Axial EXO – How to swap batteries

Now that the EXO Terra Buggy has officially been announced, I want to take some time and highlight a few of the features. For this post I want to cover how to swap the batteries and show a couple of the subtle but cool details on the EXO battery tray assembly. Our patent pending quick release battery tray makes swapping the battery in the EXO really easy to do, with minimal down time between runs.

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A few photos of the battery tray with the body and cage removed.

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Here you can see the rubber battery straps lock into the battery tray tabs securely. The straps have steel pins pressed into the ends of them, the ends of the pins are what tie into the battery tray tabs.

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Grab the tab on the end of the rubber battery strap, pull down and release the pins from the battery tray tabs to remove the battery. No body clips or threaded nuts required. Notice the battery tray is two separate pieces too. I will explain why in a minute.

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To aid in removing the battery, the battery tray tabs fold down out of the way. Once they are folded down, the opposite end of the tabs help lift the battery out of the tray too.

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Notice the M3 screws and slots in the battery tray as well.

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I grabbed one of our 2S lipos to show how easy it is to make adjustments to the battery tray. Here is where the two piece tray is key. I set the battery into place first to see where it sits.

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Once you install your battery into the tray you can adjust the two halves of the battery tray to fit the battery as needed. The two halves of the tray are mounted to the chassis with M3 screws as I mentioned earlier. Because the battery trays have slots built into the mounting tabs, you can adjust the size of the tray to fit most batteries. Here you can see that the tray is a little too long to hold this battery properly right now.

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I backed the M3 screws off in the battery tray halves and snugged them up to the battery before tightening them up again. Now you can see the tray fits this battery like a glove.

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Another cool feature to this battery tray is the the rubber straps. There is adjustments built into those as well. You can fine tune the straps to fit different height battery packs if need be too. A close up shot of the stationary side of the battery strap, and it’s different mounting options. Three holes in the strap and two holes in the battery tray give you a handful of options to fine tune the straps.

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Here are a few more photos showing how to change the battery with the cage and body installed.

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The passenger side of the EXO has 2 body posts and clips that hold the side panel on. Remove those 2 body clips, pop the side panel off and you have access to the battery.

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As I mentioned earlier, grab the tab on the end of the strap, pull down and release to remove the battery.

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Fold the battery tabs back to pop the battery up out of the tray.

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Then remove the battery.

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Grab a freshly charged battery.

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Slide the battery into place.

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Secure the battery using the rubber straps.

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Then reinstall the passenger side body panel.

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Time to go tear it up!!

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That covers the EXO battery tray, and it’s adjustments. Keep an eye out for more blog articles covering different features on the EXO in the near future too.

Axial Wraith Goes on Tour with UTVUnderground.com

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Axial Wraith Goes on Tour with UTVUnderground.com

Southern California’s UTVUnderground.com has quickly become the largest and most recognized name in the UTV online world. So, it was only natural for Axial to partner with UTVUnderground.com to take the rock race buggy – the WRAITH on a whirlwind tour and introduce it to the UTV masses! UTVUnderground.com’s Joey DiGiovanni had a crazy schedule full of rallies and shows to put the WRAITH on display at and boy, did it get a response!

