Tips To Assemble Beadlock Wheels

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Who loves assembling tires? Raise your hand! Stop raising your hand, we can’t see you. Glueing or assembling tires on beadlock rims is not among the favorite build tasks of an RC machine. Perhaps that is why most RC manual writers leave it to the end. But it’s a job that needs to get done. However if it’s not done right, it could lead to problems when you’re out at play or on the course. Here we’re going to go over how to assemble a certain wheel type so it secures the tire properly and that is a beadlock rim. Beadlock rims have some great advantages, they secure the tire without glue and the wheel can even be reused when you want to swap tires. But if you assemble a beadlock incorrectly, your tire may seem out of alignment and cause wheel wobble and erratic handling. Let’s go over some tips to help you install a tire on a beadlock wheel properly.

GATHER YOUR PARTS
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Gather all the parts you need to assemble one wheel and put them together in a pile. Here is the loosely assembled wheel, tire with insert, screws and inner hub.

TOOLS
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The tools you’ll need will be pretty simple. Pretty much you’ll just need a 2mm hex driver for this wheel. We’re going to make our lives easier and use and electric driver with 2mm speed bit. You may also need a leather punch depending on how you want to vent your tire.

STEP 1
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These 2.2 Walker Evans Wheels came loosely assembled from the factory. It is important to notice how they come apart. They have a vent option built into the wheel that allows you to have no vent, a 2 hole vent (1 on each side) or a 4 hole vent or even a 6 hole vent. This vent system is off-set so you’ll want to notice the position of the middle ring. To make keeping track of the rim easier, we put the wheel from the factory on the table, backside of the rim first. Then slide out the center hoop and place the back side down next to the rear locking ring. Then we take the face of the rim out and placed it next to the center ring.

STEP 2
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Take the center ring and slip it into the tire makeing sure it also goes inside of the foam insert. As you slip the insert in, the “back” of the rim will continue to face down.

STEP 3
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Check to make sure your inner ring is perfectly positioned in the center of the foam.

STEP 4
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Now pick the tire up, move it over the back side of the beadlock ring and place the tire down. You can flip the tire over now so you can push the outer rim onto the tire. We know the additional steps to keep track of the inner ring off-set sound silly, but trust us, its better to go slow and keep track rather than getting frustrated wondering why your wheel isn’t going together properly.

STEP 5
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Look inside the wheel, see the notches? This is the venting system. By moving the outter rim so it inserts over the peg in a different location adjusts how much the tire will vent. We have it in the middle so only one hole on this side of the wheel will vent air. Want a softer tire, allow 2 holes to vent. Want to go in the water, shift the wheel ring so none of the holes are open. You get the idea.

STEP 6
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Now take the time to set the tire bead onto the shiny portion of the rim ring, we pulled the tire off of it, so you can see it better. If its on the next lower part of the ring, it may not press on properly later. After slowly pushing in the outter ring, lift up on the tire edge a bit to make sure its seated properly.

STEP 7
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Now you can flip the tire back over and place it on your bench. Slip in the front portion of the rim from the top. Push down on the rim face so the tire bead seats itself just like you did to the back ring.

STEP 8
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With the rim face in place, flip the tire over again and make sure the screw holes line up. If they do not, spin the front rim face until the holes line up. Do no turn the back ring, this will change your vents.

STEP 9
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Time to start assembling this thing! Screw two screws into the rim on opposite sides. Only screw them in a few threads.

STEP 10
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Now install two more, again across from each other and just a few threads.

STEP 11
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Thread the last few screws into the wheel, again just screw them in so a few threads catch. Your wheel should now be aligned and ready to be tightened. But wait!

STEP 12
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You will need to keep the wheel face and back ring even as you tigthen down the screws. This is achieved by tightening the screws a little at a time in a “star pattern” just as if you were tightening the lug-nuts on a real car. You may tighten the screws down in the star pattern for 4-5 cycles before the wheel has compressed and properly pinched the tire in the beadlock. Tigthen the screws until they are snug and you don’t see any gaps between the rim pieces or screws.

STEP 13
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Install your inner hex hub in a similar fashion. You can install all the screws at once, but tighten them into their final position by using the star pattern.

STEP 14
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Check your tire overhang. Lift up on the edge of the tire and you should see the rubber overhang edge that sits on the outter edge of the rim. It should look uniform as you turn the wheel and gently pull up on the edge. If you see a large gap or can’t pull the edge out at all, there’s a chance your  tire is not properly seated in the rim and you’ll need to disassemble the wheel and repeat the install process. If you don’t the tire will wobble. A wobbly tire can cause bad handling and wear other parts on the rig prematurely.

TIPS
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Some drivers choose to vent through the tire. To do this, you’ll need a leather punch to punch a hole in the tire. The thought behind venting the tire is that any dirt that gets inside can “fling” out. Or if water gets in the tire, it can drain out. Some think less dirt gets into the tire with this style of vent. It’s an option we just want to let you know about and you can decide what style is best for you.

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Foam Trimming- There are a number of methods to trimming tire insert foam that will change how the tire acts. Some will cut the outer edges of the foam on a diagonal so the sidewall of the tire will feel a bit softer. If you are just having fun, leave it as is. If you plan to race, see how other racers modify their inserts.

