Hiking the Redonda Ridge with an SCX10 Trail Honcho

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Hiking the  Redonda Ridge with an SCX10 Trail Honcho

Words & Photos: Rodney “GCRad1″ Wills

Hopefully you’ve read the lead-up stories:
Planning a SCX10 Hike over Redonda Ridge OHV Trail 1W17
PACK CONTENTS FOR A SCX10 TRAIL HIKE
Getting There – SCX10 Hike Over Redonda Ridge – Big Bear, California
 Axial AX90059 SCX10 II™ Trail Honcho 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – RTR

All the planning is sorted, now we are about to do this thing! We wake up early, I think my alarm went off at 6:00am. Didn’t sleep that well, I think I was too excited.
Too much planning made for too much anticipation.
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It’s Wednesday Morning, October 25th, and I get myself physically prepared; Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Trail shoes, Stance Training Crew socks and Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes for cramp prevention as its going to be a warm day.
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I load the beloved SCX10 Trail Honcho into my ADV80 and we get ready to depart camp and make our way down to the the start of the trail just past Crab Flats Campground. We will start here (Google Map Link) at the Redonda Ridge 1W17 trail marker sign. Four of us will be walking the trail and John Schultz and ScottG will be taking the two vehicles back to camp awaiting our return to camp later this afternoon – evening.
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Last minute morning bits; I get my water bladder filled and of course I have my Hammer Nutrition Heed pre-mix going!
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John Schultz hooked me up! I have a magnetized hood so I don’t loose my body clips!
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Rather simple and rather simple silly cool! Schultz learned it from somewhere and we will make a little blog about it at a later date.
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Load in the first battery and mark the time of start.
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OFFICIAL START: 9:05am Wednesday October 25th, 2017
Axial Trail Honcho Hike Over Redonda Ridge OHV Trail 1W17 is now underway!!!Redonda Ridge Planning-7
This first portion of trail is actually down hill. Everyone is in good spirits!
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I can’t help it, I shoot photos of everything… even the trees. And the landscape! I love the textures and the colors. I’ve been known to “#textures” on my IG before. I can hear my buddy Jarod DeAnda laughing now, “your and your #texture hashtag.”
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Big Bear is a mix or a transitional point from the desert to the mountains, depending on your location on the mountain, you can get a mix of cactus and pine trees of which we will see both today along ridge route to Big Pine Flats.
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The SCX10 Trail Honcho doing what its suppose to do, trailing along.
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Still working our way down hill.
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The sun is warming up quickly, but luckily we still have some shade as we make our way down to the creek, but once over we are fully exposed and will be in “up hill mode!”
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Trails crossing… should put us right about here on Google Maps.

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Keep on mini truckin’ hehehe That’s funny! I know all the GMC dude’s rock the #TinyTrucks tag. I’m an og Mini-Truckin’ dude! I’m going to see if I can dig that old hat out!
We might upset some folks… hehehe
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BRAAAP! off the air craft landing strip shrapnel – the OG Sand Ladder aka Marston Mat. Know your overland-spec history yo! Look it up!
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We are almost to the creek crossing, more like stream crossing, but it is coming up soon.Redonda Ridge Planning-28
I’m usually the one hauling the video camera on these missions so it’s a bit strange for me to see my colleagues carrying the gear.
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It’s been at least a month since my previous crossing and the water level is going down quickly.
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Anthony Rivas got roped into hiking this trip with us and he is doing what he does best, directing some social media shots!
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Hey look! It’s not me on the vid-cam, it’s Scott Roberts doing the video camera action! While most people don’t see or know much about this man right here, he has worked here at Axial with me since 2011. Everything you see visually from Axial basically comes from this man or at least across his desk.
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We crossed over it at the creek crossing, the PCT runs along it through here making yet another appearance in my face! It keeps calling me… But not a full blown thru-hike, maybe just the SoCal weekend section hiking…
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The SCX10 Trail Honcho looks down on the PCT like, “I got this!”
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Who is a fan of desert tan, green eggs and ham mixed with DJ Red Alert.
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Since we left the creek crossing it has become very apparent that THE ASCENT IS ON!
The trail surface to this point has been mostly course sand mixed DG based.
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But as we continue on and up, rocks are starting to litter the trail.
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Also too, after the creek crossing, we are out of the tree cover and exposed to the sun.

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The crew said there was suppose to be a picnic table set up at this GPS point location. Something about pre-paid Amazon air drone delivery service…
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I keep on trucking as I want to get the SCX10 Trail Honcho into rockier conditions!
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The crew finally gives up in protest about the picnic table. “We are canceling our PayPal payment!” The sun laughs and turns up the temperature and add some incline for good measure.
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See! Cactus… on the edge of the forest!
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Climbing…
Climbing…
Climbing…

At the one shade spot…
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We see deer tracks.
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Hey guys, where you at?
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Carrying on our climb dance!
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Climbing… It’s what the SCX10 Trail Honcho eats for breakfast.
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Climbing… It’s what the SCX10 Trail Honcho dream about before breakfast. Redonda Ridge Planning-59
Climbing… It’s what the SCX10 Trail Honcho does at high noon.
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Climbing… It’s what the SCX10 Trail Honcho does just for fun!
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We make the first major climb for what seems like two hours straight…
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but we finally reach a little plato of earth… Redonda Ridge Planning-67 Redonda Ridge Planning-68
POSER SHOTS! Scroll back up three images…. The guys are asking if the trail goes up over those hills.. “The trail looks like it goes over…” I ignore or I think I said, “yea, naa, I think it cuts around to the right out of sight… Time to roll!”
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From our moment of flat perch, we get to see down this little canyon and its cool to see the small batches of trees. Feels like some wilderness to me!  Redonda Ridge Planning-71
“Therezzz GOLD IN DEM DAR HILLS!!! FOOLS GOLD YO!!!” I gotta’keep the spirits high!
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It’s cool to see the terrain change.
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More #texture change.
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I think this is my favorite shot of the trip. I saw the setting as I was walking up to the crest, stopped, snapped one photo and said, “Yep! Leave it chance and see how the “film” comes out!” Came out all right…
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As the SCX10 Trail Honcho takes in the view, I check the spot to see what it looks like from the front. It’s not as cool of a shot but see that trail we are coming up! Yes sir, we are doing this thing!
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I circle back around to verify the animal footprints. Small one here, but I did see some larger “kitty cat” prints earlier, most  likely a healthy bobcat.
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The Axial SCX10 Trail Honcho is its proper surroundings.
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Trail Honcho bossing the moto trail, but the gnar lay ahead.Redonda Ridge Planning-83
I nicknamed this “scary bush.” Especially if we was coming through here at night.
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The tree is still wearing it’s charred skin from the Butler Peak fire of which I think was back in 2007.
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Did I ever tell you that I actually like shooting photos? But just look at that trail! It’s an “ALL BRAAAP!” section! But wait…
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Now we are getting into some gnar! It’s not easy to get a 2D photo to show the dynamic perspective of hills and their steepness, but take note of Scott Roberts walking ahead, you get a little since of the angle here.
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Maybe this will give you a perspective… Rest stop! SR & Rivas taking a breather, because they can see what lays ahead… ANOTHER HILL!Redonda Ridge Planning-91
The Trail Honcho is upholding it’s SCX10 heritage and just eats up each mile regardless of steepness.
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Meanwhile the steepness is eating up my crew. “Look SR, we have to climb that hill, that other hill behind that and then that other one way back there…”
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Kinda’ spectacular out here!
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Interesting how the cross section view of this tree’s rings looks like four trees in one.
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The SCX10 Trail Honcho just churning out the climbs.
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This trail has obviously been here for a while and been well “knobby traveled” but you have to wonder, who did it first? Who cut this trail? Was it an Indian foot path before? One day I need to stop into Malcolm Smith Motorsports and ask Malcolm directly as this trail is called the Malcolm Smith Trail. But there is very little historical information about this trail online.Redonda Ridge Planning-99
Same photo as the one preceding this one, but I wanted to show the ridge of which we traveled. We’re kinda’ out here! Yes, civilization is just over the mountain the in the background, but your still out here… We haven’t seen anyone else all day… and I like that.
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The SCX10 Trail Honcho takes the hard line just for fun I however will walk the easy path.
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More gnar please.