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First trip for the Axial WRAITH with UTVUnderground.com was to the hills of North Tennessee to the Brimstone UTV Rally. UTVUnderground.com along with a few friends loaded up into a motorhome and made the cross country trek from Southern California to go and participate in this 15,000 person ride and race event. The WRAITH stood front and center with UTVUnderground.com as they set up to promote the new International Side-X-Side Association (ISA). Axial decided to help promote this new ISA organization (which will act just like the AMA does for motorcycles) with UTVUnderground by giving one of the new WRAITH’s away in a raffle drawing that encouraged enthusiasts to sign up for the ISA. Despite having a host of other amazing raffle prizes it was obvious to UTVUnderground.com and to the ISA that people were signing up to win the WRAITH! Questions abounded about its capabilities and its cost. Heck, had UTVUnderground had multiple units they could have easily sold 10 of these new WRAITH machines! Eventually the WRAITH had to be given away and a nice lady from the Tennessee area would take home the prize during the raffle announcement that took place before the Tracy Lawrence country concert, and in front of the massive crowd of Brimstone attendees. Needless to say there was a whole lot of new Axial fans after this event!!
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UTVunderground.com Axial Wraith
From Tennessee UTVUnderground.com headed back to the west coast where they would immediately shift gears into the biggest UTV enthusiast show on the west coast, the Sand Sports Super Show. This would be the 3rd consecutive year that UTVUnderground would host a booth at this massive show. The Axial WRAITH was proudly put on display for all 3 days of the show where thousands would funnel through. The response for the WRAITH was much like Tennessee. The same questions came about, how fast is it, how does it climb, and how much? Can we buy it? It is without a doubt that when people see this machine, flexing it suspension on a can of Monster Energy that they just had to have it. The WRAITH was again a hit and a focal point of the UTVUnderground.com booth. The all tube chassis and life-like interior just blows people away, then when they pick it up and look at the WRAITH’s realistic drivetrain and suspension it just sets them off. The details are what set this R/C buggy a part form the rest.

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It was once again time for UTVUnderground.com to shift gears, this time from the largest sand enthusiast show to now the largest off-road show on the West Coast, the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo. This was year 2 of UTVUnderground.com having a booth at this large general off-road show. Here jeeps and trucks rule so naturally the WRAITH was again a HIT! In addition to UTVUnderground.com putting the WRAITH on display, Axial would also be in attendance. This time when people asked HOW MUCH? UTVUnderground could send them on over to the Axial booth for purchase. Everyday during the 2-day show you would spot attendees walking through the show carrying their newly purchased WRAITH’s in a box. Again with the WRAITH perched on the UTVUnderground.com table, flexing its articulating suspension on a can of Monster Energy, attendees would gawk at how realistic the features of the WRAITH are. People constantly would comment on how it needed a G.I. Joe in the driver seat, or how they want it to be painted like their favorite rock racer. In all the WRAITH once again drew people into the booth and turned old men into kids when they would pick it up and laugh, as they looked at all the cool details this R/C buggy possesses. Everyone just loved this awesome toy.

It was a total pleasure for UTVUnderground.com to take the Axial WRAITH on tour with us through these 3 events. You can bet now its time to play with these bad boys. Batteries have been purchased and now its time to show that this bad boy isn’t just a “Trailer Queen” and show vehicle, but its actually a hard working, performing, rock racer! Stay tuned here to Axial’s blog and to UTVUnderground.com for the long-term review of the Axial WRAITH!

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Step By Step Wraith Kit Build In Action

I finally got a chance to shoot a few action shots, and video of my Wraith kit build. I don’t have the video edited yet, because I have been too busy working on the Exo release, but it’s coming soon. For this first shakedown run I used a 5300mah 2S lipo, and it gave me a good combination of wheelspeed and torque, with barely any noticeable “cogging”. Next I plan on dropping a 3S pack in it to see which set-up I like better. Here’s a few of the better shots I got, it’s tough to drive and shoot pictures and video at the same time. Still fun though!!

On to the photos……

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There’s a few teaser photos for you guys, hopefully I can get the video edited soon.

Axial EXO Terra Buggy WHOOP TESTING!

Since you guys thought the “Official Tease” video was too short, we thought we would give you another with an additional 5-seconds. So, this is a little clip showing two EXO’s skipping through the whoops and get tangled up. Thought you would like to see it’s not always fun and games in the dirt. The dirt is a mysterious thing and all of a sudden things can just go way wrong!!! Lucky for the drivers they walked away, but one guy’s signed up for the extra bonus ride with a few loops thrown in for good measure. Yes, spare underwear for the passengers were made available after the ride.

