weekend.  Don’t worry, we sent him up a plate.

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Skeeno Jr hustled to get her new G6 Jeep ready for Stage One. It was its first real usage other than street testing back home.

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Turnout was pretty impressive.  I mean, it’s always a good turnout, but Axialfest 2014 shattered attendance records.  Could we see 500 next year?  I think so.

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After the driver’s meeting it was go time. First stage was a night run, so you better have packed your LEDs.

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It was a little crowded for a minute until the drivers spread out. Skeeno Jr. was anxious to get some real wheel time in.

DSCF1049Skeeno Jr’s new G6 Jeep did awesome on its inaugural run. She ran it completely stock with a 55T motor and 2S Lipo. It did AWESOME and finished without any issues. This G6 Jeep is the Bomb!

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It did so well, Skeeno Jr. had to slow down and wait for some slower traffic.

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That’s Trail Marker 216.  Stage one had 500 for the Adventurists and 1000 for the Ultras.  That is maximum drive time.  I hope you remembered to pack some extra batteries.

DSCF1080Here’s Skeeno Jr. steering clear of the river.  Her ESC isn’t waterproof…yet.

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Stage 1 went late into the night.

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Good morning, time for breakfast burritos.

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There’s that mud pit.  Some people were a little scared to get dirty.

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Don’t worry, he took the first run a little slow, but then he got her dirty.

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Others were so eager to fling some mud that they flung themselves.

DSCF1021Old Blue Bastard is never afraid of getting a little muddy.

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The bridges on the Trails Challenge were quite challenging.  You needed your A-game to pull some of these lines.

DSCF1047This suspension bridge bucked off everyone.

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This kit didn’t need the Pull Pal RW60 to get up the hill climb even though this hill was steep and silty.

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I saw some sweet custom 1:10 Trasharoos.  Do you have monogrammed accessories on your kit?

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Of course the Bautista Terror was at Axialfest.  It goes to all RECON G6 events.  It’s also known as the Driveshaft Killer. It’s claimed more than one of mine.

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Stage 2 took us back down by the river.

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Lunch time, Beer Brat, anyone?

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Skeeno Jr. and I kept seeing these Yetis.  They were a little creepy. Turns out that the Yetis were a promotional gimmick for the new Axial YETI. I’m sure you’ve seen it.  If you haven’t, go check it out here: http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073909414

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Stage 3 of the RECON G6 was a treasure hunt to capture a Yeti.  Successful hunters got a sneek peek before the Yeti was announced to the public.  Here, a lucky G6er drives his Yeti back to G Central.

DSCF1075One thing I love about Axialfest and all the RECON G6 events is the families that come out.  How many times have you seen daughters come out to drive an RC car?  How about whole families?  It’s quite common at Axialfest.

DSCF1084 (2)The Meeks are old RECON G6ers from the 2.2 comp days. Now the whole clan comes out to drive.  How cool is that?

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Here’s another Mother/Daughter combo. Cassie’s daughter was a little camera shy.

DSCF1089Hold up, what is this?  Many vendors made their way up to enjoy and support Axialfest, but Werty Made Products did it right. They brought a movie projector and inflatable hot tub to relax in after a long day of driving.

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The rocks down at the river were slickery from years of polishing.  Once your tires were wet, these simple climbs became difficult.

DSCF1102Even if you couldn’t make an obstacle, there was always someone to lend a hand.  Here a driver gets a little tug over a tough patch.

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There’s HoyFab’s 6×6 waiting its turn.  When you are trail running, sometimes you have to be patient.

DSCF1081Dropping in down by the river.  Slick rock and sand is a nasty combination.

DSCF4015Down at RPP’s Rattle Snake Creek, some drivers had to call for help if they didn’t pack a raft.

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Luckily, CKRC gave free rides to anyone in need.

DSCF4003Skeeno Jr. wasn’t skeerd, she jumped right in and pulled her kit to the safety of the far bank.

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After the river crossing, Skeeno Jr. panned for a little gold.  She found a nice nugget and put it in her scale Trasharoo.

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After sitting in the hot tub all night, Werty considers sitting in the stream. That, or he was taking some pictures of his trucks.

