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Posted by RustyUs | Sep 20, 2018 @ 06:07 PM | 1,789 Views
Back in the beginning of 2017, Team Associated was getting ready to put out something that I did not see coming...The Team Associated RC10T4.3 Qualifier Series Ready-To-Run stadium truck. After seeing the red, white, and blue body, I knew I had to have one!

Well, I became a parts hoarder because of chop shops putting items up for bid on eBay. I had so many spare parts, I was able to build my version of a Factory Team SC10.3, and a T4.3. I wanted to take a step backwards for a moment, and decided to go with a brushed motor setup on my T4.3 build. Needless to say, I didn't like the motors that I tried. They got super hot! No matter what I did, I could not find a sweet spot for gearing any length of time. The 2017 season had it's ups and downs.

In June 2018, a brushless motor finally made it's way onto the truck's motor mount. The no-name motor is a finned 540, but it is a pretty potent little can. The motor being only 3100kv, it's just about perfect for my needs.

I love everything about the "4" series platforms from Associated. Being able to share a lot of parts between buggy, stadium trucks, and short course trucks means a lot to me, and why I'll be keeping mine around for a long time coming....Continue Reading
Posted by RustyUs | Jul 15, 2018 @ 08:53 AM | 1,656 Views
The 2015 SC10.2 FT was purchased when news of the RC10SC5M was being released and hobby shops were dumping their supply of SC10.2 kits. The SC10.2 sat in the mancave for a long time while I bashed away with it's older SC10 FT sibbling. I've always associated red white, and blue with Team Associated. I went with a simple design so I could get the body done quickly.
Posted by RustyUs | Jul 15, 2018 @ 08:49 AM | 1,643 Views
I absolutely dislike painting RC car bodies. I often purchase RTR bodies to skip the task of painting. Sure I could just "slap"/spray a single color and call it a day, but that's no fun. Nor is it fun to look at every time I take my RCs out to the track to run them...gotta give some color to that Lexan. Part of my problem is coming up with some sort of design to lay down with color choices.

My long time "shelf queen" Team Associated RC10T4.2 FT with newly painted JConcepts Finnisher body. The T4.2 was sitting in my mancave for a couple of years after a few initial runs. I had an old DTX Evader EXT body on the chassis just to have a body to keep the dust out. Now it's time to take the stadium truck out once again...and with proper body ("lid" ) .

Key Specs
Axle Pin Size: Diameter 1.85mm x Length 9.5mm
Posted by RustyUs | Jun 09, 2018 @ 05:46 AM | 2,742 Views
I got this second hand SC10FT back in early 2016. I cut/pasted/edited the following from my posting in another forum...

After going over it with a "fine tooth comb" (most of it anyway), and coming back from the track, I had the worst driving experience ever! I've driven the SC10.2FT before and that handled like a typical SC truck should. I know what the problem is, and I knew what I should have done after getting finished filling the shocks with oil, and cleaning them up...check what pistons were in them shock bodies.

When I got the SC10FT straight out of the shipping box and to my garage...I know the truck was set up for something I never saw before. Haha. Them shocks must have had 60~70wt oil in them . After filling them up with 35 wt. front and 30 wt. rear, the suspension action just wasn't quick enough for my tastes, but I continued on.

I did a test run on the driveway, to setup the steering, and the tranny sounded great...Associated trannies have always got my attention, but this one was extra quiet . That being the case, I didn't even crack open the gearbox to check it's contents .

With a battery pack charged; I headed out to the track for my nightmare driving experience. I would have liked to got some video of this thing in action, but it's a pain for me to load/edit/convert/post videos. Mainly its the loading and converting. You would have thought, I did think, I was the worst driver ever . Half bald M2 compound Trenchers; being used in conjunction with little suspension travel, that made for a slow wild fishtailing ride. There was a couple of times I found traction, on the one still damp straightaway, where I opened the SC10 up full was like skipping a stone across water! Haha.
Posted by RustyUs | Jun 04, 2018 @ 09:37 AM | 2,410 Views
My concern with lowering the ride height of an off-road platform is the front kick-up of the chassis. Wheelbase will change greatly as the arms move upwards.

