AX90046 SCX10 II Jeep Cherokee Kit Build Series – Part 7

Our AX90046  build series continues and up until now, it’s been assembling sections of the rig, but when we’ve finished, it still looks like a pile of parts. Well, in this blog entry, the build is really going to start to take shape. Here we’re going to assembly the chassis and start bolting on all of those sections from the previous steps. Let’s make this pile of parts look like a rig!

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First we turn our attention to the battery tray. The Velcro strap needs to slipped into the tray with the fuzzy side facing out. This will allow the hook of the velcro to secure to the loop. While the tray is out, you should install the battery position tabs in the tray. This is often left out, but if all of your packs are the same, its a good idea to use these so your battery doesn’t shift.

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Next up, install the servo mount and brackets. No real tips here, just make sure you don’t overtighten the screws and strip out any holes.

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The servo goes in next with the splined output facing forward. Don’t forget to use the sire wire security strap/ tabs which makes wire routing much cleaner.

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The front tower goes on next. The tower with the panhard bar mount is used here. Pay extra attention to the size of the hardware used.

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Lots going on in this step. Start by installing the side tray on the chassis, but before doing so, take special note that the servo lead wire is run between the tray and frame rail for a nice clean look. The screws for the tray also secure the transmission to the frame rails. After the tray is in, install the correct rear shock tower and then the cross members. Pay attention to the frame holes the tower is postioned in. This corresonds with the proper wheelbase for this build.

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Now the opposite side frame rail is installed. Start securing the rail by screwing the shock tower into position.

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The tray goes into position next. The hardware will secure the tray to the frame and in turn secure the transmission.

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Time to button up the rest of the chassis assembly by installing the  front tower and front bumper mount screws.

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The assembly is really getting interesting now! Take your front axle and link assembly and start attaching it to the chassis by inserting the center Wild Boar Driveshaft to the axle output and install the retaining screw-pin. With the driveshaft in place, you can screw the links to the chassis.

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Next, the shocks are installed onto the shock towers and lower brackets. Make sure you use the front shock assemblies here. Don’t overtighten the shock mounting screws. Overtightening can pinch the plastic ball studs.

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Here is a tricky part. Installing the servo horn. If you went ahead and screwed the panhard bar to the mount, it might be easier to get the horn onto the servo by removing the panhard link. With it out of the way, install the servo arm on the steering link and secure the horn to the servo. We know you already centered your servo before installing it… right?

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Just like the front, the rear axle and link assembly gets bolted to the frame. Remember to install the driveshaft first before attaching the links to the chassis.

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Bolt the rear shocks to the towers and axle brackets.


SCX Chassis

Now it’s starting to look like an SCX10II.

AX90046 SCX10 II Jeep Cherokee Kit Build Series – Part 6


Assembling the Wild Boar Driveshafts is a fairly simple task and should only take you a few minutes to complete. There are however a few tips we’re going to throw in to make sure the parts work well for those long treks on the trail. Ready, set, build!

2mm Hex Driver
Side cutters
Supplied grease and threadlock also required

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Start by cutting the driveshaft parts from the parts trees. The trees have various size driveshaft parts on them so reference the manual to see exactly which parts you need.

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Here we start to assemble the driveshafts and it is extremely important to add thread lock to the screws before inserting them into the driveshaft and screwing it into the universal mounting boss.

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After the end is screwed into the driveshaft, place a small dab of grease on the hex driver and use it to coat the inside of the driveshaft end.

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With the ends greased, you can slip the universal barrels into the ends.

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Slip the drive cup over the end and line-up the cross-pin holes. Once the holes are lined up, you can insert the pins.

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To secure the pins in place, you’ll simply need to slide the plastic sleeve over the cups. Set-screws will hold these in place later.

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Assemble the rest of the driveshaft by inserting the appropriate slider into the Wild Boar shafts.

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Now the shafts are attached to the transmission output shafts. Here you’ll use the set-screw pins to secure the drive cups to the output shaft. You may use a dab of threadlock on the set-screws for extra security. Note, if the holes for the drive cup do not line up with the shaft, you may have installed the shaft incorrectly, go back and rebuild the gearcase if necessary.

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The skidplate is up next for installation. This is simple, secure it to the transmission case with the two provided flathead allen screws.

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The transmission mounts are installed next. Pay close attention to the direction in which they are installed. Snug the two buttonhead screws that secure the mounts.

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With several sections of the manual complete, the next steps will really start turning parts into an actual rig. Make sure you check back for the next part of our kit build!

AX90046 SCX10 II Jeep Cherokee Kit Build Series – Part 5


We’re getting into some fun territory here on our SCX10 Jeep Cherokee Kit Build, moving on to the transmission assembly. The build is fairly straight forward with a few notes that you need to know in order to build this important part of the vehicle properly. You’ll only need a few tools here such as a 2mm hex driver, needle nose pliers and the kit box wrench. Let’s build!

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First up is building the gearshafts which is faily simple unless you jumped right into putting parts together and not reading the manual. Note, there are two bearing sizes in the parts bag. The larger bearings are used in this step. Also there are two types of cross pins used to support the gears. You’ll need to use the larger pins here. And finally make sure you use the correct spacer tubes on the shafts shown here. Slide the parts together as shown.

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Now we can slip the assembled shafts into the transmission half. Before doing so, coat the gears in grease.

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Slip the other half of the transmission case on the shafts and give them a little wiggle to help seat the bearings in the case. Screw the halves together and install the transmission support post.

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The transfer case is assembled next. Push the bearings into the case first.

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This is somewhat of a tricky step. You’ll want to start by pushing the transfer case half on to the transmission over the output shaft. Then you’ll need to use your pliers to install the small cross-pin that keys to the gear. Once that is done, you can install the rest of the gears, shafts and pins. Then place the outside transmission half on and bolt it together with the supplied hardware.

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The motorplate and back half of the gearcover are up next. These are simply pressed together and bolted onto the transmission case with three screws.

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The slipper assembly gets a few notes too. Start by washing your hands. You don’t want greasy fingers on the pads. Next remove the white paper from the pad revealing the adhesive. Carefully place the pad into the keyed spur gear. Do this for both sides. Now slip a metal plate on the top shaft, followed by the spur gear bushing, the spur and then the second metal plate. Follow this with the spring and retaining nut. Tighten the retaining nut until you see 2-3 threads of the top shaft. This is a good starting point until you adjust the slipper later.

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Finalize the slipper assembly by installing the spring and retaining nut. Tighten the retaining nut until you see 2-3 threads of the top shaft. This is a good starting point until you adjust the slipper later.

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Now is the right time to install your motor and pinion gear. There is a slot in the side of the gear cover that will allow you to tighten the pinion gear with your 2mm hex driver. Take your time to set the gear lash properly so it doesn’t bind, nor is too loose.

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Button up this transmission build by installing the gear cover on the front. Just be sure to carefully slide it on so the tab covers the slot where your hex driver was used to install the pinion.