How do you fine tune a RC Car?

Fine tuning an RC Car can be a very challenging process of you do not know what you are doing beforehand. The tuning process includes a multitude of things, especially for crawlers, this includes motors and drag brakes, suspension and ride height. Some things are easier than others, but it is good to know what each adjustment does before you start messing with it.

Motors in crawlers are the biggest factor of tuning in crawlers, they are usually a brushed motor. Most crawlers have a 27 to 35 turn motor, but they range from 20 to 55 turn. The difference is that a smaller turn number goes faster and that a higher turn number has much more torque. For crawlers the higher turn is better as speed is not really needed for rocky terrain and steep slopes. Another function you can tune on crawlers is the drag brake on the motor.

Drag brake is the amount of brake that is applied when the throttle is released, it is measured as a percentage from zero to a hundred percent. Drag brake is important for steep uphill or downhill climbs so the car will stop automatically without the car rolling downhill. The reason you tune it is so that if you release the throttle and the car comes to an immediate stop odds are that it will flip and tumble down. So instead the drag brake can be set where it is just enough to stop the car without flipping.

Suspension is another item that is tuned very frequently, there are a few different types of suspension, including links, leaf and droop. The most popular type of suspension system is link, there are also two different types of link suspension, this includes three link and four link suspension. Four link suspension is better than three link suspension since their are more links to allow more travel and flexibility. Axial crawlers come stock with three link suspension that are made out of plastic. Upgrades can be made by purchasing metal links that slide off of rocks easier and that come in four link systems, this upgrade can be considered a tune that gives a lot more mobility and a huge upgrade. Leaf suspension consists of four leafs and four springs installed on the axle and on the chassis.

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Four link suspension is the superior suspension system as it allows the most travel over all sorts of terrain. You would want less travel if trying to achieve high speeds to allow less movement and momentum moving the car side to side or off course.

One last thing that is highly tuned for both crawlers and short course cars is the height of a ride, this means how far the chassis sits above the ground. For a crawler you would want a higher chassis to clear taller objects. For a short course on the other hand the lower the car the lower the center of gravity, this also means less handling but for speed runs it is an advantage. Then if you put the height to high the center of gravity will also be to high and therefor it will flip easy.

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Which of Axial’s kits and RTR is the best

Axial makes a number of different scale crawlers that are all built of the same structure, but some with different parts and electronics. This forces people question which one is the best? There are six different ready to run scale crawlers that axial makes and they all have advantages and disadvantages. After looking over all of the different cars, the Trail Honcho shows that it definitely has some of the best parts for the lowest price.

The trail honcho has parts that beat out most other crawlers including the Power Wagon, the Recon G6 Falken Edition and the Deadbolt. The trail honcho has upgraded metal drive shafts that allow more torque before the drive shafts strip or break (Scx 10 Vehicles).  This makes the Honcho stronger and a better product than these other cars. The Honcho also comes with LED lights for the front and the back. None of the other crawlers come with lights, which are accessories that are as much as for looks as they are for use. They come in handy, of course, whenever you are crawling during the night. One more product that comes stock in the Honcho is the 1.9 r35 ripsaw tires, which are claimed to be the best stock tires that Axial makes. These tires stick to much more surfaces and the trad makes it able to bite into most surfaces. This gives the Honcho a big advantage compared to other tires like the Maxxis Trepador tires.

Another advantage of the Honcho is its priced compared to the other two vehicles that come with the same upgrades as the Trail Honcho does.  The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon has all of the same upgrades, but instead costs three hundred eighty dollars (CKRC Crawlers). The same goes for the Casey Currie Edition as the price is upwards of four hundred dollars, the only difference is that the Casey Currie has a light bar and a couple extra lights. The trail honcho, on the other hand has all of the upgrades as the Unlimited Rubicon and everything except the lights from the C/R Edition but only costs around three hundred forty dollars (Axial SCX 10 Trail Honcho). This makes the Honcho superior to some in parts and the ones that have the same parts are much more expensive than the Trail Honcho.

