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Hitec WP Servos BSRC
Crawling/scaling can be really hard on servos. Not only are they expected to turn heavy, weighted tires on unforgiving rock, but most of the time there is no servo saver attached. Yep, direct horns are the only way most crawlers roll (versus using a saver that will give) leaving the servo unprotected to absorb the brunt of what’s thrown at it. To make matters worse, sometimes its underwater.

I don’t care what kind of servo you have, eventually this type of abuse is going to leave you with broken teeth. Don’t just throw the unit away, though! A lot of newbies don’t realize that many mid to high range servos can quickly be fixed by a trip to the dentist (aka your local hobby shop) to pick up a new set of gears.

A super popular scaling servo (and bashing) upgrade is the trusty Hitec 5646WP unit. The servo puts out around 150 oz or torque, is waterproof, has metal gears, is digital AND is relatively easy on the wallet at $54.99. I think they are the perfect upgrade for an Axial SCX10. That isn’t marketing garbage, I currently own 4 of them and use or have used them in a variety of trucks; 3 SCX10′s, Wraith, CPE Barbarian, Tamiya TXT-2 and soon to be my new Yeti.

Last weekend I finally broke some teeth during a monster truck freestyle session and figured this was the perfect time to show how easy they are to fix. Keep in mind this unit ain’t no spring chicken. It’s about 2 years old and while it used to be blue once upon a time, I painted it black a long time ago and most of it is peeling off after abuse. Click the “Read More” and I’ll show you how easy it is to get the old girl back up and turnin’.

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Axial has given the go ahead to talk about the new Axial Racing Wraith Spawn Rock Racer. Besides the Axial standard of plenty of licensed parts, they have continued to update and refine the already proven Wraith platform. Axial continues to drive towards more waterproofing, and with winter coming up, we know that’s an important box to check off. The ESC, Steering Servo, and Receiver box now all claim waterproof. For those of you that have been thinking about picking up a Wraith, maybe this is the one that tickles your fancy?

Some highlight features are:
• WB8 HD Wildboar™ driveshafts
• Dual slipper clutch
• Single-coil, adjustable shocks
• Heavy duty differential lockers
• Officially licensed 2.2 Method IFD™ beadlock wheels
• New Spawn body on full tube frame composite chassis
• Driver figure and molded interior
• 2.2 Ripsaw™ tires
• AE-5 ESC w/ drag brake – 3S LiPo capable (waterproof)
• 20T motor
• Metal gear Tactic TSX45 MG servo, 151 oz-in, water resistant
• Waterproof receiver box
• Spawn body compatible with Wraith, AX10 and SCX10 chassis

The part number is #AX90045, and it is priced at $369. You can get complete details by heading over to This Link on the Axial website.

Make sure to check out the video below!

Axial WaterproofingThe good folks over at Axial Racing recently posted a very detailed explanation of exactly what the term “waterproof” is. Some hobbyists might think that waterproof means you can just throw your truck into a swimming pool without worry, but that is not the case. The Axial crew took the time to explain, in depth, exactly what water does to each part of your truck. They also explain the IPX industrial ratings often used on waterproof electronics. It’s a great read and very informative, Click Right Here to check it out over on Axial’s blog.

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T-Bone Racing Differential Skid Plate Axial AX10 RidgecrestT-Bone Racing sure makes a wide variety of products. From wheelie bars to bumpers, they are doing their best to keep bashers from busting up their cars.

One of their latest creations is a Diff Skid Plate for the Axial Ridgecrest. The skid plate is aimed for the truly gnar-core off-roader and comes with a lifetime warranty. It is priced at $13 and includes everything needed for a clean install. These have a part number of #12015 and are available for your bashing pleasure right now. Get full details over on the official TBR Website.

Want to see what else T-Bone Racing has been up to? Check out This Link on BigSquidRC.

MIP C-Drive Axial YetiThe Axial Yeti is tough but its plastic rear driveshaft can be prone to breakage under heavy use. If you have been twisting/breaking the stocker, MIP have announced a new X-Dutry C-Drive Kit. For the ultimate in durability, the MIP unit is made from heat treated steel and uses their spline drive technology.

The part number is #14390 and it has a street price of $45. For complete details hit up the official MIP Website.

You can find more MIP news Right Here on BigSquidRC.

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Yep, the review has been posted… but there are a few things that we didn’t show that are in the box that we felt needed to be shown. Plus, we didn’t show the box in the review. Everyone likes to see what the boxes look like, what they say, etc. So enjoy the unboxing photos of the Axial Yeti XL! A few of us wanted to drive it around with the box on. Something about it was entertaining with the wheels sticking out.

Make sure to hit Read More to see a nice surprise that comes with the XL nobody has mentioned yet…
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Axial Yeti XL Review

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How do you follow up one of the most hyped and anticipated rc vehicles of recent years? You go BIG! The Axial Yeti XL has a heck of a challenge ahead for it to not get lost in all the original Yeti news. Pure size alone may not be enough. Axial hasn’t really dabbled in such a large scale before. Can they pull it off? Will the Yeti XL be everything fans want and more? Keep reading to find out..

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Axial Yeti XL
Hey look what the BigSquidRC Crew just unveiled at iHobby 2014, the brand new Yeti XL from Axial! The Yeti XL is a huge 4wd 1/8th scale off-roader that features scale looks and ridiculous power.

Get your Pre-order in now! Click Here to get one of the first!

Enjoy the unveiling pictures and look for our full review to go live on Tuesday morning. Click Here for the official Axial website.

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As the gang is busy in Chicago breaking exclusives, I’m stuck back here in STL holding down the fort. Don’t worry about me though, it’s nice coming in at 10 and leaving by 2 getting a quick breather before a torrent of news hits. And since we are in the calm before the storm, this gives me a few minutes to talk about the scale scene in general. No, not just scale crawlers…I mean as it pertains to the whole industry. Click the “Read More” below to read my wall o’ text.

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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!

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

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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