Brandon’s Trail Ranger: Axial Bumper Set Installed

With the release of Axial’s SCX10 RTR I just had to see if I could get the bumper set to fit my Trail Ranger. Much like the installation of the rock sliders its going to take some modification due to the proportions of the Trail Ranger body compared to the Dingo body.

I spread out all the parts and started mocking them up on the Trail Ranger, looks like its going to be pretty straight forward. I will go through the installation step by step. Check out the lights that are also included with the bumpers. The mounting system is also really nice, it replaces the old front and rear braces on the SCX10 Frame rails.

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Here you can see how the bumpers are intended to mount on the SCX10 RTR. There is a lot of adjust-ability too, when modifying the SCX10 to fit a longer wheelbase moving the bumpers out will be extremely simple. However with my build it looks like I need to move the bumpers in past the allowable adjustment with these parts.

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Here is my solution. I am going to flip the front and rear mounts so they set inside the then ends of the frame rails (Pics are worth a 1000 words right?) First I had to remove some material from the mounts. You can see where I cut them down compared to the originals.

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Front Mounted and flipped:

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Rear mounted and flipped:

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Next I had to modify the bumpers slightly. Due to the width of the bumpers compared to the Trail Ranger body I decided to trim the sides of the bumpers. Keep in mind that they now lack the same appearance where I trimmed them. I plan to pick up some black styrene and cap them off in the future.

Rear trimmed just outside the tail light mounts.

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Front bumper trimmed up to the tube section.

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Front Bumper mounted. In this picture the bumper is actually setting as far in as I could get it. The frame rails slid into the bumper without any problems and I had to trim the mounts on the bumper so that they would not hit the top of the servo under compression. In the pictures with the body it does look like I could move the bumper up a few millimeters but that would take some more modifications. Not too bad for now though! The lights should fill in that small gap nicely.

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The rear bumper worked out great as well. When first mounted it looked pretty good, however I am picky so I trimmed the bumper to allow for the frame rails to slide into it slightly. This pulled the bumper in closer to the body.

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So whats next? How about some lights! Also considering removing the head light stickers on the Trail Ranger body and installing some light buckets. Stay tuned!

8 thoughts on “Brandon’s Trail Ranger: Axial Bumper Set Installed

  1. Brandon, the Trail Ranger body is cool, but I need to get my greasy mits on those bumpers any release date set as of yet?

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