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a2hill
08-18-2012, 01:36 AM
This build started as a used honcho that i picked up from someone on the forums.
It came with a whole lotta nothing, but was decent for my first rig. It did have alum links and a Tekin 45t motor.. but nothing fancy otherwise.

This is my first real hobby grade build where im having to deal with mounting and fabricating items for a RC Crawler.

I have been into smaller RCs with my son for a while and decided that being able to crawl over nearly anything was more fun.

My first crawler was the MRC Pro, i built that guy up and have had a tonne of fun running him over everthing. But there was still something missing that the MRC couldnt fill. and that was my urge to build and create something that resembled a real vehicle. So, i jumped into the scaling side of things. Also, being close-ish to people that were in to this also helped the transition. I do enjoy healthy, fun competition from time to time.

*disclaimer:: This is my first build and im sure im doing everything wrong. but love it, and would love to hear any and all feedback to help further the development of this rig*




I started out with the Honcho::

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q230/daddy2hill/IMG_0424.jpg

Super fun when i first got it. I picked up a which and a new RX/TX system and began playing. Shes even got a couple comps under her belt :)

I had lots of fun bath time

This was first time sending it in the deep...i got a little excited ;)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUowkHhdWSU&feature=plcp


But i wasnt satisfied. I wanted a Jeep, ive always loved Jeeps. Ive owned 3 in my lifetime and have had great experiences with them.

So, my current vehicle is an 08 Wrangler, maroon color i guess. Her name is Meep. :) Kid named her, and it stuck. Currently Shes stock 4wd. but wont be that way forever

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120804_162150.jpg


So this build is 'officially' labeled the

"Wish my 1:1 was this cool!" build

Meep will be the inspiration for initial color and occupants. but besides that miniMeep is going to be a much more capable rock cralwer. Potentially causing a reverse scale build. :)

I picked up a NewBright JK off an auction site for 40$ and from what ive seen it was quite a good score.

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/IMG_2178.jpg

Immediately i got paint on it::

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/IMG_2224.jpg
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/IMG_2244.jpg

It came out like crap:: So i completely stripped it down to bare plastic and tried again::
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120630_185640.jpg

This is what i ended up with:

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/IMG_2593.jpg
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120311_171527.jpg

I then began ordering parts:

I ended up getting stuff for the XR mod because the highsteer VP knucks did absolutely nothing for my atrocious steering.

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120803_222157.jpg
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120804_003505.jpg

After the front was together including OD gears and tubes the whole 9 i worked on the rear
I cleaned them out and put a 4link truss with down mounts. Someone made this for me because at the time i didnt have material or machine to weld. But the holes for the mount are crooked. At some point im going to remake it.

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120723_220843.jpg

So to make up for the lower crookedness the upper mount is off and its driving me crazy.. but it works well. I like the look and functionality even if its not full scale.

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120809_001011.jpg

I installed the links and worked on the CMS by HandBros. I got this set up because of the 3-link truss. I wouldnt have been able to make something that nice.

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120806_220850.jpg

It didnt work out too well at first because i moved the front axles forward and the mount needs to go in a certain spot. Being there was enough open space on the back end of the mount i drilled a hole using the original as a set screw.

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120805_011643.jpg

I cleaned up a few things and installed the rear then begin installing other things.

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120812_233941.jpg

Gonna use this bumper because it was there. I will make custom one at some ponit...

I installed sheet metal for battery mounts::

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120818_004003.jpg

But the battery i made a couple weeks ago isnt going to work like i thought::

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120818_004045.jpg

I have 4 more 1s 2200mah lipos on their way to make a 4s split config to utilize and even weight on both plates.

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120603_200008.jpg



I ordered some RC4WD Ultimate Scale shocks. I like them, too soft, but going to make them work...

So as MiniMeep stands at the time of this post::

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120818_011456.jpg

I have a lot to do and plenty more updates to come. Let me know what ya think!

a2hill
08-24-2012, 01:53 AM
UPDATE:

Ive managed to get the body mounts set up, I've built a rear bumper with sq tubing which is part of the rear mount. The front is using the stinger bumper with velcro.

