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Thanks to all and sicnme for the Flashy Chassis...

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I picked up the body years ago as a thank you to a store owner that let me use and peruse his shop for an afternoon...  

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Added OG Frog front mounts and CRP front arms.  I used some extra tranny doohickies to hold them together...

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Bought a #54574 TT02 AL racing steering set to do up the steering. I don’t know the Hole to Hole distance on the TT02 A5 part so I made my own out of 1/16” AL “bars.  I had to get creative, and it took me several times with different configurations to get it all to fit, but this is a good start...  I need some more button head hex screws...

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I really like the fact that you can adjust the “attack” angle with the Crashy Chassis...

Those are CRP front arms.  I’ll definitely be changing them out for the AL arms I have on the Jumper...

Here it is from another angle:

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I love seeing hand fabrication and improvisation going into builds . This has my interest.

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Nice!

You have to paint it red and gold now!

Jx

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I can't believe I've never seen that before!! That is COOL!! 😎👍👍 Is that still available, or is it from a bygone era?

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2 hours ago, Carmine A said:

I can't believe I've never seen that before!! That is COOL!! 😎👍👍 Is that still available, or is it from a bygone era?

“Sassy chassis” used to make these chassis’ and you’ll see one occasionally on eBay. eBay seller “sicnme” sells the modern version of it, which I’ve take to calling the Crashy or Flashy or even Bashy Chassis...  He doesn’t have them listed ATM but you can send him a message and get one.  He told me he didn’t like the way the top part of the tranny connected so he made a Mod.  I might have one of the first Moded Trashy Chassis...

Terry

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21 hours ago, Frog Jumper said:

“Sassy chassis” used to make these chassis’ and you’ll see one occasionally on eBay. eBay seller “sicnme” sells the modern version of it, which I’ve take to calling the Crashy or Flashy or even Bashy Chassis...  He doesn’t have them listed ATM but you can send him a message and get one.  He told me he didn’t like the way the top part of the tranny connected so he made a Mod.  I might have one of the first Moded Trashy Chassis...

Terry

I used to Truck Pulling with a Clod Sassy Chassis - very back in the day! Never knew that an ORV Chassis was also available!  I will have to check that guy out.

Dare I ask about how much it was??  Looks like I wouldn't even need a whole Frog... Just a couple of Parts Trees.

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On 3/3/2021 at 8:16 PM, JennyMo said:

Nice!

You have to paint it red and gold now!

Jx

I just spent $50 on red and gold paint at the LHS.  I blame you...

Terry

 

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After seeing this, I think I’ll have to rename my All Metal Frog to Shiny Frog - it just doesn’t live up to this standard!

Not sure I can justify upgrading to one of these chassis, tempting though it is.

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I got side-tracked with an ECX Amp MT kit build with my son.  And work and life and stuff...

But I had a chance to work on the Iron Frog a few nights ago, and again tonight.

Switched out the CRP front arms for a set of aluminum arms. Also added OG Frog front axles knuckles.  Those beaches needed some serious shimming!

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I have the typical shoulder screws in the arms now, but those will get switched out with the addition of the front shock mounts.

I found this JunFac set on Fleabayz a few years ago and squirreled them away for a future project.  And here is that project.  These are taller than the other set of aluminum mounts I have on the Jumper.

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These JunFac mounts are really nice.  The thing I really like about them is that they included brass sleeves with shoulders the were perfect fit.  The mounts themselves are countersunk to accommodate the shoulder.  Brilliant!

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After some fitting and testing, including zapping both sides with the metal file, I got the mounts fitted nicely...

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Shoulder screws by the wayside...

I also like that the JunFac mounts came with shock spacers.  They are beautiful in their simplicity...

Next step is front dampers...

I’m not a fan of Chinese Shiny Shocks, so I might get some 50520s and paint them TS17.  The max length is approx 75mm.  Anyone have any suggestions on blingy shocks that actually work???

Terry

 

 

 

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I've a box of parts intended for a modded ORV project which contains a set of RC4WD King dampers. I've no idea whether they would actually be suitable for your purpose! They are more commonly found on crawlers and are known to leak. You can get 75mm pairs - I've some on the back of my trail rig.

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Lol!  Leaky shocks is a sign of a true RC veteran!

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On 3/27/2021 at 11:58 PM, Frog Jumper said:

...I’m not a fan of Chinese Shiny Shocks, so I might get some 50520s and paint them TS17.  The max length is approx 75mm.  Anyone have any suggestions on blingy shocks that actually work???

Terry

It's looking great with that all-metal front end - luverly!

fwiw. I'd consider some internally sprung shocks/dampers on the front, rather than coil-overs... I always think coil-overs look too fat/big on the front of these and the SRB, whereas you can get some nice size (9-10mm diameter body) internal spring shocks from RC4WD (licenced branded ones, including Bilstein and Old Man Emu for example), or their plain silver or black 'ultimate scale shocks' in a variety of lengths - there are also a pretty similar version of those on eBay from Chinese sellers, which are actually pretty decent too - I have a set of 90mm ones (with 80mm springs inside) on my Capra and they work well, particularly on lighter-weight buggy style builds.

Jx

 

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That's just awesome!! 

 

Eventually I'm going to build something out of that chrome orv I got from you... Not sure if frog, blackfoot or beetle...

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Previously I said I would work on front dampers, but I found a nice set of servo mounts.  So I did that instead...

I actually found two sets, but one set was for RC10 and I decided I didn’t want to corrupt my build with imperial screws...  So I went with these Pargu mounts...

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Easy install.  I had a dead servo laying around I used to test fit. Unfortunately the gears inside are jammed so it doesn’t turn to test. But it looks nice!  Need a new servo and a nice servo horn.  Once I get that, I can fine tune the servo crank arm thingy...

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And since I had all this gold and red PS spray sitting around, I decided to try to do some curves with Tamiya masking tape. Worked great, except for the parts where I messed up.  It’s a “fiver”, as in it looks good from five feet away.  No matter, once this bad boy is doing 140mph, no one will notice the imperfections...

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I also fitted a Thorp dog bone tranny, but I’m not happy with it, so I’m going to work on that some more...

Terry

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