SMT10 - My first solid axle monster truck build

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marauder

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So recently I’ve gotten into solid axle monster trucks. Thought I’d share my first build. Started life as a new Max-D SMT10 from Axial racing. Still a work in progress waiting on a lot of parts orders. Feel free to ask any questions. Thanks!

Electronics:
  • Removed axial esc/motor
  • Savox SA1230SG
  • Mamba X esc and 1406-5700kv running on 2s lipo
Drivetrain:
  • Replacing as things break which is fast
  • HR trans gears
  • Axial HD bevel gear set stock ratio for front and rear to be installed
  • Axial cvd’s for front to be installed
  • Proline Brawler wheels
  • Prolibe Destroyer tires
  • Axial flat 12mm hex (stock hex will not work with these wheels unless you drill the wheels or grind off the step).
Body:
  • Modified new rear body mount
  • Justin’s Customz wrap Hot Wheels body
Trying to keep as much stock and plastic as possible to keep the weight down. I really like the quality of the axial parts (excluding stock driveline). I believe the driveshafts will hold up and are a cheap weak point.
 

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Good looking Axial SMT10 @marauder! Every time I see one of these I have a huge itch to get one. I know my son would love it and even more so fitting a Grave Digger body on it.
 

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Justin does some sick digger, Sonuva digger, etc. thinking about doing a mad scientist body through him as well. The Grave Digger axial actually looks nice and scale. The max d didn’t look right with the stock tires. I attached a pic of how it would look with the maxd body. Not my pic though.

I really like how this one turned out though. Even bought a diecast version. Hahahahaha

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Was $135 shipped since it’s paint and wrap. He does a lot of the hot wheels paint schemes, but can replicate almost any scheme. Hardest part is the bodies to be similar. He’s on Facebook but I recently joined the delete Facebook movement. A casualty is losing all my rc groups but oh well.

Here’s his website. He’s out of Ohio. Currently I think he’s busy, but typically is a quick turnaround. He does sell the wraps you can install on your own if you already have a body.

http://justinscustomz.com/
 
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@marauder you're not helping my itch. I think I like that Hot Wheels body better than a Grave Digger. I don't need another RC, but I sure do want one! :D
 

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Haha I know. It’s a bad addiction. It brought out the kid in me when I held the diecast. Where was this stuff when I was growing up? We had micro machines knock offs and match box cars we couldn’t afford the hot wheels on lawn mowing budget.

I must say, this hands down is one of the coolest looking rc I’ve built, I can only do basic bodies and it was worth every dollar having one made for the truck. It’s going to be hard to bash on this one, but that’s why I built it, to send it. I am generally not too hard on my rigs though.
 

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Man that’s a sick lid on your SMT-10, I want one, but I’m holding back until I finish my burly mud truck.

When I was little the match box cars were the more expensive ones, now when I take a stroll through the toy section I look for the little cars that are movie replicas, I have several batmobiles, a back to the future car, a smokie and the bandit trans am, and a few from that movie “dazed and confused”
 

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Got the body mounted, steering servo installed, put the planetary covers on the wheels after installing Traxxas locking serrated wheel nuts, adjusted gear mesh on motor again, then ran a pack through it and so far all seems to be very smooth on stock axles. Need to raise the front of the body a touch. Decided to take a few pics of the monster trucks. Enjoy.
 

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also a model that you may be able to use ideas/parts from is the XTM X-Factor. god i remember seeing that in my rc magazine and wanting one so bad.
 

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These have ended up being shelf queens for me, once I got them built I really couldn’t bring myself to drive them. Debating selling them though, moving to Florida this year and will be starting on my next project with a 4-rotor RX8 build soon. If anyone is interested let me know I’ll dig up a list of all the goodies included. Still not sure if I can let the one from Bari go though, but I might.
 

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