The RC Driver team reviewed the Axial Wraith for our September 2011 Issue. For the full review, including how the car performed in our test drive, what accessories and tools you’ll need (or want) to get the most out of your vehicle, detailed shots of the car’s coolest features and our reviewer’s overall impressions, click here to purchase this issue.
AT A GLANCE
Who Makes It: Axial
Who It’s For: Everyone
How Much: $365
Part Number: 6570-F07
Vehicle Type: 1/10 4WD rock crawler/rock racer/basher
Company Link: www.AxialRacing.com
• The gears in the transmission and axles are the same as the AX-10, which means there is a full line of gears already on the market. Anything, including underdrive, overdrive or just hardened gear sets can be had from multiple companies, allowing the Wraith to be nearly indestructible.
• The Wraith comes with four white LEDs on the front and two red LEDs in the rear, allowing for night runs and a great scale look out of the box. The lights are controlled by a simple LED controller plugged right into the 3-channel receiver, the AR-3 2.4GHz. The entire light and receiver setup is tucked into a waterproof box which is hidden under the hood.
• Out of the box the Wraith utilizes an 80-tooth spur gear and a 20-tooth pinion. This gearing combination allows the stock 20-turn motor to carry some speed while still maintaining some low-end control.
• Several of the parts are crossover parts from the AX-10 and XR10 vehicles, making it easy to find spare and upgraded parts before the Wraith ever hits the shelves.
Want to know more about how the Axial Wraith performs? Check out the full article in the September 2011 Issue of RC Driver.
Tools & Accessories Included
+ Metric hex wrenches
+ 4-way wrench
• 7.4v LiPo battery or 7.2v NiMh Battery
• Battery Charger
• 4 AA batteries
SPECS & TUNING OPTIONS
Length- 18″ (457.2mm)
Height- 9″ (228.6mm)
Width- 11.6â€ (295.3mm)
Wheelbase- 13.5″ (343mm)
Ground Clearance (stock)- 3″ (76.2mm)
Wheel Diameter- 2.2″ (55.88mm)
Tire Diameter- 5.5″ (139.7mm)
Weight- Varies with components used
Type- Tube chassis
Transmission- Three-gear transmission with slipper clutch
Differential- Ring and pinion
Gear ratio- Optional pinion gears, over and underdriver gears
Bearings- Full metal shielded
MAINTENANCE & TUNING TIPS
• The Wraith comes RTR in the box with the highest belly clearance. Moving the shocks closer in on the chassis will allow for more stable driving and better articulation.
• If you are still looking for some stability with the Wraith, the link mounts on the axles can be flipped upside down and the shocks can be limited from inside to lower the ride height even more and allow this rock racer to be even more stable over rough terrain.
• The stock springs of the Wraith feel stiff at first, but the more you drive the softer they get. Give them some time and allow the springs to break in and they feel even better, especially when it comes to crawling.
• Trust the Wraith. Axial used soft flexible plastics for the links and steering tie rod which makes it hard to be really precise when crawling, but for rock racing this plastic is extremely forgiving and allows the vehicle to shrug off some less-than-perfect driving with ease.
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