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The folks over at FreqesKinz wanted us to let you know they are giving away two free Urban Camo sets of sKinz for the Axial G6 Jeep over on their Facebook page. Click Right Here to make the jump over to the FreqesKinz FB page for full details and to get entered.

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Axial Yeti Review_00008In case you missed it, last week Axial made a huge announcement: the Axial Yeti 1:10 Rock Racer. Regardless of your personal opinion on the vehicle, the release is a big deal for the hobby. If you don’t believe me you should see the outrageous web traffic that our review has been doing! It’s sparked a ton of discussion on message boards and Facebook groups as well. I’ve heard that pre-orders for the vehicle are super high. So yeah, you can tell people are interested. I only speak for myself here, but let me discuss why the release excites me. Click the “Read More” below to see my ramblings.

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Axial Yeti Review
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There has been a good amount of new vehicle releases lately, but I don’t believe there has been a vehicle released in the last 2 years that has received as much hype as the Axial Yeti! Heck, we posted 3/4 of a picture of the thing, with a link to where you could pre-order, and not only did we receive a record amount of traffic that day, I have heard the pre-orders from our page were through the roof! So does the Yeti deserve all the hype? Is this the rock racer the world has been waiting for? Click the ‘Read More’ to find out, and make sure to check out the video!

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Axial LED Controller
To light up those nighttime trail drives, our friends over at Axial have a couple of products for you.

Their 3 Port High Output LED Controller fits in between a simple light kit and their #AX24251 Night Vision System and gives you the ability to power 3 separate LED strings. The controller is compatible with their 8 LED light string and includes a wire harness extension for easy body removal. The part number is #AX31097, it is street priced at $35, and they are available right now.

Axial’s White 8 LED Light String is not only bright enough to light up dark trails, but they also add a nice touch of scale realism to your rig. Made as a direct bolt-on to Axial’s CRC/Rigid SCX10 light bars, it has a part number of #AX31098, a street price of $17, and they are also in stores right now.

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Axial Yeti
Want to be the first person on your block to get the latest and greatest from Axial? If so, head over to Tower Hobbies and get your Axial Yeti on pre-order. It has a part number of #AX90026 and is priced at $429.

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Axial AX10 Aluminum Parts
There is no better way to beef up (and bling out) your rig than with aluminum parts. Axial Racing has announced three new aluminum upgrades for their popular AX10 trucks.

The Axial AX10 Aluminum Shock Tower Brace is machined from aluminum and is best suited for high power applications and general bashing. These help eliminate chassis flex and are compatible with second gen AX10 chassis plates. They come in pairs with a part number of #AX31101, a street price of $36, and they are available right now.

The AX10 Aluminum Upper Link Capture Plates help reinforce the upper link mounts and are hard anodized for durability. If you bash your AX10 hard these should come in quite handy. These have a part number of #AX31099, a street price of $36, and they are available right now.

To add even more bling, you can pick up one of the new Axial AX10 Aluminum Skid Plates. The skid plate adds rigidity to the chassis and will give your buddies an eye full of bling should you ever end up on your lid. The Axial logo is laser etched and it comes with all the hardware you need for installation. The part number is #AX31100, it is priced at $32, and you can get your hands on one right now.

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Axial Tires
Our friends over at Axial Racing have announced new tires and wheels to give your rig even more performance and scale realism.

First up are the 1.9 BFGoodrich Krawler T/A tires in R35 Compound. These are nicely scaled down versions of what the big boys are running to win rock crawling championships and are made to fit most popular 1.9 wheels. These have a part number of #AX31093, they have a street price of $25, and they should start shipping sometime in mid June.

Their next set of tires are officially license Falken WildPeak MT 1.9s. The MT doesn’t stand for monster truck, it stands for Mud Terrain and they are designed for loads of traction in soft surfaces. These also come in sticky R35 compound and fit most popular 1.9 wheels. They have a part number of #AX31143, they are priced at $24, and these are available right now.

For wheels, the black Axial 1.9 Black Rock CRCs are made from high quality nylon and have that trick scale look everyone wants. They are made for use on 12mm hexes and are fully licensed by Black Rock. They have a part number of #AX31094, a street price of just $10 a pair, and are available right now.

Last up are 2.2 Walker Evans IFD Wheels in black. IFD means they come with Axial’s interchangeable face design and they are also a fully licensed version of their full size counterparts. A three piece beadlock is used and a plastic hub adapter eliminates the need for an aluminum hex hub. These have a part number of #AX31118, are street priced at $22, and you can get your hands on them right now.

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RC4WD Aluminum Tube Front Fender Axial Jeep Rubicon
RC4WD has announced a couple of new scale accessories for the Axial Jeep Rubicon. First up is an aluminum tube front fender with body panel. These are CNC machined from aluminum and come with an anodized black finish. Each fender weighs 1.7oz and they can add a nice touch of scale realism to your Axial scale/trail rig.

RC4WD has announced aluminum rear fenders for the Rubicon as well. These are also CNC machined with a black finish and weigh in at 1.02oz each. These are easy to mount, using 5 screws per fender, and are a perfect compliment to the front fender set.

Part numbers are #Z-S1156 for the front fenders, #Z-S1140 for the rears, and both are available right now. The fronts are street priced at $39, the rears are $29, and you can get complete information Right Here on RC4WD’s website.

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The Trigger King R/C Mega Truck Series held it’s first official event last weekend in Wentzville, MO (suburb about 50 miles west of St. Louis). The series was put together to combine the fun of scaling/bashing with the excitement of full scale elimination mud racing. While the aforementioned mega trucks are the main event of the show, there is also a “run what ya brung” open class where any vehicle that can safely fit on the track is welcome.