There is one car that could be considered better than the Trail Honcho, due to the lowest price of all the different crawlers at 299 (Axial Racing – SCX10 Deadbolt). The problem is that the Deadbolt has none of the upgrades that are included with the Trail Honcho, the only advantage is the fact that it is fifty dollars cheaper. It is not worth it to have that fifty dollars when it is probably going to be used to upgrade the crawler anyway. Where the Trail Honcho already comes with the parts installed so that you do not have to install them yourself.

In the end, all of Axial’s products are good ones, but when it comes done to it, the Honcho is superior because of its lower price and better quality parts. Including metal drive shafts, lighting and better tires.

Works Cited

“Axial Racing – SCX10 Deadbolt” Axial Racing. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2015. <;.

“Axial SCX10 Jeep Unlimited C/R Edition.” Tower Hobbies. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2015. <>

“Axial SCX 10 Trail Honcho.” RC Planet. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2015. <>.

“Scx 10 Vehicles.” Axial Racing. Axial, n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2015. <;.

“Trail Honcho.” CKRC Crawlers. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2015. <>.

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Which makes the better products, ECX or Traxxas?

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Traxxas is the biggest name in RC, they have made countless products both entry-level like the Slash and Bandit, and more advanced like the Emaxx and E Revo. ECX on the other hand is the new in the world of RC, but have already thrown out some great entry-level cars that rival the slash, including the Torment, Ruckus, Circuit and Boost, all two-wheel drive. They also make more advanced models like the brush-less Torment and Ruckus as well as the 4wd Torment and Ruckus.The differences in these different brands are the weight and how sturdy the cars are, the price, and the availability and range of products.

One thing that i have noticed on comparison between these two brands, for example the Torment and the Slash, is that the Slash is made with a lot more metal and stronger pieces than the Torment. These observations where shown in effect when I took both my Torment and a friends Slash and put them head to head on a flat surface, the speed could not be fairly judge because of the different parts and motors and batteries. Either way when my Torment finally hit top speed the car began to wobble and the whole thing begun to shake and shudder until finally the entire car flipped tearing of my front wheel along with the drive shaft and a-arm. It was quite a spectacle to see my car go flying into bits of plastic and a wheel…. On the other hand the Slash performed fine with no shaking or movement that was unwanted or caused by high speeds. Although that was fine and dandy, the slash is slower than the torment with the extra weigh tin all of the parts, which makes the torment a better entry level product along with the other ECX entry cars.

The price of these two cars vary greatly, the Torment coming at 180 dollars (ECX) compared to the slash that comes in about 260 (Traxxas). The price difference is immense and causes a lot of people to go with the Torment, making the Torment the better entry-level vehicle. Especially since Traxxas has been revamping all of their products making them better as well as making the price go up with it. Some of their models that were once entry-level are now upwards of 900 dollars. (Could This be The End of Traxxas Entry Level)In my opinion the end price is not worth the extra weight and strength.

One thing that does make Traxxas better is that they have a much larger availability of parts and cars around the US, at all different types of hobby stores (Traxxas Products). All hobby stores carry Traxxas parts and cars. Unfortunately not everyone carries ECX. That is starting to change very quickly though, as ECX becomes more and more popular, stores are stocking more and more parts (ECX). This problem will quickly be revised as more and more people order from ECX.

In the end, for a entry level car, ECX makes the better products and for the best price. They aren’t to fast to control for a beginner. Slash makes some products that are better than ECX, but they cannot get their prices that low. Altogether Traxxas makes some good products, but they cannot compete on entry level with such high prices compared s to ECX.


Works Cited

“Could This Be the End of TRAXXAS Entry Level.” Traxxas. Traxxas Blog, 5 Jan. 2013. Web. 24 Feb. 2015. <>.

“ECX.” CKRC Crawlers, n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2015. <>.

“ECX RC.” ECX RC. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2015. <;

Gurley, Jon. “ECX Torment.” Rc Groups, 16 Dec. 2013. Web. 24 Feb. 2015. <>.

Radio Control Car Action. Radio Control Rock Crawling Essentials. Wilton: Air Age Media, 2008. Print.

“Traxxas Products.” Hobby Town USA, n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2015. <>.

“Traxxas Short Course Trucks.” RC Planet. N.p., n.d. Web. <>.

