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Gmade AR08 wheels

First post of Toyota LC70 6×6 +2 project! 🙂 We may start a bit unusual – from the rims. I’m retty sure you won’t be surprised they are from Gmade, as we really think their beadlocks look and work great (we have SR02 and SR03 for years now). You may be surprised though, that we didn’t choose PBXRC’s tires. The reason is simple – there is no Pit Bull Tires this small in 1.9. Simple (and a bit sad). As these rims are AR series, they obviously differ from SR. The difference, other than they are in totally different style, is that you “can see through them”. Through the holes, not material they are made of, just to be clear. We’ve chosen AR08 GM70474, which means that they have 6 lugs. There is also version with 5 (GM70484). Specs: Width: 23mm Diameter: 48mm (1.9inch) Offset: ZERO Hex size: 12mm What…

Gmade KOMODO #5 Body painting

It’s finally time, to show you how we’ve painted our Komodo! 🙂 But first, we’d like to say a few words about the body – it’s thicker than the ones from Axial. Hopefully it won’t casue faster damage – time will tell. The bumper and other accessories, that can be screwed to the body, are epic! They fit the body really well – we actually were surprised, how well 🙂 As you can see, we used this box also to paint our Sakura D4 😉 And that’s how our Komodo looks like 🙂 We didn’t want to put tons of stickers on it – it supposed to be clean and simple, as all the accessories “make” this body 🙂 As we are not big fans of body posts, we made a bed cover and put the roof basket on it to hide them. It holds itself on a few small…

Gmade KOMODO #4 Frame

Yes – to put it together you need screws and nuts. And YES – I still love this solution 🙂 Other thing that I like is how well made the parts of this frame are and that it’s chrome, not black. Looking really nice thanks to that. As you can see shock mount has only one hole, so Gmade gives us only one way to mount the shocks. Does it really matter? We’ll see. As I said – screws and nuts 😉 What do you think of this box for electronics? 🙂 I think the fact it looks like an engine is very cool 😀 At first I was a bit dissapointed, that space for battery is in the back. But when I put one in, it turned out, that it’s not that bad as the battery lay quite low. Need to drive for a bit to decide if I’m…

Gmade KOMODO #3 Driveshafts, links and skid plate

After short break, we are back with another part of Komodo build 🙂 The main part of the driveshafts is made of plastic and can be mounted only one way. They are made slightly different than the ones I knew till now and they are put together with c-clips. What I like about them is the fact, they are thick and look very solid. Links are made of aluminium and have metal balls (?) in ball joints (correct me if I named it wrong 😉 ). Links have 7mm in diameter (for comparison – Axial SCX-10 ones have 6mm). As with the gearbox, screws and nuts are needed to mount links onto the skid plate. I really like this solution 🙂 Post brought to you by:

Gmade KOMODO #2 Gearbox

Komodo’s gearbox has a few differences in comparison to ones I had in my hands before. The biggest one is fact, it doesn’t have slippery clutch. You can find this solution also in Sawback and R1 Rock Buggy, so I believe Gmade knows what he’s doing 😉 Spur gear is one of the 3 gears inside the gearbox, what is also new to me. I used the same grease (“gear grease”) as in axles – just like producer suggested 🙂 To put gearbox together you need screws and nuts – holes ar not threaded. It’s the same with screwing it to the plate. You may need a bit more patience, but personally I think it’s brilliant. I really like the fact that the motor plate is a part of gearbox housing. Thanks to that you can take the motor out of the rig and put back without wasting time to…

Gmade KOMODO – our new project! #1 Axles

As many of you already know, we have a pleasure to build a new project 🙂 This time it’s a brand new KOMODO from Gmade! #ProjectG6 is driving on their rims (SR02 and SR03 – depends on which tires I choose), so when there came a chance to build Gmade’s new offroad rig, there was no question if we’re gonna do it 🙂 As usual, we’re gonna show you steps of the build and write a few words about each step. This time it’s all about the axles. This is what we found in the first bag, with axle parts. If there is something we don’t like about the way Gmade pack parts is fact, that when you end building f.e. axles, you are left with many parts, that you’re gonna need in next steps. It’s not a big problem of course, but at one point we run out of…