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2011 SEMA Show – Bender Edition

As most of you know, Axial attended the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada recently. We had been secretly working with some strategic technical partners to give a sneak peek at the show of our latest vehicle, the Exo. Since Axial is predominantly known for making R/C crawlers, the release of the Exo was a big surprise to the general public because it was so vastly different then our previous vehicles. So, a handful of us made the trip to SEMA to witness the reactions and get some first hand feedback. This was my first trip to SEMA, and it was amazing to say the least. There is so much to see, that it is tough to cover everything. We were only in town for a few days, and barely scratched the surface of what SEMA had to offer. Armed with my camera and a backpack, I ventured out into the sea of people and shiny metal components. Here are a few of the photos I snapped along the way.

Cool low-rider Dually……

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…..with some serious chariot-like wheel spikes.

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Got to love green and black.

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They had a drift track set-up in an empty parking lot. Spectators could take a ride along with them if they wanted.

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If you are into Jeeps, like me, there was no shortage of eye candy at the show.

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A few more shots outside on the first day.

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Sweet Overland Journal JK, with integrated roof rack tent.

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Another sweet 4 door Jeep JK.

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More random goodness from inside.

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Got milk?

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Our first stop was at the Griffin booth.

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

What do we have here?

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Raw metal and carbon fiber together just looks cool.

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

The Wilwood booth

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The Wilwood Wraith

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Cool Jeep pick-up.

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Shannon Campbell’s rock racer, IFS front and solid axle rear. I have seen this rig in action a few times at King of the Hammers, and it’s just sick!

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The Tron Audi built by West Coast Customs

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

The Raceline wheels booth.

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The Raceline Wraith was on display too.

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More randomness…..

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Walker Evans wheels.

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Custom 4 door Jeep JK 6X6 pick-up………..say that 10 times in a row as fast as you can.

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Next stop was the Icon Vehicle Dynamics booth.

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Another custom JK build. Not really my style, but I can appreciate the time that went into it.

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The Dana Spicer booth. If you are looking for tough off-road axles, most people start here.

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Got driveshafts?

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

There were tons of cool trucks to drool on at the show as well.

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Or maybe old Broncos are your thing?

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How about an old school Bronco built to play in the desert? One of my favorite vehicles from the show.

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More desert vehicles.

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Cool Jeepspeed build.

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There were a few sand-rails on display too.

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

More photos from around the show.

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After lunch we ran into a couple of Rodney’s old friends, Dennis and Ryan Anderson.

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Chevy displayed several variations of their new Sonic. I have to admit for a small car, these things are pretty cool.

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Got ear plugs?

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Another one of Rodney’s old friends/co-workers Andy Williamson (right), he is one of the masterminds behind the Chevy Sonic display.

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I even managed to spy a few nice full suspension mountain bikes, another one of my hobbies.

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Giant’s Reign X1. I have a 2010 X2 at home.

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More random shots……

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I don’t remember the ice cream truck in our neighborhood looking anything like this when I was a young lad. Kids these days have it made!

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More Jeep based vehicles.

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My favorite Jeep from the show, AEV’s 4 door JK pick-up.

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Next we went by the Hankook booth.

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

Does this tread pattern look familiar?

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

A little F1 action, Kimi Raikkonen’s Mercedes.

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

More spy shots…… not very often you see a Ferrari that isn’t red.

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There was an immense number of wheels on display.

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I think they made these custom for either Liberace or Elton John.

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SEMA 2011 Axial's Brad "Bender" Dumont

My last stop for the day was the Turn Key booth.

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Even Charlene, the Turn Key model, couldn’t keep her hands of the Exo.

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Woah, my feet and back were beat after a few days!! Those are my highlights from the 2011 SEMA show. If you have never been, it is well worth the trip for anyone that considers themselves a gearhead.

Here’s one last little sneak peek for you guys……………..enjoy!!

