Axial “SCX10JK” Armor – Poison Spyder Rocker Armor and Rocker Knockers


We are starting to get extremely excited about Project “SCX10JK” . We have been at Rebel Off Road almost every day checking out the progress of the build. Those guys really make quick work of the parts install. Standing there watching them in action is pretty cool, it is like a well oiled machine. Every person there has a job to do, and they all seem to work really well together. Yesterday’s progress included adding some much needed armor to the side of the Jeep in between fenders. The rocker panels are one of the most vulnerable parts of the vehicle when out on the trail. Just because the Jeep can climb over something, doesn’t mean it should. For those moments when Jeff is faced with climbing over a huge rock, we needed some rocker protection for when it comes down on the other side. I know from experience with my SCX10, that the sliders are very important, same goes for the full size action. Unlike my Lexan bodied SCX10, failure to install proper sliders on this rig, will result in very expensive damage. To handle protection of this vital area of the vehicle we once again turn to the Jeep masterminds over at Poison Spyder. This time we will be installing the Aluminum Rocker Armor (found here) and the Rocker Knockers or sliders (found here).

Of course we need to stick with the same theme that we started with, so Rebel sent both components out for powder coating. We decided to make the Aluminum rocker protection match the corners in that silver powder coat, and do the Rocker Knockers in black. That way any protection bolted to the body surface will match the silver paint, and the Rocker Knockers will look great with the Crusher Flares previously installed.

The first part of this process involves stripping the stock rocker panels down to bare metal

This would be another one of those moments where you cringe seeing the drill hit the fresh paint, but I imagine after the corner install, this would be a little easier to swallow. The process is very similar to the rear corner install as it requires the drilling of several holes in which you install threaded inserts to bolt the parts on.

After all the holes are drilled, the threaded inserts are installed. These threaded inserts also known as “Riv-Nuts” and are just like rivets in how they are installed. I need one of these tools!

After all the threaded inserts are installed, it is as simple as bolting the parts in place. The fitment of the Poison Spyder parts is spot on, that or Rebel Off Road really makes it look easy :)

All of the hardware is countersunk, so the result is a completely smooth surface, very clean!

Once the rocker protection is in place the crew at Rebel got to work installing the Rocker Knockers Rock Sliders. These are really cool, and look very similar to the sliders that come as standard equipment on the SCX10 line of vehicles, so they definitely fit the theme of this build!

We are very pleased with the result of the Poison Spyder Rocker Knockers, I am sure Jeff will hit the rocks with confidence with these bad boys installed!

The next step is the front bumper and rear bumper with tire carrier. Be sure to stop back by and check out the progress over the next few days! The guys at Rebel Off Road are working extremely hard to get this rig ready for action, Thank you Rebel!
If you are new to our blog, and want to see where this project stems from, be sure to check out our past blog postings listed below

The Full Size Connection

Axial 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited

Axial Visits Rebel Off Road

Axial “SCX10JK” – Icon Suspension

Axial “SCX10JK” Armor – Poison Spyder Crusher Flares and Crusher Corners

To learn more about Poison Spyder and the very high quality products they produce, be sure to visit their website here

CCS Crawler Club – Competition in Venezuela

Recently I have been heading up the twitter account for Axial racing. Overall I have found some great and interesting tweets, but nothing as awesome as this!Who knew RC rock crawling was so big in Venezuela?I sure didn’t…but either way, this is great coverage and awesome to see Venezuela show there love for crawling.  We found that our SCX10 is a big hit, and the Wraith is growing in popularity over there!  Here are some photos.  Be sure to check out all the photos on there blog.

Even “Scream” is hitching a ride to Venezuela!

Till next time!

Jeep Concept Vehicles to be Unveiled at Easter Jeep Safari 2012

With all this effort and research we have been doing on Jeep vehicles for our new “SCX10JK” build, we have been finding a lot of really cool stuff. One thing we noticed right away is that the people behind the Jeep brand are enthusiasts. These guys are always out on the trail with their customers, learning and working on the next evolution of their vehicles. One thing they do religiously is participate in the Annual Easter Jeep Safari event in Moab, Utah. Every year the engineers at Jeep team up with the staff at Mopar to build some new vehicles to be unveiled at the Moab event. Call them concept vehicles, or show rigs, either way this is what is in the mind of the Jeep engineers, and on display for the public to enjoy. Truth be told, most of these vehicles will never become production models for one reason or another, but that doesnt stop them from putting their minds to work and letting their creativity flow! Have a look at a few of the concept vehicles that Jeep is set to release at this years Easter Jeep Safari…..

