Wraith RTR Spare Tire Mod

I wanted to create more of a two-seater race style buggy. Something with the looks along the line of an Ultra 4 racer or KOH racer.

First I chopped off the back of the cage by cutting at the base of the C and D pillars and then at the back of the center support between the B pillar of the roof cage.

Trim the Lexan roof to fit the shortened roof cage.

Sand the rough cut edges of the cage to a smooth finish.

Using 7x60mm grey posts (AXA1429), M3x16mm set screws (AXA186), rod ends (AX80005), and flanged balls (AXA1331), I created the new rear down tube supports.

I trimmed the center support of the roof to make room for the ball flange. I bored out the rod end to slip over the rear shock brace tube. I trimmed up a piece of flat Lexan to create a cover for the battery area.

Next is to create the spare tire carrier. I started by using the spare tire mount from the Axial SCX10 Trail Honcho. It already has a really good angle to carry the tire.

I used a couple spacers 4x6mm (AXA1453) and 6x6mm (AXA1355) to lift the carrier up to fit the Ripsaw tire. I also put cone washers (AXA1104) underneath the Lexan to add strength. The last thing I had to do was trim the tire mount post of the carrier and add a hex hub (AXA30429) to keep the tire in place.

So there ya have it!!!! One Axial Wraith with an Ultra 4 style setup that has an aggressive unique look. With a little patience and a open Saturday afternoon you create the same look.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
When it comes to adventure crawling, RECON Crawlers is the banner organization that everyone who has heard of a G6 Challenge™ wishes to participate under. The Axial SCX10 chassis is the adventurer’s choice as it has the mechanical reliability worth spending hundreds of hours on. All this time is spent to make dream rigs come to reality in 1/10th fashion and at 1/10th the price and this is also what makes the Axial SCX10 the perfect platform as there are numerous directions and choices to build from this “blank canvas”. For those of you who are contemplating getting into R/C, never mind the scale size, the fun of a G6 Challenge is a FULL SIZE ADVENTURE!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

The participants, organizers and national media alike where highly anticipating the results of giving ample time and attention for the SCX10 G6 Challenge™ alongside the premier 2.2-comp crawler competition. The weekend did not disappoint and showed everyone that things are changing and fast!
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It only took one look at the drivers impound of vehicles to see what we all came for!

Under the trail guidance of Brian Parker, Axial’s very own team driver and tour guide director of the Recon Crawlers, Parker and crew unleashed a trail-system for the evenings event that everyone was looking forward. The first stage of the event would take drivers on an adventure, while starting at dusk, this would be the first taste of driving into the NIGHT! Lights all a glow, this was only preparation for Saturday nights Stage 2 as it was to be experienced entirely under the stars of night!

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Looking down the dragstrip of the G6 Compound.

John Halman @ AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Here is John on the throttle like Paquin Vs Silver Bullet www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUVEH7AoEnw&feature=related

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Does anyone remember that cartoon of Goofy in the episode “Motor Mania“?
Meet Mr. John “Walker-Wheeler” Halman
JOHN – WE LOVE YOU MAN! All in good fun for the good of the children!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Stage Marker #05 was a terror for many!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night


Hi yall!!! Watcha’doin’down there?

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Bender Bending Light!!!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Yea, you’ve seen a lot of photos of this rig already.. He’s they boss man! But did you even notice the tires on this rig!?!?!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night


The Subaru turbo-piping was getting too hot and the exhaust was falling down onto the driveshaft. The Twins-Turbo Inconel Manifold is on order for the 675hp four cylinder engine.


Still waiting for that air shipment.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night


Notice the yellow tape holding the orange marker… dually noted!


The power of BRAAAAAAAP!!!


CH-47 Chinook has delivered the goods and “Scooby-10″ is back in the adventure hunt!

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I heard the factory backed Subaru powered SCX10 rolling through the hills with turbo anti-lag popping and hissing and just as the “Scooby-10″ rounded the corner we knew he had overcooked brakes as he was traveling at R6 speed, but the corner was a R3 and down the hill he rolled with his best impersonation of Travis Pastrana at Colorado Cog Rally in 2005

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Engine stayed lit and seemed to have a little traction as it was slightly afloat but the cab was about to run out of air and started sinking fast and the current of the river started pulling the rig toward the deep end of the pool.

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This was a situation of situations… I’m media, I just watch with my finger pinned in dis-belief! snap snap snap!!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
MOTOR DRIVE ON SNAP SNAP SNAP MODE.


And back on course with the help of a bunch of enthusiastic fans!

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Backyard Boyz at Grizzly Cave - AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Backyard Boyz at Grizzly Cave

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
This is my Axial SCX10 being driven by Matt of Car Action Magazine in his very first G6 Challenge. My truck is BEAST!!! One day I will start a blog about it as it has endured much and seen a many… stock as can be and driven with no remorse!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
WOW! There was a lot of airplane traffic at this time of night!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night


Backyard Boyz Night Light

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Myself and the Backyard Boyz waited for at least a half hour for this moment as it was rumored that there were a couple more rigs out on course. The Backyard Boyz had been cheering on drivers and lending winch-point assistance as this nasty ledge was becoming a full size grizzly cave. The following photos capture the event as it unfolds into one of the coolest recover-progression-assistance moments here at “Grizzly Cave.”


First attempt at winching up is underway.

