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JConcepts Reports On The Bigfoot Open House 2018 [VIDEO]

JConcepts Reports On The Bigfoot Open House 2018 [VIDEO]

From JConcepts:
Great times at the Bigfoot Open House. Thanks to Trigger King R/C, Doug Welker, Ross Hinshaw, Bob C and Bigfoot 4×4 for the hospitality and a really fun event.

It was a great day filled with amazing Monster Trucks, old and new, along with great food, car crushes and RC Racing action. The Team at Bigfoot put on a great event and is a must attend for every Monster Truck fan.

JConcepts was on hand showing off a couple new bodies and racing. Jason Ruona would take the Pro Mod win along with Tad Goad winning Sport Mod.
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Cross-RC Vehicles Now Available At HRP

Cross-RC Vehicles Now Available At HRP

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From HRP:
Cross-RC have quickly established themselves as an innovative line of premium crawler, scalers, military trucks and more. Now, retailers and end-users in North America can purchase these products through HRP. Available now, dealers can contact HRP or visit hrpdealer.com, and consumers may visit this LINK for further information.

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Axial Jeep Beach Bomber [READER’S RIDE]

Axial Jeep Beach Bomber [READER’S RIDE]

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Would you believe this nicely decked out Axial SCX10 II Jeep Wrangler Unlimited was Peter Lundberg’s very first foray into trail and scale? He had a vision of the look he wanted and he did his research before deciding on the SCX10 II. But he didn’t leave it stock. He installed a 2-inch lift kit to accommodate new 2.2 Mudslinger tires. For cosmetic upgrades he added an angry-eye grille and front and rear bumpers from Yeah Racing, a wireless Warn winch, and a lighting package from MyTrickRC, plus a set of roof crossbars to carry various smaller scale accessories. He looked to Boom Racing for aluminum axles front and rear (with skidplates), plus a set of their shocks. He installed a full set of race-grade bearings to make the most of the power from the Axial 27T motor.

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HOMEBUILT PROJECT: Excaliber Monster Truck

HOMEBUILT PROJECT: Excaliber Monster Truck

The retro segment of the solid-axle scene is growing at an explosive rate. People are building ’80s-style monster trucks using old-school Clod Busters, custom chassis and more, then finishing them to look like popular trucks from that time, such as Bigfoot, Casper, and Stomper. One of the most popular trucks being replicated—and one of the coolest-looking trucks out there—is the Excaliber monster truck, which was the first monster truck to be designed using CAD software (sorry, it wasn’t Bigfoot 8). Scale Excalibers have been built, but none stand out like Matthew Mortillo’s built. Matt says that he always wanted to work on a scale build, and since trail trucks aren’t his thing, he decided to build a replica of his favorite old-school monster truck—and we’re glad he did. Check out Excaliber!

Realistic Drivetrain
Matt’s goal was to make this truck as close to the real deal as possible, but it still had to run. He had to find a realistic drivetrain to put under the chassis, and chose the axles from a Tamiya Juggernaut. Matt used Extreme RC servo mounts to get the servos mounted directly to the axles, and put them behind the axles to maintain a scale look. The ends of the axles were fitted with machined outer knuckles for a Tamiya Clod Buster from Hess Machine. Custom steering links were used to tie together the knuckles and the servo. Matt even added a scale brake disc and caliper to the front of the axle, just like you would find on a full-size truck. A Freestyle RC transfer case was used to get the motor’s power to the axles because it’s strong and looks similar to what is used in a full-size truck. Heavy-duty MIP driveshafts complete the drivetrain

Tamiya Juggernaut axles and Hess Machine Clod Buster hubs were used to create the axles for the build.

Tribute Wheels and Firestorm Tires
Part of the look of the retro trucks is due to their large blocky tires, so Matt went to JConcepts to get some for his rig. The wheels are Tributes, and Matt colored them using red Rit dye and painted the center caps gold. Matt also took the time to paint the lettering on the Firestorm tires, which adds a
nice final touch.