Love the forums! So many good ideas, thanks every one!

I also installed rear shocks in stock location along with the rear mounted rc4wd ones. Looks slick and performs better then before, and no torque twist.

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120824_012546.jpg



http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120823_232226.jpg
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http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120823_225429.jpghttp://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120823_225438.jpg

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120824_012414.jpg
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http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120824_012345.jpg


http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120823_231342.jpg

a2hill
08-24-2012, 02:00 AM
Also:

I have these ordered: LockedUp RC Iconic 1.9 8L Beadlocks (https://lockeduprc.3dcartstores.com/19-Iconic-8L-Beadlock-Wheel-_p_21.html)

https://lockeduprc.3dcartstores.com/thumbnail.asp?file=http://www.lockeduprc.net/19wheels/iconic8l/1.jpg&maxx=425&maxy=0

Going to wrap them with these:MT Baja Claws (https://lockeduprc.3dcartstores.com/19-Mickey-Thompson-Baja-Claw-tires-2_p_26.html)

https://lockeduprc.3dcartstores.com/thumbnail.asp?file=http://www.lockeduprc.net/19tires/bajaclaw/1.jpg&maxx=425&maxy=0

Cant wait!!!

LG4
08-24-2012, 03:49 PM
Looking good !!!

a2hill
08-25-2012, 12:03 AM
Thanks!

a2hill
08-27-2012, 08:03 PM
Small update for now::

My wheels and tires came in! cant wait to get these installed :)

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120827_155016.jpg

sgtsteve
08-27-2012, 08:09 PM
Great choice on wheels and tires, your gonna love them!

LG4
08-27-2012, 08:31 PM
Lock em up !!!:arrowu:

Tommy R
08-27-2012, 08:38 PM
Looking good! Did the oven cleaner do a good job of removing the paint without damaging the plastic?

Oh, and what's with the picture of the Preying Mantis' gettin' jiggy?? :lol2:

a2hill
08-27-2012, 09:14 PM
HA! who doesnt like seeing two sticks gettin jiggy?? ;)

Actually, no the oven cleaner blew chunks.. I filled a bigger bucket with gasoline and went at it, worked really good and didnt seem to weaken the plastic that i can tell. I did do it as fast as i possibly could and would rinse it in fresh water every minute or two

a2hill
09-07-2012, 12:57 AM
MiniMeep has hit the rocks today!

-Ive got the interior painted and body mounting adjusted
-winch installed
-lights installed
-electronics mounted
-front has custom shock mounts, also added styrene to the 'floor' of the chassis for elecs mounting
-accessories added
-have a 4 cell split config made
-added cc bec to electronics set up

-other things tweaked i cant quite remember at the moment >.<

I still have things i want to do, but as time/money permit this is how she sits.

I plan on redoing the bumpers(front/rear), tire carrier and sliders as soon as i get my torch. Also would like to get some wider tires, while i like these, i need something wider for this build.

Other things i plan on at some point is cleaning up the front linkage, triming flares, possibly adding some plexi glass to the windows. more accessories and other fun stuff.

BUT for the time being, its time to have FUN!!!

So i couldnt wait for the weekend and i took the family out for MiniMeeps maiden voyage. My son and i had a blast!

I was impressed with the handling and capability of the rig. Also i figured id be tipping over on simple inclines sideways, and totally blew me away on some of the tests i did, the suspension seems to work well from what i can tell.

And for you guys, words are boring and thankfully wife snapped quite a few shots. So on to the fun!!