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The SCX10 Trail Honcho FINALLY runs out of gas! It would… just feet from a nice shady flat area.
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Good thing I have my Schizzle-magnets! I’m a fan! Thanks John!
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Battery #2 loaded and battery #1 marked with the elapse time.Redonda Ridge Planning-108
Just a few more feet and my view looks like this and I join the crew in the shade.
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While I’ve been self-fueling all along, we take a static moment to enjoy our nutrition bars.
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Time to roll!
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With another crest of a hill reveals another view!
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And then more climbing!!!
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While spectacular, the views keep showing those climbs… Redonda Ridge Planning-116
Here you get a little sense of the climb as you can see the crew pushing on.
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I like this shot! I think it shows a bit more of the hill but the view is spectacular!
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But the climb has a summit and a summit reveals more.. See that little trail thread? Talk about onion layers! Redonda Ridge Planning-122
We take a moment in the shade.
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I know you guys are on the Altra Trail Running shoe tip, but are you on the Trial Gator tip? I’m diggin my shoe gators! As goofy looking as they are, they’re total function! With the small gravel-DG-dirt, the gators are perfect for keeping all that stuff out of my shoes!
Get some! https://www.altrarunning.com/gear/men

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SCX10 Trail Honcho is back in the trail saddle.
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The team is working to push themselves forward as elevation and the rate of steepness has not given in!
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We start to get into another step section, but its been steep all along. I guess it’s more like a steep chute.
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ou sorta’ get a sense of steepness from this view, but regardless I’m just shooting it for the view, the memory, the way the sun is flaring.
Just as I drop the camera back to my side, I’m having to get after this little section. I actually start to wonder if I can actually make this section! I won’t say I am nervous yet as I know I can trail blaze the SCX10 Trail Honcho around if I have to, but it will be limited space to do so. I stay in the trough or chute of a trail and work the rig through the boulder and then in the deep heavy granular sand or DG – decomposed granite. The combination of having to use wheel speed to push up hill in the DG while also the tires dig down and find bite on the rocks below… I hear it… Wait, what? I don’t want to hear that!!!
OH NO! NO FORWARD MOMO.. MO – MOTION!
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After we diagnose the issue, Tony takes my tools and jumps into action so I can
document the wrench action.
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Again, dig the magnet trick as we can drop the screws here on the underside and the body clips are on the top side.
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As suspected, idler gear gone fishing for the afternoon.
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We fish out what debris we can in preparation to install a new gear.  Redonda Ridge Planning-128g
We install a metal idler gear Mr. AX31585 Redonda Ridge Planning-128h
Field repair is almost complete!
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Buttoning it all back together and we will be back in action in moments!

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Now we are back in action and started where we pulled off and it’s the start of
the nasty climbs!
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As you can see, there is a cleaner easier path to take, but what is the fun in that?!
I came here to put the rig through its paces on the rugged trail of the Redonda Ridge.
I could have just stayed home and drove circles around in the parking lot, but that is not my idea of fun! Being out here is fun, while it is both grueling on my body and the SCX10 Trail Honcho. But it’s worth it as it’s an additional layer of testing.Redonda Ridge Planning-131
These climbs also showcase some scenic views!
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Photos never seem to capture the true steepness of a hill, but looking at ScottR and Rivas as they make their way up, shows a bit of how steep this section truly is. When I begin to question if I will be able to drive a section due to the steepness, I really start looking creative driving lines!  Redonda Ridge Planning-134a
When you see motorcycle parts on the ground, you know its a tough section.
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But we are “still not out of the woods” yet, insert “rocks” in place of woods. Yes, we are still in the woods, with rocks strewn about! hehehe   Redonda Ridge Planning-138
Rivas making his way up. The team has come to the conclusion that there is no end in hills, they just keep rolling at us. Only to discover around each bend, more hill!
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And more hill it is!
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The lighting from the sun is just awesome! We are within the “golden hour” and I could sit on this hillside and shoot till dark!
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But, I only snap off a couple and keep moving as I knew we have at least a mile or two further to go and we will be hiking in the dark.
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The sun is is about to drop behind the mountains and the ground bush on our mountain is blocking some of that light, but we finally made it through that section! Redonda Ridge Planning-143  Redonda Ridge Planning-145
You just want a lounge chair and a big dinner as this is the perfect wide-screen!
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Another big boulder garden! Who plants these things?!
Who would want these things to grown like this?
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The SCX10 Trail Honcho makes no worries of such matters and see’s only the playground in mother nature’s garden of rocks.  Redonda Ridge Planning-150
WHAT?! A moment of downhill or even flatness is a happy moment!

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Only to be defused by another uphill climb as Tony makes more reveling with his headlamp that we will be engulfed by darkness on the backside of this climb.
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Everyone is beat tired, but the view is magical.
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Battery change time!
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There is both excitement and angst in the air from the crew. The hills are behind us, the darkness is ahead of us.

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The SCX10 Trail Honcho awaits the last of the team to pass for the final view of darkness and the final decent to the trail gate at Crab Flats. The end is near, just ahead down a dark mountainside with ZERO moon light. We make our way down and ScottG is awaiting us, with lights on in the rig, we can see how much further we have and the excitement builds for the team!  “GET US OFF THIS TRAIL!” is what a think I heard! Redonda Ridge Planning-181
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We extract the third and final battery out of the SCX10 Trail Honcho and mark the times.

OFFICIAL FINISH: 7:30PM Wednesday October 25th, 2017

Total mileage: 9.68 mile / Total Elapse Time: 10-hrs & 25-mins
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This trip epic, awesome, fun, grueling and was a big learning curve!
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That’s a wrap! Spark Arresters Required!

