This article was originally published in RC Driver’s September 2015 issue.
by Chris Kovachevich
YETI XL STEEL TURNBUCKLE SET
Axial offers this kit as an upgrade to the Yeti XL. These turnbuckles are M4 threaded and 80mm long. Increased strength and durability is the name of the game for the Yeti and these parts not only improve strength but also look better in the process. In addition, they have left and right-handed threads to allow adjustment on the fly. Part no. AX31254. Price: $25.00.
RUBBER PIT MAT WITH LOGO
Many tracks now require pit mats to protect the finish of their pit stations. Answering this in addition to the ‘cool stuff’ factor, the folks at AKA have come up with this new pit mat made from rubber that is chemical and water resistant and features the AKA logo in the lower right corner. Most folks like a pit mat that is foldable (or in this case roll-able) for easy storage in addition to being large enough to cover their entire pit space. Measuring 4’ x 2’ the AKA mat fits the description perfectly. Part no. 99007. Price: $25.00.
ROLL CAGE FOR THE AXIAL TRAIL HONCHO
The realism that is being incorporated in the ‘scaler’ crawler segment of our hobby is amazing. The folks at VG Racing are helping to raise the bar a bit with the release of their roll cage designed to fit the popular Axial Trail Honcho. It is constructed of 1/4-inch steel tubes for strength and true to scale appearance. In addition, the cage mounts so that it can be hinged for easy access to serviceable parts of the Honcho. Available in black, green ($3.00 extra), red or silver as Part no. trail_honcho. Price: $84.99.
ALUMINUM SHOCK TOWERS
New from the folks at ECX are these aluminum shock towers for both front and rear use on their four-wheel drive vehicles – the Circuit Stadium Truck, the Ruckus Monster Truck and the Torment Short Course Truck. Engineered as direct replacements for the stock parts, these machined shock towers bring both increased strength and minimal weight gain to the four-wheel drive RC arena. Both towers arrive with mounting hardware. Part no. ECX1002 (front) and ECX1003 (rear). Price: $35.14 & $37.04 respectively.
HARD ANODIZED STEERING KNUCKLES
Designed for the WR8 and Bullet series vehicles, these precision designed knuckles provide increased control for the steering of the vehicle in addition to increased durability over composite molded parts. These steering knuckles come complete with ball cups in addition to hardware to mount them to the arms of the vehicle. Part no. 108078. Price: $47.50.
RPM RACING PRODUCTS
SERVO SAVER ELIMINATOR FOR ECX VEHICLES
The folks at RPM Racing work diligently to provide upgrade parts for most RC vehicles. This servo saver eliminator kit will improve the steering of all two-wheel drive versions for the ECX Boost, Ruckus, Circuit and Torment. By eliminating the rubber-like servo saver all of these vehicles will turn much more predictably in addition to centering consistently. These bell cranks come with complete installation instructions along with some ideas for installation. Part no. 73492. Price: $11.95.