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Stage 3 and still smiling.  Axialfest must be a lasting good time.

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Well that just about wraps up the Skeeno report.  Another year and another Axialfest in the books. It was a great time seeing old friends, making new friends, and making memories with my daughter.  Skeeno Jr. and I are already counting down the days until Axialfest 2015.

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The Driver of the Day Awards were waiting back at G Central.  Did you get one?  Look for a complete report on winners in an upcoming blog.

Jeeping with Casey Currie at EJS2014

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Casey Currie is an absolute Jeep fanatic. Anyone who follows Casey can see this plain as day, though until you spend a few days with him, you can’t truly know how bad he has it. All hours of the night, in the worst weather conditions, regardless of what is going on or what time it is, Casey is ready to go wheeling. At this years’ EJS, we jumped in the Axial grocery getter, soccer mom mall crawler, whatever you want to call it, and headed out to meet with Casey. He said he had both of his JKs and he was ready to have some Moab fun.

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Upon arrival, we see that Casey wasted no time modifying both of his Jeeps. His full size rig was all decked out. We also noticed his Scale JK was equipped with Vanquish Currie Rock Jock axles, Vanquish Rigid Industries light bar, Vanquish front dig, RC4WD Warn Winch. He chose the 55t Axial motor running on 3s for smooth crawling. Once we arrived on Hell’s revenge, he immediately jumped out of his full size JK and started attacking the rock with his SCX10.

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Casey always immediately goes for the “Man’s Line”

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We just had to get some video to share with you, check it out!

Axial R/C to support Inaugural Silver State 4wd & UTV Jamboree

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Axial R/C to support Inaugural Silver State 4wd & UTV Jamboree

Axial R/C Inc., A subsidiary of Hobbico Inc., is proud to announce a marketing partnership with Carrera Performance Group LLc. The Axial R/C team will be headed to Reno, Nevada for the week of July 14th through July 18th attending the inaugural Silver State 4wd & UTV Jamboree for a week full of adventure!
The Silver State 4wd & UTV Jamboree (SSJambo) is a first year event catering to everything adventure and off road. Located in Northern Nevada, this event is packed full of reasons to spend a week exploring and enjoying the outdoors with friends.

The week kicks off on Monday July 14th with an Off Road Business Association (ORBA) OHV leadership summit. This is where some of the most influential minds get together to shape the future of the off highway community. This is also one of the most active groups fighting to keep public lands open for off highway recreation.

Tuesday July 15th starts with the Genright Tour to Virginia city for sightseeing to include the Comstock, the first major Silver Ore discovery in the United states. The day will end with the RallyVenture welcome party.

Wednesday July 16th marks the start of the RallyVenture. The RallyVenture is just like a RECON G6 for full size rigs. Axial is one of the 25 teams invited to participate in this invite only inaugural event. The full size SCX10JK will be piloted by Axial staff as they attempt to make history in Nevada!

Thursday July 17th will have Axial on the move again following our trusty partners at Poison Spyder Customs to Virginia City to explore the oldest Silver mining town in Nevada. The “Bucket of Blood” Saloon will be one of the highlights, known for its violence back when the mining town was running at full steam.

Friday July 18th will be qualifying day for the Hellsgate Grand Prix, an Unlimited 4wd Racing event to be held at Wild West Motorsports park. It will also be the day Axial and CKRC set up a booth for Saturdays racing action.

Saturday July 19th Axcial and CKRC will be on site with a booth showing off Axial R/C vehicles to the masses that arrive to spectate the inaugural Hellsgate Grand Prix. The Hellsgate Grand Prix will provide a ton of entertainment all day long with sidexside racing, Unlimited 4wd racing and the Deathbox derby.

For all the details on this inaugural event, please visit www.silverstatejamboree.com

About Carrera Performance Group LLc.

