CEN Q series build thread..A mini clodbuster, kind of!

FredInMO

Supporting Member
Here's a fun little build I did, I started out with a Cen Racing Q series Suzuki Jimny kit. I never built it or ran it stock, had this planned out for it before I started building it and installed some upgrades/mods during the kit build. Added aluminum links, and the 4wd conversion, tires are Tamiya Lunchbox tires, body is intended for a 16th Scale Revo, Jconcepts Square body which fit the bill perfectly for this build!

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Comparison of the kit body to the jconcepts body
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Pics of the build process
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Decided to go with blue for the body color
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Here's some finished shots of it, ran it at the local skatepark which was a blast!
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Size comparison next to a 1:18th Losi Mini T 2.0
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I've done a few more things to it after some time running it, the stock steering setup was pretty funky/overcomplicated which made for lots of slop and vague steering. Tony aka CCxRC makes a servo on axle mount which solved that issue and made the steering precise. The stock motor burned up so it got replaced with a Holmes Retro Sport 17T motor.

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Overall I have enjoyed this truck very much, it's a quirky little monster truck with it's short wheelbase and small size, but makes for a pretty fun backyard truck to bomb around and replicate stunts real monster trucks do. I wanted to build a solid axle monster truck that was a little different than the norm and smaller than a Clod, SMT10 or LMT. For it's size this thing is overbuilt in many ways and has been pretty durable, only repeated breakage was the steering knuckles which I upgraded to aluminum after breaking several of the stock plastic ones, most of which broke on hard nosedive landings from jumps gone wrong haha. Having a 540 motor in a 12th scale truck is a blast, it wheelies on command and is just plain fun to run!
 

Kear

Bleb
Huh, I haven't see a whole lot of these around, I've been super curious about them as I see it as a kind of modern successor to the wheely king! although perhaps a little closer to that 1/12 mark than the WK was.

But what does the 4WD conversion require? from what I've seen it looks like it just needs the internals to the axle and another drive shaft?
 

FredInMO

Supporting Member
Huh, I haven't see a whole lot of these around, I've been super curious about them as I see it as a kind of modern successor to the wheely king! although perhaps a little closer to that 1/12 mark than the WK was.

But what does the 4WD conversion require? from what I've seen it looks like it just needs the internals to the axle and another drive shaft?

Yeah it is kind of like a successor to the wheely king! It's basically around the same footprint as a Tamiya Lunchbox so I think it is 1/12th scale truly.

CEN sells a 4wd conversion kit which includes everything to make the Jimny or Fiat version 4wd, the original front axle is a I beam style design, the 4wd kit includes a axle housing like the rear has, c hubs, axles, differential, the original steering knuckles swap over to the new axle. It's a simple conversion to do.

I forgot to mention one other upgrade I did was metal transmission gears, the original ones are plastic which one gear shredded after a while, the Jimny and Fiat come with plastic gears, but the bigger versions of this platform come with metal gears and are a direct swap since they share the same transmission.

Awesome! I love the conversion! Definitely a mini Clodbuster!

Thank you! I'm very happy with the results! I need to get another body soon and replace this one, it's seen better days at this point and is looking a bit ragged now haha šŸ¤£
 

Kear

Bleb
CEN sells a 4wd conversion kit which includes everything to make the Jimny or Fiat version 4wd, the original front axle is a I beam style design, the 4wd kit includes a axle housing like the rear has, c hubs, axles, differential, the original steering knuckles swap over to the new axle. It's a simple conversion to do.

Pbbt- I was confusing a few details of this truck with the very similar MST Racing MTX-1 trucks!...Of course honestly I want both because hoarding RCs is fun.
 

FredInMO

Supporting Member
Pbbt- I was confusing a few details of this truck with the very similar MST Racing MTX-1 trucks!...Of course honestly I want both because hoarding RCs is fun.
I looked into those as well! Looked like the Cen has better parts availability/more upgrades available so I chose it. I also liked the looks of the chassis a little more. The MTX-1 does look cool though!
 
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