FINISHED!
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Your beadlock wheel and tire are now properly assembled. Just three more to go! Or if you have a Bomber, just four more to go! Take your time and assembled your wheels properly. They’ll stay together and allow your rig to perform better.

Build The Perfect King Shocks

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When it comes to building shocks on an RC kit, many builders start to cringe. It’s not a favorite task for many, however building your shocks properly is a must if you want your suspension to perform. We’re working on a RR10 Bomber for some future video action shoots and decided to take some extra time to take photos to show you just how to build the King aluminum shocks that come with the kit. Here we’ll show you all of our tips and tricks that will result in a high performance shock that will give your rig the best handling possible.

YOU’LL NEED
Shock Shaft Pliers (TLR99101)
5.0 Nut Driver (Set: DYNT2010)
Shock O-Ring Grease (TLR77002)
Competition Silicone Shock Oil (TLR74020)
Paper Towels

STEP 1
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It’s best to take the time and lay out all of your shock components nice and neatly so you have everything in front of you and nothing is left out.

STEP 2
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We’re going to start with the cartirdge assembly. Carefully cut them from the parts trees and slip the clear o-ring over the threads and seat it in the lower slot.

STEP 3
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Don’t jump right into installing the shock o-rings in the cartridge. Before you do so, here’s a tip. Use a shock o-ring grease such as TLR77002  to grease the o-rings. Place a small amount of grease in a plastic bag and then the o-rings. Work the grease onto the o-rings so they’re well coated.

STEP 4
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You’ll also need the cartidge spacers and caps to finish the cartridge assembly. It’s best to cut the parts off of the tree using a hobby knife. Cut as close as you can to the spacers so there isn’t any extra material from the tree on the spacer. Extra material here could cause a binding in the cartridge.

STEP 5
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Place a greased o-ring in the cartridge, followed by the spacer, followed by another o-ring.

STEP 6
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Snap the cartridge cap on and make certian it is perfectly seated in place. If the cap isn’t completely snapped on, it could possible come apart during use.

STEP 7
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Now it’s time to install the pistons on the  shock shafts. In your RR10 kit, there will be delrin pistons in the bag. Use these. Place one washer on the shock shaft, followed by the piston, followed by another washer and then the retaining nut. Use shock shaft pleirs to hold the shaft and use the 5.0 nut driver to snug the nut into place.

STEP 8
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Once you’ve tightened the nut, make certain the piston just barely spins on the shaft. If you tighten it too much to the point it can’t move, you may have possibly “mushroomed” the piston and it could possibly bind in the shock body.

STEP 9
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Slip the assembled shock shaft/ piston into the cartridge and thread it into the bottom of the shock body slowly. You’ll want to completely screw the cartridge in slowly until the o-ring can no longer be seen and the cartridge is tight.

STEP 10
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Slide the bump-stop on the shaft and screw the shock end onto the shaft until the top of the end meets the unthreaded portion of the shaft. Using shock shaft pliers here is a good idea.

STEP 11
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Time to install the pre-load collars, but first you need to slip the black o-rings into the slots inside the collars.

STEP 12
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When threading the collars onto the shock body, it’s a good idea to put a drop of oil at the top of the threads. This will allow the collars to screw on much easier.

STEP 13
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We’re getting there. It’s now time to fill the shock with oil. Instead of using the kit oil, we’re going to use a competition grade oil from Team Losi Racing to fill the shock. With the piston at the bottom of the body, fill the shock body with oil to the top.

STEP 14
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This is a critical step. We have to cycle out any air trapped under the piston. Slowly push the shock shaft up in the body. Don’t let the piston go past the oil at the top. When the piston nears the top, pull the shock shaft back down and air bubbles should rise to the top. Continue this process until all of the trapped air is gone. If there are fine bubbles in the oil, set the shock aside and wait for the air bubble to come to the surface.

STEP 15
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Seat the shock bladder into the cap. Slip the bladder in and using a fine blade screwdriver or similar object, make sure the bladder is seated perfectly in the top of the cap by pushing on the edges.

STEP 16
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Top off the shock with oil if necessary. The oil should be near level with the top of the body.

STEP 17
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Slowly push the shock shaft to the top.

STEP 18
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Now screw the shock cap on. Some oil should seep out of the sides. Tighten the cap firmly.

STEP 19
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Once the cap is tightented, the shaft should slide out a little bit. Cycle the shock shaft in and out several times to make sure it has a good feel and there isn’t any binding.

STEP 20
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If the shock is built correctly, you should be able to push the shock shaft all the way to the top. If there is a lot of shock shaft showing, you have what’s called hydro-lock and this will cause handling problems. You may need to bleed some additional oil out of the shock. Loosen the cap, push the shock shaft in all the way and tighten the cap again. This should bleed out some oil. Repeat the process until the shaft goes all the way up.

STEP 21
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Almost done, slip the appropriate spring over the shock body and slip the lower shock perch into place. Pop the ball end into the shock eyelets and you’re shock is assembled!

FINISHED
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Your shocks should now be assembled and ready for installation on your rig. You’re not done yet. You’ll still need to adjust your pre-load collars to set your vehicles ride height. Use the suggested collar settings in the manual as a starting point. Because the weight of the equipment used in a rig may vary, small adjustments may need to be made to set your vehicle to a ride height that will work for you.

