How To: Install the AXI31555 Blazer Hard Top

How To: Install the AX31555 Blazer Hard Top Axial’s AX90058 SCX10 II 1969 Chevrolet Blazer is certainly one good-looking ride, but the addition of the AXI31555 Hard Top is sure to catch the attention of many Blazer fans. In this article, we show you a step-by-step procedure on how to mount this cap. But, before we do, let’s go over some of the tools you’ll need to get the job done.

TOOLS NEEDED:
1. 1.5mm Hex Wrench
2. Scissors (specialty scissors for cutting polycarbonate plastic)
3. Reamer (for drilling holes)
4. Paint (for polycarbonate bodies)

LIST OF PARTS USED:
AX90058 Axial SCX10 II 1969 Chevrolet Blazer RTR
AXI31555 Axial Blazer Hard Top

STEP 1

How To: Install the AX31555 Blazer Hard Top Before we build, let’s look at what comes in the AXI31555 Blazer Hard Top package. There’s the polycarbonate plastic shell, instruction sheet, window masks, sticker sheet and hardware bags. Easy enough, right?

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How To: Install the AX31555 Blazer Hard Top A closer look at the instruction sheet. It also documents the opening rear window, a cool feature but more needed to get to the body clips!

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How To: Install the AX31555 Blazer Hard Top Window masks. I peeled off the excess to make it easier to see the actual window parts. Note the top and bottom are for the side windows, the center is for the rear window.

STEP 4

How To: Install the AX31555 Blazer Hard Top Before you stick the window masks on, make sure you wash the Hard Top with soap and water. Dry it completely – you may even want to let it sit out for a little bit to air dry, just to be sure. Peel off the masks and stick them on. They don’t have to be perfect as we’ve included external decals, but you want to get them as close as possible.

STEP 5

How To: Install the AX31555 Blazer Hard Top Paint whatever color you want; I did black since I figured it would match the Blazer body well.

STEP 6

How To: Install the AX31555 Blazer Hard Top After the Hard Top is done drying, cut it out, remove the window masks and the overspray film. Now, as an added detail, sprayed the outside of the Hard Top with a matte clear coat to soften up the shine. If you want to replicate this, DO NOT remove the overspray film. First, use a sharp blade (Xacto brand, Olfa, etc) and cut out around the windows, then remove the overspray film. If you don’t cut out the windows, you’ll clear coat them as well and you won’t be able to see through them.

STEP 7

How To: Install the AX31555 Blazer Hard Top Using the hardware enclosed, attach the mounts to the Hard Top. Note that there are two different designs of mounts; you don’t want to mix these up when you install them. Read the instructions carefully.

STEP 8

How To: Install the AX31555 Blazer Hard Top Assemble the swiveling tailgate mount…

STEP 9

How To: Install the AX31555 Blazer Hard Top …and attach it to the tailgate. You’ll need to notch the tailgate first; there are scribe marks to show you where to cut.

STEP 10

How To: Install the AX31555 Blazer Hard Top Attach the tailgate assembly to the Hard Top.

STEP 11

How To: Install the AX31555 Blazer Hard Top The tailgate should swing freely. If not, you may need to trim the notches until it does.

STEP 12

How To: Install the AX31555 Blazer Hard Top Here’s a quick inside look at the tailgate mounted to the Hard Top. You can also, at this time, attach the tailgate lift handle.

STEP 13

How To: Install the AX31555 Blazer Hard Top Ream 4 small holes into the Blazer body; there are already dimples in place. Note that you only need to ream the front- and rear-most holes as shown.

STEP 14

How To: Install the AX31555 Blazer Hard Top Set the Hard Top in place and attach with the supplied hardware. Set your completed Blazer down, step back and revel in your masterpiece!

