well this project all started when a buddy of mine picked up an axial crawler. while it looked fun, it was still too slow in stock RTR form to do anything else but, it was intended for crawling and not taking a corner at 20 mph and i understand that. so i thought "hey, if i can have solid axle in the back while leaving independent suspension in the front, it would be awesome like scale trophy/sc trucks. That was only for a moment and was forgotten for a few weeks.
One day we were wrenching on our trucks and he had his axial wraith all torn apart and i was looking at the bottom plate of the axial that connected all the upper and lower links to the diff assembly. i said to him " Hey it would be funny if this plate fits under the braces" and i flipped my flm maxx and put it under the braces. to our amazement it just slid right in.. perfectly as if intended from the factory. this peaked my interest to make something a little bit more scale-ish. i knew i had a maxx roller fully prepped and maintained with no motor. it was also a narrow maxx so i can probably fit a sct body on without trimming the a arms too much.
i have seen electric conversions similar to this with slash chassy's after much looking around couldn't find anything that was done with a nitro so i believe it makes it just as much more unique.
so my project began and here are some pictures. i don't have time to work on it on the weekdays. so my progress will be slow but i do have most of the major parts done so enjoy.
let me know if you love it, hate it, despise it, what i can improve on. comments and criticism all are welcome as it will just help me improve.
well here is the progress i have made so far:
rear bulk assembly off:
test fit axial assembly with links:
Cut braces to accommodate the axial assembly:
the bottom plate is held on by m3 screws and are being held on just by pressure from screwing the screws on to the braces. it's just for a mock up so when i have all the measurements down, i will start drilling into the braces.
assembled diff assembly from ebay. converted the shortmaxx drive shafts to use on the yokes for the output for the tranny and input for the diffs. also put a small piece of heatshrink to help the strength of the outer shaft from cracking.:
test fit with the plate, lower and upper linkages, shafts and diff assembly all put together(junk motor to visualize the mounting of motor,linkages, exhaust, etc...):