Bella of RC’s Trailrunner

Bella of RC’s Trailrunner

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Submitted By
Rachel Pormilli
East Windsor, NJ, United States of America
Build Information
Readers Ride Title Bella of RC’s Trailrunner
Vehicle Class Scale, Other
Vehicle Class Other Trail truck
Chassis Brand Team Associated
Chassis Model Enduro
Body Brand Team Associated
Body Model Trailrunner
Power System Electric
Electric Motor Brand and Model Hobbywing Fusion 1800kv
Speed Control Brand and Model Hobbywing Fusion
Battery Brand and Model Gens Ace Tattu
Wheels and Tires Brand and Model Axial Nitto Terra Grappler 4.75
Shocks Brand and Model Stock Element Shocks
Axles Brand and Model Stock Element Axles with SSD RC brass diff covers
Paint Brand and Model Stock Fire Orange Element Trailrunner
Scale Accessories Brand and Model Knights customs front bumper, grill, roof rack and tent, all printed by me using my Creality Ender 3 printer!
Radio System Brand and Model Stock Element RX and TX
Further Description/Back Story This truck was my husbands attempt at getting me into the RC hobby. And as much as I hate to admit it, it worked! So much so that it has become competitive! He recently submitted one of his trucks into readers rides and it was in the May 2022 issue. That was it, I HAD to try and built mine, and get it in! So I started getting to work!

The first few upgrades were SSD RC shock towers, brass differential covers, and brass steering knuckles. Once I was happy with the weight, I moved on. Next was performance. I always watched what he was doing and listened carefully, so I had an idea of what I wanted to do with electronics.

I dropped in a Hobbywing Fusion 1800kv motor esc combo. For a servo, I wanted affordable, reliable power. So I went with a NSDRC RS-500b. I ditched the stock battery and printed a low profile battery tray. Now I am using a smaller, lighter battery. They are 1300mah 3s batteries by GensAce Tattu.

The wheels and tires needed to go. I purchased Treal Hobby Type A wheels with Axial Terra Grappler 4.75 tires. I then did a bunch of trimming, getting the body to fit with the oversized tires.

Once all this was done, I decided to try something a little out of my comfort zone. I installed a Artful Dodgers Foxbelly transmission mount, lowering my center of gravity. I also installed Bowhouse RC bump stops and printed the Knights Customs IFS update, giving me way more clearance!

Now it was all down to looks. So I fired up the 3D printer and went to Knights Customs. I printed a front bumper, grill, roof rack and tent. Once it was all together, I felt that I had done it. I built a truck my husband would be jealous of! And he can’t drive it! It’s mine!

Build Process Photos

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