 

Pick The Right Axial Model For You

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Axial is a company of enthusiasts for enthusiasts. Axial develops extremely high end radio control models of vehicles that you are likely to see in the great outdoors. These models are designed to generate a tremendous amount of reliable fun that can be experienced by the whole family. Whether you are a beginner looking for a new adventure or a seasoned hobby veteran, Axial offers a platform for you to personalize and enjoy in every environment. The Axial team encourages you to get outside and have some family fun! But wait… Which Axial vehicle should you get? Axial offers a selection of orr-road adventure machines and each has their strengths for certain environments. Let’s go over each vehicle and their strengths to help you decide which Axial vehicle is right for you to start with. We have to warn you, it might not be easy to choose, but as your hobby grows there is another selection at Axial to meet your needs.

SCX10

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The SCX10™ platform is an already proven chassis-of-choice for scale enthusiasts around the globe. If you can hike there, your SCX10™ will drive there! With today’s efficient motor and long lasting batteries, you are only limited by your imagination and/or your physical readiness to adventure out onto a hike while driving your SCX10™. It’s a great way to get in touch with nature and spend time with friends and family while having a ton of fun doing so!
The SCX10 features a tough metal c-channel frame, proven axle design, low-CG transmission, ready to run electronics that has the power to tackle rough trail driving and backyard bashing. The SCX10 is topped off by a body that screams go for an adventure and licensed tires are ready to grip any surface.

WHO IS IT FOR: Off-road trail adventurer looking for a vehicle that can reach speeds of a brisk walking pace.
KIT OR RTR: Ready To Run
PRICE RANGE: $299.99
STYLES: AX90044 SCX10™ Deadbolt™

SCX10 II

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The SCX10™ II is the culmination of many years of development, furthering aesthetic realism while maximizing trail performance. The SCX10™ II features an all-metal twin c-channel frame rails, but that’s only 2% of the 98% of a completely new design. Scale AR44™ high pinion axles, a chassis mounted servo (CMS), re-designed transmission, front mounted battery tray, all aluminum suspension links, and a properly designed suspension for nearly zero bump steer. These are just a few of the features built into the all new SCX10™ II.

WHO IS IT FOR: Like the SCX10, the SCX10 II is for the Off-road trail adventurer looking for a vehicle that can reach speeds of a brisk walking pace and tackle terrain that is a bit more aggressive.
KIT OR RTR: Kit and Ready To Run
PRICE RANGE: $329.99 to $409.99
STYLES: AX90059 SCX10 II™ Trail Honcho, AX90060 SCX10 II™ 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC, AX90047 SCX10 II™ 2000 Jeep® Cherokee, AX90046 SCX10 II™ 2000 Jeep® Cherokee – Kit

YETI Jr.

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With the Yeti Jr.™ SCORE® Trophy Truck® – RTR, everything that existing Axial drivers have come to love and appreciate in the Yeti chassis, has been incorporated into a machine only now in 1/18th scale. It’s powered by a 380-sized brushed motor which provides the perfect amount of torque and speed for this tiny Trophy Truck® monster. Also featuring an all-in-one programmable Tactic ESC and receiver, paired with a 3-wire micro high torque steering servo. At the end of the day, the goal was to build a simple, fun, and easy to drive Yeti that anyone can handle. The hardest part about the Yeti Jr.™ SCORE® Trophy Truck® is making sure you have enough battery packs charged in order to keep the adventure alive!

WHO IS IT FOR: For those working with smaller running spaces but still demand maximum terrain bashing performance.
KIT OR RTR: Ready To Run Only
PRICE RANGE: $159.99
STYLES: AX90052 Yeti Jr.™ SCORE® Trophy Truck®, AX90054 Yeti Jr.™

YETI 1/10-

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Available in kit or ready to run form, the Yeti™ SCORE® Trophy Truck® is a purposely engineered desert truck with a solid rear axle and independent front suspension. Make no bones about it, this is not a short course truck nor is it designed for the sugar coated and manicured racetracks of R/C. This Trophy Truck is designed for the roughest of conditions and REAL DIRT. We beg for the dirt and rocks to be brought back to off-road! There are reasons why full size Trophy Trucks feature the four link suspension design; durability, capability, and improved forward bite without sacrificing suspension travel. Full-size Trophy Trucks inspired the distinct aesthetic and technical elements of this truck, right down to the solid rear axle. The retro inspired body features design queues from a 1960’s era roof-line, classic 1970’s wheel arches and glass shapes from the 1980’s. Giving this kit an extra bit of modern contrast comes in the form of fluorescent orange Method 105 wheels. This kit version will accept standard 1/10th scale brushed and brushless 4-pole systems and most major stick pack batteries. Precision machined aluminum shocks are standard equipment and deliver smooth suspension movement for consistent handling.

