SG's First Clod - now Crawler

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Re: SG's First Clod - now Clod Pounder

Post by Sixtys Guy » Sat Oct 25, 2014 12:30 pm

LOL, nice pickup! Yeh he nudged that tree.... I showed him the shrub and he said, 'yep, that will pull straight out'. He said the machine has a 5 tonne pulling capacity, but that shrub wouldn't come out. He had to tackle it from all angles and 30 minutes later he stops and says he thinks he snapped an axle. My wife wasn't too impressed as he had left the garden beds to pull this thing out... :oops:

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Re: SG's First Clod - now Clod Pounder

Post by Sixtys Guy » Sun Dec 21, 2014 8:47 am

Changed the body, looks tougher with this body I think. This is the way it will stay! I burnt out a silver can, so I replaced both motors with 27T brushed motors from Hobbyking. I also changed the rear pinion to 12T to try to eliminate Clod stall. It helps, but did not eliminate it. My 6yo son loves driving this truck as it crawls over and up most things!
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Re: SG's First Clod - now Clod Pounder

Post by Sixtys Guy » Sat Mar 28, 2015 9:17 am

I have been itching for a new build lately, but didn't want to go to the expense of buying all new parts. The axles from my original truck were donated to my Clod Pounder truck, but I decided to pull it apart and start fresh... kind of! I have been having fun lately with the Crawler King and I decided I wanted to build a Clod crawler. I got the original plastic chassis out and installed the axles back on it. Ended up using all parts that I already had;

* Stock chassis, dremelled to clear the axles and motors
* Home made chassis brace
* Level3RC axle mounts
* CPE 4 link kit
* Wheely King Shocks
* Hobbyking 27T brushed motors
* Adjustable motor mouts
* 6T pinions
* Hobbyking brushed esc
* Novak 5 amp bec
* B&H tyres with cut foams
* TXT wheels
* TXT axles
* Hot Racing Lockers
* Ground Pounder body

It came out pretty well I think. It crawls really well and has limited Clod stall. I ran a pack through it today, but at the end the esc kept shutting down. Not sure what's going on there, I'll check it out tomorrow.

This is the original chassis from my original Clod;
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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by SFC K » Sat Mar 28, 2015 2:18 pm

Nice work on notching out the stock chassis to get more articulation. It looks like it is ready for some race duty as well. 8)
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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by Sixtys Guy » Sat Mar 28, 2015 8:30 pm

Thanks! With those wheely king shocks there is a fair amount of droop which makes it sit low like a racer. 6T pinions slow it up! But I thought about making it a racer there for a while!

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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by Sixtys Guy » Mon Jul 04, 2016 12:03 pm

Long time no update..... mainly because I haven't driven this one for a while. Because it has been raining so much here this truck and my Wheely King mud truck have been getting a go. I have a nice little mud pit in the backyard that is a great place to crawl/mud run.

I decided that I would get rid of the GP body and put something on a little more crawlerish/mud truckish. I had this lid for ages and it was spare, so I put it on and trimmed it up a little to stop the rub.

I should be able to get some outdoor action shots tomorrow.
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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by Sixtys Guy » Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:47 am

As per my Mud Truck thread, the Clod Crawler got a little bit of mud driving in today. By the end both motors were a little worse for wear!
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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by SFC K » Wed Jul 06, 2016 1:05 am

Great pictures! I bet that made a mess when it was time for a cleaning. :mrgreen:
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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by Sixtys Guy » Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:41 am

SFC K wrote:Great pictures! I bet that made a mess when it was time for a cleaning. :mrgreen:
Yeh! I made those water holes a little deeper than I was intending to. I stripped one motor last night and got it going again. Will do the other one tonight. Need to drain some of that water out before I do it again!

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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by Sixtys Guy » Sun May 28, 2017 9:46 am

Since playing about with my Crawler King I decided to get the Clod Crawler out and have a play with that as well. I was quite disappointed in it's performance in comparison to the Crawler King, but it was mainly lack of grip in wet conditions. I also had bad Clod stall, running 8T pinions front and rear.

So I decided to put on the Wraith wheels/tyres that I had spare. Once I did that the old Chev body looked out of proportion so I went through the 'body box' and came up with this HPI E-Savage body. Measured it up alongside the Crawler King and it's a little bigger all around.

I put a 10T pinion in the front and kept the 8T pinion in the rear. If I look for it I can see a tiny amount of Clod stall, but it is pretty much eliminated. I have put a few batteries through this truck now and neither motor gets hot (27T) so I guess it is ok.

It is really interesting to compare this Clod Crawler to the Crawler King, as both have advantages over the other;
Clod - lower centre of gravity, better steering (4ws)
Crawler King - lighter, more suspension movement, more clearance under diff pumpkin, more grip, more power

All in all the Clod Crawler is more enjoyable crawl with.... not necessarily better, but more enjoyable. It has 5mm less clearance under the pumpkin and that is it's biggest downfall at the moment... I have that under control though, just ordered taller tyres. Really enjoying mucking about with the Crawlers at the moment!
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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by Sixtys Guy » Tue May 30, 2017 7:15 am

I was going to wait until they turned up to show pics, but can't wait lol.

As I wanted some taller 2.2 tyres for the Clod Crawler I googled and found a few options around the 5.75-5.8" (145-147mm) diameter mark. Then I came across a Duratrax tyre called the 'Deep Woods' which is 5.9" (150mm) tall and a budget priced tyre. They were released last year and seem have have ok reviews online. I can't say I know a whole lot about crawling tyres, but one of the biggest knocks seems to be that they don't look realistic. That doesn't bother me at all as they look as realistic as I want them to be. I liked the look of the Duratrax 'Showdowns' better, but tower list these as 5.3" (135mm) and I need something taller than the 5.5" (140mm) Axial Ripsaws that I am using now. So I order the 'Deep Woods' already mounted to wheels.... and after they get sent I find out that the Tower specs on the 'Showdowns' is actually wrong and these are 6" (152mm) in diameter #-o . Bit of a downer as they only hesitation I had about the 'Deep Woods' was that I would have liked a more aggressive tread. Oh well, just waiting now for them to turn up so I can test them out! If they're no good I will try to offload the 'Deep Woods'.

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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by andymac0035 » Tue May 30, 2017 3:50 pm

One of the guys in my crawler group runs the showdowns, they work awesome on his truck.

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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by Sixtys Guy » Tue May 30, 2017 9:11 pm

andymac0035 wrote:
Tue May 30, 2017 3:50 pm
One of the guys in my crawler group runs the showdowns, they work awesome on his truck.
Gee thanks Andy, still trying to convince myself that the Deep Woods will be better! Does the guy run 1.9 or 2.2?

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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by andymac0035 » Tue May 30, 2017 10:50 pm

He put SCX10 axles on a wraith and made a "1.9 wraith" ... the thing is a beast!

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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by Sixtys Guy » Wed May 31, 2017 12:03 am

Nice truck! I really wish I had of bought the Showdowns now :roll:

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