True never though of it that way. But it does dull Down after awhile because of the sand hitting it.
There are 2 trucks that look close to the same. They were brothers and they both built a truck. They both sold there trucks when I was building mine like 3 years ago. There is one with the grey paint and black spots and that blue one used to be solid black until the new owner bought it. Also Powder coat will hold up fine if you always have the body on, I figured you wouldn't always use the body. At most you will have small wear marks here and there. But there is no such thing as paint that doesn't scratch or wear down. Also you can tell that isn't powder coated, there are run marks and powder coat doesn't run because it is baked on powder.
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While I'm at it, would it be crazy to do the whole truck out of chromoly? I made a wood model and it looks sweet. I love the idea and look of it but mounting things and getting to the battery would be a pain...
Ok here are the pictures I promised. The only thing keeping me away from doing this was the whole battery mounting issue. But now that I can found a good spot for it I think I'm ready to do this. After looking at it again, I'm thinking this is going to work out well. I still have to add the spot where the shocks will mount, but besides that this is what it would look like. What do you guys think?
I have the old chassis on there for reference:
Wow that looks incredible! It should be really awesome when it's done you might wanna add a couple diagonal bars behind the battery for extra support, but I could be wrong...
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[QUOTE=seanycool;5655904]Wow that looks incredible! It should be really awesome when it's done you might wanna add a couple diagonal bars behind the battery for extra support, but I could be wrong...[/QUOTE
+1 deffinatley more support there and then some added support to where the extra tires go to and In the hole area where the two side panels meet maybe another peice that runs width wise. Maybe you could make the place where the battery goes and make it wider so the battery fits in side and then have tubes that go under the battery and have metal pieces on the pieces that go under there so you can easily mount the Velcro and also have the battery at an even lower center of gravity. Idk I'm just typing what I am thinking.
Here are some of the changes
Alright I stripped down the truck to test fit the new cage. I had to take out the supports under the battery for it to fit. Everything looks good, I just need to figure out the battery's final spot.
I know what you guys are thinking, "just use the same setup and finish the thing!" But I really want to build this right so I don't have to keep changing it. Builds are an ongoing process but this one never seems to stop lol. This time I'm going to do it right, taking my time with everything to make the ultimate and final trophy truck. I'm using a full tube chassis and going back to the Slash 4x4 front to get rid of the massive kick up, but also to make this thing bullet proof. The geometry of the 4x4 is more similar to the real thing anyway, but the 4x4 front setup is much better suited for the steering and strength that I want.
I had a slash 4x4 for almost 2 years before I sold it, so I know how to set everything up. To start I'm getting an STRC bulkhead for their lcg kit along with some of their aluminum a-arms. The knuckles, carriers and shock tower are going to be RPM to save weight up front. Besides the front and the tube frame, the rest of the truck will be the same. I'll still have this old chassis with the slash 2wd front as a backup just in case.
Might be good to throw a few triangles above the cockpit area. That large of a rectangle could use some more bracing.
Also 1 more tiny quick question, the pin you welded did you shorten it from its original length? i think i need to cut mine a little shorter but i tried placing a nut on it and grinding the outside of the nut down to just barely squeeze in the diff, and it worked, only problem is that the bottom is snug but the top still moves a little so its not a solid tight fit for a straight centered weld like im trying to get.
Check out my progress so far you can see my motor and esc / other pics i took here for reference to all my questions, sorry to flood you with so many
I ordered the SCTE 2.0 motor mount, that's why mine is gold. What you now need is a pinion gear. The 3800 system comes in two versions; 1 comes with a 5mm shaft and the other has a 3mm. Yours has the 3mm shaft, so this is what you need: http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...inion-Gear-13T
For the esc plate you're going to simply screw it down to the chassis first. After you find a good spot for it, you then mount your esc on top of that with the double sided tape. Now if you need to take off your esc, you just unscrew those two screws instead of prying it off and wasting tape. It also keeps it raised up in case water finds its way on the chassis
I used this outside whole and drilled one more on the other side to mount it.
That's a great idea to keep it from moving, I wish I could of thought of that! Maybe you can try putting on some glue? Get it in the perfect spot then let it dry, then you could try welding it on permanently. If you don't want to do that you just need a vice grip and pair of grip pliers to hold it still while you weld.
Don't be ashamed by the questions. Building one of these is no easy task and I bet it's even harder for you just getting into electric. I'll make sure to subscribe to your thread and you can just post any of your questions there.
I just read through this thread and gotta say, this thing is bad to the bone! Those GIFs of the suspension was awesome! Looks like the real deal! Can't wait to see the cage on it! good luck!
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And I'm not joking guys, this one is going to be perfect. Here's one of the many concept pictures I'm going to make.
I think he's trying to make it as scale as possible and I'm pretty sure BJ's truck is 2wd as well. Idk though it looks like he could if he wanted to though.
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Thanks again for the help, been busy with a lot, but should have some free time this weekend to work on more. Ill order up that pinion gear and mount.
Wow, this is a really impressive build. I wish I could see it and drive it in real life! Great work man.
Traxxas Slash 4x4
Here are two more concepts. I fixed the bottom of the cage so I'll be able to mount the exhaust pipe.
The STRC bulkhead arrived last night so I got started on the new cage and chassis. I didn't have the Silverado when I built the first one so this one so far fits it exactly. Now that I actually built it you see how I'm doing the bottom of the chassis.
Looking good, I found a Video for some of those confused people that didnt understand your mold also.
And after the mold comes this :-)
Cycon where can i find bigger tie rod ends i looked at 1/8th scale maybe even 1/5th i got 1/4" diameter threaded rod but havent found ends for it, which did you use?
In your video end of year bash what did you use on hood instead of bodyclips
those are proline bodymounts
Great work and videos, it must be more fun to make your own lexan bodies.
What material did you use for the mold, so I imagine that the oven is home made too,
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Harley has a perfect video explaining it. But I did do this BEFORE he put out this video
Thanks That video is perfect help :-)