Model: (Click to see more) 99999: Misc.
Status: Project
Date: 15-Jul-2012
Comments: 8
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This a re-vamp of my Lunch Box 4x4x4 I built a couple of years ago. I've made new chassis rails for it. This was to accomodate using a new 4 wheel steering system. I used Hi-Lift parts for the steering, as the existing rear steering servo did not give much suspension movement before hitting the battery, and the front servo was nearly touching the motor contacts. The new steering is much more positive than the older steering. The rear axle has been replaced with a Hi-Lift item, the front one is still a TLT-1 item, as I'm waiting on a model shop to supply me with a new drive shaft so I can build up a new Hi-Lift axle for the front as well. I've also completely replaced the centre transmission. The new 'box is made of 3 pieces and is all aluminium, 2 gearbox sides and a centre spine to hold them both together. I used a thundershot diff gear for the final drive gear, a hotshot front gearbox idler, and a hornet spur gear. Its fitted with a 20T pinion to get the gear ratio as high as possible. The gearbox it replaced was made of 13 components, so reducing the part count to 3 has been a big improvement in the design. I've also made 2 new body mounts, 2 new shock towers, and a plastic radio tray to mount the speedo on. There isn't room for the RX on the radio tray, so this will be mounted on the rear of the gearbox casing in front of the battery. The other improvement is the use of standard Juggernaut II UJs on the outputs from the centre transmission. These replace custom made items which were attached with 3mm grub screws. (The custom made UJs were necessary as the older gearbox was a lot fatter at the bottom as there was no room for standard drive shafts.) The slider sections of the UJs are still my own custom items, but at least half of the UJs are now off the shelf items. I've also noticed that the new transmission seems smoother and quieter than the old one. The brass pins in the Jugg UJs have been replaced with my own hardened steel items to try and extend the useful life of the UJs. Looking forward now to putting a RX in this and trying it for the first time.

4x4x4 With the body off. All alloy gearbox :) New steering mechanism Close up of the gearbox with the new Jugg UJs New radio tray and brushless motor :) The MK I

Comments

matman

16-Jul-2012

Maybe the way it should have come out in the 1st place ?. But would it have been as popular
if it had . Extremely fine lunchie you have . Hope it goes as well as it looks .

KEV THE REV

16-Jul-2012

Way too cool

MadInventor

16-Jul-2012

@Matman - You're right. It would not have been as popular because the truck is heavier and a lot more expensive. With a cheap plastic centre gearbox and a high lift style c section chassis, it would make a good interim model between the standard VLB / WR-02 chassis monster truck and a High lift.

lindorf

16-Jul-2012

Now thats a Lunchbox .. top job

BeetleOne

18-Jul-2012

Wow, that looks amazing and fun!

Eleck_Rider

18-Jul-2012

Great machine work, looks nice and sturdy. I'd love to know how it runs.

MadInventor

18-Jul-2012

I took it out for a test drive last night. It's reasonably quick, very quiet (I think this is due to the all aluminium gearbox), and has a very tight turning circle at slow speed (Around 70-80cm at a guess). This makes it very twitchy on the steering at speed. It won't wheelie readily, but if I 'd wanted a wheelie machine I'd have bought a tamiya VLB. . As soon as it stops raining I'm going to do a quick video of it running to stick on utube.

mongoose1983

29-Apr-2013

WOW!


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