WHO IS IT FOR: The Yeti is exactly what it sounds like, a beast on the terrain. This off-road performer is fast and can handle anything from loose dirt to rugged rocky surfaces.
KIT OR RTR: Kit or Ready To Run
PRICE RANGE:
STYLES: AX90068 Yeti™ SCORE® Trophy Truck®, AX90050 Yeti™ SCORE® Trophy Truck®, AX90025 Yeti™ buggy kit, AX90026 Yeti™ RTR

YETI ⅛-

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The Axial Yeti XL™ Monster Buggy – a new category, a new frontier, a new dimension. From the beginning of the concept through the design phase, we drew upon our brand philosophy to develop and deliver something different to the R/C monster truck arena. Monster trucks are known for bashability, so we jumped head first into the segment by creating a vehicle with insane brushless power along with features that would allow it to withstand the abuse that comes with the territory. From the outset, the goal of maintaining brand heritage was a priority. Our research and development team took those traits and attributes, mixed them with the Axial design ethos which is heavily rooted in full size rock racing, and developed what could be considered the next level in R/C monster truck design.

WHO IS IT FOR: Size matters and if you need to go big, go bold and have loads of power on tap to obliterate the terrain than the Yeti XL is the perfect fit for your aggressive driving nature.
KIT OR RTR: Kit
PRICE RANGE: $499.99
STYLES: AX90038 Yeti™ XL Buggy

RR10

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The RR10 Bomber is a build-it-yourself kit and is offered in ready to run form too and is considered the ultimate rock racer! The kit version features hard anodized aluminum suspension links, hard anodized aluminum steering links, long travel rear sway bar, hardened steel universal axles allowing up to 50 degrees of steering, aluminum lower link plates, and King adjustable machined aluminum shocks, all riding on sticky BFGoodrich® Baja T/A® KR2 tires wrapped around 2.2 Walker Evans Racing beadlock wheels. We’ve also included heavy duty bevel gears in the front and rear axles for improved gear mesh, and increased strength.

WHO IS IT FOR: Want to get the experience of driving like the rigs you see at the King Of Hammers, but without the price tag of the full scale machine or the build hours. The RR10 can deliver the excitement of raw power and rock thrashing, just on a smaller scale.
KIT OR RTR: Kit or Ready To Run
PRICE RANGE: $359.99- $399.99
STYLES: AX90053 RR10 Bomber Kit, AX90048 RR10 Bomber RTR

WRAITH

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The Wraith™ Ready-to-Run 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD Rock Racer is another “FIRST” for Axial with the first and most realistic full tube-frame chassis design that is manufactured with high strength composite materials. The Wraith™ IS BUILT TO GO FAST and is not just a low speed rock crawler. Each style of Wraith is packed with performance features and option parts that you add as you build it. The virtually bulletproof AR60 OCP axles are ready to take the Spawn through its paces whether blasting through the wide open desert or hammering its way through the toughest rock trails. The 2.2 Maxxis Trepador tires are a proven true grip standard, wrapped around industry proven Method IFD™ beadlock wheels. Whether you are rock racing or backyard bashing, the Wraith™ Spawn is ready for action.

WHO IS IT FOR: Looking for the best of many off-road worlds? The Wraith is a proven rock racer that can also dominate the hiking trails with high speed performance and suspension that adapts to a variety of environments.
KIT OR RTR: Kit or Ready To run
PRICE RANGE: $329.99- $399.99
STYLES: AX90045 Wraith Spawn, AX90031 Jeep® Wrangler Wraith-Poison Spyder Rock Racer, AX90018 Wraith RTR, AX90056 Wraith Spawn Kit

SMT10

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Monster trucks are a never ending automotive attraction that captures anyone’s attention and the trucks featured in Monster Jam®. Axial went all out when designing the chassis and roll cage for the SMT10™ Monster Jam® Truck. Very similar to modern era full size monster trucks, this chassis was developed for maximum strength and an extremely detailed appearance. The truck also features tough AR60, long travel aluminum body shocks, licensed BKT tires and the styling to ensure you have a true mini Monster Jam experience.

WHO IS IT FOR: If you’re determined to crush anything in your RC vehicles path from a row of cans, backyard flower beds or just go out for some general big wheel bashing, the SMT10 can handle anything you would expect from a Monster Jam style truck.
KIT OR RTR: Ready To Run Only
PRICE RANGE: $329.99
STYLES: AX90057 MAX-D Monster Jam Truck, AX90055 Grave Digger Monster Jam Truck

Axial Yeti / RR10 Transmission Parts List

Axial Yeti / RR10 Bomber Tranmission Break Down

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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

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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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AXIAL YETI SCORE TROPHY TRUCK / YETI / RR10 BOMBER

AXA0413 M2.6x8mm Hex Screws
AXA1045 M4 Nylon Locking Hex Nuts
AXA1221 Bearing 5x11x4mm
AXA1391 E4 E-clips
AXA144 M3x8mm Flat Head Screws
AXA0147 M3x16mm Flat Head Screws
AXA148 M3x18mm Flat Head Screws
AXA150 M3x25mm Flat Head Screws
AX30163 Pin 2.0x10mm
AX30413 Slipper Spring
AX31059 Slipper Plate Washer
AX31065 Spur Gear 23P 64T
AX31067 Slipper Plate
AX31068 Slipper Pads
AX31106 2-Speed Hi/Lo Transmission Motor Mount
AX31107 2-Speed Hi/Lo Transmission Spur Gear Cover
AX31108 2-Speed Hi/Lo Transmission Case
AX31127 2-Speed Hi/Lo Transmission Top Shaft
AX31129 2-Speed Hi/Lo Transmission Bottom Shaft
AX31130 High Speed Transmission Gear Set
AX31131 T-Case Gear Set
AX31180 Aluminum Spur Gear Spacer
AX31313 Transfer Case Output Shaft
AX31324 RR10 Transfer Case

