Project Wrexo – The Ingredients!

Overall chassis shots.

Detailed shots. Here you can see the details of the EXO front end. The front toe block was flipped 180* to get a little more kick-up.

A shot from the top out front. Here you can see one of the chassis braces running from the top of the bulkhead to the upper link mount on the Wraith skid. I also had to clock the steering servo so the servo horn cleared the cage work. It now runs parallel with the front driveshaft, which provides just enough clearance.

A shot of the rear axle and its suspension set-up. I used an old AX10 chassis plate to make the rear shock towers and sway bar mount.

The rear cage has been cut since these photos were taken, in order to mount a full size spare.

A couple finished shots with the spare tire mounted.

The ingredients:
AX90020 – Wraith Kit
AX90015 – EXO Kit
AX30091 – 67 – 90mm Aluminum Shocks (Front)
AX30222 – 14 x 70mm 3.55 lbs/in Blue Springs (Front)
AX30092 – 72 – 100mm Aluminum Shocks (Rear)
AX30224 – 14 x 70mm 1.43 lbs/in Purple Springs (Rear)
AX30825 – EXO Front Shock Tower (Front)
AX30811 – EXO F1 Toe Block (Front)
AX30812 – EXO F2 Toe Block (Front)
AX30815 – EXO Machined Steering Rack (Front)
AX30415 – EXO CVD’s (Front)
AX30781 – Wraith Front Sway Bar (Rear)
AX30829 – Wraith HD Differential Cover (Rear)
AX30402 – HD 43/13 Ring and Pinion Set (Rear)
AX30789 – Wraith Aluminum Lockouts (Rear)
AX30860 – HD Motor Plate
AX80059 – XR10 Lower Link Mount Sleeves
AX24260 – Vanguard Brushless ESC
AX24010 – Vanguard Brushless Motor
AX30836 – 25t HD Aluminum Servo Horn
AX12015 – R35 Ripsaw Tires
AX90001 – OG Axial Scorpion Chassis Plate (Rear upper shock towers)
AX30519 - 101mm x 30* grey links x2 – rear upper links
AXA1420 – 15mm grey post x2 – sway bar links
AXA1421 – 20mm grey post x1 – steering drag link
AXA1424 – 35mm grey post x2 – chassis brace ties upper/lower cage together
AXA1425 – 40mm grey post x2 – front upper links for IFS
AXA1427 – 50mm grey post x2 – steering tie rods
AXA1428 – 55mm grey post x2 – shock braces front and rear
AXA1429 – 60mm grey post x2 – rear upper roll cage supports
AXA1431 – 70mm grey post x1 – front bulkhead brace
AXA1413 – 1mm grey spacer x10 – washers and front upper suspension arms
AXA1414 – 2mm grey spacer x10 – washers, front bulkhead brace and steering drag link
AXA1415 – 3mm grey spacer x10 – chassis brace ties upper/lower cage together
AXA1416 – 4mm grey spacer x10 – rear lower links, sway bar
AXA1417 – 5mm grey spacer x10 – front chassis brace
AX30475 – 74.5mm grey links x3 – rear lower links and rear upper shock mount brace

All links and spacers listed are for the color grey, not red. All red links and the 74.5mm links are now discontinued.

Parts sourced from Vanquish Products.
Vanquish SSZ-Star Wheels (Soon to be re-released)
Vanquish .350 Hubs (Front)
Vanquish .600 Hubs (Rear)

Axialfest 2012 Skeeno Report

Cisco Grove, CA • June 22-24, 2012
Photos: Matthew “Skeeno” Soileau

Where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday crawling was a cottage industry fad in the R/C world.  I remember attending the first Axial West Coast Championship back in 2007.  It was then I met Matt Kearney of Axial and spied the prototype Axial AX10 for the first time. After seeing that beauty, I knew I was in for the long haul.

Six years later, Axial is still here and the Axial West Coast Championship has morphed into AXIALFEST, a fan appreciation event aimed at thanking the customers who made Axial the #1 name in the R/C Crawling World.  While what most see as a singular act under one name, the game of “crawling” has grown into different disciplines consisting of rock racing, overland adventure and of course the namesake – crawling.

But, gone is the drama due to massive “wait time” and tension of a competition with 15-minutes of total drive time over the course of a weekend. With Axialfest, it is a festival devoted to maximum fun with maximum drive time for the Axial fan!

Too simple to be true, right?

To resolve my temptation to doubt, Axial again teamed up with the madman, Brian Parker and his RECON Crawlers crew, so I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt this was going to be another epic event.  I eagerly awaited the arrival of AXIALFEST on the weekend of June 22-24.

I was so excited, I packed up my gear and headed up a day early.

Once up to beautiful Cisco Grove, CA in the High Sierra’s, I quickly got busy readying my home for the next four days of fury.

