This is how I went about Building a Scale Trail Truck using parts of other R/C cars and trucks. Many of these parts come from the ECX 1/18 Temper which is the same as the Redcat Racing Everest 16. From these trucks I built something very similar to the ECX Barrage, HSP and the RGT line of trucks (Like the Rock Crusier). So if you're interested in building your own 1/10 or 1/12 Rock Crawler or Scale Trail Truck, read on.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Yeah Racing Dual Motor Steel Cable Winch with Control Switch #YA-0511BK Review

Picked this up the other day, it's the Yeah Racing Dual Motor Steel Cable Winch #YA-0511BK

Very cool and really fast. This model came with a pre-wired DPTT (Double pole triple throw) switch that allows you to manually control the winch without a 3rd channel. Flip the switch one way and it rolls out, put the switch in the middle position and it stops, flip it the other way and it rolls in.

With 2 motors it's fast and strong.

When I first hooked it all up it didn't want to work.
Turns out I had to reverse one of the sets of wires from the motors. The two motors were turning against each other.
Once I flipped that around it was working great!
I guess they just tossed two pre-wired motors onto it and didn't think about the fact that one needs to go the other direction!

I wish these people would think about how you're supposed to bolt this thing on though. The 4 bolt slots (at least they are slots so you have some work around room) are all under the motors. First I removed the mounting plate from the winch and used it to mark and drill the holes to mount it (the bumper I was using was not setup for a winch). Then I re-attached the mounting plate to the winch (used loctite). Then I had to use a pair of Hemostats to hold the nuts in place while I worked the bolts up thru the bumper (they do supply all the necessary mounting hardware) . It was a bear and there was much cursing going on for sure but I finally got them all on.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Real Test, my scratch built up against a RTR Axial SCX10 Deadbolt.

So I've had this thing working for a while now and I really love it.
I did finally break down and buy an Axial Deadbolt RTR. It was almost new, literally barely run.

So I got to give my little truck a real test. I put it up against the Deadbolt climbing some rocks at Flat Rock Park in Columbus, GA

It did AWESOME, it climbed almost everything the Axial Deadbolt did.
There were a few spots where the tires lost grip but I'm willing to bet that if I had swapped tires it would have made it further. The Deadbolt was running Proline TSL Super Swamper 1.9 tires with the G8 compound and those stick like crazy.

Afterwards I did some serious swamp running with it back at our campground.