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RC Jeep - Just A Small Obsession

Posted in How To on July 17, 2013
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Just in case you needed a new hobby, a new obsession, a new money pit. Hey we just wanted to introduce you to another seven slot grille based venue to spend your hard earned dollar, waste time, and generally kill personal productivity. Why? Well some of us on the Jp magazine editorial staff suffer not only from an addiction to building and tinkering with fullsize Jeeps, but also to miniature remote controlled Jeeps. The truth is if you are a car guy or gal you chances are you have owned if not at least oogled R/C cars in your local hobby shop. They are a blast to drive, and working on them is a great way to learn the fundamentals of how a car or truck works. In recent years rock crawling trucks and buggies have become all the rage. It should be obvious that Jeep would be all over this market, and they are. Five years ago if you wanted to own a scale remote controlled Jeep built for small off-road fun you had to build custom parts and piece it all together out of parts pirated from other remote controlled cars. It was time consuming, expensive, sometimes difficult, and in the end a blast. The good news is that time is past and now-a-days there are several kit and ready-to-run (RTR) R/C based vehicles that you can buy online or at your local hobby shop. Several of these vehicles come out of the box wearing our favorite slotted grilles and there are many Jeep bodies available in the R/C aftermarket if your crawler is not already a Jeep. We have been leveraging, prying, begging, and crying to get some R/C Jeep tech in Jp magazine to show you guys this fun. Finally Editor Hazel crumbled under our near constant requests…or finally just got tired of hearing about it and humored us. The plan is to do several web based articles on the build-up of one of these off the shelf RTR 1/10th scale R/C Jeeps from Axial Racing. The Jeep is an SCX10 (That’s the chassis) ’12 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 1/10th Scale Electric 4WD - RTR (PN AX90028).

Much like the one-to-one version of this Jeep you can adjust the gear-ing for speed or more crawling ability. And while you can build scale Jeeps like this to go faster with hot motors and larger batteries they are just not that stable at speed because of their scale widths. We prefer tinkering and tweaking our “Scalers” for crawling. Then almost anything from a ditch to landscaping becomes a playground for us.

This is the first in the series where we will talk about what we got and how we got started so you can too. We then will show you some cool aftermarket upgrades to this tough little Jeep and eventually we will get to customizing it including paint and even building our own custom homemade metal parts. The best part of this small Jeep obsession is that you can have fun almost anywhere especially while out on the trail and probably even out in your own backyard. It’s also a great way to spend time with family and can be a great way to teach new enthusiasts about mechanical features of your fullsize Jeep without having to get greasy laying on your back in the driveway. Oh also please let us know what you think and feel free to ask questions. We want to know if this is worth our time, the magazines time, and your time.

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