After making sure everything was in order, I snuggled up in the loving embrace of my 45 year old tent trailer and waited for Friday morning to arrive.  Yes, that is orange shag.

The next morning a belly of Java and cinnamon rolls started my day.

AXIALFEST featured four events; the Rock Riot, RECON G6 Challenge, EXO Terra Cross, and the Ultimate Team Adventure Challenge. No matter  which Axial kit you brought, there was more than enough fun to be had.

ROCK RIOT

The first event of the AXIALFEST was the Rock Riot.  The Rock Riot is unlike the traditional competition in that there is no time limit and participants score themselves.  It is based on the honor system. It was a perfect event at this fan event because it allowed drivers to make countless laps on the courses.  The format allows beginners plenty of drive time to learn the art of crawling while giving seasoned crawlers constant challenges and chances to better their driving, all while doing away with waiting in long lines all day.  All Axial vehicles could be run, so many ran their comp-built XR-10s first and then played with their SCX-10s and Wraiths on the courses as well.  This gave drivers the most bang for their buck as far as drive time goes. At traditional competitions drivers might see 15-20 minutes of drive time total throughout the day. The Rock Riot format gives competitors about an hour of run time just for this particular course, and there were multiple courses to be run.

The Rock Riot took place in two stages, Stage 1 in the morning and after an afternoon break, Round 2 of the Rock Riot began at dusk. Drivers were challenged by the darkness.  Glow sticks marked the gates.  It featured more of a playful feel than Round 1.  Novelties such as a shaving cream filled crevasse and glow in the dark Toxic Creek made driving interesting.

Every single one of the trucks you see in the pictures is being driven on course.  There was no waiting in lines.  Slower drivers merely allowed the faster drivers to play through like golfers on the links.

Brian Parker of RECON [center] explaining the Rock Riot in detail.  Here Parker enjoys the action with Bender [left] and Sumquak [right].

Brandon Coonce and Brad “Bender” Dumont of Axial getting their first taste of the Rock Riot flavor.

Alien crawling?

No lights were allowed in the Toxic Creek for the drivers. I snuck in with a media pass just to show you what the drivers encountered.

The smell of Barbasol is strong in this one.

RECON G6 CHALLENGE

The G6 Challenge is the heart and soul of the AXIALFEST.  The G6 is a semi-timed event where drivers have to navigate their rigs through trail markers. There were several classes; 1.9 Adventurist, 2.2 Adventurist, and Ultra.  I say semi-timed because there are so many time bonuses that it is impossible to really tell who is going to win.  The Ultra class is the only class where drivers are allowed to sprint the entire time.  It is the cardio class. The Adventure class is about driving clean and having fun.

The G6 Challenge was ran in three stages, Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, and Saturday night.  The daylight stages featured many challenges such as a sled pull, kite flying, darts, archery, boat float, winch skill, and probably a few more. Each daylight stage was 500 trail markers long.  Some drivers were on the courses for over three hours at a time.  The night stage had more of a party feel and was dubbed ‘Boogie Nights’.  Drivers that decorated their bodies and rigs received time bonuses.  The night stage was shorter than the day stages, so drivers could get back to G-Central for some disco action.

The line for G6 check in was a bit lengthy. Brad and Stuart of RECON moved them through as quickly as they could. This would be the only line of waiting…

This is the calm before the storm.  Drivers lined up according to class;  Ultra made up the front row as they will be sprinting, 2.2/Wraith’s for the second batch and 1.9′s for the third wave.

The Undertaker brought his quarter to pay the bridge toll.

The Wraiths lead the way.

There was a bit of ‘Follow the Leader’ action until the 1.9 class separated.

All the way from Hawaii, Disturbin’ Tha Peace flew up to gets his G6 on!

Mike Pham is G6in and he knows it.

The G6 is perfect for families with young ones. This guy has got his eye out for the next trail marker.

Team work is allowed and encouraged.  These two use a tow cable and winch to help each other up a dugout obstacle.

Is that trail marker 392?!  Only another hundred or so to go. I hope you packed some extra batteries, water and snacks.

It wouldn’t be a Parker course without some mud and water.

One of the Driver’s Challenges was to fly a kite tethered to your truck.  How does Parker come up with there ideas? Ty from Tekin completed his run with ease.

Dan Wilson ready to complete the Pull Pal Winching Skill Section.

Dean Hsiao gets ready to float his canoe down the creek.

The dance floor waiting for some dancers.

Miss D in the G spirit!

EXO TERRA CROSS

In between the G6 stages, the EXO Terra Cross was held.  This was like an off-road club race with SCX10s, Wraiths, and the new EXO. A track was set up and each class raced two qualifying heats and a main.  Transponders recorded laps while the drivers raced.  This event turned out to be a hoot to watch.  There was lots of dust flying everywhere.  Those EXO buggies can really lay down the roost.

