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New [to me] SCX10

Post by matt1ptkn » Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:47 pm

So I finally acquired a trail rig. I did some trading and got an SCX10. I'm not sure of the exact model because the friend I got it from got it from someone else. Its in good shape and has some bumps and bruises, but overall I'm happy with it. I'm currently in the process of mounting an '08 F250 body to it, and that's all that I've done with it. My first question is with regard to the front suspension and steering. It still has the stock axle mounted servo and only has about 1/2 - 3/4" of suspension travel before the frame hits the steering links. Is this normal? I haven't been able to find much information on this exact situation, so I don't know if the front shocks are shortened or have been changed out or if there is some other factor at play here. Next question is what should be done next? I'm not going to be hard on it and not planning to do any hardcore rock crawling, but is there anything that really should be replaced or modified?
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Re: New [to me] SCX10

Post by andymac0035 » Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:00 pm

Based on the battery tray I'd say it started life as a Honcho, but the lack of a front bumper has me thinking Power Wagon.

If you check out my Deadbolt thread you'll find some good ideas. I think SFC K has a good SCX10 thread as well.

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Re: New [to me] SCX10

Post by matt1ptkn » Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:45 pm

I've seen your thread and am actually going to study it again. I'll look for the other. This front suspension really has me scratching my head, with the seeming lack of travel and interference of the steering under compression. I also forgot that the front driveshaft rubs the links during certain ways of suspension travel. I downloaded the manual, but I'm thinking that someone has altered something in there somewhere. Now just to figure out where...
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Re: New [to me] SCX10

Post by matt1ptkn » Fri Jul 28, 2017 12:53 pm

I made some progress on the rig this morning, unfortunately no photos :| . I moved a crossbrace and relocated the steering link to the underside of the knuckles, and even though the link to the servo is not level now, everything clears the framerails. :D I mounted a servo, and now the battery tray hits on the servo. I think if I just raise the front of the tray a 1/4 to 1/2" it should clear everything. Based on my research, I'm still not 100% on which model I have, but I am 99% sure the battery tray started in the rear.

I'm going to make this thing great again! :lol:
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Re: New [to me] SCX10

Post by andymac0035 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:18 pm

Put your battery tray where mine is.

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Re: New [to me] SCX10

Post by SFC K » Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:39 pm

If you look at my build thread, I did a mod on my cross brace for the chassis to allow the servo to compress more. I have done a lot of upgrades over time to make it better and better, but really, I have only broken a shock ball cup on mine and an occasional wheel nut that comes loose. I am still running the stock drive shafts and have had no issues. I am running a brushless Novak system in mine and seems to work great.


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For what its worth, trying to figure out what it was to start off with is going to be impossible. They built so many different versions and parts are interchangeable so its best to just build it the way you want it to crawl.
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Re: New [to me] SCX10

Post by matt1ptkn » Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:40 pm

So I made some progress on this rig. I have to admit, its a neat vehicle, but that driveshaft angle really makes me scratch my head. Seems like it could have been engineered a little better, but I guess it works.
So I had swapped the steering bar to the underside of the knuckles for more clearance, which helped, but then the servo hit the battery tray and I wasn't getting enough throw from the stubby servo horn.
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So next, I moved some chassis braces around and turned out a battery support to space the battery just high enough to clear the servo under full compression.
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Then I fabbed an aluminum servo horn extension.
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Then I threw in some electronics. I've been very excited to try this thing out since I got it, so the electronics are currently mounted in a hasty and temporary fashion.
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Driving around my living room and over the kids school stuff, the thing performed well. However, I'm concerned that the battery is too high because it seemed to roll a little too easily. For trail driving, is a Nimh or Lipo better when considering the weight factor?
Also, you may notice in the "electronics" photo, that this thing has a whacked off motor plate that still stands a little too high. I was informed that it had the dual motor plate, but a previous owner removed the top portion for reasons unbeknownst to me. Are there any options for gear covers for this plate when it was in original form? I'd like to have some protection for wires and I may just make up a guard of sorts. I don't want my vintage Race Prep plugs to get chewed up. :lol:
I think I have a simple paint scheme in mind, so the next step is to lay some paint.
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Re: New [to me] SCX10

Post by matt1ptkn » Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:56 pm

I started a new job yesterday and its going to prevent me from having much spare time for a while. Kind of a bittersweet feeling. With that in mind, over the weekend I finished up the paint on my trail truck and just wanted to show off my shiny work before its gets used, which may end up being a while, however. :|

Hopefully, I'll still be around a few times a week though. :thumbsup:
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Re: New [to me] SCX10

Post by andymac0035 » Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:09 pm

That came out really nice! :thumbsup:

I would say a lipo is always better. I think you are on the right track thinking a nimh is too heavy and up too high.
When time allows consider moving the tray to where I have it. I don't have a link to it, but somebody makes a tray that puts it in the same spot as mine and also has provision to put the esc and rx on either side of the tranny.

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Re: New [to me] SCX10

Post by matt1ptkn » Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:14 am

Do you have any additional photos of how you mounted your battery tray? I've reviewed your thread several times, but I'm curious exactly how you attached the tray that way.
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Re: New [to me] SCX10

Post by andymac0035 » Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:31 pm

I'll try and take some, but basically I used some of the extra servo mount pieces (the little post pieces) and mounted those to the frame using existing holes. Than ran screws though the slots for the battery straps into the servo post holes. They don't line up perfect, you have the angle everything a little to get it all to fit, but it's a free mod.

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Re: New [to me] SCX10

Post by matt1ptkn » Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:53 am

My primary concern was having to drill new holes. Since thats a negative, I will probably go ahead and do it (as soon as I have time). Thanks!
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Re: New [to me] SCX10

Post by andymac0035 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:19 pm

Wow, I took wy too long to get around to this.... :shock:
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Re: New [to me] SCX10

Post by matt1ptkn » Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:49 am

Very clever and now your description makes perfect sense. I didn't have any spare servo mounts, so I sat staring at mine for a while. Just before I broke down and started drilling, I thought I'd look through some boxes. I found, and ended up using, some of the removable mounting brackets for electrical switch boxes. I still had to drill and tap 2 holes in the chassis rails, but everything worked out great, and like you said, was a free mod. Thanks for the inspiration!
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