It’s been hard to keep our trap shut about the new Axial Racing SCX6 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon as we got our hands on an early test rig. This beast has been taking up a big chunk of the RC Driver workbench and has impressed us every day we walked by it. This is not your typical release, this is one of those releases that is going to make changes to the RC industry. So we’ve been working hard on it’s review which is loaded to Youtube as you read this. But we also know there are enthusiasts that love to read up on new rigs so we’ve worked up a first look here for you to check out.
Axial Racing SCX6 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Distributed By: Horizon Hobby https://bit.ly/3BI1rtI
Type: 1/6 Electric 4WD RC Crawler
Part Number: AXI05000T1 or AXI05000T2
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Length: 33.55in (776mm)
Width: 14.88in (378mm)
Height: 14.55in (370mm)
Wheelbase: 19.74in (501mm)
Ground Clearance: 4.25in (107.9mm)
Weight: 25lbs (11.3kg)
Yup, another Jeep Wrangler Rubicon body. Fact is Axial has a long term partnership with Jeep and it’s only natural they launch with their partner’s iconic body type. You’ll find plenty of detail parts like molded fender flares, wipers, handles, latches, fuel door and mirrors attached to the pre-cut and painted shell. The windows are clear and tinted with decal. Inside you’ll see a full interior with driver figure and roll bars. To top off the look, LED lights are installed.
At first and second glance, the SCX6 platform will look much similar to the SCX10 III and that’s because it was closely modeled after the successful scaler. The frame is a similar stamped steel two piece rail on each side that measures 3mm in thickness. Composite cross braces strengthen the frame and the body mounts to it much like the III. Inner fender liners are a nice sight on the beast and the floor pans have a battery mount on each side so you can run up to two packs in the rig. A chassis mounted steering bracket is fitted up front with big links heading to the steering knuckles. Up front you’ll also find a radio box under the faux engine cover.
Massive oil-field aluminum shocks mount to each corner on sturdy composite towers. A 3-link with panhard bar front and 4-link rear set-up make up the suspension like the III, just here we have 10mm thick metal links with hefty rod ends and metal ball studs. Spoiler, the suspension feels super smooth and there’s tons of articulation.
Here’s where we some differences from the SCX6’s little brother. The transmission has been designed from the ground up to be tough and therefore is built with all metal gears inside. The design includes a shiftable two speed with a wide radio so you can seem some big speed changes with a shift. Big Wild Boar axles go down to standard style AR90 axles. Helical metal gears inside should hold up to the torque and weight of the truck. It’s even equipped with universal axles up front. Impressive.
We’re sure you peeked at the photos already. How about the size of that motor! It’s a 1200KV sensored motor! That means much smoother control. It mates up with a Spektrum Firma 120A programable ESC that is also Smart compatible. A high-torque metal gear servo handles steering and a stand servo is used for the shift system. A Spektrum DX3E with thumb steer lever is included and allows you to monitor the battery charge from the meter on it’s face as long as you use a Smart battery.
This rig arrives in a massive box and the rig is secured inside in styrofoam. You have two color choices for this scale machine, silver and green and we’re happy with our silver 4×4. The beast comes ready to run, built, electronics installed, painted, detailed and all you need to do is install radio batteries, the main pack and supply a charger. But you probably figured all that out and the fact that it is 6th-scale by Axial’s designation. This rig rolls on some massive licensed BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires wrapped around Black Rhino style wheels.
This release is a game changer. We’ve seen a few larger scale rigs around, but we think this one is really going to spearhead a large-scale scale segment. It’s size and capability are sure to grab a lot of builders attention and hopefully we’ll see a lot of aftermarket support soon too. Axial nailed it with the release giving us little to complain about. The price tag may be hefty for some, but this isn’t a mandated cheap hobby. You get what you pay for here and with licenced products and remember material costs are factored in too. It’s priced well. So with that said, if you’re ready for more, grab a beverage and watch our review here: https://youtu.be/nOr8oAROfpw
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