Yeti Pre-run Checklist – Read Before You Run

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Now that the Axial Yeti is hitting hobby store shelves, we are hearing of more “Yeti sightings” being recorded! That being said we wanted to take a few minutes to help you get familiar with this new platform! First and foremost, let’s go over what to look for when you first pull it out of the box. As with any new RTR R/C vehicle, you should check everything over carefully before installing a battery and heading off to your local bash spot. RTR means “ready to run”, but even then there are certain things you should check before actually running your new “RTR” R/C. For this blog post we will cover unboxing your new Yeti, and what to look for before driving it for the first time.

Checklist:

1. Check and make sure the wheel nuts are properly torqued down on all four corners of the vehicle after you pull it out of the box. No need to get crazy and over tighten them, just make sure they are good and snug.

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2. Adjust the height of the battery tray to fit the battery packs you have, or that you plan on running.You want to make sure the battery is held firmly in place so it can’t move around while you are driving. If the battery can move around in the chassis while you are driving the Yeti, it can cause erratic or inconsistent handling.

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3. Next we added a little foam to the battery tray to stop the battery from sliding back and forth after you have adjusted the height in the previous step. We cut up an old tire foam and used a little at both ends of the battery. Shoe Goo can be used to hold the foam in place so it stays put during battery changes.

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4. Check all drive shaft set screws prior to your first run to ensure they are tight. You will also want to check these after your first battery pack as well, just to make sure they are still properly seated.

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For the front output, turn the front tires to the passenger side. Then, you can access the set screw from the driver’s side with a long 2mm driver as shown.

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This covers the initial inspection before you run your Yeti for the first time. Taking a few minutes to go over this list, as well as giving the entire vehicle a quick visual check, will definitely give you a better experience. We will have more maintenance tips and tricks coming soon as well! Stay tuned!!

Axial’s AS-3 Servo Upgrade

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Axial’s AS-3 servo is standard equipment in all RTR Axial vehicles. We know most people hear the term “RTR servo” and they immediately think an “upgrade” is in order. But, this servo is actually very capable for an RTR servo, especially when used in conjunction with 1.9 wheels and tires. The AS-3 servo is a digital servo, it has metal gears and is rated at 150 ounces of torque at 6.0 volts. The one drawback that this servo does have is the main output shaft is supported by a plastic bushing rather than a bearing. After you have run a few battery packs through your RTR you may notice a little slop in the servo’s output shaft where the servo horn attaches. Once dirt gets in around the output shaft and bushing, it starts to wear the bushing fairly quickly. As the bushing wears the servo output shaft will develop some side to side play. Once it wears to a certain point your gear mesh will be compromised and you run the risk of stripping teeth off a servo gear. Luckily for us Fast Eddy Bearings has recognized that a simple inexpensive bearing can add a lot of life to that RTR servo, and eliminate these problems. This is the best “bang for your buck” mod you can make to any Axial RTR vehicle. It is a simple, inexpensive way to upgrade your Axial AS-3 RTR servo.

Remove the servo horn from the servo’s output shaft. Then, remove the servo from the front axle. You will want to unplug the servo from the receiver, just to make the switch less of a hassle. A shot of the servo, and the new 6x10x2.5mm bearing that will replace the bushing.
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Using a 1.5mm driver, loosen up the 4 small screws on the bottom of the servo case.
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You can leave the screws in the case, just make sure they are all loose.
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Set the servo upright so it is sitting on the heads of the 4 screws. Push down on the case and the screws will pop the top cap off. Notice the white bushing on the servo’s output shaft. That is what we will be replacing. If you don’t see it around the output, check the cap of the servo case.
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Bushing removed.
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A side by side shot of the bearing and bushing.
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Install the new bearing in the top cap.
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Reinstall the servo’s top cap and you are done!
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Performing this simple mod will add a lot of life to your AS-3 servo. As mentioned earlier, this is one of the best mods you can make to your RTR Axial vehicle for durability reasons. If you have an old AS-3 servo laying around because it has some slop and you wanted to upgrade. Try installing one of these bearings, and you will have a decent metal gear servo for your spare parts bin.