[From Jeep Press Release]

Jeep Mighty FC Concept
The Jeep Forward Control was built from 1956 to 1965 and offered a clever packaging solution.
It kept overall length at a minimum for maneuverability but maintained a full-length cargo box for utility. For 2012, Jeep has created a modern version of this classic: the Jeep Mighty FC concept.

To create the Jeep Mighty FC concept, the design team started with a 2012 Wrangler Rubicon and repositioned the cabin over and ahead of the front axle, lengthened the wheelbase, and added a custom built drop-side cargo box. The cab utilizes a roof from the Mopar JK-8 conversion kit, as well as a custom-designed front clip. The Wrangler-based interior has been enhanced with bold, heavy-duty Katzkin leather and a unique color scheme. The cargo area is handled by a full-width, drop-side tray-style bed that measures more than eight feet in length.

Off-road function is dramatically improved with the addition of Mopar’s new Portal Axle set. These offset axles offer the greatest amount of ground clearance without requiring excessive suspension lift.

Mopar’s Front Portal Axle (8-lug, part number P5155670) is available at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $12,500, and the Rear Portal Axle’s (8-lug, part number P5155671) MSRP is $11,000.

The axles are controlled with King coil-over assemblies along with beefy Teraflex control arms and track bars. Traction is handled by massive 40-inch tires mounted on custom Hutchinson 17-inch beadlock wheels.

Other Jeep Mighty FC highlights include King coil-over reservoir shocks, Hanson bumpers, a Warn 16.5 winch and a Corsa stainless steel exhaust system.

Jeep J-12 Concept
The Jeep J-12 concept is essentially an extended version of Mopar’s recently introduced JK-8 pickup conversion kit for the Jeep Wrangler. With a new 2012 Wrangler Unlimited as the starting point, the rear of the vehicle’s frame is extended 18 inches, allowing the spare tire to be relocated under the bed floor and making the cargo box a full six feet in length. A custom hood and front fender set was created as a nod to aficionados of the beloved Jeep Gladiator series trucks.

Off-road muscle has been improved with the addition of the new Mopar three-inch suspension lift kit, as well as Teraflex sway bars controlling ARB air-locker equipped Dynatrac D-44 and D-60 axle assemblies. Traction is handled through classic 36-inch tires mounted on 16-inch steel wheels.

The cabin of the J-12 concept has been “dressed down” in support of a basic truck theme, with the carpet being replaced by rugged truck bed liner, and the bucket seats re-crafted into a modern version of a bench seat, trimmed in white with a whimsical plaid pattern.

Further highlights include a Mopar fuel-filler door, Mopar slush mats, Tom Woods custom driveshafts and Katzkin seat trim.

2012 Jeep Wrangler Apache from Mopar
Jeep enthusiasts have been asking for a V-8 powered Jeep HEMI Wrangler, and Mopar is coming through. Debuting at the Easter Jeep Safari will be the new Mopar 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine conversion kit specifically for the Jeep Wrangler. Producing approximately 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque to the rear wheels, the Mopar V-8 conversion kit gives Jeep enthusiasts an unprecedented blend of power and capability.

Available this summer, the Mopar Wrangler V-8 conversion kit initially will mate to Chrysler Group’s W5A580 five-speed automatic transmission, and eventually to the six-speed manual transmission that drives the 2012 production Wrangler.

Other performance parts on the Jeep Wrangler Apache are Mopar Pro 60 5.13 front and rear axles, a 4.5-inch Stage 3 long arm lift kit and off-road bead-lock wheels. Aesthetic and functional modifications include high-clearance flat fenders, rock rails, front and rear half-door kits, a Stinger front bumper, a Warn 9.5ti XP winch, Katzkin leather seats, a locking center console box and a Mopar branded interior.

