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  • #31
    Alrighty... I have (I think) this rig ready for the RECON G6 this coming weekend.

    I have the new PBX-A/T tires all mounted on the (new to me) VP wheels. I changed the foams in the front tires to a softer foam so I could get some weights in there. The foams that came with the tires simply would not give and I don't want to start trimming because this wheel/tire combo isn't permanent on this rig. I plan to switch back tot he 1.55 growlers on the Axial plastic wheels once back from the RECON G6. The front tires are going to roll more while on side inclines than the rears with the stiffer foams, but I hope the softer foams in the front allows for better traction on inclines and obstacles. We will see this weekend...

    I compared the difference in the weight of the wheel/tire combos and found them not too far off from each other - 3.6 oz more for the VP wheels with stick-on weights and PBX-A/T tires.






    I also got the mandatory scale items and the "Not mandatory, but highly recommended" items secured on the rig last weekend. The one item that remains is the cowbell on the rear bumper for Sunday's events. A friend of mine that is attending the event has an extra bell that I will secure to the bumper Saturday evening. I have one from a few years ago, but it's a little large to dangle off the rear bumper.






    The large book is my scale item from another hobby, job, or interest. That gets me a chance in the "It's a Lifestyle" raffle.

    After all the stuff was secured, I took the weight of the rig to see if I had broken the six pound mark. With the battery that I typically run in this rig (2600mAh), the rig moved north of my goal weight of six pounds. However, I am able to run a smaller (2200mAh) and get it back to "fighting weight".






    I may still use the 2600mAh batteries during the RECON G6, but I wanted to know that I maintained my goal weight of six pounds, or less.

    I was able to complete all but seven of the 400 gates at the 1st Annual Krawlfest in the Smokies last month on one RC4WD 2600mAh battery.
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    • #32
      I went back to RRW Krawlzone TN this past weekend to do some work at the RC4WD “Tuckaleechee Trail” RECON G6.

      There were four courses; Holmes Hobbies Course = 50 gates, Fast Eddy Bearings Course = 50 gates, Pit Bull Course = 100 gates, and OnetoomanyRCs = 100 gates. That's 300 gates of fun times. My favorite was the Pit Bull Course because it was set-up in the creek for most of the 100 gates.

      I managed to snag a new-to-me tea pot for my work, and also got to bring home a large box of pre-assembled parts (see RAFFLE-1).




      One of my focuses was to test the Pit Bull PBX-A/T tires so I can compare them to some other tires in my possession. Overall, they were great. They have surprising grip, even in mud and slick stuff. I tried a few hard lines to check the traction and they did well. Once spot that was a pointed rock that was muddy and slick posed some trouble, but with a lucky hop the obstacle was cleared. I think they do as well as the 1.55 Growlers. I'd add that they held better on side-hills than the Growlers did last month. One negative, as it pertains to this rig, is the size relative to the body. I think the width and height of the 1.55 Growlers fit this body better. They do look good on builds with the China JK body. I saw a few of those and the look was spot on. So, test was successful.

      I haven't done anything as far as surveying damage or issues. I didn't notice any issues other than a wobbly right rear tire, but that was probably foam misalignment. I'll do a once-over and see what I find. I'll put the other wheel/tires back on it, too.

      Here is a memento of the trip:

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      • #33
        Small little update...

        I used one of the ScalerFab certificates I won at our January comp to order a roof rack.

        Simple design that works to gain a couple of scale points. I used small zip-ties to secure it to the cage.






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        • #34
          Well, I have to end another build thread. Plan B has lived a good life and had accomplished some great things:
          • One 1st place finish and two 3rd place finishes in the 2016 Monkey Series
          • 4th place at the 2016 RC4WD Scale Challenge Series - Disney, OK
          • Driver of the Day - Tiny Truck (1.55) - 2016 RECON G6 Haunted Hollows at RRW Krawlzone - FL
          • Driver of the Day - Tiny Truck (1.55) - 2017 1st Annual Krawlfest in the Smokies at RRW-TN
          • Driver of the Day - Veteran (40-55 y.o.) Adventurer - 2017 RC4WD “Tuckaleechee Trail” RECON G6 at RRW-TN


          Thanks for all the great memories.

          Now, plan B will live on due to being the donor chassis for my 2018 Class 2 rig. Stay tuned to the build threads for more on that build.

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