Bender’s AX10 Ridgecrest Project Backyard Basher

Now that Axial’s new Ridgecrest is readily available I wanted to show one of the Ridgecrest projects I have been working on. For this project I just wanted to build a do it all trail runner/crawler/basher. The Ridgecrest is the perfect platform for this type of build in my opinion, because of the stout AR60 axles and the well tuned suspension geometry. The purpose of this build is to have a rig that can handle a lot of various situations from sandy hills, to rocks and roots, a little water, and possibly some urban bashing. This project will also probably be a loaner vehicle on occasion as well, so I want it to work decent in all situations. Here’s a rundown of what I changed, and why.

A couple shots with the body removed. I swapped the electronics and battery trays around so the battery now sits in front for better weight distribution.




Swapping the two trays around was easy, the only thing required was a servo extension wire. The steering servo wire lead on this rig was a bit too short for me to reach the receiver after swapping the two trays around. Servo extensions can be found at most hobby shops and online retailers for less than $5, so it is a cheap and easy solution.


Here you can see the junction where the servo wire and the servo extension meet. I used the stock wire guide to keep the wires out of harm’s way. Also notice I moved the on/off switch to the opposite side of the chassis, just to keep wires cleanly tucked away.


I stretched the wheelbase on this Ridgecrest to help on big rock obstacles, and hill climbs. A longer wheelbase usually helps a rig’s capabilities in these situations. So, I installed our 106mm grey links, part number AX30516, to replace the old stock plastic lower links. Then, I used our grey machined high clearance links, part number AX30469, to replace the stock upper links. In order to stretch the wheelbase as much as possible I used our long curved XR10 rod ends on all the suspension links, part number AX80057. You will need 4 of the rod end parts trees total to complete the conversion, as well as M3 threaded studs to secure the rod ends to the links, part number AXA0187. You will need two packages of the threaded studs to complete the conversion. My wheelbase now sits at 13 1/2″.


A shot of the link set-up.


Here you can see I also installed our new AR60 machined link mounts, part number AX30830, on the axles as well. These link mounts are cool because they have multiple mounting points, which will help you fine tune wheelbase, ride height and shock angles as needed.


Another modification that I made was the jump to XR10 beadlock wheels, part number AX08061, and R35 Ripsaw tires, part number AX12015. This mod is one of the best you can make, the difference in traction between the stock RTR Ripsaw tires and the better R35 compound tires is night and day.


Last thing I changed was the springs on the shocks. The stock springs were a bit too stiff for my liking, so I swapped them out for our purple comp springs, part number AX30224.


A few shots with the newly cut body.



So far these few mods have really transformed this vehicle into a super capable basher/trail runner, that is extremely fun to drive. Keep an eye out for my next few Ridgecrest installments covering how to convert your Ridgecrest into a capable comp crawler.

2010 Utah State Championships

I’m finally recovering from a fun-filled weekend in St. George Utah!

We arrived late Thursday night and couldn’t wait to get up the next morning to explore, drive SCX10′s, and ride our mountain bikes.

Waking up Friday morning at the campsite was quite a sight. The surrounding terrain was jaw dropping in every direction. We finished setting up camp and got right to work on getting the SCX10′s up and running.

With the SCX10′s up and running we got on the mountain bikes to do some exploring (SCX10′s came along of course!) Ran into this little guy on the trail, luckily I missed him and Scott spotted him as we passed by. I believe this is a male? I remember hearing you can tell them apart by their size. This guy was pretty small compared to others I have seen.

Break time!

Saturday morning we woke up, loaded up the crawlers and headed to the comp site about 10 minutes away from the camp ground. The terrain seemed to be endless, the 801RCC guys are really lucky to have this terrain to drive on.

Brian Parker “Doing Work”

801RCC’s own Mike Thompson… Umm, nice hat?

Scott Hughes at the start gate

Thanks Scott for taking these pics of my rig!

Nice XR10!

Squeezed in some SCX10 trail riding after the comp.

Don Hughes driving his amazingly scale SCX10 with the Pro-Line Jeep Cherokee body.

Thanks for stopping by! The terrain and scenery was just amazing, definitely cant wait to head back again. Thanks to everyone from 801RCC, you made us all feel right at home.

Also, a huge thanks goes out to the Hughes family for letting me tag along this weekend.

2010 Axial West Coast Championship Series


It’s that time of year again for the Axial West Coast Championship Series!

