Bugging Out

Bugging Out

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Submitted By
Jeremy Kilburn
Havre De Grace, md, United States of America
Build Information
Readers Ride Title Bugging Out
Vehicle Class Scale, Rock Crawler
Chassis Brand Other
Chassis Model Bugger V1
Other Chassis Brand and Model Spare Time Hobbies – Bugger V1
Body Brand Tamiya
Body Model Sand scorcher
Power System Electric
Electric Motor Brand and Model Holmes Hobbies 380 2000kv brushless outrunner
Speed Control Brand and Model Castle Creations Mamba Micro X2
Battery Brand and Model Helios 600mah 3S lipo
Wheels and Tires Brand and Model Rc4wd 1.9 steel wheels with scale brake rotors and hardware. Boom racing Mud Terrain Trophy 1.9/ 3.6”
Shocks Brand and Model Axial UTB18
Axles Brand and Model Treal Hobby UTB18
Paint Brand and Model MaxFlex – Home Depot
Scale Accessories Brand and Model Spare Time Hobbies interior set
Light System Brand and Model Stock UTB18 lighting
Radio System Brand and Model Spektrum SR515 receiver and DX5 rugged radio
Other Options Brand and Model Team Garage Hack transmission underdrive metal gear set and portal gears.

Reefs RC 422HD v2 servo

Castle creations 20amp BEC

Further Description/Back Story When Spare Time Hobbies announced the Bugger V1 chassis kit for the Axial UTB18 I knew I had to build it. The kit is specifically designed to use all parts of the UTB18 and extend the wheelbase to fit the Tamiya Sand Scorcher body set. The kit includes a scale engine and a chassis mounted servo for the ultimate trail Baja bug conversion.
My build began with buying an Axial UTB18 while at the Horizon RC Fest and being handed a set of TGH gears for it by Jeremy Griffith over at Big Squid RC to get things started. I documented the build in a 8 episode YouTube event under my At_Ease_Rc channel.
As the Treal hobby upgrades continued I waited for the chassis kit to be released and toured a few events with the UTB to get a good feel for its capabilities. When the preorder was announced I was among the first 10 units sold and ramped up collecting parts.
Electronics are handled by the trusted Castle Creations Mamba micro X2 controller, BEC and a servo bypass unit to fully power a Reefs RC 422HDv2 servo at 8.4 volts. The brushless motor is an outrunner 380 Holmes Hobby unit at 2000kv to get the trail speed I was hoping for. I added the lighting units from the stock UTB18 for rock lights to include using the lightbar for the rear engine bay lights.
The build also uses the Spare Time Hobbies interior set for the Tamiya body which completes the scale look and it’s the icing on the cake for a scale trail and performance vehicle.
I’m really looking forward to running this Bug build for a long time to come and continue to add to it. Future plans are for adding the optional winch mount for a Reefs RC micro 99 winch and making some front and rear metal bumpers and roof rack.

Build Process Photos

Build Video

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