Off-Road History: Jeff became an “off-roader” in 1975 with his first dirt bike, a Honda Mini Trail 50. His parents were members of an off-road club called the “Looney Duners” in the 70s and 80s and many of his childhood weekends were spent out at Glamis, where his step-mother’s father had a business called “Boardmanville Trading Post”. Growing up in Menifee, California afforded Jeff the opportunity to do a lot of motorcycle riding. He met his wife, Angie, in high school and after graduation, they began riding trails and camping around Southern California. They raised both of their children in the back of Jeeps and Angie recalls changing many a diaper in the front seat of one. They have owned Jeeps and other off-road vehicles continuously throughout their 22 year marriage and have founded several off-road clubs including the Safari Club, Riverside Off-Kamber Club and Inland Jeep Freeks.

Racing: Jeff began racing BMX bikes at the age of 10. He has raced under many sanctioning bodies in several different classes. He has raced Best in the Desert, MORE, SCORE, and MDR series’. He has raced Jeepspeed, class 3000 and class 4400. He has written rules for BITD class 3000 and 4400, as well as rules for Side x Side racing under the International Side x Side Association (ISA). He has created two different sanctioning bodies for racing, the California Rock Crawlers Association (CRCA) and Ultra4 Racing. He is co-founder of the world famous “King of the Hammers” race held in Johnson Valley, CA each February.

Jeff has also developed and published strategic plans for the Off-Road Business Association and the California Motorized Recreation Council on Johnson Valley. In addition, he is a regular contributor to OffRoadPress.com and SEMA E-news. He contributes freelance for Crawl Magazine, DirtSports Magazine, Pirate4x4.com and Off-Road Industry Magazine. In 2013 Jeff Knoll published a whitepaper called “Common Ground” that became the basis for Legislation that passed the House of Representatives and as of this writing is being debated in the Senate. The bill would establish the first of its kind Congressional protected OHV area, and save the largest OHV area in the United States

About Axial

History
Founded in 2005, Axial R/C, Inc. has quickly become a global brand leader of hobby grade radio controlled products. We manufacture chassis and accessory products to the highest quality standards, with design emphasis on rugged construction and scale realism. Axial is regularly involved in local and national events which allow us to keep our finger on the pulse of R/C culture, thus earning us many awards over time, including “Best Truck”, “Most Innovative”, “Best Engineered Product of the Year”, and “People’s Choice.” Axial and the talented staff behind the brand live and breathe R/C, striving for excellence year after year.

MISSION
Axial is a company of enthusiasts for enthusiasts. The passion for the automobile runs deep within the Axial team. The brand itself is a culmination of a top shelf design team coupled with an executive and marketing staff with their finger on the pulse of what is hot and trending in the world of motorsports. Here at Axial we pride ourselves on developing extremely high end radio control models of vehicles that you are likely to see in the great outdoors. These models are designed to generate a tremendous amount of reliable fun that can be experienced by the whole family. Our design team prides themselves on marrying real scale looks with top level performance. Our marketing team ensures Axial is on the forefront by developing partnerships with top quality brands of the full size enthusiast market. Whether you are a beginner looking to further your knowledge about basic vehicle dynamics or a seasoned hobby veteran, Axial offers a platform for you to personalize and enjoy in every environment. The Axial team encourages you to get outside and have some family fun.

RC Support Equipment – How to Complete Your Axial RTR or Kit

One of the most significant differences between RC toys and hobby-grade products like Axial Racing’s line of vehicles is that the latter are modular in design and function. All of the components in a hobby-grade RC vehicle are separate units. A single circuit board doesn’t control all functions and you aren’t limited to a slow wall charger. This goes for the transmitter, battery and other items as well. Being able to select these items means you have to choose which ones you want. Below are the typical components needed to complete Axial RTRs and kits.

RTRs (Ready to Runs)
Axial Racing RTR vehicles are not only pre-essembled, but include many high quality components are ready installed. Below are the few items needed to get your Axial RTR ready for adventure.

Fast Charger. A fast charger or peak detection charger differs from a “wall charger” in that it can charge at a higher rate. These means less downtime and more action. These chargers are programmable (different models offer different features), so they can charge many different size and type batteries. If you are using a LiPo battery, you must only use a charger that is LiPo compatible with a selectable LiPo mode. A balance charger is also highly recommended for LiPo use.