Link to 6x10x2.5 bearing.
http://www.fasteddybearings.com/6x10x2-5-metal-shielded-bearing-mr106zz-w2-5/

Still not sure you have the confidence to perform this modification? Check out Team Fast Eddy’s video tutorial for a visual step by step “how to”!

A Years Worth of Abuse in One Week?

Those of you that attended the 2012 King of the Hammers race may have seen the Axial demo booth that was set-up near the pit area. Axial ran a demo during the week of KOH with some of our new 2012 SCX10 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon RTR’s. This demo allowed anyone attending the King of the Hammers event to try their hand at driving one of our scale Jeeps on the obstacle course that was built on site. The demo ran twice a day for 2 hours at a time for 5 days, so there is 20 hours of drive time right off the bat. There was also a few extra credit runs at night with these trucks, so we will add another 10 hours of run time there to be on the safe side. We are now at about 30 hours of solid run time for the week, for each of these demos. We recently went to take a look at the condition of the the demo Jeeps in order to prep them for another Axial demo for the 2013 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. We grab the first demo JK, pulled it out of the box and was amazed to see how much wear and tear these rigs went through during their week at KOH. The demo rigs look like they had been used for a year, not a week. Everything was intact and working on all the demo SCX10′s too. I thought we put a lot of abuse on the SCX10-JK in the 3 days we spent on the Rubicon. But, the demo drivers at KOH have us beat by a mile as far as the abuse they inflicted upon these demo SCX10′s. Impressive!!

A few photos of the wear and tear. Starting with the front bumper and d-rings.

The front axle.

Chassis skid plate and lower links.

Front driveshaft.

Front wheels. It’s hard to see but almost all the chrome is missing from the outer lip of the wheel.

Moving on to the body, the mirrors took on a bunch of rock rash, but are still intact.

Same goes for the Poison Spyder licensed Crusher Flares, lots of rock rash but they protected the body just like the real product is designed to do.

Rear Crusher Flares.

Again some impressive rock rash for only a few days of running. Way to do work KOH demo drivers!!

2011 Axial/MSD Scale Nationals: Top Truck Challenge

The Top Truck Challenge was the last event of the 2011 Scale Nats weekend. To get into this competition you had to be voted in by members of RCCrawler.com. Anyone can submit an entry, but only the top 10 make the cut. This event is held on Sunday every year, and is the most entertaining to witness by far. It’s just fun watching custom built R/C’s go through this grueling torture test. The was no shortage of breakage, or fried electronics this year either. Almost every competitor had to make repairs at some point during the event. Driver’s meeting started at 10am on Sunday, so we all got to sleep in a little. Once the meeting was done everyone headed down to the first obstacle, “The Frame Twister”. Here’s a quick rundown of the day.

Driver’s ask questions about the format before the event gets underway.
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Frame Twister
Team Axial driver Zach Chatelain’s custom Jeep tuber.
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Utah’s Lance Parker and his custom Jeep Brute build.
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More random shots from the first obstacle.
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Colorado’s Patrick Hardesty working his way through.
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Mud Pit
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Ryan Gerrish won the award for “Biggest Splash” in this event.
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Ty Giebel got a little too close to the pit during Ryan’s pass.
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More random shots
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Obstacle Course
Tim Samuel navigates his custom tuber through the course.
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The finish line had a decent jump before it, most guys hit the skinny pedal as they came through.
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A little carnage.
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More random goodness.
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More at the finish line.
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Dean Hsiao on course.
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Sled Pull
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Mini Rubicon
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It didn’t take the kids long to inherit the pull sled for their Honchos.
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Hill Climb
Ryan Gerrish works his way up the hill climb obstacle.
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John Riplinger’s custom Jeep tuber attacking the hill.
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Few more shots from the hill.
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Tank Trap
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And the winners are………
1st John Riplinger
2nd Lance Parker
3rd Ryan Overbye
4th Zach Chatelain
5th Dean Hsiao
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That’s pretty much it for the 2011 Scale Nationals. It was a great weekend, with some awesome competition. We are already looking forward to next year.