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Back at camp, ScottG aka “BKGriller” makes HAMBURGERS for the HUNGRY!!!

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[L2R] Tony Phalen (cam-2), ScottR (cam-1), Rodney Wills (SCX10 Pilot), John Schultz (team basecamp & rig prep), Anthony Rivas of Rivas Concepts (guest & social documentary) ScottG (team basecamp & trail transpo & chief).

See the rig:
Axial AX90059 SCX10 II™ Trail Honcho 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – RTR

Planning a SCX10 Hike over Redonda Ridge OHV Trail 1W17
PACK CONTENTS FOR A SCX10 TRAIL HIKE
Getting There – An SCX10 Hike Over Redonda Ridge
Axial AX90059 SCX10 II™ Trail Honcho 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – RTR
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About the Author: Redonda Ridge Planning-191
Rodney Wills may not have been born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but he was more than compensated for it by being able to grow up behind the wheel. At eight years old he started driving heavy equipment on his uncle’s farm. Flouting child labor laws, his uncle would put him to work; he would get him started and jump off the tractor, and have Rodney cut and plow fields. The uncle found Rodney a willing employee. Now, while he did not engage in any tractor races, the seed had been planted (literally); the passion for driving already raced through his veins.

Later on in Alabama, Rodney would drive his father’s old pickup truck. As young teenagers sometimes do, he would sneak the truck out to splash in the mud on the local country back roads. Rodney did not limit himself to four-wheel rides, however. Motorcycles were always apart of family life and Rodney had started riding at age five. Racing came at age six on the dirt oval flat track at Talladega. Trail riding was an everyday thing in the backyard woods and local mountains.

Magazines would introduce Rodney to skateboarding and then BMX in 1977. Normal by today standards but then in rural Alabama, Rodney was way ahead of his peers. Just like his hobbies, his life went in the order of Art, Music, and Cars. His passions led him to the California College of Arts and Crafts after two years at the Atlanta College of Arts and Crafts. After achieving a bachelors degree of art in graphic design, Rodney went on to work ten years in the snow, skate and surf industry through his art, working for the famous O’Neill wetsuit company. Next came music as the art director for the car audio speaker manufacturer Image Dynamics. That led to Rodney starting the import car culture lifestyle magazine, TMRm’zine [1996-2000]. This magazine put the “lifestyle” label on the import market that has now grown to enormous proportions in the automotive industry. For the next 10-years Rodney worked in magazine publishing. During a meeting between colleagues, Wills was helping an event promoter make his event better, which lead to a more in-depth connection to the R/C industry pulling Rodney in to work for HPI Racing [2006-2010]. Since 2010, Rodney has worked for Axial as Global Marketing Director coming up with wacky ideas such as this.

Getting There – An SCX10 Hike Over Redonda Ridge

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Words & Photos: Rodney Wills

Hopefully you’ve read these previous blog posts, building into a little mini-series adventure story:
Planning a SCX10 Hike over Redonda Ridge OHV Trail 1W17
PACK CONTENTS FOR A SCX10 TRAIL HIKE
 Axial AX90059 SCX10 II™ Trail Honcho 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – RTR

Logistics logistics logistics, what do you mean the log is tics?
Who said tics? What log is full of tics?! Get the gas! I’m bringing bug spray! Who’s got grey spray paint?! “Logisticmundo’s” will NOT be televised on Telemundo at 7:00pm to protect the innocent of the children. Does that mean that it’s logical to just use bondo?

The logistics of looking after your crew is like looking after your kids!  Add in adventure and the stakes increases six-fold. No, not the ones on the grill, the risk-factor! In all seriousness, six persons coming from six different directions and we only need-want two vehicles for our mission, this requires some sorting the details out! We will actually have three vehicles in use for this trip; ScottG is picking up ScottR, Rivas is driving to Schultz’s house and riding with him and I am picking up Tony Phalen from his house. No, ScottK is not on this trip as he is holding down the office-fort. Three “Scott’s” one office, I got it sorted! “G-K-R!” What we will be doing is traveling from our six personal locations and all descending onto a camp location nestled north west of Big Bear lake called Big Pine Flats.
This area was chosen as discussed in this previous blog post: Planning a SCX10 Hike over Redonda Ridge OHV Trail 1W17 (Hence the mild suggestion, “Hopefully you’ve read these previous blog post…”). All kidding aside, lets get on with this operation!

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We are traveling along the 91-FWY just before the HWY-241, the area where the Canyon Fire broke out and took some homes.
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The burned homes are visibly up on our right, but what I was looking at was the “burn-dust” coming across the hills as the wind is still blowing strong. We’ve seen our fair share of fires in southern California and as I put the finishing touching on this  (December 12th, 2017)  “At 230,000 acres, Thomas fire is now the fifth-largest wildfire in modern California history” as reported by the Los Angeles Times. Needless to saw, we will have a watchful eye when we are in the woods.

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We are all traveling from three different directions to the mountain. While in route, Tony and myself were having a good chat and I drove right past my exit as my brain was thinking I was driving to King of the Hammers. Guess what we was talking about… The first two guesses don’t count. We wound up coming in the same way and meeting on the road Schultz & Rivas.
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Our meeting point before going into the woods is the Deep Creek Drive-In Restaurant in Running Springs, California, serving Burgers, Taco’s and BREAKFAST!
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in good company with (L-R) ScottG, ScottR, Anthony Rivas, Tony Phalen, Rodney Wills (me) and John Schultz.
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We are packed into these three rigs; the #ADV80, the #XJSchizzle and the #SHTFV.
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What would be funny is all six in one!On our way into Green Valley Lake, we see this rig up for sale. But someone had to go off and buy a 6X6 instead.

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Poser shots of the ADV80 at the intersection of Holcomb Creek, Pacific Crest Trail, 3N16 and 3N93 Google Maps Link to this spot. This dang PCT trail just keeps talking to me! While the thought of through-hiking it is everyone’s dream, it’s truly that, a dream.
Book- Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail- Southern California by Shawnté Salabert
BUT, we can weekend section-hike southern California section of the Pacific Crest Trail! Thus, I have recently purchased the book Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California by Shawnté Salabert.

On with the show:
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The crew coming up from the Holcomb Creek / PCT crossing towards the Big Pine Flats Area. The “Family” campground there is closed for the winter season, but I didn’t want to stay in there anyhow.
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I like camp spots that are as remote as can be, but for this trip I need convenience as the trail that we will be hiking ends near by. This is YP #7.
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We make camp on this small hill top just off the road.
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Tents are located as best possible out of the wind.
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But those RTT guys throw caution out with the wind just toss it up where’evz!
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The XJSCHIZZLE remote R/C pit-camp compound with included RTT overland-spec kit with ground anchors. Note that license plate…
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SR looks on and informs us we are doing it all wrong! This needs to be drilled and hollowed out of the rock, add the front porch and fireplace here please.
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Camp GCRad1, I try to be the minimalist of the bunch.