2011 SEMA Show – GCRad1 Edition

SEMA Show 2011 GCRAD1 Edition

SEMA SHOW 2011 Las Vegas, Nevada
Words & Photos: Rodney “GCRad1″ Wills

SEMA began in 1963 by a small group of manufacturers who made performance equipment for the early American hot rods. In those beginning days the SEMA stood for “Speed Equipment Manufacturers Association.”

Forty plus years later and the small group of speed enthusiast that began to manufacture their passion for speed were joined by thousands of companies, designers, producers and suppliers of specialty products. With growth and diversity, the show became known as the Specialty Equipment Market Association.

For me personally, I’ve always called it the worlds largest “toy” store for a week as I have been attending the show since the early ’90s. With Axial’s recent partnerships with the likes of Hankook Tires, Griffin Radiators, TurnKey Engines, Wilwood Brakes and ICON Vehicle Dynamics and more; it was cache-cool to make the world debut of the Axial EXO Terra Buggy with these partners at the globally attended SEMA show. See all the display rigs in our Laser Beam Metal Machine thread.

While there were a few Axial members at SEMA, the photos below are just my shots as hopefully those guys will pop in and post a thread with some commentary on their photos as well. These photos are also pooled into a Flickr SEMA 2011 Collection for your viewing pleasure.

At the Wilwood booth:
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SO CLEAN SO COOL!

At the RACELINE Wheels Booth:
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Axial’s 2.2 Raceline Renegade Wheels – 41mm Wide (Black) AX08135
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Dana Spicer Drivetain Components Booth:


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A cool booth for parts that are usually overlooked by many, for for the off-road/rock-crawl communities, very sought after items!!!

Griffin Radiators Booth:
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Griffin Radiator Axial EXO Terra Buggy
Check out the silver painted Griffin radiator in the Axial EXO Terra Buggy! Get your silver paint markers ready!

Walker Evans Racing Wheels Booth:


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See the SCX10 down there? See the new Walker Evans Wheels on our new SCX10?
Axial SCX10™ Trail Honcho™ 4WD – RTR AX90022
Axial SCX10™ Dingo™ 4WD – KIT AX90021

TJM EQUIPPED!
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TURN KEY POWETRAIN!!!
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Get on the train! I was trying to stuff this into the EXO and all of a sudden I woke up on the floor! WOW – what a dream that was! TEKIN rhymes with Turn Key…

ICON Vehicle Dynamics booth:
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Mike Brown and Russ Jackson of www.justacarguy.blogspot.com checking out the debut of the Axial EXO Terra Buggy at the ICON booth.

SCX10 sitting on the hood of the ICON Dodge, just in case you could not get your eyes past the ProAm wheel.

OK, here’s eclectic collection of random images that happened in front of my lens:
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Overland Journal in the trenches doing work!
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Overland Journal is a great “coffee table” magazine to check out and work in conjunction with a great forum for the 1:1 Overland enthusiast at www.expeditionportal.com

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There is a truck in there somewhere!

The olive-drab-green military-theme is still in play:
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But black will never go out of fashion:
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MOPAR POWER!

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I have a passion for these old relics! Toyota Celica If ever you are in California around September there is the cool Japanese Classic Car Show to check out! www.japaneseclassiccarshow.com

Roll cages, proper ones.. are ALWAYS COOL!
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SEMA 2011 Axial's Rodney "GCRad1" Wills

Especially in rally cars!
Respectfully to the cages above:
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SEMA 2011 Axial's Rodney "GCRad1" Wills
The top cage/car is living the rally dream within the means and the bottom cage/car is full-tilt rally car.

Hand Painted:
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This Starwars theme was actually hand painted onto the car!

The old school of numbering:
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May as well let us know that it really does go fast in the dry lake beds! Even the dry lake beds can get a little wet sometimes…

This MONSTER:
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Breathes through this little hole:
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Little is an understatement.

Speaking of “monsters”

Does anyone know who this belongs to? Think Pikes Peak and think Suzuki… if you answer is Travis Pastrana – YOUR FIRED!!!

