AXIALFEST 2017: General Info and Code of Conduct

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We are very excited to welcome all of you to AXIALFEST2017!

Like in years past, we will be leaving the confines of cement sidewalks, quaint neighborhoods and bumper to bumper traffic in favor of the great outdoors. The Cisco Grove Campground venue is the perfect spot for the Axial family to get together and share a weekend of fun and excitement. Please remember the focus of this event is all about having a good time. Also remember that it is important to respect your temporary neighbors at this facility, as we want to come back in the future!

Below you will find some helpful information to make your experience at AXIALFEST2017 the best it can be. We are asking for a little homework before your arrival so you are well informed about our registration process which will allow you to get to the fun part of the weekend a little faster. We have also included some helpful tips for those of you who have not been to AXIALFEST in the past as well as a checklist of basic supplies to bring.


STEP 1: CHECK IN YOUR FULL SIZE VEHICLE AT THE CAMPGROUND OFFICE

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Make sure to familiarize yourself with your camp section and where the Pavilion is, located behind the H-Section camp area. After checking in with the campground and getting settled in your camp spot, follow the arrows to the Pavilion for Driver Check-In/ On-site Registration.

The designated Driver Check-In/ On-Site Registration times are:

Wednesday July 12
1:00pm – 4:00pm
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Thursday July 13
10:00am – 12:00pm
1:00pm – 6:00pm

Friday July 14
7:00am – 11:30am
2:30pm – 5:30pm

Saturday July 15
8:30am – 10:00am

Here is also some general rules regarding the campsite and campspots:
• How many individual people allowed to stay per campspot? Prices include up to 4 – 6 max @$2 per night. Children 10 and under aren’t included in the head count.
• How many vehicles? What is the fee? Maximum is 2 vehicles per site. A 3rd vehicle is permitted but must stay in the store parking lot and is an additional $5 per day.
• Up to two dogs, $2 per night per dog. For safety, dogs must be leashed at all times. And PLEASE pick up after them.
• Campfires are permitted, but must be self contained. We do not have fire pits in the campsites but are welcome to bring one. We also have some for rent; they are $8 for your entire stay. If you bring your own, they must have a bottom on them. Insides of washing machines work great or we use the bottom of the 55gal barrels.
• Quiet hours are 10pm to 8am.
• No riding OHV/ATVs through the campground.
• Check out is 11am. If you wish to stay later you can pay $10 for a late check out, giving you until 5pm that day.
• 1 RV/trailer and 1 tent OR 2 tents per site.


STEP 2: DRIVER CHECK-IN AT THE PAVILION

Steps for Driver Check-In

FOR PRE-REGISTERED ATTENDEES (Those who registered online)
1) Please “check-in” to AXIALFEST2017 on Facebook.
2) Line up by Driver Last Name (designated by overhead banners).
3) Present your registration confirmation and your Photo ID.
4) SIGN WAIVER. If you pre-registered, you can use the one you printed out and signed. If you forgot that, there will be additional waivers available at registration table. All attendees must sign waiver; Minors must have Legal Guardian sign too.
5) Receive Event Wristband and Pre-Reg Driver Bag!
6) Check Schedule for your assigned classes and have fun!

FOR ON-SITE REGISTRATION ATTENDEES
If you have not registered yet, don’t fret, you can still sign up on-site!
1) Please “check-in” to AXIALFEST2017 on Facebook.
2) Line up in the On-Site Registration Line.
**All On-Site Registration MUST be made in CASH. NO EXCEPTIONS!**
4) SIGN WAIVER, available at registration table. All attendees must sign waiver; Minors must have Legal Guardian sign too.
4) Receive Event Wristband (t-shirts will be available for purchase on site).
5) Check Schedule for your assigned classes and have fun!

Note: Run groups (your starting trail) will be marked on your wristband at registration.
All ULTRA Drivers will be in Run Group G and run Trail-G together Friday morning.

Note: Unlike 2016, Tech Inspection will take place right before the specific event at the site of the event. See event schedule for times.


AXIALFEST2017 FINAL SCHEDULE

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AXIALFEST2017 SUPPLEMENTAL INTEL

Code of Conduct

AXIALFEST is a family friendly event. Here a few guidelines:
• Mind your language when in groups. Remember, there are kids around. Remember, there are kids around. Remember, there are kids around!
• This isn’t a fraternity party, please act accordingly. Lots of families, lots of kids.
• Respect others wanting to sleep at night. Mind the campground’s quiet hours.
• Dress modestly. Again, kids will be around. Consider what is printed on your clothing.
• Dress smartly for the outdoor environment. White sneakers, really?
• Respect the campground. They are not there to clean up after you.
• Clean up after yourself.
• Don’t waste water.
• Don’t park in undesignated areas.
• If there is a life threatening emergency, call 911.

ATV/UAV Rules – Off road vehicles that are not street legal and registered may not be ridden around the campground. OHVs may take the dirt path to the dirt road to access the Fordyce Trail. Registered street legal vehicles can be driven on the paved areas of the campground.

WARNINGS ABOUT NATURE

Heat – Temperatures in the Sierras can reach as high as 100 degrees during the day and below freezing at night. Weather can vary. We have seen snow, ice, rain, as well as 90* temperatures all during the same weekend at Cisco Grove. Be prepared for all temperatures and types of weather. BE PREPARED!

Altitude – Cisco Grove is in a High Altitude area. Those traveling from lower elevations may experience some altitude sickness. Altitude sickness may give you headaches and dizziness, loss of appetite and drowsiness. If you experience these symptoms it is recommended that you drink plenty of water. Headaches can be treated with a mild pain reliever such as Ibuprofen. Start drinking plenty of water 1-week in advance!

Food and Water – There are no food vendors at the Cisco Grove Campground. Hours and miles of Scale RC fun burns a lot of calories. You will need to replenish those calories and fluids. Pack extra food and water than you are expecting. Truckee is the nearest town for supplies.

Wildlife – We will be camping in the mountains. There are all kinds of wild animals in the nearby forest. Be aware of this at all times, watch where you step and be aware of your surroundings. When driving your rig, be sure to look up and pay attention to where your physical body is going and what is physically in front of you. #LostInTheScaleZoneCanBeHazardousToYourHealth

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFO

On-Site First Aid Station – There will be an on-site first aid station near the Pavilion from Thursday to Saturday to assist with any issues.

On-Site Axial Staff – If there are any issues that you would like to report regarding the experience you are having on site please notify an Axial staff member (wearing Staff Shirt) to try to rectify the situation. For basic information, please proceed to the Pavilion.