Battery. There are many battery chemistries, but the two most common in RC are now NiMH and LiPo. NiMH are generally less expensive and require less understanding of the battery charging and care process, but there many advantages. The higher the capacity, the more runtime the battery will provide. Think of capacity as the size of the gas tank.

If your vehicle is equipped with Axial AE-2 ESC, limit your battery choice to 6-cell NiMH or 2S LiPo. You will also need a battery with a Tamiya connector.

If your vehicle has an Axial AE-3 ESC, you can run an 8-cell NiMH or 3S LiPo battery, and the battery will need to have a Deans Ultra Plug.

AA Batteries. Axial Racing’s 2.4GHz radio systems are highly efficient and only require four AA batteries for use. Less sophisticated transmitters require eight AA batteries. Axial’s technology saves you money and makes the transmitter lighter and more comfortable.

Kits
Perfect for intermediate and advanced enthusiasts, Axial Racing kits leave the electronics choices up to the end user. This is good for more advanced users who have specific needs. To learn more about building a kit, click here.

Fast Charger. See description above. If you don’t already have a charger or are looking to upgrade at the same time as outfitting a kit, choose a charger that you are not likely to quickly outgrow. Typically, experienced users look for chargers that can deliver enough power to charge large packs quickly, so consider a charger that can charge at 10 amps or more.

Battery. See description above. While NiMH packs fit some budgets better than LiPo packs, one of the best ways to maximum performance of your Axial kit is to use a LiPo battery. To learn more about LiPo batteries and the advantages they offer, click here.

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Speed Control (ESC). The speed control electronically regulates the speed of the vehicle. Some ESCs are waterproof, so look for that feature if it is needed. Even though it is a factory speed control, Axial’s AE-3 brushless speed control is a high quality component and an excellent choice for high speed applications. It’s also very versatile and can be programmed to control brushed motors. This means it can be used for a fast machine such as the EXO Terra Buggy as a sensorless brushless setup or in SCX10 as a brushed system. Fast and fun or slow and precise, it’s your choice. Learn more about motors below.

Motor. Electric motors used in RC are either brushed or brushless in design. Axial offers both, and each design type has its advantages. Brushed motors are inexpensive and offer precise low-speed control. Don’t think that brushed motors are only for small budgets. Many competitors, even at the highest levels, use brushed motors. If you want precise control for technical situations, go with a brushed motor. The cost savings is just an added bonus. Axial offers 55- and 27- and 20-turn brushed motors. The fewer number of turns, the faster the motor will be. That speed comes at the expense of torque and runtime.

Brushless motors bring new technology to RC. For vehicles such as the EXO Terra Buggy, a sensorless brushless system really brings out the fun. Brushless motors such as Axial’s Vanguard 2900 Kv also require very little maintenance. When shopping for a brushless motor, it’s important to know the the higher the Kv number, the faster the motor will be.

Radio System (Transmitter and Receiver). The transmitter, in the most basic sense, function as your steering wheel and gas and brake pedals. Whether you call it a radio or a transmitter, this is how you control your model. Axial’s AX-3 transmitter uses 2.4GHz technology which means you don’t need to worry about potential interference from other RC transmitters. The receiver, as the name implies, receives signals from the transmitter. The electronic speed control and servo (see below) plug into the receiver.

Servo. A servo is a simple device that turns the electronic signal (your command) from the receiver (which originated at transmitter) into the physical force is needed to perform a function. In the case of Axial vehicles, the function needed is steering. Advanced hobbyists use servos for all sorts of functions such as moving the steering wheel and rotating a driver figure’s head. Servos are rated on two significant performance characteristics: speed and torque. Generally, rock crawlers and scale vehicles require torque over speed, but you should never compromise too much on speed or performance will suffer. For fast vehicles like the EXO Terra Buggy, servo speed is even more important. When building a kit or upgrading a RTR, a metal gear servo is always recommended for durability. For the ultimate in steering durability, install one of Axial’s metal servo horns.

Paint. Lexan bodies require special paint specifically made to bond to the flexible material. Make sure you only use this type of paint. If only a one color paint job is desired, one can of spray paint is usually adequate. While it would take an entire post to cover all aspects of painting, the process is simple and the most important thing to remember is to use light coats.

