Axial XR10 Team Driver Tip!

Here is a cool tip for those who like to wrench on things a lot, or just like to run all the same tricks that the Team Drivers use. To help ease the time it takes to separate the axles and gearbox’s, you can cut a small notch in the AX30557 Gear Case Plate.

I highlighted the area to cut in GREEN below.

As you can see in this picture, once the gear case plate is installed without the cut it requires the removal of the Axle shafts before you can pull the Gearbox assembly away from the axle.

Once you remove that area of the gear case plate, you can see below the only steps required to remove the gearbox from the axle while the axle can still stay assembled. You can even leave the entire axle mounted to the XR10 chassis.

Hope this helps with the assembly of the axles. This trick with the notch in the gear case plate will work on the front and rear XR10 axle. Feel free to ask questions.


Axial XR10 Rear Axle Assembly Tips and Precautions

With the XR10′s starting to arrive in the hands of our loyal consumers, I figured it would be a good time to share some tips, tricks, and precautions on the rear axle assembly.

The most important thing to take note of is the specific hardware and length used on the rear axle. Not following the instructions exactly can cause failure of the final gears. The most critical are steps 20 & 23. Specifically the location of AXA466 and AXA465.

Step 20

Step 23

Installing AXA466 at the location circled in Green. Note the 12mm Length

Installing AXA465 at the location circled in Green. Note the 10mm Length

Installing AXA466 at the location circled in Green. Note the 12mm Length

Installing the AXA466 M3x12 Flathead at the incorrect location will actually puncture through the inside of the AX80065 “1″ upper rear axle housing. This is pictured below, the AXA466 has been installed at the incorrect location that requires a AXA465. This is circled in RED showing the potential issue.

Everything looks “ok” from the outside.

Note that the screw is now going to interfere with the 15×21 bearings (AXA1243) and the 36T Final Gear (AX30552).

This can cause a few issues:

  • The most critical one being the center-to-center distance on the gears. When this distance increases, you decrease the contact on the teeth. The less teeth in contact, the higher the load will be on these gears.
  • Another issue is the 15×21 outer bearing race  being smashed by using the incorrect hardware. This can cause the bearing to fail by creating a lot of strain on the entire rear axle.  Hopefully these pictures will help you guys prevent this from happening.

The other important thing to check during the rear axle assembly is the clamping hardware on the back of the housing. Make sure to get these as tight as possible without stripping the upper plastic that holds the 3mm locking nut. If these are not fully tightened the rear axle case may flex allowing the center to center distance on the gears increase – this causes a decrease in the contact of the teeth.

Just to clarify, here is a diagram of the “center-to-center” distance on the final gears that I mentioned above. As you can see, when this distance increases, the gears are not as effective at transferring the torque of the motors.

This is the ideal center to center distance with the correct tooth contact.

Here is the potential danger if the gears are allowed to separate. Notice the minimal tooth contact.

UPDATE! 9-17-10:  Please be sure to always install AX30559 XR10 Rear axle plate.  It plays a crucial part of the strength of the rear axle.  The screws holding this plate on are the main clamping bearings on the 5×8 bearing on the end of the AX30196 5×58 Gear Shaft.  You must run this plate and the correct screws.  Instant gear failure will occur without this plate installed.

I hope this helps clarify the above steps and shows the importance of using the correct hardware on the rear axle.  Please feel free to ask questions.


Brandon’s XR10 Setup for Axial WCC 2010

Thought it would be great to share my XR10 setup that I ran at WCC for you guys preparing their parts and starting to think about your own setups before the kits arrive. Let me start by explaining that the XR10’s that Scott, Brad, and myself ran at WCC were all pre-production and at the time we were still running some early prototype parts. However the trucks drove almost identically to the production XR10’s that we are running currently. The great part about the XR10 was displayed at WCC, take it out of the box and build it per the instructions and it’s a very capable competition 2.2 crawler. Our setups were not very far off what is recommended in the manual.

Here is what I ran on my XR10:

  • Tekin FXR’s (2)
  • Tekin 55T’s
  • Axial Steel 14T pinion (Front) Part #: AX30569
  • Axial Steel 13T Pinion (Rear) Part #: AX30571
  • Maxamps 1550 3S LiPo
  • Futaba 4PK
  • Futaba S9157 Steering Servo
  • Futaba Aluminum Servo Horn
  • Castle Creations BEC
  • Dace MFG servo clamps
  • Axial 61-90mm Aluminum Shock Set
  • Pro-Line Single Stage Powerstroke springs
  • XR10 Stage 2 Carbon Fiber Upgrade Kit. (More info coming soon)
  • Axial Machined Hi-Clearance Links
  • Prototype plate for battery mount
  • Axial Hardline body