All right Jeff, Please get on the horn with Rebel Off Road. Tell them we need the “SCX10JK” done by friday this week so we can go to Moab for Easter Jeep Safari. I want to leave my personal drool and fingerprints on the Mighty FC concept :) Please?

Axial “SCX10JK” Armor – Poison Spyder Crusher Flares and Crusher Corners


The next stage of our 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon dubbed “SCX10JK” involves some protection, styling and clearance. We headed back over to Rebel Off Road to check on the progression of our build, and they are busy working on the next few steps to include the front and rear steel Poison Spyder Crusher Flares (check out the front here , and the rears here ), and steel rear Crusher Corners (found here) .

The Crusher flares will offer a significant amount of extra space for the wheels to travel while the vehicle is fully articulated. They will also offer some much needed strength should our rig rub up against the rocks while out on the trail. Let’s have a look at the stock fender then the Poison Spyder Crusher flares….

The stock front and rear fenders on the JK

The front and rear stock fenders removed from the Jeep.

Rebel sent out the Poison Spyder Crusher Flares to have them powder coated in a Mat black, should look great against the silver!

You can really see the difference between the stock fenders and the Poison Spyder Crusher flares, they will offer a tremendous amount of extra clearance, and will offer strength should they hit the earth.

These Crusher flares are very easy to install, completely “bolt on”, and man do they look good!

Here are the fronts….

And here are the rears…

The next step was to install the Poison Spyder Rear Crusher Corners. These are a work of art. Made from steel, they have been formed to fit exactly against the rear corner of the Jeep body shell. This body armor will likely see a few scratches if the jeep ever rubs up against a giant rock versus completely crushing the stock body panel in the same scenario. These are a bit more complicated to install, as it requires a little more surgery to get them on proper. This is where the owner of a brand new Jeep JK should probably leave the shop, it is hard to watch the drill push through the outside of the brand new body for the first time!

The first step was to send these Crusher Corners out to be powder coated. Bond at Rebel knew the exact color to powder coat them to almost match the silver of the Jeep exactly, they came out perfect!

The contours and curves in this part is what makes it a work of art, as a metal fabricator, I can’t imagine what it takes to make the tool that made this.

Before install, Rebel needed to completely strip the corners of tail lights and place some blue tape on the crusher flares to protect them while mocking up the corner to mark the holes.

As stated before, we fully trust Rebel to the job, but you still cringe when the drill cuts the first hole!

Well Jeff, there it is, the first bit of Body damage to your brand new Jeep, and the guys at Rebel were smiling the whole time they were doing it!

After all the holes are drilled, riv-nuts or threaded inserts are installed to be able to bolt on the corners, this process looks crazy!!!

After all the inserts are installed, it is time to “final” install the corners.

Once the corners are installed, the LED tail lights are placed in the rear corners.

With both rear corners installed, the body protection is really coming along, got to love the “Rebel” spare tire mount block off plate!

The guys at Rebel also put a little black behind the Poison Spyder logo on the Crusher Corners to make it stand out. These are the details that make the difference in a build, and that’s why this rig is at Rebel!

Jeff stopped by Rebel to check out the progress on his Jeep build, here is a candid of him obviously playing with the compression clicker on the Icon shocks. Busted!

This Axial Project “SCX10JK” is at full speed now, with more and more parts being installed every day over at Rebel. We will continue to update you with the progress as it happens. Next on the list are the front and rear bumpers, sliders, and some more body protection from Poison Spyder. Please stop back in to the Axial Blog on the regular to see the latest updates. For the history on this vehicle, please visit our past blog entries outlined below… Oh, and thanks for stopping by!

The Full Size Connection

Axial 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited

Axial Visits Rebel Off Road

Axial “SCX10JK” – Icon Suspension

To learn more about Poison Spyder and the very high quality products they produce, be sure to visit their website here

Axial “SCX10JK” – Icon Vehicle Dynamics Suspension


We have officially placed the Axial 2012 Jeep Rubicon Unlimited “SCX10JK” in the capable hands of Rebel Off Road for them to start the build. The first thing on the to do list was a proper suspension system. We have had Icon Vehicle Dynamics as one of our marketing partners for quite some time now, and have decided to run their “Jeep JK 4.5″ complete suspension system” found here. We are also working with Dylan Evans, their head engineer to further test their new compression clicker reservoir shocks on our JK, talk about some incredible shocks, we can’t wait to run these on the trail! I personally have worked with Dylan for many years on different motorsport projects, and am really excited to see these guys working together on this. I am confident that this suspension system will suit our needs and surpass our expectations. Dylan is a mastermind at tuning shock and spring combinations for the best of both worlds, day to day driving, as well as a healthy dose of off-road abuse. Take a look at this suspension system as we break down the different components, and what purpose they will serve.