Once camp was set, an SCX10 DEADBOLT DRIVER CHALLENGE BREAKS OUT!!!
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Granite’s got grip! At least I hope it’s granite, I’m no geo-rock-hound, but we are hound dogging this rock with the SCX10 Deadbolt with a game of RC horse of course!
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The game play rules are simple. One rig, everyone gets a chance on the wheel. Roll-3, pass the wheel. Follow the leader, standard issue camp-rules.
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ScottG – still got game! Look at that concentration! This is serious! Big bragging rights are on the line! The fun of R/C – this is as PURE AS IT GETS!

The wind was a bit howling as the night set in. It was a bit cold and no fires were allowed at this time due to the high wind. With the recent fires we just had, we didn’t want to contribute to the destruction so we didn’t have a camp fire. Bit of a spoiler. We went to bed early thinking we would get some sleep and awake early, charged and ready for tomorrows pursuit….Redonda Ridge Planning-36
WRONG! 1:00am and EVERYONE IS AWAKE and crawling out of their tents.

The wind had died down by this time, but we were still awake.
We mill about in camp for a short bit, raid the snacks and back off to bed.
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I snap off a couple of long exposure with the camera sitting on whatever was available to hold it steady enough.Redonda Ridge Planning-38
Time to try and get some sleep! I think the anticipation in killing me!
#SCX10LIFE

Planning a SCX10 Hike over Redonda Ridge OHV Trail 1W17
PACK CONTENTS FOR A SCX10 TRAIL HIKE
 Axial AX90059 SCX10 II™ Trail Honcho 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – RTR

PACK CONTENTS FOR A SCX10 TRAIL HIKE

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PACK CONTENTS FOR A SCX10 TRAIL HIKE

Text & photos: Rodney Wills

What to carry on a hike and what do you need to carry to keep your rig running in the field? Axial has been enthusiastic about RC hiking for quite some time  and hopefully you’ve seen us talk about it before. If your just getting into hiking, give this a read too: Proper RC Adventure Hike Prep – GCRad1′s Basic 101: 10 Essentials

Hopefully you read the blog post “Planning a SCX10 Hike over Redonda Ridge OHV Trail 1W17.” Upon recently riding over the Redonda Ridge, I was inspired to come back and SCX10 hike this trail! I just wanted to do something in the namesake of the vehicle; on a “honcho” of a trail! This was no walk in the park and I wanted to have my pack properly sorted for this trip.

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Pack of choice for this trip is my London Bridge Trading LBT-1476A Standard Three Day Assualt Pack. As previously stated, just choosing the pack is my hardest decision almost every time! It’s shouldn’t be.. But I’m a bit of a “gear junkie” and “bag lust” is at the top of the pile! For this trip I am not just hiking into a remote location, I have to carry R/C batteries, tools and spares for the rig. Plus, I will most likely be carrying camera gear. Even though I am not shooting the video for this trip, it’s my nature to document the trip on a personal level, but at the same time, I have yet to find a specific camera pack that suits the other carry needs.

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The basic theory in packing is the systems approach in that everything going into the pack needs it’s own storage-pack or bag. I’m getting better at the systems approach to packing, but it’s been a long hard battle as I would typically just throw everything in the bag and go. But, I jump from pack to pack often and some things would get packed and some things were getting accidentally left behind, depleted or accidentally ON!

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The simplest thing to stock every pack in your house with, is toilet paper. You don’t need it until you need it and if you didn’t prepare, you have to cut your trip short or you going to be minus some shorts or one sock. Don’t waste your efforts to get outdoors. Thank you zip lock bags! In this pack I have my TP, emergency shelter (orange item), flashlight and spare batteries. The map is the “floating item” that will get changed out depending on the mission.

Also going in this trip:
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Two USB battery packs because my cellphone is dying the slow death and the what if we have to stay out longer than intended… The Giant Loop pack will carrying my R/C tools for this trip. The Bedrock Bags is carrying nutrition.
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Bedrock Bags that is a bag manufacturer out of Durango, Colorado for the bike packing scene. Check them out if you are looking for bike packing equipment: http://www.bedrockbags.com
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Inside the Bedrock Bags is Nutrition! Food is IMPORTANT and I like to eat! For a day long trip I have 6-nutirion bars, a bag of mixed nuts (something natural) and the small zip lock has my “old man” Hammer Nutrition vitamins. Just as we were about to leave I grabbed two more bars… Just in case!

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The Giant Loop Zigzag Handlebar Bag is a new bag for my moto that just came in right before this trip and due to his heavy construction it carrying my R/C tools for this trip. Because the SCX10 requires massive amounts of tools, I have a long laundry list of tools required to carry on-trail, hence the heavy-duty bag! HAHAHAHA! This is my minimalist R/C tool kit that only consist of 7mm nut driver, 1.5mm hex driver, 2.0mm hex driver and a pair of bent needle nose pliers. MASSIVE!

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Here at Axial, we’ve been fans of BRAVEN! I’ve had this Braven BRV-BANK Ultra-Rugged Portable Backup Battery for a couple of years now and it has been great! The BRV-BANK revolutionized power on-the-go as the world’s first Bluetooth®-enabled, USB-controlled power bank. The ANKER Astro E3 Ultra Compact 10000mAh Portable Charger was my first power bank, but was more for my business trips as it is not as rugged, nor waterproof. I carry it in a neoprene coozie sleeve and inside a sunglasses case.

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I found a great use for my Oakley sunglass Soft Vaults! I can put two Petzl headlamps in here! Why do you want to put your headlamp into a protective case? I’ve reached into my pack and pulled out a head lamp that was on or already with dead batteries due to the button getting pressed. Too many times this has happened at a time when it would have been nice to have a head lamp! You may notice I’m a little bit over zealous in the light department has I have a backup flashlight and a pocket light as well.

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First Aid & supplies are carried in the TOPO Designs Accessory Bag.
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Contents of the First Aid bag are: Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight & Watertight .3 and a Adventure Medical Kits Survival Kit 1.9. Little box on the top left is magnifying-tweezers and I’ve used it a ton! Much better tweezers that most medical kits. Second little bag is self explanatory with the Tylenol & Peppermint. Silver roll is duct-tape to use for blisters BEFORE they become blisters. Backup lighter as I usually with have a lighter in my camp stove kit bag. But because the camp stove is not on this trip, it’s good to have one in this bag. Additional AAA batteries. Axial Chap stick, para-cord and waterproof matches. All this is ready to jump from this bag to my moto bag in one grab!