Gateway Urgent Care – 11105 Donner Pass Rd Truckee, CA 96161 – (530) 582-2070

Tahoe Forest Hospital – Donner Pass Road and Pine Ave 10121 Pine Avenue, PO Box 759 Truckee, CA 96160 – (530) 587-6011

Nevada County Sheriff’s Office – 10879 Donner Pass Rd # A Truckee, CA 96161 – (530) 582-7838

PRINTABLE CHECKLIST OF WHAT TO BRING

• Headlamp
• Flashlight
• Axial RC
• Transmitter
• Batteries and Charger
• Spare Parts
• Tools
• Food and water for three full days.
• Plates, cups, pots, pans, and utensils.
• Stove/BBQ
• Shorts
• Pants
• T Shirts
• Sweatshirt/Jacket
• Socks and underwear, lots of them.
• Hat/gloves
• Sturdy, close toed shoes, hiking boots recommended. Bring 2 pairs, in case one gets wet.
• Soap, shampoo, towel, quarters for showers.
• Tent, pad, sleeping bag, pillow
• EZUp canopy
• Extra towels/rags
• Wash buckets, soap, and sponge
• Now that your list is complete, bring more drinking water

AXIALFEST2017 TRAIL MAP

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Above you’ll find the AXIALFEST2017 trail and campground area map. The event’s opening ceremonies, staging for the start of the Adventurist class and final awards ceremony will be at the Pavilion Backlot.


Below are the latest AXIALFEST2017 announcements:

ADVENTURIST SCORECARD – HOW DOES IT WORK? http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073918047

RUGGED RADIOS ROCK RACING CONTINGENCY PROGRAM http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073915974


A must read if you are a First Timer:

FIRST TIME TO AXIALFEST GUIDE
http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073921385


Official AXIALFEST2017 Facebook Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/674700026041631/

Casey Curries AXIALFEST2017 Altra Ultra-Class Axial RR10 Bomber

Casey Curries Altra Ultra-Class Axial RR10 Bomber - AXIALFEST2017

At #AXIALFEST2016, the Altra Ultra Challenge was one of the most talked-about races at the event. Big time rock junkies came out to race 8 laps around the zig-zaggy campground course – the final mileage total was a whopping 5K! It built quite a bit of interest, so much so that Casey Currie decided to build up another rig for this year’s event!

Casey competed last year and placed 3rd overall, a pretty fantastic feat considering the competition! He did say that it was a bit more strenuous than he expected, but had a fantastic time and would be back.

Here’s a few pix of his horse and a parts list at the bottom. If you’re at AXIALFEST and have a chance, stop by the Axial booth and check out this wicked ride!

Good luck Casey!

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Casey Currie's Altra Ultra-Class Axial RR10 Bomber - AXIALFEST2017

Casey Currie's Altra Ultra-Class Axial RR10 Bomber - AXIALFEST2017

Casey Currie's Altra Ultra-Class Axial RR10 Bomber - AXIALFEST2017

Casey Currie's Altra Ultra-Class Axial RR10 Bomber - AXIALFEST2017

Casey Currie's Altra Ultra-Class Axial RR10 Bomber - AXIALFEST2017

Casey Currie's Altra Ultra-Class Axial RR10 Bomber - AXIALFEST2017

Casey Currie's Altra Ultra-Class Axial RR10 Bomber - AXIALFEST2017


Axial Racing

AX90053 RR10 Bomber Kit
AX31433 Axial AR60 Machined Link Mounts
AX31161 Axial Steel Spur Gear 32P 64T
AX30395 Axial Heavy Duty Bevel Gear Set 13/38T
AX31430 Axial King Shock Caps and Collars

Futaba

Futaba S9156 Servo

Vanquish Products Parts

VPS03240 Vanquish Products Wraith Differential Cover
VPS07991 Vanquish Products Yeti/RR10 Motor Mount
VPS07990 Vanquish Products Yeti/RR10 Motor Cam
VPS07970 Vanquish Products AR60 Axle Servo Mount
VPS02410 Vanquish Products Clamping 25T Servo Horn
VPS02004 Vanquish Products Wraith/XR10 C-Hubs
IRC00060 Vanquish Products Incision RR10 Bomber 1/4 Stainless Steel Link Kit
VPS07350 Vanquish Products Yeti Trailing Arms
VPS03200 Vanquish Products Wraith Steering Knuckles
VPS07670 Vanquish Products Wraith/Yeti Clamping Lockouts
VPS06762 Vanquish Products Rigid Industries 1″ LED Light Bar
VPS08030 Vanquish Products KMC 2.2 XD127 Bully Wheels
VPS08300 Vanquish Products Currie Antirock Yeti Sway Bar V2

Tekin Racing

Tekin RX4 Waterproof Hard Box Bluetooth 3.0
Tekin ROC412 Element-Proof HD 2300kV Brushless Motor

mAh Per Mile – Part 1 – Formulating the formula

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There’s one question we hear a lot – how far will your rig go on one battery? To find the answer, we’ve created a little formula; “mAh Per Mile.”

In Part-1 of this series, we break down the ‘how far will it go’ question and fill you in on how we plan to find out using this formula.

mAh Per Mile started as a controlled test to see how long a stock Axial SCX10 II RTR (using the included 35T brushed motor) can travel based on the mAh of a battery pack. This data can then be adjusted based on the mAh of a larger pack.


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WHAT DID WE START WITH

The initial test started off with two different battery packs – a 2S and 3S LiPo. Because we were only looking for base numbers, we chose mini packs so we wouldn’t be walking around for hours.

Both LiPos were charged at the recommended amperage for safety.
Duratrax Onyx 7.2V 2000mAh LiPo Battery
Duratrax Onyx 11.1V 1300mAh LiPo Battery


RESULTS

Using a stopwatch, we timed each battery, running the SCX10 II at full speed on a flat surface until the LiPo cutoff in the ESC stopped the forward motion. This gave us a set of minimum runtime figures with which to start. Here’s what we found:

• The Duratrax Onyx 7.2V 2000mAh LiPo Battery produced a runtime of about 58 minutes at a speed of 4mph.
• The Duratrax Onyx 11.1V 1300mAh LiPo Battery produced a runtime of about 36 minutes at speed of 6mph.

We should note that batteries can differ from manufacturer to manufacturer, so your times may not match up to ours.

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So now that we know the minimum runtime on a flat surface, the next step is to get the truck out on an actual trail and see how all this data stacks up.

Stay tuned for Part-2 of mAh Per Mile!

2017 RC Monster Truck World Finals

2017 RC Monster Truck World Finals

Axial is back from the 2017 RC Monster Jam World Finals in Las Vegas and it was a huge hit. After last year’s success, the promoters loved us so much that they moved the track to the middle of the pit party. Grandstands were erected so people could watch and a Monster Jam Snack Bar was set up for those that wanted some refreshments during our races. In the three days we were there, we staged three segments; each had a qualifying run, main event race and a freestyle event.

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To further promote our time at the event, we grabbed our trucks and walked out into the crowd after each segment to chat with the crowd. FELD, the management used to regulate the show, said we were a huge hit and probably the best part of the pit party. We constantly had 3-4 rows deep of people surrounding the track, easily 400+ in number, all cheering us on.

All the trucks used were prepped and painted to mimic the real Monster Trucks competing each night in the Big Show. Each day during the pit party there was approximately 10-15,000 people walking threw. All day the event promoters were pushing the RC Monster Truck World Finals, letting everyone know how to get started by simply buying an Axial Grave Digger or MAX D. Once a day the camera crew would stop by and talk to Bari on how he got started, and of course he would talk about Axial.

