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Old 12-12-2017, 06:01 PM
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So, I bought an Axial Yeti Kit in December 2015 (sat for a year boxed in garage), and it's been exactly a year ago since I started and finished building it. Up to this point I had only built Tamiya/Kyosho Re-release kits... so it was my first modern kit and it's pretty much 100% stock. I haven't done much to it at all since last year.

It's weird.... I really like it, like the way it looks.... just haven't run it much and have gotten so distracted with scale crawlers that I haven't paid much attention to it. Well, I think I'm going to start putting some work into it.

This thread will also help me keep track of what's been done to this truck.

Follow this build on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...zMErjBbIsCp9fx

Here's how it stands right now.

Parts:
Axial 1/10 Yeti Rock Racer Kit
Axial Racing AX30230 Spring 14x54mm 4.95lbs/in Super Firm Blue (Front)
Axial Racing AX30217 Super Firm Spring, Blue, 14 x 90mm/3.01 lb (Rear)
Axial Racing AX31290 AR60 OCP Full Width Axle Adapter Set (not yet installed - will not be using AR60)
RPM Front A-Arms EXO Buggy (installed 12/2017)
MIP X-Duty Rear C-Drive Kit for Yeti (installed 12/2017)
CWR-3003 - Crawler Innovations Single Stage Closed Cell

Motor:
Tenshock SC411 4-Pole 4600kv SCT Sensored Brushless

Electronics:
Hobbywing SCT8 Pro ESC
Savox 1268SG Servo

Tools/Paint:
Pactra Bright Yellow

**Upgrades added as of 3/2018**:
Xtra Speed SCX10 II HD Steel Spur Gear (56T/15T)
Incision 00051 Incision Yeti 1/4 Stainless Steel Rear Upper Suspension Link Kit
SSD RC HD D60 Centered Rear Axle for Wraith SMT10 Yeti
SSD RC Wide D60 Rear Axle Conversion Kit for Yeti
SSD RC Yeti Rear Trailing Arms (Silver) (available on eBay)
Team KNK Axial Yeti Stainless Hardware Kit (available on eBay)
Vanquish Yeti front Skid Plate
M3x60mm Hex Bolt Socket Head Cap Machine Screws (to replace front arm hinge pin)
PowerHobby Aluminum Motor Heatsink Cooling Fan For 1/10 540 / 550 Size Motor
Boom Racing Aluminum Steering Knuckle Caster Block
Boom Racing Aluminum Steering Knuckle
Boom Racing Aluminum Rear Upper Shock Mount






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Looks like AMain finally got their backordered items in stock.... a few things coming... Not sure if I'll be using it all on this truck, since I also have a Yeti Score TT Kit waiting in the wings. I'll be determining which parts go to which as I go.

56T Spur setup

Option 1:
Axial AX31027 32P 56T Spur Gear
Axial AX31068 Slipper Pad, 32.8 x 15.2 x 1mm

Option 2:
Xtra Speed SCX10 II HD Steel Spur Gear (56T/15T)

Rear Upper Link setup

Option 1:
Incision 00051 Incision Yeti 1/4 Stainless Steel Rear Upper Suspension Link Kit

Option 2:
Alum Rear Upper Chassis Linkage For RC Car 1/10 Axial Yeti AX90026 Racer AX31007 (available on eBay)

Rear Axle setup

Option 1: (for use with AR60)
Xtra Speed Stainless Steel Axle Tubes Axial Wraith RR10 Bomber Yeti #XS-AW230050

Option 2:
SSD RC HD D60 Centered Rear Axle for Wraith SMT10 Yeti
SSD RC Wide D60 Rear Axle Conversion Kit for Yeti


The rest of parts that were ordered from various places

SSD RC Yeti Rear Trailing Arms (Silver) (available on eBay)
SSD RC M3 HD Plastic Rod Ends for Trailing Arms (available on eBay)
Team KNK Axial Yeti Stainless Hardware Kit (available on eBay)
Vanquish Products Yeti Front Skid Plate (Black)
Alum Front 2.2 Wheel Hex Hub Adapter 14mm For RC Car 1/10 Axial Yeti AX90026 (available on eBay)

As you can see, a mix between name brand parts and cheapie parts. Just need to try them out and see how they work.

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Let's take a look at how it stands before the fun begins...











Rear Axle Upgrade... Options #1 and #2



Rear Links and Drive shaft Upgrade



Skid Plate, Arm and Hardware upgrade



56T Spur Upgrade... Options #1 and #2




So far.... it's a little bit daunting figuring out where I want to start. The obvious bulk of the work will be the KNK hardware upgrade. I'll also need to flip the gears in the front diff to use the SSD axle.