Is that a gas pump on the Terra Cross course?

Double hood jump.

Flying EXOs!

Thanks for crashing, so I could win.

Is that the fast line?

ULTIMATE TEAM ADVENTURE CHALLENGE

The Ultimate Team Adventure Challenge, or UTAC, was a new concept for RC.  It combined the adventure of the G6 with the orienteering skills of geocaching.  Teams are made up of three rigs with specific titles & duties; Team Director, Team Navigator, and Team Support vehicle.  The support vehicle pulled a trailer that included a magnet and magnifying glass to be used on course. Teams were given a set of coordinates and were told to go locate the caches.  Each cache contained instructions for teams to follow.

This may be the coolest SCX10 of all time.  This VW Transporter was a support vehicle for a UTAC team.

Here Team RenoRadioControl.com pulled a cache out of a tube with their magnet and is ready to follow some instructions.

At the end of the UTAC, teams used their wilderness skills to light a fire.  The goal was to have the fire burn the string.

FINAL THOUGHTS

AXIALFEST 2012 was a huge success.  Drivers drove more in three days than most will ever drive in their lifetimes and many memories were made.  Smiles were worn by all participants even when things did not go their way.  Drivers supported each other and true RC camaraderie was seen throughout the event.  The only thing the AXIALFEST is missing is even more days. Next year let’s make it a whole week.

AWARDS

Can you find yourself?

 

Let us know your thoughts – Axialfest 2013?

Brandon’s Axial EXO RTR Terra Buggy goes Baja Bug!

The Axial EXO Terra Buggy stands out due is its unique looks and construction.  The integrated cage and multi-piece body seperates it from the norm, eliminating the standard body posts and bouncy lexan body found on most RC’s.  So what do you do when you feel the need to change the look of your EXO Terra Buggy?

First thing I did was find some inspiration.  While surfing the classified’s section on race-dezert I came across this heavily built VW Bug with an LS1 out back.  Perfect!  The EXO Terra Buggy is also V8 powered thanks to Turnkey.

Browsing Pro-Line’s website I found quite a few Baja Bug bodies.  After talking with them it looked like the Volkswagen Baja Bug Body 3283-62 was the best fit.

A few days later the fun began!  A quick trim and mock-up showed that this project had some potential. I started the build on my EXO Kit, so excuse its rough looks.

Some more trimming, fitting, and head scratching resulted in the following:

I immediately knew this body needed something to top it off…  How about Axial’s Universal Light Bar?  Part number: AX30709

Decision on the paint scheme was easy.  I know this is a VW and not a Toyota, but I couldn’t resist.

To finish off the lighting I installed a pair of the small round buckets included on the Axial Light Bucket Set.  Part Number: AX80045

Now for the fun part.  My AX90024 Axial EXO Terra Buggy RTR is still fresh and right out of the box.  Let the modifications begin.  With the body already trimmed to fit and the basic modifications required already laid out this was an easy build!

First things first, I removed those awesome green body panels. The rear wing was also removed for now.  Still undecided on the look with/without the wing.

Because the hood of the VW body is longer I had to look at finding a way to move the front bumper out of the way.  So for now I simply removed the bumper brace.  Add that to the pile of removed parts…

I also wanted to give this build more of a long travel stance.  Out of the box the EXO sets at about mid travel for ideal handling.  I decided to use some longer rear springs in the front to achieve the look I am after.  Some 14x70mm Firms did the trick.  Part Number: AX30221.

New longer springs vs. the stock front springs.  Both are Firm (Yellow) Springs.

End result, the new front stance.

To mount the VW baja body I decided to avoid using the existing hardware that was used to mount the EXO Terra Buggy body.  Instead I fabricated some body mounts.  Lots of ways to do this but here are the parts and placement I decided to go with.

I picked up some some threaded posts.  They were included with Traxxas TRA3727A.  The simply threaded into the existing hole that held down the old hood.

I also trimmed the hood mounts on the front to allow the body to sit as low as possible.  The two mounts circled in red were cut flush.

For the rear body mounts I dug through the parts box.  These started life as AX10 body mounts.  Part number: AX80005

I simply cut them to the required length and drilled a new hole in them.

Once my cut was cleaned up and I confirmed the length I used the existing holes on the EXO cage (where the original body mounts).  I used some M3x15mm Tapping Buttonheads that used to hold on the bumper compression brace.  Perfect length for this, and a great way to re-use parts from the “removed” pile.

The end result looks factory.  I even have some adjustment left to fine tune the fitment of the VW Baja Bug Body.

