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.
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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.
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RC4WD Axial Knuckles Gallery
The folks over at Hobbico are getting the word out that they’ve got some specials going on until the end of the month. Until February 28th you can save some bank on various surface and air products. Some of the more notable specials include-
* $100 off the Duratrax Nissan GTR Nitro 4wd RTR
* $40 off the 2013 ARRMA Fury SCT RTR
* $30 off the Axial Jeep Wrangler Wraith-Poison Spyder 4WD RTR and SCX10 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4WD Kit
* $30 off the Futaba 4PK Super R
There are many other items on sale, to view them all simply click This Link that takes you over to the sale page on the Best RC website.
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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.
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.
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 folks over at ST Racing Concepts have announced a new Chassis Set for custom builders. This set is for people who like to use their own length suspension links during a custom build. The kit comes in three different colors and is designed to be used with an Axial center transmission. The chassis set includes-
* 4mm aluminum chassis rails
* 4mm aluminum side plates
* Front 4 link plate
* 18mm aluminum posts
* Mounting hardware
The part number is #STA3050 and it has a retail price of $49. Hit up This Link to check out the official STRC website.
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THE Axial SCX10 Jeep Wrangler G6 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…
Need to beef up the driveline of your Axial Wraith or SCX10? The good folks over at STRC have just announced high quality universal driveshafts for the popular Axial off-road machines.
The ST Racing Concepts universals are made from the ground up to be extra tough. They are made from carbon-steel, heat treated, and CNC machined to make sure they can take a beating. The universals bolt up without modification and the retainer rings come in 5 different colors. Also of note, the STRC driveshafts are completely rebuild-able.
The part number for the SCX10 universals is #STA30464 and they have a street price of $42. The part number for the Wraith units is #STA30780 and they sport a street price of $47. For more information hit up This Link.
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If you want the toughest driveshafts in the business you have to look no further than MIP. Now MIP has center driveshaft kits for the Axial Wraith and SCX10. The stock plastic driveshafts can twist or break, the heavy duty MIP units are built to take punishment. Some of their key features include-
* Spline drive technology
* Made from tough heat treated steel
* MIP includes Loctite & grease with each set
* Pin set screws
* 100% made in the good old USA
The part number for the MIP SCX10 set is #13360, the part number for the MIP Wraith set is #11116 and they are each priced at $75.
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RC4WD has another way to scale up the looks of your Axial SCX10 with their Version 2 Tough Armor Front Lightbar/Bumper. Made from steel, this lightbar/bumper should be able to take a beating while giving you a place to mount some cool looking lights to the front of your truck.
* Welded by hand
* Constructed from strong steel tubing
* Powder coated finish
* Corrosion resistant
* Weight- 2.71oz
The part number is #Z-S1102, it has a $29 street price, and they are available right now for your bashing pleasure. Hit up This Link for complete information.
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Hey guys, Adam the intern here with a review of Axial’s 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Kit! I put it though some serious tests to see what it was made of and had some interesting results… Press READ MORE to see my complete thoughts.
The crew over at STRC/ST Racing Concepts have some trick new aluminum hop-ups for the Axial SCX10 & Wraith.
First up are Heavy Duty “H” Chassis Braces for the SCX10. These are CNC machined out of aluminum and are used to strengthen the chassis, reducing twist on tough trails. The “H” brace is available in four different colors, has a part number of #STA80026HBK/GM/G/S, and has a retail price of $15.
Next up is an Aluminum Off-Axle Servo Mount & Panhard for the Wraith. To get the ultimate in scale realism, Wraith owners often times move the steering servo off of the front axle. The new STRC CNC machined servo mount does just that. It also comes in four colors- black, green, gun metal or silver. The part number is #STA30792PBK/GM/G/S and it has a retail price of $40.
Also new from STRC are Aluminum Front and Rear Shock Towers for the SCX10. These CNC machined towers look trick and come with the same geometry as the stock pieces. Also available in multiple colors, the part number is #STA80025FBK/GM/G/S for the front towers, #STA80025RBK/GM/G/S for the rear, and they both have a retail price of $25.
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STRC Axial SCX10/Wraith Hop-up Gallery
What does it look like to crack the box open on the brand new Axial SCX10 Jeep Wrangler Recon G6? Here ya go, it looks pretty cool. The latest SCX10 from Axial comes with loads of scale detailing in the spirit of the ultra tough Recon G6 series.
As you can see from the pictures, the Axial Recon G6 is a kit. The body comes clear and you get to assemble the truck from raw parts. If you really want to get to know a truck, and make sure it is set up for you from the very start, a kit is the way to go.
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Unboxing Axial Recon G6 Gallery 1
Unboxing Axial Recon G6 Gallery 2
Our friends over at ST Racing Concepts/STRC have been working overtime to come up with trick new parts. Exactly what parts are they? Our lips are sealed for now, however we are allowed to share with you these two teaser shots.
Pictured above is an Axial truck with a Tamiya Jeep body. Below is a Traxxas Slash 4×4. Can you spot any new parts in these pictures? Comments are open to let your voice be heard.
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