The new Icon Suspension System consists of:
Upper and lower front links
Upper and lower rear links
Front and rear springs
Front and rear pan hard bars
Front and rear pan hard brackets
Front lower shock mounts
Front reservoir mounts
Front and rear bump stop spacers
Extended sway bar links
Front and rear 2.5″ body Compression Clicker Reservoir shocks

Here is a shot of the entire system laid out on the Rebel shop floor..

With the Axial SCX10JK up on the rack, it is time to get to work and tear it apart..

The suspension links have a brilliant design. First off we have some race car parts with these huge heim joints, because strength is paramount in any suspension system. Second, Icon have developed a 2 stage threaded adjustment system. This means you simply place the link in place on the vehicle, then you adjust the length to desired spec, then tighten down. No more of this remove the link, adjust it, then replace it. It makes setting the caster on solid axle vehicle as easy as it gets!

The links themselves are designed for maximum flex. Pictured here are stock links with Icon links. You can see that the flex for the stock arm is meant to come from flex in the bushings and the arm itself. The Icon arm, has a race spec heim on one end and a Johnny Joint style joint on the other, meaning that the link is allowed to articulate throughout its range of motion without any resistance from rubber or torsional twist from the arm.

The front upper arms are designed to flex from one side and solid mount to flexible bushings in the Axle housing, these solid mounts have also been beefed up significantly.

The front and rear Icon springs are quite a bit taller than the stock springs, and should provide plenty of extra ground clearance, as well as the perfect rate once the vehicle is outfitted for battle.

The pan hard or “track” bars from Icon feature a much stronger and lighter tubular design. The ends of the Icon bars are equipped with heims or Urethane bushings which is a significant upgrade from stock.

The shocks for this project are probably the most striking change from stock. It is hard to imagine running on stock shocks after seeing these 2.5″ reservoir bad boys from Icon….
Rear Shocks

Front Shock

The install of the suspension system goes really smooth, at least that is what the staff at Rebel makes it look like.
Here is the front suspension before and after Icon links.

The front springs and shocks are huge!!

The compression clickers on the reservoir are going to be awesome, we cant wait!

The lower shock mount moves the shock out for clearance during full articulation.

And pictured with the reservoir mount in place, almost ready to rock!

The rear suspension was next on the list.
In stock form…

With the Icon links…..

Rear sway bar links

Rear springs and shocks

Completed rear suspension

The suspension stage of this project is only the beginning, be sure to check back in the coming weeks to see this vehicle coming together. We intend to build a proper Jeep JK with the highest quality products and then take it out and hit the trails. For the history on how this vehicle came about please check out our earlier blog postings here….
The Full Size Connection

Axial 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited

Axial Visits Rebel Off Road

To learn more about Icon Vehicle Dynamics and see some more of their high end suspension components be sure to visit their website here.

Axial Visits Rebel Off Road


Now that we have this 2012 Jeep to build, dubbed “SCX10JK” , we headed back over to Rebel Off Road to start developing a game plan to get it trail ready! Rebel Off-road is famous for making some of the wildest Jeeps in Orange County, Ca. For a relatively small shop, this company puts out a lot of high quality builds. This is due to their very knowledgeable staff, and their off-road experience.

The main man behind Rebel Off Road is Bond Gilmer. Bond has been an off road fanatic since he was a youngster. When considering putting your new vehicle under the knife, it is very important to get to know the people who be responsible for its transformation. Axial employees have been going to Bond for years to have their vehicles serviced, repaired and built. We know the 2012 Axial “SCX10JK” will be in good hands!

Bond will be the first one to tell you that running a successful operation is relative to the team of people who you surround yourself with. His employees are hand selected for their different expertise in different areas of the off road business. Without these guys Rebel wouldnt be what it is today! Here is Bond, Chris, Taylor and Jason all working at full throttle!