Axial at the Portland International Auto Show

Team Axial driver Ryan Gerrish attended the Int’l Auto Show in Portland, Oregon this past weekend. Ryan and fellow northwest crawler Brett Carlson set-up a small Axial booth at the show to demo some SCX10 TR’s, and allow fellow show attendees to take the wheel of an SCX10. Ryan’s dashing good looks scored him a small spot on the local news. Check the video!!

Keep an eye out for a more in depth blog post covering the auto show and it’s highlights.

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.

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

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Back on the road.

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Settling into our campsite.

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Axial staff hard at work.

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Game on!!

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Brandon spotting for me on course #1.

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Team Axial driver Becky Barger working course #2.

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

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Jason Gainey works course #1.

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

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

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John Hubbard from RCCrawler working the live feed. He looks so content in this picture for some strange reason.
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More pictures from courses 4 and 5.

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Brandon on course #4.

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Scott H working course #4.

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Me on course #4.

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

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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

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1st Shannon Davis
2nd Natalia Morales
3rd Kacie Vess

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1st Becky Barger
2nd Candance Flaming
3rd Jess Downing

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

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

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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, RCCrawler.com, 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!!

Product Release – AX10 Scorpion RTC (AX90011)

AX10 SCORPION RTC (READY-TO-CRAWL)
Based upon the award winning AX10 Scorpion – KIT!

FEATURES

• Complete Ready-to-Crawl (RTC) out of the box
• Full Time 4 Wheel Drive (4WD)
• Mount a standard stick pack to get up and running quickly, or use the included upper link plate to mount smaller batteries lower in the chassis for improved crawling performance
• 14T pinion paired with an 87T spur gear gives you a decent amount of wheel speed and great low-end torque.
• True beadlocks
• Hi-quality composite plastic and metals
• 55T electric motor
• Durable (ESC) Electronic Speed Controller: Hi-quality forward and reverse speed controller.
• Hi-torque Metal Gear Servo help hold your line when rock crawling
• Solid rear axle lockouts improve ground clearance when crawling
• Slipper clutch: Allows motor to work more efficiently and greatly enhances the durability of the drivetrain.
• Aluminum chassis plates with a molded nylon skid plate provide a solid and rigid chassis
• Full ball bearings
• Overall gear ratio range from 15:1 to 74:1
• Transmission: Ultra compact and lightweight with a 2.6:1 ratio
• Differentials: Locked Front and Rear
• Tires: Pro-Line Hammers® with Pro-Line® Memory Foams
• Wheels: Axial 2.2 8 hole satin chrome beadlocks with “Rock” beadlock rings included
• Suspension: 3 Link
• Drive Shafts: Universal front and rear with new and improved yokes
• XC-1 Body included
• New beefed up lower links
• New stronger steering tie rods

ALL NEW SHOCKS

• 72-103mm shock length, helps lower the center of gravity
• Threaded shock body for easier pre-load adjustments
• 3.5mm shock shaft reduces lateral movement
• Cartridge style bottom helps reduce lateral movement while providing a better steal for less leakage
• Silicone diaphragm provides more consistent feel and better seal to prevent leakage
• Silicone bushing in cap holds shock in place while allowing freedom of movement to prevent binding and prevents the shock cap from popping off

CHASSIS

• Wheelbase: 316mm~332mm (12.4”~13”)
• Width: 254mm (10”)
• Height: 156mm (6.125”)
• Weight: 1588g (3.5 lbs)
• Articulation: 70°
• Ground Clearance: 68mm (2.7”)

ELECTRONICS

• Radio: 2 Channel
• Servos: 1 hi-torque metal gear (standard size)
• Forward/Reverse ESC
• Motor: 55T 540 Size

2008 SEMA Skyjacker/Axial Project F.O.R.C.E

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Project F.O.R.C.E. Ford Off-Road Crawler Enthusiast

