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Thread: Small Factory's 4Runner, for running.

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    Default Small Factory's 4Runner, for running.

    I always wanted a 4Runner. Although not perfect, I fell lucky that RC4WD released this for my enjoyment.

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    There are many platforms available, but the Trail Finder 2 is one of my favorites. It offers many transmission and suspension options. I built this one from gathering parts. It includes GCM transmission/transfer case, Incision scx10-2 driveshafts, scx10-2 ar44 axles with vanquish rockjock housing in the rear (if they ever make more housings for the fronts I will have one there as well), GCM mini-mags (which are 1.7 wheels I think) with very old rock stompers, Chino63 military-wrap leaf springs in the rear, bruiser shackles, brass JEC leaf spring mounts, linked up front, Holmes Hobbies Puller Pro 540 Stubby in 2200kv (purchased a week before the new version was released, because luck), Reefs 299lp low profile servo, RC4WD sliders and aluminum inner fenders.

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    The GCM transmission allows for a proper layout with the transfer case residing below the chassis rails. Go get yourself one.

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    Begin.

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    Removed stuff on bottom of floor.

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    Bobbed top.

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    Bobbed bed, and filled in line down the side.

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    Also did a proper drop bed, none of that 2/3 drop bed for me. I'm all in.

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    Mo-Betta.

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    Removed, flipped and dropped the floor section that the seat mounts too. This brings the seating floor about 50% between the bed and the floor in the front, like the 1/1. I flipped it so there would just be holes, since I do not plan on running the rear seat, but I can bolt it in if the feeling enter my brain-parts.

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    Under-hood-ness.

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    I used the offcuts from the bed bob...

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    MEK'd some styrene on them, and used them to fill in the front section of the bed area, so one can't see down in there.

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    That's it for now, all caught up. More coming.
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    Nice Tim, Bob.
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    Clever use of the off-cuts

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    I like what you're doing here. I am dropping the front footwells in mine but never even crossed my mind to drop the back seats and the back floor. Well played

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    Awesome bob, Bob. Those inner fenders are lovely, are those of your design?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pardonmyn00b View Post
    Nice Tim, Bob.
    Thanks for the kind n00b, compliment.

    Quote Originally Posted by DojCity View Post
    Clever use of the off-cuts
    I was beginning to use them as a template to trace onto a piece of styrene, then realized it was a piece of styrene.

    Quote Originally Posted by Crawler Addict View Post
    I like what you're doing here. I am dropping the front footwells in mine but never even crossed my mind to drop the back seats and the back floor. Well played
    Love the rc4wd bodies. Do not like the 2/3 drop beds, especially if there isn't anything located underneath.

    Quote Originally Posted by rshackleford View Post
    Awesome bob, Bob. Those inner fenders are lovely, are those of your design?
    They are mined from gold by one-armed free range penguins in Antartica by CChand (with a price to match). They are made from aluminum, so they will allow for me to have a nice solid mounting point for my electronics, and are lighter than if I made them from styrene oddly enough.
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    Much busy-ness means slow progress on this, but I did make this electronics mounting plate for under the hood. This attaches with a few screws on the chassis and on the inner fenders. Easy quick removal.

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    The Mamba-X speed controller sits on the lower shelf which resides above the Reefs low-profile servo, and in front of the short Holmes Stubbbbby motor.

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    The rest of the electronics sits on the upper shelf.

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    I had to un-solder the motor bullet connectors and re-solder the wires on at a 90-degree angle so the hood would close. You would think that 90-degree low profile connectors would be readily available, but I could not find any anywhere. I ordered some but they were all huge and meant for audio systems apparently.

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    I know it looks roomy, but I was able to fit the following...
    - futaba receiver
    - castle b-link
    - mamba-x
    - HeyOK 1 to 2 port toggle switch
    - HeyOK easy BEC w/inline tap for servo
    - HeyOK winch controller w/inline tap
    - HeyOK led light on/off thingy

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    Now I have to get painting.
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    Why the heck is this in General RC?
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