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Layers, layers, layers.The season is changing and in the mountains, weather can change on a moments notice! I pack a thermal top, long-johns and a pair of socks. All this packs into a lightweight pouch made by Aerostich. Aerostich is another one of my favorite companies who is a supplier to motorcycle riders especially in the adventure-travel market. They have these affordable Ultralight Stuff Bags from $7 to $12 in five sizes. In the top photo (not this photo) you may have noticed the 5.11 bag as it is the 5.11 Tactical Packable Jacket. This thing is AWESOME! It’s quickly deployed wind resistant protection against unpredictable climates, the Packable Jacket folds easily into its own carry pouch and easily packed!
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I think through London Bridge Trading I discovered Source. This is the Source WXP 3L Storm Valve Hydration System with their exclusive 3 layer co-extruded Polyethylene construction with Taste-Free™, low maintenance, Glass-Like™ liner. Integrated Grunge-Guard™ antimicrobial. What I like about this hydration pack is its tough construction as it feels a lot tougher than a standard mountain bike unit.

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The SCX10 Survival Pack (vintage Crosman 760 pellet gun not included):
AX31380 SCX10 Shock Hoops
AX31312 35T Electric Motor
AX31148 WB8-HD Driveshaft Coupler Set
AX31381 AR44 Steering Knuckles
AX31585 Metal AX10 Transmission Gear Set
• 1 Completely built SCX10 Shock
• AR44 HD Axle Housings (front and rear)
Tactic TSX45 Metal Gear Servo
Fast Eddy Bearings
Max Amps AA Batteries

Total Pack Weight: Approx 24-lbs

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SCX10 II 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited CRC Video Collection

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Word on the trail traveled fast when the AX90060 SCX10 II™ 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC 1/10th Scale Electric ready to run was released. Posts spread across social media and the rig was instantly on many scale RC enthusiasts want list. So it was no surprise that as soon as the AX90060 hit the benches of some of Youtube’s most followed RC videographers, they would jump right into unboxing, overviews, reviews and even projects all within a week of the trail rigs arrival. Some amazing information, opinions and inspiration can be taken from these videos and most importantly help you with your experience purchasing or wheeling the 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC SCX10 II™. So we’ve decided to gather up a bunch of these great videos all in one location to give you a one stop resource. Here’s the collection… in no particular order.

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First up, we have a video from the home base. The Axial film team took the AX90060 out for some intense action and put the rig through some tough tasks in both a scale and fun pace. See the rig on the trails and imagine yourself behind the wheel.

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Harley Designs has already produced a number of videos on the AX90060 from an overview, to a running video and a number of modification videos. Here we’ve selected two of his videos to show you. The first is an overview video that goes into detail on all of the changes made to the SCX10 II™ 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC and the second is a running video taken at a location with some incredible obstacles to challenge the rig along with some amazing views to take in that should get you amped to head outside with your own AX90060.

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The Scale Builders Guild knows a thing or two about the scale off-road RC world and gives their thoughts on the SCX10 II™ 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC’s features in their first video above. Mathew goes over the rigs “new vibe” and perhaps gets a little too touchy feely with the Nitto Trail Grappler M/T Tires. When you’ve finished the first video, be sure to watch the Mall Crawl running video. This non-traditional RC video look of a trail machine in action gets props for its cinematic quality, but more importantly shows off the trucks ability in a setting beyond the trails.

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Known for his cool custom builds, in depth RC knowledge and unfiltered approach to his video production, Hemistorm gets his hands on the AX90060 and goes over all of its new features along with details on parts of the rig that others may have missed. Does Hemistorm like the red Jeep Wrangler Unlimited body? He doesn’t hold back and will tell you in his video. At the time we’re writing this, Hemistorm did a follow up to the video above on modifying the look of the SCX10 II™ 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC, but we’re waiting for a running video to post here and will do so as soon as we see one.

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Extreme Scale Performance RC runs through a full unboxing and overview of the SCX10 II™ 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC in the first video with some full on positive, and several critical comments, on his personal thoughts of the machine. Plenty of details are given here especially on the scale details of the rig as you would expect from the channel that brings you ScaleWars. In the follow-up running video, the AX90060 hits some awesome terrain on the “Gate Keeper” trail at Sawyer Park in Bend Oregon. The action is backed up with some intense music and near the end, you’ll get a taste for the raw sound of the truck in action on the windy trail.

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RC Driver took a different approach from the others above by producing an all-in-one video that gives you a look at the new features on the SCX10 II™ 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC and shows you the rig in action. This video draws inspiration from the Axial Rubicon Trek back story with Rodney Wills – How the SCX10 earned the Jeep Trail Rated Badge video by taking the rig right to the trail, unboxing it and showing off all the elements of the truck in its natural habitat. If you want to see what the AX90060 is all about, it’s covered here.

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You just want to see some scale action? Ferndogg310 went right for the action! In this video, you’ll see how good the AX90060 looks parked in a scale garage for a few seconds before you’re hit with the rig trekking across the rock-trails of Bootleg Canyon. This video is also loaded with loud metal music tied perfectly together with slow scale driving and the SCX10 II™ 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC getting the job done!

AX90060 SCX10 II 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited CRC Box To Trail Guide

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Get geared up! You’re moments away from taking the SCX10 II™ 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD RTR on an adventure, whether it’s in your backyard or trails at the nearest park. The latest addition to the SCX10 II™ line makes going off-road easy, worry free and perhaps most importantly stylish thanks to the CRC body features and accessories. The 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC is loaded with performance features too which are all detailed HERE. In this Axial Blog we’re going to show you how easy it is to wrap up the few details needed to get the rig powered up an on the trails. Let’s get started.

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STEP 1

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If you haven’t jumped into the box by now, what are you waiting for a bus? Carefully cut the factory seals on the box and slide out the contents. The truck will be secured to the inner packaging and you’ll notice some additional bags taped to the bottom of the truck support. Remove the bag of extra parts, radio and manuals. Please take some time to read through the manuals to familiarize yourself with the model, features and adjustments that can be made. Once you’ve done that, you can take a pair of side cutters and clip the zip-ties securing the rig to the cardboard.

STEP 2

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It’s released! Time to get 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC powered up. First remove all four body clips from the top of the body. Now before you tear off the body, the truck is equipped with LED lights. The lights are attached to the body and connect to the power source on the speed control with two connectors. Gently remove the body, tilt it to one side and you can now you can access the battery tray. If necessary, the body can be completely removed by disconnecting the LED’s at the plugs.

STEP 3

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By now, you’ve probably already selected a 7.2V NiMh or 7.4V LiPo battery and appropriate charger. While the battery is out of your SCX10 II, charge the battery. While waiting, you can adjust the battery chemistry type jumper plug on the electronic speed control if necessary. The jumper plug comes from the factory set in LiPo mode. If you have selected a NiMh battery to run, you may want to move the plug to NiMh mode for optimum performance. Only switch the plug if you planning on running NiMh batteries exclusively. If you plan on switching or are just uncertain of your battery types, leave the jumper plug in the factory set location.

STEP 4

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Battery still charging? Move along to installing batteries in the Tacitc TTX300 transmitter. Don’t grab random AA batteries pillaged from devices around the house. Always start with a new set off AA batteries and install them in the bottom of the transmitter noting the polarity. The transmitter requires four cells.

