Update: Packed Diff and Installed All Gears in HR Gearbox
"They didn't build Rome in a day" LOL I pulled the top gear and input shaft from the old stock tranny and moved it to the new HR Graphite/ Alloy one. The stock plast idler and diff were yanked and thrown to the side. I ordered a new diff with the metal ring gear, installed all the internal gears and packed with heavy duty automotive grease. Installed all new Avid bearings inside the case and on the idler ( lovely yellow ), put all the shims ( TF washers ) back for the top gear and idler. I also put one shim ( TF washer ) on each side of the diff to cut down on the left & right play. All the gearing installed, then bolted up the gearbox halves. Everything is rotating nice and free. All I need to do now is add some grease for the internal gears and i'm good to go. I test fitted the gearbox to the chassis and everythings looks great so far.
HR Graphite/ Alloy Gearbox w/ new Avid Bearings:
Thanks for looking! ;)
Update: T-Bone Wheelie-bar & Xtreme Racing Rr Shock Tower
A little progress on the Rustler build. I'm taking my time and having fun with it. ;) I pulled the HR gearbox off the frame and put some grease on the internal gears to keep them lubed up. I added enough to make sure they were coated just right.
I then put some electrical tape over the gap and the bottom front of the gearbox.
I then mounted up the T-Bone Wheelie-bar. It's really nice and has good flex for impacts and holding wheelies.
Update: Xtreme Racing Fr Shock Tower Installed
Not much for updates the past couple of days. I do feel like an idiot though; I said my gearing was 50/14, should have read 14/50. LOL I feel that's going to be a good start and some decent speed.
Install went fairly well. I had some fitment issues with the Xtreme Racing Fr Shock Tower and the STRC Aluminum bulk. I had to take some meat off the bulk where the bottom of the shock tower bolts up. I just grazed enough off until it fit to perfection. LOL One thing good about aluminum and plastics a hobby knife works perfect as a solution here. It came out nice and in a spot where its not noticeable. Here's a few shots of it installed.
I received a few other packages in the mail. Thursday I got the Fr & Rr Hot Racing Shock Towers. I just love the looks of those to. I matched them up and the Xtreme Racing (alien) offered slightly more mounting options. I went with these since I havent seen to many using them if any as of yet.
Yesterday I got the Hot Racing CNC Servo Saver. I mounted it up and the darn thing is to big. No room for the throw. Not sure if i'm going to do any mod to get it to work or just swap the Kimbrough from my Digger and install this one on it. I really dont want to chop this one up in any way. I wasnt thinking about all the mounting positions this Saver offers.
Update: Wide FR End Mod & Rr Bolted Up
Check out my front wide end mod using Sl4sh RPM front A-arms, blocks & carriers. I'm also using Slayer Push Rods 5918x for camber and steering links. This is the first stage of the Fr end mod & getting everything bolted up. Next up tweak the camber and tie in my steering links. For axles I took a part old Fr end half shafts with the stub axle and cut the ears off. This is working perfectly so far. Once I get everything in gear and the truck on the road to test everything out and if I like this mod i'll do a writeup.
I'm not sure if you noticed but the Alien (Xtreme Racing) Shock Tower offers quite a bit of adjustment and mounting areas for camber and shocks. Which is good! I mounted the camber at the middle holes. I'm thinking about moving them up to the highest to make the links more level. I may just test them at where they are at now and go from there. You also see some threads showing on the rods, i'll fill those with red spacers later on. What do yall think about this mod? Pro's, Con's?? Everything seems to be working well so far. I'm basically using all my leftover stock and modding. The only thing that I dont like that I had to use were the old stock hinge pins. I'll get these changed out later.
Now to the pics of the Fr end mod!!
Rr end bolted up!
Thanks for looking!
Update: Fr/ Rr Body, Adjustments, & Boltup
A little work going on. While working on the Sl4sh front end mod I just bolted up the front body mount to install the top of the shock towers. I knew I needed to come back and fix an issue I had. I ended up moving the mount to the front of the shock tower to get the flat angle for the body posts. I also had to mod the body posts to fit my body on. I tried many things and stared it down. I came up with something a little innovative. Not the best of looking but it works and will hold the body in place very well. I'll clean them up and make them look better once everything is in place. I'm really impressed at how this front mod is coming along. By far it isnt the easiest thing to do. I could have just purchased a set of front Proline A-arms and just been done in 10 minutes. LOL Why not try something new and beefy.
I also took O.G.'s advice and bolted up the steering link to the outer part of the carrier. I centered up the bellcrank steering and tied the steering links in and centered them up as best I could with my eye. Once I get the treads mounted on all 4s i'll do the final adjustment to give it a little toe-out. You also see threads between the link and the rod end. That will be filled in with spacers later on.
You can see a little close-up of the body mounts. I cut the body posts off a rear MJ body mount ( if you buy these in a kit they come with 2 different sets ) for the front end. I had to take the good ole exacto knife to get good fitment as low as I could.
For the rear I flipped a MJ body mount and used the normal front posts and turned them out. This fits perfectly on the Raptor body. I'm not using the single center one that most use for a Rustler body.
Installed the rear Sl4sh Heavy Duty Half Shafts. This will take care of the power plant i'm putting in this machine. Well currently. LOL :p
A close up of the bling I have going on the spur gear to accent the rest of my red.
Update: T-Bone Racing Fr Bumper, Rr Ten-T Shocks, Vektor 4000kv, ET-3S ESC
Good morning! I made a good amount of progress last night. Everything went really smooth, no hiccups at all. This build is really coming together nicely. Soon as I get the treads mounted up i'll start tweaking the camber, toe, and supsension to my liking and handle. Hopefully my eye is good as everything is pretty close. I'll let the calipers and gauge tell me that later on. LOL I still might have to drop the truck some though. I want it to ride low but not dragging the ground low. Could end up putting some spacers in the shock to drop the ride height.
First off T-Bone Racing Basher Fr Bumper.
Traxxas TQi Rx, box, & the Rr Ten-T shocks installed.
Traxxas ET-3S ESC ( Funny Car )
CC/ HPI Vektor 4000kv 4-pole Motor installed w/ 20T 32p Pinion ( we'll see how these temps go )
Close-up of the gearing.
I have a question to ask you guys. When I went to connect the ET-3S ESC and motor wires they are 2 different sizes. The Traxxas (of course) bullet connector is 3.5mm and the CC/ HPI Vektor motor is 4.0mm. Would you pull the Traxxas side and solder new 4.0mm or vice versa and 3.5mm on the motor side? I'm almost thinking cut the motor side off and go 3.5mm so I still have the stock shielding on the ESC side. But it really doesnt make any difference to me as I have a Tractor Trailler length of heat shrink to cover back up. Thought I would ask what yall would do in this situation. Bigger is always better right?? ;)
You notice the ESC is sitting high. I was just now thinking (dang ole late night brain-farts) I do have a Jr extension that I can use to move the esc to the passenger wing of the chassis. So where you see it now it will be moved to drop CoG. The one thing I noticed is how short the Jr wiring is on the ET-3S. Way short to really mount it within an inch distance from the Rx. LOL Urrrrr!!
I'm thinking bashing time with the little fella after work. If I get a good suggestion as to which way would be best above i'll end up at least soldering the new bullet connector on. Who knows what that will lead to. LOL
Thanks for looking! Any input is welcome!