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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.

Get more Pro-Line News on BigSquidRC.

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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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Kyosho CubbyMost of the rc industry refuses to acknowledge they are part part of the greater automotive industry. It seems many people in the rc industry are content to just be a “toy manufacturer”, instead of reaping the benefits of cross pollinating with people inside the full scale automotive industry. This may be something that has never crossed your mind, but for rc to go more mainstream, it is only advantageous to use every outlet possible.

I’ve found that there are a couple of different types in our industry that want nothing to do with the full scale scene, those that think our “toys” aren’t worthy of more attention, and those that are old school and aren’t open to cross marketing. Ya sure, everyone is entitled to do business their own way, but by not collaborating with companies like Ford, or Goodyear, or Borla, rc doesn’t get maximum exposure to a more mainstream audience. And of course less exposure means less $$$$ in the sales report at the end of the month, less $$$$ to develop new products with, and ultimate less $$$$ to feed their families with.

I am fortunate enough to work with people across a wide range of industries now days, one of them being the full scale scene, so I can say first hand that many of the full scale manufacturers are huge fans of what we do in rc. They dig our scaled down technology and they dig that it is a safe hobby fit for kids and adults alike. Heck, many of them are fans because they use hobby grade rc products right now, or at some time in their past. Our hobby also offers some key demographics to market to. What could be better for a full scale manufacturer than getting to rc kids early so that when they are finally old enough to buy a full scale car, they already know what they want, partially based on how cool it was during their rc days.

Of course there are some rc companies that are ahead of the curve on this one, take Axial for example. On one of their latest release they collaborated with Jeep (body), Walker Evans Racing (wheels), Falken (tires), and Poison Spyder (bumpers). When it was released, it wasn’t just Axial promoting the new truck, it was also the full scale companies listed, getting that particular rc vehicle a ton of additional exposure. Collaborations like that are a win/win for everyone involved.

Hey, the rc industry is wanting to expand, working with full scale manufacturers is a great way to do so. Here’s to hoping that more rc manufacturers gives it a try. After all, the more people there are in rc, the more fun it is, and the more money there is for research and developing cool new products for everyone to enjoy.

On a BSRC note…

Don’t forget these dates-

October 2-5th, iHobby Expo in Schaumburg, IL (a burb of Chicago). Seriously, we’ve got something B I G in our booth this year that you do NOT want to miss.

October 19, Leisure Hours in Joliet IL (just south of the Chi-Town metro). This is our 10 Year Anniversary Bash and it will be the biggest we’ve ever put on. Better still, because of the venue it is rain or shine. If it’s raining Leisure Hours has a huge indoor track for us to get our bash on. Count on loads of swag and lots of pure bashing carnage.

That’s it for this week, thanks for reading, have a funtastic week, and support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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.

Get More Axial news on BigSquidRC.

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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.

Axial 3150kV Brushless Motor
Axial has released the motor from the Yeti to everyone out in rc land. This is a long can 3150kV brushless unit that has loads of torque and is suitable for sustained running on 3S LiPo. The 3150 was designed to propel vehicles like the Yeti and Exo to crazy speeds and should work well in other 10th scale applications like 4wd short course trucks.

* 4-pole, long can design for more torque
* 5mm output shaft
* Black anodized can w/ laser etched logos
* 14 AWG Wire w/ 4mm connectors

The part number is #AX31047, it has a street price of $115, and these are available right now. Get more details at This Link over on the official Axial website.

Catch up on Axial news Right Here on BigSquidRC.

Axial Rigid Light Bar Set
Your truck isn’t truly a scaler without lights, hence the reason Axial has released an officially licensed Light Bar Set from Rigid Industries. The Rigid light bar set looks just like its full scale equivalent and is sure to brighten up your nighttime trail drives.

* Comes with 3 different length bars
* Constructed out of plastic
* Mounting hardware & universal mounting brackets included
* Comes with instructions and clear LED lenses
* LED lights are not included

The part number is #AX31152, they are street priced at $28, and they are available right now. Here Is The Link you want for full details over on Axial’s official website.

Catch up on more Axial news Right Here on BigSquidRC.