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How are RC Crawlers Customized?

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This post is solely devoted to RC Crawlers, their many accessories, hardware and the different brands of Crawlers. RC Crawlers are one of the biggest types of surface RC because of the extreme detail in the body and the range from of accessories like having functioning lights or even a sleeping bag strapped to the top of the roof. The accessories make an RC Crawler look very realistic and can be customized to anyone’s needs. Another factor in accessories is that they are not that hard  to make on your own. At the end of this post are a few “how to’s” for some accessories.

Most RC Crawlers are 1/10 scale, almost done to a centimeter, this is another reason RC people are so attracted to Crawlers, extreme attention to detail. Examples include having rear view mirrors attached to the side of a car or having a fire extinguisher rolling around in the trunk. (Axial) Other accessories are coolers, sleeping bags, people and miniature logs. More expensive accessories could be things like working winches or even functioning lights (CKRC).

Scale Accessories

RC Crawlers are very easy to customize on your own, this is another reason Crawlers are so popular. Not only the cosmetic aspect but the hardware and electronics that go into the crawler.

For example the suspension system in RC cars vary from the type, like a three link or a four link suspension system or from the material, like plastic, aluminum or titanium. The price greatly varies from a plastic three link, around ten or fifteen dollars, to a four link titanium suspension system, one hundred dollars plus. Many people make their own links which a lot of people enjoy that as well.

SCX10 Titanium Link

These are titanium links in a four link suspension system.


The electronics in RC Crawlers can also be customized. There are different things like an ESC (Electronic Speed Control), a battery, a motor, a steering servo and the receiver. An ESC is not a big one, as int he world of crawling power to the motor isn’t a big deal.  A battery on the other hand is a big factor in why Crawlers are popular. The bigger batteries and power consumption in RC Crawler allows crawlers battery life to last for three hours and up. A steering servo makes the crawler turn, what makes this able to customize is the different weight of turning power. (Benfield 26)

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The biggest item in Scale Accessories is , of course, the body. The majority of scale accessories are attached to the body or to a roof rack on top of the body. The body could have a hard top and cover up the inside like a regular car. It can also have a role cage with an open back. The point of the roll cage is to protect whatever is inside from getting smashed into a pancake. Lights are can also be attached to the body in a bucket set or in a light bar.

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One last accessory, as seen above, is a bumper, often used to mount winches, lights, tow hooks or maybe even a license plate, it is also very essential to crawling.

Homemade Scale Accessories


Works Cited

Benfield, Matt. Radio Control Manuel. N.p.: Haynes, 2008. Print.

“Scale Accessories.” Axial Racing. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2014.    

“Scale Accessories.” TGN Distributer. N.p., n.d. Web. <>.

“Winches.” CKRC Crawlers, RC Rock Crawlers. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Nov. 2014. <;.

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The Different Types of RC Vehicles

There are lots of different type of Radio Control Vehicles. This blog is really only concerning surface vehicles, while planes, helicopters and boats are cool and all, but Surface is where its at. In surface RC Cars there many different subcategories, these include Short Course Cars/Trucks, RC Crawlers, Tour Cars and Nitro Buggies.


Short Course

In Short course the only goal is speed with a little bit of handling. The body of these cars are usually very light and they are usually best wui brushless motors in the back of the body. The shell is usually very light and fairly wide as the cars do not have to squeeze into any tight spaces as the track is wide. Problems with short course RC cars is that they become to light and as soon as they take any contact they flip and crash. Short course cars are cheap compared to other types of RC cars and are what most people buy when they first enter the world of RC cars. Short course cars are light because they are mainly made out of plastic, making them very easy to break. All in all short course RC is a great way to get started in the world of RC because of the low price and the simplicity of the set up of the car itself. This makes it one of the bigger names in RC. (RC Forum)

