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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by andymac0035 » Wed May 31, 2017 2:51 am

Sixtys Guy wrote:
Wed May 31, 2017 12:03 am
Nice truck! I really wish I had of bought the Showdowns now :roll:
Just to egg you on a little more, he bought the showdowns in 2.2 for his big wraith...... they are indeed "big" and he likes those a lot too... :wink:

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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by Sixtys Guy » Wed May 31, 2017 4:04 am

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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by Sixtys Guy » Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:41 pm

While waiting for the new tyres to turn up I have been having a look at how else I can improve the clearance of the Crawler Clod. I had a good look around the next and found inspiration from Hoosierclods build.

So I decided to go with a horizontal servo mount. I found a good writeup on how to make my own mount here; http://www.beatyourtruck.com/projectcrawler-stage6.html I already had the right aluminium angle, so that worked out well. I pretty much followed the instructions.

I had to cut a little more out of the chassis to make it clear, and then I added an aluminium brace on the front to strengthen the chassis a little. I have a couple of aluminium servo horns on the way and I ditched the Towerpro servo for this Turnigy servo that has more torque.

Just have to do the rear now.
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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by Sixtys Guy » Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:47 pm

Now I look at these photos I reckon I can move the steering rod higher by flipping the knuckles and making a new steering rod with a bend in it. I did flip it before but it hit the gearbox case then. I can make a new one out of 4mm threaded rod and bend it with tube benders. Maybe tomorrow nights project :-k

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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by andymac0035 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:44 pm

You are going to want to connect the inner servo bracket to the axle housing some how. You need some kind of Cross-bracing. Otherwise that is going to start twisting the axle brace back and forth, loosening things up.
(ask me how I know.. LOL)

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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by ratpower396 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:26 pm

what about behind the axle steering setup to get the linkages out of the front completely??

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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by Sixtys Guy » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:04 pm

andymac0035 wrote:
Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:44 pm
You are going to want to connect the inner servo bracket to the axle housing some how. You need some kind of Cross-bracing. Otherwise that is going to start twisting the axle brace back and forth, loosening things up.
(ask me how I know.. LOL)
Yeh I did read that is an issue. I have an idea, will check it out tonight.

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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by Sixtys Guy » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:06 pm

ratpower396 wrote:
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what about behind the axle steering setup to get the linkages out of the front completely??
I did briefly look at that.... but I can do this for no $ outlay.

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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by Sixtys Guy » Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:00 pm

Flipped the knuckles tonight and made a new steering rod with some offset to clear the gear case. Came up well I reckon!
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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by Sixtys Guy » Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:51 am

Progress stalled on this one a little as I have been struck down with a nasty case on Man Flu for the past few weeks. Not quite over it, but getting there!

So the new tyres turned up and they fitted up easy. I got the axle mounted steering done front and rear as well.

The tyres are big, soft and sticky! They certainly help with ground clearance, but they don't offer much more if anything in terms of traction. I really should have bought the Showdowns :roll: . I think they would work great in the dry, on rocks as they are very soft, but in the wet, slightly muddy conditions I have been driving in they're not ideal.

I get a lot more steering throw with the servos mounted on the axle support. It can actually be a bit of a hinderance, so I am going to swap radios with another truck so I can use the GP radio. This was I can choose between 2ws, 4ws and crab steer. I could never really see the point of crab steer, but I really think it could be beneficial on this truck.

I think I need a crawler body too! Might see what a stock Clod body looks like on it.

Crappy phone pic of the truck as is now;
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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by Sixtys Guy » Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:20 am

Ran a couple of packs through the Clod Crawler today. Heaps of fun! I swapped the radios around in this and another truck, so I am now using the Ground Pounder radio. This makes the truck a much, much better crawler, having the ability to switch steering modes.

The track wasn't as wet as it has been and the rocks were dry and tyres performed much better.

I also fitted up the original Clod body. It's a little worse for wear, but suits the truck I reckon. I'm really happy with this body over the HPI body I was using. I'm also happy that it looks like a Clod again! This is pretty much the same truck I owned back in the mid 1990's - same chassis, axles, body, homemade chassis cradle. It has different shocks, wheels/tyres, 4 link and steering setup but other than that it's the same truck.

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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by SFC K » Sun Jul 02, 2017 6:35 pm

Cool change over! It looks like it does really well in crawler mod! Servo mount looks really tough! How do you like the Deep woods? My buddy has a set and said he did not like them. I will have to try and pry them out of his hands. :wink:
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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by Sixtys Guy » Sun Jul 02, 2017 8:33 pm

Thanks Jeff. I like the tyre height. They don't work great On wet rocks, but no worse than the Axial Ripsaws I had in before. The Crawler King tyres seemed to work best on the trails I run, although they are on a different (lighter) truck so that may make them perform better.

I found that they are also available (cheaper) under the Louise brand name. Have a look at my Gmade thread... I still don't have my hands on it but they look to be identical tyres.

What didn't your mate like about them?

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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by SFC K » Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:48 pm

Thanks for the info! He did not like the fact that they had no grip on the wet stuff like you pointed out. I think the foams are too soft and do not let the tire patch grip the terrain. I was with him that day he ran the for the first time. I think with some Crawler Innovations two stage foams, they would be awesome! The ones he bought came pre-mounted (Glued) Which I dislike...
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Re: SG's First Clod - now Crawler

Post by Sixtys Guy » Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:05 pm

Yeh I bought the pre mounted ones as well.

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