Some of the mounting and elecs/batt config::
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120905_202504.jpg
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120905_233657.jpg
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120905_233632.jpg
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120906_103345.jpg
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120906_103420.jpg
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120905_202615.jpg
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120906_103401.jpg




http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120901_031803.jpg
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120901_113805.jpghttp://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120901_031838.jpg
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/IMG_7041.jpg




Random::
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/IMG_7352.jpg
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/IMG_7348.jpg
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120904_181331.jpg



The fun stuff!::
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/IMG_7365.jpg
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/IMG_7360.jpg
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/IMG_7013.jpg
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/IMG_7016.jpg


http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/IMG_7031.jpg

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/IMG_7464.jpg
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/IMG_7468.jpg
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/IMG_7481.jpg
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/IMG_7442.jpg
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/IMG_7415.jpg
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/IMG_7390.jpg
http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/IMG_7393.jpg

AND the night crawl!

'Mini Meep' Maiden voyage - YouTube (http://youtu.be/fFDcEHIk7Zg)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFDcEHIk7Zg&feature=plcp

LG4
09-07-2012, 06:03 AM
Looking good A2 :biggrin:

Tommy R
09-07-2012, 07:37 AM
Looking good and congrats for getting it on the rocks! If you decide to sell those Baja Claws, let me know. I may be interested...

a2hill
09-07-2012, 08:06 PM
Thanks guys!

I might take you up on that, im just having a hard time deciding what i want to do. I need more width, the only real option that doesnt add much more height are the pit-pulls. Ive seen lots of folks saying how the side wall tears easy and i really like the way the claws look over the pitbulls. but a lot of really good reviews on the pits. so im torn. I dont want to add height but need width and theres not really many options between the flat iron width and the 1.7/1.75 widths of ones like the iroks or the bigger baja claws. i wish i could hold a set of the pits up to the rig to get a better idea then it would be an easier choice.

LG4
09-08-2012, 06:12 AM
I love the pits - you can't go wrong with that selection.

a2hill
09-08-2012, 12:09 PM
Think im going to end up picking some up. i still need a buncha things. i really wanna get new bumpers/sliders and a tire carrier so i have a reason to get a spare :) but i think im going to pick up some pits next

a2hill
09-10-2012, 10:31 PM
So, ive been playing with styrene for the past few days and decided to patch the interior where i cut for the tranny. This isnt finished, id like to get some strips to build it up and make it boxy to look better. but for now ive accomplished the initial task.

from the outside with body on its hard to tell regardless since its all black it blends well in low light ;)



http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120811_202812.jpg

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120910_221335.jpg

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120910_222106.jpg

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http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120910_222024.jpg

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http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120910_222426.jpg

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/20120910_222542.jpg

Theres nothing grinding anywhere, but the small noise from the gear mesh reverberates of this interior pretty loud. So, im thinking about adding some sound dampening material at some point to reduce it. If it was lower pitched it would sound cool, instead of squealing.

jcsaxial
09-11-2012, 11:59 PM
Looks awsome. I just ordered a set of the 2.2 sxss claws for the f350!

a2hill
09-12-2012, 01:39 PM
Nice! I got some 1.9 pitbulls on the way :D

eric113
09-13-2012, 10:28 AM
Nice! I got some 1.9 pitbulls on the way :D

Your going to love them.

a2hill
09-13-2012, 02:31 PM
Im excited! I like the claws but just not what i was going for, i dont really want something as big as the bigger version of the claws. so im going by specs and these seem to be the happy medium for what i was going for.

a2hill
09-13-2012, 09:41 PM
Got the pit bulls on! a bit taller then i was thinking, but still looks good i think.

Heres a few shots before they get dirty::


http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/IMG_8155.jpg

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/IMG_8146.jpg

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/IMG_8193.jpg

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/IMG_8185.jpg

http://i1087.photobucket.com/albums/j462/dead2hill/IMG_8199.jpg

LG4
09-13-2012, 10:32 PM
Nice - now you will go where no man has gone.:cool2:

a2hill
09-13-2012, 11:10 PM
Haha! thanks!

i like em, just havnt tried them on the rocks yet. but i was trying to find something that sat a little better under the body. But ive heard good things so im pretty sure ill be impressed :)

bigt2317
09-19-2012, 08:00 AM
looks good! love the pits

a2hill
09-19-2012, 05:51 PM
Thanks!