Axial’s Muddy Wraith

So, I guess the word is out that we are releasing a new vehicle.While everyone is wanting it, “LIKE RIGHT NOW!!!,” we are still doing our initial playing, I mean testing. Did I say that out loud? And we have had our fair share of rain in Southern California that would make Dennis Anderson proud to host his Muddy Motorsports Park in our backyard!

So, for all you East Coast’ers – this one is for you! It was hard work trying to get all scalistic and paint all this mud on, so we just did it the authentic way and bashed it through the biggest mud holes we could find!

So how is that for a gallon of sweet tea?

Jake Hallenbeck’s Full-Size Axial Rock Crawler


Jake’s Buggy Specs:
• 330hp Chevy Vortec 350, 700r4 trans, rockbox transfer case,
• Dana 60 high pinion front axle, 5:38 gears, arb locker. chromoly shafts
• Dana 70 rear, 5:38 gears, detroit locker, chromoly shafts
• 47″ Super Swamper LTB tires
• 15×10 Bart Racing beadlocks
• 112″ wheelbase
• 92″ wide
Q: How many Degrees of articulation does it have?
A: I don’t know, but i can lift one tire 54″ off the ground before another comes off.

Q:
What is the tire size?
A: 47″ Super Swamper LTB’s

Q:
How much suspension travel?

A: 16″ shafts

Q:
Is it comp ready?
A: No, not this one, but its trail ready for 5 days.

Q:
When are you most confident in your driving skills?

A:When I’m driving!

Q:
Has it ever been rolled?

A: Yes, 2 times, they were both minor though. i have rolled 67 times in my life.

Q:
What is the hardest trail you have done in the rig?

A: Punisher Kanyon (upper Bronco) in Reno, NV

Q:
What is your favorite drink?

A: Come’ on, Jack Daniels!

Q:
Do you actually wheel this or is it just a trophy buggy?

A: Do i have to even go there.  It’s clean because I can drive!

Q:
How long have you been off roading?

A:I’ve been riding dirt bikes since I was 8.  4-wheeling for me started when I was 15 years old, and I have 8 years of professional experience.

Q:
What is your favorite offroad trail?

A: The Rubicon, its not to hard, but it’s beautiful.

Q:
Do you think RC rock crawling is similar to 1:1 crawling?  If so, how?

A: Yes, you have to have the rig set up correctly and you have to be able to see the line.

Q:
Have you learned any driving tricks from the RC rock crawlers that you have translated to the 1:1 crawlers?

A: Oh yeah, front dig climbs are a big one.

Q:
Most aren’t ever done with their build, so do you have any planned mods in the future?

A: Yes, i am going to 300m steel shafts in the buggy soon and racing bucket seats.  Nothing major, i love it.

Q:
What was the most critical criteria that you had to consider when building this crawler?

A: What you want to do with it, weight, tire size and wheelbase. You have to have a plan going in or when you get half-way into the build nothing fits and it gets really expensive fast.

Q:
You fabricated this rig yourself, so can you tell us something about your background on how you’re able to fabricate such an impressive rig?
A: Practice makes perfect.  I started reading 4wd magazines and decided to try things i saw.  I have been doing this for years now.  This is actually the first buggy i ever built back in 2002 and to this day its still my favorite.

Q:
What was the most challenging aspect of this build?

A: The visualization process and then bending the first tube is a hard decision. Other than that i would say the flooring and firewall gave me the most headache.

Q:
Did this build turn out the way you wanted it? If no, than what would have liked to have changed?
A: Yes, I have grown a taste for horsepower, so 500+ hp would be cool.

CKRC owner Jake Hallebeck’s 1:1 rock crawler and 8.15:1 RC replica.