I will let the pictures do most of the talking. Although there are a few things that I would like to hit on. Most importantly is the ability to adjust your caster on the stock XR10 front axle. I rotated my C’s back and noticed I gained a lot of steering on the rocks. The rig felt like it held lines and was able to dig up obstacles easier. Next I decided to try something different. The Aluminum bodied Axial comp shocks that come with the XR10 are extremely smooth, we even included the machined delrin piston in the kit. However, I decided to try the SCX10 aluminum shocks to lose a little weight and test them in a competition environment. Filled with 100wt oil they did extremely well. I also decided to move my lower shocks to the first hole on the lower links. This gave me more clearance for the 45° of steering that the XR10 has and allowed me to adjust my center height. The SCX10 Aluminum shocks weigh in at 14.0g (.48oz) each. The XR10 shocks weigh in at 21.0g (.74oz) each. Thats a pretty decent weight loss off the most critical area of a crawler. Any where that you can reduce the weight above the center of the tires is going to make a noticeable difference.

I arrived at Cisco Grove Thursday night for the 2010 AWCC. Getting reports from Scott and Brad a few days before that and hearing how their setups were working had me slightly worried. I had one of the only sets of XR10 wheels mounted on mine. Scott and Brad gladly ran Vanquish Products wheels on their XR10’s. At the last minute I decided to pick up a set of Vanquish Products wheels (Thank you Steve!) and match the wheel/tire combos that Scott and Brad have been having success with. There was nothing wrong with the XR10 wheels, but the added width proved to be a safer bet the night before LCQ! Especially when you are getting tips from those two. Friday morning I woke up and lined up for my first course of the LCQ. Scott and Brad fortunately already qualified for Saturdays event. I started with Vanquish Pro Comps and Pro-Line G8 chisels. Early in the morning my memory foam setup was just too stiff. Brian Crofts came to my rescue with a set of Vanquish SLW’s and his favorite foam/tire setup. He basically said “Here try these”. Once again going in blind I nailed my 3rd course with a perfect score! Thanks again Brian. I ran the SLW’s for the remainder of the weekend with a total weight of 14.5oz up front and 5.6oz in the back. If I remember the Vanquish hubs were 225’s in the front and 350’s in the back. This gave me the same track width front and rear.

Finishing the LCQ I was very happy with how I had done. I made the cut and was onto Saturday’s main event. All 3 of the XR10’s finished all 5 courses placing 9th, 10th and 20th. Overall a very successful first event for the XR10 and I cannot wait to start exploring its full potential.

If you have not seen the XR10 video that Lisa Budvarson put together of the XR10’s running at AWCC you have to check this out! Click
Thank you Lisa for doing such an awesome job with the video.

I will be updating the blog soon with pictures and specs of my current setup. I made some slight changes and it’s a completely different rig to drive now!

Thanks to Tazz @ Shot-n-the dark Photography for providing some of the action shots at AWCC!

XR10′s Getting Close!

The XR10′s are at their final stage and preparing for their departure.  Won’t be long until Axial gets to enjoy seeing the kits in our loyal customers hands.  We can’t wait to see what everyone thinks and how you will customize your XR10.  Check out these pictures from our visit to the supplier. Hope you’re ready for this!

Check out this sweet bonus, Axial has added the new internal wheel weights to the XR10 kit at no additional charge. The kit will come with 2 AX30545 Main rings and 1 set of AX30546 inserts!

For more information on the Internal wheel weights click here.

2010 Axial West Coast Championship Finals

After months of waiting, and running numerous qualifiers, it was finally time to pack the Axial RV and head off to the Axial West Coast Championship Finals in Cisco Grove, Ca. The build-up for this years comp began back in January when the first 2010 AWCC Qualifier was held in Escondido, Ca. For this year’s championships no one got a free ticket into the main event Saturday afternoon. You either had to attend one of the 5 qualifier events, and earn an invite by a top 10 finish or sign up for the “Last Chance Qualifier” on Friday before the finals and make the top 20 on that day. So, this event anyone you were competing against earned their way into the main event. Axial hoped this would make for a really tight/competitive comp as far as the top scores go, and that is pretty much how it all played out. Hit one bad gate on any one of the 5 courses and you dropped 10 places in the overall standings instantly. There was no room for error at this year’s event……………….period.

The drive through California via the 395 highway.





The RV was getting a little thirsty, so we stopped off for a drink.


Back on the road.






Settling into our campsite.



Axial staff hard at work.


Game on!!


Brandon spotting for me on course #1.



Team Axial driver Becky Barger working course #2.


Scott Hughes and his freshly built XR10 working course #1.






Jason Gainey works course #1.



A few more random shots from the 3 courses down by the river.



dsc_0134 was on hand broadcasting video of the weekend’s events.