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The track was a dirt base with painted wooden ramps and a fully detailed Sam Boyd Stadium scoreboard. We copied the full size track as best we could and when the FELD people walked by they said our Track looked better than theirs!! LOL

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Thanks to Bari, FELD and all the Monster Jam crew for all their help! It was a fantastic event and I can’t wait until next year! Axial is looking to make it even better!
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AXIALFEST 2017 Registration

Coming to AXIALFEST 2017? Excellent – it’s going to be a fantastic time!

Get signed up! http://events.eventzilla.net/e/axialfest-2017-2138871199

Here’s a short video explaining how to fill out the registration form on EVENTZILLA.

Today we’re going to walk you through how to properly register for AXIALFEST 2017.

If you note the slider here for AXIALFEST 2017 Registration is now open.

When you click on that link, it will take you directly to the EVENTZILLA page. The other way you can do it is by going to the Blog section on the website and, right here, second on the list is the AXIALFEST 2017 Registration.

Now when you click on the link, you’ll see various links here, when the event is, where it is, how to sign up, the official Facebook events post – all that kind of good stuff.

Now remember, pre-event registration will close June 4th, 2017. If you register for AXIALFEST after that date, you will not receive the event t-shirt or driver’s bags.

So from here, sign up for the event, again it will take you right to AXIALFEST 2017 event page.

On the page here you’ll see, registration-wise, there are three options for registration; there’s Adult, ages 16 and up for a price of $49. Next one down is ages 6-15 which is $24 and the last one down is Kids 5 and under. Kudos to that crowd for coming out.

Now in this case we’re going to sign up for 2 Adults for AXIALFEST and we’re going to click here for 2. It’s the same place you can in all the fields as well – I’ll show you how they populate in the next page.

I’ve chosen 2 Adults – we’re going to click registration and we’re going to go ahead and put our information in here. In this case we’re going to put e-mail address and name information. It’s going to ask for e-mail again, name and phone here.

Now there’s a callout here for the shipping address. There is going to be another callout below for that but it’s not mandatory to fill out this field. You can put it there if you like, but it’s not mandatory.

Next one down is going to be gender, date of birth, size of your t-shirt and the rigs that I own. Next one down is what classes you are running – in this case you’ve got Rock Racing, Adventurist, Concourse and Ultra 5K Enduro for ages 18 and up.

Now this is where we’re going to put the address in. Now for all those entries outside the US, this is an opportunity to put that information in.

Next item down is the event waiver. The best thing to do there is to click and acknowledge, make sure you read through all of this. You can also download a PDF and we are asking that you print this out, sign it and bring it to registration.

We’ve added a new field this year and it’s “What is your campsite number”. This is done more as a safety if we need to get ahold of you while at the event. If someone else needs to get ahold of you we’ve got an easier way to help them locate people and get information where it needs to go.

Now, here’s the spot for the second attendee. Fill in all the required fields. Again, the second entry, third entry, fourth entry – make sure you put in what classes you’re going to be running and, again, same information down below. There is going to be another waiver; click to agree to the terms. Please make sure you read it. For the extra number of entries, please make sure to bring a release of liability waiver for each entry that is registering for the event.

Finally it’s going to take you down to the payment method and we do all the payment methods for AXIALFEST through PayPal. Now to complete registration, you’ll have two options for paying for AXIALFEST registration.
1. You can either do it through PayPal’s website or
2. You can pay with a credit card or debit card through PayPal.
Finally, it shows that a payment has been made. It will re-direct you to the EVENTZILLA page which will show you that you registered and you can share that you registered on Facebook or Twitter. You’ll notice this is a confirmation of registration and that it was successful.

From here you have registered for AXIALFEST 2017. We can’t wait to have you there! See you in a few months.

A First Timer’s Guide to AXIALFEST2017

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A FIRST TIMER’S GUIDE TO AXIALFEST

Words: Matt Soileau Photos: Matt Soileau and Tony Phalen

Are you planning on attending AXIALFEST2017? Is this your first time? Then this blog may be just what you have been looking for.

This is Skeeno’s Guide to AXIALFEST. I will be covering all that you need to know about having a successful AXIALFEST experience.

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Let’s start with what AXIALFEST is. AXIALFEST is a customer appreciation event held by Axial Racing to thank it’s loyal customers for their support. Each year is a bit different. For AXIALFEST2017, there will be several driving events including the world famous ALTRA ULTRA 5K Enduro. There is a grand awards ceremony on the final evening with so much giveaway swag it will make your head spin.

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Last year I witnessed what seemed like every single participant receiving a prize. Many lucky participants scored brand new kits and RTRs. You definitely want to make sure you attend the awards ceremony.

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At AXIALFEST you will witness a celebration of all things Axial. AXIALFEST is the Woodstock of Scale RC, a family gathering of Axial enthusiasts. Hundreds of participants from all over the world come together to share their love of Axial and scale adventure. Expect to see both male and female drivers from all walks of life. From singles to large extended families.

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Not all are drivers; many are just there to support friends and family and watch the fun. There will be groups of people hanging out, wrenching on their Axial kits, cooking and just generally socializing. Expect to find a very family friendly atmosphere where everyone is willing and eager to help out.

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STEP 1: REGISTER

This year there is only one price for everything at AXIALFEST. $49 for each adult and $24 for each child 6-15 years old (kids 5 and under are free!). All pre-registered drivers will receive a driver’s bag containing limited edition AXIALFEST2017 swag from Axial and the AXIALFEST sponsors. Word on the street is the swag will be extra special this year, so make sure you pre-register now if you haven’t already.

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You can register online right now at: http://events.eventzilla.net/e/axialfest-2017-2138871199

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You may also register in person at AXIALFEST, but will not receive the driver’s bag. Extra shirts will be available for purchase at G-Central, but the driver’s bags are limited to only those who pre-register. It is highly recommended that you pre-register so you don’t miss out on any of the limited edition swag from Axial and the official sponsors of AXIALFEST.

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STEP 2: GET A PLACE TO STAY

Luckily, AXIALFEST is at a campground – a huge campground. Don’t be scared if you’ve heard all the camp sites are gone. They are not, but you may have to walk a little farther to get to G-Central as the veterans have probably already reserved their camp spots from last year that are closest to G-Central. Call Cisco Grove to reserve your spot ASAP.

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Cisco Grove Campground
48415 Hampshire Rocks Rd., Cisco Grove, CA 95728
P: 530.426.1600
W: www.ciscogrove.com

Cisco Grove is about an hour from Reno, NV and about an hour and a half from Sacramento, CA. Camp sites are about $30 per night and include water and electrical hookups. There are bathrooms and showers available at the campground. Multiple people can share the spots to help divide the cost among several people.

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STEP 3: START PACKING RC STUFF

• Your kits. Since this is AXIALFEST, the most important thing to remember is to pack your Axial vehicles. You can leave your other RCs at home as this is an Axial appreciation event. Before you arrive at AXIALFEST, make sure you do a once over on your kits. Clean, rebuild and replace worn components to reduce chances of failure.

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Don’t let something little stop you from finishing. I found this broken axle housing while cleaning up Skeeno Jr’s Axialfest rig just yesterday.

