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Click here to read Part 1 of this series or click here for Part 2.

The servo that comes with the RTR Axial SCX10 isn’t bad for a stock unit, but the combination of running aluminum steering links (you upgraded, right?!) coupled with bigger and heavier tires/wheels make a servo upgrade a high priority. The factory unit is also decidedly NOT waterproof, which can be a huge negative depending on where you want to run.

Like everything else in this series, my recommendations are made based on what I’ve used “in the field”. Without a doubt my personal favorite is the Hitec HS-5646WP Waterproof Servo (click here for full specs). It provides enough torque to easily turn 1.9 tires on the rocks (if you are sporting big 2.2′s you may want something more powerful) and with a street price of around $50 the price to performance ratio is very nice. And while the light blue case is sealed and ready for the drink, the relatively low price point makes it MUCH easier to dunk with reckless abandon. Even though I’ve never had one fail on me it’s still nice to know that if it did (hey, it happens when dealing with water and electronics) I wouldn’t be out a couple C-notes.

The servo comes with a thick plastic horn that works very well with some slight modification. The stock bolt mounting hole just needs to be drilled/reamed out slightly and it will fit snug. The plastic is hardy enough that I’ve never had a breakage or stripping issue in over 14 months of heavy use (with 3 of these servos).

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Ok, so lets talk battery placement. If you have a Trail Honcho you are fine (they come with the mount up front) but if you have the JK RTR you will need to relocate. The parts you need should be in your extra trees (they were for mine when I purchased one a year ago). Click here to check out an excellent guide on the procedure over at Axial’s site. Getting that battery up front will make a huge difference when climbing.

So yeah, at this point you should have a serious trail machine. When we drop Part 4 of this guide we’ll take a look at over/ under drive gears, what exactly they do, and if they are right for you.

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The 2014 Axial RECON G6 event series is underway! Here at Big Squid HQ we are preparing for the “Iron Mountain Depot RECON G6” taking place April 12th in O’fallon, MO (click here for full event rules, details, and registration) and I was recently able to catch up with series founder and “course master” Brian Parker (everyone knows him as Parker) for a quick interview. Before we get to that though, let me drop some 411 on you uninitiated folk who may be wondering “what the heck is this G6 thing?”

The Axial RECON G6 Adventure Series, in simplest terms, is a timed scale cross-country race. Drivers are tasked with driving a set course (courses can sometimes be several hours long) through a variety of gates and “challenges” designed to push their scale machine to the limit. Touching your vehicle is forbidden and you must use a recovery strap or winch to get you through when stuck or upside down. Relying on your fellow driver is crucial. Drivers are given a log book and must use hole punches/stamps located at various checkpoints to mark their progress and also prove they ran the course. The motto of the series is “Finishing a G6 is like the winning a G6″. It’s all about teamwork and having a good time with fellow like minded scale off-roaders.

Ok, so with that in mind let’s get to the interview.  Click the “Read More” below to see my interview with Parker and to check out a few pictures from last year’s St. Louis event.

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TheToyz  Leukemia & Lymphoma Big Climb Raffle
Our friends over at TheToyz are holding a raffle to raise money for leukemia & lymphoma. 100% of the proceeds are going to charity, all you have to do is hit up the TheToyz website to buy a raffle ticket before March 23rd. The winner of the raffle takes home a brand new Axial Jeep Rubicon RTR, a value of close to $400.

To enter TheToyz Leukemia & Lymphoma Big Climb Raffle simply click This Link.

Hit up This Link for more TheToyz news right here on BigSquidRC.

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If you read Part 1 of this guide (CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT) you may remember that for the Part 2 portion of “Upgrading Your RTR Axial SCX10″ I planned on limiting the budget to $100. Well, in the grand tradition of every single r/c project I’ve been apart of…we are going over budget! Besides, if your rig isn’t over budget then you aren’t a true scaler! Right?! Yeah, this excuse never works on my wife either. I digress. Click the “Read More” button to see what kind of trouble we can get into this time.

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To see Part 1 of this build CLICK HERE , to see Part 2 CLICK HERE

It’s ALIVE! I recently received the final and most important piece of my build; the tractor tires and wheels. After a quick shot of flat black paint it was time to mount em’ up and see what this thing could do. Click the “Read More” below to see Part 3 of this Axial Deadbolt to Mega Truck build series.

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RC4WD Steering Knuckles Axial SCX10
Stock plastic parts aren’t known for their durability, therefore the crew over at RC4WD have announced new aluminum steering knuckles for the Axial SCX10. Black in color, these knuckles look the part and should be difficult to destroy on those long trail drives.

* CNC machined from billet aluminum
* Easy to install
* Weight (each)- 0.35oz

The part number is #Z-S1216, they have a street price of $29, and they are available right now. Hit up This Link for more information over on the official RC4WD website.

Can’t get enough RC4WD news? Hit up This Link on BigSquidRC for even more!

