Step By Step Wraith Kit Build – Part I – Axles

Now that the Wraith kits are hitting hobby shops, we figured it would be a perfect time for another step by step build. I recently built up one of these kits and took photos of each and every step. Over the next few days you will see this build progress, step by step, with photos and descriptions. I will also show a few different option/upgrade parts as well with this particular build. For the first step in this build we will go over what’s inside the box, then start with the construction of the axles.

Prepping my desk for the build.

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A peak inside the box shows all the goodies!

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Here you can see the contents of the kit laid out.

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The decals and instruction manual.

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Step 1 in the manual says locate bag A.

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Find the hardware bag, which contains all the metal parts required for this build. Open it up and look for bag A.

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Bag A located.

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Bag A’s contents.

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Here are all the parts required to build both differentials.

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Start off with what you need to build the first ring gear assembly.

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First thing we’ll do is install the locker in the plastic differential case, and place the differential gasket over the ring gear.

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Now mate the differential case to the ring gear and attach using the supplied 2mm screws. Then slide the bearings over the bosses on each side of the differential. Repeat these steps for both assemblies.

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Assembling the pinion gear is next. Insert the 2mm pin through the pinion shaft hole closest to the end of the shaft with the E-clip groove cut into it, and slide the pinion gear into place over the pin. Then snap the E-clip into place with a pair of needle nose pliers.

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Locate the AR60 axle housings and snap the plastic tabs off.

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Trim any excess plastic away from the housing with an X-acto.

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Find the differential cover parts tree.

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Here are all the parts required for step 2.

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Start with the first housing and the parts needed for assembly.

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Insert the first 5×11 bearing into the backside of the AR60 housing.

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Slide the 2nd 5×11 bearing into place on the pinion shaft.

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Press the pinion gear into the housing.

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Insert the differential assembly into the housing next. Make sure you note the direction the ring gear is suppose to be facing too. The teeth of the ring gear should be facing the short side of the housing for the front axle.

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Install the bearing caps with the supplied self tapping screws.

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Apply a little grease to the ring and pinion gears. Don’t go overboard with the grease either, a light coat that fully covers the gears is more then enough.

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Grab your differential cover and four 2mm screws.

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Install the diff cover with the supplied hardware. Also note the direction of the diff cover placement too.

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Now repeat the above steps for the rear axle. Again note the direction of the ring gear, the teeth should be facing the long side axle tube for the rear axle. This would be a good time to mark the axles so you know which one is for the front and rear. I marked the front axle with an “F” underneath the differential on the outside of the housing with a marker. Otherwise it’s easy to get the 2 axles confused during the build.

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That completes step 2.

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For step 3 I will be adding a few option parts, like aluminum C-hubs, knuckles and 3x10mm M3 screws, instead of the self tapping plastic screws. When you upgrade to the aluminum C-hubs the self tapping screws can no longer be used, since the C’s are tapped for M3 hardware.

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Slide the axle C’s into place, again note the direction in the manual.

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Insert the self tapping screws into the C-hubs.

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Install the 5×11 bearings into the ends of the axle tubes.

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Next step may seem off, but squirt a dab of Loctite on the flats of the axle shafts before installing them in the housing. This is done to minimize the slop between the locker and axle shafts.

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Slide the CVD axles into place.

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Now it’s time to prep the aluminum knuckles.

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Install the required bearings.

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Insert the flange pipes into the knuckles, slide the knuckles over the outer stub axles and install the 3x10mm M3 screws.

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Repeat the last few steps for the opposite side of the front axle. and Step 3 is done.

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Onto the rear housing, everything needed laid out for ease of assembly.

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Again add a dab of Loctite to the axle shaft flats before installing them. Slide the two 5×11 bearings into place and insert the rear straight axles into the housing.

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Slide the plastic lockouts into place and attach using the supplied hardware.

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Moving on to step 5, and the front axle. First thing I did was install the M3 set screws into the bottom of the axle housing.

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Grab the proper plastic axle truss and set it into place on top of the front housing.

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Attach the truss with the supplied hardware.

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Next we will attach the link/shock mounts. For this step I found the best way to get the Nylock nuts seated into the link/shock mounts was to use a small pick tool. Slide the Nylock nut onto the end of the pick, insert the nut into the link/shock mount, then twist and pull the pick out. The nut should stay seated in place.

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Attach the link/shock mounts with the supplied M3X16mm screws. Note the direction of these as well, they can be bolted on upside down by accident with ease.

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Repeat the last couple steps to finish off the rear axle. Both axles completed.

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That takes care of the first few steps in this build covering the axles. Next step will be shock build up and tuning.

Axial Wraith Kit Build Series

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Wraith Tuning Tips

The Wraith is a very capable rig out of the box. But, as usual, there are ways to improve it’s performance to make it even better. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your Wraith with minimal cash out of pocket, and a little time/effort spent at the workbench.