Desert Turtle Racing’s RR10 Bomber

20171004_052111The Ultra4 Racing team of Desert Turtle Racing has a few Axial fans in their group. Myself, for one, just happens to be lucky enough to work for Axial. After attending AxialFest 2016 and competing in the Altra Ultra5k with a bone stock RR10 RTR, I was eager to build up my own RR10 in preparation for my next Altra Ultra5k. With a little downtime from working on the full-scale rig I was able to put together a DTR themed RR10 Bomber Chassis. The RR10 Kit has some awesome features and makes for a great starting platform. I opted to add some pretty cool option parts and electronics to give it a little extra kick.

In Ultra4 Racing, one of the must-have items is a 2-speed T-Case, giving this rig a little more realism. I added the Axial 2-Speed Transmission components to give the rig some great low-speed gearing and some “haul the mail” top end – all shiftable with the Tactic TTX300.

I added a few final touches to try and give it a bit more scale looks; ammo cans, painted fuel cell, fuel filler hose and some key interior stickers.

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Added option parts and electronics

Chassis: AX90053
Steering Hubs: AX30762
Steering Knuckle: AX31434
Front Diff Cover: AX31429
Rear Diff Cover: AX30829
Servo Mount: AX31432
Front Link Mounts: AX31433
Rear Link Mounts: AX31433
Spring Retainers: AX31431
Transmission: AX31181
Steering Servo: Hitec D951TW
Shifting Servo: Hitec HS-985MG
ESC: Tekin FX-R
Motor: Tekin T35 HD
BEC: MaxAmps
Battery: Onyx 11.1 5000mAh
Radio: Tactic TTX300

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How To: Install Beef Patties in Method Beadlock Wheels

Install Beef Patties

 

Running weights in the front wheels of your trail rig or rocker racer can have significant benefits such as a lower center of gravity and improved stability.  After searching through options that would work with my Altra 5K Bomber Build, I came across these Beef Patties made by the same company that made the Beef Tubes I used inside my axles on the Bomber Build. The Beef Patties add 4.5 ounces to the front.  These along with the Beef Tubes inside my axles increased axle weight by 6 ounces.  These are not made specifically for the Axial Method Beadlock wheels, but they can be installed with minimal modification.

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As you can see, the hubs don’t quite slide into the Beef Patties.  The hubs are just about 1mm too large in diameter, so a little sanding is necessary.

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I used some 60 grit. It made quick work of the job.  Just a few passes on each nub is enough.

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I stopped and checked clearance, almost there.  I just needed another pass on the sandpaper.

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The Beef Patties fit perfectly in behind the wheels.

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Beef Tubes includes longer beefier hardware to mount them up. You can just see them poking out behind the spokes.

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Best part is they are a close match to the color of all the aluminum bling on my Altra 5K Bomber.  You know bling is important, because it adds 3hp per bling. I’ve already done a test run and am very happy with the improved crawling and handling.  Definitely a great, quick, and easy hop up to improve the stability of your RR10 or other rig.

More Information: Beef Patties

Bomber Adventure – Skeeno Completes an Altra Ultra 5K Enduro

Skeeno Completes an Altra Ultra 5K

Words and photos by: Matt ‘Skeeno’ Soileau
Guest photography by: The Great Dominic Longoria

IMG_20170930_113508The ScaleUltra.com tour made a stop in Reno, Nevada recently, so I finally got a chance to redeem myself after having to DNF in the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro at Axialfest 2017 due to a broken servo. If you’re not familiar with this race, you can read up on it’s history here: Altra Ultra 5K History

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Since the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro is a self supported race, I needed to make sure I had what I needed to finish. First up was making sure I had enough mAh to power my RR10 Bomber for over 3 miles. You can learn more about mAh/mile here: mAh/Mile  I didn’t take any chances and charged up all my batteries, 15,800mAh! I hoped it would be enough.  I also packed my tools and water into my hydration pack.

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The next morning when I arrived, there was already a good sized crowd gathered at the Wild West Motorsports Complex.

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The Altra Ultra 5K Enduro was part of a larger event hosted by CKRC Hobbies that included comp crawlers, rock racing, and scale trails. CKRC’s Jason Copeland was handling the sign ups and even had some tasty doughnuts for anyone that wanted them.  I wanted them, but decided I better refrain since I was about to run/jog/speed-walk/hike for over 3 miles. I did grab one after I finished, and they were delicious.

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It was easy to find the race coordinator with this sweet wrapped Sprinter van. I couldn’t resist a quick photo with my Bomber. Also, that guy is wearing my favorite Altra model, the Lone Peak 2.5.

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Mr. Chris Cru Jones was already set up and taking entries. Check out those sweet decals from S.O.R. Graphics. What’s that stuff behind Chris?

