A few days ago my Merv was completely stock. But during the last few days i have been working on it and i just wanted to show you guys how it turned out This was the first time i have ever painted a body and i'm not really proud of the result but hwo really cares what it looks like after a few hours of bash xD it's not a complete disaster but i could have done it much better if i hadn't rushed it :P
Here is some pics of it. Enjoy
Wheels - Jconcepts Rulux
Tires - Jconcepts Goose Bumps
Body - Proline Slipstream
A-arms - RPM
Front bumper - RPM
Rear bumper - RPM
Skid plates/Bumpers - T-bone
Shocks & Springs - GPM aluminum
Turn buckles & Tie rods - GPM titanium
Rocker arms - GPM aluminum
Wing - GPM aluminum
Drive shafts - Integy steel cvds (i know, i know...integy)
Knuckles - Hot Racing aluminum
Hex - Hot Racing aluminum
Heat sink - Traxxas aluminum
Rocker arm bearings - The Toys
Your merv is beautiful!!!!!!! I like the body!!!!
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its outrageous and an awesome job is showing here
keep us posted master
Congrats on your build! I like your paint job! You really got a clean theme running there
Dig your tyres too. Please tell us more about them after some runtime, strongly considering them myself.
Also interested in the durability of that alu wing..
Last edited by CMD-J; 03-18-2012 at 03:44 PM. Reason: typotypotypo
good job man, that's nice
Wow thank you guys i will try to keep you updated! i really hope that the wing doesn't bend but it probably will after some roof landings since its aluminum :/ i was driving it for the first time in 7 months today with my new 2s lipos but i only got to run it for about 5 minutes and then my pinion came loose and when i screwed it back on it gave me about 2 minutes more and then it was loose again so i guess i can't run it for another week or so until i get some money and can buy some thread lock to keep the pinion screw in xD
Last edited by FroznOne; 03-18-2012 at 03:58 PM.
just put a cloth or some paper towel around the hex key when you're tightening it, it will give you a better grip and tighten it to the max without cutting into your hand lol..
I never heard of pinions coming loose lol. Do you ever plan on going BB? It would be a great way to finish your beautiful build!
yeah I've only heard of pinions coming loose on the larger scale RCs
put some elbow grease into it
Okey i will try that GULLY! but i'm really afraid of stripping the screw like i did to the previous one (the one in the 28t pinion) since the tool that traxxas gives you sucks
Oh and yeah im planning on going BB sometime! It would be so nice to have the extra power and not have to worry about the temps
Buy some better drivers man! I have dynamite ones. I believe they were $20 for a 1.5, 2, and 2.5 hex. I love them!
Yeah i will have to do that :P Cuz stripping screws sucks xD
Haha i know what you mean! I used the traxxas tools when i had my original revo. But this time around the dynamite drivers were one of my first buys! You can get some good cheap ones from harbor freight i believe if you are on a budget.
Looks really good for a 1st time paint job & those Rims are very nice ... Good Job !!!
I just realized that you got the integy CVDs. Have you driven your MERV yet? Im curious as to how they will hold up.
Thank you Uknwdeez
Yeah i have driven it for like 7 minutes total and they are still holding up xD i'll keep you updated on how they hold up when i've had them for a while
Cool man! Lots of people dont like integy. Im waiting on the traxxas CVDs
How come you purchased RPM bumpers, even though you have the T-Bone skid plates/bumpers? Strictly cosmetic reasons?
Maybe he just wanted some extra protection!
great job - very nice build and the color choice matched with the body paint - fantastic!
What happens when you drive like a drunken cow...straight into a rock
Snapped my pivotball and bent my cvd :'(
Atleast my pinion didn't come loose today xD
Last edited by FroznOne; 03-19-2012 at 08:14 AM.
Did it crack your PB cap too? Or is that just something black coming from the threads?
Aah well i'll get the GH ones and see witch are better. feels like the HR ones either binds or have huge slop (sounds crazy but that's how i experince it). nothing in between :/ And the GH ones come in blue too so it would match my theme too
Have anybody heard anything about the GPM steel cvd's? good or bad. cuz i will need a new one since my integy bent and i will never use integy cvd's again and GPM is cheaper then traxxas cvd's.
I have heard that the traxxas ones are the only ones that hold up. I wont know till mine come in! lol. Ill have all steel drivelines! So it should be ready to take the power of my BB.
But i read its at hit and miss with the HRs too. One not having a thread -bummer. You say yours bind or have slop, did you use the delrin washer/cups under the alu caps? If you set them up proper, the should allow for near zero slop. Also i found out it helps a lot for smooth operation to lubricate the threads for the alu caps and the delrin washer that faces the PB very lightly with some dry lube, like graphite. Dont use stuff that attract dirt.
Honestly i would go with the Traxxas CVDs, they are proven to be the best and are fully rebuildable. They still bend a dogbone here and there, but these are cheap to replace and easy to get. Every store that covers Traxxas spare parts should have them, which is a huge plus too.
Last edited by CMD-J; 03-19-2012 at 06:00 PM. Reason: misformatting
Yea, the traxxas ones are only $8 to replace. And you can find them on ebay for like $45 a set on ebay.
Thank you for your support guys and thanks for a very helpful post CMD-J. I will try to lube the delrin washer and see if i can get rid of the binding And if it works maybe i'll buy a new pair of em just to get one with caps that have threads
And for the CVDs i think i'll buy a set of Traxxas. I guess they are worth the extra money and to have the ability to replace parts that break/bend sounds really good because im pretty sure that i will bend more dogbones since i haven't learned to drive properly with the lipo power yet xD (just tried my 2s so far and can barely handle them. Still got a pair of 3s waiting to get used).
Last edited by FroznOne; 03-19-2012 at 06:43 PM.
FrozenOne's merv total upgrades cost so far ~ 620$
I cant wait to get my traxxas CVDs! But they are still on back order at tower so it might take a little wile . Do you have to open the diffs up to install the CVDs?
Yep, but they come with very good paper printed step-by-step instructions included. Traxxas did this right.
Yep you have to open the diffs :P Atleast i had to with the Integy ones and i guess it's the same with the Traxxas ones. Takes a while to install them because of that but i guess it is worth it xD I think it took me 2 hours or so but it was my first time taking my merv appart too. I hope that i can use the traxxas CVDs with the integy cups so that i dont have to open the diffs again
Edit: Oh CMD-J was faster then me to answer your question
FrozenOne's merv total upgrades cost so far ~ 620$
I need a reason to open my diffs anyways to change the fluid. I put 100k in my center diff today. Gonna put 60 in the rear. Not sure about the front yet. Probably 40k
Judging from your pix, the Integy butter cups will fit the Traxxas dogbones. Run them till they're gone.
Hmmmm do you know what stock is up front?
it's 30 k mang
Hmm i guess ill stick with stock up front. Im hopping the 100K in the center diff works well.
I came to the conclusion its still witchery, dunno if black or white.. to get the right diff set-up for YOUR car and YOUR driving style and ground.
The diff oil from my local shop is meassured in cps and you guys all talking WT and thats a completly different way to meassure the thickness -still puzzled-
At least i ordered the center diff w/t Traxxas meassured 100K WT, see how that goes.
Probably shouldnt think that much about it and rather drive more..
I get team associated diff fluid. It says 100k cst