Next I decided to remove the rear light bezel.  The roof of the VW Baja Bug body will cover this, and removing this allowed me to get the body to set at the desired height.  Plus this gives me easy access to install the radiator.  Note: It is possible to remove the light bezel without removing the cage, I used an Axial 2.0mm ball driver.  Axial Part Number: AX20021

Guess what is included in the spare parts bag of the Axial EXO Terra Buggy RTR?  How about an officially licensed Griffin Radiator.  Score!

This parts tree is available separately as well.  Its a great accessory for your SCX10 or Wraith.  Part Number: AX80103

I decided to cut the radiator off and lay down some silver paint for scale realism.

Radiator assembly and installation.

Did you catch that additional parts tree with rod ends I showed in the picture of the radiator?  They provided a perfect solution for adjusting the position of the front bumper to fit the VW body.  I picked up some M3x25mm threaded turnbuckles, Part Number: AXA1633 to complete the assembly of the links. The following screws and nuts were used to mount the assembled links to the bumper and bulkhead:

M3x45mm Cap head.  Part Number: AXA0094
M3x18mm Button head.  Part Number: AXA118
M3 Thin Nylon Lock Nuts.  Part Number: AXA1052

Installed:

One thing I really liked about the 1:1 inspiration was the overall width and stance.  I decided to mimic this look by simply installing some front wheels and tires on the back of the EXO.  The EXO Terra Buggy comes with narrow front wheels/tires and standard rear wheels/tires.  To match the narrow wheels/tires on all 4 corners I needed the following parts:

2.2 3.0 Raceline Renegade Wheels – 34mm (Chrome/Black) Part Number: AX08106
2.2 3.0 Hankook Dynapro Mud Terrain Tires 34mm Part Number: AX120107

Getting close!!

Here is my final pile of removed parts.  Looks like my EXO Kit gets some fresh body panels and a new wing now!

Here is a shot of the cutouts on the hood to clear the shocks.  Also note the cutouts for the front bumper, this wasn’t necessary but I didn’t want to take away too much clearance from the front by pushing the bumper any further forward.

Hmm, something is missing back here.

Ahhh, my Turnkey V8!  Axial Part Number: AX04031

This also includes the seats and dash, I’m saving that for a potential part 2 of this build.

Trimmed, painted, and stickers applied.  Too easy!  My EXO RTR should be much faster now…

Install time, simply remove the 2 button head tapping screws holding on the center brace from each side and it comes right out. (4 Screws total)

I grabbed 4 of the M2.6 button heads that held all the original green body panels to the cage.  These will be used again to mount the motor.

Once mounted it simply slides into place.  The detail of the motor and radiator should definitely make this VW Baja Build stand out.

Ready for it?!?

The completed build is definitely very unique.  It was surprisingly simple to do as well!  The EXO Terra Buggy platform has a ton of potential for scale builds and replica’s.  Already brainstorming the next EXO based project, hope you enjoyed this one.

4th Annual So-Cal Off Road Truck Show 6-30-12

It was a perfect June day for the 4th Annual So-Cal Off Road Truck Show and Axial was happy to attend for the 3rd year running. This year 4Wheel Parts of Compton was kind enough to open its gates allowing off roaders from all over Southern California to display their rigs. From a bone stock 1950′s GMC pickup to pre-runner style trucks to all out rock crawlers this show had something for everyone. The California Off-Road Vehicle Association, CORVA, was on site handling the announcing duties as well as the raffle. This organization works tirelessly to keep our trail’s open for us to enjoy; please visit their website for information on how you can help: www.corva.org. Although we did not have any natural rock to play on I was able to make a challenging little course with a few artificial rocks and a wood ladder. It was difficult to get all 4 tires up on the rock without using too much gas and going right up and over the rock. Once on the rock you hoped you were facing the ladder because there wasn’t much room to maneuver without falling off the rock. The skill level of the drivers was impressive and most had prior R/C experience. The EXO RTR was a hot topic since it was just released and not yet in stores. Those who were lucky enough to get behind the wheel were surprised with its top speed and excellent handling. Just before the raffle 4Wheel Parts brought out the RTI ramp for anyone who wanted to test their flex out. A crowd drew as more and more rigs, including a 2wd pre-runner, tested the fruits of their labor. One rig went a little too far and flopped over to the crowds delight and cheers, see the pic and video link below. Lastly was the much anticipated CORVA raffle. Raffle items included a Smittybilt 8,000lb winch donated by 4Wheel Parts, a LED Light Bar by Tough-Light, even a ride in a Class 1 trophy truck by Engage. This year CORVA had a separate raffle specifically for the Axial Trail Honcho and I was honored to draw the winning ticket that belonged to Alex Ayala. This was a great way to spend a summer Saturday and we will be back next year for more off roading eye candy!

Big thanks to Pepe Palomo of Global Offroad Supply for organizing yet another great show! www.globaloffroadsupply.com
Also a big thanks to Nicole Pearson for the great pictures! http://www.pearsonimages.com

4th Annual SoCal Off-Road Truck Show 6-30-12
The Axial booth in all its glory!