Glue. Unless your Axial model is equipped with beadlock wheels, you will need hobby-specific CA glue to bond the tires to the wheels. Ordinary “super glues” will not work for this application. Duratrax Pit Tech brand in medium thickness is easy to work with, strong and inexpensive.

AA Batteries. See description above.

U4RC 2013-2014 Winter Series Wrap-Up

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Words: Jerry Tobin-U4RC
Photos: James C. Goad

Now that the dust has settled on the 2013-2014 U4RC Winter Series, it’s time for a final report. U4RC’s partnership with Axial Racing has again proven to be “the perfect fit”. U4RC racing is a blend of r/c rock crawler, short course style rock racing, with a twist of scale realism. Axial based rigs continued to be the dominating force in every U4RC series nationwide. This series again saw racers compete with everything from “out-of-the box” Axial RTR rigs to fully custom, purpose built, Axial based racing rigs. R/C rock racing is proving to be “the next big thing” throughout the r/c community.

The exciting r/c action was non-stop from the Season Opener in October, all the way to the Finals March 22nd 2014. The series championship battle in every U4RC class was highly contested from the sound of the buzzer in the first heat of the series, until the closing moments of the last Main at the Finals. This U4RC series again saw appearances from several high profile drivers and figures from all over the r/c industry and fullsize 1:1 racing. The list included current and past R/C Rock Crawling Champions, r/c pro-off road drivers, 1/5th scale pros, r/c world record holders and a handful of industry insiders, all getting in on the buzz, early. U4RC Racing has a class that will match and be fun for and every level of driving skill and experience that exists out there, from “newbies” through to “seasoned pros”.

1.9 Trail Class Series Champion Shad Patton took the series win with his lightly modified SCX10 Dingo. Trail class is another entry level class for 1.9 tire clad scale rigs. This class’s series championship went right down to the wire. Owners of Casey Currie J/K’s, G6 Jeep’s, Honcho’s, and all other SCX10’s typically run in this class. Axial Racing participated with some great driver giveaways of complete rigs for the 1.9 Trail class.

1.9 Trophy/Comp Class has seen a surge in Axial SCX10 based rigs during the last series. These rigs are fully custom, highly realistic and usually mimic full size 1:1 race rigs. Full metal chassis’, custom interiors, and stricter scale requirements are the backbone of the Trophy classes.

Axial Racing Team driver Jake Wright put together a flawless series to take home the Championship in 2.2 Competitor with his modified Axial Wraith. Jake also laid down the fastest lap time of any class for the entire series! 2.2 Comp class is filled with the absolutley fastest rigs on the rocks.

The closest points race out of all the classes was in 2.2 Trophy, where Chris Pickering faught his way to the class championship in his Axial based custom race car. Up until one race before the Finals there were 4-5 drivers that had a possible shot at the championship. All series long the starting bell meant total excitement instantly. Many of the rigs in this class run complete Wraith drivelines bolted directly into metal upper chassis’. The realism doesn’t get any better than in this class, with the sound of the 8+ pound rigs banging against the rocks and each other.

U4RC will be rolling out additional classes starting the next series. We have created a “2.2 Competitor Limited” class. This class came about to offer entry level 2.2 drivers a place to start in U4RC racing and race against similar, “stock” or “lightly” modified rigs, without the pressures of racing against the pros with highly modified vehicles. Axial Wraith and Dead Bolt owners will feel right at home in this class.

U4RC would like to thank all of the sponsors and partners that helped make the Winter Series such a great success. We couldn’t have done it without them. Check out each of these sponsors great products and services!….

Axial Racing, PitBull Tires, Mattzilla R/C Works, Holmes Hobbies, Mad Dog R/C, Mad Skinz R/C, Kling-on R/C, Jevne Racing, Cow R/C, Undertaker Custom Paint, RCP Crawlers…..

Driving Tips For the Axial EXO Terra Buggy

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The EXO Terra Buggy is built for speed, and while speed is a lot of fun, it requires a different approach to driving than the other vehicles Axial Racing. Follow these tips and you’ll be driving like a pro in no time at all.

