Status: New built
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This is my 1/10th scale RGT Bowler scale trail truck that I purchased RTR from Ebay in September 2018 for $165.00 USD. At the time it was the third scale trail truck I added to my collection behind my G-made Sawback and RGT Rock Cruiser (I've since added a TRX-4 chassis kit as well). I was so impressed with the budget-minded RGT Rock Cruiser's scale crawling abilities that I figured I couldn't go wrong with their flagship model at the time and it did not disappoint. These RGT trucks are extremely scale, come in a variety of body styles and scale features, have excellent aftermarket/upgrade support and in most cases are FAR less expensive than similar and sometimes LESS scale trail vehicles from companies like RC4WD, Axial and Traxxas. Like all the RGT trucks, the Bowler comes new-built and RTR with an RGT 2 channel pistol grip radio/servos, ESC, NiCd battery and a small 380 brushed motor mounted directly to a central gearbox and rigid/floating axles mounted to a 4-link suspension set-up. Mine remained new-built in the box like that until the tear-down started this past summer with the goal being to have a scale Jeep Rubicon ready to compete in the RC4WD East Coast Scale Challenge regional off-road r/c truck event in western Pennsylvania, USA that was scheduled for late August 2020. Unfortunately, the event was canceled due to Covid-19 concerns so I have to wait until the same time next summer to run it which is just fine with me since mounting the planetary transmission is proving to be a challenge and the Chinese Jeep body's wheelbase needs to be lengthened to fit the chassis properly. I started by selling the stock Bowler body on Ebay to fund the scale trail parts I needed to complete the project which started with me removing all the stock running gear except the chassis, transfer case skid plate, the stock plastic axles and shocks/4-link. From there, I decided to go with an Integy 55T lathe motor (ran one in my F-350 High Lift and really liked it), a plantetary gearbox to motivate the front and rear axles through a two-speed divorced metal transfer case, aluminum drive shafts (will use shortened stock plastic drive shafts for testing/practice), Traxxas XL-5 waterproof ESC, 2s Lipo shorty pack (still need to purchase), Flysky 2.4 ghz 6-channel radio/receiver, high-torque, waterproof steering servo, Traxxas water proof micro servo to remotely shift the transfer case and a Sense Innovations ESS-Dual sound module that will make the truck sounds come to life. More pictures to come as I continue to make progress. Thanks for looking and hope you enjoy.4 Rubicon body is almost a perfect fit. 6 Scale driver looks like me. :) 3 What I started with. 2 Stock servo, battery tray, gear box, ESC removed. 5 Divorced 2-speed transfer case installed. 5 4 Battery tray relocated, ESC/receiver installed. 2 Initial test fitting to planetary gearbox. 5 Had to shorten stock drive shafts. 6 Flysky radio. 3 Sound Module. 6 6 How it comes new-built.
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RGT BOWLER SCALE TRAIL JEEP RUBICON