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So you’re the proud owner of a brand new ready to run Axial SCX10. Congrats, the truck is a lot of fun right outta the box! If you are like most people I know though, the first thing you’ll do (after giving it a test drive, of course) is hop on the internet, go to your favorite r/c forum/facebook page, and start a “I have a brand new SCX10 what should I upgrade first PLEASE HELP ME!” thread. It’s ok, we’ve all been there. I remember my first foray into scale 4×4′s and how overwhelming it was. Fret not, dear reader, for I am here to start a recurring feature on the upgrade path you should take. While this is obviously just one Joe Schmoe’s opinion, I’ve owned 5 SCX10′s (2 currently) and have gone through the rigamarole plenty of times myself.

For “Stage 1″ I’m going to limit the upgrade budget to just $20 because you most likely just dropped 300-400 dollars on that shiny new SCX10 and may not have much dough left over. Click read more to check it out.

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Ugh, this winter sucks. Last year I was scaling nearly every weekend thanks to mild weather. This year has just been snow after snow with sub 0º temperatures to boot. Oh well, with spring (hopefully) right around the corner I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I know my buddies and I are chomping at the bit to get outside.

The awesome King of the Hammers race took place last week in California and as usual was filled with all sorts of spectacular carnage. I strongly suggest you head to YouTube and checkout some clips, particularly those showing highlights of the “Back Door” section. It was also a big weekend for scale r/c as the 2014 RECON G6 series of events kicked off with their own version of an “Ultra 4″ race. Axial always has a big presence at this event and this year debuted a custom Falken Tires themed SCX10 Jeep (pictured below). You can view more pics on Axial’s site right here. It looks great and the most noteworthy thing about it is the tires. Those are actual Falken Wildpeak replicas and look hot. Axial claims that the truck is a one off, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the next RTR in their line of SCX10′s. At the very least I’d be shocked if the tires weren’t released. The tread pattern looks like it would hook up great and clean out very well. This is all baseless speculation however, as I have no inside knowledge.

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Speaking of Axial and RECON G6, my club is hosting the G6 crew for a St. Louis, MO tour stop on April 12, 2014. The event is being dubbed the “Axial Iron Mountain Depot RECON G6” and will be taking place in O’Fallon, MO. It’s only 2 months away and, if the weather ever breaks, we will be out there preparing some gnarly stuff for everyone to tackle. It should be a great time! Big Squid will have a big presence and I’ll post the full event details right here when they are released.

Lastly, thanks for all the feedback I’ve received on my mega-truck project (Part 1 here, Part 2 here). As it turns out it’s a pretty good thing I picked this time of year to build one as the snow has served as an ok replacement for mud while putting the truck through rigorous testing. Part 3 of the build won’t post for a couple more weeks as I’m waiting on both the tires AND for warmer weather to properly go boggin’, but thus far I’ve been having a blast with the truck. While waiting on my narrowed Tamiya Clodbuster tires to arrive I’ve been using the stock Axial Trepador 2.2′s that came with the Deadbolt. I gave them a custom “mud cut” and they give the truck a great holeshot. Here’s a teaser of what it looks like right now -

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Lastly, keep sending me pics (and descriptions) of your scale rides! Showmescalers at gmail dot com is my addy. Since I sounded the horn last week you guys have sent me some awesome stuff. I’m going to start showing them off next week so keep em’ coming. Remember, anything scale is cool no matter if it’s surface, air, or water oriented. The more outlandish the better! Have a great weekend and thanks for reading.

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Note – To see Part 1 of this build CLICK HERE

Last week I started converting our stock Axial Deadbolt to a full blown mega/monster truck with help from a CPE Barbarian chassis. In part 2 I’m detailing what parts I changed from the stock setup, offering initial testing impressions, and showing off what body I’m going to top the truck with. Let’s get to it. Click ‘Read More’

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Axial RECON G6 SCX10

This week I’m taking a break from the standard “written” column to debut a new YouTube video series. I’ll be doing an episode about once a month and will try to give it a “Wide World of Sports®” vibe that covers all different areas of scale rc (trails, monster trucks, drag racing, sand rails, hill climbing, etc). This first video features both my modified RECON G6 edition Axial SCX10 and bone stock Gmade Sawback. Myself and good friend Mike Ewens took them to the banks of the Missouri River for some wooded trailing and had a blast on a very chilly day.

A couple pieces of housekeeping before we go. In case you missed it earlier this week I started a build series converting an Axial Deadbolt into a high flying mega truck. Part 2 should go live early next week. I’ve been testing the truck and it’s a beast! Also, do you have a cool build/ride that you want to showcase to the scale community? Shoot an e-mail to showmescalers at gmail dot com and if you have some pretty pictures of your rig doin’ work you could see it right here (and score a few Big Squid RC stickers to boot).

