Wanted to post up some pictures of my project Summit Rock Racer.
First off I want to thank "OriginalUsername" for the idea of mounting this roll cage on the Summit. I saw on another forum where he took the roll cage for an SC8 and retro fit it to mount up to the Summit. He then used Gorilla Tape to make panels for the roll cage. I liked the look of the duct tape panels and almost did that myself but really wanted to have a more metal look to my cage, so I decided to use sheet metal and cut and mount my own panels.
I am REALLY happy with how the whole project came out. Bought galvanized sheet metal sections and cut it to fit on the places I wanted bare metal panels to be ( hoping the galvanized resists rust or at least it is supposed too). I used a slightly thicker gage plain sheet metal for the hood roof and rear panels as I figured they would take a bit more abuse on roll overs. Used tin snips to cut everything out. Sanded and filed the edges to make them smooth. Then drilled holes in strategic place to mount the panels to the roll cage via zip ties and screws. The black plastic panels you see are actually ones I purchased that act as dirt shields and are made specifically for the SC8 roll cage.
I used Rustoleum spray paints for the hood roof and rear. Used flat black for the roof, and their Hammered finish spray paint in Aged Bronze for the hood and rear to give it that dented look. I really love the Hammered finish. Figure through use it will get further dented and scratched and wind up showing through to bare metal which I hope will look cool as it gets trail scars through future use.
I then wanted a lot more light for night driving so I went for the biggest LED light bar I could afford. Went with the 1/10th scale Gear Head waterproof 6" LED light bar. It fits PERFECTLY on the roof and has about 20 bright separate LEDS. I had to make my own mounting bracket so I bought an angled aluminum piece and cut it out to fit. Sanded and filed to get a bracket that matched the angle of the mounting plate on the light bar. The light bar itself has a derlin housing so should be plenty strong to handle the occasional roll over, and it plugs right into an open channel on my stock TQI RX. I have my CC BEC running at 6 volts so it isn't getting too much juice, and it is crazy bright!! Pictures below don't do it justice how bright this thing is. I made the mistake of looking at it too long while taking photos and had a massive headache when I was done. In the picture below of the lit up room you can see how much light it puts out in a pitch dark room ( the stock 4 OEM LEDs are on as well). There was no flash used in that photo. Been happy with the light bar so far we will see how durable it is.
Lastly I wanted to try and go for that extra scale effect and put some sort of interior in the cage. I decided to buy a poison spyder interior off of eBay and try and make it fit. I was hoping the width would be close enough to the interior space of the SC8 cage and I got REALLY lucky. It fits just fine, and once I made some mounting holes and strung it on the inside with zip ties to the cage it stretched just perfectly across the inside if the cage! I had to trim some here and there to get the bottom and back to clear the Dewalt motor and the ESC but that was it. I also had to remount the dash board because of the front window cage cross members but think it came out good. I then enclosed the back of the dash and made a dashboard out of gorilla tape to give it a finished look. Just love the extra finishing touch hat the interior gives and I hope it looks great when I do future trail videos. The driver was just an action figure I got from the local toystore. I think he is a bit small on scale but couldn't find anyone else that was as close to the right look as he was. He is a 7" tall action figure but he works good for now. Just mounted him up with double sided tape.
So that is a quick break down of what I did. This finishes out my Summit body collection and I have been wanting a tuber/cage/rock racer body to through on the Summit for a different feel. Can't wait to get it out on the trail to get some character dents and scratches, will be all part of the fun.
Below are some pics, sorry for the poor quality cell phone shots need to get a stand alone camera. Thanks for looking everyone!
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