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On Top: AX90019 Ridgecrest, Left: AX90022 Trail Honcho RTR, Middle: AX90018 Wraith RTR, Right: AX90024 EXO RTR

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Front: AX90024 EXO RTR, Behind: AX90019 AX10 Ridgecrest RTR

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Kids, and some adults, were drawn to the rigs as if they had some sort of magnetic field emanating from them. Axial wasn’t complaining!

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John Rocha of Road///Race Motorsports very capable Willy’s Jeep.

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Nothing like a ‘home-grown’ Toyota with plenty of battle wounds to prove you don’t necessarily need 30K-50K in a rig to have fun and get in a magazine article or two!

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This Jeep means business!

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The Storm Trooper edition Toyota Tundra complete with white tint. As you can see the Tundra’s were represented very well here. All of them were super clean and well built!

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I would NOT want to plop down on these nice seats after spending a day working under the Toyota….haha!

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Sand ramp’s anyone? Did you know Axial makes scale sand ramps? AX80112 is the part number and they can be purchased from your local hobby shop. To view them visit the Axial website: http://www.axialracing.com/products/ax80112

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Alex Ayala’s CJ7. Get a look at that GIANT D-ring hanging off the front end?! Alex was also the proud winner of the Honcho RTR raffle, congrats!

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No off roading truck show is complete without a Suzuki Samurai with Toyota Axles. I believe the Chevy bow-tie represents the current power plant. The ol’ Suzuki 1.3L 4cyl is probably not up to the task of pushing all this extra steel!

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What if you need to replace the headlight bezel? It’s these questions that keep me up at night……

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This was a Jeep at one point in its life. I think……

Engage
Engage was displaying these trick LED light bars from Tough-Light. A lucky raffle winner took one of these home, thanks Engage!

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Admire’ers of the various sharpie markings from trail dings and dents.

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See the guy leaning against the yellow Jeep Cherokee in the background? He was driving his heavily modified Honcho from his Jeep and managed to make it across, now that’s skill! He also had a very nice Wraith in his collection. Thanks for the support!

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I know this ‘course’ doesn’t look very challenging but it was. Once the right line was found the 100% stock Wraith, Ridgecrest, and Honcho were all able to make it across the ladder.

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Two future Axial vehicle owners. Which one to get is the only question, decisions decisions…..

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The EXO RTR got a lot of attention since it just came out that week. Many show attendees were into short course racing and were anxious to see the new EXO RTR in person.

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With her nimble handling, brisk acceleration, and awesome top speed, the EXO RTR impressed even the most seasoned short course drivers. Drivers quote of the day: ‘Wow, the EXO RTR seems to handle way better then my [insert brand/model here]?!?!’ That’s what we want to hear!

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RTI ramp time! This Suburban did very well for its size.

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Full pull! Talk about crossed up?!

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V8 powered Tacoma doing WORK!

Rig Flop
Someone had to do it and that someone was Richard Flores of the ‘Rock Brawlers’. For a great video of the action click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Quh-FyG3DBY&feature=youtu.be

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John’s Willy’s never fails to impress! Hey what’s that waiting in line behind him?

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The Wraith would never miss an opportunity to tackle the RTI ramp! Alex measured up the wheelbase and we heading up the ramp….

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Oh yea! Scale full pull? Haha!

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Once again Wayne Ford of CORVA, along with the CORVA crew, did a great job with the raffle. This year they had a separate raffle for the AX90022 Honcho RTR which became very popular. Other great prizes were raffled off as well.

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The winning ticket belonged to Alex and boy was he happy! He double-downed winning in the standard raffle as well?! I’d say he had a good day!

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Nothing like a Honcho to put a smile on your face!

Axialfest 2012 Recap

The first annual Axialfest was held this past weekend, June 22 – 24th, in Cisco Grove, CA. This event was known in the past as the “Axial West Coast Championships”, aka AWCC. This year’s event was geared towards “scale adventure” more so than a full on “competition”. While there are many classes to run, and trophies to win, this year’s event had a little different format to it, by offering numerous scale classes to compete in. Brian Parker’s new competition format known as “G6″ is slowly taking  the country by storm. Parker and his group of Recon Crawlers set out to make this event all about driving your scale R/C truck on lengthy adventures. When I say lengthy adventures, I mean it. For example the first stage of the G6 challenge on Friday consisted of navigating 500 gates that were sporadically laid out in the woods surrounding Cisco Grove Campground, the base camp of our adventures for the weekend. These 500 gates are numbered and must be run in consecutive order. Sounds simple enough right? Well, it can be, if you can locate all the gates. Brain and his crew can be pretty creative when it comes to setting courses, and camouflaging gates. And keep in mind there are 3 stages to this G6 challenge, so 500 gates is only part of the 3 day adventure. In the end I believe some adventurists in attendance ran in excess of 1200 gates throughout the weekend. Here’s a run down from the event.

