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Unread 12-30-2014, 02:45 PM   #1
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HuLuD44's "RC Mini me" build

New to the RC world. But Ive been wanting to play around with this for a long time. Finally picked up the PS Wraith the other day. My plans are to replicate my real Jeep. Not too much planned as far as mods as of now. Custom Paint to match my Jeep, A few decals, some Pitbulls to match, and the fastback mod which Im in the process of doing to the full size.

Heres the new rig. Went with the wraith cause its the closest thing to my Jeep


Heres the real thing.


Got the paint in the mail today. All the black is just rustolium bedliner. Gonna pick up some clear coat later as well.




I just hope this doesnt get out of control like the big one did ahahahah

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Unread 12-31-2014, 07:21 AM   #2
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stage 1 finished

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First time out today. Had a blast. Truck did well. Better than I thought. Hit some big rocks, sand dunes, and some dirt climbs. High centered a lot. And when the tires got bound up in the rocks it just wouldnt move. Not sure if theres a more powerful motor I could put in it. dont wanna get too nuts. Paint took a beating. But I dont mind. Wish it wasnt so cold. Id still be out there
























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Unread 01-01-2015, 05:02 PM   #4
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Nice looking Wraith. The stock 20T motors suck for crawling. I threw a 55T in mine it crawls great but the speed is lacking. If you want cheap any 30-35T motor would crawl pretty good and still have some wheel speed. Or even better are Holmes Hobbies motors though more expensive, yet there rebuildable. If you go this route look into a 27-35T crawlmaster pro or expert, you will keep the speed and gain crawl ability.
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Thanks. Ill def look into it. Im totally new to RC and know nothing. But it was pretty obvious the crawl ratio was lacking. I could care less about speed. This is built for crawling for the most part. But like I said I dont want to pour a ton of money into this. The big Jeep is a burden enough. Plus the old lady wasnt all that pleased with me when I walked in the door with the RC ahahahhaah
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Thanks. Ill def look into it. Im totally new to RC and know nothing. But it was pretty obvious the crawl ratio was lacking. I could care less about speed. This is built for crawling for the most part. But like I said I dont want to pour a ton of money into this. The big Jeep is a burden enough. Plus the old lady wasnt all that pleased with me when I walked in the door with the RC ahahahhaah
If you dont care about speed and want to go cheap I'd pick up an Axial 35-50T ( T=turn The higher the turn the slow the rig moves) motor. I hear ya on not pouring $ into them but it gets addictive and necessary when you start breaking the stock parts. I started with a bone stock wraith then came new motor, than upgraded tranny gears, then this , then that. Im just over $ 800 in mine now , with a few more things I want. CHeck out RCCrawler.com they have a wraith section and alot of useful info . Got any questions just ask .
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I appreciate the advice. I started looking at motors and they seem pretty reasonably priced. My only question is how compatible are all of these different makes of motors? Seems to be a lot of different companies that make them. Im looking at the T45 and T50s. Maybe even a 35. From what I read the 55 seems super slow and I wouldnt mind the option of a little bit of go fast sometimes. But I plan on mostly crawling.

Leaning toward these right now. But Im not sure what will work with the wraith.

http://www.rcplanet.com/Novak_Rock_S..._p/nvk3547.htm

http://www.rcplanet.com/Venom_Fireba..._p/atk1335.htm
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Either of those will work . I personally will not use Novak they are real hit and miss. I have a Venom 55T ( its slow but crawls great )that's done me well. I recently took it out and threw in the stock 20t ( waiting for it to snow ) There a decent budget motor. As are Axial motors . Any brushed motor will work in the wraith. I'm going to order a Holmes Hobbies 35t crawlmaster expert which ALOT of wraith owners use. If you go brushless than you need to change out the ESC. Brushless is more for all out speed they can be made to crawl though. RPPhobby is where I order a lot of stuff.

Your just breaking the surface now. Wait till you need a new servo ( which its coming ) than you will be looking at those plus a BEC. Than there's the batteries Lipo vs NiMH. Don't let it all overwhelm you . I just got into it this spring and have spent countless hours researching parts. You know what they say " buy once , cry once "
You can relocate the battery to the front to improve climbing, flip the link mounts to lower the center of gravity. There a lot of tech stuff over on RCCRAWLER. Com ( especially in the stickies in the wraith section ).
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ahaahaha NO Im not getting sucked in! I have enough on my plate as with the other one. But it is pretty interesting stuff. Thanks again
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I am thinking of picking up a crawler to toy with. Does Axial make something like that?
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I am thinking of picking up a crawler to toy with. Does Axial make something like that?
Axial only makes crawlers. The Wraith is more of a basher/ crawler. The SCX 10 line is more scale. They have 5-6 different Jeep bodies for the SCX, also just released a Ram and the deadbolt ( think old bronco/ scout 2 looking ). The Wraith is a 2.2 which is the wheel size wear as the SCX is 1.9.
2.2 makes every line look easy , 1.9 takes a lot more skill picking the right line.
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My buddy just picked up the Spawn. Hes a bronco guy. ANd its kinda got that feel too.
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My buddy just picked up the Spawn. Hes a bronco guy. ANd its kinda got that feel too.
Proline makes a 66-77 Bronco body that's what I'm currently running on mine.
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