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Look Ahead
It is natural to look directly at the vehicle we’re driving, but the faster the vehicle the more we need to look ahead of it. Instead of look at the hood of the EXO Terra Buggy, look ahead. How far ahead depends upon how good your peripheral vision is. Even if your peripheral vision isn’t that great, the good news is it will prove with practice. The great news is that input (the things you see) in your peripheral vision travels to your brain 25% faster than what you see in the direct center of your visual range. When you look ahead you’ll see obstacles before you get to them and be able to react, and as you improve your peripheral vision, the car your driving will almost feel like it’s going in slow motion.

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Switching Directions
One of the hardest skills to learn when driving a fast RC vehicle such as the EXO Terra Buggy is mastering how to drive it when it’s coming towards you. This is difficult for many people because the vehicle responds to steering input backwards, meaning when the vehicle is coming at you and you turn right, the vehicle goes to your left. Most drivers turn, see the vehicle go in the opposite direction they intended and correct their input. The end result is a zig zag driving line. The key to solving the problem is to visualize yourself inside the vehicle, as if you were driving from a driver’s seat perspective. Do this visualization trick when the vehicle is driving towards and eventually it will just “click.”

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Before You Turn
If you want to drive in control, the key is slowing down. The reason you want to drive in control is that control equals fast. So, slow is fast. You don’t to start driving slowly. What you need to do is slow down before turns. Most drivers don’t slow down until the reach a turn. Slowing down before helps maintain control and allows for higher average speeds to be maintained.

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Jumping
The EXO Terra Buggy is a lot more like dirt bikes when airborne than the buggy it’s modeled after. The difference is the EXO Terra Buggy responds to throttle and brake inputs while airborne. Staying in the throttle helps keep the buggy level or even nose up. Tapping the brakes does just the opposite and drops the nose. If a RC vehicle has enough power (tire size also comes into play) and/or strong enough brakes, it can do back and forward flips off jumps. While this driving skill may not be intuitive to many drivers, it is easy to see in action and quickly becomes second nature.

Proper Shock Care

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Maintenance
Axial shocks are built in a similar fashion to high performance off-road shocks and are engineered for extreme use on a variety of terrains. Being built to take abuse, you do not have to service them between runs. If your last run, however, included conditions such as fine dirt such as silt, sand or mud, it may be a good idea to remove the shocks, one at a time, from the vehicle.

After the shock is removed, clean the mounting hardware and mounting locations, on the chassis and shock, with a rag or paper towel soaked in WD-40. A non-abrasive pipe cleaner is useful for cleaning the shock ends. While they don’t move a lot, these are moving parts and the cleaner they are, the longer they will last.

Remove the springs to make cleaning the shock easier and to easily judge how the shock’s condition.

A cheap toothbrush is a great tool to have in your collection. One use that it’s perfect for is cleaning shocks. Between runs, use the toothbrush to clean the dirt that can accumulate at the bottom of the shock bottom and on top of the lower shock mount. Carefully brush dirt away from these parts. You especially don’t want to inadvertently force dirt in the shock or even closer to the seals. The brush is also perfect for cleaning threaded shock bodies.

After cleaning the exterior of the shock, check that the screw-on cap and lower body cap are properly tightened. Next, slowly cycle the shock by hand. If the shock does not feel smooth, if it catches or feel like it gets stuck, you should rebuild all four shocks. There should be smooth, consistent resistance. Inside the shock, a flat piston with tiny holes in it is moving through silicone shock fluid, so you should feel some resistance when compressing the shock. If there is no resistance, you should rebuild all four shocks.

Rebuilding Tips
Axial’s manuals outline exactly how to build shocks, but the following tips will make the process easier and help you achieve perfectly build shocks.

Use a clean work surface. Clean your work area and then cover small area with paper towels.

Make sure the pistons are free of burrs. Check each piston carefully and remove any burrs or extra material with a sharp hobby knife.

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Use new O-rings in the lower part of the shock body and use O-rings specifically made for RC shocks and make sure you use the correct size O-rings. You can use silicone shock fluid to coat the O-rings, but RC specific O-ring lubricant is highly recommended. Use generous amount and make sure the O-rings are completely coated. Muchmore Racing’s Shock Slime (MMRC3523) is perfect for Axial shocks.

