Axial SCX10 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

Wrangler Snow Trekker

Axial SCX10 is the most capable scale rig out of the box.  It’s just a fact.  There is no other RC you can buy that is more capable out of the box.  Not only is it incredibly capable, but there are tons of companies out there that will help you make it even more capable and personal to you.  You have a stock truck, or something as crazy as DJMedic’s Project Overkill.  It’s facts like these that have made the SCX10 the most popular scale truck available today.

Snow TrekkerThere a coupe different option when it comes to purchasing an Axial SCX10 truck.  You can purchase the Dingo kit or the Honch RTR.  But for added realism you can now purchase the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon in either kit or RTR form.  Since the Jeep is the new one out on the market I decided to pick one up and I have to say, I’m impressed.  The body is obviously a licensed replica of a real Jeep.  The wheels, tires and bumpers are also licensed replicas of full scale aftermarket upgrades for a real Jeep.  But just like everything else out there from Axial, there were tons of people with them.  So I decided to personalize mine a bit.  But we’ll get to that in a minute.

Review:

The SCX10 is a great trail rig.  It’s so good it’s considered the standard for scale rigs of it’s size.  It’s drive line is simple, yet adaptable and it looks just as good as you can make it look.  Even out of the box this Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon looked the part.  Everything from the front bumper to the rear looks like the real thing.  In fact the only thing non-scale about this truck is how it performs, and that is only because it is even better!  The three link suspension up front and four link in the rear give this truck amazing levels of articulation.  Axial’s R35 compound in the replica Maxis tires means they have loads of grip when scaling.  It’s simply amazing, but not perfect.

The other RTR SCX10 on the market right now it the Honcho which runs the same wheelbase.  It also comes with LED lights and a much cheaper price tag.  Also,the stock steering servo, while metal geared, is basic at best and you will need to buy a battery if you don’t already have one.  All that being said, those are really my only complaints.  Otherwise its a great little truck that will keep you smiling for quite a while.  Upgrades definitely help too!

Build:

Axial SCX10 Wrangler Unlimited RubiconOne of the first things I noticed before I even got this truck was that the front bumper was designed for a winch.  That being said I immediately ordered up a 3Racing Winch along with some RC4WD King Kong
shackles and hook in gold.  I installed the new shackles on the front and moved the stock ones to the rear as there is a place for them on the rear bumper.  To power the winch I used a Gens Ace 800mAh LiPo.

  • 3Racing Winch (3RACR01-27)
  • Gens Ace 800 mAh 2s 20c LiPo
  • RC4WD King Kong Mini Tow Shackle (Gold)
  • RC4WD King Kong Small Limited Edition Hook (Gold)

Wrangler SideThe next step was to replace the stock wheels.  I used the baking method to remove the Maxis tires from the stock rims and placed them on some black Axial 8 hole beadlocks I purchased of the classifieds.  To make the wheels stand out I used some of Gear Head’s Red Deralin Beadlock Rings.  These game the wheels the look I was going for.

  • Gear Head Red Deralin Beadlock Rings (GEAWHE010)
  • Axial 8 Hole Beadlocks Black (AX8087)

Next I tackled the steering.  I opted for a Hitec HS-5646WP waterproof servo.  This servo has plenty of torque for a 1.9″ rig and the waterproofing means I don’t have to worry about it on the trails.

  • Hitec HS-5646WP (HRC35646W )

GoodiesI wanted to add more scale goodies to my rig so I grabbed a roof rack from Gear Head.  This roof rack was designed for the Rubicon’s roll cage and screws right in.  I added a Yakima sticker to complete the look.  I then filled the truck with some some scale goodies that I had lying around.  I even made some with InstaMorph.  InstaMorph is a moldable plastic that you melt with warm water.  When the plastic is soft you can mold it into different shapes and can be reheated and reused.  Visit there website for more details (http://www.instamorph.com/).  To top it all off I added a windshield banner from RPP.

  • Gear Head Rubicon Roof Rack (GEASCA012)
  • RPP Yakima Sticker (GEADEC030)
  • RPP “Go Topless” Windshield banner (GEADEC018)
  • InstaMorph 12oz

Wrangler RearFinally, to increase the trucks capabilities even further, I installed a Gear Head Shock Relocation Kit which gives you un-godly levels or articulation.  It was simple to install using the instructions.  The only thing I changed was that I left it a four link by trimming off the truss.  I haven’t run into any issues with durability of this setup but time will tell.

  • Gear Head RC SCX10 Rear Shock Relocation Kit (GEASUS003)

2 comments on “Axial SCX10 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

  1. Pingback: Axial SCX10 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Review and Build Up! « mainlandrc

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