Sandy is the lead mechanic in the shop, he was too busy to strike a pose for us, so we caught him in his natural environment…

Austin (on right) is the latest addition to the crew, he is always on the fly and really hard to capture on film, we did manage to catch a candid while he was rewinding a winch with Chris’ help.

They are in the middle of an expansion of their show room, so they expressed that it is fairly empty at the moment, but we had to snap some shots of their progress anyway… It is coming along quite nicely!!

They have several magazine articles they have been involved with up on the showroom walls.

Rebel has a total of 5 LED screens in their showroom, 4 smaller versions constantly playing images of the vehicles they have built, and one large screen to show customers photos of the components they are talking about. It is really cool to see all this technology employed here.

Sometimes when you walk into a shop, you can tell right away how much pride they put into their work, just by looking around a little. These guys have some display stands for the vehicles they have made to take to shows, and these awesome aluminum waiting area chairs! I want some of those!!

Of course they are representing for Axial!

When you walk out into the workshop, the first thing you notice is the work board, man these guys have long a list to get done! I wonder who told them we were coming? HA HA… I see the priority of the Axial SCX10JK is quite high, and there is a little VIP in there for us!

One of the things you cant help but notice is the shop and surrounding areas loaded with Jeeps, these guys are definetly the local authority on all things Jeep!!

Here are a few of the vehicles that belong to the Rebel Staff in action, these guys really know their way around the Jeep JK!!

Be sure to stay tuned to the Axial Blog as we are getting ready to turn over the “SCX10JK” to Bond and the talent staff of Rebel Off Road and let them work their magic!

For more information on Rebel Off Road be sure to visit their site , and while you are there checkout the rigs page located here

OLIVER KNIVES Official Technical Partner of AXIALFEST 2012

Axial R/C Inc. is proud to announce OLIVER KNIVES will be joining us again as Official Technical Partner of AXIALFEST 2012!

Dwane Oliver, head of Northern New Mexico Rock Crawling RC Club and chapter member of RECON Crawlers, is also a custom knife maker! Oliver Knives will once again graciously hand-making something special for AXIALFEST 2012 at Cisco Grove, CA.

Last year, three first place winners received hand made G6 SK Oliver Knives.

For AXIALFEST 2012 Dwane will be making FIVE KNIVES!!
1: G6 Camp Combo ( Hatchet and G6-SK )
2: G6-BSK’s ( Big Survival Knife 4″ blade )
2: G6-SK’s ( Survival Knife 3″ blade)

Custom knife maker since 2004. As many people do, I enjoy a good knife, only problem was I couldn’t afford one. My solution, learn to make knives. I learned a lot from the Internet, a wonderful tool for learning! I began making custom handmade knives in 2004. I do not use grinding jigs or CNC machines, these knives are all hand-made and shaped. I have sold knives all over the United States, Ireland, England and Australia. Several knives went to Iraq with my sons, who are in the Marine Corps.

As with all of my knives, the G6 SK (G6 denotes the RECON G6 Challenge and SK denotes Survival Knife) is made to stand the test of time. The High Carbon 1095 Steel is precision ground (by my 2 hands) to a rugged size with a durable edge. The handle on a G6 SK are chosen for their durability in any condition, wet or dry, hot or cold. Handles are always textured to give maximum grip, even in slippery situations. Removable Ferrocerium firesteel is placed in the handle to get you out of a tough spot on a cold night. Add a good Para-Cord lanyard, and you have the makings of a real tool for the outdoor adventure seeker. The Kydex sheath is heat molded to each individual knife. The tubular rivets that hold the sheath together are grouped in a Tek-Lok or a Molle-Lok pattern. Handling the G6 SK is truly ambidextrous and can be worn in any direction.

Example of a Oliver G6 SK Knife:


EXO Terra Buggy Build Tips: Motor Mount

The Axial EXO Terra buggy includes a very unique motor mount.  The adjustable mesh screw and the dovetail groove are both unique designs for ease of adjustment and maximum holding strength with minimal effort.

Lets go over the basic installation and assembly of the motor mount.