Jarod DeAnda of CapitalA "official voice" of Formula-D at SEMA 2011
Jarod DeAnda “official voice” of Formula-D was on hand to announce for the live demo area.
check his blog: www.jaroddeanda.com/blog/

POWER
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SEMA 2011 Axial's Rodney "GCRad1" Wills

And more power:
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SEMA 2011 Axial's Rodney "GCRad1" Wills
Yes, all that power in this little sedate sedan… WOW!

OK, throw some flex at you:


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Im sure it could flex if it had to. If not, no worries – roll cage all around for the roll-over assist…

Need a tow? There is only one with the “green pin” and we like the color GREEN!

The Van Beest Shackle from www.MasterPull.com has a Breaking Strength of 6,000lbs.

While this “tow-hook” shackle is so very pretty..
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You never want to use it as it means that your day at the track is done.

Track car or street car?

We met Anthony Carvallo:
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He built the “Blue Crush” Jeep Rig:
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Sled:
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Love the raw metal look!

Another in the raw:
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And then..

All CARBON outer wheel – yes, the whole thing – not covered metal or sugar coated – real deal carbon wheel… with aluminum center.

I love stuff like this wide-body DTM style VOLVO!
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To this chopped and channeled creepy crawler:
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SEMA 2011 Axial's Rodney "GCRad1" Wills

FATLACE SONIC:
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Sonic: FF 1.4 cast iron block TURBO powered – from the boys at GM.

Wagon-Wip:
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SCX10 chopped channeled – fried dyed and laid to the side…

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What is really going on here sir!?

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Did I already tell you that mud flaps are cool!? Also, it’s the only way to make an ugly car cool! How do I know? Here is a Ford Escort ZX2 with mud flaps to show how a “chick car” can go to cool car by adding mud flaps and a few other items…

This guy forgot his mudflaps!
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Must be a dry weather queen. YEP! California license plate!

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50-points at the next Recon G6 if you know what this is and what it is for.
First person who puts it into scale use properly will get another cookie at the next Recon G6.

My Land Cruiser is so slow:
SEMA 2011 Axial's Rodney "GCRad1" Wills
I’m dropping in this HKS powered Twins-Turbo™ prepped motor!

Hey look!
SEMA 2011 Axial's Rodney "GCRad1" Wills
A giant parts tree!

SEMA 2011 Axial's Rodney "GCRad1" Wills
Jeff is buying us new furniture!!!

With all the money he saves, he is buying us a company track car!
SEMA 2011 Axial's Rodney "GCRad1" Wills

But all we came home with was this class 10 Buggy:
SEMA 2011 Axial's Rodney "GCRad1" Wills
JK JK JK This is LaPaglia Motorsports Class-10 Buggy that we saw on the road as we where coming back from SEMA – Cajon Pass FWY15.

There is just SO MUCH DESERT between California and Nevada:
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It’s coming… subscribe please:
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Laser Beam Metal Machine

Axial wanted to make some cool displays for some upcoming shows so our marketing team knocked up the basic function of the display idea and our R&D team gave it the approval and added some good looks, then laid it into a file that we could send over to our buddy Cody Waggoner at IPE laser cutting in Norco, California.

Laser Cutting Axial Logo
Cody takes our file and has it laser cut for sample review.

Laser is “STARWARS” powerful!

We saw a laser cut through thick steal plate – awesome!

After some bending, the stand assembled looks cool!

Check out my Axial SCX10 Honcho looking trophy status! This poor truck has been through so much! One day it needs some TLC!

So on with the purpose:
Axial SCX10 Honcho ICON Vehicle Dynamics
ICON Vehicle Dynamics: Suspension we dream about in full-size.

Axial SCX10 Honcho Walker Evans Racing Wheels
Walk Evans Racing: Official wheel of the Axial SCX10.
Part #: AX08138 1.9 Walker Evans Street Wheel – Black (2pcs)
Part #: AX08140 1.9 Walker Evans Street Wheel – Chrome/Black (2pcs)

Axial Wraith Wilwood Disk Brakes
Wilwood Disk Brakes: The official brakes we dream about in full-size.