Axial base camp.

The mud pit, which would be used throughout the weekend.

 

Registration on Friday morning.

 

The Terra Cross track.

 

Competitors line up according to class for the start.

 

Brian Parker holds the driver’s meeting before releasing competitors out onto the course.

 

On to the action. A cool Crawlmaro replica made with a Wraith.

 

Brett Carlson from Bulu Productions made the trip down from Oregon to shoot a little video, as well as compete with his Wraith.

 

Driving out of a rollover will save time and penalty points if you don’t have a winch.

 

One of the challenges that had to be performed on this stage was a sled pull.

 

Here you can see the mud depth is keep scale for realism.

 

Teamwork is another key factor to making through all 500 gates. Competitors are allowed to help each other over obstacles if need be.

 

The start of day two’s Ultra Race. This was a class that required you to run the set course as fast as you can. If you are looking for a good fun cardio workout, this is the class for you.

 

The first turn was a bottle neck for the more densely populated classes.

 

Axial’s own Brandon Coonce took the holshot in his custom blue paneled Wraith.

 

Next class hits the ground running. This was the adventurist class if I remember right. This class wasn’t about speed, it was more about adventure. But, a quick start to get ahead of the competition is still a good idea until the group gets spread out on course.

 

Turn one mayhem.

 

Next class to depart for the starting area.

 

Turn one was a great vantage point again.

 

Ty Campbell from Tekin’s custom Wraith build hits the mud pit flying.

 

More turn one action.

 

Not very often you see a Gremlin sporting 54″ tires.

 

After all the classes got underway, I set out on foot with my camera to see what challenges lay ahead for our competitors. First driver I came across was my co-worker Brandon. He had a weird monstrosity strapped to the hood of his Wraith. I asked him as he went by what it was, and all I heard was something about a boat? Confused, I followed him up the trail for a bit until he hit a challenge section of the trail run. This challenge required those carrying kayaks or boats on their vehicles to launch their boats at the designated boat ramp, let the vessel float its way downstream to the designated pick-up zone, then recover your boat and load it back onto your rig before you continue on. Actually turned out to be very entertaining to watch, some boats sank in the “rapids” requiring the owner to tip toe their way out into the stream for a recovery. Here is where Brandon’s previously mentioned monstrosity/camp fabbed raft came into play. Constructed of a 2.2 Ripsaw tire, stock tire foam, Proline roof rack, Proline cooler and a little duct tape, this raft floated down the scale river like a champ!! Everyone was laughing as it floated by us.

 

A few other watercraft making their way downstream.

 

After completing a few hundred gates the trail leads the competitors back to base camp for a run through the mud pit.

 

Cupid’s set-up is looking pretty high-tech these days, he is now apparently sporting a compound bow!!

 

Meanwhile back at our campsite our XR10′s are still covered in shaving cream from the previous night’s “Rock Riot” event. It’s a long story………. click the link below the photo.

A little video of Brandon and I hitting the shaving cream pit first. Brandon had the honors of breaking trail, I am second. Listen to Parker laughing as we go through.

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Our guard dog watched over the Axial RV while we were away.

 

One of my favorite scale vehicles from the weekend.

 

A few random campsites that were set-up properly for the disco themed weekend.

 

Time for some Terra Cross action. The TC races had a little something for everyone. There were classes for the SCX10, Wraith and EXO. Each class had its own variation of the track to run. This was one of the highlights of the weekend for me. It was the definition of backyard racing!!

First up for the heat races were the SCX10s.

 

Next up, the Wraith class.

 

And the EXO heat races were last.

 

Winner of the SCX10 Terra Cross Race was Matt Soileau

 

Start of the Wraith finals.

 

Taking the first Wraith Terra Cross victory was Axial team driver Ryan Gerrish.

 

Start of the EXO finals

 

Steve Brown of Vanquish Products tries to get his RTR EXO out of Ty Campbell’s way. Ty was by far the fastest guy on the track.

 

After all the dust settled, Ty Campbell took the win in the EXO Terra Cross.

 

Congrats to all the winners, you guys earned it! Here are a few highlights from the awards ceremony.

 

The future of our sport.

 

The Hawaii club sent this autographed banner to the event with signatures from the Hawaii G6 thanking Axial for their support. Thanks guys!!

That wraps up the 2012 Axialfestivies. If you can find a way to attend one of these G6 events you won’t be disappointed, especially if you own a scale R/C truck. Don’t forget to pack spare batteries either, because you are going to need them.

Axial Ad’s of past and present

Here we are again on another great Axial day!
Today I was digging through the archives over here at Axial, and dug up some old and new advertisements. So I though I would share a few of my favorites with you!

