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  1. I "built" an original Bruiser 10 plus years ago. I bought it as a partial "new build", never run. I tore it down and rebuilt it: https://www.scale4x4rc.org/forums/showthread.php?t=19446 Besides bearings, an ESC, and an eventual upgrade to TLT oil shocks, it is all stock. It has performed flawless for over 50-60 battery packs. I have not "babied it", but I have not "beat it" either. IMO, they are good runners, BUT you have to treat them like you would a full size truck with 44" tires on stock axles LOL.
  2. A long time ago, probably about 10 years ago, I purchased the RC4WD Bruiser replacement inner axle parts, i.e. the shafts with the crown gears and the separate pinion gears. They were terrible. The crown gear was attached to the axle shaft with a grub screw that would not stay tight. Besides the grub screw issues, the gears would not mesh well together. No amount of shimming helped. I tore up a rear axle in less then 5 minutes. I still have the never used front axle set and the tore up rear axle set somewhere. I can post pictures if anyone is interested.
  3. I knew I wasn't crazy, here it is from Tamiya USA's website. For some reason, some of the Tamiya ESC's will let full battery voltage go to the receiver: https://www.tamiyausa.com/shop/electronics/rc-esc-teu-104bk-brushed-2/
  4. You should check the voltage output of the ESC's built in BEC. Some of them will allow more voltage out then what your receiver can handle. The ESC that came with my re-release Avante had this issue, I had to add a resistor to prevent the BEC's voltage from damaging the receiver.
  5. Looks pretty nice Good luck with the sale !!
  6. I used these: Traxxas #2362 Shock rebuild kit O-rings, on my Monster Beetle's CVA oil shocks, worked perfectly.
  7. Good to see this one out and about running around I have almost "pulled the trigger" on a Corvette/Big Brute/Big Boss, just can't take the leap, yet. Maybe if Kyosho re-release them Time to start working on the Big Bear, both of us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. Congratulations, I know you've been wanting one of these for awhile!!! I need to get to work on my Big Bear, the chassis has been back together for a long while, time for body work.
  9. If you decide to sell, I would be interested in the Ford Ranger/box/manual
  10. That Juggernaut looks really cool!!! The original Sand Scorcher body set is OK, too ;-)
  11. Technically yesterday, finished rebuilding my vintage Super Champ. I did use the following re-release parts: front bumper, tires/wheels, and shocks. The re-release front shocks bolt right on. I did install the re-release rear shock, and it works fine, BUT it is 10mm shorter than the original Super Champ rear shock. So, not as much droop or up travel as the original rear shock. Still might clean up/repaint the driver and roll bar. The body is in good shape, no paint, and the original stickers are good. It would be a shame to strip it down and paint it, especially since it is supposed to be a "runner". Will probably just repaint the driver figure.
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