After being disappointed with my Savage XS build after breaking many stock and aftermarket drive shafts, I wanted to start another MINI build with a MERV. This will be mainly for jumps in my drive way and occasional speed runs on 3s max. I ordered a few parts below to start me off and still deciding if I should pick up a cvd and turnbuckle set:
Traxxas Mini 1/16 Revo Slash Steel Machined Hollow Balls (item# TRA7028X)
Traxxxas Mini 1/16 Revo Slash Rocker Arm Ball Bearings (item# TOYZ98)
Traxxas Mini 1/16 Revo Slash Steering Ball Bearing Set (item# TOYZ202)
Traxxas Mini 1/16 Revo Slash Black Aluminum Rear Chassis Brace (item# TOYZ 94 BLACK)
Traxxas Mini 1/16 Revo Slash Front Black Aluminum Chassis Brace (item# TOYZ 93 BLACK)
Traxxas 7022 Chassis, Mini 1/16 Rally Racer, Revo
RPM Knuckles - Axle Carriers (2) 73162
RPM Front Suspension Arm Set BL 80692, 1/16 MINI REVO
RPM Rear Suspension Arm Set BL 80602, 1/16 MINI REVO
RPM Rear Bumper Black 73992, 1/16 MINI REVO
RPM Front Bumper Black 73982, 1/16 MINI REVO
Traxxas 7061X GTR Aluminum Hard Ano. Shock Set
HPI Universal 1/10 2.2 MT Mesh Truck Wheels Black 2196
ProLine 3360-00 Clear F-150 SVT Raptor Body, 1/16 Mini Revo
ProLine Speed Hawg M2 Tire 2.2 1/10 Truck Ft/Rr 1080-00
Traxxas 7148 GTR Shock Spring(2) 2.22, 1/16 MINI E-REVO
Traxxas 7147 GTR Shock Spring(2) 2.06, 1/16 MINI E-REVO
Spektrum SPMSR3100, SR3100 DSM2 3CH Surface Receiver
Hitec HS-85MG Premium Metal Gear Micro Servo HRC32085S
Neu 1112/1.5D 3.2mm
sweet! surprised you had issues with the savage, i would have gotten one instead of the merv when i got it.
Here are the fist group of parts that arrived today:
Here's my electronic setup with another NEU 1112 1.5D motor. I loved this combo on my Rally build and wanted to duplicate it. I am using a VAPOR PRO ESC that I pulled from my XS which is pretty much a waterproof SV2 with a fan.
Here's a rough cut of the chassis for a test fit before dyeing it. I will only be running this on 3s so I don't need the other battery storage.
You need to add a T-Bone chassis brace & bumpers to your list.
also, i would replace the rpm knuckles with gpm, or gh
Hot Racing also makes formidable knuckles
While that may be true, I will say this.
Ive never, and I mean NEVER had a problem with ANY HR aluminum product, from my Losi Micro to the Traxxas replacements. You have just as much possibility for any of the other parts to have a defect of its own...
Thanks for the input fellas. I guess the RPM knuckles I ordered before can go on my Rally or my kids MERV. For those that use the T-Bone on their MERV, Did you go with the full bottom cover or just the front and rear setup? I hope the speed hawgs on RPM claws will not rub. Either way, I'll order these tonight...if they don't fit then my son's MERV will be hopped up instead.
Wow man, that aint a cheap build you've got there all aluminum. Very nice looking truck though. Im sure its going to be amazing when its done.
What body are you going with?
Thanks Pave....I'm going with my favorite Proline body to match my Slash and Stampede:
i like hr products, but their knuckles have a higer fail rate than any other knuckle out there, that is why i will not endorse them
also, their servo saver sucks, but all the aftermarket ones do --- so not their fault
i love my hr front body mount
What is wrong with RPM knuckles ? What shoul I get to run a good dual servo steering ? Servo savers ect...
Pillow balls pop out of them on a regular basis... multiple times/run.
The stock servo saver works when properly maintained... it needs to be taken apart and cleaned every once in a while... sometimes a washer added to tighten up the spring.
I suggest getting a single, stronger servo and making it water resistant over a dual servo setup.
Whatever it is I just typed... could be wrong.
