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    project 002: THE FUNKY GECKO

    project 002: THE FUNKY GECKO

    My first project "pit bull summit" was fun, (4ws, aluminum roll cage, 7.7" tires, high as the sky), great trail truck and fun monster truck but due to its high center of gravity it lacked a lot as a pure crawler. The brushless tekin was wonderful as was the four wheel steering so I have perfected those ideas an have incorporated them into my new, more crawl oriented project:


    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . THE FUNKY GECKO



    To start I wanted to go with an all black theme, unique body, low center of gravity, and a more perfect steering 4ws steering system. I decided to mate two chassis together to make a front-front truck to achieve the dual steering system.

    current specs:
    Tekin rx8 with 2250kv T8 motor (waterproofed in box)
    HK 208 oz torques servos all around (4)
    custom twin (front-front) steering chassis (2" longer than stock)
    helios warthog body
    Stock canyon tires (for now) I have some moab - but the stock tires crawl better
    Black steel push rods (black steel turn buckles on the way)
    Black rit-dye chassis and rockers
    erevo body posts to obtain a lower profile


    Both chassis:


    Tekin system (waterproofed via box - thanks to Scriner):



    Main chassis after dremel work:


    Secondary chassis :


    Helios body painted waiting to prep:
    Last edited by noir 522; 11-03-2010 at 10:33 PM.
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    Dude that is going to be one longggggggggggg, Summit. Awesome, keep on postin'
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    Quote Originally Posted by quadiak
    Dude that is going to be one longggggggggggg, Summit. Awesome, keep on postin'
    I realized that too late - my body is barely fitting
    its almost in 1:6 size range
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    Wow, I just realized you will be able to fit 4 - 9000 Mah Lipos in there.

    That looks an awful lot like the chassis I got out bid on last week on fleabay.
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    This should be pretty cool i'm sub'd to this thread
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    they have tried

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    Loving that shell .How about a pic with it fitted ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NOFX
    Loving that shell .How about a pic with it fitted ?
    Thats my next issue - it dont fit. I think its gonna look like a custom crawler with the rear wheels sticking waaayyyy back there

    Quote Originally Posted by quandiak
    Wow, I just realized you will be able to fit 4 - 9000 Mah Lipos in there.
    It really was not my choice to have a longer chassis (it was just unavoidable). My battery compartments are still the same stock size, I kept them solid to maintain the structural integrity of the body. The second front chassis has a huge hole in the middle (transmission hole) which in my case did not help to make it sturdier. So all the plastic I could keep on stayed on.
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    Funky body : my second painted body - Im getting better


    Funky body :


    Connection of the two chassissisiss : I'm getting darn near surgical with my dremel:


    Yea I have a long one:


    ready for the rit-dye bath:
    Last edited by noir 522; 11-04-2010 at 09:24 AM.
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    word of note:
    1) summit diffs will not fit in an Erevo bulk head. Summit bulk heads are designed larger for the overhanging portion of the diff.
    2) the front bulk head is not the same as the rear bulkhead - had to buy another summit-front bulkhead, along with a second entire complete steering system.
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    Yup, lookin good. painting is sooooo much fun, in hindsight I wonder if you could have kept the bulk connector on one end and screwed it to the transmission mounting holes?
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    I was dissapointed after the rit-dye bath. Very uneven - looked like it was in a fire:


    but then I hit it with a light coat of baby oil and it shined like a new penny:


    Since I had the black dye out I added a fet things to the pot (scarves, cell phone case, wifes sandles, underwear etc etc) - just your normal dye party.
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    thus far I have added the dual steering and suspension systems. The truck is approx. 2" longer than stock. About 2" longer than I wanted it to be - even without the extended rear arms (unable to use them due to the steering angle it created) it has a longer wheel base than stock.: I have decided to relocate the rear diff servo to the rear (suprise suprise). And I still have three more slots for additional mini servos in the future (dig system, light, camera etc).

    Basic chassis completed:


    bottom (still working on the main drive shaft):



    Black-out suspension:


    At least 2" longer than stock:


    Wheel base vs erevo with extended rear arms and sporting 8" jumbo kongs:
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    I can't wait to see it go
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    looks great! It coming together quite quickly!
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    speachless.....this really got my attention, cant wait to see where it goes from here

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    Sweet. You rock man! O. Where to I buy 1/6 car bodies? I love that land rover body
    I'm soooo gonna try this build

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    Thats another way to get dual steering

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    I was just wondering if yu could give us an update on the gecko? How's it running, what does it look like right now, r u still using the gecko?
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    At this time the gecko has climbed up to my top shelf and is collective dust, having donated its power system to other projects. If I can get my current project completed I may revive the gecko.
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