Capable Crawler – Reef RC’s Customized Axial 1/18 UTB18 Capra 4WD Unlimited Trail Buggy

Capable Crawler – Reef RC’s Customized Axial 1/18 UTB18 Capra 4WD Unlimited Trail Buggy

In the world of RC customization, Reef of Reefs RC is a name synonymous with innovation and quality. Known for producing top-of-the-line RC components, Reef is not typically seen behind the wheel of his creations, preferring to leave the driving to others.

However, a recent project has seen Reef step into the driver’s seat, quite literally, as he took on the challenge of building a customized Axial 1/18 UTB18 Capra 4WD Unlimited Trail Buggy.

Reef RC’s Customized Axial 1/18 UTB18 Capra 4WD Unlimited Trail Buggy

RCCA INSPIRED
Inspired by an article in RC Car Action, Reef set out to create a mini rig that would not only showcase his products but also push the boundaries of what was possible in the world of small-scale RC vehicles. The result is a spellbinding creation that combines performance and aesthetics in equal measure.

At the heart of the build are two Reefs RC RAW400 servos that help power the buggy’s four-wheel-steering system. The RAW400 servos are known for their precision, power and durability, a perfect match to turn both front and rear wheels. These servos are paired with two Reefs RC V2 Servo Horns, ensuring smooth and responsive steering.

The left side body panel has a window that shows off A Reefs RC 99Micro winch servo.

The left side body panel has a window that shows off A Reefs RC 99Micro winch servo.

To add some off-road recovery capability to the mix, Reef installed a Reefs RC 99Micro winch, perfect for those tricky off-road situations.
One of the standout features of the build is the hand-cut polycarb panel that shows off the 99Micro winch on the right side of the rig. This panel lends a unique and personal touch to the rig, giving it a rugged and industrial look.
Powering the rig is a Holmes Revolver Motor/ESC combo to provide plenty of power and control. The rig rides on FriXion shocks, which offer excellent performance both on- and off-road. Treal Axles and links keep everything stable and secure, while ACP_RC wheels provide a stylish finishing touch.

A pair of Reefs RC RAW400 servos and V2 Servo Horns power this crawler’s four-wheel-steering system.

A pair of Reefs RC RAW400 servos and V2 Servo Horns power this crawler’s four-wheel-steering system.

The left side body panel has a window that shows off A Reefs RC 99Micro winch servo.

The left side body panel has a window that shows off A Reefs RC 99Micro winch servo.

Other notable features include a Reef scale head driver and Pro-Line 1.55” Super Swampers for maximum traction. A Helios 850 battery, which is tucked away neatly inside the chassis, provides plenty of runtime for those long days on the trail.

Here’s a closer look at the Reefs RC augmented aft-mounted steering system.

Here’s a closer look at the Reefs RC augmented aft-mounted steering system.

Axial’s UTB18 comes equipped with LED light bar, headlights and rock lights from the factory.

Axial’s UTB18 comes equipped with LED light bar, headlights and rock lights from the factory.

FINAL WORD
Reef’s customized Axial 1/18 UTB18 Capra 4WD Unlimited Trail Buggy is a testament to his outside-the-box thinking and creativity. It’s a rig that not only looks great but also performs well on the rocks. Special projects such as this one showcase the endless possibilities of RC vehicle customization.

Reef set out to create a mini rig that would not only showcase his products but also push the boundaries of what was possible

Reef set out to create a mini rig that would not only showcase his products but also push the boundaries of what was possible

Reef set out to create a mini rig that would not only showcase his products but also push the boundaries of what was possible

Reef set out to create a mini rig that would not only showcase his products but also push the boundaries of what was possible


Text and Images by Jerry Tsai

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Updated: May 16, 2024 — 7:39 PM
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