Step 1: With the motor mounted onto the slide use this screw to adjust your mesh.  You can slowly adjust the mesh as you tighten or loosen this screw, once set you will be able to remove the slide with the motor attached and install it again into the same exact position. Use a 2.5mm allen driver for this adjustment screw.

Step 2: Once the mesh is set install the M4 set screw in the top of the motor mount.  Do not tighten this screw all the way down yet.  Use a 2.0mm allen driver here.

Step 3: Continue tightening this set screw, you will feel the screw stop once it hits the motor mount slide shown by the green arrow on the step 3 image above.

Step 4: Once the screw has touched the motor mount slide you only need to turn it another 1/4 turn.  Or 90*.  This will snug up quickly and lock the motor slide into place.  Over tightening this set screw will cause damage to the motor mount or the motor mount slide.  1/4 turn is all you need here.


Here is an image from Step 22 in the EXO Kit manual.  You will see the slide attached to the motor, and the motor mount attached to the chassis.

**Worried that the extra 1/4 turn past snug isn’t enough?  Here is why it works.

The Motor Mount has a male dovetail, while the motor slide that the motor mount attaches to has a female dovetail.  When the M4 setscrew is tightened you are not only applying pressure to the point of the set screw, but also to the entire surface of that dovetail.  This increased surface area means you have that much more material holding the motor slide into place. Trust the surface area! Over tightening the set screw will actually decrease this surface area and potentially break the mount. AGAIN, DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN!

Here is an image of the added surfaces from the dovetail.  This is holding the motor mount slide into place.  Keep in mind these surfaces are on the front and back.

Axial 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited

Last week we were talking about Jeff Johns and his search of the best trail rig for his needs, see previous blog post here. The strongest argument going was the idea of building a full size Honcho, which would be really cool! We could model the bed and cage exactly like our 1/10 Honcho and hit the trail with a full size SCX10 Honcho. This was dismissed rather quickly by Jeff as he stood and pronounced three statements, #1. He is a “Jeep” guy, and #2. He needed room to take his family out for adventures, and the Honcho style of vehicle just wouldn’t provide the space, and #3. He is a “Jeep” guy. Due to the fact that most of the other employees involved in this conversation were also proud Jeep owners, Jeff was leaning toward a new Jeep, but which one and why?

This is quite often the topic at the office, not necessarily about Jeeps, but about the different wheelbase that is best to use for trail driving with the SCX10 Dingo at 11.4″ and the Honcho’s wheelbase at 12.3″. Not even a full inch separating the two and they drive very differently and the same can be said in the full size arena as well. The Jeep options on the table were the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. Both platforms were very capable vehicles, especially once they are prepared for battle. The shorter wheelbase Wrangler offers a tighter turning radius and better break over angles like the Dingo SCX10, but Jeff just parted ways with a standard Wrangler and it provided very limited space for his family and gear. The longer Wheelbase Wrangler Unlimited offers more interior space and better handling over the bumps and steeper climbs like the Honcho, so the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited really seemed to fit the bill.

With both options on the table, Jeff and Axial crew headed down the road to meet with Bond at Rebel Off-Road. Bond is the local go to guy for Jeep preparation and maintenance. He has vast knowledge about everything Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and is very well known for his extensive jeep builds as well as his experience on the trail. We didn’t even get half way through our question before he blurted out “Get a 2012 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, it is an improvement over what is already the most popular and capable off-road vehicle on the road, the 2011 model”. He proceeded to show us several vehicles he had built for customers including his own Wrangler Unlimited. The popularity of the Wrangler Unlimited meant that there are a ton of options on the market personalize the rig for its intended purpose. It was settled, Jeff would secure a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.

Fast forward one week and Jeff has secured his 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. He chose the silver Rubicon model. The 2012 Jeep has a more powerful engine, better fuel economy than previous models and is pretty well ready for some trail action right off the dealership floor. The Rubicon features the Rock-Trak 4WD system, an electronic sway bar disconnect, Tru-Lok locking diffs in Dana 44 axles.
Here are a few shots of the new rig…. Let’s call it the Axial SCX10JK!

Keep checking back for more info as we get ready to put this 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited under the knife at Rebel Off-Road!