Axial 2.2 Walker Evans IFD Wheels
Need some new wheels for your Axial Wraith or AX10? If so, these 2.2″ Walker Evans IFD Wheels from Axial would look mighty fine on your truck. These use Axial’s Interchangeable Face Design that make it easy to change looks and work with most 2.2″ tires.

* Officially licensed by Walker Evans
* Three piece bead-lock
* Uses six screws for disassembly
* Breather holes are adjustable
* Uses plastic hub adapter

The part number is #AX31037, they are priced at $30 per pair, and they are in stock right now. Hit up This Link for full details over on Axial’s official website.

Thank Goodness It’s Friday! Click Right Here for the first TGIF Mystery Link of the day.

ASK Cubby

“QUESTION FOR CUBBY
Dear Cubby;
I’m a speed and bash rc truck person – slash and savage, etc. – but I really like the looks of some of the crawlers. And was wondering if anyone has had any luck modifying a crawler for speed and bashing. I realize they have a high center of gravity but I thought the wide stance and large tires might welcome a brushless system and performance oriented shocks. Your thoughts?
Blessings
Damon H.
San Rafael, CA
Ps. This is in fact the first time in my life I have ever had the privilege of consulting someone named “Cubby.””

Cubby- Hey ya Damon from California, thanks for the letter, shoot us your snail mail so we can totally hook you up with a BSRC sticker pack.

So… you want to mod-out a crawler and make it go really, really fast. Hey, I dig that idea. Throwing on some foams, a huge pinion, and a 6S 7700kV power system in an Axial SCX10 just sounds gnarly to me. If you do it, be sure and send us pics/vid because even I can’t wait to see one of those doing 60 mph speed passes.

However… I would recommend you simply pick up one of the new Axial Yetis. From getting in a bunch of time driving the Yeti, I have found it is a perfect vehicle for doing some light crawling, while also having the ability to do 40 mph speed runs and hit’n big jumps. It has the uber scale looks that you would expect from an Axial product, and performs like nothing else on the market. Oh and… from speaking to the Axial crew a couple days ago, they expect for them to start hitting consumer hands in about two weeks, get your order in now if you want one.


“Looking for a Rally Car
With so many rally cars out there, Which is the best onroad basher and light gravel machine? Looking to keep it scale or have the option for a scaled body. Subaru is a plus.
-Shane H.”

Cubby- Yo hey Shane, congrats on making the big time, don’t forget we can’t hook ya up with stickers unless you send us your snail mail.

To your question… it has been some time since we did our Rally Car Shootout, but it is still quite relevant today. For purely on-road use, I am personally a big fan of the HPI WR8 Flux. Compared to the others in its class, it has loads of power and handles very well on pavement. However, you may not be a big fan of its Ken Block/Ford livery.

For a Subaru fan such as yourself, the Kyosho DRX VE Impreza would also be a good choice. The Kyosho isn’t as good on pavement as the HPI, nor does it have as much raw power, but it still drives well on-road, and still has a solid amount of brushless power. Also of note on the Kyosho, its body is absolutely top-notch, and it handles off-road better than pretty much any other dedicated rally car on the market.

Make the decision, cut the check, insert Hugeeee smile on face.


That’s it for this week ya mongrels, shoot your letters/comments/rants/questions to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com. If (and I highly doubt it will) your letter hits the big time you’ll win a BSRC sticker pack or maybe even one of our new t-shirts!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Axial Wagon Ride
This week the BigSquidRC Bash Crew is back in Southern California and yesterday we got a chance to hang out with the folks at Axial Racing. As seen in the picture above, we got a chance to bash with the Axial crew and I can assure you they bash as hard, if not harder, than we do.

The more time we spend with the Axial crew, the more we find out how hardcore they are for not only their products, but also about the people that buy them. They absolutely want everyone who buys an Axial product to have the best (and most fun!) experience possible. We would like to personally thank Rodney, Jeff, Brandon, Jamie, Andrew, and Matt for bashing with us, we had a fantastic time and really appreciated their hospitality during our visit.

Want to learn more about Axial? Check out their official website Right Here.