STEP 5

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When your vehicle’s battery has finished charging, you can install it in the truck and it’s very easy to do so. Simply release the velcro strap, slide the battery into the cradle and cinch the velcro closed. Don’t plug it in yet. You’ll need to power up your radio first and then connect the vehicle battery plug to the ESC plug. The plugs act as your on/off switch. After the battery is plugged in, you can re-install the body (plug in the LED’s if you removed the plugs) and slip all four body clips back on to their posts.

TIME TO HIT THE TRAIL

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Adventure awaits! Head outside and get a feel for your new SCX10 II 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited CRC. Practice driving in your yard or a field, get use to the steering, throttle and reversing before heading out to a long trail drive. The SCX10 II is built tough but it’s always better to take things slowly and ease into your hobby fun. Remember to take pictures along the way and post them with the hashtag #AxialAdventures so other adventurers can see your truck and travels.

 

How To – Servo and Servo Horn Replacement

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The steering system on a full-size off-road vehicle takes a lot of abuse. It is the same with RC. Whether you’re driving fast over bumps and jumps with an Yeti or crawling over rocks with an SCX10 II or doing a little of both with a Wraith, the steering is constantly taking hits. Whatever you hit, roll over or dig up onto, usually contacts the steering system first. In a similar fashion, and again just as it is in full-size off-road, one of the best ways to improve the capabilities of your RC vehicle is to make improvements its steering system. Instead of installing a hydraulic assist, in RC, we upgrade the servo. Instead of installing a custom pitman arm, in RC, we use an aluminum servo horn. These upgrades are simple tasks that can be performed by hobbyists of any experience level (if you aren’t an adult, get adult assistance and/or supervision).

Installing a New Servo Horn

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STEP 1. Depending on your model, it may be necessary to remove some components to make servo access easier. On this SCX10, the bumper and cross-member have been removed.

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STEP 2. Remove the servo horn. The horn is most likely retained by a Phillips head screw, or a 2 mm screw. Either way, the screw is easy to access and remove. There may be a lock washer under the screw, so be careful not to lose it. Set this hardware aside. A small dish or tray is handy to prevent losing parts. Pull the servo horn off the servo.

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STEP 4. Select your new servo horn. Axial offers heavy aluminum servo horns that are essentially indestructible. These horns are offered in 23, 24 and 25 spline counts to fit any brand of servo. Axial servos use 25 spline count output shafts. These servo horns are highly recommended and go a long way towards improving a vehicle’s reliability. They should, however, only be used with heavy-duty metal gear servos that can withstand the forces that will be pass through the steering to the servo.

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STEP 5. Attach the steering link to the servo horn. This is pretty simple. Note that even if you use a servo horn with threaded holes, you still need a locknut on the screw that attaches the link to the horn.

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STEP 6. The vehicle must be powered up to properly install a new servo horn. Install a battery and turn on your transmitter. Plug in the battery and turn your vehicle on. Next, set your transmitter’s steering trim (channel 1) to zero. If your transmitter has sub trim, you need to also set that to zero for steering. After the trims have been set to zero, you can turn off the vehicle and then the transmitter.

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STEP 7. Slide the servo horn onto the output shaft and secure it with the main center screw. Axial’s HD servo horns are a double clamping design, so if you’re using one, you will also need to tighten the two 1.5 mm screws on the sides of the horn. Tighten all three screws down tight. Thread lock is not recommended on any of these screws. If you find, over time, that the main screw repeatable loosens and using a new screw doesn’t help, you can use a small amount of medium strength thread lock. Never use high strength thread lock.


Removing an Old Servo

Refer to Steps 1 & 2 above to remove the servo horn from the installed servo.

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STEP 3. Open the radio box using a 2 mm wrench (it may vary by model). With the lid removed, you will be able to carefully unplug the servo lead from the receiver. Again, be careful so that you do not damage the receiver and its internal circuit board. The servo lead (wires connecting it to the receiver) may be attached to the chassis in some places with cable ties. It is essential that you be extremely careful when cutting any cable ties as you could easily damage the small wires.

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STEP 4. Before removing the servo, take note as to which side the output shaft sits. The servo itself is retained by four screws. These may be Phillips or hex. Some screws may have built-in wide shoulders and others may have washers. Either way, carefully put this hardware aside. The servo can now be removed and set aside.

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STEP 5. Place the new servo on its mounting plate. Servos can vary in size, but Axial vehicles have adjustable servo mounts. If you do need to adjust the servo mount (one is in a fixed position and one adjusts), the process is the same on SCX10 and Wraith, which all feature servos mounted directly on the front axle. On these vehicles, with the new servo set aside, remove the mounting plate from the axial. You can make this process easier by disconnecting the upper links and the upper shock mounts. This will allow the axle assembly to pivot forward and give you much better access to the screws attaching the servo mounting plate to the axle. After you remove the servo mounting plate, turn it over and locate the screw securing the adjustable mount. To identify this mount, look for the screw going into an oval shaped hole. The oval shape is what allows for the side-to-side adjustment for narrow or wide servos. Now, simply loosen the screw a small amount (usually a partial turn is all that’s needed) and test fit your new servo. Holding the servo in place, tighten the screw back down. Remove the servo and reinstall the servo mounting plate to the axle. You can now reconnect the upper links and shocks. If the male and female driveshaft pieces pulled apart, make sure it gets reconnected as well (before reconnecting the upper links).

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STEP 6. Slide the new servo into the mount, paying close attention to which side the output shaft sits. When working on an SCX10 or Wraith, and when viewed from the front, the output shaft is on the right-hand side. Secure the servo with the four screws that were holding the original servo in place. If the screw holes are stripped out and the screws cannot be fully tightened, you will need to replace the plastic servo mounts.

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STEP 7. The next step is routing the servo lead back to the radio box and receiver. Make sure the wires are not near any moving parts such as articulating suspension components or driveshafts. This is especially true if your Axial model has exposed gears. Small cable ties can be used to keep wires secure and out of harm’s way. Note that Axial includes provisions to secure wires on vehicles such as the SCX10 and SCX10 II. These should definitely be used to secure wiring.

Excessive wire should be neatly stored in the radio box. Do not make the wires too tight or they will get damaged as the suspension articulates. The wires should be slack enough to allow for complete suspension movement.

Once the wiring is complete, you reinstall the radio box lid. Some radio boxes are not fully sealed, but if you are using a sealed box, you should add grease to the area where the wires pass into the box.

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STEP 7. Finally reinstall the servo horn on the centered servo. Refer to STEP 7 above. Your servo swap is complete! You can now power up your radio and vehicle and go out for a drive.

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TIP: Radio Settings
You may need to slightly adjust your steering trim to get the vehicle to track straight with no input. If your transmitter has sub trim, this adjustment is used first.

