Renegade Rock Runners 2017 – 2018 SORRCA Series Sponsored by Axial RC

Axial Racing is proud to announce that we are working closely with the Renegade Rock Runners in presenting their first scale RC series of six events starting October 7th, 2017 and running to May 26, 2018 here in southern California.

The Renegade Rock Runners are adopting the SORRCA rules for their series as popularity of “scale” competition continues to increase. In the fall of 2010  the formation of the Scale Off Road RC Association, aka: SORRCA, was created to provide a common set of rules and guidelines for everyone interested in holding competitions with scale off road RC vehicles. By following a single common set of rules, people from around the world are able to attend competitions knowing how the judges will be scoring them.

Renegade Rock Runners 2018 SORRCA Series
Sponsored by Axial Racing & Proline Racing


The individuals who make of the club Renegade Rock Runners from the greater Los Angeles area of southern California are inviting the other crawler clubs and individuals out to a series of events to unite the scale scene within the RC hobby for some friendly scale off road vehicle competitions.

The series will be made of of 6-events following SORRCA Rules with 4 different classes; Class 1, Class 2, Class 2.5 (Box Stock Class), and Class 3. Each class will run 2 different lines at each event. $10 per entry per class. Points for scale items, so be sure to make your rigs as scale as possible! We will be hosting a large raffle at the final event, also known as the “Renegade Rock Runners 2018 AXIALFEST-SHAKE-DOWN-RUN”.

There will also be a Concourse hosted and judged by Knight Customs.  All are welcome to join in on the fun! For further information please check out the Facebook group that has been created for this. All up to date event details can be found there, and on the clubs website, at
Facebook Group Link —>

Dates and locations:
1] Oct 7 – Lake Forest / Dimensions
2] Dec 3 - Horseman’s Park – Apple Valley
3] Jan 6 – Simi Valley / Flanagan’s
4] Feb 24 – Palmdale / TBD
5] Mar 31 – Orange County / TBD
6] May 26 – Santa Clarita / Vasquez Rocks


Any and all questions can be left in the Facebook group, or e-mailed to



Bender’s AX10 Ridgecrest Project Backyard Basher

Now that Axial’s new Ridgecrest is readily available I wanted to show one of the Ridgecrest projects I have been working on. For this project I just wanted to build a do it all trail runner/crawler/basher. The Ridgecrest is the perfect platform for this type of build in my opinion, because of the stout AR60 axles and the well tuned suspension geometry. The purpose of this build is to have a rig that can handle a lot of various situations from sandy hills, to rocks and roots, a little water, and possibly some urban bashing. This project will also probably be a loaner vehicle on occasion as well, so I want it to work decent in all situations. Here’s a rundown of what I changed, and why.

A couple shots with the body removed. I swapped the electronics and battery trays around so the battery now sits in front for better weight distribution.




Swapping the two trays around was easy, the only thing required was a servo extension wire. The steering servo wire lead on this rig was a bit too short for me to reach the receiver after swapping the two trays around. Servo extensions can be found at most hobby shops and online retailers for less than $5, so it is a cheap and easy solution.


Here you can see the junction where the servo wire and the servo extension meet. I used the stock wire guide to keep the wires out of harm’s way. Also notice I moved the on/off switch to the opposite side of the chassis, just to keep wires cleanly tucked away.


I stretched the wheelbase on this Ridgecrest to help on big rock obstacles, and hill climbs. A longer wheelbase usually helps a rig’s capabilities in these situations. So, I installed our 106mm grey links, part number AX30516, to replace the old stock plastic lower links. Then, I used our grey machined high clearance links, part number AX30469, to replace the stock upper links. In order to stretch the wheelbase as much as possible I used our long curved XR10 rod ends on all the suspension links, part number AX80057. You will need 4 of the rod end parts trees total to complete the conversion, as well as M3 threaded studs to secure the rod ends to the links, part number AXA0187. You will need two packages of the threaded studs to complete the conversion. My wheelbase now sits at 13 1/2″.


A shot of the link set-up.


Here you can see I also installed our new AR60 machined link mounts, part number AX30830, on the axles as well. These link mounts are cool because they have multiple mounting points, which will help you fine tune wheelbase, ride height and shock angles as needed.


Another modification that I made was the jump to XR10 beadlock wheels, part number AX08061, and R35 Ripsaw tires, part number AX12015. This mod is one of the best you can make, the difference in traction between the stock RTR Ripsaw tires and the better R35 compound tires is night and day.


Last thing I changed was the springs on the shocks. The stock springs were a bit too stiff for my liking, so I swapped them out for our purple comp springs, part number AX30224.


