We left you hanging there in Part 3 didn’t we? We tell you not to modify the body and then tell you about a follow up blog on Body Mods. Well, here we are to show you a little can be done and some things to completely steer clear from doing. SORRCA in efforts to keep rigs on the trail in a recognizable scale form has determined performance gaining modifications like boat siding and sectioning bodies will not be permitted within the Class 1 rules. Here are some details to consider when preparing your Axial SCX10 or SCX10 II for a SORRCA event.
FOCUS 4: BODY MODS
SORRCA Rule • Boat sides are not allowed.
The flat sides of the SCX10™ II 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC edition conform to the SORRCA rule set.
Ok Gilligan, you can’t modify your ship in order to run it ashore. Boat siding is a process in which the lower rocker panel and sometime door area is bent to an inward facing angle. This is done to help gain body ground clearance and also allow the body to glide over rocks and obstacles rather than possibly getting hung up. The angle of the modified panel simulates the angled hull of the boat which is how the name came about. All of Axial’s bodies from the 2000 Jeep® Cherokee, to the 2012 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon and even the new 2017 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited CRC all have body sides perpendicular to the ground and fit within the rules. Resist the urge to tweak your Axial body with a pair of seaming pliers and you’re good to go.
SORRCA Rule • Any removal of material from behind the front wheel well (except trim/molding) is considered a boat side.
Cutting the body along the red line would be considered ‘Boat Siding.”
Put the scissors down and step away from the body. It is ok to trim your fender flares or molding from the body, but in doing so, make certain not to remove material from the fender on an angle greater than the removed flare. Simply altering the angle of the wheel-well opening is considered boat siding and can gain an advantage on the trail as well as take away from the scale look SORRCA is trying to maintain.
SORRCA Rule • Sectioning or narrowing of the body is not allowed.
Sectioning and narrowing a body, although more commonly practiced on ABS hardbodies because they are easier to glue back together is a way to reduce the chances of the body hanging up on rocks and obstacles. In this practice you are physically taking material away from the body in order to gain precious clearance that can help you gain an advantage. In doing so, you take away from the realistic scale appearance of a factory look.
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If you are looking for every advantage possible during a SORRCA event, running factory Axial bodies with minor tweaks is an advantage. Consider the lightweight Lexan SCX10 II Jeep Cherokee XJ or Jeep Rubicon or Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with the flares removed. This will give you additional wheel clearance that could make a difference on the trails. On to Part 5; bed time…
Onto part Three of our SCX10 and SCX10 II SORRCA fitment guide and in this installment, we’re going to talk about the body. We’ve seen many builders get creative with Axial bodies, turning them from clear Lexan shells into unique scale masterpieces. Of course being unique is what sets you and your rig apart from others, but in SORRCA’s Class 1 guidelines, it appears it should be done in a way that maintains a realistic scale look.
FOCUS 3: BODY
SORRCA Rule • Bodies should be mounted in a realistic position in relation to the chassis (like a 1:1 would be).
Well, if you thought you were going to shift a cab body all the way to the back of your rig like some George Barris creation, it may not fly under SORRCA rules. The rule is pretty self explanatory, the body should be placed in a realistic position. Axial’s SCX10 II with XJ body fits in these rules as long as you follow the body instructions on the kit version or leave your RTR as is. Axial’s other body offerings on the SCX10 chassis can easily fit these rules as long as your imagination doesn’t go too far off track during your build.
SORRCA Rule • Vehicle must have a windshield that fills the entire windshield frame.
You’re in luck, every Axial body comes with a windshield and as long as you don’t go wielding your rotary tool or hack at the windshield with your scissors in some sort of jaws of life incident, passing this rule should be a breeze. The SCX10 II XJ has a full windshield, the Wrangler Rubicon, full windshield, you get the idea.
SORRCA Rule • The vehicles body must be mostly intact. Only mild trimming is allowed, such as removing: flairs, trim, molding & a hardtop. If the hardtop is removed, a full interior is required (no extreme trimming of bodies allowed)
Let’s face it, customizing your rig is one of the best parts of the scale model scene, but SORRCA wants to see your modifications done within reason. The key here is to be scale and of course rigs like the SCX10 II Jeep XJ, Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon fall right into place with the scale rules. If you do choose to run the Unlimited Wrangler Rubicon body, it can be used with or without the cap. The Rubicon’s molded interior qualifies as a full interior. The XJ has a full roof, so of course it doesn’t need an interior unless you add one. If however you do want to chop the top or even add scale points, you can get creative and used an interior chopped out of the Rubicon body as the interior for your XJ. Is it an replica interior? Obviously no, but it is an interior option that can be utilized. Remember, one of the best parts of scale crawling is using your imagination and craftsmanship.
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There are always some that want to twist or bend the rules and we understand the urge. It is those what if’s that can really help make your rig into something that stands out from the rest and may perform better too. But SORRCA’s intent is obvious, the RC trails should be filled with vehicles that look scale in Class 1. Next up in our SORRCA fitment guide; Body Mods. Wait what? We just told you not to modify the body. Stay tuned!
