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Ben Gifford’s Axial SCX10 Wrangler Rubicon

Ben Gifford’s Axial SCX10 Wrangler Rubicon

This Axial SCX10 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, which Ben Gifford, of Rock Island, IL calls the “Budget Buildicon,” is proof that you don’t need to spend a ton of money in upgrades to make a great rock crawler. All you need is a solid platform, an eye for the right upgrades, and some great camera skills to make it into Readers’ Rides. Ben’s rig sports Axial upgrades like front CV axles, heavy-duty front and rear diff gears, and Axial’s basic light controller for the bumper lights and high-output controller for the lightbar, Axial headlights and tail lights. To get good footing on the rocks, Ben ditched the stock foam inserts in favor of custom super-soft foams. The “Budget Buildicon” gets power from a Tekin FxR speed controller and 45T motor for plenty of torque. A Spektrum DX4C radio system gives Ben excellent control of his truck, so no Midwestern terrain is too much to handle.

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Updated: July 21, 2015 — 3:13 PM

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