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Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Build – Bumpers, Side Bars, Wheels/Tires

Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Build – Part 9 - Bumpers, Side Bars, Wheels/Tires
Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Build – Part 9 – Bumpers, Side Bars, Wheels/Tires

The Build – Part 9
Well, you’ve made it to the final step of the Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer build. Hopefully your build looks similar to the one here! Let’s finish this project up…

Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Build Step 133
Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Build Step 133
Attach the tow hooks and winch cover to the front bumper.

Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Build Step 134
Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Build Step 134
Screw the front bumper assembly to the chassis. Don’t forget to install the two plastic spacers. These extend the bumper out so it doesn’t hit the K5 body.

Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Build Step 135
Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Build Step 135
Attach the pair of tow hooks to the rear bumper.

Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Build Step 136
Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Build Step 136
Using the 4 plastic washers, mount the bumper to the chassis. Like the front, these washers extend the bumper out.

Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Build Step 137
Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Build Step 137
Mount the side bar extenders to the chassis.

Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Build Step 138
Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Build Step 138
Now mount the side bar to the side bar extenders. You might need to twist the extenders a bit to get them to mate correctly.

Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Build Step 139
Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Build Step 139
Insert the front body posts into the mounts. Yes, we’re skipping the tire build for a sec.

Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Build Step 140
Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Build Step 140
Now insert the rear body post into the mounts.

Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Build Step 141
Vaterra Ascender K5 Blazer Build Step 141
Insert the foam rings into the tires, then press the wheels into the tires. Using CA glue, apply a small amount to each side of the tire bead. Give it a few minutes (maybe 10) before flipping it over and repeating the process on the backside.

That’s it! Mount the tires and body to the K5 and get that sucker out on the trails!

Thanks for following along with the Vaterra Ascender K5 build.

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