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If you’re rebuilding the shocks, you shouldn’t need to remove the lower shock end, but if you do, great care must be taken to not scratch the shaft’s surface. Duratrax has a solid brass tool (DTXR1140) that allows you to tightly grip shock shafts with pliers without scratching the shafts.

Fill the shocks with silicone fluid about 2 mm from the top. To help trapped air escape from under the piston, cycle the shock slowly and without the piston breaking the surface of the fluid. Let the shocks sit upright for a few minutes to further allow air bubbles to rise and escape. Top off the fluid so that it just slightly domes.

Push the piston to the top and tighten down the top shock cap. If you place the cap in position and slightly rotate it counterclockwise, as if you were loosening it, this will let it drop onto the threads of the shock body and help prevent cross threading the cap. After this, slowly thread the cap on. Fluid should leak out as the cap is tightened, so have a paper towel wrapped around the shock.

A rag soaked with rubbing alcohol or denatured alcohol can be used to remove fluid from the shock body.

When reinstalling the shocks, make sure you do not over tighten the mounting hardware or the shocks will bind and not function properly.

AXIALFEST 2014 Sponsor: Gear Head RC

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Axial RC Inc. is proud to announce that Gear Head has been added to the sponsor list for AXIALFEST2014!

About Gear Head R/C
Launched in 2011, Gear Head is an aftermarket R/C performance and scale parts brand of RPP Hobby. Gear Head – Designed by guys who love R/C as much as you do!

http://www.gearheadrc.com/index.html
https://www.facebook.com/GearHeadRadioControl

AXIALFEST 2014 Sponsor: Tower Hobbies

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Axial RC Inc. is proud to announce that Tower Hobbies has been added to the sponsor list for AXIALFEST2014.

About Tower Hobbies:
From Bruce Holecek, Founder of Tower Hobbies
I started Tower Hobbies in 1971. It all began with a love of hobbies, $800.00 in personal savings, and a dream. A dream to create the largest and finest hobby mail-order company in the world. A dream that has come true even beyond my wildest expectations!

During the first year my brother Mark joined me in this fledgling venture and in 1972 Jeri and I were married and this brought our total employee roster up to three! During those early years we ate, breathed, slept, talked and dreamed about nothing but Tower Hobbies. Tower Hobbies grew quickly as it revolutionized the radio control industry with toll-free “800″ WATS lines, an in-house mainframe IBM computer, annual catalogs that are the “bibles” of the industry, a multiple-award-winning web site and most importantly a determined commitment to low prices, excellent service, and our “customers are Kings” attitude.

In the mid-’70s, Mark left Tower Hobbies to start a different business on his own. In 1984 Clint Atkins, a local Champaign businessman joined Tower Hobbies in an ownership capacity. Clint brought considerable strengths to Tower Hobbies that enabled it to provide even better prices, products and services than ever before. In 2005, Clint, Jeri and I sold Tower Hobbies to an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) but continued on in a leadership role. Now, the employees of Tower Hobbies own the company and have a real investment in 100% customer satisfaction.

I started, and Tower Hobbies continues today, with a very simple game plan: offer the finest products available at the lowest prices and to provide absolutely the finest service. This game plan is a lot more than just a plan — it’s a promise. A promise that is honored by each and every dedicated employee of Tower Hobbies. All of the dedicated employee-owners are Team Tower Hobbies and their personal and professional commitment to excellence is your guarantee of total satisfaction and outstanding value.

Clint, Jeri and I thank you for your loyal support all these years. Our employee-owners will continue to do everything they can to constantly improve Tower Hobbies to serve you even better in the future. You always have been and certainly continue to be absolutely the most important reason for our very existence, and we promise never to forget this simple truth.

Remember, your total satisfaction is personally guaranteed by the best team Tower Hobbies ever put together. We invite you to become and stay a satisfied customer-and welcome you to the exciting world of hobbies — the Tower Hobbies Way!

Sincerely yours,

Bruce Holecek
Founder, Tower Hobbies

For more information visit: towerhobbies.com