Also, be prepared for mud and water. Due to all the rain we had in California this year, chances are high that you will be driving through both – even possibly some snow – so waterproofing your electronics is not mandatory, but highly recommended.

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For more info on waterproofing, check out these past Axial blogs:

Waterproof Your Receiver

How to Waterproof your SCX10

• Transmitter, charger, and all of your batteries. You will be driving your kits probably more than you ever have, so you want to make sure you have enough mAh to complete each trail. You will be able to charge your batteries at your camp site with the available electricity. Make sure to bring a power strip so you can have multiple chargers going at once.

• Spare Parts. Bring all the spare parts and electronics you have. Driving for three hours straight can tax even the most stoutly built drivetrains. If you don’t have many spare parts, that’s OK. Most veterans will have something to help you out on the trail. Vendors will also be selling parts on site, so bring some spare cash.

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• Tools. Chances that you will need to make repairs or adjustments are high. Bring all your tools including wrenches, pliers, drivers, scissors and even a soldering irons.

• Hydration pack/Camelbak. It will be July and most likely very warm. You will be walking long distances for many hours. Bring a backpack or pack hydration to carry water, trail snacks and tools and spare parts. There is no shame in stopping on the trail to rest, eat or fix your kit because the goal is to finish. For more info on what to bring out on the trail, check this blog: Make Your Own RC Vehicle Field Tool Pack.

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CAMPING EQUIPMENT

• Lots of people bring RVs and campers. Others rough it in tents. Some people sleep in their cars. A good night sleep makes for a happy AXIALFESTer. Bring the stuff that will get you the best sleep. Tent, mattress, sleeping bag, pillow and extra blankets are highly recommended.

• Canopy/EZUp. It’s nice to have protection from the sun or rain while cooking or wrenching. If you have walls for your canopy, bring those as well.

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• Power strip/splitter. As mentioned earlier, each camp site has water and power. Make sure you have enough outlets for all your chargers, soldering irons, lights, etc. Some sights have the RV outlets, not the standard 110 outlets you see at your house. Have no fear, the camp store has adapters for sale for cheap. I think I paid $5 last year.

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• Lighting/Lantern. You want to be able to see at camp if you have to have a late night wrenching session.

• Alarm clock. Events start early in the morning. You don’t want to be late or miss anything, so bring an alarm that will wake you up, especially if you are a night owl participating in after event revelries.

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• Flashlight and Headlamp. The trails are open all the time, even at night. In fact, night runs are some of the best runs, so you’ll need to be able to see in the dark. Don’t skimp. Get a headlamp with a high lumen output.

• Shampoo/soap/quarters. Showers are available in the campgrounds, if you can find time, so you don’t get too ripe. No quarters needed, just sounded good.

• Sunscreen & hat. Don’t get burned by the sun at high elevation.

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FOOD AND BEVERAGES

• Water/beverages. A hydrated AXIALFESTer is a happy AXIALFESTer.

• Meals. Hungry equals grumpy. Prepare you breakfasts, lunches and dinners for each day you will be there. There are no restaurants close by and the camp store has a very limited selection of edibles. That’s 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners, if you are planning on being there from Thursday until Sunday. Plan accordingly. Axial is also working on securing a couple food trucks to come up and join the party. Last year we had Starkey’s Food Truck show up and it was a major hit!

• Snacks. Trail mix and power bars are good to have in case you need extra nutrition in between meals.

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• Stove/BBQ. You gotta cook that food on something, right?

• Regular kitchen supplies. Pots/pans/knives/forks/spoons. Think about what you need for each meal and make sure you bring it.

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• Coffee maker and coffee cups. A nice cup of coffee gets me ready for each long day. I like mine with a little cream and sugar.

• Paper towels. For your meals, wrenching or just general clean up.

• Soap/sponge/towel/buckets. Good for washing your face, brushing your teeth and doing dishes.

• Toothbrush/toothpaste. Fresh breath makes socializing less awkward, especially after a few cups of coffee. No one likes morning breath.

• Ibuprofen/Aspirin/Advil. Bring the pain reliever of your choice. Your feet and legs will be sore if you are not used to extended hours of being on your feet. This year we’re going to have 10 trails; 1000+ trail markers can equal several miles hiking around the campground.

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• Shoes. Bring sturdy shoes for mountain hiking. Hiking boots are recommended. It’s also a good idea to bring some spare shoes for relaxing at camp and flip flops for the showers. I’d also plan on extra socks.

• Jackets/sweatshirts/pants/hoodie/beanie. You never can tell what Sierra weather will be like. Temps can vary from in the 90s during the day to in the 30s at night. One year it rained. Last year the nights were quite cold. Be prepared for everything, so don’t just bring shorts and t-shirts. Pack for four days of clothing, plus extra socks and underwear.

• Swimming gear. There is a little swimming hole at the campground. My daughter makes sure we hit it every year.

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STEP 4: ARRIVE

The first stop is at the camp store at the front of the campground. Pick up your campsite and vehicle tags, then go find your campsite. Get set up as soon as you can so you can start the fun.

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After you have camp set up, go find G-Central. G-Central is the central hub of AXIALFEST where all the activities begin. G-Central is located in the upper pavilion. There will be signs posted to point you in the proper direction. It is easily spotted, because you will see lots of large green Axial banners, the Axial motorhome and the trailer. There are usually other vendor booths also set up around G-Central. If you are not sure, ask someone. Everyone is friendly and helpful.

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At G-Central you will pick up your t-shirts, hats, driver’s bag (if you pre-registered) and any other instructions. Inside your driver’s bag you will find the AXIALFEST itinerary, sponsor information, stickers and some special swag from Axial as well as the official AXIALFEST sponsors.

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Don’t forget to check out the camp sites. Assorted vendors will also have their booths set up with their wares displayed and items for sale.

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Trail markers will be everywhere! Don’t be surprised to see trail markers on the side of the road, next to your camp or around G-Central – pretty much everywhere. There are 10 trails with over 1,000 trail markers for AXIALFEST2017, so please do not disturb them. They will be needed for the entire event. Do not be tempted to take the one with your favorite number and risk the next driver getting lost. Also, feel free to play with your kits, but please stay off marked obstacles. You’ll know because there will be colorful ribbon on certain sections.

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What class are you in? Most AXIALFESTers come for the Adventurist class. The Adventurist is a scale trail run with 10 different courses and over 1,000 trail markers. Drivers start at different locations around G-Central, sending them up through different areas of the Cisco Grove Campground, ultimately returning them back to the G-Central area. The general rule of the Adventurist class is No HOG, which means No Hand of God. That means you should not touch your rig. No flipping over or repositioning it if stuck. Use a tow strap or winch to make a scale recovery. Also remember to travel in the proper direction. The red trail marker is always on the right. Red on Right, get it?

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Out on the Adventurist trail, drivers will encounter a varied selection of terrain from dirt to rocks to mud to water to trees – basically whatever is out there. Have fun using your scale accessories like tow straps, winches and sand ramps to conquer the terrain.