I’ll start from oldest than progress onward.

I liked this Scorpion ad because of it scale comparison.  It is really cool to see the difference between the real thing and the model.

Both of these SCX10 ad’s caught my attention, due it’s RTR scale look.  Also because you can drive these anywhere!

Let me get you in the mood for this ad (background music).  Now that the theme music is set, you can really be pulled into the sleek, dark look of this ad! It really has redefined written all over.  (Luke come to the Dark Side)

If your still listening to the imperial song…it’s alright, I understand that it can be pretty catchy.  The Wraith is a sweet ride, that comes with all the scale looks and mean graphics.  let alone the graphics for this ad are catchy as well.

My final favorite is the EXO.  Now I saw the EXO video before I saw this ad.  Both of them together just rock!  Seeing the scale looks, with the dirt flying due to it’s sure power really caught my eye!

These are my top picks at the moment, and I hope you enjoyed this post.  If you would like to see the rest of the ad’s follow this link to our flickr page.

Until next time,

Artothebeat, out!

EXO Terra Buggy Build Tips: Motor Mount

The Axial EXO Terra buggy includes a very unique motor mount.  The adjustable mesh screw and the dovetail groove are both unique designs for ease of adjustment and maximum holding strength with minimal effort.

Lets go over the basic installation and assembly of the motor mount.

Step 1: With the motor mounted onto the slide use this screw to adjust your mesh.  You can slowly adjust the mesh as you tighten or loosen this screw, once set you will be able to remove the slide with the motor attached and install it again into the same exact position. Use a 2.5mm allen driver for this adjustment screw.

Step 2: Once the mesh is set install the M4 set screw in the top of the motor mount.  Do not tighten this screw all the way down yet.  Use a 2.0mm allen driver here.

Step 3: Continue tightening this set screw, you will feel the screw stop once it hits the motor mount slide shown by the green arrow on the step 3 image above.

Step 4: Once the screw has touched the motor mount slide you only need to turn it another 1/4 turn.  Or 90*.  This will snug up quickly and lock the motor slide into place.  Over tightening this set screw will cause damage to the motor mount or the motor mount slide.  1/4 turn is all you need here.

DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN THE M4 SETSCREW!  YOU WILL DAMAGE THE MOTOR MOUNT.

Here is an image from Step 22 in the EXO Kit manual.  You will see the slide attached to the motor, and the motor mount attached to the chassis.

**Worried that the extra 1/4 turn past snug isn’t enough?  Here is why it works.

The Motor Mount has a male dovetail, while the motor slide that the motor mount attaches to has a female dovetail.  When the M4 setscrew is tightened you are not only applying pressure to the point of the set screw, but also to the entire surface of that dovetail.  This increased surface area means you have that much more material holding the motor slide into place. Trust the surface area! Over tightening the set screw will actually decrease this surface area and potentially break the mount. AGAIN, DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN!

Here is an image of the added surfaces from the dovetail.  This is holding the motor mount slide into place.  Keep in mind these surfaces are on the front and back.

Birth of the EXO Terra Buggy

The Wraith™ gave Axial it’s first taste of speed, and while speed was not the total pursuit principle of the Wraith, we still sought after more.
Axial Wraith; Telling of the EXO Terra Buggy Story

Axial’s R&D team started with a clean slate and took an in depth look at the off-road desert scene before starting the EXO Terra Buggy project.
Desert Trip Nov 2011
ICON Vehicle Dynamics
ICON Vehicle Dynamics
ICON Vehicle Dynamics
The design conclusion was, that if money was no object then we wanted the best of best and best of each type of desert rig. Plain and simple, trophy trucks are cool! But a Class-1 buggy is more practical and would easily allow a design to consist of four-seats much like a fun sand car. You could simply say it is a four seater sand car, but we all know that sand cars do not work in the desert and while a full-size 1:1 with 4WD is crazy expensive, this is our dream and we wanted our dream rig to be 4X4! Yes, we know the EXO does not exsist in the 1:1 world, and that is exactly what we intended – TO DREAM! Just not to the moon.

Axial worked directly with Hankook for tire development:
Axial version Hankook Dynapro A/T
Paul Jho of Hankook checks out the Axial Version Hankook Dynapro M/T
Paul Jho of Hankook checks out the Axial R/C version of Hankook Dynapro M/T.

Four Wheeler April 2011
Hankook? Off-Road? Did anyone read the April 2011 issue of FOURWHEELER magazine? The Hankook Dynapro MT was crowned FIRST PLACE in the Ten-Way Tough-Tread Shootout!

