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Old 01-19-2019, 04:11 PM
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When the HPI Venture was announced as a FJ Cruiser, I was interested. So I waited... and waited... and waited. By the time it came out, I still waited. They announced the SBK, so I decided to wait some more.

Finally over the holidays, they dropped the RTR price and combined with the ebay Coupons, it made more sense for me to pick up the RTR since I wanted the FJ body. Adding all the parts for the FJ body on top of the SBK came out to almost the same price as the RTR. (Until they recently dropped the SBK price).



My build of this truck on Youtube

These are the list of things for this build. I've added the links to find them on eBay.

Build Details:
HPI Venture FJ Cruiser RTR


Parts:
HPI Venture Front Universal Drive Shaft
SSD RC Venture Aluminum C-Hub
SSD RC Venture Brass Knuckles


Electronics:
DS Servo DS3218 20kg
Hobbywing Quicrun WP-1080 Esc

Tools:
Associated 1656 FT 1/4 in Driver Handle
DEWALT DCF610S2R 12V MAX Cordless Lithium-Ion 1/4 in. Hex Chuck Screwdriver Kit
MIP Metric Speed Tip Set MIP9512
ProTek RC Shock Pliers (available on eBay)
Duratrax Shock stand
Bob Smith Industries Blue Thread locker (available on eBay)
Permatex Anti Seize Lubricant (ebay)
Multistar Rubber R/C Work mat
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Old 01-19-2019, 04:12 PM
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Upgrade of CVDs, Steering Servo, Brass Knuckles, Aluminum C-Hubs

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HPI Venture Front Universal Drive Shaft
SSD RC Venture Aluminum C-Hub
SSD RC Venture Brass Knuckles
DS Servo DS3218 20kg
Hobbywing Quicrun WP-1080 Esc


Purchased the HPI Venture CVDs as soon as they were released.




Time to swap the servo. One side of the servo ears are blocked off by the bumper mount.




JatoTheRipper removed the whole tray on his to get to the servo, but you actually only really need to remove the front bumper assembly.




I only had a low profile servo on hand, and it was hitting the chassis when turning right. I had to temporarily space out the DS3218 servo (available on eBay) for more clearance until I get a suitable servo horn.








While I'm at it... yep, there's plenty of grease in the axle.




SSD Aluminum C-Hubs for the Venture (available on eBay)




Aluminum C-Hubs mounted




HPI CVDs for Venture (available on eBay)




CVDs assembled with Permatex Anti-Seize Lubricant (available on eBay)




SSD Brass Knuckles for the Venture (available on eBay)




These brass knuckles look so nice!




Knuckles mounted






Both sides mounted









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Old 01-25-2019, 11:00 AM
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So I got these stainless steel links off of ebay by Crawler Central for the HPI Venture.

Crawler Central Stainless Steel Linkage Set for HPI Venture FJ Cruiser


Here is the link kit I bought






Crawler Central branding etched onto the links




The links use Traxxas straight & angled rod-ends.




This is that unique rear upper y-link setup




The RTR comes with the part to convert to 4-link. I could not for the life of me find a provided screw and m3 nut to use with it though. So I just grabbed some from my parts box for another truck.






I didn't thread the rod-ends flush with the larger diameter portion of the links. I had to leave a slight gap. I discovered when I did that the wheelbase got shortened slightly which also made both ends of the drive-shafts fully hit each other at full compression. I think this is due to the Traxxas rod-ends being much thicker with the actual eye of the rod-end being in a different spot than the stock plastic ones.




Suspension links all installed.




I decided to skip the installation of the steering and panhard links. They look cool, but they're much thicker than the stock links and will hit things upon compression. The stock links are already metal linkages, so I have no problem with the way they are.
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How do you like it compared to your other crawlers?
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Nice choice , im choose scx because have team-tracker shop near my house , but next was this ... anda love that fj cruiser body
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Originally Posted by Cody01 View Post
How do you like it compared to your other crawlers?
I haven't had the chance to take it out yet, but the engineering seems solid. I don't think there's much I'll need to upgrade on this truck.
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Originally Posted by FREEDOM83 View Post
Nice choice , im choose scx because have team-tracker shop near my house , but next was this ... anda love that fj cruiser body
Yep, main reason for getting it was the FJ Cruiser body, and it was a chassis platform that I didn't own yet.
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Trying some options out.

Pro-Line Class 1 BF Goodrich KM3 (ebay)




Pitbull Rock Beast 1.9 PB9003NK (ebay)




The KM3s of course do not rub being a Class 1 tire at 4.2" tall.

The Rock Beasts are 4.5" Tall and rub, so it would require trimming.

I'll also post photos up of the 4.45" Boom Racing Hustlers (original release). They are just about the exact same size as the stock tires, so I'll post pictures of that shortly. I'm just waiting on backordered CI foams for them right now. The original foams were crappy.
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Love the truck! I own a Sandstorm FJ Cruiser so the Venture FJ has been on my short list since it's the closest scale looking FJ out there.
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Any more pics of the tire options?
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Any more pics of the tire options?
Ugh, still can't decide on the tires. Here are two more to look at. (Nevermind the wheels. Just using whatever to mount the tires. Going with the SSD Contenders, but I need to get wider hexes in order to not rub the steering link on the tire)

RC4WD Dick Cepek Extreme Country 4.17






Boom Racing Hustlers 4.45







So with these two.

RC4WD Extreme Country - Close to stock tire size, no need to trim fender.
Boom Racing Hustler - Minimal fender trimming needed. Seem to be much better now that I have CI Lil Nova's in them. (Stock foam sucked)

Refresher on the previous 2 choices.

Pro-Line Class 1 BF Goodrich KM3 (ebay)




Pitbull Rock Beast 1.9 PB9003NK (ebay)

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I'm still at a toss-up... They all look good. the 4.1 BFG seem to have the right size but like that meat on the pitbulls too.. haha thanks for adding pics
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So I'm finally close to having this truck ready for a hill climb session.

I recently got the HPI Inner Fenders in...






It came with instructions, but they were a little vague on what and where to trim. I eventually figured it out.






Test fitting




All painted up






Mounted on!










Secured on by 8 screws










Added a generic interior off of ebay to finish off the look. I might add more details to the interior later, but for now it'll do.




Generic interior all trimmed up




Ready to head up the hill!







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I am itching to build another kit. I am thinking about getting the sbk and the fj body.

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Well... I had the chance to take the Venture out for its very first hill climb today. Video will come later.

Just ran with the RC4WD Cepek Extreme Countries as I didn't get something to space out the SSD Contenders yet. Plus, I wanted to avoid trimming the fender flares if possible. So that idea is going to go out the window. I'm definitely trimming the fenders for bigger tires.

It was tough running with these smaller tires in this location. Just a lot of places were taller tires would've helped the axles clear a little better, or had enough size to wedge in certain areas to climb up.

Balance was pretty good though. The truck didn't want to roll over sideways much or anything of that sort. It might be due to the smaller tires though.

Anyway, I know it can do better. I'll just have to cut those fenders... grrrrr.













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