Yogi Bear Drives a Wraith

Yogi’s Favorite saying is “I’m Smarter than the Average Bear,” and he proved it.

As he was roaming Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest Campground in Western Pennsylvania looking for unattended Picnic Baskets, he came across John “Rckcrwlr” Thornton, driving his new Axial Wraith.  As Yogi welcomed the children that gathered around him, he had his big eyes peeled at Rckcrwlr and his cool rock racing Wraith!  As he approached, he pointed at Rckcrwlr’s hands and motioned to hand him the transmitter.

Yogi Drives the Wraith

Concerned about a “newbie-bear” running an RC rig, Rckcrwlr took time to teach Yogi how to use the the AX-3 Transmitter.  After about 3 minutes, Yogi wanted to try it.  Rckcrwlr put a new battery in the Axial Wraith and off he went.  The only time Yogi had a bigger smile was when he scores a Picnic Basket full of Chicken, Biscuits and Danish.

Yogi Bear Drives a Wraith...

Yogi first drove in circles that he got bored with.  Quickly he was climbing wood piles, rocks and dirt hills.  Yogi is a little heavy on the throttle and really had the Wraith moving.  At one point he was chasing BooBoo with it.


Yogi had his fun and about that time, caught a whiff of a freshly opened picnic basket and was off on his next entertainment mission.

Project Wroncho – Wraith axles under an SCX10 chassis

Ever since I saw the first prototype Wraith axles, I have wanted to bolt them up to an SCX10 frame with a Honcho body for that “full width” one ton axle look. Well, I finally had a chance to try and it, and so far it seems like it’s going to be a fun vehicle. The extra width of the Wraith axles make this SCX10 extremely stable at speeds, especially when cornering on any high traction surface. The axles should make this SCX10 a great TTC style rig too, because of the extra width/beef of these new axles. I also have a feeling it would do well in G6 style events too. I haven’t had a chance to take the “Wroncho” off-road yet, but here are a few photos of my set-up. Keep an eye out for action shots and video in the near future.

The overall stance……..wheelbase is right at 13 1/2″.

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The suspension set-up. I had to use various rod ends and links to achieve the stance and wheelbase I wanted. I will probably machine new rear lower links to eliminate the extra spacers at the axle.

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I tried using straight rod ends at first, but the triangulation of the links was too much, and it caused binding. The curved XR10 rod ends are a perfect fit though.

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For the initial mock-up I ran the link/shock mounts on the axle the standard way they arrive in the RTR Wraith. But, my ride height ended up a little too tall for my liking. So, I flipped the link/shock mounts upside down which lowered the overall height just enough for me.

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It’s tough to see, but in order for the driveshafts to clear the upper links as the suspension cycles, I had to put a slight bend in them front and rear.

The rear clearance at full compression of the suspension.

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The front at full compression.

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Mandatory flex shot.

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So far I am really excited about how this build is shaping up. Like I mentioned earlier, keep an eye out for some action shots and video very soon.

Link to build thread on RCC:
http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/axial-scx-10/221956-benders-honcho-now-sporting-wraith-axles.html

Link to action shots:
http://wordpress.axialracing.com/?p=763600000

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