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    Default SMT 10 "THE CRUSHER"

    Well I figured I would share my SMT progress with everyone. I purchased the Max D rig pretty well right when it came out. Ive never liked the Max D truck since the beginning but wanted the black cage rather than the Grave Digger Green cage and had the intention of changing the body anyway.

    It is pretty well stock except the Castle Mamba and 4600KV motor, I know most run a smaller KV but I had it sitting there so in it went. I have been running it this way for months and its a blast, no real issues other than complete destruction of the transmission gears; to be expected with the power plant!! Upgraded those to all metal. I'm sure next will be the drive shafts!!

    Now I have finally moved towards the body, the proline 80's chevy truck has always been a favourite of mine.



    I removed the side windows, rear window and part of the box to get it nice and low.



    Modified rear body mounts; I used the stock rear body mounts, removed the plastic brace between them and used a couple holes farther back that matched up perfectly!! This gets the body down nice and low as well as level with the cage. I plan on making links to bring the wheel base in some. Believe I will stand the shocks up as others have been doing as well. Sooner or later.......LOL





    Now on to the late 80's livery. I wanted to try something new and maybe a little more complex than I've done before. This will either turn out great and look awesome or potentially end up on the other side of the scale; we will see. Started with a font printed out, stuck it to the inside and traced out on the outside. I then used painters tape over the outside to keep my fingers from rubbing the marker off. Couple coats of liquid mask and soon enough Ill be testing my surgical precision with the old exacto knife. My thought is to possibly snap a #11 blade off and set it in the knife so just the tip is out and hopefully this will make it easier to do such delicate work.

    Any tips on technique at this point will be accepted graciously.......LOL

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    Take your time, that's pretty much all I can say. And keep it steady!
    SBG OWNER YOUTUBE AXIAL AMBASSADOR GCM TEAM DRIVER VANQUISH KNIGHT CUSTOMS TEAM

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    Cool to see another MT build. Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
    -Jeff
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    Quote Originally Posted by imthatguy View Post
    Take your time, that's pretty much all I can say. And keep it steady!
    Haha, yes, very slow and definitely not after my morning coffee!!

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    Well for a first attempt at this detailed a lexan paint job I am super happy with the finished product. The only thing I would do differently on the next one is build a work station with a light inside to back light the project; I feel like it would make it a lot easier to cut out. Oh maybe two things, I would also go back to using masking tape around windows and not the paintable mask or read the directions on the bottle right where it says not to use it to mask windows.......doh



    Just the one photo for now. Im hoping to get out to the RC park tomorrow to get some action shots so I will post a couple more shortly.

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    Well only one photo of the beast out in the wild. The power switch on the ESC failed and the one time I didn't bring any tools to the park with me!!!!



    Hopefully I will get some action shots so i can post them up!!!

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    Quick question for the masses. I want to change my links and lengths front and back to fit this body better, looks like between 20-25 mm will have to be removed. I would also like to stand the shocks up as they would be in a real truck but by changing the link length any existing holes would have the shock standing at an angle. How have others overcome this???

    Also if you have done this mod how did you find the handling afterwards?

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    I put a Crawford Engineering 12.5” WB aluminum link kit on mine. Stood the shocks upright on the axles and attached the sway bars to the links. Made brackets and tried running dual shocks but couldn’t get them soft enough, so went to a single shock and limiting straps.




    Drilled holes in the frame and relocated the stock sway bar hanger on the back.




    Pinched the front sway bar under the back of the receiver box and the frame. Pretty redneck but is still working fine after a lot of hard bashing.



    As for the handling, it is a wheelie machine now, but other than that is pretty stable. Front sway bar don’t work quite as well as stock but thems the breaks! I find I break a lot of rod ends now if I nose dive it. Check out this video.

    https://youtu.be/--lY9sd_Cag


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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    Nice truck! Thanks for the suggestions!

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    A quick update. New steering links from RC4WD, they look much better than the stock monstrosity!

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    Thats it for now. More soon, just anxiously awaiting parts

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