Here, you can see the completed chassis. Matt included a 3D-printed engine from Exclusive RC to make it look more realistic.

 

 

Real Steel
1980s-style monster trucks often used chassis from street trucks, which were heavily modified to be able to hold up to the abuse that those large monster truck tires and powerful engines gave them. Matt did the same thing for his build. He started with a chassis from an Axial SCX10 and had his buddy Jamie Weir use it along with Matt’s specifications to make the final product. The frame was cut up, and several pieces of steel were welded to it to strengthen it and make it more realistic. Once the chassis was done, it was sent off to get powder-coated with colors that matched the real truck. The leaf springs, ladder bars, and shocks were also done at the same time. He added a 3D-printed motor from Exclusive RC, custom driveshaft loops and fuel cell, and printed disc brakes.

Here, you can see the modifications made to the SCX10 chassis. Lots of time was spent cutting and welding to get it this way.

 

Retro Paint
Matt turned to David Stellfox to take care of the body, which was sourced from a Tamiya Clod Buster. The full-size truck has a bed that is slightly longer than the one on the Clod Buster body, so it was extended using a donor body to suit the truck’s 12-inch wheelbase. Dave also took the time to fill in holes that weren’t necessary, such as the one in the hood for the stock Clod blower. He painted the truck using automotive paints, and after applying custom stickers, a coat of clear was applied. Details such as windshield wipers, mirrors, triple single roll bar, and a custom grille were added to make the body more scale. The front bumper is from the Tamiya Clod Buster, while the rear bumper was custom-made by David out of plastic sheet.

After some custom body work, the body was painted, stickered, and cleared. Accessories like windshield wipers, mirrors, and a roll bar bring it to life.

 

Leaf-Spring Suspension
Trucks in the ’80s used leaf-spring suspen­sion with a lot of shocks, and Matt went the same direction. Each corner of the truck has a single leaf spring from an RC4WD Trail Finder 2. Damping is done through RC4WD 80mm shocks. Custom aluminum mounts were made to attach the shocks to the axles. Ladder bars were made out of steel square stock that was welded together, and rod ends connect it to the chassis and axle.

Just like the full-size truck, the mini Excaliber has leaf-spring suspension and lots of shocks.

 

The Real Deal
Excaliber was the first CAD-designed monster truck, with emphasis on the suspension. Dave Marquart and Mike Nickell, former motocross racers who knew how important suspension was while going over obstacles, used this knowledge to come up with their design. The guys took Mike’s street truck and transformed it into Excaliber in 1984. That version of the truck was sold shortly after the team built their race truck.

 

Final Word
Matt debuted the truck at the No Limit R/C World Finals at Diggers Dungeon, and before putting it down for the Show N Shine, he had to finish it on his pit bench. He ended up winning first place in Show N Shine—and the hearts of many, as this truck blew up all over the Internet. Thanks for sharing your awesome build with us, Matt. We’re fans too!

Muchmore IMPACT LCG HV FD3 Flat Hard Case LiPo

Muchmore IMPACT LCG HV FD3 Flat Hard Case LiPo

From Muchmore Racing:

Using LiHV-compatible chargers a 2S pack can be charged up to 8.7V allowing for the higher output voltage. LiHV packs are also good to be charged to the standard 8.4V for sanctioned races with the flat discharge curve compared to regular packs making for more punch towards the end of a run.

Specs:

C-rate: 120C
Voltage Input: 7.6V
Capacity: 6000mAh
Dimensions (LxWxH): 138.5 x 46.5 x 22.3mm
Weight: 283g

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TLR 1/8 8IGHT-X 4WD Nitro Buggy Race Kit [VIDEO]

TLR 1/8 8IGHT-X 4WD Nitro Buggy Race Kit [VIDEO]

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TLR 1/8 8IGHT-X 4WD Nitro Buggy Race Kit

From Team Losi Racing:
The original 8IGHT took 1/8-scale racing by storm and now the future of racing is hitting the track – the 8IGHT-X 1/8 Nitro Buggy. It’s a completely redefined racing platform crafted from the ground up and designed for drivers wanting more.