The track consists of two similar “lanes” featuring jumps and mud holes where the drivers race against each other heads-up style. The event starts out with qualifying. Drivers are allowed to run each lane once and take their best of the two times. Qualifying not only seeds the elimination bracket, but the highest qualifier between trucks will always get lane choice. Once the brackets are set, it’s time for elimination racing. After each class crowned a winner, the track lane markers were removed and people started to freestyle bash on the open course.

The most popular setup for the mega class is combining Axial running gear with a CPE Barbarian chassis. The scale rice & cane tires were mainly narrowed Traxxas Maxx, Tamiya Clodbuster, or RC4WD Mud Bashers. All the trucks looked really scale (including replicas of the famous King Sling and Opielicious 1:1 mega trucks) and most of the drivers have finally figured out how to set these beasts up. The open class saw everything from Axial Wraith’s to Traxxas Slashes compete and were extremely wild to watch. When all was said and done, the event belonged to Jeff Bourgoine as he swept both classes (light blue Chevy Axial/Barbarian mega and black Traxxas Slash).

The series is something that myself and a few buddies have been wanting to launch for sometime now, so it was great to see everyone’s hard work pay off for a fun first event. And while us hardcore scalers got our fix, it was also great to see some of the noobs bash the crap out of their rigs. I had a blast running my “Mega Mule” and look forward to beating the snot out of my truck all summer long.

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Axial AE-5 Waterproof ESC
Axial’s AE-5 ESC is affordable and loaded with features for the crawling/scaler crowd. To make it easier to program while out on the trail, the AE-5 uses jumpers instead of a traditional programming button. These jumpers are used to change settings for battery type and drag brake. The AE-5 is also waterproof, something that is a must for all those long trail drives, or for general bashing.

* Laser etched logo on heat sink
* Comes with Tamiya style connector
* Max cell count is 3S LiPo
* 5 volt 2 amp BEC
* Motor limits are 12 turn on 2S and 18 turn on 3S
* 1.8 x 1.3 x 1.1″ in size

The AE-5 has a part number of #AX31144, they are street priced at $38, and it is expected to start shipping in August. Click Here for full details over on Axial’s official website.

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 Axial SCX10 Jeep Wrangler G6 Falken Edition
New from Axial is their SCX10 Jeep Wrangler G6 Falken Edition. The latest Axial sports a fully licensed dovetail Jeep body with special Falken livery and is loaded with scale detailing from front to rear. The uber scale realism on the outside is mounted on top of the SCX10 platform, a platform that has long proven itself to be extremely reliable out on the trail.

* Comes with 1.9″ Falken WildPeak Mud Terrain tires
* Walker Evans Racing wheels
* Detailed interior
* Dual slipper clutch
* Hardened steel axles with heavy duty diff lockers
* Features WB8 HD Wildboar Driveshafts
* Poison Spyder Rock Brawler front bumper
* 5 bucket light bar set with choice of plain, Axial, and licensed PIAA grille covers
* 4-link rear suspension
* Steel c-channel frame
* Axial AX-3 2.4GHz transmitter
* Tactic metal gear 151 oz-in servo
* 3S LiPo capable Axial AE-5 speed controller

The part number is #AX90036, it is priced at $349, and you can get complete details by hitting up This Link over on the Axial website.

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It was time to break open the new Axial SCX10 Deadbolt RTR! People were such big fans of the Deadbolt body on the AX10, Axial decided to bring the scale look to the SCX10 as well! The green is REALLY green. When we first saw the parts tree, we thought.. ‘Hey! This was supposed to be a RTR!’ But it’s loaded with cool options like the different heads, etc.

You can see a cool shot of the ESC with jumpers for changing the amount of drag brake, as well as a lipo cutoff. It’s nice to have these options in the field made simple just by changing a jumper.

The part number for this SCX10 Deadbolt RTR is #AX90044, it has a street price of $299, should be available shortly after we posted this. More information is available on the Axial Website.

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Axial Big Squid RC
I knew we were in trouble when we pulled up in front of the Axial Racing offices. You see Brian and I were dressed more for a boardroom than we were for walking around in the desert, and by the looks of the myriad of hardcore off-road vehicles in the parking lot, I doubted we’d be spending much time indoors. I was right, we spent most of our time at Axial pulling trigger, something that we both prefer (but were not dressed for, LOL).

After some introductions and a quick tour of their facility, the Axial crew loaded up some trucks, batteries, and tools, and we hit one of their local uber bash spots. They told us they had a killer spot to bash just around the corner, which we hear all the time and it rarely turns out to be true, but the Axial guys were not kidding. Just a few blocks away was an area with a variety of terrain, but more importantly to us, it had HUGE jumps, and LOTS of them.

Much like us, the Axial crew proved in person that they love bashing hard, very hard. They kept going bigger and higher, and before we left one of their guys said “Finish them off!”. If you are a basher, you know what that phrase means, if not, it means to keep going bigger until everything is broke to finish off the day. It’s a pretty common phrase when we go bashing, and we were kinda blown away that the Axial crew have the exact same mentality as us.

Needless to say we had a great time bashing with the Axial crew and pushing their products to the limit. We would like to publicly thank Rodney, Jeff, Brandon, Jamie, Andrew, and Matt for all their hospitality and the opportunity to find out what they are all about – having insane amounts of fun with rc trucks. :)