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So we got an email with a link to a dropbox folder, and a brief text. There are a LOT of Axial Yeti XL rumors floating around recently, and since whoever sent it to us probably sent it to 20 other sites, figured we better post it quick.

Enjoy:

dachshund_axial_wheelchairAxial shared the above photo the other day on their official facebook page and it has since spread like wildfire across the interwebs. While I wouldn’t just normally shamelessly lift something from there, this is something you all should see. Apparently the owner of a paralyzed dachshund took matters into his own hands to outfit his little buddy with a special wheelchair utilizing various crawler parts. This pup now sports a solid rear/IFS setup similar to an Axial Yeti! Seriously though, very cool.

Big stuff going on over here at BSRC. iHobby is right around the corner and you will not want to miss out on what we have in store. You folks are gonna dig the product announcements! While I sadly won’t be up in Chicago with the crew, I will be engaging in my own form of wackiness the following weekend. On Saturday October 11th in Granite City, IL I’m hosting a big scale monster truck race and demo at the Bigfoot 4×4 “Monster Truck Spooktacular & Open House”. It’s a pit party during the afternoon featuring a car crush, custom truck show, battle of the bands and aforementioned r/c monster madness. At night all the side acts will clear out and the Bigfoot boys are putting on a monster truck show. It’s gonna be a blast! Here’s the info flyer:

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If you are wanting to race a scale monster with us you can check out our rules here, or just bring whatever (buggy, crawler, etc) and bash it when we aren’t racing. Feel free to shoot me an email if you have any questions about the r/c portion: doug at bigsquidrc.com. Due to the nature of the event it’s sorta gonna be “by the seat of our pants”. Whether you bring a truck or not, make sure to say hello and nab a few BigSquidRC stickers from me! I’ll be the guy walking around in a BSRC t-shirt with a confused look on his face, clipboard in hand.

Using that as a thinly veiled segueway, I spent last weekend working on a new project which I’ll write about as soon as I’ve had the time to properly work it over: a new Tamiya TXT-2. This truck is going to be a dedicated monster truck racer/freestyler and will make it’s debut at the open house. It’s sporting a Castle brushless system, custom Pro-Line C10 Chevy body with classic USA-1 livery (that was a fun body to do!), and I already ditched the stock tires for legit monster paws.

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It was a relatively big week for scaler news. Pro-Line announced two new sharp looking domestic pickup bodies. RC4WD joined the fun by releasing a trick new hard body AND super cool scale engine that houses your motor. I’ve also seen that Vaterra Ascenders have started reaching hobby shops. Two of my friends just got their kits in at the LHS and I’m hoping to scope one out very soon.

Hope everyone has a great a weekend! I’ll be checking out my first top fuel race Saturday as the NHRA is in town (I’m PUMPED) and then on Sunday I’ll be getting my scale on with the Roughneck Scalers at a big charity crawl near Troy, MO. Until next time!

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Axial Yeti Aluminum Upgrades
With the new Axial Yeti firmly in the hands of the bashing public, the Axial crew has announced a slew of option parts to make it even tougher and tricker looking.

As shown above, Axial has a new high-zoot adjustable motor mount. This is CNC machined from 6061 aluminum, has a part number of #AX31156, and is street priced at $56.

A 94mm universal axle set is also on the way. These provide a smoother and more efficient drivetrain and are made from hardened steel. They have part number of #AX31135 and will be street priced around $36.

For you guys throwing serious power in your Yeti, 32P machined steel spur gears have also been announced. You can get these in 68, 64, 60, or 56 teeth and they will be street priced at $23 each.

CNC machined slipper plates are lighter than the stock units and are hard anodized for greater durability. These have a part number of #AX31164 and you can expect a street price of around $18 on these.

The new CNC machined 4 link mounts look very trick and are designed to be much more durable than the stock units. These have a part number of #AX31165 with a street price of $43.

CNC machined shock mount plates add a nice shot of bling and should improve durability for you guys that like hucking big jumps. The part number for these is #AX31166 and are priced at $18.

A popular upgrade on nearly any vehicle is to replace the shock towers. The Axial Yeti machined aluminum front shock tower is hard anodized and offers more adjustments than the stock piece. Its part number is #AX31170 with street pricing of $27.

A CNC machined body post mount looks good while helping to eliminate flex. #AX31169 is the part number while it has a street price of $20.

The last upgrade part is a CNC machined sway bar clamp. These look really trick and add extra strength to the mounting points on the chassis. Its part number is #AX31167 with a street price of $29.

All the upgrade parts should be hitting hobby shops in Early October, hit up the Official Axial Website for complete details.

Thank Goodness It’s Friday, have a Mystery Link on us.

T-Bone Racing Axial Yeti Front Bumper
A whole lot of people have been out enjoying their new Axial Yetis. Part of that enjoyment comes from pushing it to the limit. To give your new Yeti extra protection up front, the crew over at T-Bone Racing have come up with an ultra tough Racer Series Front Bumper. The bumper is made from heavy duty nylon, includes everything you need for installation, and comes with their lifetime warranty against breakage.

The bumper has a part number of #12010, a street price of $14, and these are available right now for your bashing pleasure. To get more details head over to the official T-Bone Racing website.

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I’ve had a weird relationship with the Axial Yeti. I was caught up in the hype when it was announced a few months ago and had one on pre-order. As time went on (and ship dates were pushed back) I gradually started changing my mind and finally cancelled to take a “wait and see” approach. Hey, like many of you guys I only have so many hobby dollars to spend and they wound up going somewhere else. It’s not that I thought the truck didn’t look cool…I just didn’t know what use I’d really have for a hybrid vehicle. I have monster trucks for speed and crawlers for crawlin’, after all.