I’d also like to thank all the readers who have thus far been reading my scale ramblings every Friday. I have quite a bit planned as far as builds, event coverage, and how-to’s for 2014….if it would ever stop snowing! It’s getting to the point where if I ever plan on getting outside again I’m going to need to build a Kyosho Blizzard. Hmm, a Blizzard does sound pretty cool, right?

 

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Being a scale/crawler dude can be tough when you are surrounded by speed demons like the majority of Big Squid staffers. Let’s be honest with ourselves here – scalers aren’t exactly known for high speed thrills. I think Cubby wanted to kill me when I built the Axial RECON G6 SCX10 for review and put in a slow 18.5 crawler system! I’ve never built a scale truck where speed (and jumpability) was the end goal. That needed to change. Building a scale mega truck is just what the doctor ordered! (If you are unfamiliar with what a “mega truck” is checkout my column here.)

I knew I wanted to base the truck off of the Axial Deadbolt platform due to the stout AR60 axles, rugged transmission, rabid aftermarket support, and my familiarity with the model. I’m getting to the point where I think I could build a truck just with all the spare Axial parts I’ve accumulated over the years. I also knew that for this truck to do everything I wanted I’d have to get pretty wild with the modifications. It would need a powerful brushless system, had to be waterproofed for deep mud, needed big tractor tires to navigate said mud, and required a suspension that could handle speed and air. A very tall order.

The crux of this build is a Crawford Performance Engineering (CPE) Barbarian chassis (pic below). It turns an Axial Wraith, Deadbolt, or Ridgecrest into a scale monster/mega truck by utilizing the stock axles, shocks, transmission, and other miscellaneous pieces. The all aluminum 1:1 inspired frame features heavy duty links and sway bars and adds about an inch of wheelbase to the stock Deadbolt. This has become the hot setup in scale monster truck racing and I’m pretty excited to build a mud truck out of it.

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With my plans now in place I ordered a slew of parts. I already had the motor on hand so I decided to throw that in the stock truck and see how the drivetrain would handle it without any modification.  I pulled out the RTR ESC and 20t motor to install a Castle Mamba Max Pro 6900 kv system. Go big or go home! The result was impressive. The big motor yanked the front wheels up with hardly any throttle (see the top pic). The change in power was akin to going from a V6 to a super-charged big block. I’m also happy to report that the stock Axial drivetrain held up to this big power with no breakage whatsoever. It also jumped surprisingly well considering this vehicle was presumably designed without hang time being a big priority.

After a little over a week, all my parts had finally arrived. It was time to start building. Part 2 of this series is coming up very soon, but here’s a teaser (see below) showing off the Barbarian chassis with the Deadbolt rear end partly installed.

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Before we go, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the tires I’m planning on using. Can you say cut & shut Clodbuster wheels/tires narrowed to about 2 inches? That should nail the tractor look I’m going for. Look for Part 2 of this build series coming soon!

THE Axial SCX10 Jeep Wrangler G6 Review

Axial SCX10 Jeep Wrangler G6 Kit Review

Axial Recon G6 events are all the rage right now, but they aren’t just for the hardest of the hardcore scalers, they are for everyone. You won’t find a bunch of people stressing out over the win, what you will find is a bunch of guys out having fun with their scale rc trucks. The latest machine from Axial is their SCX10 Jeep Wrangler G6 Edition, a machine for competing in G6 events or for simply having a good time on a trail run. Is the G6 edition a good trail machine? Is it worthy of the G6 designation? More importantly, is it worth your hard earned cash? Click that “Read More” button to find out…

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Axial RECON G6 JK

The virtual ink hasn’t even dried yet on our review of the Axial RECON G6 SCX10 but it’s time to talk upgrades! When I mentioned I was building it a few weeks ago in this very column, I said I had big plans for it. Well, it’s time to discuss said plans.

The first thing I did was switch out the stock wheels and tires for a set of beastly Pro-Line Swamper XLs mounted on Axial beadlocks with 3 oz of weight in each front. The memory foam that comes with the Swampers works well, but I went ahead and splurged on a set of Crawler Innovations closed cell foams to better support the weight of the rig and avoid flat spotting. The addition of the tires was profound; the truck looks gnarly, has better ground clearance, and the big lugs make quick work of most terrain.

The next thing I’m going to be doing is swapping the stock ring & pinions for a pair of hardened Axial beveled gears. This will increase durability while eliminating slop. I’m going to use the overdrive (OD) gear set in the front and underdrive (UD) in the rear, which will cause the front tires to spin slightly faster than the rear. This eliminates torque twist, allows for a tighter turning radius and (most importantly) since the front “drags” the rear, it really helps its vertical climbing ability. (NOTE – If you don’t understand OD/UD, fret not, I’ll be doing a full explanation in a future column)

Oh, but I’m just getting started. The ultimate goal of this project is to compete and complete the St. Louis RECON G6 event coming up on Saturday April 12, 2014. This is a good start, but I still have much work to do before then! Part 2 of this build will include new recovery gear (hello scale Warn winch!), waterproofing the ESC, installing a functional light bar, and adding a driver!