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Re: Dubbl-A's Wraith

Post by dubbl-a » Mon Feb 23, 2015 2:54 pm

We had more snow fall this weekend so I decided it was time to try a 3s lipo.
Hold crap does this thing rip through snow. I just couldn't stop doing full throttle passes and about 10-12 minutes into it i ran through an entire 5000mah pack. I checked the temps and its wasn't too hot as snow was packed into everything. Cool. So I put the 3s on charge and put in a 2s and I was back at it. At the end of that pack I snapped the front drive shaft at the trans output where the WB8 metal meets the plastic spline...rounded it right off. 8) No worries, I had a spare and by the time I fixed it the 3s pack was full. Back at it again and the only thing that broke was a headlight. :)
Sorry no video as it was dark out.
But here are some aftermath shots. I love seeing all the tracks clod tires make.
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Re: Dubbl-A's Wraith

Post by andymac0035 » Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:24 pm

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Re: Dubbl-A's Wraith

Post by dubbl-a » Mon Apr 06, 2015 2:23 am

Finally decided I had to do something about my wore out stock shocks. It seems Andy and I had about the same idea. :)
Traxxas shocks with my old clod springs.
They seem like they'll be more up to the task when running clod tires too.
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Also, put my new JunFac's on.
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Re: Dubbl-A's Wraith

Post by SFC K » Mon Apr 06, 2015 9:25 pm

Nice parts you added on to it. How do you like the HR sway bars?

BTW, your yard looks like a lot of fun to run that truck around. 8)
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Re: Dubbl-A's Wraith

Post by andymac0035 » Tue Apr 07, 2015 1:28 am

X2 on the HR sway bars....... how you liking them?

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Re: Dubbl-A's Wraith

Post by dubbl-a » Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:06 am

The HR sway bars work great.
They're a torsion style sway bar set with 3 different stiffness bars to choose from for the front and rear. Basically, the bar will twist under load and keep the truck even under power. This is what turned me onto them in the first place.
When I first put them on I was running clod tires with the super soft stock kit shocks and springs and with any jab of the throttle and it would almost torque twist in half. I installed the medium strength bar up front and the softest in the rear and instantly the nasty amounts of torque twist was gone and it was much more controllable with brushless power. Obviously, articulation takes a hit but thats to be expected. I took it for a quick spin with the "updated" shock setup and now its really firm but still has give to absorb the bumps and jumps.
If I remember correctly, the axial sway bar set works about the same but the HR's were a better value. Hope I wasn't too long winded. :roll:

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Re: Dubbl-A's Wraith

Post by andymac0035 » Tue Apr 07, 2015 5:14 am

No, that was great and informative.

If I hadn't fabbed my own I would buy those. Articulation took a hit with mine as well, but it worked out perfect for me as it stops the tires just as they start to hit the fenders.

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Re: Dubbl-A's Wraith

Post by dubbl-a » Mon Apr 13, 2015 1:25 am

What does everybody think about installing larger motors? By larger I mean bigger than a 3650 (540) sized motor. I was pondering the idea of a lower KV bigger motor, say a 3656 to 3660 sized can and maybe between 3000kv-4000kv and gearing up and running another cell or two. (up from 2s) Probably use a MMP to power it all. I know there with be some dremeling involved to get this to fit but I am willing to try something different. Also, I wont be crawling, just ripping around. As usual, any and all thoughts/comments are greatly appreciated. :)

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Re: Dubbl-A's Wraith

Post by dubbl-a » Mon Sep 14, 2015 2:32 pm

The Wraith has had a complete makeover over the last few months or so. But I'll update the thread with re-build photos/info soon.

But first here's a cool video testing out a swivel mount I made out of spare parts for the camera. The mount is a bit rough around the edges but it worked surprisingly well. It's kind of cool seeing my kids mess around with it before I take it out for a run.



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Re: Dubbl-A's Wraith

Post by shadowfocus603 » Mon Sep 14, 2015 4:55 pm

That has got to be one of the cooler RC videos I have ever seen. I have never seen another video with that kind of perspective. Awesome work. The truck looks awesome. If you have an open channel a 360 degree rotation servo would offer up some control over what appears to be a free swivel as of now. If you have ever seen the pivoting perspective used in Ken Blocks Gymkhana videos on Youtube you know what kind of things can be achieved with a swivel mounted camera.

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Re: Dubbl-A's Wraith

Post by SFC K » Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:23 am

8) That was a sweet! I really liked how it moved with the truck and gave you all those different angles to view. What was really neat was I was not really focused on the tube mounted on top. I kept watching the suspension and tires throughout the video.
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Re: Dubbl-A's Wraith

Post by dubbl-a » Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:54 am

shadowfocus603 wrote:That has got to be one of the cooler RC videos I have ever seen. I have never seen another video with that kind of perspective. Awesome work. The truck looks awesome. If you have an open channel a 360 degree rotation servo would offer up some control over what appears to be a free swivel as of now. If you have ever seen the pivoting perspective used in Ken Blocks Gymkhana videos on Youtube you know what kind of things can be achieved with a swivel mounted camera.

Thank for the compliments. I got the idea from people mounting gopro's to helmets and getting awesome footage doing BMX and mountain biking. Then I saw a few videos of the same style swivel mount on an rc car and I had to give it a shot. Your idea of mounting it to a servo on a third channel is cool. It would add another level of control and epicness!

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Re: Dubbl-A's Wraith

Post by dubbl-a » Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:56 am

SFC K wrote:8) That was a sweet! I really liked how it moved with the truck and gave you all those different angles to view. What was really neat was I was not really focused on the tube mounted on top. I kept watching the suspension and tires throughout the video.
Yea, I really thought the tube would get in the way but you don't really notice it as its too much fun watching the Wraith doin' work! :)

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Re: Dubbl-A's Wraith

Post by dubbl-a » Fri Dec 18, 2015 4:18 am

So I wanted to go a slightly different direction with the Wraith. I was kind of done with the clod tires/monster truck thing and didn't want to turn it back into a full crawler but more of a fast, torquey rock racer/bouncer/speed Wraith. If that makes any sense... So I got hooked on the RC4WD 2.2 Mud Trasher tires and bought some new Gmade GT02 bead lock wheels and went from there. I figured while i was at it, I pulled the stock lower links out of the Wraith kit and did the fastback mod, moved the battery and ESC to the front and made new body panels out of styrene and sprayed some fresh paint. For power, I removed the SV3/5700kv combo in favor of a Hobbywing EZRUN WP-SC8 120amp ESC and a Tacon 3660 3000kv sensorless motor. I used a beefy 20t 5mm mod .8 pinion with the same 54t Traxxas spur. It takes a bit of grinding but the motor fit with no issues. This motor is a beast and I destroyed a Junfac steel drive shaft in the rear and installed an Erevo drive shaft in its place. No issues so far. I decided to take a few pictures of the build so heres a bunch a photos to look at. :) So far it's been very reliable with everything I've thrown at it. It has massive amounts of power and is faster than a Wraith probably should be. I'm sure I missed a few things so if you're curious let me know!
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Re: Dubbl-A's Wraith

Post by dubbl-a » Fri Dec 18, 2015 4:24 am

Some more photos. :)
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