Two weeks ago my LHS finally got them in stock (note, they immediately sold 14 out of 15 kits…these things are FLYING off shelves) and let me check out a display model. Holding the truck in my hands had officially piqued my interest again. Well, as luck would have it the same hobby shop (shout out to Mark Twain Hobby Center in St. Charles, MO) held a customer appreciation bash and I finally got to see the Yeti in the wild. Not only that, I finally got to bash the $@*# out of one. Click the “Read More” to see what I thought!

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THE Axial SCX10 Ram Power Wagon Review

Axial Ram Power Wagon Review

There is no doubt that Axial is scalding hot right now. Everything they touch seems to turn to gold and for good reason, they’ve been putting out some incredible looking vehicles that can take all you can dish out. Their latest version of the SCX10 is the Ram Power Wagon. Does the Ram live up to the Axial reputation? Can it hold its own on the trail? Is it worth your cash? Hit the “Read More” to find out…

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Pro-Line Axial Yeti
The Axial Yeti is arguably the most eagerly awaited release since the Traxxas Slash. Now that they are hitting consumer hands, the folks at Pro-Line have done a short article on some simple hop-ups to make the Yeti an even better off-road machine. In their article the Pro-line crew shows you how to mount upgrade front shocks, new tie-rods, and what it takes to install their sweet Secure-Loc body mounts. To make it easy to replicate their mods, they use plenty pictures and list all the part numbers needed.

To take a look at all the mods they performed, simply hit up This Link over on Pro-Line’s official blog.

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A lot of people are starting to get their Axial Yeti’s in hand! Woo Hoo! We can’t wait to start seeing more of them at bash spots tearing it up! We want to let everyone know what Axial has put out a cool little Pre-Run check list for you! Yes you, with the new clean Yeti! It covers stuff like battery tray adjustments, drive shaft and wheel nut securing, and more!

If you have a Yeti, or you have one on order, you should head over to this page and read up.

What’s that? You don’t have an Axial Yeti? Have you seen our review? We won’t tell anyone, just go read the review and see what you are missing.

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The first time we saw the new Axial SCX10 RAM Power Wagon, we knew we couldn’t pass this one up!

We dig the way the body can come apart, and the ability to add on the roll cage. The battery way up front keeps us from having to mod it ourselves, and should make the truck handle much better out of the box.

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axial_scx10_ram_power_wagon_06Axial announced their latest version of the SCX10 this week, the Dodge Ram Power Wagon, and it’s caused a good amount of discussion in r/c internet land. It looks like I’m not the only one happy see a full size pickup body on an Axial platform. Along with Vaterra’s Ascender Blazer, it looks like some other types of domestic iron are finally getting the spotlight.

Hey, Jeeps are the most popular off-road vehicle of time…but a breather is appreciated in this neck of the woods. With the positive reception that these new bodies are getting, I think its safe to say many besides me are on board with what (hopefully) is a new trend. Bring on the trucks!

As for the Ram, I think it’s the perfect candidate for a scale smoke stack, doing a dually rear axle and cutting off the “Power Wagon” text (details are details folks, a real PW is only available as a gasser so it would have to lose the badge if its gonna be a scale Cummins). The only thing I’d be afraid of is the transmission. I know the SCX10 is known for having a stout tranny, but having the Dodge logo on the side makes me worry.

Alright, alright that last line was a joke. I’ve always been a Ford guy and old habits die hard  :) Have a great weekend everyone!

For more Axial news on BigSquidRC you can click here. For more scale r/c news click here.

RC-DMV Yeti Xing
The incredible Axial Yeti just might be the most anticipated vehicle of the last half decade and that has not gone unnoticed by the aftermarket. Since its announcement there has been a steady stream of aftermarket parts released for the Yeti, even though it was not yet available to the public.

The Yeti is now hitting consumer hands and even more aftermarket gear is being announced. For all you proud new Yeti owners, the crew over at RC-DMV have released a scaled down road sign. Their Yeti Xing sign will make a great addition to your scale garage, or some cool trail markers when you and your buddies head out to break in your new rigs. Made from aluminum, the Yeti Xing sign is waterproof and is 38 x 38mm in size.

The part number is #RCDMV001, it is street priced at $6, and you can visit the official RC-DMV Facebook page Right Here. To get one on order, hit up This Link over on TheToyz website.

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We decided not to break any NDA’s and wait for the official announcement of the new Axial SCX10 Ram Power Wagon truck. The SCX10 platform is a proven winner, and the new scale Ram Power Wagon looks great on top of it! We are huge fans of the two piece body setup so you can change it up and add on the roll cage with flat bed.

Some highlight features are:
• WB8 HD Wildboar™ driveshafts
• Dual slipper clutch
• Single-coil, adjustable shocks
• Heavy duty differential lockers
• Officially licensed Walker Evans Racing wheels
• 1.9 Ripsaw tires (R35 compound)
• AE-5 waterproof ESC
• Tactic TSX45 water resistant metal gear servo

The part number is #AX90037, and it is priced at $359. You can get complete details by heading over to This Link on the Axial website.

Don’t forget to check out the video below!

TheToyz scale mirrors
Your scale rig is nearly done, but you are still looking for some finishing touches. TheToyz has something perfect for you, 1/10 Rock Crawler Side Mirrors. These are made from a durable plastic and take just minutes to install.

* They come all chrome but are easily paintable
* Includes two washers & body clips for easy install

The part number is #TOYZ 240, they are priced at $3.99, and they are available right now. Hit up This Link to get more information over on TheToyz’s official website.

Happy Friday to one and all, take a chance on a TGIF Mystery Link.