Vehicle: 2009 Ford F150 SuperCrew 4WD

Theme: Project F.O.R.C.E. (Ford Off-Road Crawler Enthusiast) Skyjacker’s theme is going after the Off-Road Crawler Enthusiast and the latest trend in Rock Crawlers, the Remote Control (RC) Crawler by Axial. This Ford F150 will be outfitted with the best in off-road provisions, electronics, and other cool items. The bed of the truck will be an obstacle course for the Axial RC Crawlers complete with fake rocks, obstacle cones, and a monitoring system. The Axial RC Crawlers will be outfitted with small lipstick cameras that will allow the show participants to view the course on the TV monitor. These same RC Crawlers will be able to go under and around the truck to allow the people to see this new vehicle from all angles.

Vehicle Modifications (some modifications may differ from the time this went to press): Skyjacker 5.5-6 Inch Suspension Package • Greg Weld Design Wheels • Dick Cepek Tires • Digital Art Design-Custom Window Tint • Optima Batteries- Battery • Precision Grille-Billet Grille • DuPont-Paint • Advanced Automotive Concepts (AAC)- Headlights & Taillights • A.R.E.-TopUp Series Tonneau Cover • DualLiner-Truck Bed Liner • Rostra Precision Controls-Backup Cameras & Monitors • Genuine Ford Accessories-Power Steps • Spade Kreations-Interior Up-Grades • WeatherTech-Floor Mats & VentVisors • Vizualogic-Mobile Entertainment Electronics • LCD Monitors-Large LCD Television in the Bed (To View the Rock Crawl Course) • Custom RCP Tracks ‘Rock Crawler’ Course in the Bed of the F150 • miniature Cameras for RC Crawler

About SEMA: www.sema.org

Tuesday, November 4 – Friday, November 7, 2008. LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, USA. (Booth #31089). The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world (PLEASE NOTE: THE SEMA SHOW IS NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC). It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. As part of the AAIW, the SEMA Show attracts more than 120,000 industry leaders from over 100 countries for unlimited profit opportunities in the automotive, truck and SUV, and RV markets. SEMA Show 2007 drew over 60,000 domestic and international buyers through two million square feet of exhibits. The displays are segmented into 10 sections, and a New Products Showcase features more than 2,000 newly introduced parts, tools and components. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more.

About Axial: www.axialracing.com

Founded in 2005, Axial, Inc. has quickly climbed to the top of the RC market by offering a dynamic line of class-leading radio control chassis, engines, and accessories for the entire scope of the hobby, from beginners to racers. Every component of our product line is researched and developed to offer superior performance, durability, and style. A true lifestyle brand, Axial is regularly involved in local and National events, allowing us to keep our finger on the pulse of the RC culture. We’re feeling the love in return, earning coveted awards including Truck of the Year (Radio Control Car Action 2008), Best Product (RCCrawler.com 2007 -Peoples Choice), and Most Innovative Product (RCCrawler.com 2007; RC Car Action 2008 -Peoples Choice).

About Skyjacker : www.skyjacker.com

At Skyjacker® , we believe our relationship with Jesus Christ has been the driving force in the success of our company. Since our pioneering days in the early 1970′s, Skyjacker’s fieldproven expertise is suspension systems; lift kits and systems along with all the necessary components and accessories you need. People have always enjoyed heading out into the great outdoors to satisfy their sense of adventure. With everything, there are always some people who want to go farther and conquer more territory. These are our customers…and the customer is always right.

Throughout Skyjacker’s over 30-year history, we have never backed down from our dedication to our pure passion of off-roading, and we never will. Skyjacker’s philosophy has always been to “Provide the best designed, advanced engineered, and most innovative suspension that the 4×4 industry has ever seen and used. We engineered the definition of what a quality suspension should be: a suspension system that works in form and function to the highest level of achievement possible with the highest quality of materials and resources available”.

Contact:

Greg Taniguchi
Marketing Director
Axial
949-600-8642 ext 202
www.axialracing.com
gtaniguchi@axialracing.com