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

2009 SEMA Show, Las Vegas, NV

The last couple of years the attendance at the SEMA show has been down due to the economy, and it was probably only a three to four years ago the show was the biggest I’ve ever seen it. I’ve also seen the show grow because I’ve been attending SEMA on-and-off since 1994. One cool note: I attended my first show with my parents, haha

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The SEMA show is a great venue to stay in tune with trends.

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We aren’t big ballers, but we got to live like some because the rooms in Vegas weren’t anywhere near the rates of several years past.

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This is what the rooms at Planet Hollywood look like….. no magic happened here.

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Matt and Brandon chowing down on some crawfish, dungeness crab, and shrimp at Hot’n’Juicy Crawfish. Even though it sounds like a gentleman’s club there were no Go’Go’ dancers here.

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23 Red hit 4x’s! Maybe the next kit we come out with, we’ll have to skip some numbers and come out with the AX90023

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Brandon’s entourage in Vegas

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The new construction for I think what they’re calling the “city”. It’s amazing how much things change in Vegas. It almost reminds me of the scene of all the old school hotels being imploded and demolished in the movie “Casino”. A little trivia: The fictional hotel the Tangiers was actually the Stardust. That’s the true OG hotel.

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Brandon and Matt. Matt were starstruck by Rachael Ray who’s eaten at Hash House a Go Go.

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Rachael Ray sized portions

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One nice rat rod which almost goes against what a rat rod is supposed to be about, but it gets old seeing rat rods with old school ignition coils and crudely done headers for the sake of authenticity. Instead, this was one bada** turbocharged diesel powered rat rod (yes, diesel)

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It’s all in the details

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Trucks and the new Ford Raptor were a’plenty because they made up for the extinction of huge tyrannosaurus lifted trucks of years past.

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Griffin Radiators had a really nice display/booth that drew a bunch of picture takers. It also didn’t hurt that they had our AX10 Scorpions also on display.

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We’ll be posting more information about Griffin in a future post, so stay tuned

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anti-theft zip ties kept people honest (the guy in black looks familiar)… funny since they also apprehend suspects with zip-tie styled handcuffs too.

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The best view is from the drivers seat, but the passenger view would also be nice. The worst view for the competition is looking at the taillights.

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Mainly antlered animals are used for hood ornaments like the ram, bull, etc. Unicorns aren’t probably used because they’re fantasy. That wouldn’t be right.

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Steve Beebe the big cheese over at Griffin. He got bit by the RC rock crawling bug….. the huge indoor rock crawling course he constructed in his pad is a testament to that. That outta make a great MTV Cribs special.

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Mo, Mio… Bel, Lasino? ok, La Mia Bel(la). I think it’s Italian for something “beautiful or beloved”? Well regardless the chick with the sword and hello kitty speak for themselves.

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The front half speaks for itself too (that’s her tatt’s)

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I think this was the best Camaro/Firebird at SEMA. It wasn’t overdone like so many others, but instead it was done with a nostalgic twist like the Pontiac Firebird (unfortunately the company that also brought you the Pontiac Aztec)

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that’s one large rock crawler. This must be considered a “super”.

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One of the best parts of the SEMA show this year is the inclusion of the power sports industry/motorcycles, etc, and since I’m not really exposed to this industry, I probably enjoyed this the most. Really love the details such as the Red Bull catch-can.

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One of the ever growing segments is the Honda Ruckus segment. Just google “Honda Ruckus”, and you’ll get to see a good vid of Dr. Charles (Madrid) drag racing one of these.

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Be sure to check out the rest of the images. We do have more, but it’s of all the models and I know everybody wants to see the vehicles of SEMA.

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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