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#1 monkey-1

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 03:12 AM

After buying the LXT conversion for my MLST2 at the beginning of the year, I have really been wanting to get a TEK18 for one of my RC18's. I figured I would turn my RC18R into a T during the conversion, but after ordering the TEK chassis all that went out the window. Instead of swapping the chassis on an existing 18, I figured I would do a custom, ground up build. Here is what I have so far:

EXOTEK TEK18X RED
EXOTEK Gear Cover Set RED
EXOTEK Slipper
EXOTEK Servo Mounts
HiTec HS-81MG Servo
GPM Titanium Diff outdrives
GPM Titanium King Pins
Complete Titanium Screw Set
TheToyz Aluminum Wide Track Kit
TheToyz Extended CVD's
FullForce Rubber Sealed Ball Bearings
GPM Aluminum Rear Hubs RED
GPM Aluminum Front Knuckles RED
GPM Aluminum Gearboxes RED
Steel Differential Input and Output Gears
Associated Turnbuckles
Associated Shims
Associated Balls

Of course, here are the pics before the build begins:
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I have another order to make in a few days for some other needed pieces to get this thing into a roller (shock towers front and rear, RED alloy castor blocks, and shocks). Still undecided on the BL powerplant I am going to use, but will be going BL for sure and li-po. All of this will be controlled with a newly acquired M8 with a 2.4 Spektrum module.

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 03:36 AM

Argh!!! You are beating me to it!!

Just bought mine today and really looking forward to seeing this build!!!

Lots of pics??? :)

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 03:46 AM

Oh man that's gonna be sick... longer *and* wider!!!! I can't wait to see the pics! What's even better, is that we get to see your build *AND* Squirrel's build! :)
Two for one blue light special!!! :)

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 03:47 AM

DOOOOH! And me too! My TEK18 Coversion is already in the mail! Double Dooooh!
This was also going to be my next build!!!!

Oh well, guess I can't be first up all the time...someone else's turn.
Make us proud man, give us lots of pics, and a good step by step, all the pros and cons and we'll be happy.

Damn I love my TEK18, put 8 packs through it today, maybe some more tomorrow.

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 03:47 AM

I gotta ask...

How much did that purchase total out to be so far??? :)

EXOTEK TEK18 RED
EXOTEK Gear Cover Set RED
EXOTEK Slipper
EXOTEK Servo Mounts
HiTec HS-81MG Servo
GPM Titanium Diff outdrives
GPM Titanium King Pins
Complete Titanium Screw Set
TheToyz Aluminum Wide Track Kit
TheToyz Extended CVD's
FullForce Rubber Sealed Ball Bearings
GPM Aluminum Rear Hubs RED
GPM Aluminum Front Knuckles RED
GPM Aluminum Gearboxes RED
Steel Differential Input and Output Gears
Associated Turnbuckles
Associated Shims
Associated Balls

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 03:48 AM

Woo-hoo!!!
We'll get to see a triple threat treat! :)

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 05:04 AM

Yeah but mine will just be the conversion from TEK18 to TEK18X, everything else on my truck will remain the same, all blue!

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 05:06 AM

Yeah but mine will just be the conversion from TEK18 to TEK18X, everything else on my truck will remain the same, all blue!


Hey man don't take my thunder!? :blink:

Hahaha :lol:

Naw, but still... we'll get to see three Tek18X's on the forum! :blink:

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 05:16 AM

i love the red!!!! gonna be a sweet build!!! how long you think you will actually be able to leave that stuffin the bag? :lol:

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 06:24 PM

I got to thinking, you need the right tools for the job, RIGHT? Well I ran over to Lowes this morning an saw some things that might make the build go a little quicker so I had to add them to my RC toolbox:
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The cordless Dremel (kit) I figured would make cleanup a lot easier if I could run out on the front porch and grind/cut/fit a certain part instead of having to cleanup the dust. I have a couple of corded ones, but isn't cordless the way to go? Then the Black & Decker VPX Driver would keep me from getting Carpal Tunnel, so its really a safety measure, RIGHT??

I gotta ask...

