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    Default New to Forum, with a Brand New TF2

    Been lurking for a while, and happy to finally be an 'official' forum member.

    I'm the proud owner of a brand new Trail Finder 2 kit, and I'm just about finished with the initial build. I'll be making changes as I go, but so far I'm fairly impressed with the truck. I had a few quality control issues, but RC4WD made things right on one component, and I was was able to address a few other minor things myself. All in all, it's a great truck, and I'm going to enjoy trailing it. Color is Testors Hemi Orange with Rustoleum Painter's Touch Ultra Cover X2 Gloss Clear coat. I installed the RC4WD light kit, a Tekin FX-R ESC and 35t Heavy Duty brushed motor combo, Hitec HS-645MG and 311 servos, and a Spektrum DX4C radio. Still have a few things to do before I can take it outside for the first time.

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    Rite on man ! iam doing the same thing .really cool kit .I plan on useing the clodbuster chevy truck body .

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    Quote Originally Posted by TITANTESLA View Post
    Rite on man ! iam doing the same thing .really cool kit .I plan on useing the clodbuster chevy truck body .
    Nice! I'm always keeping an eye out for a decent Clodbuster body. I'd like to build a stock looking truck with one.

    Mike

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    I got the rubber mirrors, photo etch emblems, and lexan glass installed. Still waiting for a bench seat so that I can do the interior.

    Mike
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    Looking sweet!

    I cant wait till my next build.

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    Years ago i used to build glue up model cars i wonder if the scale is rite to use some of there interior parts such as seat and dashes and such ? . iam glad you mentioned the bench seat thing .My friend Brian is doing a early 90s jeep cheroke on a tf2 platform useing a proline lexan body .And it kinda hit me as to how he was going to build his interior and such .

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    Quote Originally Posted by TITANTESLA View Post
    Years ago i used to build glue up model cars i wonder if the scale is rite to use some of there interior parts such as seat and dashes and such ? . iam glad you mentioned the bench seat thing .My friend Brian is doing a early 90s jeep cheroke on a tf2 platform useing a proline lexan body .And it kinda hit me as to how he was going to build his interior and such .
    I still build model cars.....a life-long hobby (I'm 48). Unfortunately, the largest common model car scales are 1:12 and 1:8. Slightly small, and slightly large respectively. The Tamiya F350 High Lift is certainly smaller than the purported 1:10 scale, and the new Vaterra Ascender Chevy Blazer is reported to be closer to 1:9 scale. So, maybe some of the old large scale Monogram plastic model kits could offer up some nice scale details for your next TF2 or similar scaler build....

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    Its ironic you say f350 highlift i have that very truck that was my first crawler lol. Iwas just wondering if i can use some model car parts to do the inside of the clodbuster body like steering wheel and seats for the action figure and junk. On another note i just realised something rather shocking . i work as a heavy equipment mechanic and have for the last 15 years and it just hit that i dont have any dam tools for rc! i mean i have close to 90k in snapon and other tools but not a dam thing anymore for my rc stuff i had a few but now i cant find them lol.so i guess i have to ask what would be a good kit for rock crawlers other than the required tools ? does anybody have any good large sets for sale ?
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    I just sold my F350 High Lift. It was a sweet truck, and I had it built up real nice, but it was a little too delicate for any serious trailing....a LOT of brittle plastic. I upgraded it quite a bit, including raising the gearbox 2cm with a lift kit from EP Designs, which also drops the motor down to the front like the TF2. truth told, I wish I'd kept it. It was a real head turner.
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    A pic taken just after the EP Design gearbox-up kit

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    I love my HighLift and loved building it,but would not do any trailing with it.
    Plus,after adding the MFC,it leave little room for upgrades and waterproofing as well.




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    Nice lookin trucks man the f350 and tundra can trail but in my opinion they are to heavy for scale trailing and dont have much ground clearance from the trans skid plate would make a good tow truck for a trailer with my tf2 on it lol. give me your opinion on the spektrum dx4s radio i think thatss gona be my new one .

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    I do not have a Spektrum,but have only heard positive accolades about them.

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    Ok guys dont laff but iam all proud of my self i dug out all my old crawler stuff and found my battery and my indi16 charger and charged a few up dug the carp battrys out of my old radio and took the f350 out and blew the cobwebs out ! .My batterys are shot lol but she ran good. I will try to get a decent pic later . for sitn i a box for two years iam quite happy . all this did was re asure me that i love rock crawling . I tell you what would be absolutely awesome to see them make for the tf2 ?. a completly hydraulic automatic transmission that bolts to the v8 motor cover that they have . it would probly cost to much to make but that would be great .then if we could only build a scale running v8 we would be set but a running v8 in a scale crawler would dam sure get some attn .
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    Nice TF2...and all the other rigs in the thread.

    Can't wait to see how you make the TF2 yours.



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    Hello again guys and once again i need an opinion . i have a plan for my scaler being the tf2 but i have another in mind for a completly stock class scaler so here it is . its the rcmodelex mex2 d110 . now i need your thoughts on it very nice from what iam seeing kinda pricey but from the vids i seen its a dam good scaler . thoughts?.

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    Default Transmission trouble

    First time off of the bench and out onto the sidewalk for a trial run, and the 2nd speed gear broke in the transmission. It was shifting perfectly.....I have the shift servo dialed in absolutely PERFECT....a few times back and forth between 1st and 2nd to compare the two, and bam, the truck slows to a stop. Motor revved but no movement. Checked shift points, perfect. Disassembled the trans and found this....a cracked 2nd gear, split where it's pressed into the drum at the factory. Contacted RC4WD customer service but haven't heard back about any type of resolution. Have any of you experienced this??

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    Quote Originally Posted by TITANTESLA View Post
    Hello again guys and once again i need an opinion . i have a plan for my scaler being the tf2 but i have another in mind for a completly stock class scaler so here it is . its the rcmodelex mex2 d110 . now i need your thoughts on it very nice from what iam seeing kinda pricey but from the vids i seen its a dam good scaler . thoughts?.
    I personally like the modelex kit... But... The tf2 is a perfect scale kit leafs an so on....
    Modelex kit don't use a real scale links configuration... Never heard of a 4 links with servo on the chassis without a panhard configuration ...
    I mean if you need a real scale rig the g2 or tf2 are perfect...you can even take some hop up to change the tks setup from leaf spring to 3links and pan hard on front and four links at the rear

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