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Those are some sweet finishing prizes, hats, windbreakers, Camelbaks, kits, RTRs, and my favorite…

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…these Axial Adventure sweatshirts.  XL too, just my size.

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You probably recognize these 801 legends, MikeyT and PaulieB!

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Mr. Chris Cru Jones gave us a quick driver’s meeting, so we all knew the rules. The rules are pretty basic, finish as fast as you can.

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Can you find the Skeeno Bomber?

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Mandatory group photo of the Fourteen Fuegos. Don’t be scared to come run an Altra Ultra 5K Enduro, you don’t really have to run the entire time.  My goal was to keep a good pace and finish.

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Here’s a POV shot what it’s like to run a Altra Ultra 5K Enduro. It’s amazing how the difficulty level is raised when you are trying to hustle down the trail and drive at the same time.  It’s hard to watch your driving line and running line at the same time.  I can’t tell you how many times I center punched a rock with my front differential because I wasn’t watching my Bomber for a second.

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The first part of this race was a pretty good climb to the top of this hill, 500′ of climbing in .3 mile. According to my Strava data, it was a 25-30% grade.

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Luckily, there were some fun technical sections near the top to take your mind off the climbing.

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Almost to the top here.

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Those flags are the top, thank goodness!

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I was feeling it already and this was only the first lap.  There were three laps in this race.

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Ok, just kidding.  That wasn’t the top.  It was a false peak, and there was one last climb to the summit. That’s my trail-buddy, Tony Mazza down there.

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He was getting close to these flagstone kickers.  It’s probably not the wise choice, but jumping was the fun choice.

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I even waited to catch a photo of Mr. Mazza’s Bomber taking the jump.

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We trail-raced at the summit for a while, so I could catch a few photos.

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Ol’ Mista Werty was commissioned to be course marshal at the midway point.  I’m not sure why he has that umbrella, I don’t see any rain clouds in the sky.

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After the summit, we turned and headed back towards the start.

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Mr. Mazza left me in his dust when I stopped to refuel my Bomber.  Maybe I need to rethink my battery capacity.  5000mAh packs sound like a better choice than the 2200mAh packs I usually run.

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You can see the start at the top, left of this picture. That’s about half a mile from here according to my Strava.

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There was some fun technical sections back here.  Here Mighty Mike T.  pops an ollie down this section.

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Mikey T. was pretty pleased with his performance, so much so that he even paused for a photo for me.

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When arriving at this section the second time, I quickly ran over to the Dominic Longoria of CKRC requested he catch some photos of me while he was live streaming.

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Dom took some great shots for trying to execute two film duties at once all while commentating. You are a great multitasker, Mr. Longoria.

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I remember that rock trying to trip me, but my Altra Lone Peak 3.0′s kept me sure footed.

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After an exciting event, I was excited to finish in the Top 10. When looking at my lap times, it was clear my decision to run lower capacity 2200mAh batteries as well as stop to take photos affected my time.  These choices slowed me down, and without them, I think I would have cut almost 10 minutes off my lap times and finished several places higher.  Perhaps I’ll rethink my strategy at the next Altra Ultra 5K Enduro.

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So who wound up on top? Mike Thompson wearing the number 20 took home the win in a time of 1:08:21 with his personal fast lap being 22:03.7.  The “Altra Hot Lap” winner was Brandon Copeland (17) who set a blistering pace of 18.44 and finished second overall in 1:09:41.1. Taking the final podium spot was Paul Blackner (19) finishing in 1:14:11.9 and clicked off a personal fast lap of 23:03. Congrats on your finishes and walking home with some impressive Axial and Altra prizes. Congratulations are also in order for everyone who participated in the event as well as the staff behind the show. Now, will we see you at the next Altra Ultra 5K?

Find out more about Altra Ultra 5K Events:
ULTRA 5K ENDURO HISTORY
Athletic RC Adventure Mashup – Inside the Axialfest Altra Ultra 5K Enduro

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!

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

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

Mid Season Recap – Altra Scale Ultra Series pb. Axial

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Photos by: Chris Jones, Rodney Wills, Anthony Rivas and Justin Lunceford
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After a successful Altra Ultra 5k Enduro at the 2016 Axialfest, the Scale Ultra Race Series was born and took the budding new race format on the road. The two founding partners were back with Altra Footwear as the title sponsor of the series and Axial as the presenting series sponsor. Camelbak Hydration and SOR Racing also joined the sponsor list providing awesome podium and raffle prizes to make the series that much sweeter.