How much did that purchase total out to be so far??? :o

EXOTEK TEK18 RED
EXOTEK Gear Cover Set RED
EXOTEK Slipper
EXOTEK Servo Mounts
HiTec HS-81MG Servo
GPM Titanium Diff outdrives
GPM Titanium King Pins
Complete Titanium Screw Set
TheToyz Aluminum Wide Track Kit
TheToyz Extended CVD's
FullForce Rubber Sealed Ball Bearings
GPM Aluminum Rear Hubs RED
GPM Aluminum Front Knuckles RED
GPM Aluminum Gearboxes RED
Steel Differential Input and Output Gears
Associated Turnbuckles
Associated Shims
Associated Balls


Its kinda hard to say. I spent a little over $250 on my TOYZ order, I spent about $150 with EXOTEK with all the pieces I got from Mike, and I bought the a bunch of new pieces (servo, servo mounts, diffs and some other assorted pieces) from MrKavanag on here for about $40 all together (give or take). The bad thing is I still need a few pricey pieces to complete, UGH!!

i love the red!!!! gonna be a sweet build!!! how long you think you will actually be able to leave that stuffin the bag? ;)

Heath

Well, I was HOPING to get started today, but the girlfriend is over watching the race with me.... Maybe tonight?

Also, speaking of other pieces I still need to order one of them is SHOCKS. I posted about using Mini-T shocks on this thing but have had no response. Anyone else used these? Anything that I need to know?? The reason I ask is that the only RED alloy shocks I can find are for an Mini-T. I have some GPM shocks on my RC18MT, but are not too pleased with them.

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I did get a chance to mod my M8 and wanted to post up a couple of pics. I bought this M8 from a buddy and he had already added the Spektrum module, but I didn't like the little antenna sticking out the back, so I followed this mod to remedy that little problem. Here is how it turned out:
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I still need to get a small cap for the module to cover the hole where the antenna used to come out. Let me know what you guys think...

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 11:53 PM

Wow! That radio looks cool with that conversion! How about putting a rubber grommet where the hole is on the Spektrum? :)

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 02:58 AM

Wow! That radio looks cool with that conversion! How about putting a rubber grommet where the hole is on the Spektrum? :D


Yeah, I have some assorted grommets at the shop, but was too lazy to go down there. Its on the list...


Oh yeah, and as promised......pics of the build:

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Not too far yet, still have to build another diff and am waiting on a few more parts. I was not sure the HS-81MG servo was going to fit, and its really snug, but it did go in. That thing is a monster and should keep this thing on the straight and narrow. I will have to grab a servo saver as the kit I got is not going to work. And before yall jump on me about the black plastic castor blocks, RJ is out and they will be replaced with RED ones when hes back in stock. I will update as I go.

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 03:09 AM

coming along nicely!!! something about a shiny blood red rc that makes my me feel gushy inside :lol:

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 03:34 AM

Man, it'a already coming together really nice! That thing is gonna be a monster! Longer and wider, it probably could be considered a 1/16th like the Kyosho's!? :lol: ;)

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 04:26 AM

....BLOODY good mate, BLOODY good indeed!....

Red and silver do go together much better than blue and silver or all blue or all silver....

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 04:41 AM

....BLOODY good mate, BLOODY good indeed!....

Red and silver do go together much better than blue and silver or all blue or all silver....

Yeah, between looking at this project and 18 BASHER's project, I am really really liking the Red & Silver color combination!!! :lol:

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 01:27 PM

Thanks guys. I was wanting mine to be a little different than the others, plus RED is my favorite color. I do wish the CVD's were a different color though. Maybe black would look better than the green color? They may not be so noticeable when I get it all together.

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 02:01 PM

i would like to see someone doing this setup with a 1/10 motor and esc.......... could be done with little modification. that would be a monster!!!! plus with the extended chassis you have pleny of battery space, although that would be one heavy r/c.... Plenty of ankle crushing power, lol :(

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 05:22 PM

i would like to see someone doing this setup with a 1/10 motor and esc.......... could be done with little modification. that would be a monster!!!! plus with the extended chassis you have pleny of battery space, although that would be one heavy r/c.... Plenty of ankle crushing power, lol :(

Heath

Yeah it shouldn't be too difficult. I have seen one on youtube before. It should be easier with more room of the TEK18X.

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 06:28 PM

Man o man this is bad a$$....Ill just shut up and watch and enjoy!






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