I'll try to figure out where to start tomorrow.
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This is awesome! I have a Yeti that has taken serious amounts of abuse (I bought it so that my nephews - 3yo+- could learn how to drive RS cars... on 3S!). So far I have put a bunch of the Axial parts on it, but they stripped out the rear diff Saturday. Amain is delivering Incision rear spool, upper links, and four front links Thursday to get it ready for our Christmas. I definitely want a new body and to replace the badly scratched cage parts, but need to wait until they get the hang of it more.

How did the CI foams affect the handling? One thing I do not like about the Yeti is that the stock tires seem to roll and cause the car to flip.

Look forward to seeing the rest of your progress.
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How did the CI foams affect the handling? One thing I do not like about the Yeti is that the stock tires seem to roll and cause the car to flip.

Look forward to seeing the rest of your progress.
CI Single stage foams are a must.
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So here are some pictures of my progress before my SSD axle mishap. I've ordered a second axle housing while I wait for the replacement part as I can use the additional axle housing for the Bomber or Wraith that I also have yet to build.

Team KNK Screw Kit



SSD HD D60 Centered Axle Housing (before my misshap with the link mount) with SSD Wide D60 Conversion Kit







Progress with the Team KNK screws...



Yeti in pieces...



Found this when I took off the arms... I can only think of one time where I actually had any sort of impact and it wasn't that bad... weak ass screws.



Bought some Axial AXA0128 M3x61mm replacements... I'll have to sleeve these like I've read others have done... or figure something out.



Xtra Speed 56T Spur gear going in...



Those Vanquish slipper plates won't work, I mistakenly got the Wraith ones.... which I'll now use on the Wraith.



Spur in... didn't take a picture with the mesh adjusted yet.



More pictures of screw replacement progress.



About to put the upgraded Incision Upper links and SSD Trailing arms on before I ran into my mishap.

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Looking good! I am going to put my Incision goodies in tonight or tomorrow. Are you going to widen the front to match the rear and if so how?

I really like the centered axle housing, I think I may spring for it.
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Looking good! I am going to put my Incision goodies in tonight or tomorrow. Are you going to widen the front to match the rear and if so how?

I really like the centered axle housing, I think I may spring for it.
The front is already wider than the rear stock for stock. It's the rear that needed to be widened to equal the front.

I bought the wide adapter kit for the SSD axle housing so that it's as wide as the front. This will allow me to use any wheel in the rear without that wide hex nut adapter from the kit.
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I actually noticed that tonight. I installed my Incision spool, rear upper links, and front links a bit ago.

Waiting on amain to get the SSD housing in stock and Iíll order the Crawler Innovations 3002 foams as well.
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Got some of the updates done over the holidays...

Was going to sleeve the stock pins, but instead went with M3x60mm 12.9pt screws that I found




SSD Trailing arms and Incision Upper links installed and mounted onto the SSD HD D60 Axle.










Comparison of stock arm vs RPM arms






Comparison of stock pins (left) vs the new 12.9pt screws (right)




Vanquish Skid Plate






12.9pt screws, RPM arms and Vanquish Skid Plate installed



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Nice! I placed an order for the RPM arms and need to order some of the screws you bought. Noticed that both of mine are bent.
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Nice! I placed an order for the RPM arms and need to order some of the screws you bought. Noticed that both of mine are bent.
The skid plate should also help if you haven't already upgraded that.
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Originally Posted by soze View Post
The skid plate should also help if you haven't already upgraded that.
Ah, I have not. I did order a stock one though, should be here today along with the RPM arms and SSD centered housing.

I did order the Strong Arms RC sleeve and bolt kit - by the time I bought the tube, a cheap cutter, and then the bolts it was about the same price.

Did your upgraded springs make a difference? I notice mine are lacking. I did put the Incision front links on, but I am about to replace them with Traxxas camber links.
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Iím about to find out this weekend, but I heard that the SSD center housing requires you to flip the front differential gear so the rear wheels arenít going backwards. That true?
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Iím about to find out this weekend, but I heard that the SSD center housing requires you to flip the front differential gear so the rear wheels arenít going backwards. That true?
For future searches, you do need to flip the front diff from side to side so that the ring gear is opposite where it used to be. From there I used Castle Link to reverse the rotation of the motor (stock Axial RTR combo).
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