ClodTynMan - Clod Build - Project Phoenix

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ClodTynMan - Clod Build - Project Phoenix

Post by TynClodMan » Thu Mar 31, 2016 2:32 am

Hi Everyone. I joined this Forum back in 2013 when I revived my clod (after 20 some-odd years collecting dust) thanks to my best bud Dadic. known each other since we were 11 years old (now 37 and still best buds). The next year we bought our first RCs. Clod for me and Midnight Pumpkin for him. Check out his build and back story to this one viewtopic.php?f=46&t=29426

Back to this build. I pulled out the clod and all its pieces and it was in some real shambles. after some assembly i was able to take some starter pics to the build
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Now the Clod Bug was ignited due to super awesome Dadic sending me some stellar Christmas presents, and informing me about what the clod has become over the years as far as modding and possibilities. Here is what he sent to get me going.
- ESC, Receiver, Controller
- Heavy duty servo, HPI Fireball motors

I set out on the install of the guts. Ordered a shiny new Plastic electronics tray and fixed up the broken shock with left over parts
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Well she was all up and running again. She was alive!! I threw a 3s Lipo in there... ok last time I ran this thing it was on NiCds and stock motors.... I have never seen this thing fly so fast as when I first ran it with the 3s Lipo. I thought I was going to melt the gears. Anyways after the initial shock was over I set out on the interwebs to find as much info as I could on what was available for the Clod. Thus leading me here. What a great site for info by the way! I think I spent somewhere around 30-40 hours of research on Parts available, different configs, how parts will and won't work together, other peoples builds etc...

I settled on these parts below (I'll try and dig to figure out where I got them if interested... mostly Ebay, Integy CPE and maybe RC4WD)

First and foremost I had to get rid of the stock steering.. It down right sucks unless you are going for an all stock Clod. Way to much slop. On Axle was the best option as it opened up many doors to further mods. No longer constrained by a set wheelbase to make the stock steering work... I like options :) . I also knew links were in the future as I had always wanted them as a kid, and now had the means.
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Re: ClodTynMan - Clod Build - Project Phoenix

Post by TynClodMan » Thu Mar 31, 2016 3:08 am

With all that speed I needed less friction so Bearings were next. and of course.. links... beautiful sexy links (spent a tone of time searching for the right links. Went with a nice orange to compliment the old crappy paint job on my stock body.
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Here are some on Truck picks of the steering, Upper and lower links
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Here are some pre-stage 2 build pics (before the links and bearings).
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Knowing what I was about to get into... I decided it was time for a full strip down... Right to the gears. Full "lube and filter" from the ground up. I bathed everything in de-greaser, lubed all the parts and reassembled the axles
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Post by TynClodMan » Thu Mar 31, 2016 3:42 am

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And here was stage 2 of the rebuild. I was very happy at this point... the clod had reached a stage I only dreamed of as a kid.
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Next Dadic comes through again with some Big Joe Tires and a sexy pink new body. here are some mock up shots of the stock body and new body with the big joes. I had to also pick up Hot Racing 12mm to 17mm wheel adapters to make the big joes fit.
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Well now i was on a roll and just couldn't stop... kinda like this thread...
XVDs were back in stock and I wasn't going to pass up the chance. Couple that with the steering knuckle Mod (Thanks Clod Talk!) and things were looking up
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Re: ClodTynMan - Clod Build - Project Phoenix

Post by TynClodMan » Thu Mar 31, 2016 4:16 am

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Of course with the XVDs in place i had to add back the 4 wheel Steering... although now with 2 servos and some wiring. along the way in here I also added side body posts to the clodzilla II chassis so i could mount the New body
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I wish i had a final pic of the clod at this stage, with the new body on but I didn't take any. She ran like a dream for years All these mods ended in July of 2014. from then until now I experimented with some re-positioning of the links and drilling new holes in the clodzilla II to give me more options... I like choices...

