FAN FRIDAY FEATURED BUILD BY RYAN D.
It’s Friday and to make it even more Fantastic we want to celebrate and highlight our fans (or maybe showcase builds we are fans of!) and what they do best. Ryan sent us some pics and description of his latest build and we want to share and inspire others to get busy building and sharing even more. So with no further delay, behold Ryan’s labor of love.
Ryan says he never actually ran the rig stock. It came out of the box and was taken apart.
Here are some comments from Ryan about the build:
I replaced the front 4 links with alloy parts, as well as, the upper rear links. I also ordered some stainless steel trailing arms from a company called JEC. While waiting for those, I ordered a blue alloy servo horn, and swapped the stock Tactic radio and receiver, for a FlySky GT3C setup. After installing the trailing arms, I found another gentleman, Chris Prestwood, who 3d prints, radiators. I ordered one of his kits and was very happy with what I got. I’d like to add that I was also extremely impressed with the trailing arms from Jay Wallace at JEC Racing. Solid, well-constructed parts that I’m sure, will stand up to some serious abuse. Once the radiator was installed, I guess you could say I kind of lost my mind. I wired, and plumbed the radiator, added a NOS bottle with braided steel line, completely detailed the fuel cell with paint, and a Pro-Line detail kit that I found at my local hobby shop.
I added braided stainless pressure and return lines. The pressure line is routed through an external fuel pressure regulator, which is connected to duel fuel filters via a scratch built section of solid brass rod. I did take the truck out on a trail run with a friend of mine, where I realized in the first 10 seconds of use, there were 2 huge problems, as I saw it. First, the stock motor was an absolute slug, but had a great deal of torque, second issue was all that torque had caused a severe torque twist. After that run, I installed a Vanquish Anti-Rock, rear sway bar, and an Axial 20t motor. . As of this writing, I have not replaced the servo. I did replace wheels and tires though. I bought a set of Integy High Mass wheels, and a set of BFG Krawler T/A’s. I have no idea how the stock servo hasn’t blown apart yet. I intend to replace it with a high torque Savox after the stock one gives up its fight to survive. I decided to build a set of reservoirs for the stock shocks. The rig already has fake reservoirs in the front, which I painted, and then used rubber hose to connect to the shock tower just rear of the actual shock. The rear is completely home built using metal tube scraps, and sheet polystyrene. I mounted them to the chassis with solid brass rod and crazy glue, then added the hose to the shock tower just behind the shock mounting location. One of the last detail features I have done, is to add brake lines. So far, I only have the rear end set up. I used the wire from a Chinese food take-out container, a plastic square scrap, and a hair tie, to make the rear solid line, splitting block, and flex hose. I will be doing the front as well but the install will not be as straight forward as the rear was so, I’m still working that out at this time. I’m also working on a side dump exhaust for my rig using metal scraps I have laying around. When done, the exhaust tip/tips, will exit a custom made opening in the bodywork, and not from below the frame rails. I think it will add an awesome detail to the overall look when its complete. I’ll wrap up by adding what I’d like to accomplish by the time it’s done…….I want to get a rear light bar that will look like the ones used on 1:1 Pro4 style rigs. I also want lights up front. I also want unique body panels that are either painted, or wrapped, to make my rig stand out from the crowd. Just in case anyone is interested in my back ground, and maybe other things I have done, I have been building models since I was a child. I’m a self-proclaimed gear-head and I LOVE everything automotive. Building RC’s provides me with a way to combine my passion for art, all things gear-head, and details, into one satisfying package. I have done restorations for myself as well as other people. In general, there’s not much I won’t do or try when it comes to RC’s.