Scale Details – SCX10™ 2012 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

Axial’s latest SCX10 release is an officially licensed 2012 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. It is an RTR vehicle, which means it is ready to go as soon as you remove it from the box. The detail and realism of this latest release is awesome to see in person. The molded plastic rollcage, fenders and bumpers are all realistic features you would see on any hardcore 1:1 trail rig. Also included are molded plastic tail lights, side view mirrors, steering wheel, gear shifter, D-rings and even a fuel filler assembly for the Fuel Safe fuel cell which adds even more realism to the overall look.

For this article I will cover how you can add a little more detail to your new SCX10, with parts that are included in the RTR box. I will also go over a few other mods that you can make that require no out of pocket cost and really add to the overall look of your new Jeep.

One of those mods that can be done for free is cleaning up the inner fender wells front and rear. You will notice some extra Lexan around the inner fender wells, where the Poison Spyder Crusher Flares meet the Lexan Jeep body. We will trim this excess Lexan away to give the inner wheel wells a cleaner look.

First thing we want to do is use a marker inside the body to color the excess Lexan that hangs below the Crusher Flare’s inner plastic mount.

Once all 4 inner wheel wells are marked, you can remove the Crusher Flares with a 1.5mm driver.

Now you can see your cut line is clearly marked on the inside of the body.

Use a pair of curved body scissors and a sharp X-acto to clean up the excess Lexan. Be sure to leave plenty of meat around the mounting holes, you will only be trimming away a small amount of excess Lexan.

After the trim job is complete.

Next I used my marker again to color what little excess body still remained, and hide the silver from being seen once the flares are bolted back into place.

Now you can bolt your flares back up on all four corners. It looks a lot cleaner now.

Next we will add some detail to our SCX10, with parts supplied in the RTR box. In the plastic parts bag that comes packed in the RTR box you will find a molded plastic fuel filler cap.

Installing the fuel cap, and other scale details, will be easier with the roll cage removed.

Using a 2mm driver remove the eight screws that hold the cage to the body.

Now set the fuel cap in place on the tank to sort out exact placement. I am going to mount it centered left to right on the fuel cell, and slightly closer to the rear of the gas tank.

I measured the overall distance between the molded studs on the bottom of the fuel cap. These stud help hold the cap assembly in place, and you will need to drill clearance holes for them in the fuel cell.

Now, using my calipers again, I measured the overall width of the center section on the fuel cell to find center.

Cut your previous fuel cell dimension in half and mark the center point with a marker.

Our spread on the molded studs from the fuel cap assembly was about .600 of an inch. Cut that in half and you get .300 of an inch from the stud to the mounting hole in the center of the fuel cap. Measure .300 out from the mark on the center of your fuel cell to get your drill points. Mark those points with a marker and drill them out with a body reamer.

Take your time when drilling / reaming the holes. Make sure you test fit the fuel cap assembly as you go. Once everything fits properly, you can move on to the next step.

Before we bolt the cap assembly into place, I will add the officially licensed Fuel Safe fuel cell sticker included in the RTR box.

Using an X-acto gently trim away the small pieces of the fuel cell sticker covering the body mounting, and fuel cap mounting holes.

Insert the fuel cap assembly into place on the fuel cell and secure with a short M3 screw. I used a shorty plastic self tapping screw to tie the cap to the tank. If you don’t have a really short screw, you can use something longer if you have a spacers to take up the extra slack. The screw I found was slightly longer than needed, so I used an old SCX10 shock piston as a spacer.

All done!

Next we will add a few more interior details, with decals that are supplied with the RTR. Remove the molded plastic gear shifter located between the front seats.

Located the interior decals on the sticker sheet.

Apply the decals to the center console and arm rest.

Use an X-acto to cut the mounting holes for the shifter.

Bolt the shifter back in place.

The sticker sheet even includes a Jeep decal for the center of the steering wheel.

Last thing we will add is the exterior hinge stickers for the doors and the rear tailgate.

Now we can bolt the roll cage back onto the body.

Close-up shots of added details.

Stay tuned for more……

Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs

Story: Rodney Wills
Photos: Scott Roberts & Rodney Wills

Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs
I personally have been a fan of Rory’s art for a long time. My first Racers Only shirt was a Robby Gordon design when he was racing a Ford. It had a cool stars and stripes flag waving through it and that iconic warp-speed comic look that Rory draws into his trucks. I thought that warp-speed look was very fitting for Robby’s driving style. Later I use to work for a little off-road magazine called Dirt Pilot Magazine. The magazine did an interview with Rory and I have always liked his artwork. Being a Toyota fan, my favorite issue was the one with Ivan Stewart on the front cover and it had a Rory drawing of a buggy driving through the logo. It has been quite obvious that a lot of folks within the off-road industry like Rory’s art, starting with the most famous off all off-roaders, Ivan “Ironman” Stewart! And from my own personal perspective, Rory’s art represents the off-road industry like Ed “RatFink” Roth does for the hot rod scene.