Drivers have the freedom to drive as fast or slow as they feel. Most drive in small groups assisting each other when the trail gets difficult. Drivers on the Adventurist trails are always happy to help out others by loaning a strap, winch line, parts or tools. Whatever it takes to help their fellow Adventurist continue on the adventure. At AXIALFEST, the Adventurists trail is often many miles long, that’s why being prepared is so important. Drivers and their kits need to be prepared to endure a long day of scale fun.

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OTHER EVENTS

Rugged Radio Rock Racing
As traditional R/C offroad race tracks have become super-groomed sugar-coated brown tarmac, Axial is once again putting the rough, the rocks and real dirt back into off-road racing!
For more information, including the rules, see our post here: Rugged Radio Rock Racing

ALTRA ULTRA 5K Enduro
Axial launched this program last year (2016) in conjunction with ALTRA Running shoes. If vehicle speed and running through the woods appeals to you, this might be the class you seek. Axial will design a designated enduro course just for this class! This will be fast paced physical event. Physical endurance, quick reflexes and knowledge of your rig as well as your physical ability are key.
For more information, including the rules, see our post here: http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073920956

Concourse Show and Shine
Hello AXIALFEST 2017 participants! Concourse is now in its fourth official year and growing because of YOU! Because last year’s participants stepped up the game, AXIALFEST is responding back with additional classes!
For more information, including the rules, see our post here: http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073920951

AXIALFEST SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY JULY 12
01:00pm-04:00pm Registration & Tech Opens
01:00pm-00:00pm Trails Open Upon Completion of Registration & Tech Inspection
05:00pm-06:00pm DINNER
06:00pm-08:00pm Registration & Tech Open

THURSDAY JULY 13
10:00am-12:00pm Registration / Tech Opens
12:00pm-01:00pm LUNCH
01:00pm-02:00pm Concourse Staging & Tech
01:00pm-06:00pm Registration Open
02:00pm-06:00pm Concourse Judging & Awards
06:00pm-07:00pm DINNER

FRIDAY JULY 14
07:00am-11:30am Registration / Tech Opens
07:00am-07:30am ULTRA Driver Check-in
08:00am-11:30am ULTRA Race
12:00pm-01:00pm LUNCH
02:30pm-05:30pm Registration & Tech Open
06:00pm-07:00pm DINNER
07:00pm-09:00pm AXIALFEST Parade – Starts at Front Office of the Campgorund

SATURDAY JULY 15
08:30am-10:00pm Registration & Tech Opens
09:00am-12:30pm Rock Racing
01:00pm-02:00pm LUNCH
05:00pm-06:00pm DINNER
06:30pm-07:00pm Raffle Ticket Pick Up Main Pavilion
07:00pm-09:00pm Awards Ceremony

SUNDAY JULY 16
Sleep in and travel home safely. Thank you attending AXIALFEST2017!

For more info, check out our past AXIALFEST reports.
Axialfest 2014 – Report By Skeeno
Axialfest 2013 – The Recap!
Axialfest 2012 – Skeeno Report

Useful links:
2017 AXIALFEST REGISTRATION SITE
Facebook Event Page
Recon G6
Cisco Grove Campground
How To Waterproof your Receiver
How To Waterproof your SCX10
Make Your Own RC Vehicle Field Tool Pack

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Understanding Gearing

Understanding Gearing

Moving your rig is a pretty simple process; when you apply throttle from your radio, the ESC draws juice from the battery and directs it to the motor. As the motor spins, it rotates a series of gears that ultimately drives your vehicle forward.

CHANGING THE GEARING

Let’s say you want to increase the speed or torque of the vehicle; this can be done by simply changing the gearing. There are two gears that we work with to modify this; the pinion gear and the spur gear. The pinion gear is attached to the motor’s output shaft while the spur gear is attached to an output shaft on the transmission.

Changing these gears alters the ‘gear ratio’; a higher ratio equals more torque and acceleration but less top speed while a lower ratio equals less torque and a higher top speed. It is also good to note that a lower ratio can also build more heat, so it’s a good idea to monitor after changing the gearing.

Understanding Gearing

GEAR PITCH

Pitch denotes the size of the teeth on a gear; the lower the number, the bigger the teeth. For example, most Axial rigs come with 32P (32 Pitch) gears. These gears have large, strong teeth on them, perfect for high-torque applications. Then there’s 48P, a slightly smaller tooth that is a good combination of efficiency and strength. Finally, there’s 64P. These gears find their way into extremely fast onroad cars that are made for speed instead of torque. It’s safe to say you’ll never find these delicate gears in a crawing rig!

MOTOR CHANGES

If you decide to upgrade your motor from stock to something a little faster, you’ll need to adjust your gearing as well. Gearing is usually calculated for a specific motor (especially in an RTR) for a good combination of speed and torque. If you put a faster motor in your rig and don’t change the gearing to match, you could overheat your motor and/or ESC, resulting in a failure. See our comprehensive Axial Transmission Guide complete with gearing charts for all of our current vehicles.

STOCK GEARING

Below is the factory gearing that comes in our vehicles.
SCX10: 32P 13T Pinion / 56T Spur Gear
SCX10 II RTR: 32P 13T Pinion / 56T Spur Gear
Wraith: 32P 12T Pinion / 56T Spur Gear
SMT10: 32P 16T Pinion / 56T Spur Gear
Yeti: 32P 16T Pinion / 64T Spur Gear
Yeti SCORE Trophy Truck: 32P 16T Pinion / 64T Spur Gear
RR10 Bomber: 32P 12T Pinion / 64T Spur Gear
SCX10 II: 32P 15T Pinion / 56T Spur Gear

Axial Transmission Guide

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Store-bought RTR scale trucks are a blast; they’re already built and ready to get out on the trails as soon as your battery is charged. There are those, however, that love the extra challenge of scratch building their next scaler – pulling parts from multiple rigs to create a one-off design that suits their technical needs.

If you’re that scratch-built guy then this post is for you! We’ve gathered all our current transmissions and put together a little transmission guide complete with part numbers and specific details. This should help you choose the best transmission configuration for your custom build.

AX10™ TRANSMISSION

Found in: AX10 / SCX10 / SCX10 II RTR / WRAITH / SMT10 3 GEAR TRANS

Stock Gearing
SCX10: 32P 13T Pinion / 56T Spur Gear
SCX10 II RTR: 32P 13T Pinion / 56T Spur Gear
Wraith: 32P 12T Pinion / 56T Spur Gear
SMT10: 32P 16T Pinion / 56T Spur Gear

Click for AX10 Transmission Parts List

Axial Transmission Guide - AX10 Transmission

Gearing Chart

32 Pitch (Stock Gearing AX30392 or AX30395)

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Spur Gear

Pinion
56
60
64
68
11
38.69
41.45
44.22
46.98
12
35.47
38.00
40.53
43.07
13
32.74
35.08
37.42
39.75
14
30.40
32.57
34.74
36.91
15
28.37
30.40
32.43
34.45
16
26.60
28.50
30.40
32.30
17
25.04
26.82
28.61
30.40

32 Pitch (Overdrive Gearing AX30401)

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Spur Gear

Pinion
56
60
64
68
11
34.04
36.47
38.90
41.33
12
31.20
33.43
35.66
37.89
13
28.80
30.86
32.91
34.97
14
26.74
28.65
30.56
32.47
15
24.96
26.74
28.53
30.31
16
23.40
25.07
26.74
28.41
17
22.02
23.60
25.17
26.74