For limiting the chassis' droop, I used a combination of Associated's normal .030 plastic droop limiters, and some leftover Axial shock parts. That was a long, and tedious task of getting front and rear ride heights close to where I think they should be. I know what's going to happen in the end of this transformation...the late model Nova body on SC10 is going to look all wonky with the wheelbase being shorter than I planned it would be, and I'll have to tear everything apart; setting up the suspension back to it's stock setup .

Castle Creation's Mamba Max CM36 5700kv motor combo was my first ever brushless system back in the day (2006?). Having that system in a lightweight 2wd buggy; on a high grip clay track, proved to be handful to control. I didn't know any better back then. Cleaning the "old school" ESC, to mount it to the chassis, gave me a little chuckle. Remember Castle's catch phrase, "Make 'Em Cry"? That was used in their advertising campaign, and IMO was no joke. I did almost cry 'cause I had to go out and buy new high quality battery packs in order to keep the Mamba Max happy . Using just plain-jane NiMh lower capacity batteries could not supply the current needed, and the ESC would shut down .
Posted by RustyUs | May 27, 2018 @ 05:52 PM | 1,714 Views
I got more Team Associated SC10s than I know what to do with. This SC10 roller, that I got off of eBay, was supposed to be a parts donar. It's been sitting in man cave for the past year-and-a-half as decor with other shelf queens. It's time to break out some old electronics, and get 'er running. This time around though, the SC10 will be transformed, hopefully, into an on-road beast.

Got new servo to try out awhile back. Went to install...servo is 2mm too tall! Within that generalization of "standard sized servos", there is indeed some variances in servo cases. Who would've thought.

Dr. Emel making it happen...
I'm sick of seeing the $12.99 JX servo not getting a chance to shine. Apparently the top of case is thicker than I anticipated. I can't wait to see how long it's going to last.
Posted by RustyUs | Apr 28, 2018 @ 09:19 PM | 3,097 Views
I, RustyUs, do admittingly confess that I am a basher. But, what does that mean?

Do I launch my RCs so high into the stratosphere that I need to call the FAA ahead of time? No.
Backflips at skateparks? No. Not intentionally anyway.
Are my RCs extremely overpowered? No.

I used to race, but ever since "the band" thing took off, I haven't been back to competing...yet.

Most of my RCing takes place at backyard super rough off-road track. So my style of bashing is, what I'd call, trashing... track bashing.
Posted by RustyUs | Apr 15, 2018 @ 06:32 AM | 2,432 Views
Is is under my impression that RCers have often referred to their Traxxas Rustlers as "Rusty" when they are talking about their stadium truck. I have never owned a Rustler, nor do I plan on ever getting one .

My user name RustyUs stems from my days when I was in a band. Playing guitar for Tarnish was a great time to be had by all involved. Before FaceBook, and MySpace, we (The Tarnish Team) had email . I would answer questions, and end the emails with "RustyMe, RustyYou, RustyUs" referring to the act of being tarnished, or becoming rusted somehow by knowing the band.
Posted by RustyUs | Apr 15, 2018 @ 06:08 AM | 2,391 Views
Probably the final upgrade, to my B4 buggy, will be the V2 shock bodies, and they're even the 10mm (non-big bore) ones. The rear shock bodies have been laying around for about a year now in my storage area. Last year, the front end got the V2 treatment out of necessity. Apparently, my new old school Factory Team shocks, that I upgraded to, had internal dimensions off by a bit for fitment of internal clip to sit correctly. I didn't think to shave the o-ring spacer, so I threw out the Factory Team shocks. The new V2 shock bodies have caps at both ends for ease of rebuilding when the time comes.

If anyone has a need for two rear 1.18" V1 Factory Team shock bodies, let me know.