Rory said his passion for art started like it does for all of us, he even said we’ve all done the same as him… Rory started drawing his favorite hero’s and favorite trucks. But the difference is, Rory kept drawing and then later he saught out the guys at the races and started having them autograph his drawings. He was doing that purely for his own personal collection. Then that “spark” came in 1988 while attending the SCORE Off-Road Show when he approached Ivan Stewart to sign a drawing he did of his rig. Ivan must have liked what he had seen as he asked if Rory would like to draw a T-shirt design for Team Toyota.

While on our desert location scouting mission that had us close to Rory’s place I wanted to drop in and visit him, so we pre-arranged a meeting. Rory is more than just an t-shirt artist, he is also a bona fide off-road enthusiast. He is more that just a side-line fender lizard enthusiast, Rory wheels a Class-12 2-Seater desert buggy and has been known to dabble in restoring vintage desert race vehicles. Rory also owns a very special Dodge Pre-Runner.

And if that is not enough, Rory is also a full-time fireman for the past thirteen years with four years in reserve, all within the same department. Add in his creative arts side that is time consuming as well!

Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs
While we came to see his artwork, we learned more about his racing habit as we never made it inside the studio for all the off-road jewelry sitting in the driveway and garage. Rory campaigns a Class-12 2-seater buggy. It is powered with a Major Performance built 1910cc VW motor nestled in a 2004 Suspensions Unlimited Chassis, built by Billy Gasper originally, then the rear-section was rebuilt in 2009 by Mark Fusting. Rory’s Sponsors are Racers Only, BFGoodrich, MSD, Vision X, Method Race Wheels, RacerX, B&R Buggies. Class-12 & Class-8 [single seat buggy] are the fun economical ways to get into off-road racing. Trucks are always cool, but cool comes with a larger price tag and more weight.

We asked what series or sanctions does Rory run in; SCORE/SNORE/BITD/HDRA?
Rory stated that he runs a little bit of everything but he has not been racing as much due to the economy and the restoration projects.

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Rory’s recent race results snap shot as follows:
SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge- 1st place
BITD Parker 425- DNF (taken out by a Trophy Truck).
SNORE MINT 400- 1st place
MDR California 200- 6th place
SCORE Baja 1000- 1st place

SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge- 1st place
SNORE Rage At The River- 4th place

NORRA Mexican 1000- 1st place

Rory’s next race plans will have him pitting for Terrible Herbst at the Baja 1000 and he will personally be racing the SNORE Rage At The River (RATR) in his Class-12 buggy.

Shows where Racers Only T-Shirt merchandise trailer will be at?
BITD TRANSWEST FORD HENDERSON “250″- Dec 2-4. Henderson Nev.
SNORE RATR- Dec 9-11. Laughlin Nev.

To dig a bit more into the Rory racing archives, we asked him what was his first race? He first entered as a co-rider (right seat) at the 1987 SNORE 250 in a Class-5 1600cc rig. First DRIVING stint was in a friends Class-5 Unlimited at the 2000 AVI 250 in Laughlin, NV., as both split the driving duties resulting a 1st place finish.

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His first race in his own vehicle was at the 2005 Laughlin Desert Challenge in a 4-seat play buggy. He DNF’d after running out of fuel on day one, but finished 2nd on day-2. Racing with spare gas on the roof rack must not have been allowed…

The Trophy Truck Killer (TT Killer) Chenowth

Rory’s first TRUE race car was the Trophy Truck Killer, a 1989 Chenowth DR2V chassis. It was Pat Deans old Factory sponsored “Barbary Coast” Class-1 Unlimited rig.
Click for story on the TT-Killer on RacersOnly Blog

Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs

It was impossible to miss this shiny silver beast of a pre-runner that was sitting in the driveway as we drove up; and it’s how our conversation started. Rory’s 1977 Dodge Pre-Runner, for those of us that hold history and hero’s dear to our hearts, is very special. It belonged to a particular cowboy-hat-wearing gentleman by the name of Walker Evans.

Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs

As Rory is telling us about his truck, I asked Brad “Bender” Dumont to snap a quick picture with his smart phone and shoot it over to our buddy ScottG. ScottG quickly texted back, “is that Walkers Evans old truck? It’s one of two trucks and both used to have the race livery to match the race truck.” Rory stated it was in fact the same truck but was painted silver by a previous owner. ScottyG also texted us, “THAT TRUCK ALMOST GOT ME FIRED!”

That was grounds for a phone call to our man ScottG for full disclosure. According to him, back in 1995 the Baja 1000 was starting on the eastern side of Mexico, in Tecate. ScottG was working for Walker Evans Racing at the time and was in route to the race with the team. While driving the support rigs they stopped for food near the border. While in the restaurant all the guys sitting around the table spotted what looked to be a sweet jump. It didn’t take much encouragement from the team to get ScottG to go hit this potential jump! And as a result of his text to us, we know the outcome of the event. With “almost fired” it is now easy to see here where youth is naive when it comes to “bosses bluff” or is it the bosses re-living their youth through the young. Or was it the team encouragement of which the boss sits back to see the results and then reprimands. Regardless, it was a funny story just by sending over an image of a truck.

The truck is a beast with a 408 Stroker Motor, EFI, roller rockers, Edelbrock manifold, custom headers, aluminum heads…approx 500HP, pump gas/Pemex.

Suspension Front: 15″ travel, double A-Arm, 3.0 Coilover shock with 2.5 bypass, Cone hubs, Wilwood brakes, Henry’s Ball Joints.

Suspension Rear: 20″ travel, 2.5 Coilover and 2.5 triple bypass, on 3-linked custom trailing arms.
All suspension work done by Mark Newhan.
Little tidbit: As the truck was built for Walker Evans as a prerunner, it was later traded to Frank Vessels for a NASCAR Super Truck, then sold to construction contractor in San Diego (friend of Frank Vessels).

Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs

Rory loves the truck very much, but yes, it is for sale. WHY?! There is another project in the stable now.

Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs

Check out the Mickey Thompson vintage buggy – The Challenger IV.

Real painted name of the real deal on metal:
Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs

While there are miles and piles of history around Mickey Thompson, the interesting note about this rig is that this could very well be the first “Truggy” and if not the first, then we think it’s safe to say that Mickey probably built the most competitive Truggy up to that point and ONE of the first true truggies!

Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs

The Challenger IV was built in 1977 and first raced at the 1978 Mexicali 300. John House was the crew chief and lead fabricator with project help from Danny Thompson and Bruce Parrish. Mickey Thompson was well ahead of his peers at the time on technology.

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Shocks alone were so far ahead of it’s time that no one built anything like them until the early to mid 80′s. The Challenger IV had almost twice the suspension travel as the top competitors in his class and probably 3 times the horsepower since he was running a V8 while the competition was running VW motors.

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Mickey’s main problem with the car was it was never fully developed and did not get the test time it needed to work all the bugs out of it. Mr. Thompson always had 100 different things going on and never spent a whole lot of time on one thing. This car could have DOMINATED if it was given the time and effort needed. Also, Mickey ran as hard as he could, would never lift even if he had a big lead. Off road racing is about personal management of that skinny pedal and saving your equipment.

Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs

1980 MINT 400 sticker on the side wing panel of the Mickey Thompson Challenger IV. History…

More info on the legendary Mickey Thompson

Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs

After a lot of tire kicking in the garage, we finally make way into Rory’s studio that is more like the library of off-road congress!

Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs

Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs
Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs
Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs

Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs

Here is a drawing / sticker Rory did for the restoration project of the Mark Stahl Chenowth 1000 that was originally built in 1977. Click on the link to the build thread:
Rory is a true historian of off-road with a nice personal collection of memorabilia as well as his contributions!

Rory breaks out the history of where and how it all started for him; the original fan drawings:

Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs
Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs
Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs
Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs
Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs

Then Rory shows us the more recent stuff, some of which I spy around the office and shop:

Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs
63 cents if you guess the right person who this drawing is for…

While we are there, Rory’s client list keeps him busy to the point we get to see him in action and share his process with us:
Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs

Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs
Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs

Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs
Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs

Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs
Rory Ward of Racers Only Motorsports Designs

OH YEA! I already know what you are thinking by seeing this COOL art! YES, we will be talking to Rory about making us some drawings of the SCX10′s, XR10, AX10 and WRAITH!!! What else will be cool about that is to see what Rory can do with our Rock Crawl/Race rigs as he has not done anything for our sector of the world. It will be a fun collaboration!

WILD CARD: How cool would it be if the drawing Rory was working on is a new rig for Axial? How about those green apples!?

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