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Soften up the suspension:

The Wraith’s suspension is a little stiff out of the box, if you plan on just bashing with it as is. If you add scale accessories, a driver figure, spare tire, use a standard 6 cell stick pack, etc. it is probably about right. I left my Wraith pretty much stock, and found myself wanting a little bit softer suspension for those high speed rocky sections of trail. First thing I did was grab two packages of our “black” super soft comp shock springs, Part# AX30223 x 2. I rebuilt all four shocks using our 30wt oil, our 3 hole shock pistons and soft springs. If you don’t have 3 hole pistons, you can drill the existing holes out in the standard 2 hole pistons so they are just a tad bigger. Making this modification almost converts the Wraith to a “droop” suspension set-up, meaning there is very little “up” travel to the shocks, it’s almost all “down” travel. Under the it’s own weight sitting on a shelf, my shocks sit about mid-way into their overall stroke. How is that better you ask? This made my Wraith a lot more stable at speeds, as it lowered the overall center of gravity. This mod also helps it floats over rocks at full speed a lot better too, because the shocks can cycle through their travel more efficiently. As the tires come off the ground at speed the shocks extend under the weight of the axles, which will help absorb that next bump in the trail. If I had to suggest only one modification to a fellow Wraith owner, this would be the tip I give them. It makes a huge difference in how the Wraith handles at speed and over jumps.

The springs.

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The shock ride height after making this mod.

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Aluminum servo horn:

Another great mod is going to an aluminum servo horn on the steering servo, that is compatible with Futaba servos. Using an aluminum arm instead of plastic is a lot more durable, and helps your steering track a little straighter in the rough stuff at speeds. The plastic steering linkage will still flex enough in hard crashes to protect your servo. Plus, the stock Wraith servo has metal gears which most RTR’s don’t have.

Steel ball studs:

For performance reasons, I like to replace any plastic ball studs with steel. Ball studs are the pivot points that allow your links to cycle through their travel. The steel ball studs will smooth out the motion on your suspension and steering links. Over time dirt will work it’s way into either set-up and wear parts out. But, with steel ball studs the dirt is less likely to hinder link movement. This mod works very well when done alongside the shock rebuilding tips I mentioned earlier. All you will need is 4 packages of our steel ball studs/flanged balls, Part# AXA1331 x 4. I don’t have a link for these, but your local hobby shop or online retailer can get the correct parts with that number.

The ball studs/flange balls.

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Taking time to make these few adjustments will make a pretty big difference in how a Wraith performs, especially at speed on rough terrain. Happy Trails!!

Project Wroncho Video

Finally got some video together of my SCX10 with Wraith axles.

For those that missed this project the first time around, here’s a little background on how it got started.
http://wordpress.axialracing.com/?p=754600000

A few action shots, still trying to dial in the suspension
http://wordpress.axialracing.com/?p=763600000

I ended up switching from my hacked OG Honcho body and cage to a fresh semi-full body and cage. I think it looks a lot better now. I also switched to our 72-103mm comp shocks (AX30092). They work better for the high speed rough sections because of the volume of oil they hold compared to stock SCX10 shocks.

Enjoy!!

Wroncho Action Shots

I went out last night for a little shakedown run with my Honcho. For those that missed it, I recently swapped the stock axles out for Wraith axles. Wraith axles under a Honcho, equals the “Wroncho Build”. This gave me a wider footprint and the full width one ton axle look. I do need to make a few tweaks to the suspension, but so far it is pretty fun to drive. It is amazing how much more stable it is at high speeds, because of the extra width.

For those that haven’t seen this Honcho before, here is a link to my original build thread on RCCrawler. The full evolution of this truck can be seen there.
http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/axial-scx-10/221956-benders-honcho-now-sporting-wraith-axles.html

On to the pictures……
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After I make a few changes to the suspension, I will get out and shoot some video. I will post the video here on our blog when I am done.

Link to how this project got started:
http://wordpress.axialracing.com/?p=754600000

Link to the video:
http://wordpress.axialracing.com/?p=789800000

2009 Axial WCC – Results

’09 AXIAL WEST COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS

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FIRST PLACE: Jake Hallenbeck

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SECOND PLACE: Jake Wright

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THIRD PLACE: Kolby Klingama

2.2 PRO

 

