RAISE THE STEERING LINKS
Chances are that the steering links on your truck are positioned so that they are linked up just below the center of the axle.
Yes, it works and the links are able to turn the tires left and right with no problem, but on the trail, the links can actually hang
up the truck when you try to climb over obstacles. What you want to do is move the steering link so that it’s positioned as
high as possible to provide more clearance and, therefore, reduce the possibility of hanging up your truck on the trail.
Getting your steering linkage above the axle’s centerline will get it out of harm’s way and keep your truck from getting hung up on obstacles. This Gmade Komodo comes with the
steering link mounted below the arms on the hub (left) but if you mount it above (right) the arms will give you more clearance.
MOVE THE WEIGHT
Unlike race vehicles where a balanced weight
is beneficial, a scaler/crawler does better
with slightly more weight up front. What this
does for your crawler is put more weight on
the front tires to improve front grip when
attacking steep inclines. Ever see the front
end come up on your truck when trying to
get up a steep rock? That will be eliminated
with more weight on the front of your rig. You
can easily get weight up front by moving the
battery to that position. Some newer vehicles
come with the battery already mounted up
front, but others have the battery mounted
in the rear. You’ll want to get the battery
mounted in the front of your chassis with
an aftermarket mount (if available for your
truck) or with custom-made parts. You can
also get weight up front by adding weights to
your truck either to the chassis or to the axle
itself. Having the weight in the chassis will do
the job, but getting the weight down low on
the front axle will also help lower the truck’s
center of gravity, which will make it less
likely to tip over.
Mount the battery as far forward on the chassis as you
can for the best climbing and crawling performance.
By having the bumper far away from the body (top), you reduce the truck’s approach
angle, which can cause the bumper to hit an obstacle before the tires are able to get up
and over it. Tucking in the bumper as much as you can (above) improves the approach
angle and will keep the bumper from hitting something.
The bumpers are a
great way to add a
scale look to your
truck, but they can
also hang up and
keep your truck
through an obstacle.
For the front
bumper, tuck it in
as much as you
can to improve the
angle. You can also
shave the bottom
of the bumper to
the approach angle
or purchase a front
bumper that has a
steeper front angle
to it. For the rear
bumper, you can do
Tuck it in, and get
the angle of it right.
The best thing to
do, however, is to
remove the rear
A rear bumper can’t
rub on the ground if
it’s not there.