John Hubbard from RCCrawler working the live feed. He looks so content in this picture for some strange reason.



No clue what is going on here.





More pictures from courses 4 and 5.


Brandon on course #4.




Scott H working course #4.



Me on course #4.


After everyone was done running courses it was time to gather around the Axial tent for the trophy presentation.


And the winners are……….
Last Chance Qualifier-Pro
1st Chris Mcmullin
2nd Doug Toney
3rd Kevin Gunderson

Last Chance Qualifier-Sport
1st Eric Hill
2nd Justin McCoy
3rd Dustin Howe

Sport Class-Finals
1st Michael Boling
2nd James Roque
3rd Tom Havel


Rock Candy-Finals-Sport
1st Shannon Davis
2nd Natalia Morales
3rd Kacie Vess

Rock Candy-Finals-Pro
1st Becky Barger
2nd Candance Flaming
3rd Jess Downing



Pro Shafty-Finals
1st Jay Robbinette
2nd Jake Wright
3rd Tom Brown


Pro Overall-Finals
1st John Ripplinger
2nd John Hall
3rd Jason Veal


Congrats to all the winners, you guys really earned it!! Axial would like to thank everyone that helped us with this event, and the overall series. A huge thanks goes out to Brian Parker and Stuart Gartner for all their hard work throughout this whole series, we couldn’t have done it without you guys! Thanks to all the sponsors that helped support the finals too, Vanquish Products, Futaba, Novak, Pro-Line,, and Xtreme R/C. We couldn’t have done it without your support either.

The dust has barely settled on this year’s AWCC Series, and I am already excited for next year’s series to start. If you couldn’t make it to any of these events this year, try and make it to one next year, you won’t be disappointed. And like Warren Miller always says, “If you don’t do it this year, you will be one year older when you do.” See you next year!!

XR10 Snapshots – Beadlock Wheels

I have been getting a lot of questions lately asking about the XR10 beadlock wheels. Most people are wondering what the difference is in offset compared to our old wheels. So, for this round of “Snapshots” I will be covering the wheels that are in the new XR10 kit from Axial.

The new wheels are true beadlocks just like our crawler wheels in the past, but this time there are only 6 screws holding everything together.  So now tuning foams and changing wheel weights is easier then it ever has been. Here you can see all the components that make up each wheel. The XR10 wheels are compatible with Vanquish Products patented wheel weight systems too.

Here is a picture showing the complete assembled wheel with the Vanquish weights installed. Notice the plastic weight retainer that is integrated into the wheels.

Here you can see the offset difference between our old AX10 wheels and the new XR10 wheels. The XR10 wheels measure about 3/4″ from the back of the inner bead seat to the backside of the wheel hex. The AX10 wheels measure just under a 1/4″. So, there is just over a 1/2″ of offset difference between the 2 wheels. Overall width of the 2 wheels is very similar.

That does it for the wheels. Keep an eye out for more sneak peeks soon.

XR10 Snapshots-Axle Housings

Axial’s much anticipated release of the new XR10 kit has been well received in the R/C rock crawling community so far. I know there are a lot of loyal customers and hardcore enthusiasts just waiting to get a better look into this new kit. Well, over the next couple weeks I will be posting up some detailed pictures of various features that this kit has to offer. We also want to give people an inside look at the development and the R&D process associated with this particular kit.

Today, I’m going to start with one of the most critical areas, axle housings. Axle housing are the back bone of any rig that crawls in harsh terrain. If the housings aren’t up to par, then your chances of doing well at a big competition are already compromised. Rather than doing chunky metal housings that act like a grappling hook as you try to drive over the rocks. We went with a low profile plastic housing that slides over rocks nicer then anything I have personally seen to date.

Here’s a little sneak peek inside the new XR10 rear axle housing. Notice this is a finished production axle housing, but we are currently revising this particular part to ensure it is the absolute best it can be. However, you can still see all the webbing (1) that has been integrated for strength. Also notice the double shear lower link and shock mounting points (2).

Here is another view showing the complex interior of these housings.

A few detailed shots of a front C hub, knuckle and oversized universals. Details worth mentioning, aluminum drag link arm for strength (1), angled kingpins for less tire scrub and more responsive steering (2), double shear knuckle arms (3), clockable C’s (4) and burly universals with zero backlash (5).

Here’s a shot of the completed assembly (45° of steering out of the box). You can also see the knuckle arms pull double duty as a steering stop once they contact the axle C at full lock.

That covers the axle housings, and front steering components for now. Keep an eye out for more XR10 Snapshots in the near future.

