Words: Greg Vogel
Photos: Greg Vogel
The Axial SCX10 platform comes with a variety of bodies to suit the tastes of trail truck adventurers. But the ability for drivers to customize and make the machines their own doesn’t stop there. Many modify their trucks with modeling and building skills and for some, bolt on hop-ups are the best. STRC is known for making easy to bolt on hop-ups for a wide range of popular machines and they’ve turned their attention to making SCX10 parts. We grabbed a few of their offerings and will show you how easy it is to customize your SCX10.
AT A GLANCE
WHO MAKES IT: STRC
PARTS USED: Aluminum Lock-out and stainless steel driveshaft kit – STA30494BK, $45.99
Precision Aluminum Steering upgrade kit – STA30516GM, $8.50
CNC Machined-Aluminum Steering Knuckles – STA80004GM, $25.99
CNC Machined-Aluminum Hub Carriers – STA80012GM, $24.99
EASE OF INSTALL: (1-Easy to 10-Hard) – 3
TIME TO INSTALL: 1 hour (all parts listed combined)
TOOLS NEEDED: 1.5mm and 2.0mm hex drivers, Phillips screwdriver, 5.5mm and 7mm nut driver
ADDITIONAL ITEMS NEEDED: Axial Linkage Set – AX80005, Axial hardware parts – 80018, Miscellaneous 3mm button head hardware
Remove the wheel nut cap and wheel nut with a 7mm nut driver. Placing the wheel under the axle helps make the project easier to work on.
Remove the wheel hex with a 1.5mm driver.
Remove the knuckle king-pin hardware using a 2mm hex driver and a Phillips driver for the steering link.
Remove the knuckle and transfer the bearing and axle to the STRC knuckle.
Remove the hub carrier using a 2mm hex driver on the hardware.
Slide the stock hub carrier off, noting the angle the block is on relating to the king-pin screws. Find the proper STRC hub and slide it in place on the axle.
Secure the new hub with the stock hardware.
With the truck on its side, install the king-pin inserts from the stock knuckle into the STRC knuckle and slide it over the hub.
To secure the knuckle to the hub, you will need four M3x10 metric machine screws. STRC does not supply the hardware with the knuckle. Applying threadlock here is recommended.
The assembled steering knuckle and hub assembly. You’ll notice the stock steering removed. With the new knuckles, the stock hardware on for the steering won’t work with it. Great time to upgrade to STRC’s steering link kit.
The STRC steering link requires the Axial parts listed to complete its assembly.
Screw the STRC setscrews into the axial ball cups and snap the pivot ball into the cups.
Here is the steering linkage laid out. Screw the ball ends onto the rods as shown here.
The steering link will now connect to the left hub using the long screw and nut provided in the STRC kit. The small aluminum spacer in the kit is to space the two pivot links apart.
The steering linkage is set in place and secured to the knuckles. Hardware is not provided to secure the link to the left knuckle; you will need to use an M3x12 screw.
Remove the rear wheel hardware, wheel and hex hub using a 1.5mm hex driver.
The rear hub is easy to remove. Unscrew the two retaining screws and slide the lock-out tube off and then slide the stock axle out. Notice the STRC axle is much thicker than the stock black axle.
Transfer the bearing over to the new axle and slide it in the axle housing. Then slide the new STRC lock-out tube in place and secure with the stock hardware.
Fresh aluminum looks cool on any machine and the STRC goodies we outfitted our Axial SCX10 Jeep Wrangler with look awesome. The parts are easy to install as long as you pick up the mentioned Axial support parts and have some extra hardware on hand. Time to hit the trails!