If your transmitter has end-point adjustments, you should also use these to adjust how far the servo travels in either direction. A servo that turns farther than the steering system will allow can eventually burn out. The best tool to see if your servo is moving too far and straining is your ear. All servos, especially digital models, make an audible whine when pushing against a resistance. Bench test your steering. If you hear a whine at full lock in either direction, adjust the end points until you don’t hear a whine. If your transmitter doesn’t have end point adjustments, it may have dual rates, which also reduces steering throw, but does both sides simultaneously.

Video documentary of the Axial SCX10 Rubicon Trek

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Back in 2013, we published a series of blog posts that I wrote documenting our efforts to take a bone-stock 1/10th scale Axial AX90028 SCX10™ 2012 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – RTR out of the box and drive it over the world renowned full-size Rubicon Trail.

Our Rubicon Trek took place in October of 2012, and those blog posts reflect each day’s events from start to finish. What those blog posts did not show is the video footage documenting this trip – until now! We have two video’s; one at 9-minutes long talking about the trip over video footage and the second one at 55-minutes that shows a lot more footage for your milk & cookies viewing pleasure.

The photos from that trip was purely secondary to the docu-trip as they were shot with a little Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS pocket camera carried in my pocket. The video camera and heavy duty tripod was the “heavy equipment” weighing in at 19-lbs. I did not shoot every square inch of the 15+ mile trail, so there was a lot of shoulder time with the camera as getting in-and-out of the Jeep was not practical as we had all the camp gear and equipment spread out in the Jeep once we were on trail. Regardless of the rigors I personally went through, I am very stoked to have the opportunity to plan, execute and document this trip. These videos reflect the Axial SCX10’s pure performance capabilities.

Need a jump-link to those previous blog post?
http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts?cat=814

 

Todd Pearson’s 2017 Axialfest Best Of Show Doxy WWII Wrecker

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There are so many things to look forward to at Axialfest, but if you are a modeler at heart, concours is the day during this event you look forward to the most. The pavilion of Cisco Grove campground transforms into a modelers truck show. Modelers line up before being told to at the gate, with rigs in hand and an eye over their shoulder to see who built what. Lanes are set up and modelers place their prized rigs into a lane that matches up with the class they’ve built their rig for.  It’s a bit of a chaotic time, vehicles and owners are flooding in, cell phones are drawn, snapping photos, panning with video and instantly uploading to social media.

As the lanes fill up, judges start making their rounds and the chatter starts to begin between the participants and enthusiastic onlookers. “Whoa, look at that! Did you see that truck over there? That rig is insane! How did he make that?” These are all statements heard in the crowd and then it gets to; “the one.” The one most of the crowd saw, the one that stands out from the rest. If my mind serves me correct, it was less than an hour of concours being opened that several people had asked me if I saw the military wrecker? That military wrecker belonged to Todd Pearson and after staring at the machine in amazement I had to know more about it. Fast-forward to the end of concours, Todd and his military wrecker had deservedly taken home the 2017 Best of Show award. Now we all needed to know more about it! We were able to catch up with Todd and get all the details about his amazing build along with some close up photography.

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ABOUT THE BUILDER

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Name: Todd Pearson
Age: 47
Hometown: Chico, CA
Profession: Self Employed
Outside RC Hobbies: Rockhounding and Making Jewelry

HOBBY BACKGROUND

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When did you start in RC? 1980
What was your first RC vehicle? A Tamiya Tank and then a Tamiya Fast Attack!
What are your main RC interests (building, racing…?) I love anything RC related, I flew my first plane at age 8 and still fly today. I started racing RC cars in the late 80’s and still enjoy it on a weekly basis. I can fly helicopters and quads and of course I love rock crawling.
How much time a week do you spend on RC? My wife who I love dearly says I spend way too much time on RC!

THE RIG

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The name for your build? DOXY
What vehicle is your rig modeled after? Canadian Military Pattern (CMP) truck, with Chevrolet C15A 4×4 Crane (field adaptation.)
How much research went into the build? A Ton!
What is the frame/ did you start with a kit? This project started with a set of SCX10 frame rails. No modifications were made to the chassis
What drivline did you use? SSD
What axles did you use? SSD with all Axial internals

 

THE BODY

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What did the body start off as? Tamiya Wrangler
What materials were used to modify it? The cab was cut down 6-inches then I added styrene fenders and side steps. The front and rear windows and the interior were all custom scratch-built from styrene.
How long did the body take to complete? I can’t really guage time. I gave myself a year to complete this truck and enter it at Axialfest concourse.
Additional body modifications: The bed is real wood and the crane cage is steel. The crane is manually extendable for more boom reach. The winch works from the radio and is custom built; complete with scale chain.

THE DETAILS

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Tell us more about the external accessories, lighting and other hidden features? For lighting, I custom built the head and tail lights. The work light operates by a hidden switch. In the cab I used an SBC Toolbox and Ammo Can. I also had a scale topo-map of Cisco Grove and a Scale CMP Manual. On the outside of the truck I added scale rope, made a scale tow log, added a full size spare tire, Jerry cans, welding tanks and hoses and the fuel tank. The fuel tank is actually active and is what holds the variable speed smoke system.

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ELECTRONICS

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Radio System: KO PROPO with two receivers. One for driving and one for the smoke system.
Motor: Axial 27T
ESC: Axial
Servo: Protek 100T
Battery: ECO Power

PARTS USED
The big list of stuff…
SCX10 frame rails
SCX10 II transmission
Ebay transfer case
SSD Driveline
SSD D60 axles with Axial internals
Protek RC 100T servo
Two speed controls (one for driving and one for the smoke system)
Metal stamped beadlock wheels
RC4WD Mud Plugger tires
Full-size spare tire
Custom hand-made winch (chain driven)
Custom wood bed
Custom metal crane cage with extendable boom
Custom Wood tow log
Custom metal bumpers front and rear
Custom working smoke system (in the gas tank)
Custom lighting
Tamiya Wrangler cab (cut down 6in.)
Custom interior
Scale By Chris accessories

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THE EXPERIENCE
Give us a brief overview of driving the truck. Are you nervous when driving? What trails did you run on at Axialfest? Doxy never really made it out for any serious trail runs. We just kinda goofed off around the pavilion. On friday I left Doxy at my sponsors booth AMainHobbies.com and let everyone get a good look at the truck.

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Todd: Axialfest 2017, WOW what an awesome event this year! So much fun with family and friends. Last year I decided that I was going to build a tow truck for this year’s event and enter the concourse.

The idea for this truck was just to build something different and badass! I was never expecting to be rewarded for all the hard work and effort. The competition at Axialfest in all concours classes is incredible with some really crazy talented builders.

After all the judging, Doxy was chosen to be best of her class for 2017. I’m speechless and extremely honored to be able to win this award on my first attempt. Then even more incredible to be voted Best Of Show by all of the other class winners. What? Really! I’m so truly honored to be recognized for the time and effort. Thank you fellow builders and judges!

