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Old 09-13-2013, 05:17 PM
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There are also some 3 gears transfer case, which could allow eliminating the gearbox, but they only have like 1:1.4 ratio max, or 1:1.
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:16 PM
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How about these guys?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/JV-Shop-Craw...-/281056450808

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Old 09-13-2013, 07:36 PM
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That would certainly work. I am also thinking about using another piece of tube, and drilling/tapping for setscrews. Would make it even shorter by eliminating the u-joint part.

Still not quite sure how I'll approach the problem, I'll go stare some more hahaha
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Old 09-13-2013, 09:29 PM
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Ha I envy you! For the past couple weeks haven't had time to do diddly with my RCs... work as well as prepping for some exams....

Hopefully next week I can get back to 'my time' ... Gotta get back to sorting the steering lock issue on the escort by moving the shocks, inspect the front disc brake pads as I haven't done so since building it! More importantly get some off road / dirt vids of it!
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:31 PM
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Well I can't say I have all that much spare time at hand! I have a little 2yo boy and always some work to do at the house. But I find some time here and there.

I am contemplating getting SDI axle parts and mod them to fit the escort... The full middle axle kit is like 110$ but I don't really need everything. With the housings, spool, pinion and metal tubes I should be all set to fab custom axles.

The idea is to forget about the steering knuckles, and just use the axle part, grind off the C parts and just stop the axle at the bearink. I would make custom shafts between the spool and wheel. Tricky part would be the wheel attachment method, precisely drilling a hole for an hex pin is probably pretty hard.

What's nice is that would be approximately 10mm shorter than the CC01 axle, which would allow higher offset wheels, and also the axle is only 9mm diameter so it might make enough room for more scale shocks placement...

It would cost 75$ to have the parts to do this, and this would include at least two of each because they sell as bundles:

housings (4 halves) $23.85
box covers (4) $2.06
tubes (4) $18.87
pinion (2) $10.77
spur diff (2) $19.41

total $74.96 for two axles

Would need to find bearings as well but that's no biggie I think. Still thinking lol
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:55 PM
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Here is what I mean and some size comparisons. I would probalby not cut the axle any shorter than 147mm, otherwise the diff becomes mis-centered, unless I remove 10mm each side which would be way too short.



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Old 09-18-2013, 09:13 PM
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Hey I actually considered doing this with the SDI axles! But didn't like the fact that there wasn't diff and I couldn't find one that will fit!
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Old 09-18-2013, 09:26 PM
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Yes thats also what made me go with the cc01 axle to start with, there is an actual diff and not a solid spool. Especially if running on pavement lol cant be good for the car haha

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Old 10-10-2013, 12:49 PM
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I ended up ordering one of those silver transfer cases, 1:1 ratio, to change the rotation direction. I'll try sticking it in between the driveshaft and gearbox. I will have to mod the driveshaft again lol to make it shorter this time.

Been playing with the new toy, Tamiya Lunchbox that got me to buy new batteries too so I'll have some when the Escort is ready too someday
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Old 10-10-2013, 03:16 PM
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Sweet! Should be getting updates soon?!! Huh? Huh? Lol!
Was just wondering earlier today about this escort! Lol! I still haven't gotten the opportunity to run mine in the dirt...
The transfer case should work out fine! Have you been able to make any headway on the struts?
I was looking at one of the range rover builds (I think it was anyway) where the builder got some parts made by a company called shapeways. Out of metal! He submitted some 3d drawings and they made the pieces which he says is pretty strong.
Maybe you can look at getting the struts done in parts or whole if you can draw them up in cad or something 3d. I have no experience with 3d drawings myself. What do you think? Might be resolve some issues ehh?
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:28 PM
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I have not put much more time recently so it sits as it was in the last update with the cardboard front frame test. I am going to try and DIY everything but at some point I might ask my friend who made himself a small cnc milling to cut some parts. But the thing is, it would be a shame to ask for a custom made part and then see that I did not design it properly and need to do it again lol

If it is all DIY then I can just spend some more time redesing/redo a piece.

When I get to do more work I will continue on the front chassis. Also need to find something to attatch the top of the shock to the chassis. I need some kind of pillowball or something..

Here is a pic of the transfer case I ordered, its the one you suggested Preston:


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Old 10-11-2013, 08:57 AM
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Sweet! Let me know how the transfer case looks and feels! I may need to pick one up for a 4wd build I'm contemplating! Lol...!
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:24 PM
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Today while thinking about my rear suspension I had and idea. My problem is the rear shocks need to be mounted so high it would completely mess up the somewhat scale look. Like you could see them in the rear side windows and would need a funky looking frame to hold the upper end of the shocks.

I think I will try to do a quarter elliptical leaf spring setup. Some of you might be happy I bring leaf springs on the table but it pretty is far from the normal leaf setup actually. I plan to mount a half leaf solidly fixed to the chassis, and the other end linked to a shacke on the axle. This half leaf would be parallel to the lower links of the 4-link suspension so it should be very compact and tucked under the car. Here is the idea:



I will now go look for the old wiper blades (the one piece rubber/spring steel type) and see if that makes for nice leaf springs I knew I was keeping them for a reason lol
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:34 PM
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Hey Fred,
That should work out pretty good! I saw someone on a thread somewhere on this site do that...believe it was a truck though...no reason why it wouldn't work as long as you get the correct tension!
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:44 PM
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Yes I saw this thread! I looked for it for like half an hour but did not find it. Anyway I am goingto start mocking up things tonight. I already cut the blades for a few tests and it should work pretty nice. They are already the correct width (the blades are slit in two already longitudinally, so the blades are maybe 7mm wide.

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