The Full Size Connection

Axial is different than any company I have ever worked with before. These guys are the real deal enthusiasts; the parking lot at the Axial offices is regularly decorated with capable off-road trail rigs. This enthusiasm for full scale adventure translates directly into the scale products we have all come to enjoy.

While hanging around the office after hours, a conversation sparked up about full size trail rigs. The VP of Axial, Jeff Johns had recently parted company with his 99 Jeep TJ and was in the market for a new rig. The debate immediately kicked off as to what vehicle he should build next, and the opinions were all over the map. Eventually the discussion led where every good 4×4 discussion leads, right into the age old Jeep vs. Toyota battle. The strongest argument going was the idea of building a full size Honcho, which would be really cool! We could model the bed and cage exactly like our 1/10 Honcho and hit the trail with a full size SCX10.

With this debate in full swing regarding a new trail rig for Jeff, I started looking into the full size vehicles owned by the guys behind the Axial brand, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. One of the reasons this brand is so successful is because they are authentic. Authentic to the point that when they are not on a scale trail run with their Axial rigs, they are on the full size trail with their 1:1 rig enjoying the outdoor life with their families. To illustrate this, I thought I would share a few shots of the rigs owned and enjoyed by the Axial staff and Axial team members…. check it out!!

Axial Employee 1:1 rigs:

Here is the 99 Jeep TJ that Jeff Johns [Axial Vice President] had to let go due to room constraints. This rig was really well prepared, I am sure he is sorry to see it go!


Here are some shots of Matt Kearney’s [Axial's VP of Product Design] 1973 Ford Bronco Ranger out on the trail.


This is the 1992 80 Series Landcruiser that belongs to Rodney Wills [Axial Global Marketing Director].

Here is our resident Jeep JK expert Randall Davis’ 2007 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited [Axial Logistics / IT]


Randall even has a “proper” custom hood ornament!!!

Brad “Bender” Dumont [Axial Marketing Department] recently let his Jeep go as well while preparing for a new addition to his family. We expect to see him back in the game soon, either way we couldn’t leave out his 99 Jeep Wrangler TJ

Andrew Obannon [Axial Sales Assistant] is one of the more hardcore wheelers of the group, he isnt scared to take his 85 Toyota 4Runner through its paces and then some!


And then there is your humble scribe, Scott G. [Marketing Special Projects] and my 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee (or soccer mom station wagon as it get called on the trail)
First a shot of my 93, from back in the day…

and my 98 I am working on bringing back to proper spec.


Dont hate on the station wagon!!

The influence and direction of this company not only comes from internal, but also from a huge support network out on the trails. Our Axial team drivers are selected for their knowlege, not only in the scale 4×4 world, but also for their depth of knowlege in the 1:1 field. It is the goal of Axial to bring the most authentic experience to our customers and fans, and we feel our team drivers really assist and compliment this mission and contribute significantly to all of our success. Check out some of these guys in action!

Axial Team driver 1:1 rigs:

The one and only Brian Parker, he is usually out influencing the market with his passion for events and the outdoor lifestyle. So where does he get his motivation from? From spending time out in nature with good friends enjoying his off-road vehicles. His 83 toyota called “Lexus” is his favorite rig, it is said to be “powered by chevy, geared by Toyota and driven by a Jeeper” … Only Parker!

It’s all about getting away from civilization and exploring earth with friends…. Parker loves his Yamaha Grizzly 660.

Ryan Gerrish…. This man has owned so many vehicles that are on our wish list…… here are just a few!

Our man Zach Chatelain, he is always at the top of the leader board in the scale comp scene, and he knows how to get around in the back woods in his 2011 Toyota Tacoma!

Here is Dean Hsiao frequenting the trails that the world famous “King of the Hammers” are held on in Johnson Valley in his beloved 1983 Toyots SR5, ya, he’s not scared either!!

Then we have Patrick Norton, another scale crawling master showing us the ultimate location for him to show off his 2004 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, We wanna go!!


Check out Jake Wright and his Toyota Tuber going for it on the rocks!

Our Man Mark Reel is rocking a 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Ok Jeff, you have quite the decision ahead of you. I guess the good news is that no matter what vehicle you choose to build, there will never be a shortage of friends to hit the trail with!!