32 Pitch (Underdrive Gearing AX30402)

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Spur Gear

Pinion
56
60
64
68
11
43.78
46.91
50.04
53.16
12
40.13
43.00
45.87
48.73
13
37.05
39.69
42.34
44.98
14
34.40
36.86
39.31
41.77
15
32.11
34.40
36.69
38.99
16
30.10
32.25
34.40
36.55
17
28.33
30.35
32.38
34.40

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LCX TRANSMISSION

Found in: SCX10 II CRC Edition 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Stock Gearing
SCX10: 32P 13T Pinion / 56T Spur Gear

Click for LCX Transmission Parts List

Axial LCX Tranmission Parts List

Gearing Chart

32 Pitch (Stock Gearing AX30392 or AX30395)

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Spur Gear

Pinion
56
60
64
68
11
38.69
41.45
44.22
46.98
12
35.47
38.00
40.53
43.07
13
32.74
35.08
37.42
39.75
14
30.40
32.57
34.74
36.91
15
28.37
30.40
32.43
34.45
16
26.60
28.50
30.40
32.30
17
25.04
26.82
28.61
30.40

32 Pitch (Overdrive Gearing AX30401)

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Spur Gear

Pinion
56
60
64
68
11
34.04
36.47
38.90
41.33
12
31.20
33.43
35.66
37.89
13
28.80
30.86
32.91
34.97
14
26.74
28.65
30.56
32.47
15
24.96
26.74
28.53
30.31
16
23.40
25.07
26.74
28.41
17
22.02
23.60
25.17
26.74

32 Pitch (Underdrive Gearing AX30402)

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Spur Gear

Pinion
56
60
64
68
11
43.78
46.91
50.04
53.16
12
40.13
43.00
45.87
48.73
13
37.05
39.69
42.34
44.98
14
34.40
36.86
39.31
41.77
15
32.11
34.40
36.69
38.99
16
30.10
32.25
34.40
36.55
17
28.33
30.35
32.38
34.40

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YETI / RR10 TRANSMISSION

Found in: YETI SCORE TROPHY TRUCK / YETI / RR10 BOMBER

Stock Gearing
Yeti: 32P 16T Pinion / 64T Spur Gear
Yeti SCORE Trophy Truck: 32P 16T Pinion / 64T Spur Gear
RR10 Bomber: 32P 12T Pinion / 64T Spur Gear

Click for Bomber Transmission Parts List

Axial Transmission Guide - RR10 BomberTransmission

Gearing Chart

32 Pitch (Stock Gearing AX30392 or AX30395)

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Spur Gear

Pinion
56
60
64
68
11
28.85
30.91
32.97
35.03
12
26.44
28.33
30.22
32.11
13
24.41
26.15
27.90
29.64
14
22.67
24.28
25.90
27.52
15
21.15
22.67
24.18
25.69
16
19.83
21.25
22.67
24.08
17
18.67
20.00
21.33
22.67

32 Pitch (Overdrive Gearing AX30401)

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Spur Gear

Pinion
56
60
64
68
11
25.38
27.19
29.00
30.81
12
23.26
24.92
26.58
28.25
13
21.47
23.01
24.54
26.07
14
19.94
21.36
22.79
24.21
15
18.61
19.94
21.27
22.60
16
17.45
18.69
19.94
21.18
17
16.42
17.59
18.77
19.94

32 Pitch (Underdrive Gearing AX30402)

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Spur Gear

Pinion
56
60
64
68
11
25.38
34.97
37.31
39.64
12
29.92
32.06
34.20
36.33
13
27.62
29.59
31.57
33.54
14
25.65
27.48
29.31
31.14
15
23.94
25.65
27.36
29.07
16
22.44
24.04
25.65
27.25
17
21.12
22.63
24.14
25.65

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SCX10 II TRANSMISSION

Found in: SCX10 II Kit

Stock Gearing
SCX10 II: 32P 15T Pinion / 56T Spur Gear

Click for SCX10 II Transmission Parts List

Axial Transmission Guide - SCX10 II Transmission

Gearing Chart

32 Pitch (Stock Gearing AX31405)

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Spur Gear

Pinion
56
60
64
68
11
66.18
N/A
N/A
N/A
12
60.67
N/A
N/A
N/A
13
56.00
N/A
N/A
N/A
14
52.00
N/A
N/A
N/A
15
48.53
N/A
N/A
N/A
16
45.50
N/A
N/A
N/A
17
42.82
N/A
N/A
N/A

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TRANSMISSION PARTS LIST

AX10 / WRAITH / SMT10 TRANSMISSION

AX30487 Complete AX10 Transmission
AXA013 M2x6mm SH Screws
AXA089 M3x25mm SC Screws
AXA1045 M4 Nylon Lock Nuts
AXA1053 M3 Nylon Locking Hex Nuts
AXA1218 Bearing, 5x10x4mm (2 pkgs)
AXA1225 Bearing, 8x16x5mm
AX30162 Cross Pin
AX30190 Shaft 5x18mm
AX30394 20T Drive Gear
AX30413 Slipper Spring
AX30435 Steel Outdrive Set
AX30491 AX10 RTR Motor Plate
AX31026 Slipper Plate Washer
AX31027 Spur Gear 32P 56T
AX31068 Slipper Pad
AX31149 Slipper Drive Gear Shaft
AX80009 Transmission Set
AX80010 Gear Set
AX80078 Transmission Spur Gear Cover

AXIAL LCX TRANSMISSION PARTS LIST

AXA0023 M2.6x8mm Cap Head Screw
AXA013 M2x6mm Cap Head Screw
AXA1045 M4 Nylon Locking Flanged Nuts
AXA1218 Bearing 5x10x4mm
AXA1225 Bearing 8x16x5mm
AX30162 Straight Pin
AX30394 20T Drive Gear
AX30413 Slipper Spring
AX30435 Steel Outdrive Shaft Set
AX30190 Shaft
AXA146 M3x12mm Socket Head Screw
AX31026 Slipper Plate
AX31027 Spur Gear 32P 56T
AX31068 Slipper Pad
AX31531 LCX Transmission Case
AX31539 LCX Top Shaft (Coming Soon)
AX31585 Gear Set (48P 28T/ 48P 52T)

YETI SCORE TROPHY TRUCK / YETI / RR10 BOMBER

AXA436 M3x12mm BH Hex Screw
AXA1218 Bearing, 5x10x4mm (2 pkgs)
AXA1221 Bearing, 5x11x4mm
AXA1225 Bearing, 8x16x5mm
AXA1243 Bearing, 15x21x4mm
AX30394 20T Drive Gear
AX30413 Slipper Spring
AX30435 Steel Outdrive Set
AX30491 AX10 RTR Motor Plate
AX31026 Slipper Plate Washer
AX31027 Spur Gear 32P 56T
AX31068 Slipper Pad
AX31149 Slipper Drive Gear Shaft
AX80010 Gear Set
AX80051 Dig Transmission Case
AX80078 Transmission Spur Gear Cover
AX80079 Wraith Tube Frame Skid Plate/ Battery Tray