FINISH DRIVER C1 C2 C3 C4 C1 C2 C3 C4 S.O.1 S.O.2 O.A.
1 Jake Hallenbeck -19 -27 -11 -30 -29 -20 -29 -29 1 30 -163
2 Jake Wright -8 -8 -18 -19 -19 -29 -3 -18 16 -10 -116
3 Kolby Klingama -18 9 -8 -20 -25 -29 15 -27 2 3 -98
4 Scott Hughes -5 -8 -6 -20 -15 -18 0 -26 7 1 -90
5 Greg Sinclair -18 20 -6 -27 -2 -25 -9 -28 14 5 -76
6 Chad Hargrove -15 5 -14 -20 -29 -3 -2 -26 34 50 -20
7 Nabil Jamali -9 -24 22 0 -14 -30 0 -15 30 50 10
8 Brett Rogney -3 20 -5 -20 -27 -28 20 -27 30 50 10
9 Mike Johnson -13 20 -5 -3 -28 -30 20 -29 30 50 12
10 Scott VanOrtwick-5 6 -17 -4 -17 -30 28 -26 34 50 19
11 Jeremy Toney -17 -17 -7 -9 22 -19 11 -25 50 50 39
12 Nathan Eells -8 -7 20 -9 -15 -30 20 -28 50 50 43
13 Daniel Fleming -2 -8 -17 -5 -15 -29 1 20 50 50 45
14 Ryan Gerrish -16 -19 2 -4 -25 -29 13 26 50 50 48
15 Dean Hsaio -6 -15 -4 -14 24 -23 8 -17 50 50 53
16 Don Clark -7 -8 22 -10 -7 -27 -2 2 50 50 63
17 David Demaray 16 -16 0 -18 22 -17 -7 -12 50 50 68
18 Tom Brown -2 -8 -16 -18 -6 -18 20 20 50 50 72
19 John Privett 2 -17 -4 0 -27 -30 30 22 50 50 76
20 Tim Lambert 12 -10 -7 -8 1 -29 30 5 50 50 94
21 John Riplinger 11 20 -19 -28 22 -18 26 -9 50 50 105
22 Dan Bonvicin 1 20 7 -30 30 -30 18 -9 50 50 107
23 Jason Moreland -8 -17 -8 -9 20 20 20 4 50 50 122
24 Trace Hilburn -9 20 -16 -19 26 26 20 -16 50 50 132
25 Darwin James 1 20 -13 -19 20 50 22 26 50 50 207
26 Danny McClain -7 24 -7 -9 50 50 50 50 50 50 301
27 Brad Dumont 3 20 -4 -18 50 50 50 50 50 50 301
28 Auston Dunn 20 20 -9 -28 50 50 50 50 50 50 303
29 Wayne Stanley 3 -10 20 -8 50 50 50 50 50 50 305
30 Bryan Crofts 20 20 -7 -16 50 50 50 50 50 50 317
31 David Hekel 20 15 -5 -10 50 50 50 50 50 50 320
32 Amer Sahtout 1 3 32 -15 50 50 50 50 50 50 321
33 Ray Butcher 20 -6 19 -10 50 50 50 50 50 50 323
34 Dustin Wentworth-12 20 20 -4 50 50 50 50 50 50 324
35 Robert Youngsma -2 20 -16 22 50 50 50 50 50 50 324
36 Dean Hall 2 20 22 -19 50 50 50 50 50 50 325
37 Tracy Evans 32 -6 9 -9 50 50 50 50 50 50 326
38 Keith Boelens -8 22 22 -8 50 50 50 50 50 50 328
39 Daniel Jimenez 30 -15 20 1 50 50 50 50 50 50 336
40 Thom Kowatch -18 20 22 14 50 50 50 50 50 50 338
41 Andrew Patchett 7 24 22 -15 50 50 50 50 50 50 338
42 Mike Regal 20 -6 22 2 50 50 50 50 50 50 338
43 Matt Kearney 26 20 -15 14 50 50 50 50 50 50 345
44 Tim Terry 28 20 22 -22 50 50 50 50 50 50 348
45 Tom Barger 32 20 5 -8 50 50 50 50 50 50 349
46 Doug Toney 20 20 30 -17 50 50 50 50 50 50 353
47 Jerry Tobin 20 26 22 -15 50 50 50 50 50 50 353
48 Lars Peters 26 26 20 -17 50 50 50 50 50 50 355
49 Rebecca Barger 24 22 22 -12 50 50 50 50 50 50 356
50 Jason Gainey 20 20 26 -9 50 50 50 50 50 50 357
51 Mark Bales -2 26 22 14 50 50 50 50 50 50 360
52 Chris McMullin 20 -4 22 22 50 50 50 50 50 50 360
53 John Schultz -4 20 24 22 50 50 50 50 50 50 362
54 Jack Ingberg 22 20 22 2 50 50 50 50 50 50 366
55 Paul Rose 26 26 32 -17 50 50 50 50 50 50 367
56 Devlin Shipley 22 20 26 0 50 50 50 50 50 50 368
57 Rocky Carlson 24 20 32 -8 50 50 50 50 50 50 368
58 Joe Donnel 7 20 22 20 50 50 50 50 50 50 369
59 Cody Wagner 20 28 30 -9 50 50 50 50 50 50 369
60 Mike Bergener 22 20 34 -5 50 50 50 50 50 50 371
61 Frank Brown 32 24 26 -8 50 50 50 50 50 50 374
62 Nathan James 20 26 22 7 50 50 50 50 50 50 375
63 Jason Holt 22 26 30 -3 50 50 50 50 50 50 375
64 Brandon Coonce 30 24 32 -11 50 50 50 50 50 50 375
65 Justin Halbahm 20 20 20 20 50 50 50 50 50 50 380
66 Ron Mesa 26 22 36 -2 50 50 50 50 50 50 382
67 Josh King 28 22 32 0 50 50 50 50 50 50 382
68 Steven Kautz 18 26 34 5 50 50 50 50 50 50 383
69 Dave Palacios 32 24 32 -2 50 50 50 50 50 50 386
70 John Mesa 20 24 22 22 50 50 50 50 50 50 388
71 Dave Brown 22 28 30 9 50 50 50 50 50 50 389
72 Don Hughes 26 26 26 11 50 50 50 50 50 50 389
73 Dustin Siegfried22 26 22 20 50 50 50 50 50 50 390
74 Kevin Carey 8 28 30 28 50 50 50 50 50 50 394
75 Erik Grammon 20 26 30 18 50 50 50 50 50 50 394
76 Ryan Paquette 28 20 30 17 50 50 50 50 50 50 395
77 Justin Cobun 26 32 22 20 50 50 50 50 50 50 400
78 Randell Davis 28 24 26 22 50 50 50 50 50 50 400
79 Greg Peterson 22 26 32 22 50 50 50 50 50 50 402
80 Dale Johnson 50 50 30 -16 50 50 50 50 50 50 414
81 Brad Rush 30 26 34 26 50 50 50 50 50 50 416
82 Cory Hannah 30 26 32 28 50 50 50 50 50 50 416
83 Matt Soileau 30 26 36 28 50 50 50 50 50 50 420
84 Rich Hinz 50 26 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 476
85 Stuart Gartner 50 50 28 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 478


