Saturday, April 13, 2024

Install STRC upgrades on the Axial SCX10 Rubicon

SCX10 RubiconThe Axial SCX10 platform comes with a variety of bodies to fit 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.


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 & 2.0mm hex drivers, Phillips screwdriver, 5.5mm & 7mm nut driver

Additional Items Needed: Axial Linkage Set- AX80005, Axial hardware parts- 80018, Miscellaneous 3mm button head hardware.


Remove Wheel Nut

STEP 1. Remove the wheel nut cap, and wheel nut with a 7mm nut driver. Place the wheel under the axle helps make the project easier to work on.


Remove wheel hexes

STEP 2. Remove the wheel hex with a 1.5mm driver.


Unscrew kingpin screws

STEP 3. Remove the knuckle king-pin hardware using a 2mm hex driver and a Phillips driver for the steering link.


Transfer bearings

STEP 4. Remove the knuckle and transfer the bearing and axle to the STRC knuckle.


Hub Removal

STEP 5. Remove the hub carrier using a 2mm hex driver on the hardware.


Install STRC carrier

STEP 6. 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 new carrier

STEP 7. Secure the new hub with the stock hardware.


Install knuckle

STEP 8. 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.


New kingpin screws

STEP 9. To secure the knuckle to the hub, you will need four M3x12 metric machine screws, STRC does not supply the hardware with the knuckle. Applying threadlock here is recommended.


Parts installedSTEP 10. 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.


STRC Steering link setSTEP 11. The STRC steering link requires the Axial parts listed above to complete its assembly.


New  ball endsSTEP 12. Screw the STRC set-screws into the axial ball cups and snap the pivot ball into the cups.


New linksSTEP 13. Here is the steering linkage laid out. Screw the ball ends onto the rods as shown here.


Link end spacerStep 14. 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.


Link assembledSTEP 15. Here 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 a M3x12 screw.


Remove rear hub hardwareSTEP 16. Remove the rear wheel hardware, wheel and hex hub using a 1.5mm hex driver.


Remove axle hardwareStep 17. 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.


Axle differenceNote: Notice the STRC axle is much thicker than the stock black axle.


Install new STRC axle supportSecure new parts

STEP 18. 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.



New rear axle end

FINISHED- 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. Now its time to hit the trails!


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