SCX10 II

AX31439 Complete SCX10 II Transmission
AXA0055 M2.6x12mm FH Screws
AXA116 M3x12mm BH Screws
AXA146 M3x12mm FH Screws
AXA1218 Bearing, 5x10x4mm (3 pkgs)
AXA1221 Bearing, 5x11x4mm (2 pkgs)
AX30162 Cross Pin
AX30394 20T Drive Gear (2 pkgs)
AX30413 Slipper Spring
AX31026 Slipper Plate Washer
AX31027 Spur Gear 32P 56T
AX31068 Slipper Pad
AX31126 2-Speed Gear 48T 18T (Low Speed Gear)
AX31375 SCX10 2-Speed Transmission Case
AX31376 SCX10 2-Speed Transfer Case
AX31377 SCX10 2-Speed Transmission Motor Mount
AX31378 SCX10 2-Speed Transmission Spur Gear Cover
AX31379 SCX10 II Skid Plate
AX31409 48P 26T Transmission Gear
AX31411 Gear Shaft
AX31413 2-Speed Hi-Lo Transmission Bottom Shaft
AX31414 2-Speed Hi-Lo Transmission Top Shaft
AX31416 32P 36T Transmission Gear

Axial Downloadable Complete Parts List

Axial Downloadable Complete Parts List

Axial is always looking for better ways to serve its customer base. Along that point, did you know that we offer a complete, downloadable Excel file filled with every standard or option part currently in production?

You may have overlooked it if you weren’t sure what it was; Hover over the ‘SUPPORT’ menu item on their website and you’ll see it at the bottom of the dropdown; parts list (xls format).

This list is broken out into multiple sections; part numbers, UPC codes, product description, MSRP and product type. Next to that are vertical columns that coincide with engine/vehicle part numbers (ie, AX0331 for the Axial 28RR-2 Engine or AX90032 for the Axial Yeti XL 1/8th Scale RTR).

To use the list, simply choose the product type you’d like to filter (bodies, chassis, electronics, etc) and match it up to your vehicle on the right (you’ll need to know your vehicle’s part number first). Axial has added a ‘S’ for a Standard part, an ‘O’ for an Option part or left it blank if it doesn’t work with your vehicle.

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I use it frequently and highlight the Axial cars I have, looking for new ‘O’s to help me outfit my rides with newly-released goodies!

This list gets updated frequently when new parts or vehicles are released so it’s a fantastic tool to help you track down any parts you might need.

I’ll save you 3 seconds; download the file here: docs.axialracing.com/partslist/axialpartslist.xls

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build

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Words and photos by Tony Phalen

I’ve been looking forward to getting one of Axial Racing’s SMT10 Monster Trucks, so when the MAX-D landed on my doorstep (thanks UPS guy), it was literally a matter of seconds before the box was open and the truck was out. I was even more stoked, however, when I found a big ol’ box of Axial’s aftermarket goodies included so I could do an upgrade article.

Below is a step-by-step guide, walking you through the disassembly and re-assembly of the SMT10 with all of these parts.

STEP 1

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build Here’s a overview shot of all the parts I’ll be installing on the MAX-D. A list is included at the end of the article complete with part numbers and links.

STEP 2

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
I’ll be splitting the build up into three sections; front, rear and mid. Here’s a pic of the parts I’ll be using for the front end rebuild; steering parts, upper and lower link plates, link mounts, shock parts, gears and the diff cover.

STEP 3

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
Since the SMT10 is modular in design, I need to remove anything that will keep the front from coming off easily – that being the front tires and servo. Once the servo has been disconnected, you can let it dangle down and under the center transmission.

STEP 4

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
To remove the front ‘clip’, simply unscrew at the three attachment points designated by the red arrows. Do this on both sides and the front end will drop right off. Pay close attention to the WB8 center driveshaft coupler; it fits between the front and center driveshaft sections and, once the front clip is removed, this piece can fall out.

STEP 5

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
Attach the AX31244 Axial Upper Link Plate Set and AX31245 Axial Lower Link Plate Set. Because of the design, I didn’t need to remove anything other than the shocks; that’s fine because I need to work on those at a later time anyway.

STEP 6

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
The AX31432 Axial AR60 Machined Servo Plate and Mount Set is up next for install, but before you do that, assemble it and attach the servo to it. This ensures the two side upright pieces line up with the servo. I would also suggest using a dab of blue threadlocker on the two screws going up and into the aluminum side uprights. Once everything is aligned, remove the servo.

STEP 7

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
Remove the stock plastic servo mount and replace with the aluminum assembly from STEP 6.

STEP 8

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
Remove the lower links and replace the plastic link mounts with the AX31433 Axial AR60 Machined Link Mounts. Re-attach the lower links.

STEP 9

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
Before moving on, I suggest paying close attention to the orientation of the steering blocks in relation to the lower link mounts. The upgrade C-hubs I’ll be using have more adjustability than the stock plastic ones, so if you just throw them on and clock the C-hub like the original (red arrow), your caster will be WAY off. So, my suggestion is not to assemble to match the C-hub (red arrow), but to assemble to match the top kingpin screw (orange line).

STEP 10

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
But first, remove the steering system. Four screws will do it.

STEP 11

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
I’m also going to replace the diff gears while I’m at this point. Remove the four screws holding on the diff cover and the four screws holding the diff in place. You’ll need to pull the axles out a bit to disengage them from the diff.

STEP 12

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
Remove the four screws to release the stock diff gear and replace with the AX30395 Axial Heavy Duty Diff Gear. Make sure the gasket is in place and not still attached to the original diff gear. A keen eye will notice the planetary diff design instead of a locked unit. This type of differential is actually a better fit for Monster Trucks.

STEP 13

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
You’ll need to replace the stock input gear as well; that can be done on the opposite side of the axle. Replace with the AX30395 Axial Heavy Duty Input Gear, re-install the differential and slide the axles back into the housing. You may need to rotate the axles to key them into the differenial.

STEP 14

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
Replace the stock plastic cover with this beautiful AX31429 Axial AR60 Machined High Clearance Differential Cover.

STEP 15

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
Ok, now it’s time for the steering. On one side at a time, pull the plastic parts off, keeping the bearings and hat bushings handy. Re-assemble the the AX30762 Axial XR10 Aluminum C-Hub Carrier and AX31434 Axial AR60 Machined Steering Knuckles. Note the orientation of the parts; if you get confused, look at the opposite side of the steering to make sure you’ve assembled it correctly (the reason why I suggest removing only one side at a time).

STEP 16

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
The AX31428 Axial AR60 Steering Upgrade Kit comes with a small build sheet in it. Use that to assemble the steering links, then attach them to your steering knuckles. The final assembly should look like this.

STEP 17

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
Using STEP 9 as a guide, slide one C-hub onto the axle and secure. Now slide the other C-hub onto the axle and secure.

STEP 18

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
At first, I thought the shocks were going to be a pain; replacing oil, bleeding, etc. However, if you complete this step carefully, you won’t have to do any of that!

