Scale Details – SCX10™ 2012 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

Axial’s latest SCX10 release is an officially licensed 2012 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. It is an RTR vehicle, which means it is ready to go as soon as you remove it from the box. The detail and realism of this latest release is awesome to see in person. The molded plastic rollcage, fenders and bumpers are all realistic features you would see on any hardcore 1:1 trail rig. Also included are molded plastic tail lights, side view mirrors, steering wheel, gear shifter, D-rings and even a fuel filler assembly for the Fuel Safe fuel cell which adds even more realism to the overall look.

For this article I will cover how you can add a little more detail to your new SCX10, with parts that are included in the RTR box. I will also go over a few other mods that you can make that require no out of pocket cost and really add to the overall look of your new Jeep.

One of those mods that can be done for free is cleaning up the inner fender wells front and rear. You will notice some extra Lexan around the inner fender wells, where the Poison Spyder Crusher Flares meet the Lexan Jeep body. We will trim this excess Lexan away to give the inner wheel wells a cleaner look.

First thing we want to do is use a marker inside the body to color the excess Lexan that hangs below the Crusher Flare’s inner plastic mount.

Once all 4 inner wheel wells are marked, you can remove the Crusher Flares with a 1.5mm driver.

Now you can see your cut line is clearly marked on the inside of the body.

Use a pair of curved body scissors and a sharp X-acto to clean up the excess Lexan. Be sure to leave plenty of meat around the mounting holes, you will only be trimming away a small amount of excess Lexan.

After the trim job is complete.

Next I used my marker again to color what little excess body still remained, and hide the silver from being seen once the flares are bolted back into place.

Now you can bolt your flares back up on all four corners. It looks a lot cleaner now.

Next we will add some detail to our SCX10, with parts supplied in the RTR box. In the plastic parts bag that comes packed in the RTR box you will find a molded plastic fuel filler cap.

Installing the fuel cap, and other scale details, will be easier with the roll cage removed.

Using a 2mm driver remove the eight screws that hold the cage to the body.

Now set the fuel cap in place on the tank to sort out exact placement. I am going to mount it centered left to right on the fuel cell, and slightly closer to the rear of the gas tank.

I measured the overall distance between the molded studs on the bottom of the fuel cap. These stud help hold the cap assembly in place, and you will need to drill clearance holes for them in the fuel cell.

Now, using my calipers again, I measured the overall width of the center section on the fuel cell to find center.

Cut your previous fuel cell dimension in half and mark the center point with a marker.

Our spread on the molded studs from the fuel cap assembly was about .600 of an inch. Cut that in half and you get .300 of an inch from the stud to the mounting hole in the center of the fuel cap. Measure .300 out from the mark on the center of your fuel cell to get your drill points. Mark those points with a marker and drill them out with a body reamer.

Take your time when drilling / reaming the holes. Make sure you test fit the fuel cap assembly as you go. Once everything fits properly, you can move on to the next step.

Before we bolt the cap assembly into place, I will add the officially licensed Fuel Safe fuel cell sticker included in the RTR box.

Using an X-acto gently trim away the small pieces of the fuel cell sticker covering the body mounting, and fuel cap mounting holes.

Insert the fuel cap assembly into place on the fuel cell and secure with a short M3 screw. I used a shorty plastic self tapping screw to tie the cap to the tank. If you don’t have a really short screw, you can use something longer if you have a spacers to take up the extra slack. The screw I found was slightly longer than needed, so I used an old SCX10 shock piston as a spacer.

All done!

Next we will add a few more interior details, with decals that are supplied with the RTR. Remove the molded plastic gear shifter located between the front seats.

Located the interior decals on the sticker sheet.

Apply the decals to the center console and arm rest.

Use an X-acto to cut the mounting holes for the shifter.

Bolt the shifter back in place.

The sticker sheet even includes a Jeep decal for the center of the steering wheel.

Last thing we will add is the exterior hinge stickers for the doors and the rear tailgate.

Now we can bolt the roll cage back onto the body.

Close-up shots of added details.

Stay tuned for more……

Axial visits 2012 Easter Jeep Safari – Highlights Video

We finally found some time to edit a highlight video from the 2012 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. Highlights include trail runs with Rebel Offroad on Hell’s Revenge, Poison Spider Mesa and Metal Masher. Also shot some footage at Area BFE with the R/C’s. We even found a little sand to play in for the Formula Offroad vehicles and the EXO.

Enjoy!!

Axial “SCX10JK” – Icon Vehicle Dynamics Suspension

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We have officially placed the Axial 2012 Jeep Rubicon Unlimited “SCX10JK” in the capable hands of Rebel Off Road for them to start the build. The first thing on the to do list was a proper suspension system. We have had Icon Vehicle Dynamics as one of our marketing partners for quite some time now, and have decided to run their “Jeep JK 4.5″ complete suspension system” found here. We are also working with Dylan Evans, their head engineer to further test their new compression clicker reservoir shocks on our JK, talk about some incredible shocks, we can’t wait to run these on the trail! I personally have worked with Dylan for many years on different motorsport projects, and am really excited to see these guys working together on this. I am confident that this suspension system will suit our needs and surpass our expectations. Dylan is a mastermind at tuning shock and spring combinations for the best of both worlds, day to day driving, as well as a healthy dose of off-road abuse. Take a look at this suspension system as we break down the different components, and what purpose they will serve.

The new Icon Suspension System consists of:
Upper and lower front links
Upper and lower rear links
Front and rear springs
Front and rear pan hard bars
Front and rear pan hard brackets
Front lower shock mounts
Front reservoir mounts
Front and rear bump stop spacers
Extended sway bar links
Front and rear 2.5″ body Compression Clicker Reservoir shocks

Here is a shot of the entire system laid out on the Rebel shop floor..