In part two of our SCX10 and SCX10 II SORRCA fitment guide, we’re going to talk external accessories. These are the scale items that are on the outside of the truck that enhance the scale look of the machine like the bumpers and sliders. We know there are plenty of tricks and techniques to do to these components to help improve performance, but remember SORRCA is about scale, so these parts have to follow specific requirements to fit within the rules for competition.
FOCUS 2: EXTERNAL ACCESSORIES
SORRCA Rule • Full width bumpers are required on the front and rear of the vehicle. Bumpers that are molded into the body qualify. A rear bumper is not required on a flatbed, but adding one to the flatbed will gain the additional scale points. (Bumpers are measured from the outsides and must be the width of your windshield).
Once again, the Axial SCX10 II with XJ body fits right into SORRCA rules as both its front and rear full width bumpers exceed the width of the windshield. The SCX10 Rubicon however has a front bumper that is narrower than the windshield. If you plan on using the Rubicon and have already updated your right with the CMS as discussed in Part 1 of our SORRCA series, you’ll have to hunt down a bumper option such as the Scale Front Plate Bumper Set (AX80039A) or the JCROffroad Vanguard Front Bumper (AX31392).
By SORRCA rules, bumpers molded into the body are also considered a legal bumper so if you need to fit your existing rig into this rule, you may want to consider a new body such as the 2015 Ram 2500 Power Wagon® Body (AX31132) or Jeep NuKizer 715 Body (AX31267). These two bodies have both the front and rear bumpers molded into the body and they fit the windshield width rule.
SORRCA Rule • Sliders must run parallel to the factory rocker bottom.
Many drivers modify their sliders and place them on an angle with the front of the slider being higher than the rear in efforts to glide over obstacles easier. This doesn’t conform to SORRCA rules, however if you are using the complete factory slider set-up on Any Axial SCX10 or SCX10 II without modification, your sliders will be parallel to the factory rockers on your body when it is mounted level.
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The SCX10 II fits right into SORRCA’s rules pertaining to the bumper and sliders as long as you run your rig as it arrives from the factory. The venerable SCX10 too can easily be brought up to spec with off the shelf parts from Axial. But we have more to cover. Check back for Part 3 of our SORRCA fitment series where we discuss rules for the body.
The scale truck world is getting pretty intense with clubs popping up everywhere you turn, social media loaded with builds of incredible rigs and more organized competitions than ever before. Axial has always delivered the perfect platform for you to build the rig you envision, but we want to show you just how capable a stock SCX10 II is and how it fits into the SORRCA rule set. What’s SORRCA? It’s an organization that has come together to provide a standardized rule set for everyone to follow. In the rules, they have broken down what you can and can’t do to your vehicle depending on the class you want to compete in. Individual rules for Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3 trucks can be found on sorcca.com. But here we’re going to show you how an Axial SCX10 fits right in and what you use from Axial to build a rule abiding scale machine to dominate on the trails and rack up those scale points at a SORRCA based event near you.
FOCUS 1: CHASSIS
SORRCA Rule • Vehicle must utilize a Chassis Mounted Steering (CMS) setup.
The SCX10 II kit and SCX10 II Ready To Run both fit right into this rule of having the servo mounted to the chassis, this is a standard feature from the factory. It is not however on the first generation SCX10; the steering is mounted on the axle. Have an SCX10? Don’t worry, you can convert your truck to CMS using the parts list shown below or source an alternate aftermarket option.
SCX10 CMS Conversion List:
AX31388 SCX10 II Battery Tray
AX31387 SCX10 II Servo Mounts
AX31386 SCX10 II Frame Braces
AXA114 M3x8mm Hex Socket Button Head
AX31373 M2.6x8mm Hex Socket Button Head
AX31423 Threaded Aluminum Link 7.5×56.5mm
AX31343 M4x20mm Set Screw
AX31186 M4 Rod End Set
AX80018 Hardware Parts Tree
SORRCA Rule • Vehicle must run a full length rail chassis
Either the SCX10 or SCX10 II frame rail conforms to the ruling as long as the frame rail remains the factory length. If you have bobbed the bed of your body and cut back the chassis rails to fit under the body, this would not be acceptable to the rule. If you’ve cut your rails from the cab back and fabbed on a flatbed or tube bed, this isn’t going to work either. Keep those rails as they came from the factory.
SORRCA Rule • *For 2018, you will be required to run a metal rail chassis AND parallel skid plate in class
Both the SCX10 and SCX10 II come with a metal channel rail chassis and factory skid plate that is parallel to the chassis. Some available aftermarket parts allow you to angle the skid, but the factory skid and chassis rails conform to the rules.
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The chassis rules are fairly simple and the SCX10 II fits right in. We know there are plenty of SCX10 owners out there and the parts list above will help you get your vehicle up to date to fit within Class 1. Our next focus will be on External Accessories such as Bumpers and Sliders, be sure to follow the Axial blog daily for updates.
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 RenegadeRockRunners.com.
Facebook Group Link —> https://www.facebook.com/groups/rrrsorrca/
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 Comp@RenegadeRockRunners.com