Matt Kearney of Axial Inc
Matt Kearney, Head Of Research And Development at Axial Inc. Many of you know him simply as “AXIAL” on the RCC-network. His desk is never this messy, I just fixed it up like this so you can treasure hunt for hidden items…

Brandon Coonce of Axial Racing
Brandon Coonce, R&D Product Designer at Axial Inc. He is the Lead Designer for the EXO Terra Buggy project; has a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of the Pacific. I think there is a running joke that he is “son of Badger” on RCcrawler.com I need to investigate that story more, but without a doubt, Brandon is super talented and very nice too! He also lead the design team on the XR10.

Jamie Seymour of Axial Inc
Jamie Seymour R&D Product Designer at Axial Inc. Jamie was the Body Designer for the EXO project – he has a Bachelor of Science in Transportation Design from world renowned Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. From pencil to pixels, then add in some drums as Jamie is our resident band member.

Axial Meeting
The Axial team made several decisions even down to the body details as we wanted to create something that look as modern if not more so than anything already existing in the full-size market. We think our man Jamie created what has to been the coolest looking body we have seen in some time! Any full-size companies looking to us for inspiration would be an honor!
AXIAL EXO Concept Drawing by Jamie Seymour

Axial has a mixed and varied passion for rocks. Previously we have only shown you how we like climbing on them… But we also like spitting them too!
Axial EXO Terra Buggy Rock Splash
And we try to creatively capture and show things as well, such as with this image. Yes, we takes lots of pictures and we like to tease you with images from our testing sessions.

Axial EXO Terra Buggy AX90015
The product has been blessed by a Baja Champion.

Axial EXO Terra Buggy AX90015
Rory Ward of Racers Only: cartoonist, communicator and “historian” for the off road community, has given his blessing to the EXO™. He even knocked out this little drawing for us! Who the hell is Rory Ward of Racers Only? Check this out: http://axialracing.com/wordpress/2011/10/24/rory-of-racers-only/

Hundreds of hours of research and development in new directions for Axial resulting in what is called the EXO™ Terra Buggy.
Axial EXO Terra Buggy AX90015
The result of all this passion, time and creativity have resulted into a new tool for the “toolbox” as we’ve expanded our arsenal.

Axial – Bringing Dreams To Reality Faster!™

Check out the product page:
AX90015 Axial EXO™ – 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD Terra Buggy – Kit

The Official Axial EXO Terra Buggy Video

Axial EXO – How to swap batteries

Now that the EXO Terra Buggy has officially been announced, I want to take some time and highlight a few of the features. For this post I want to cover how to swap the batteries and show a couple of the subtle but cool details on the EXO battery tray assembly. Our patent pending quick release battery tray makes swapping the battery in the EXO really easy to do, with minimal down time between runs.

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A few photos of the battery tray with the body and cage removed.

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Here you can see the rubber battery straps lock into the battery tray tabs securely. The straps have steel pins pressed into the ends of them, the ends of the pins are what tie into the battery tray tabs.

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Grab the tab on the end of the rubber battery strap, pull down and release the pins from the battery tray tabs to remove the battery. No body clips or threaded nuts required. Notice the battery tray is two separate pieces too. I will explain why in a minute.

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To aid in removing the battery, the battery tray tabs fold down out of the way. Once they are folded down, the opposite end of the tabs help lift the battery out of the tray too.

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Notice the M3 screws and slots in the battery tray as well.

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I grabbed one of our 2S lipos to show how easy it is to make adjustments to the battery tray. Here is where the two piece tray is key. I set the battery into place first to see where it sits.

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Once you install your battery into the tray you can adjust the two halves of the battery tray to fit the battery as needed. The two halves of the tray are mounted to the chassis with M3 screws as I mentioned earlier. Because the battery trays have slots built into the mounting tabs, you can adjust the size of the tray to fit most batteries. Here you can see that the tray is a little too long to hold this battery properly right now.

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I backed the M3 screws off in the battery tray halves and snugged them up to the battery before tightening them up again. Now you can see the tray fits this battery like a glove.

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Another cool feature to this battery tray is the the rubber straps. There is adjustments built into those as well. You can fine tune the straps to fit different height battery packs if need be too. A close up shot of the stationary side of the battery strap, and it’s different mounting options. Three holes in the strap and two holes in the battery tray give you a handful of options to fine tune the straps.

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Here are a few more photos showing how to change the battery with the cage and body installed.

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The passenger side of the EXO has 2 body posts and clips that hold the side panel on. Remove those 2 body clips, pop the side panel off and you have access to the battery.

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As I mentioned earlier, grab the tab on the end of the strap, pull down and release to remove the battery.

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Fold the battery tabs back to pop the battery up out of the tray.

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Then remove the battery.

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Grab a freshly charged battery.

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Slide the battery into place.

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Secure the battery using the rubber straps.

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Then reinstall the passenger side body panel.

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Time to go tear it up!!

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That covers the EXO battery tray, and it’s adjustments. Keep an eye out for more blog articles covering different features on the EXO in the near future too.