To be the best, you have to drive the best and the Team Losi Racing® 8IGHT™ platform is second to none. With multiple ROAR national titles and major international wins, the 8IGHT represents a championship-winning heritage. The original 8IGHT took 1/8th-scale racing by storm and now the future of racing is hitting the track – the 8IGHT-X™ 1/8 Nitro Buggy. This is a completely redefined racing platform crafted from the ground up. Designed to be the best of all possible worlds for drivers, it features a new wider chassis, potent drivetrain, and major updates to the suspension package and geometry. Team Losi Racing continues to push the envelope of performance with the 8IGHT-X Buggy.

Improved Suspension Geometry
The 8IGHT-X Next Gen suspension geometry has been completely revamped making a car that is fast, nimble, and easy to drive. This includes a myriad of updates including kingpin inclination, trailing spindles, wider front pivot with less scrub radius, narrower rear pivot, longer rear shocks, and updated hub offset.

Suspension Arms
All new suspension arms have been designed to accept stiffener plates that will allow racers to tune the flex of the suspension. The kit will include molded plates with optional carbon fiber plates available separately.

Wide Chassis
Chassis width has been increased to aid in stability and gives the buggy a more neutral feel.

Larger Pinion Bearing
The pinion bearing size in the front and rear has been increased for added durability.

Cab Forward Style Body
Cab forward design helps with overall down force, which improves steering and overall stability.

Chassis Side Guards
New chassis side guards that have an improved fit onto the chassis.

Large Footprint Engine Mount
Lightweight large footprint engine mount that reduces flex underneath the engine to eliminate chassis fatigue on high traction race surfaces.

Adjustable Caster Blocks
20 degree caster blocks allow the height of the spindle to be adjusted.

Bleeder Shock Caps
Machined aluminum shock caps with threaded bleeder holes for easy and consistent bleeding of oil.

Chassis Balance
The weight has been moved forward in the chassis to provide a better driving balance to the vehicle.

Steering Rack
Redesigned steering rack allows more ackerman adjustments and an improved servo saver eliminates bellcrank bind during high loads.

Shock Towers
The redesigned machined 7075-T6 aluminum shock towers feature updated camber link holes as well as a taller rear tower.

Better Diff Access
The front and rear diff case has been altered to allow easier access to the differentials without removing the bulkheads from the vehicle. The center diff can be accessed via split center diff mounts with the removal of only four screws allowing all of the brake mechanics to stay intact.

Sway Bar System
New sway bar system has adjustable length links to allow better equalization of each side of sway bar as well as collars to keep the sway bars centered.

Equalized driveline
The center drive shaft angles have been modified so they are equal front to rear allowing for a more 4WD feel to the vehicle.

Updated Radio Tray
An updated radio tray now puts the throttle servo near the engine to eliminate additional linkage. The updated radio tray will ensure the throttle servo is rigidly mounted to avoid any flex by floating the servo off of the center differential.

Optimized Shocks
The shocks are optimized and lightened to decrease the center of gravity and lower the weight of the car as well as offer the use of both 3.5mm and 4.0mm shock shafts.

Metric Hardware
The 8IGHT-X will move away from standard hardware and be on par with all other manufactures with metric hardware.

