HPI WHEELY KING
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The Team STRC chassis looks awesome in silver; it’s a
great contrast to all the purple-anodized parts. I flipped
the transmission around 180 degrees and relocated the
battery box to the front of the truck to place the weight of
the motor and the pack up front to improve the weight
distribution for crawling.
RCP Crawlers clockable
axle “C” hubs and max
clearance steering knuckles
replace the stock molded pieces;
although you can’t see them, RCP Crawlers CVD
axles are installed in the axle housings. The steering
knuckles and CVD axles greatly improve the truck’s
turning radius. I got rid of the stock bellcrank steering
system and used an RCGuy standard steering plate,
which allows the steering servo to be mounted on the
front axle. I had to rotate the shock/lower suspension
link mounts 90 degrees to make room for the servo.
The Team STRC steering kit includes CNC aluminum
HSC-5998TG servo effortlessly pointed the tires
The Team STRC
extended-wheel-base crawling kit
includes the extra-long lower suspension links to stretch the wheelbase to 12. 5 inches.
The suspension links are bent at a 30-degree angle to increase ground clearance. The kit
doesn’t include rod ends, so I used Traxxas long T-Maxx rod ends to attach the suspension
links to the chassis and axles. I used longer and beefier HPI E-Savage center driveshafts
because the stock units were too short after the wheelbase extension. I had to drill out the
yokes with a 13⁄64-inch drill bit to be able to fit them on the pinion gear shafts.
steering links for the front and rear of the vehicle.
Although not shown in this picture, the rear link is
locked to prevent the steering knuckles from moving.
The rear axle is also equipped with RCP Crawlers Chubs and steering knuckles.
I used a Novak Rooster Crawler
Edition electronic speed control and
55-turn crawling motor; Novak sells
them in a combo package, which is
super convenient. As you can see, I
also installed a Novak clear cooling
fan to keep the speed control running
cool during those long 45-minute
crawling sessions. Speaking of run
time, there’s a Team Orion 4500mAh
Rocket Pack installed in the battery
box. I’m not exaggerating about the
run time; I can actually run the truck
for nearly an hour between charges
thanks to the high-capacity battery
pack and low-draw 55-turn motor. The
Spektrum receiver is installed next to
the speed control on top of the battery box. I secured the antenna on the side of the chassis with zip-ties. I dig the Team STRC aluminum grab handle!