2.2 Novice Class

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FIRST PLACE: Steven Fillion

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SECOND PLACE: Bob Tarvin

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THIRD PLACE:
Willy Davis

FINISH DRIVER C1 C2 C3 C4 S.O.1 S.O.2 O.A.
1 Steven Fillion -8 2 2 2 -10 0 -12
2 Bob Tarvin -7 -6 6 -9 -5 14 -7
3 Willy Davis -7 -18 2 4 -8 23 -4
4 Rhett Mora 5 -2 8 -9 11 2 15
5 Scott Jackson 30 -19 3 -10 2 30 36
6 Cassie Jenson 30 -11 -3 -7 5 50 64
7 Cole Bailey 20 -1 13 -6 -6 50 70
8 Olly Bradstreet 34 -3 2 0 -10 50 73
9 Donnie Sanders 30 8 2 -8 2 50 84
10 Mark Bouvia 34 -16 0 0 50 50 118
11 Daren Peterson 11 -6 40 -8 50 50 137
12 Gabe Strouse 26 30 -7 -9 50 50 140
13 Dewayne Bradon 32 10 12 -8 50 50 146
14 Jordan Webster 21 3 32 -7 50 50 149
15 Brad Bailey 23 2 38 -8 50 50 155
16 Dan French 5 2 38 11 50 50 156
17 Patti Johnson 34 8 14 1 50 50 157
18 Shane Ellett 36 0 11 17 50 50 164
19 Michael Pratt 30 16 32 -8 50 50 170
20 Charles Rogerson 30 -8 21 32 50 50 175
21 Shannon Davis 36 8 27 6 50 50 177
22 Ryan Bandley 38 -10 38 13 50 50 179
23 Jerry Clark 36 16 38 -10 50 50 180
24 Micheal Morris 30 32 30 -10 50 50 182
25 Johnathon Schultz36 32 22 2 50 50 192
26 Jeremy Clark 34 30 38 -9 50 50 193
27 Michael Brand 34 32 40 -10 50 50 196
28 Dusty Rigsby 36 30 32 6 50 50 204
29 Greg Nelson 32 32 32 12 50 50 208
30 Dan Cuevas 36 28 32 20 50 50 216
31 David Ellett 36 28 40 32 50 50 236
32 Jason Brown 36 50 50 4 50 50 240
33 Cole Cuevas 36 36 40 32 50 50 244
34 Tracy Evans 36 34 40 36 50 50 246
35 Wyatt Casper 36 50 50 32 50 50 268

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One more pic of the best trophy girl ever! (the one on the left aint that bad either)