Alright so I thought I better start a build thread. Anything from progress updates to pictures to questions of mine (or yours) will go in here. I'm currently restarting. I just ordered a new chassis along with black springs and long travel rockers from a main hobbies. I did this because I hacked up my current chassis Because of a not well thought out and far fetched plan... oops! Oh well. My goal for this project is to make it a Mini Monster Truck/All Terrain basher. I think this chassis is really versatile and will work well! This will probably be a moderately slow build. Why? Well I want to take my time and do it right this time! Also I have to balance it with football, wrestling, school, and my 1:1 race car.
So far my upgrades are:
GRT aluminum shocks
integy shock towers
Integy wing mount
RPM a arms
Golden horizon axle carriers
Then for shoes I have 2.2 suburbs on white traxxas pro wheels.
I plan on making these my 'street' tires as soon as I get some mud tires. I have heard a lot of bad things about integy but the few things I have from them, I love. Aluminum wing mount=one of my best investments. Awesome durability!
This merv has been beaten and abused and now its time to give it some TLC. Just this last weekend I launched it off a 9 foot kicker ramp at the skatepark full speed. Over 30 feet of.air and slapped the cement 6.times until on the last try I broke a servo horn! And no I don't have any videos so I.guess.it.didn't happen oh well I guess! Rebuild time! Let me know any tips you've learned! What do you guys run for bulkheads?
All sounds good!
I have an aluminum horn and I run gpm aluminum bulkheads
a t bone will go far for those big jumps!
I want to keep this as light as possible but still durable. How much weight does the t bone add? For now I'm still running a SB but eventually id like to throw in a bb
Never weighed it but it is a big chunk of plastic! But worth its weight!
Last edited by 50togo; 09-20-2012 at 09:10 PM.
Its plastic? Honestly thought it was aluminum...
Plastic is a better material for a skid plate. Takes more abuse my aluminum skid I have had bends and stays bent. The t bone is thick and strong and would be heavier if it was aluminum
Last edited by 50togo; 09-21-2012 at 09:25 AM.
I dont know yet if im going to go with a tbone or not. I know a lot of people run them... Well my chassis and springs and rockers arrived today from amain hobbies. Came really fast actually. The only problem is... for some reason i sent the parts out to my dads (which is where I am now) instead of to my moms, (where my MERV is) and I honestly don't feel like going into town to get my merv so I'll just have to start up on it monday when I'm at my moms! Also monday or tuesday I'm going to pick up some RIT dye. How do I use this stuff? Have noooo clue about it!
Still haven't decided if I'm going to rit dye the chassis or not? I think i decided on a body though. Proline raptor body but two of them so i can have two color schemes
can any body help me with my merv. in the last year i have went through 3 diffs 2 rears and 1 front. and i just went through another front diff. i have no clue why this keeps happening. i have some rpm upgrades proline dirt hawg wheels and tires and running on the stock vxl 380 system. maybe its the wheels and tires or something im not sure. and i have only ran it on some short grass and some street bashing. using a traxxas 2s lipo. i have no clue why this keeps happenng. i plan on going with hot racing aluminum bulkheads soon and hope that helps.
Read these start to finish http://traxxas.com/forums/showthread...-amp-pinion-in and from Jimmie. If.you follow everything in both they will help! http://traxxas.com/forums/showthread...-your-bulkhead
Just ordered 3 packs of shims from amain hobbies. Should be here this weekend so I can keep the build going. Got my tranny set in and thats it! Love the feeling of a new chassis!
well once i go to rebuild my merv im just gonna go all out and finish what i have planned for it. gonna be expensive but tottaly worth it.
Well, got my shims today. Didn't realize how thin they were! I'll probably get more done on my merv tomorrow. Probably putting the rear diff up front and the front diff in the back depending on the shape of the front diff. Plan on shimming both of them! Can't wait to get this thing back together!
just remember to bolt the skid on and have the triangle brace on when you check to see how it turns!
alright will do 50! thanks!
Well, selling my two pro boat's on ebay to get some money to get my merv back going again. Or close anyway. Their is already 1 bid on it at $110 so thats good.
will any 390 sized servo work for the merv?
Will the Proline flat irons on 2.2 desperados be too heavy and rob performance? Thinking about getting this combo
any 4" tire will work it a bit more than a smaller tire.if you gear down it will help but still a lot of rotating weight
alright so finally everything with paypal cleared and I can continue with my merv build I warned it was going to be slow. Just filling up my cart at rcplanet.com right now. Still deciding on a servo. Stock is out of the question.
also trying to decide on a decent mud/snow tire since that season is coming! I don't think my talons and suburbs really cut it:/ any suggestions?
alright jimbo ill think on it and see what i come up with. thanks
check the "tires" thread below. Give ya an idea of proline paddle in the snow.
Dye-no-mite Pow-er Go Fast, Wirrrrr Screeeech BOOM
yupp, already read it! thinking about 2.2 badlands. I know they will be big but oh well. Won't hurt to experiment!
Ofna 1/12 Black Wing
Proline 2.2 Badlands (2)
Proline Raptor Body
500k diff fluid
Ring Gear/Pinion Gear Diff
Traxxas Sponsor Decal Sheet
Traxxas Steering Arm
Summit 2.2 Geode Wheels (2)(RED)
2s 2200 mah 40/50c lipo (2)
Lipo Bag (figured I should at some safety to this concoction
Can't wait to get these parts and get my merv back into running order! Now that I probably won't need MERV parts for X-Mas, maybe I can start a 1/10 slash build? We'll see, hopefully parts come soon!
Nice list. I have a small battery bag for charging and a large bag for transporting the lipos in the trunk of my car
gearing will only help those 4.875 tall tires so much. Long run you will lose acceleration and very hard on the diffs
Yep. You will need that servo!
Last edited by 50togo; 10-28-2012 at 10:22 PM.
thats a good idea... thanks for helping me with the servo too!
Good sounding truck you got there! Got some pictures?
Thanks! I'll get some pictures up once i atleast get my new body and tires, and get most of it put back together!!
Hopefully these work!
Just looked at my workbench. I have some cleaning to do!
thanks! still have space for that 1/10 slash or slayer!
grrrrrrrrrrrrrr! hate waiting on parts! oh well. should get them sometime this week. still gotta wait on my servo though which won't get here till november 15-december 3rd!
got all my parts together. will get pics up sometime this week hopefully maybe next week
Time for some wrenching!
Alright so I got all of my parts ordered and when putting them on, I realized my front bulkhead was just messed up to high... heck. it had a few cracks towards the back of it, so i just ordered another one. besides that, i have the whole rear end done. I will get pictures up as soon as Photobucket wants to cooperate. (probably tomorrow) But i think i know what this truck is going to be... a camera shooting, semi-crawling, all terrain, mud, snow, water, whatever, BA truck! I'm not really shooting for high speeds and for a nice clear picture of my surroundings, (wooded forest and creeks) I'm going to be gearing this thing 16/50. that's also to compensate for how BIG these tires are! I was sorta shocked! Everything of course will be waterproof too once i get my servo, which will be waterbroofed by some grease and a thin bead of silicone
Sounds good! Keep us updated