Start by inserting the rubber o-ring into the AX31430 Axial King Shocks Aluminum Collars; set aside. Grab your shocks and remove the lower spring retainer and spring. Carefully remove the shock cap and set the shock off to the side in some sort of stand. Pull the bladder out of the shock cap (if it’s up in there) and install it into the AX31430 Axial King Shocks Aluminum Cap; set aside. Grab your shock again and spin the plastic collar off; it can only be removed from the top. Spin the King Aluminum Collar on followed by the King Aluminum Shock Cap. Install the spring from the bottom and the AX31431 Axial Aluminum Shock Spring Retainer. These retainers utilize a small screw to keep them from popping off in the event of an crash. These are, after all, Monster Trucks – there will be plenty of crashing.

STEP 19

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
Re-attach the shocks to the lower links and, wah-lah. Your completed from clip should look like this! Ain’t she pretty?

STEP 20

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
Attach your front end to the chassis; if you’re unsure, use STEP 4 and the three red arrows to remind you. This is also the time to re-attach the servo and servo horn. Use a dab of blue threadlocker on the four screws that attach the servo to the aluminum mounts to make sure they stay put.

STEP 21

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
I’ll be moving to the rear of the MAX-D, installing the parts shown here. The procedure will be pretty much the same as the front end; the only minor difference will be the lockouts. Be sure to pay attention to the WB8 center driveshaft coupler as well.

STEP 22

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
Remove the rear clip; STEP 4 and the red arrows will help you out here. You’ll need to remove the anti-roll bar connections that attach at the lower link mount.

STEP 23

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
Attach the AX31244 Axial Upper Link Plate Set and AX31245 Axial Lower Link Plate Set as well as the AX31433 Axial AR60 Machined Link Mounts.

STEP 24

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
Remove the lockouts and pull the axles out slightly; this will allow you to remove the rear differential.

STEP 25

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
With the same procedure as the front, replace the stock gear with the AX30395 Axial Heavy Duty Diff Gear.

STEP 26

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
Remove and replace the AX30395 Axial Heavy Duty Input Gear from the other side of the axle, then re-install the diff gear. Cap the opening off with the AX31429 Axial AR60 Machined High Clearance Differential Cover. Key the rear axles into the diff gear, then slide the AX30789 Axial AR60 OCP Aluminum Straight Axle Hub Carriers into place. These are an easy install; they are a straight fit and can’t be clocked like the front C-hub.

STEP 27

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
I replaced the plastic bits with the aluminum upgrades like I did with the front shocks.

STEP 28

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
Boom – the rear clip is done! Your final assembly should look like this.

STEP 29

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
Re-attach the rear clip and connect the anti-roll bar. Since we replaced the plastic link mounts with aluminum, you’ll want to add a small drop of blue threadlocker to help keep the anti-roll bar links in place.

STEP 30

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
Alright – on to my favorite portion of the build, the electronics! Now, this is MAX-D – MAXIMUM DESTRUCTION – so I’m going big and replacing the stock brushed system with some serious Axial mojo; something Tom Meents would be proud of. I’ll be dropping in an AX24260 Axial AE-3 Vanguard Brushless ESC and AX31047 Axial Brushless 3150kV Motor. Since this is a pretty healthy upgrade, I see it only fitting to upgrade a couple other parts as well.

STEP 31

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
To make this part of the build easier, I started by removing the top part of the roll cage and interior.

STEP 32

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
Here’s a better look at the ESC tray. We’ll get to it in a minute.

STEP 33

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
Flip the MAX-D over and remove the four screws that hold the transmission in place. Axial uses two different screw lengths here so to make sure I get them back in the correct holes, I’ve added a little L (for Longer). Once the screws are out, unplug the motor and pull the whole transmission assembly out. It’s actually alot easier than it looks.

STEP 34

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
Remove the gear cover followed by the motor and slipper assembly.

STEP 35

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
Remove the stock motor place and replace with the AX30860 Axial Machined Motor Plate.

STEP 36

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
Before attaching the spur gear, make sure you attach the AX31068 Axial Slipper Pads. They’re sticky-backed so they’re not reusable; we have to add new ones to our AX31163 Axial Steel Spur Gear 32P 56T. Re-assemble the slipper clutch. I would suggest tightening down the slipper nut quite a bit; the added power needs a tighter slipper.

The only drawback with the AX31047 Axial Brushless 3150kV Motor is the fact that it uses a 5mm output shaft; the stock motor uses a 3mm. This means you’ll need a new pinion gear. I didn’t want the MAX-D to just have more power, I wanted it to be fast as well, so I’m starting with a AX30839 13T 32P Pinion Gear. MO’ POWA ARH ARH ARH

STEP 37

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
Now that I have a new heart for the MAX-D, it’s time to transplant it back in the truck. Remember to install the screws in the correct holes.

STEP 38

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
Flip the SMT10 back over and remove the top to the receiver box. Carefully pull the stock ESC power lead out of the receiver and remove it from the truck.

STEP 39

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
Apply some double-sided tape to the bottom of the AX24260 Axial AE-3 Vanguard Brushless ESC and attach it to the ESC platform. Route the ESC power lead through the waterproof seal and into the receiver box as shown. Re-attach the receiver box lid.

Finally, plug the brushless motor wires into the ESC, matching the A-wire to the A-plug, the B-wire to the B-plug and the C-wire to the C-plug.

STEP 40

Axial MAX-D SMT10 Monster Truck Full Option Build
The final step is to re-attach both the interior and top of the roll cage. Looks super tough just sitting there! Time to go see what she can do!

Here’s the list of parts used in this article.

Front End
AX30395 Axial Heavy Duty Bevel Gear Set – 38T/13T
AX30762 Axial XR10 Aluminum C-Hub Carrier
AX31244 Axial Upper Link Plate Set
AX31245 Axial Lower Link Plate Set
AX31428 Axial AR60 Steering Upgrade Kit
AX31429 Axial AR60 Machined High Clearance Differential Cover
AX31430 Axial King Shocks Aluminum Caps and Collar Set – 12mm
AX31431 Axial Aluminum Shock Spring Retainer – 12mm
AX31432 Axial AR60 Machined Servo Plate and Mount Set
AX31433 Axial AR60 Machined Link Mounts
AX31434 Axial AR60 Machined Steering Knuckles

Mid-Section
AX24260 Axial AE-3 Vanguard Brushless ESC
AX30839 13T 32P Pinion Gear
AX30860 Axial Machined Motor Plate
AX31047 Axial Brushless 3150kV Motor
AX31068 Axial Slipper Pads
AX31163 Axial Steel Spur Gear 32P 56T

Rear End
AX30395 Axial Heavy Duty Bevel Gear Set – 38T/13T
AX30789 Axial AR60 OCP Aluminum Straight Axle Hub Carrier
AX31244 Axial Upper Link Plate Set
AX31245 Axial Lower Link Plate Set
AX31429 Axial AR60 Machined High Clearance Differential Cover
AX31430 Axial King Shocks Aluminum Caps and Collar Set – 12mm
AX31431 Axial Aluminum Shock Spring Retainer – 12mm
AX31433 Axial AR60 Machined Link Mounts