 

The following is the 2017 Mid-Season recap:

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Stop #1 Altra 5k Enduro at the King of the Hammers, Johnson Valley

With Axial as the host and the famous Johnson Valley as the landscape, event #1 headed to SoCal to share the course and the weekend with the race that inspired the creation of the Ultra 5k, King of the Hammers! Axial goes all out the week of KOH and after days of watching full and scale sized rock racing, the Scale Ultra drivers took to the scene to race the historic course.
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The KOH course was a perfect blend of speed and tech with wide open straights (on the same berms that the full size racers had ripped just hours before), sandy sections and a techy rock section that required constant attention. In true KOH style, the different sections stood alone and you could go as fast as your legs and your lungs could handle in the open sections with the rocky section slowing the flow and creating some exciting passes and tense “rubbing” and “racing”. Runners/Drivers came from all over California, Nevada and Utah to compete in stop #1 of the new ScaleUltra series and the action did not disappoint.
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Some familiar faces were in attendance with Axialfest Altra Hot Lap winner Jake Wright putting in some fast laps right from the start and was in the podium mix until a last lap mechanical stopped his efforts. An impressive showing, especially with the then unknown broken collarbone and shoulder injury he suffered after cartwheeling as co-driver in the full size race the day before. Axialfest 3rd place finisher, Casey Currie, came out to scope the scene but after an exhausting week of racing both UTV and Unlimited class, he opted to cheer on the action vs grabbing a remote. Altra Running’s Chris Jones was in attendance as well and set a blistering first lap time taking the Altra Hot Lap and the overall win.
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Top 3:
Chris Jones – Bomber
Ricky Morales – Bomber
Matt Wolfe – SCX10

The Axial Bomber was the rig of choice again this stop taking the majority of the fastest lap times but some built SCX10II rigs stole a spot on the podium and were in the mix throughout the event. Axial has been a major sponsor of the King of the Hammers over the years and we foresee the Ultra 5k continuing to be a part of Axial’s KOH efforts into the future.
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Stop #2 Altra Red Rock Ultra – St. George Ut
Sand Hollow State Park just outside of St. George Utah is one of the better rock crawling locations you may have never heard of. On any given weekend you may see a trail run lead by the Dixie 4X4 crew or even stumble upon a full on W.E. Rock comp taking advantage of the famous Utah red slick rock.
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This backdrop was the site for round 2 of the Scale Ultra series and ran on the edge of the Lake Powell-esque reservoir. A perfect blend of all out speed fire roads, technical slick rock sections and power sapping red sand tried drivers fitness and ability as they maneuvered around this high speed course for multiple laps.
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Race Host and Scale Ultra Series founder Chris Jones, left the course wide for “personal interpretation” with multiple riders opting for the less safe but much more thrilling “just send it” line options. This resulted in several rigs spending almost as much time in the air as on the ground.
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The field of talent for the Red Rock 5k was 2nd only to the Altra Ultra Enduro at AXIALFEST2016 with several of the normal characters making the trip out. The 801RC boys in the Salt Lake area do these longer Ultra style events quite often and quickly showed they came to play putting two on the podium and filling the top 10. The 2nd place finisher from AXIALFEST2016, Mike Thompson, debuted his new Altra-Spec Bomber, just finished up hours before race start. He had a strong finish in the top 10, further proving the difficulty of both the course and the speed of the competitors.
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The Axial Bomber showed once again it was made for this style of racing taking the entire podium and the majority of the top 10 spots. The creativity and different builds were fun to see as these pure race machines ripped around the slick rock paradise.
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When the dust settled and heart rates hit their max it was Jake Wright who ended the day with the win. After a string of mechanical’s kept him off the podium in events past, Jake could not be stopped on this day with the Altra Running / ScaleUltra.com Offroad Team driver finishing with the fastest lap and the overall victory.
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Top 3:
Jake Wright – Bomber
Cole Hokanson – Bomber
Thomas “Chewy” Blackburn – Bomber

On to AXIALFEST2017!
With the Scale Ultra Series event 1 and 2 now complete, we head to the most prestigious stop on the series, AXIALFEST! Since the debut of last year there are more questions than answers about who will contend for the title and the un-official World Championship of Scale Ultra 5k. With more drivers entering, (rumors from the Axial camp say 140+), special “Altra-Spec” builds popping up everywhere and more and more scale drivers increasing their exercise routines to prep, its going to be an exciting race to see! Will the rock racers reign supreme? Will fitness beat out pure clean driving? Add in the fact that Casey Currie has been physically training as he is returning to compete in the Ultra 5K Enduro to better his podium finish from last year! He said it best, “this is as close as it gets to the physical demands of full size motorsports!”  What secrets does Cisco Grove hold this year? Only time will tell…

While the R/C might be scale, the physical is full size!