Axial Wraith Dana Spicer Drivetain Components
Dana Spicer Drivetain Components: Official drivetrain we dream about in full-size.

Axial Wraith Raceline Wheels
Raceline Wheels: Official wheels for the Axial Wraith.

Axial Wraith Jesse Rooke
JESSE ROOKE: Yea, we are Jesee Rooke Fans!

Axial Wraith Griffin Thermal Products
Griffin Thermal Products: Official radiator of Axial Inc.

Axial Wraith TJM Equipped
TJM EQUIPPED: Official Equipment for the Axial Wraith.

Axial Wraith Corbeau Seats
Corbeau Seats: Official seats to the Axial WRAITH.

Axial EXO ICON Vehicle Dynamics
ICON Vehicle Dynamics: The official suspension that we dream about in full-size.

Axial EXO Griffin Thermal Prodcuts
Griffin Thermal Products: Official radiator for the Axial EXO.

Axial EXO TurnKey Motorsports
TurnKey Engine Supply: Official motor “look” for Axial EXO Terra Buggy. Yes, we all have dreams!

Axial EXO Hankook Performance Tires
Hankook Performance Tires: Official Tire Supplier to the Axial EXO.

Industrial Process Equipment Inc. - Laser Cutting - Norco, California
IPE: Industrial Process Equipment, Inc.
951.808.9192
www.lasernut.com

Step By Step Wraith Kit Build – Part VII – Electronics Install

Here is the final installment of our 7 part Wraith kit build series. For this post I will cover the electronics I am using, and placement in the chassis. Wiring this truck is a little tougher then normal, because of the tube chassis and interior tray. Proper planning is needed to pull off a clean install. My first objective with this wiring job was keeping it clean. I didn’t want to see a bunch of electronics or wires while the vehicle is running, it takes away from the overall scale look. The plan was to shoe-horn as much of the electronics as I could under the interior. Here is how it all played out.

For the motor and speed control I went with Tekin’s RS Pro ESC, and 10.5t brushless motor. This combo should give me a decent combo of wheel speed and torque with a 2S lipo. I am using my Futaba 4PK receiver and radio, as well as a Futaba S9452 servo for steering duties.

I used the ESC for mock-up to see where it would fit under the interior before I started wiring everything up. It took a few tries to get it properly positioned so it would fit without interference. I ended up using an AX10 servo mount for the ESC mount. I attached it to one of the holes in the top of the transmission. Then used double stick tape to attach the ESC. Once I finalized the ESC position, I soldered everything up as needed.

A few shots of the transmission and electronics before installing it back into my Wraith.

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The wiring……

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The ESC shelf……

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For the receiver mount I used the stock Wraith electronics box, but modified it a little to work with my set-up. I moved the battery up front, so it is now positioned behind the dashboard. I did this to put more weight bias out front, which will help in technical rock sections. In order to mount my battery up front I knew I would have to fab a battery tray of some sort. After staring at the front of my Wraith for a while it hit me…………just modify the stock battery tray instead. I basically ended up cutting the stock tray in half lengthwise, and bolting it into position where the stock ESC would normally sit in an RTR Wraith. Then added a few pieces of foam to fill any gaps between the tray and battery. I was even able to use the stock battery straps, which was a nice bonus.

A shot of the newly revised battery tray.

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You will have to cut away a lot of the interior out front for the battery and tray to clear without issue.

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The tray installed…..

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A few photos with the battery in place. You can also see the new hole I added to the lid of the receiver box, this just made the wiring job a tad easier, and it moved my servo wires away from the battery tray as well.

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Time to re-install the body panels, and it’s ready to go!

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I will have action shots and video soon, so stay tuned!!

Axial Wraith Kit Build Series

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