A few shots with the newly cut body.



So far these few mods have really transformed this vehicle into a super capable basher/trail runner, that is extremely fun to drive. Keep an eye out for my next few Ridgecrest installments covering how to convert your Ridgecrest into a capable comp crawler.

AWCC Rock Candy Winner – Becky Barger

Team Axial driver Becky Barger walks away with the Rock Candy win at the 2011 Axial West Coast Championship Finals in Cisco Grove, Ca with her Axial XR10. Congrats to Becky for her win, we are proud to have you on the team.

A few shots of Becky on course doing work!

Becky Barger AXIAL West Coast Championships - AWCC FINALS 2011 Cisco Grove, CA

Becky Barger AXIAL West Coast Championships - AWCC FINALS 2011 Cisco Grove, CA

Most competitors rolled while driving off this ledge.

Becky Barger AXIAL West Coast Championships - AWCC FINALS 2011 Cisco Grove, CA

Becky was quick enough to give her truck a little throttle when the front tires touched down, which helped her rig land on all 4 wheels. Nice driving!

Becky Barger AXIAL West Coast Championships - AWCC FINALS 2011 Cisco Grove, CA

Becky Barger AXIAL West Coast Championships - AWCC FINALS 2011 Cisco Grove, CA

Rock Candy girls, Mindy Howe (left) and Jess Downing (right), present Becky with her 1st place trophy.

Becky Barger AXIAL West Coast Championships - AWCC FINALS 2011 Cisco Grove, CA

Keep an eye on this girl at Nationals in September, she will be on her game as usual representing the state of Colorado.

Brandon’s Axial SCX10 Honcho

I have been having a blast with my Axial SCX10 Honcho kit for about a year now and thought I would share everything I have done to it.

Build List:
AX90014 Honcho Kit
AX30495 Axial Aluminum C Hubs
AX30533 Axial Hi-clearance Knuckles (2pcs)
AX30090 Axial 61-90mm Aluminum Shock Set
Axial LED Light Bucket Set
Axial Interior/Exterior Detail Sets
Axial 27T Motor
Futaba S9157 Steering Servo
Castle BEC
MaxAmps 1800mah 11.1V 3S Lipo
Vanquish Products Aluminum Shock Hoops
Vanquish Products Hurtz Dig
Pro-Line Powerstroke Single Stage Springs (Front)
Pro-Line Scale Accessories
RC4WD Rock Lox Tires
RC4WD Stamped Steel Wheels
Custom Behind the axle Steering.

Here are a few quick shots of some of the details I added to my SCX10 Honcho.

I used the Axial LED Light bucket set along with the clear lexan headlight buckets included with the honcho kit to make a realistic headlight. I simply cut holes in the lexan bucket and used some shoogoo to attach everything to the honcho body.

Check out the custom steering setup I made. I fabricated a draglink/tierod to work with the High steer knuckles and the frame mounted steering servo. This also required relocating the shock mounts with some custom tabs to raise the shocks at the axle. These changes did add some slight bump steer due to the short length of the panhard bar (locating link).

Its hard to miss these new Vanquish Products Aluminum Machined Shock Hoops!!

I installed a Vanquish Products Hurtz dig for the extra maneuverability. In this picture you can also see the enclosed box I picked up from Radio Shack that houses my Tekin FXR, Castle Creations BEC, and my Futaba 604 RX. Now I don’t have to worry about water splashing any of my electronics.

The Pro-Line Scale accessories are a must. Check out the detail in the High-Lift jack!

Check out the image Gallery below for pictures from the Axial West Coast Championships scale challenge earlier this year!

Thanks for looking, if you have any questions about my honcho please feel free to ask.

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2010 Scale Nationals

The Montana Scale Designs (MSD) Scale Nationals was held this past weekend, May 28th-30th. This particular event concentrates more on the scale/realistic side of R/C, but these trucks can also still handle some moderate rock crawling and trail runs. The goal for this event is to build the most realistic truck you can while maintaining a decent level of off-road performance.

At first glance, pictures and videos of this class will fool most people into thinking they are the real thing. The attention to detail and endless hours put into these rigs will amaze just about anyone. There were 4 different classes you could potentially enter this year. The first class was the “Street Class” – these vehicles usually run 1.9 wheels/tires and resemble something you would see cruising down the highway in the real world.  The Second class, “Trail Class”, includes vehicles that resemble a hardcore off-road rig that would be towed on a trailer to the trail head (because they are not street legal). The third class was called the “Spec Class”, this was a new addition to the scale nationals in 2010. This year Axial donated 5 RTR Honchos for this class.  Basically, the Honchos were in the judges hands all weekend. If you signed up for the spec class, the judge handed you a RTR with a fresh battery and you had to drive it as is when it was your turn. With bone stock trucks at every course, the Spec class quickly turned into a driver’s class, because no rig had any advantage over the others. They were all the same trucks and they stayed at the same courses all day. Finally, the last class of the weekend was the “Top Truck Challenge”. To enter this event you had to be voted in by members of via a public poll. This event is based on a real 1:1 competition that is basically a torture test for any vehicle. Here’s a few highlights from the weekend.