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Too much overhang for the Adventure Van to sneak a wheel over.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
So, assistance was made as a Rubicon rolled up and let the Adventure Van drive up onto the JK’s wheel and Poison Spyder fender while using the ledge to plant the left wheel of the van on the rock for a makeshift v-crack ascent. Or at least that was the idea.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Any owner of an Adventure Van has to be a baller, so throwing said vehicle to the rocks is only going to give this rig a lot of character and a great story to tell back at the campfire! Replacing factory glass and mirrors is optional.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Here is the Adventure Van putting tonnage on sliders and relying heavily on a little cable as it teeter-totters up over Grizzly Cave.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Just a yelp and a big gasp for air exiting from the drivers window.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
VICTORY at Stage Marker #72 Grizzly Cave

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Adventure Van returning the assistance favor to Team Rubicon.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
The ADV-Van was poppin’ wheelies as it attempted to snatch the Rubi’ up Grizzly Cave.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Try it again – faster this time, but same results. Head scratch and kick tire moment…

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
With all the onlooking assistance from the Backyard Boyz, the only solution was to back the ADV Van up and winch the front of the Rubicon up enough to get the tires onto the lip of Grizzly Cave and then STEP ON IT!!!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
STEP ON IT – the Adventure Van did and got the Rubicon team up the ledge.

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Full extraction and party on!

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night

AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Cut Through Road at Cisco Snowbanks


My flash gives a moment of light as the adventure van of Tony Phalen rocks on through the night.


Luckily no one moved or turned off the spotlight I put on the back of the RV as this is how I found my way back. I was out on the trail until the last drivers had came by and I was doing a couple of campsite visits. I followed the trail back, but with no rigs and drivers out on course with all their lights on, it was DARK!

Brian Parker AWCC 2011 SCX10 G6 Challenge™ Stage 1 Friday Night
Brian Parker mad grillin’ late into the late of night awaiting drivers to complete stage 1 of what was an AWESOME adventure!

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Axial’s Coverage of the 2011 Nationals

Axial attended the 2011 USRCCA Nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada this past weekend. This is the biggest R/C crawling competition of the year. In order to compete at this event you must either win the qualifying series in your area, or sign up for the last chance qualifier (LCQ), and hope you make the cut into the main event. This event is in it’s sixth year, and still building momentum. Here’s a few highlights from this year’s competition.

Thursday was the first day of competition. There were 75+ drivers total signed up for LCQ, and all of them were hoping for a chance to make the main event on Saturday. The competition was about to get very tight.

The driver’s meeting on LCQ morning.

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Shortly after the driver’s meeting, courses were open and the competition was underway.

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Team Axial driver Dean Hsiao in attack mode.

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Team Vanquish and Team Axial driver Brian Parker doing work!

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Looks like Brian drove his XR10 to Vegas from Reno by the looks of those tires.

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There were plenty of XR10 based rigs to watch, with many different set-ups.

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The view from the top of the rocks.

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Me and my sombrero working it.

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A view of the top course, as drivers await their turn.

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Team Axial driver Jake Wright working his custom XR10.

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Axial’s good friend Yoshiaki Kataoka made the trek all the way from Japan with 6 of his closet crawler companions to compete in this year’s event. This is the fourth year Yoshiaki has made the trip to the US for this event.

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Scott Hughes squirreling his way through one of the tougher gates.

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After the main event Saturday, only 5 would make the finals on Sunday out of 101 drivers.

The talented 5 are……..

1st Brian Lorenz -111

2nd Scott Hughes -110

3rd Joel Gatlin -100

4th Nabil Jamali -99

5th Darwin James -97

Jason Hensel conducts the drivers meeting on Sunday morning.

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The event was broadcasted live over the internet so anyone that couldn’t attend this competition could watch from home by logging onto www.rccrawler.com

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Bulu Production’s Brett Carlson gives me the stink eye, as he records the drivers meeting.

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After the driver’s meeting the top 5 took to the finals course in hopes of pulling off the victory for that “2011 National Championship” title. Driver order was picked randomly out of a hat. Once the driver’s name was called, they had 30 seconds to start the course………….no pressure!!

Joel Gatlin was chosen first.

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This off camber gate was tough to negotiate, as soon as you approached it, your rig would start to unload. Most drivers quickly got on the throttle as their rig started to roll. But, the lip after the gate made it tough to get progress with the rear tires because it would instantly flip you off the obstacle as soon as your front tires touched it.

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Next up was Brian Lorenz.

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That same off camber gate bites another competitor.

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Scott Hughes was chosen to go 3rd.

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That nasty off camber gate looking straight on. Scott and I had decided before the top five started that the best way through this gate cleanly, was to back down below it first, then drive up through. Worked like a charm!

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Nabil Jamali’s name was drawn next.

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Darwin James was lucky enough to be the last driver to run.

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And the winners are………..

1st place Brian Lorenz

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2nd place Scott Hughes

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3rd place Nabil Jamali

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That wraps up the 2011 Nationals coverage. Keep an eye out for details on next year’s event. Special thanks to Steven Kautz, Mark Reel and Jeff Johns for helping me take photos.

Axial XR10 Delivers 1-2 Punch at 2011 USRCCA Nationals

Axial recently attended the 2011 USRCCA Nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event brings in the best drivers from around the world to compete for a chance to be the top R/C crawler on the planet. This year for the main event there were over 100 crawlers battling it out for that one top spot. After a long hot day of incredibly tight competition two XR10′s were standing at the top of the podium. Axial would like to congratulate Brian “Burbo” Lorenz (left) for his first place finish, and Scott “Squirrel” Hughes (right) for taking the top 2 positions this year with their XR10′s. Way to do work drivers!!

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