OK after thinking all about 2 seconds to figure out a name for this blog post with out trying to sound like I am stealing all the words from THE man himself (JQ) I will begin my explanation of The Build. Firstly need to apologise for the poor quality pictures really wanted to get cracking on this build and every now and then I thought oh yeah need to take a picture. With the only camera being close by on the back of my HTC desire.
Opening up the box I see a huge pile of parts and I am thinking oh boy what have I got myself into now, the last car I actually built from scratch was my first electric car some odd 14 years ago, that’s the world of RTR’s for you. I have stripped and rebuilt numerous cars since but its been a while since I built one from scratch.
I am never one for following instructions as they always seem to obstruct me, however on this occasion I must say I did follow them step by step and they are very easy to follow comparing them to what I think a manual should be like having never properly read many, moving on I did from time to time refer to the little “The Advice” snippets just to check I had done it the preferred way. So following the instructions I started off with the suspension. Very nicely went together I didn’t follow the exact advice in this section and opted to go for my own shock oils viscosity. JQ recommended 450 front 500 rear I opted for 450 front 550 rear.
Its as if by magic there all built as you will see later on the stages of me taking pictures got further and further apart this is one hell of a kit and such fun to build, shocks are all done no leaks no scuffs on to the next part.
Building the diffs again very simple instructions went together like a breeze decided to ignore viscosity again JQ recommended from front to back 7000, 5000, 3000 I went 7,5,2 its worth mentioning at this point I am not deliberately opting to go against what it says in the instructions. JQ has built the car in my understanding to be one if not the most adjustable cars there is on the market. Its designed to fit your needs and you work with what works best for you, I wonder if JQ reads that and sends me some free oils
At this point I am motoring along thinking how long will it take to build the rest of the car not paying much attention to screwing in the screws when the screwdriver slipped and gave me a nice little wake up call.
No tears no sweat but a small amount of blood never take your eye of the job you have been warned, on with the build front end went together faster than I expected even though I suffered an injury I love all the orange bits they really do make you just sit there and appreciate what you are building. Linkages tie rods what ever you call them in the instructions JQ puts down the distance between them precisely for all of them and I mean precise 27.5mm that’s precision for you.
Everything seems to be well thought out on this buggy and although I didn’t take a picture as you screw down the front and back end to the chassis you have little rubber seals which sit around where the gear box sits. You cant see it much in the picture below but the servo saver arms is very close to the front drive cup.
When I brought the kit I had to go all out and went for alley rear hubs in orange as you do and it really does finish the back of the car along with the sweet looking orange drive shafts after all the back has to look the best because that’s what everyone will see. Before you go comment crazy there’s nothing wrong with confidence :p
So by the magic of the internet 12 hours of build over 2 days have turned into a 5 minute read and all that’s left to finish now is the radio tray, pop and engine in, servos & wheels OK said like that it actually sounds like a lot so I did end up finishing the radio tray of
Now we have only the engine, servos & wheels that sounds a little better oh and fuel tank, the only thing which makes me a little worried is how far on the edge the front drive shafts sit hopefully they wont pop out with a bad knock of jump the back seem OK. I did fit the original front arms on instead of the update ones ill put them on after I have given the car a beating as it owes me money lol. looking around on the internet i found a few people which say they have had no problems with the drive shafts popping out, stay tuned for the update.
Front Drive Shafts
Rear Drive Shafts
UPDATE Mrch 5th 2012
The car is now finished and sitting pretty with a new alpha s852 (gold top) engine, answer rc red aluminium wheel nut caps and 2 1256 Savox servos was opting for a 1258 on the steering but our order from suppliers has not turned up yet so anxious to get it going i put 2 savox 1256′s in instead.