Crawl with the best, learn from the best, and have fun with your family! The top 10 Qualifiers will automatically receive an invitation to the AWCC finals at Cisco Grove, CA.

This year, we are making all of our comps more family and spectator friendly. We’ve added more prizes, give-aways, demo rigs, display and sale booths. Not only that, we will be having 4 different classes to compete in including shafty, sportsman and M.O.A.

Our first comp starts Jan. 23rd at Lake Wohlford, Escondido, CA.

Google Map Links for each comp (we’ll update these as we go along):

Farmington, NM

St. George, UT

Long Beach, WA

Lake Amador, CA

Cisco Grove, CA

Here are some series details (courtesy of the very awesome, Brian Parker):


1.) 2.2 Sport Class: no dig

These drivers are just a step below Pro. In order to enter your rig under the 2.2 Sport Class, you must be competing with no dig and your crawler must be a Shafty. This class is for competitors that are new to the sport and also people that want to test their skills and compete with others with no dig.

2.) 2.2 Pro Class: M.O.A and Shafty

This year, we have added a sub-class to the 2.2 Pro Class: the 2.2 Pro Shafty Class. If you are a pro driver and drive a shaft driven crawler, this sub-class was added just for you. You still compete for the 2.2 Pro overall title, but the 3 best Shafty finishers will receive 2.2 Pro Shafty awards. If you do not have a Shafty, then you will compete under the M.O.A class.

3.) Rock Candy Sport Class: No Dig and must be a Shafty.

The highest overall sport woman driver will receive an award.

4.) Rock Candy Pro Class: For the pro women. Shafty or M.O.A. crawler.

The highest over all pro woman driver will receive an award.


1.)    In the 2.2 Pro you can only sign-up for either Shafty or M.O.A.
2.)    For the 2.2 Pro class, there will be 3 winners: Overall winner for Shafty, M.O.A, and overall winner. If you win with a Shafty or M.O.A and are the overall winner, you can win 2 awards.
3.)    These qualifier comps are family and spectator friendly. We encourage our competitors and onlookers to be courteous by throwing away their trash and to refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages during the event as children are around.
4.)    Food will not be provided to the competitors. We strongly suggest bring a packed lunch.
5.)    Please be on time! Tech rigs start at7:30 a.m. and the drivers’ meeting starts promptly at 9:00 a.m. Afterwards, the comp starts at 9:15 a.m. We all know that time passes fast when you’re having fun, so please be on time so that all the competitors/drivers are able to get to and finish each course in a timely manner.
6.)    There is a limit of 60 drivers per qualifier event and 80 for the L.C.Q. and AWCC finals
7.)    Entry fee for each qualifier comp is $25 and the fee for the AWCC finals is $50
8.)    You can pre-register at, but can also sign-up the day of the event as well. Due to the 60 driver limit for qualifiers and the 80 driver limit for the finals and LCQ, pre-registration will guarantee you a spot at any of the events while signing up that day won’t always guarantee that you get in.
9.)    The top overall 10 qualifiers from the 2.2 Pro Class will have an automatic invite to the AWCC finals at Cisco Grove, CA. Top 10 sport drivers will receive an invite, and the highest placing Rock Candy Pro finisher and the highest placing Rock Candy sports class receives an invite. If for some reason, there is no Shafty in the top ten, then the top finishing Shafty driver gets an invite.
Please note: For those drivers that earn an invite, the remaining balance of the AWCC entry fee is due. For example, when the Championship registration is opened and you confirm your attendance, you pay the remaining balance of $25. This is due after you earn your invite. If you competed in any of the 5 Qualifiers and did not earn an invite, there is no LCQ entry fee required, but space may be limited due to the fact that the LCQ will be open to drivers that did not compete in a Qualifier. After registration opens up for all other drivers that haven’t attended any of the qualifiers, it will then open up for Drivers who attended a Qualifier for the AWCC Finals.
10.) At every qualifier, there will be an AXIAL Scale Trail run set up for everyone with a scaler. There will be demo’s hosted by local area hobby shops of all the latest and greatest AXIAL products, such as the new “Honcho”. If that’s not enough, there will be finishing prizes for all competitors at the Finals! What this means is, wherever a driver finishes, the driver will receive a prize.


7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. tech rigs

8:30 am – 8:45 am judges meeting.

9:00 a.m.: Drivers’ meeting

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Comp

3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.: Announcement of winners, photos, and awards given.

We are definitely excited for this first comp. make sure to sign-up early at the Recon Crawlers Website to ensure that you get in. See you there!