Day one:

First day we ran the Street Class and the Spec Class. The weather wasn’t cooperating at all, cold temps and rain were in the forecast all day. That didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s spirits though, because everyone showed up with a smile on their faces.

A quick view of the comp site.

Rig tech.

Too many cool rigs to check out.

Andy Brooks driving his custom 1.9 Pajero on course #4.

The Spec Class.

Random shots.

Top 5 shootout in Street Class:
Brett Thorne navigates his custom Bronco build through the finals course.

Lance Parker driving his custom Jeep tuber through a tight set of gates.

Cody Cook negotiates gate one on the finals course.

Axial team driver Zach Chatelain and his custom Unimog made the finals course look easy.

Ryan Gerrish gets some help from fellow competitor Brett Thorne to clear this gate.

Trail Class:
Here’s a few highlights from the trail class on Day 2. Weather forecast was about the same as the first morning, chilly with rain.

Rig tech.

“Guido” and his handler Chris Ladd from Colorado get ready to start course 2.

Me on course 2 with my newly acquired rental thanks to Ben Palmer.

Ryan Overbye on course 1.

Hold your line driver!

More random shots.

Top 5 shootout in Trail Class:
Jim Hand working his custom SCX10 Honcho through the finals course.

Utah’s Matt Davis made short work of the finals course.

Zach Chatelain works his Tacoma tuber through an off camber section.

Devlin Shipley driving his custom Jeep tuber.

Marty Mann works the finals course.

After the competition was done we all went back to the MSD shop for the trophy presentation.

Street Class Winners:
1st Ryan Gerrish
2nd Cody Cook
3rd Zach Chatelain
4th Lance Parker
5th Brett Thorne

Spec Class Winners:
1st Ryan Gerrish
2nd Ryan Overbye
3rd Zach Chatelain
4th Scott Schoenfelder
5th Lance Parker

Trail Class Winners:
1st Marty Mann
2nd Devlin Shipley
3rd Zach Chatelain
4th Matt Davis
5th Jim Hand

TTC coverage:
The players.

Axial team driver Dean Hsiao negotiating the “Frame Twister” obstacle course.

Dean’s lunch was actually in that cooler.

Chris Ladd takes a turn at the Twister.

Andy Brooks dropping in.

A few shots from the “Rock Crawl” course.

Utah’s Brett Thorne attacks the “Mud Pit” obstacle.

More mud action.

Ryan Gerrish squeaked out the win with a 3.0 second pass, peppering every camera there with mud on his way down the pit.

The “Obstacle Course” was a series of gates laid out on the forest floor. While not super hard to negotiate, you had to memorize the course in order not to miss a gate and ruin your overall time.

Tim Samuels maneuvers his custom Bronco tuber through the obstacle course. Tim was also the one of the main men behind the whole Scale Nationals this year. Tim put in endless hours designing/setting up courses, teching rigs, judging, etc. Thanks a bunch for all your hard work Tim!

Chris T came down from Canada to compete with his custom hardbody Jeep.

Next obstacle was the “Hill Climb”, although I didn’t get many pictures from that event because I was trying to fix my winch.

“Sled Pull” was next. Too bad I was still working on my winch and didn’t get a single picture.

The last obstacle was the “Tank Trap”. This was the best event in my opinion, driving underwater is just fun. And there was a hole in this stream that swallowed every rig, winching was mandatory for sure. Lucky for me my Futaba 4PK never skipped a beat, even when the receiver was completely submerged under water.

Here are the results:
1st Zach Chatelain
2nd Tim Samuels
3rd Brett Thorne
4th Ryan Gerrish
5th Matt Davis
6th Brad Dumont
7th Dean Hsiao
8th Andy Brooks
9th Chris Ladd
10th Chris T

The 2010 TTC Competitors.

That wraps it up for this year’s Scale Nationals. Axial would like to thank Ben Palmer, owner of Montana Scale Designs and The Hobby Garage for putting this event on. I would also like to thank everyone that helped out with this event from judges and volunteers to sponsors. Without the support of everyone in this community events like this would never happen. See you all in 2011.