Skeeno’s Altra Ultra Bomber Build

Axialfest 2016 marked the debut of the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro race.  This new race combined the traditional closed course racing with the athleticism of a traditional cross country run.  Here is a little background on how the whole thing started: http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073920724. After watching the participants running five kilometers piloting and chasing their vehicles, I knew I wanted to add this to my to-do list at Axialfest 2017. If you haven’t seen the Axialfest 2016 coverage of the Altra 5K Enduro you can check it out here: Skeeno’s Axialfest 2016 Report Part 2IMG_20170112_121703First up was deciding a rig to pilot.  This was fairly simple as the Axial RR10 Bomber is the rig of choice for the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro.  While the RTR version is more than capable, I decided I wanted to build my own, so I ordered up the kit version. The kit version is awesome because it comes with a ton of hop ups already in the kit such as aluminum links, CVD axles, and heavy duty differential gears. IMG_20170330_131204 I didn’t stop at just the kit hop-ups, I kicked it up a few notches with a full compliment of genuine Axial green tags. imag00656 First up, I got those heavy duty bevel gears assembled. imag00657 Maybe not glamorous, but definitely durable. imag00653 Next step was to throw those differentials into the axles.  See those Beef Tubes? This is only non-Axial modification I did to my build. imag00666 I also added some extra bling with these aluminum diff covers (AX30829) imag00649 While these add some extra strength to the axles, the real reason I did this was to lower the center of gravity a little (BT004B). You can check out Beef Tubes at www.beeftubes.com
imag00665 The Beef Tubes just slid right into the plastic housing.  All the necessary holes have already been milled and threaded for you. imag00658 A slight modification had to be done to the drive shafts to get them to slide though the Beef Tubes. You can see the shaft on the left has been milled down a tiny bit, approximately 1mm. imag00663 It’s easily accomplished with a drill and a file.  Spin it for a bit and check to see if a will slide through the Beef Tube. imag00664 Yup, that’s what I was looking for.  You need to do this on both sides. imag00667 My next hop up was adding aluminium knuckles, hubs, and rear lockouts (AX30760, AX30762, AX3078). imag00668 Don’t forget to add the bearings when installing the rear lockouts. imag00671 While I was at it, I added aluminum link mounts (AX30830). imag00689 Looking pretty good so far. imag00690 Next step was to build the aluminum steering and suspension links.  These are standard kit parts. imag00693 Right in the middle of my build, I discovered a few new bits updated for the RR10, new diff covers, steering knuckles, and link mounts (AX31429, AX31434, AX31433). The new link mounts add the mounting location for the rear sway bar. imag00694 Dang, those new diff covers are beautiful. imag00695 Started to look blingy, just like I like it. imag00698 A little more bling added with the links installed. imag00699 Time to get the transmission built.  I added the aluminum motor mount for added cooling, well really it was for the bling. You might have also spotted my decision to add the 2-Speed transmission components.  Just what the doctor ordered for high speed running and low speed crawling the Altra Ultra 5K calls for.(AX31156, AX31181) imag00700 No wimpy plastic in this transmission, heavy duty steel only. imag00710 Here’s that 2-speed going together.  Don’t forget to order an extra servo for shifting. imag00701 Boom, heavy duty power blaster! imag00712 These shocks are shiny! imag00772 All mounted up and ready for the cage to go on.  Oh, do you see the custom wraps back there?  If you’ve read my other blogs, you know I love the P40 Warhawk, so I contacted Jay Kendall over at SOR Racing to hook me up with some customized wraps.  He added the Altra logo and my name to the wraps.  He also customized my colors to match my wheels.  He can customize yours for you as well.  Check his work out at www.sorgraphics.com IMAG00154 A couple more goodies showed up during my build.  First up was the aluminum shock spring retainers.  These look great and match the blue anodized caps on the shocks (AX31431). IMAG00155 The other bit was the new aluminum servo mounts and servo horns (AX31432, AX30836). You can also see I used Tactic TSX55 servos.  They are a slight upgrade over the servos that come on the RTR version of the RR10. IMAG00147 (2) The AE-3 ESC and Vanguard motor mounted up nicely and should be plenty powerful enough (AX24260, AX24010). I also got the cage built up and my SOR wrap applied. IMAG00153 Here’s the reason for the orange wrap.  I wanted to use the orange Method Beadlock wheels (AX31364). I think it’s going to be the best looking at Axialfest 2017.  Will there be a Concourse class for the RR10 Bombers? IMAG00023 Skeeno Jr. was feeling a little left out until she found the green tape in the garage.  Inside was a custom wrapped RTR version of the RR10 Bomber courtesy of SOR Graphics.  Now, I have a training partner to get my cardio ready for running 3.10686 miles.

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One last Pro Tip to end this blog, the new Hawtness is to color match your shoes to your rig.  Since this build is for the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro, I guess I’ll need to be picking myself up a pair of these Altra Lone Peak 3.0 trail running shoes in their waterproof NeoShell.  With all the precipitation the Sierras got this winter, we’re bound to see water at Axialfest 2017. You can check out all the awesome Altra products at https://www.altrarunning.com/

IMAG00181 So there they are, the Team Skeeno Axial RR10 Bombers ready for the Axialfest 2017 Altra Ultra 5K Enduro.  You better get building, so you are ready to compete at the World’s Largest RC Celebration.

Parts List for Skeeno’s Altra Ultra 5K RR10 Bomber Build

AX90053 RR10 Bomber Kit

AX30829 AR60 Low Profile Differential Covers

AX30760 XR10 Aluminum Steering Knuckles

AX30762 XR10 Aluminum C-Hub Carrier

AX30789 AR60 OCP Straight Axle Hub Carrier

AX30830 AR60 OCP Machined Link Mount

AX31429 Machined High Clearance Differential Cover

AX31434 AR60 Machined Steering Knuckles

AX31433 Machined Link Mounts

AX31156 Machined Adjustable Motor Mount

AX31181 2-Speed Hi/Lo Transmission Components

AX31431 Aluminum Shock Retainer

AX30836 Aluminum Servo Horn 25T

AX31432 AR60 Machined Servo Plate and Mounts

AX31364 Orange 2.2 Method Beadlock Wheels

AX24260 AE-3 Vanguard Brushless ESC

AX24010 Vanguard 2900KV Brushless motor