Stay tuned because now you are up to date with this build and in the last couple days I created the love child of and Axial wraith and the Clodzilla II... yes this required some modding to the Clodzilla... not quite a direct bolt on, but close... I'm still waiting on some parts to get this all assembled but here are some sneaks
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More to come... stay tuned
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Re: ClodTynMan - Clod Build - Project Phoenix

Post by Dadic 78 » Thu Mar 31, 2016 4:42 am

Looks deadly dude! Can't wait to see the next phase of the build!

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Re: ClodTynMan - Clod Build - Project Phoenix

Post by rex21 » Thu Mar 31, 2016 7:23 am

Nice lookin truck!

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Re: ClodTynMan - Clod Build - Project Phoenix

Post by SFC K » Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:41 am

Man you have been busy! This truck has been taken to the next level! Looking forward to seeing more updates. :popcorn:
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Post by TynClodMan » Thu Mar 31, 2016 4:01 pm

Thanks Guys... She's definitely gone through a few facelifts over the years. Just waiting on parts now... which sucks. painful looking at the Clod all in pieces on the bench waiting to by built....

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Re: ClodTynMan - Clod Build - Project Phoenix

Post by andymac0035 » Thu Mar 31, 2016 6:50 pm

I really like what you did with using the bent upper links, that was clever.
Really like the wraith bottom plate on there as well.

You may want to re-think the use of servo horns vs a heavy duty servo saver though.

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Post by TynClodMan » Mon Apr 04, 2016 6:10 pm

Hi Everyone,

Here are some more pics and info on the Clodzilla II / Wraith love child chassis (CWLCC) lol.
The wraith bottom plate is slightly wider than the inside width of the CLodzilla II thus it will bow out the chassis a little. loosen the screws that hole the 2 sides of the chassis together just a little and you'll be able to fit this in... tighten them up when done. I think the bow out will actually help my inside shock setup to give it more freedom to move (Shocks are on order - stay tuned). As i mentioned earlier some modification is needed to the Clodzilla II. The existing 4 holes on the base need to be widened and lowered toward the outside. Simply drilling new holes was difficult because of how close they are needed to the originals. I did this with a drill bit, some pressure and patience
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I took the wraith battery holder, that comes on the same parts tree, played around for a min then noticed something amazing... it was practically made to fit this chassis. So i committed... removed the 2 raised side bars from the clodzilla (the ones that hold the stock electronics plate) and lined up the battery holder. Drilled one hole and voila... it fits right over the screws that hold the drop tubing on the Clodzilla.. another look and yep... 2 of these will fit and screw into each other in the middle to provide rigidity... (Second one is on order). well enjoy these pics
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Post by TynClodMan » Fri Apr 08, 2016 12:44 pm

Got my second battery sled and some axial tap screws in... not overly exciting... but at least I can post the dual battery sled setup. Here you go...
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Post by TynClodMan » Fri Apr 08, 2016 12:57 pm

With the Batteries up high, and the steering on the Axles, it leaves some nice space in there to put my EVX-2 ESC..... Remember I said it's like this build was just fitting together, almost like stock.....well the EVX-2 and the Wraith base plate fit together beautifully. Use one of the pre-made holes (for the axial transmission) and drilling out another hole which is already molded on base plate (just not drilled out) the EVX-2 will fit perfectly and can be screwed into the base plate from underneath. The cable cleanup is nice too because it can all be velcro'd under the battery trays for a clean look and tons of air flow. (still waiting on my Yeti Links and Boomerang Type E Crawler Shocks)
Check it out....
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Post by TynClodMan » Sat Apr 16, 2016 1:27 am

Shocks are in!!!! Links are in!!!!!
Build night! = awesome night!

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Post by SWMS » Sat Apr 16, 2016 3:13 pm

Cool project. Love the documentation with pics!

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Post by TynClodMan » Sun Apr 17, 2016 3:00 pm

Thanks King!
So I ran into a snag with the lower links... Came up with a solution though... Not quite what I was hoping for but the result still looks good. I'll continue the write up with pics tonight hopefully. In its current state it will be a basher setup though. Just not enough articulation on these lower links to be a crawler setup. Booo aliexpress.com links..... You get what ya pay for.....