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The Junkyard RadFox

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Once upon a time, I owned an original Tamiya Fox, liked a lot of it, disliked the rest, mainly the front end, never liked the look of the mono-shock....long story short, sold most of it, but still had a lot of the extra parts.

Fast forward a couple of years, I still have the front end, and long and behold, I also happen to have a complete rear end for a Traxxas Rad 2.

I think with some carbon fiber sheets, I can mate both of these cars together.....soooo

While I wait for parts to finish the Blackfoot, I’ll be working on this....

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Is it absolutely necessary to run the sway/stabilizer bar up front if your doing a double shock conversion???

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The following photos are not for the faint of heart, especially purist, as there’s some chassis cutting involved....😁

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dig when they are all in pieces, that eventually will move them forward. a fun chore for sure

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5 hours ago, ACCEL said:

dig when they are all in pieces, that eventually will move them forward. a fun chore for sure

The 2mm carbon sheet arrived yesterday, it’s a matter of cutting it up😁

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1 hour ago, FoxShot said:

Mods are good. I like. Seen my FoxShot??

Oh yeah, it’s awesome....I was on the fence whether or not Hotshot uprights would fit the Fox arms, now I know...I want to do dual shocks, but in front of the arms....👍

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42 minutes ago, tecnica2001 said:

Oh yeah, it’s awesome....I was on the fence whether or not Hotshot uprights would fit the Fox arms, now I know...I want to do dual shocks, but in front of the arms....👍

It takes a small bit of filing. Basically the extra little bit on the bits that screw onto the Fox Chassis.

 

Also, do the strengthening like I did 😜

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Since I hit a bit of a mental block, on how to proceed with the rear end, I decided to work on converting the front end into a dual shock set up, and this is what I came up with....

I used a set of aluminum servo mounts as shock mounts/stays, all I need now is to fab up some shock towers....😁

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By the way, Shocks are just for mock up, I’m getting shorter shocks for the front, maybe 70-80 mm shocks.

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Since custom builds like these, require a LOT of trial and error, I scrapped the dual shock set up that I came up with, and decided to give another set up a try.....still dual shock😁

Sooooo, while I wait for parts, once again, I started working on attaching the Rad 2 rear end, to the Fox chassis....

Using the chassis on my Traxxas Hawk as a templates, I cut, drilled, and counter sunk a 2mm thick carbon sheet, that will hold the transmission and arms, and will also serve as a chassis reinforcement....

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So after giving up on a custom front end, I decided to bite the bullet and order a dual shock front shock tower.....I went to work on attaching the front end to the rear end.AEF31F66-AC5F-4618-B0AC-3B08EF38B981.jpeg.d63499ed6ab31c1d930f56294ef024bb.jpeg

For some reason, the top mounting hole on the Tamiya STRIKER wing, lined up with the inner most shock holes on the Traxxas shock tower😳, so with the wing mount from the Radicator 2 and a couple of standoffs, I hard mounted a Striker wing onto this Frankenbuggy😁

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I used an RC10 shock tower that I had laying around,as a top side brace, it’s all very sturdy and rigid👍
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Now I’m awaiting the drive shafts, wheels, and other bits and pieces, I’m really liking how this is coming along.....😁

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After breaking 2 pairs of u-joints, I spent a bit more and got aluminum ones....A489918D-BB43-4B02-BE4D-2EE624762501.jpeg.4fb89943364205662e3d54d5cf141a0d.jpeg

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Super Hotshot wheels and tires😁....

Now this is going on the waiting list, while I wait for the shock tower from China....it says March some time😭

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5 hours ago, tecnica2001 said:

Super Hotshot wheels and tires😁....

Now this is going on the waiting list, while I wait for the shock tower from China....it says March some time😭

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Nice 👍🏻
I wouldn’t take delivery time as gospel though, stuff I’ve bought from China always over estimate so you you don’t leave bad feedback, I’ve just received a couple of small hardware packets 2-3 weeks earlier than expected 😁

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4 hours ago, Re-Bugged said:

I wouldn’t take delivery time as gospel though, stuff I’ve bought from China always over estimate so you you don’t leave bad feedback, I’ve just received a couple of small hardware packets 2-3 weeks earlier than expected 😁

Hopefully it doesn't come from China "China"... as its gunna get real fun with transport logistics in coming days as more & more airlines stop flying to China. Singapore banned all arrivals from China last Friday, Qantas cancelling all direct flights too... and pretty soon Australia will stop all inbound from mainland too.

Last "China" item I bought was about Xmas week... arrived this week postmarked from Germany!

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19 hours ago, WillyChang said:

Hopefully it doesn't come from China "China"... as its gunna get real fun with transport logistics in coming days as more & more airlines stop flying to China. Singapore banned all arrivals from China last Friday, Qantas cancelling all direct flights too... and pretty soon Australia will stop all inbound from mainland too.

Last "China" item I bought was about Xmas week... arrived this week postmarked from Germany!

Wow, that’s true😭

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Wanting more steering, I decided to add a Traxxas Aluminum bellcrank.

I had to cut a bit of the bellcrank arm that connects to the servo, in order to mount it opposite of what is supposed to be.

Standoffs were used to create custom links, and it all worked out pretty good👍

 

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The Junkyard RadFox is nearing completion, had to hack the body, but it fits ok😏, it’s going to look better with some paint and MCI decals 😁

What Tamiya color would match that Tamiya Striker Wing??????

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Junkyard RadFox doesn’t look that Junky anymore😁, Body Painted, MCI Decals, Dual Front Shock Conversion, the only thing that’s missing, it’s a set of DT-03 shocks....soon enough👍

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Killer job! I've wanted to try to make a Frankenstein car/truck out of asst parts for a while. I'll have to use this thread for inspiration when I start.

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3 hours ago, Biz73 said:

Killer job! I've wanted to try to make a Frankenstein car/truck out of asst parts for a while. I'll have to use this thread for inspiration when I start.

Thanks,

It’s definitely a lot of trial and error, but if you cut 5 times and measure afterwards, you’ll be ok😁

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