With the Axial SCX10JK up on the rack, it is time to get to work and tear it apart..

The suspension links have a brilliant design. First off we have some race car parts with these huge heim joints, because strength is paramount in any suspension system. Second, Icon have developed a 2 stage threaded adjustment system. This means you simply place the link in place on the vehicle, then you adjust the length to desired spec, then tighten down. No more of this remove the link, adjust it, then replace it. It makes setting the caster on solid axle vehicle as easy as it gets!

The links themselves are designed for maximum flex. Pictured here are stock links with Icon links. You can see that the flex for the stock arm is meant to come from flex in the bushings and the arm itself. The Icon arm, has a race spec heim on one end and a Johnny Joint style joint on the other, meaning that the link is allowed to articulate throughout its range of motion without any resistance from rubber or torsional twist from the arm.

The front upper arms are designed to flex from one side and solid mount to flexible bushings in the Axle housing, these solid mounts have also been beefed up significantly.

The front and rear Icon springs are quite a bit taller than the stock springs, and should provide plenty of extra ground clearance, as well as the perfect rate once the vehicle is outfitted for battle.

The pan hard or “track” bars from Icon feature a much stronger and lighter tubular design. The ends of the Icon bars are equipped with heims or Urethane bushings which is a significant upgrade from stock.

The shocks for this project are probably the most striking change from stock. It is hard to imagine running on stock shocks after seeing these 2.5″ reservoir bad boys from Icon….
Rear Shocks

Front Shock

The install of the suspension system goes really smooth, at least that is what the staff at Rebel makes it look like.
Here is the front suspension before and after Icon links.

The front springs and shocks are huge!!

The compression clickers on the reservoir are going to be awesome, we cant wait!

The lower shock mount moves the shock out for clearance during full articulation.

And pictured with the reservoir mount in place, almost ready to rock!

The rear suspension was next on the list.
In stock form…

With the Icon links…..

Rear sway bar links

Rear springs and shocks

Completed rear suspension

The suspension stage of this project is only the beginning, be sure to check back in the coming weeks to see this vehicle coming together. We intend to build a proper Jeep JK with the highest quality products and then take it out and hit the trails. For the history on how this vehicle came about please check out our earlier blog postings here….
The Full Size Connection

Axial 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited

Axial Visits Rebel Off Road

To learn more about Icon Vehicle Dynamics and see some more of their high end suspension components be sure to visit their website here.

Axial Visits Rebel Off Road

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Now that we have this 2012 Jeep to build, dubbed “SCX10JK” , we headed back over to Rebel Off Road to start developing a game plan to get it trail ready! Rebel Off-road is famous for making some of the wildest Jeeps in Orange County, Ca. For a relatively small shop, this company puts out a lot of high quality builds. This is due to their very knowledgeable staff, and their off-road experience.

The main man behind Rebel Off Road is Bond Gilmer. Bond has been an off road fanatic since he was a youngster. When considering putting your new vehicle under the knife, it is very important to get to know the people who be responsible for its transformation. Axial employees have been going to Bond for years to have their vehicles serviced, repaired and built. We know the 2012 Axial “SCX10JK” will be in good hands!

Bond will be the first one to tell you that running a successful operation is relative to the team of people who you surround yourself with. His employees are hand selected for their different expertise in different areas of the off road business. Without these guys Rebel wouldnt be what it is today! Here is Bond, Chris, Taylor and Jason all working at full throttle!

Sandy is the lead mechanic in the shop, he was too busy to strike a pose for us, so we caught him in his natural environment…

Austin (on right) is the latest addition to the crew, he is always on the fly and really hard to capture on film, we did manage to catch a candid while he was rewinding a winch with Chris’ help.

They are in the middle of an expansion of their show room, so they expressed that it is fairly empty at the moment, but we had to snap some shots of their progress anyway… It is coming along quite nicely!!

They have several magazine articles they have been involved with up on the showroom walls.

Rebel has a total of 5 LED screens in their showroom, 4 smaller versions constantly playing images of the vehicles they have built, and one large screen to show customers photos of the components they are talking about. It is really cool to see all this technology employed here.

Sometimes when you walk into a shop, you can tell right away how much pride they put into their work, just by looking around a little. These guys have some display stands for the vehicles they have made to take to shows, and these awesome aluminum waiting area chairs! I want some of those!!

Of course they are representing for Axial!

When you walk out into the workshop, the first thing you notice is the work board, man these guys have long a list to get done! I wonder who told them we were coming? HA HA… I see the priority of the Axial SCX10JK is quite high, and there is a little VIP in there for us!

One of the things you cant help but notice is the shop and surrounding areas loaded with Jeeps, these guys are definetly the local authority on all things Jeep!!

Here are a few of the vehicles that belong to the Rebel Staff in action, these guys really know their way around the Jeep JK!!

Be sure to stay tuned to the Axial Blog as we are getting ready to turn over the “SCX10JK” to Bond and the talent staff of Rebel Off Road and let them work their magic!

For more information on Rebel Off Road be sure to visit their site www.rebeloffroad.com , and while you are there checkout the rigs page located here

See the Axial Wraith Premiere at the Rebel Offroad Exhibit!

See the Axial Wraith™ at the official, exclusive premiere in the Rebel Offroad exhibit at Easter Jeep Safari, April 21-22, 2011! Easter Jeep Safari is the largest Jeep event in the world.

Easter Jeep Safari: http://www.rr4w.com/pageview.aspx?id=16382

Moab, Utah

Rebel Offroad is proud to debut the world’s most hardcore R/C crawler/rock racer for the world’s most hardcore full size wheelers.

Rebel Offroad: http://www.rebeloffroad.com/

Axial Wraith™: http://www.axialracing.com/ftp/wraith/index.html

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