I like the performance of the SCX10 with the weight of the battery over the
front of the chassis, but the custom body required a farther-aft battery
location. I solved this problem by rotating the battery mount and using a
di;erent set of holes to attach it to the receiver box mount. I cut the stock
spacers down by 5mm to help lower the weight o; the battery, which
slightly lowers the truck’s center of gravity. I added strength to the chassis
by installing an STRC H-brace and front and rear bumper mounts. All are
machined out of a solid block of aluminum, and it’s easy to feel the extra
sti;ness they give the chassis. ;ey’re available in a few di;erent colors;
I went with gunmetal for my project truck.
;ere’s no way to know what you will encounter on the trail, so I decided to add
as much beef to my truck’s drivetrain as possible. Robinson Racing Products
makes some of the toughest drive parts around, and I installed RRP’s hardened
steel idler and bottom gear to make sure my SCX10’s transmission was bombproof. To protect the rest of the drivetrain, I hung an RRP heavy-duty slipper
clutch o; the gearbox. An Axial heavy-duty motor plate reduces flex, and its
extra surface area aids in motor cooling. Axial’s upgrade ring and pinion gear
are inside the axle housings, and the housings are capped by Axial’s aluminum
hubs and hub carriers.
It’s easy to spot the
slipper clutch and Axial
plate. What you can’t
see are the Robinson
steel gears inside.
Power for the Ford comes from a hard-cased
MaxAmps 5450 2S LiPo battery. It’s connected
to a Novak M2 Dig brushed speed control and Rockstar
35T brushed motor. I’ve used this speed control on other trail truck
projects and liked its performance, so I used it here as well. In addition
to powering the truck, the speed control also operates the RC4WD
Warn winch via a third channel. This truck will see water duty, so I went
with a waterproof unit from Savox. The SW-1210SG has 222 oz.-in. of
torque, more than enough for any terrain I’ll encounter.
Novak’s M2 Dig speed control o ;ers
excellent crawling control and even
operates the RC4 WD winch.
A Savox servo gives my truck plenty of
steering power—and it’s waterproof, so
creek crossings are no problem.
I added the SCX10 to the other rigs in the
model memory of my Futaba 4PLS. It’s
got all the features you could want for trail
trucks, monster trucks, and crawlers.
Ready to roll. ;e chassis is tricked out with
aftermarket and custom parts, but it’s still
a standard 12-inch wheelbase truck. ;e
custom body required the battery to be
mounted farther back on the chassis than
stock. With a little rigging, I was able to
retain the stock tray.