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Finally some legal offroading in Central New Jersey!

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Gamma Ray, Jul 16, 2020.

  1. Jul 16, 2020 at 6:28 PM
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    Gamma Ray

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    It's an Enduro Trailrunner. A radio controlled crawler. It's not a fully licensed 5th gen 4Runner, but they got pretty close. There are some third party aftermarket parts that attempt to give this body a more authentic look. It's my first RC vehicle like this. My previous one, a Kyosho Mini Z, was good but would require a lot of shopping visits to build a track for it. With the Trailrunner, the world is my track! It gives me an excuse to get off my butt, too.

    I waited for the ready to run set with the charger and battery to come into stock. It came with a "shorty" LiPo battery. I don't know how long it lasts, but I haven't drained it yet. I'll probably charge it again tomorrow night and take the truck out over the weekend.

    I've got more photos and even some videos here. I'll be adding more as time goes on, but here are some from around my yard. I put together some offroading videos right here in my back yard. I wasn't the most elegant in handling the truck in those videos because I was trying to use the controller one handed, but I got the job done.

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    That is until Enduro releases their scale model NJ conservation officer RC, LOL.
     
  4. Jul 18, 2020 at 9:54 AM
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    This is where I got it. This is the pack that contains a battery and charger, too. The one you found doesn't include that stuff. You'd have to buy it separately. The included battery in mine must go for a while. I think I drove it 90 minutes over two days, and it didn't run out of charge. It's a "shorty" battery. I don't know how long a bigger battery would last. The truck does come with a replacement tray for a larger battery. You have to swap it out yourself, but it shouldn't be a big deal.

    https://www.amainhobbies.com/elemen...tr-1-10-rock-crawler-combo-asc40104c/p1220502
     
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  5. Jul 18, 2020 at 9:54 AM
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    I'm just lost, officer. I swear!
     
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  6. Jul 19, 2020 at 12:24 PM
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    Think of the gas you are saving!! I like it.
     
  7. Jul 25, 2020 at 11:24 AM
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    I did some more off roading this week. I took my little Trailrunner out last Sunday night after installing a new bumper and lights. It was fun to do some off roading at night.

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    The light does bleed backwards into the body of the truck, so I'm going to have to seal that off one day.

    I didn't do much Monday through Friday, but I went big this morning in Milltown at the Mill Pond Park. There's a walking trail there, and there are some nice off road opportunities off the trail.

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    I also took a couple videos today. One of them has a climb up an incline. You can see all of my pics and videos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/69205803@N04/albums/72157715126277931

    This was pretty fun! It got me off my butt, and I got to go off roading not far from home. I think I'm going to hit up parks for some off roading more often. My Trailrunner is getting me some exercise!
     
  8. Jul 25, 2020 at 12:34 PM
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    You are having way too much fun with that outfit. Do you have it insured???
     
  9. Jul 25, 2020 at 1:00 PM
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    No, but it's pretty tough! I think it's going to be okay for a while :)
     
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    Love the new bumper.
     
  11. Jul 26, 2020 at 9:30 AM
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    I'm enjoying it, too. I've heard some people say that it gets caught up on things, but it doesn't seem so bad. No worse than the original bumper.

    The ready to run kit comes with loads of accessories, including the bumper, so I didn't have to buy anything extra. I did have to snip part of the bumper mounts off, though. They can go in so deep that they interfere with the steering.
     
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    Have you put sliders on? If so did you build them?
     
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    Look closely. You can see them coming from the sides. They're a stock part of the chassis. There are also skid plates of sorts, but they're of arguable utility. There's a big front skid plate, but it seems to sometimes be more of a stopper because it's angled way too high. There's also a kind of skid plate behind it, but it goes upwards. I was having some issues with things like branches and vines creeping up into the underside, so I might make some kind of flatter, wider plate to help alleviate that in the future. The lower control arms on the front don't have skid plates, but they do have small holes for adding skid plates. Unfortunately, there aren't any official skid plates to put on there. They can get bashed up, so I'm trying to be extra careful on them in my back yard with all of the bricks. I may try to fashion something to put into those lower control arm holes, but we'll see. I'm not a metal worker of any kind.
     
  14. Jul 26, 2020 at 12:03 PM
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    I just now saw in your post #7 the sliders. Looks mighty fine!
     
  15. Aug 1, 2020 at 11:01 AM
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    I went to Keystone Park in East Brunswick, NJ this morning. I don't think it's a very popular place. I must have passed by it a couple hundred times when I was a teenager going to MC Comics and never realized it was there. I didn't see anyone else there at all.

    It was a far less interesting off road challenge than Mill Pond Park, but there was no pavement whatsoever. There's a little dirt road that's unfortunately gated off to vehicles that makes up most of the park. It goes towards a power substation or a water thing or something. I don't know. Towards the end of the road is a huge field. Someone must come over this way to cut the grass, but I can't imagine who. There's not really much to this place. It was still a nice walk, though. I went through the entire length of the place twice.

    Even though it wasn't a big off road challenge, my little Trailrunner never got dirtier. I took it to the back yard, took the body off, and hosed it off. I then tried to hose some of the chassis without hitting the electronics and the motor too much. It's outside drying now.

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    You are going to wear that bad boy out!
     
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    Well, I'll just have to fix it up when it stops going :)
     
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    Awesome! You should paint the shocks to look like Kings.:D
     

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