Just placed my second round of orders. By the end of this build, I'll have enough new stock parts to build another roller.
Traxxas 1/16 Mini Revo Slash Black Aluminum Knuckle Hubs x2 (item# ERV021 BLACK)
Traxxas Mini 1/16 Revo Turnbuckle Tie Rod End Set (item# ERV160BE)
Traxxas Mini 1/16 Revo Stainless Steel Turnbuckle Tie Rod Set (item# SERV160)
Traxxas Mini 1/16 Revo Slash Steel Pillow Balls (item# SERV007)
Traxxas Mini 1/16 Revo Aluminum Heat Sink Motor Mount (item# VXS1801)
T-Bone  Traxxas 1/16 E-Revo - 3pc Chassis Brace- BM-2CC00
Traxxas 7151X Steel CVD DriveShaft (4), MINI REVO
STRC Alum. Heat Sink Motor Plate ST7077S, Mini 1/16 Rally Racer, Revo, Slash
HPI Universal 1/10 2.2 MT Mesh Truck Wheels Black 2196 (my second set for dirt hawgs)
what brand are the black alloy knuckle hubs you got? and glad you got those over the rpms --- you will be glad too...... now, i want pictures!
GPM... I recognized the Toyz part number.
Whatever it is I just typed... could be wrong.
I guess the case for the Vapor Pro is a bit wider than the SV2, I was hoping it would tuck inside the battery door. I might have to pick up another SV2 and use this on my winter project.
The only parts that came in today, too bad it wasn't for the MERV...
Last edited by all aluminum; 11-10-2011 at 08:50 PM.
I have a blast with paddles on the sand, theres no problem using those wheels on the merv
Loving the build mate
Awesome build bro! Looks great and u have a great eye for a sharp good looking rig. All ur stuff is. Love the look!
Last edited by AbSoLooT1; 11-11-2011 at 01:07 AM.
Wish we had an aggressive looking pickup body like that for the merv. Looks sick
Are those paddles on HPI mesh? Which offset do u have? I have same wheels with paddles and they wont fit my MERV
Sweet looking black truck
I think you will have an issue running a single pack
Packs this size are not capable of pumping out the amps required with decent motors
Xerun 150 / Tenshock SC401 3500kv
You would likely be able to fit that Vapor ESC in if you had Integy battery doors... they create more overall mounting depth for the battery compartment.
Well I just changed my plans. I'm ditching the Low COG idea with the MERV and will just mount a MMP instead. I picked up 4 BOOST LIPO packs to run in parallel.
TRAXXAS 1/16 VXL E-REVO SLASH 1800mAh LIPO 11.1v 45-55C
CHRISTMAS in November
A few packages arrived but not all. As soon as my CVD's come in I can begin the work.
Just a thought... I realize many will likely diagree... but I went with the GPM steel links as well and I hate them. Ive gone back to the stockers with steel balls. The GPM steel pushrods and links are strong in the steel part, but the end break alot. which is annoying. the stockers are strong and don't break. I died mine black and haven't had an issue since I switched back to them. just a thought.
Yeah, I picked up the steel Hollow balls (it was on my first order above) to use with the stock links as backup. This was on my first Revo setup and it was great in the beginning but will eventually bend and not hold its shape or that's what it looks like on my son's MERV now. From reading the reviews, the GPMs were designed to have the ends to be the weak point so I picked up extra link ends replacements. The only complaint I have about them are they are pretty heavy.
Nice build !!!! are you going to put a Big Block?
The CVD package finally came in....
Painted the body however I wasn't happy with the allignment, the wheel well in the front is way off so it went to my son's MERV instead. I painted a second body that is pushed forward....
My ESC mount made from thin metal that I had laying around....
Chassis brace, GTR shocks, Tan (front) and Black (rear) spring, bearings installed...
STRC and HR motor mount..
RPM, GPM knuckles and rods installed...
Hopefully you have some metal bulkheads coming from the postman. Nice selection of parts thus far.
Almost at the finish line...
Test fitting the body, still need to adjust height, etc...
Love the on/off switch idea on the spare servo cover! I think i found a new spot for my switch
Where did you get the axle stands from???