Custom Bruser Poison Spyder

RC Rock Crawlers

RC Crawlers have been rapidly expanding in the last few years, they have now become on of the most popular and demanding type of car today. Most models run a brushless motor anywhere from a speedy twenty turn to a high torque fifty five turn. Because of so much variation each car is different or can be made different to suit whatever type of crawling you do or want to do. One example is waterproofing, all cars say they are waterproof but in all reality they are damaged by water that goes past the half way mark of the tire (The Truth About Waterproof). The biggest difference between Crawlers and Short Course Cars is the suspension systems and the terrain/speed. In RC Crawlers the suspension system is highly complex compared to Short Course. The suspension in a Crawler usually comprises of a three or four link suspension system that comes plastic in stock but can be upgraded to aluminum or titanium. The links are what allow the crawler to climb up and over rocks as seen in the picture above. The suspension system allows the car to bend in extreme ways without breaking or causing any damage to the body or hardware(Properly Build Suspension and Steering Link). Speed and Terrain are two more factors that make these tow cars differ, but thy go hand in hand with one another. The reason crawlers go so much slower than Short Course cars is because they need the torque that they get from the loss of speed to help them get over the steeper rocks and bumps. If Crawlers didn’t have the torque they couldn’t get where they get now. Crawlers also have stronger steering servos, lots more hardware, bigger tires, different drive shafts and an overall different set up when it comes to where the motor, gearing and speed control is located.


Tour Cars

Above is a prime example of a type of touring RC car. I myself do not own any Touring Carts but I have done my research. Tour Cars are either powered by electricity with an electric motor or by Nitro through a combustion engine. They are for    on-road only due to the very low body style that is low to help with aerodynamics (Drift and Touring). Touring cars are very show-full and flashy. They usually have some sort of led lights or light strip along the inside of the body. They are also very detailed and made to look as realistic as possible. Crawlers are very similar in this way as crawlers have lights as well but only for more practical reasons. Tour cars are also very similar to short course cars because the main goal is speed, although Tour cars are a lot more exotic that Short Course the basic principle is the same. Touring Cars are also a lot smaller than any other 1/10th scale RC. This is to make the RC Car as light as possible so the car can have a quicker acceleration and greater top speed. Touring Cars generally race on asphalt or some other hard material (Best 1/10 Touring Car) as the wheels are much smaller and generally built for streets. Tour cars are built for speed and speed alone, handling is not as big as a factor as in other RC Vehicles because the surface never changes and generally is very easy to grip.

In conclusion all of the RC Cars have there advantages and disadvantages but in the end that is what makes all of them unique and successful. Either way, in my opinion, Crawlers and Short Course are still  the best.

Work Cited Page

“Best 1/10 Touring Car – RC Groups.” RC Groups RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Nov. 2014. <;.

“Drift and Touring.” Team Integy. Alterit, n.d. Web. 2 Nov. 14. <>.

“Properly Build Suspension and Steering Links.” Axial Racing. Axial, n.d. Web. 02 Nov. 2014. <;.

“RC Forum.” RC Short Course. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Oct. 2014. <>

“The Truth About Waterproof.” Axial Racing. Axial, n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2014.<>.

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Radio Control Car/Crawler Hobbies

Hey Guys, here is a little information about my RC Cars.

I got into Rc Cars because of my dad. He has had a Nitro powered 4wd buggy for over ten years and seeing him drive, of course, made me want to get one when i was younger. Luckily, when i got my first ride, electric cars were finally picking up in speed. I ended up with an ECX Torment and i still have it now. Since then i have put plenty of money into it and it now has a 80 amp Hobbywing Esc and a 3300 Kv brushless  Dynamite motor, and, of course, a 3c lipo battery. From there I have dabbled in many other things like rock crawlers. More specifically my own Axial SCX-10 Falken Edition. Through these two cars i have researched a ton and gained plenty of knowledge, although it may be a little biased.

Anyway, this blog is to spike interest among my fellow RC Hobby people, whether you drive crawlers or tour cars. My main interest for this blog is for Rock Crawlers and for Short Course Cars. This includes things like judging an RC Cars speed and how different items affect its speed, the best Rock Crawlers, The best Short course car/truck, which axial crawler is he best, ECX vs. Traxxas, determining how fast is to fast (for crawlers, Short course and more), which is the cheapest and best rc car to get in to and what are the different types of events and are they all family friendly.

SCX 10 Falken Edition

SCX 10 Falken Edition


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