WHERE IS IT NOW?
Is this a shelf queen? Will you continue to drive it? Doxy will be out on some trails but most of the time she will be next to her trophy!

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FUTURE PLANS?
Will the truck stay as is, or will it continue to evolve? I’m done with this build and moving on to my 2018 secret project. Huge thanks to my family for supporting me on this project. And everyone else that was a part of the project.

SPECIAL THANKS
AMainHobbies,com
Proteck RC
ECO Power
Corey Koehler
Brad Juanarena
Shaun Klobas
Scale By Chris

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR
We’d like to thank Todd for taking the time to give us all of the details about Doxy and congratulate him for taking home the Best In Class and Best Of Show award at Axialfest 2017. We hope this story on Todd’s quest to build an amazing tow truck inspires you to build the truck of your dreams too. We suggest starting right now and we’ll see you in the concours lanes at Axialfest 2018!

The Perfect Fit: SORRCA Class 1 Ready SCX10 / SCX10 II | PART 6: TREADS

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In our mission to show you how the Axial SCX10 and SCX10 II are a perfect fit for SORRCA Class 1 events, we’ve organized the rules and broke them down into six total focus groups. We’ve reached the final focus and that is the wheels, tires and widths to fit your vehicle in. This topic requires some thought and product purchase choices will require work on your part to make sure your rig complies. Let’s dive in.

FOCUS 6: TREADS
SORRCA Rule • 106mm / 4.19″ Max tire size including spares.

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Looks like the Axial Perfect Fit has hit a snag. Unfortunately, the treads within the Axial tire line-up are on the larger side of the SORRCA rule and therefore you’ll need to search for tires that fit this rule and your traction needs. If you are trying to keep that factory look, consider using a licensed wheel from the Axial selection HERE.


 

SORRCA Rule • Wheels must be aligned within the body wheel wells (center of wheels to center of wheel wells +/- 1/2 inch total combined)

SORRCA Rule • The tread of the tires cannot extend outside of the wheel wells more than 1/2 of the tread width, flairs can be added to reach minimum spec.

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When choosing your wheel and tire combination, you’ll want to make certain that the wheel off-set is correct, consider hex hub widths, and tire overhang on the rim so it does not exceed the measurements provided by SORRCA. The vehicle above has wheels that are obviously outside of the body width; this rig would not fit within SORRCA’s rules.


SORRCA Rule • Tires can never extend beyond the body’s bumpers or the rear of any truck bed. (Any stingers,fairleads, shackles, bolts, etc. are not considered part of a bumper when determining this.)

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As Axial SCX10 and SCX10 II’s arrive from the factory, the wheels and tires are located behind the bumpers. When lengthening links or altering bumper positions, you’ll want to make sure the wheels will still fit behind the bumper. If you are making modifications as such, make sure you fit within some of the previous rules mentioned in our series like sectioning and bobbing.


 

SORRCA Rule • Gates will be a minimum of 11″ wide (so mind your width).

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Gate width plays a key role in determining the width of your trail rig once you start customizing. The stock SCX10 width is 8.8” and the SCX10 is 8.9” which will leave some space to clear gates as long as your wheel and tire choice combination result in a factory width in order to fit under the body. If you choose a combination that is wider, you’re putting the squeeze on your rig through the gates. A bigger concern is the angles in which you need to proceed through some gates if a minimum 11” gate is used. Things can get tight.

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That wraps up the series on the Axial SCX10/ SCX10 II Perfect Fit for SORRCA blog focus. SORRCA has done an excellent job in providing guidelines for everyone to follow so the rigs stay scale and the competition stays close. Our descriptions of how scale Axial trucks fit into these rule sets has been interpereted and presented to the best of our knowledge. Both Axial trail truck platforms continue to be the perfect choice for drivers who want to drive scale, customize with ease and tackle the trails with commanding performance.

 

The Perfect Fit: SORRCA Class 1 Ready SCX10 / SCX10 II | PART 5: BED

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Throughout this series, we discussed how the out of the box 2000 Jeep® Cherokee 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – RTR and 2000 Jeep® Cherokee 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD – Kit fit within SORRCA guidlines right out of the box with no additional work on your part. With slight modifications, other Axial SCX10 based rigs can be easily altered to fit within those guidlines using Axial accessories. Our fifth focus on getting your SCX10/ SCX10 II Class 1 ready discusses truck bed rules and what they mean if you decide to add a truck type body to your trail machine.

FOCUS 5: BED

SORRCA Rule • Bobbing a truck bed is allowed, but must follow all body specs.

An example of "Bobbing" a bed would be to remove the material between the two red lines on the body above. After the material is removed, the tail-gate is reattached to the bed.

An example of “Bobbing” a bed would be to remove the material between the two red lines on the NuKizer body above. After the material is removed, the tail-gate is reattached to the bed.

Bobbing a truck bed is the practice of removing a section of the bed from the left to right side between the rear wheel-well and tailgate. This reduction in the overhang lessens the chances of the bed dragging on the ground during an ascent or hanging up on an obstacle as you cross it. The Jeep NuKizer 715 Body,Jeep Mighty FC Body and 2015 Ram 2500 Power Wagon would be examples of Axial truck bodies with beds that “could” be Bobbed. But these vehicles already have short rear sections and the implications of reattaching a Lexan tailgate on bed with minimal performance gain detours most custom modelers. Bobbing can’t be done on an XJ or Wrangler body either as this falls into the sectioning rule discussed in Part 4 of this series.


 

SORRCA Rule • Dovetailing is not allowed.

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Dovetailing is the practice of angling the fenders in towards the center of the vehicle. This requires the center section of the hood or bed to be narrowed at the end and remains wider at the center of the vehicle. Dovetailing improves clearance of the vehicle when approaching obstacles on the trail. Factory Axial bodies are designed to look scale with approval from licensing partners so the vehicle is represented properly. Any Axial scale body will conform to this rule unless you modify it.


 

SORRCA Rule • Truggies are not allowed. Flatbeds with full length rail chassis are allowed. The bed must be as wide as the cab the entire length of the bed. Cab only not allowed.

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Truggies look pretty cool, we’ll admit it, hint hint Honcho! But unfortunately the Honcho body from Axial would not fit into Class 1 SORCCA rules. A truggy is made up of a cab with a cage style rear bed, a specialized vehicle you would hardly ever see on the road. Flatbeds however are seen on the roads so there is no stopping you in locating a Honcho body or using the cab from the Dodge Ram and fitting a custom made flatbed to your SCX10. Keep in mind that the flatbed must run the length of the frame rails and must be as wide as the body you use.

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When getting your SCX10 model ready for a SORRCA event, many will be able to skip this focus here when using a factory XJ, Rubicon, or Wrangler unlimited Axial body. But Axial does offer options for you to get creative with traditional bed equippped truck offerings so you can customize your rig to fit your scale taste. Just one more SORRCA Class 1 Focus to go, and there we will discuss treads. Keep an eye out!