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Thread: SSD Trail King ruins (or is the highlight of) my beach vacation

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    Quote Originally Posted by pera2008 View Post
    link donīt work
    Try again...it should work.


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    Quote Originally Posted by new2rocks View Post
    Try again...it should work.


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    It didn't work for me either, so I fixed it for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by imthatguy View Post
    It didn't work for me either, so I fixed it for you.
    My hero...


    Thanks! :-)
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    I'm sold. It was a tough choice between this and the element enduro. I've just ordered the Trail King for my next build. Thanks very much for the info. I just wish SSD would get on Instagram...

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilus View Post
    I'm sold. It was a tough choice between this and the element enduro. I've just ordered the Trail King for my next build. Thanks very much for the info. I just wish SSD would get on Instagram...
    Having just gotten my Enduro kit running, I think you made a good choice. The Trail King is in a different league, especially for builders.

    Speaking of which, I finally got this back up on the bench after getting distracted a bit by the Element and VS4-10 Pro. Here are a few quick updates.

    If I were smart, I would have picked up a clear Bronco body. But I'm not smart, so I spent way too much time stripping the paint off this one:
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    I did a quick and dirty (literally) detailing of the engine. My objective was to see what I could accomplish in 20 mins or less (excluding dry time). I started by pulling out the motor:
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    I hit the engine block and cylinder heads with primer and Tamiya Orange so they didn't look plasticky. Then I taught Roo my favorite (only?) engine weathering trick:
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    Brake dust + shock oil + grease = this:
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    Top tip...here's my brake dust ranking among our 3 1:1s: (1) BMW, (2) Odyssey, (3) CX-5.


    I also decided to try out SSD's 15mm engine spacer and added a slot for the motor wires rather than running them through the slot in the intake manifold:
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    The shorter spacer puts the motor in just about perfect position under the Bronco's hood:
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    And with the shorter spacer, there's room for a prototype water pump from SSD:
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    I'll add pulleys and belts at some point, and I will need to trim the oil pan just a bit for clearance.

    SSD also included an extra set of rear bumper mount spacers in the same care package with the water pump (thanks, SSD!):
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    With the motor properly dirtied and installed, it was time to have at cutting open the hood. I started by marking the cut line at the back of the hood:
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    I worked from back to front, and after some careful cutting (of the Lexan, not my fingers), I was left with this:
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    Next on the list to figure out are body mounting sans clips and a hood hinge setup that doesn't rely on painters tape. But that will have to wait until after a weekend in the mountains with the family...
    BowHouse RC, Helios RC, GCM #tinytruck Team

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    Awesome job weathering that engine!

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