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First Rock Crawler kit

First Rock Crawler kit

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Submitted By
Alex Hung
Santa Cruz, California, United States of America
Build Information
Readers Ride Title First Rock Crawler kit
Vehicle Class Rock Crawler
Chassis Brand Team Associated
Chassis Model Element RC Enduro trail truck kit
Body Brand Pro-Line
Body Model 2020 Jeep Gladiator
Power System Electric
Electric Motor Brand and Model Holmes Hobby CrawlMaster Sport 550 12T
Speed Control Brand and Model Hobbywing HW1080
Battery Brand and Model Gens Ace Adventure 3S 50C LiHV
Wheels and Tires Brand and Model Pro-Line Hyrax 1.9" G8 pre-mounted wheels
Shocks Brand and Model Stock
Axles Brand and Model Stock + SSD brass diff cover, SSD brass front knuckles, SSD rear axle weights
Paint Brand and Model Tamiya PS-8 green, PS-5 black
Scale Accessories Brand and Model Yeah Racing Stinger front bumper
Light System Brand and Model None
Radio System Brand and Model FlySky FS-GT3C transmitter and receiver, PowerHD WP23KG servo
Sound System Brand and Model None
Other Options Brand and Model BowHouse Low CG Battery Tray
Further Description/Back Story This is my first rock crawler kit. I got into the hobby back in Jan this year when I ran into couple of people driving their rock crawlers at Bean Hollow beach. That awoke my RC hobby interest. I used to enjoy RC buggy (Tamiya Boomerang, Kyosho Turbo Optima Mid) back when I was a teenager. I bought couple of entry level crawlers for my daughters and myself to start and all of us enjoy it. So in March, with part of my tax refund, I ordered the Element RC kit and all the parts from my LHS. I was waiting for the radio system when the shelter-in-place order was issued. So I had to wait a further 3 weeks before my LHS started shipping packages out again. I spent a weekend assembling the truck and another weekend painting the shell. Then due to shelter-in-place order I only got to drive it around my front yard. I added a few upgrade soon after as the VS4-10 front bumper doesn't have good entry angle and I replaced it with a Yeah Racing stinger bumper. I drilled new holes in the bumper so it will go as close to the chassis as possible. A few SSD brass parts and the truck drives amazingly at Bean Hollow beach last weekend!

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