Axial West Coast Championship Qualifier, Round 5

The last stop on Axial’s West Coast Qualifier Series was held this past Saturday, April 10th. The location for this final event was in beautiful Northern California at Lake Amador Resort. Lake Amador is best known for it’s fishing and camping. The resort constantly stocks the lake with a rare breed of trout known to put up a healthy fight when caught. They also boast about their huge catfish, as well as unbeatable bass fishing. Combine that with the fact that they have an RV park on site, Lake Amador is a fisherman’s dream come true. On the other hand, off to the west side of the lake, down in a ravine, is an R/C rock crawlers dream come true. The ravine has a good sized rock formation that has sharp ledges sticking up everywhere. The rock/ledge located at this particular spot is very unique, and has unbelievable traction. We have had an amazing amount of various terrain throughout this series, but this location was very different from what I am used to. It was the perfect location to close down what has been and awesome qualifier series. Let’s hit the road.

My fuel for the weekend………………………….Mocha Frappee’s from Mickey D’s.

The ride through the Cali countryside.


Brandon and Scott were busy watching Sesame Street all the way there.

Parker’s latest course design, moving courses. Ever try rock crawling on a rock pile that’s going down the highway at 70mph? Hold your line driver!!

On the way to the comp site Friday we stopped by Modesto Hobby and Craft for a quick visit. Very cool hobby shop, with courteous employees and numerous R/C related items. I wish I had more pictures to post from inside, but I’m an idiot and only brought our zoom lens on this trip.

Pulling into the resort.

Overlooking the lake.


Partial view of the comp site.

The Michael Angelo of rock crawling courses, Parker sets gates first thing Saturday morning.

Each course had a sign letting everyone know which course was which.

The parking lot was almost like a car show. Here’s Axial team driver Dean Hsiao’s Impala wagon, soooo clean!



Of course there were a few sweet off-road vehicles in the parking lot too.








Group shot of the drivers.

Group shot of the rigs.

Driver’s meeting


Time to do some work!!






Axial’s own Brandon Coonce working course #1


Me flailing around on course #1




Mr. Scott Hughes working it


Brent Brammer working his Axial SWX through course #2




Brandon on course #2




Dean Hsiao on course #2

Climbing into the alternate line.



Scott on Course #2




Captain Axial at it yet again harassing competitors, passing out free t-shirts and stealing motorcycles.


According to the locals the fire department conducts fire training in this area frequently. There were helicopters flying overhead all day long.

Parker’s newest hobby…………………..Ventriloquism.

And the winners are……..
Sport Class
1st place Shannon Davis
2nd place James Roque
3rd place Jerry Sanders

Pro Shafty
1st place Brian Lorenz
2nd place Brandon Coonce
3rd place Dean Hsiao

Pro Overall
1st place Daniel Flemming
2nd place John Hall
3rd place Lenny Tyler

The Rock Candy Girls

CanDance, Pro Rock candy winner (left), Shannon Davis, sport rock candy winner (center), Mindy Howe (right). Watch your back guys, they are gunning for us.

Well, that does it for this first qualifier series. I would personally like to thank Axial and Vanquish Products for their support during this series. I would also like to thank Brian Parker, Stuart Gartner and all the volunteers/judges that helped us with these events. We definitely couldn’t have done it without the help of everyone in this great R/C community. If you didn’t get a chance to attend any of these 5 qualifiers, come on out to the finals on June 24th-26th. You can run the last chance qualifier and still get into the main event. I guarantee the finals will be a memorable weekend whether you come out to compete, or just watch. See you then.

Working on the Jeep

It’s time for me to do a little work on the 1:1 rig this time. I’m in the process of swapping my tags out from the old Colorado plates to new Cali license plates. I need to get a smog test done in order to get it registered. The stock Jeep headers are notorious for being thin and cracking. Mine cracked a few years ago and I had a friend patch it up. But, it’s starting to leak again and I know the stock converter is probably all clogged up too. So, it’s getting a new exhaust system installed very soon. I bought a new Gibson stainless steel header, muffler and tailpipe. I’ve been looking around at high-flow converters and am noticing that none of them are legal in California. So, I guess my only other option is to have the shop install a new factory converter when they do my exhaust. If anyone knows of a high-flow converter that is 50 state legal, I’d love to hear about it. I need to get this thing registered so I can go out and play on some trails with Brandon and his new rig. Hopefully, I can keep up.


James & Joel – Father and Son Crawling Team

I recently asked my Friend James for pictures of him and his son. When I lived in Northern California these two would always be out crawling at the local meet up’s and competitions. It was great to see somebody as young as Joel ready to jump in line to try the next course or begging his father James for the transmitter to his SCX10.




Wasn’t long before Joel showed up with his very own SCX10 with a Pro-Line Ambush CGR body on it. James also sent me a few pictures of Joel working on his SCX10 just like his Dad.





Thanks for the pictures James! Its good to see you guys getting out and still having fun crawling.