Features:

    • Improved suspension geometry
    • Wider chassis
  • 20° caster blocks with adjustable spindle height
  • Aluminum shock caps with threaded bleeder holes
  • Larger bearing spindles and hubs
  • Larger engine mount that reduces chassis flex
  • Redesigned aluminum shock towers with updated camber link and shock location holes
  • Equalized driveshaft angle for a more 4WD feel
  • Revised chassis side guards
  • Updated radio tray
  • Easier access to front and rear differentials
  • New sway bar system
  • Optimized shocks
  • Metric hardware

Needed to Complete:

  • Dynamite® 7.4V 2000mAh 2S 5C LiPo Rx Pack
  • Dynamite ProphetSport LiPo 35W AC Charge
  • Nitrotane 30% Race Fuel, Quart
  • Dynamite LiPo Glow Driver with Battery & USB Charger
  • Spektrum DX6R 6CH Smart Radio w WIFI/BT
  • Spektrum S6390BL U-T / H-S BL HV Metal Servo
  • 1/8 Scale Off Road Tire
  • O.S. Speed B2102 Competition .21 Engine with T2090SC Pipe (Recommended)

What’s in the box?

(1) 1/8 8IGHT-X 4WD Nitro Buggy Race Kit
(1) User Manual

Specs:

Approximate Assembly Time: 3-5 Hours
Ball Bearings: Yes
Body: 8X Unpainted
Brakes: Semi-Metallic Pad with Steel Disc
Chassis: 3mm, 7075 T-6 Aluminum, Hard Anodized
Differential: Sealed viscous filled gear differential
Drivetrain: 4WD
Engine Size: Engine not included-Design fits .21-.31 size engine
Final Drive Ratio: 11.9:1
Front Track: 12.1 in (308mm)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 125CC (4.2oz)
Gear Pitch: 1.0 Module
Ground Clearance: 2.4 in (60mm)
Height: 7.1 in (180mm)
Internal Gear Ratio: 3.23:1
Length: 19.6 in (497mm)
Pinion: 13T
Rear Track: 12.1 in (306.5mm)
Shock Type: Aluminum Oil Filled
Size/Scale: 1/8
Spur Gear: 48T
Suspension: Independent
Track: 12.1 in (308mm)
Vehicle Type: 1/8th Nitro 4WD Buggy
Weight: Varies on equipment used
Wheel Diameter: 3.3″ (83.5mm)
Wheel Type: Dish
Wheel Width: 1.7″ (42mm)
Wheelbase: 12.8 in – 13 in (326mm-329mm)
Width: 12.1 in (308mm)

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Trinity 2S 7.6V 4000mah 55C LCG Modified “Graphene” LiHV Hi-Voltage Pack

Trinity 2S 7.6V 4000mah 55C LCG Modified “Graphene” LiHV Hi-Voltage Pack

From Trinity:
The New Standard for Modified Racing.

Designed by TEAM TRINITY’S Brian Kinwald.

Super Low CG…

“Your car will roll less through the corners, be more stable and not flip as easy.”

Features:

  • Race Ready Hi-Performance “LCG” Low Center of Gravity
  • New “Modified Motor” Formulation
  • Lightweight Only 156g
  • Assembled in a small compact 1 Cell Battery Case
  • Graphene LiHV Hi-Performance Pro Level Racing Batteries
  • ROAR Pending

Each Graphene LiPo battery is produced with higher grade safer materials, which results in longer battery life. The Graphene’s new assembly technology limits “cell puffing” resulting in a more durable and impact resistant battery.

POWER Yourself to the Next Level with a Revtech Graphene LiHV Pack!

Specs:

Battery Size: 2 Cell “LCG” (Same Size as a 1s Case)
ROAR Approved: Pending
Battery Type: LiHV
Voltage: 7.6v
Capacity @7.6V: 4000Mah
Weight: 156g avg
Connector Type: 5mm Bullets Included
Balance Connector: 2mm pin
Number of Cells: 2
Dimensions (LxWxH) (mm): 95x47x18.5mm LCG Shorty
Maximum Charge Rate: 1C = 4amps
Continuous Discharge “C”: 55C
Watt Hour @7.6V: 30.40wh

**Revtech Graphene LiHV Batteries require a LiHV compatible charger.

#REV2033-5 – $129.99

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