Convert Your AX10 to an SCX10

By Axial Staff on May 12, 2009

I decided to see how hard it would be to convert an AX10 to an SCX10. The transformation was relatively simple by just changing out some hardware here and there. Most of the stock AX10 M3 hardware can be used in the conversion to the more realistic SCX10 chassis. But, you will need to purchase a few screws and some new links depending on the direction you go and the wheelbase you are looking for. You can also make your own links as well. I decided to use Axial’s new Trail Ranger body (Part #AX4009) for this build which has about an 11 5/8″ wheelbase. It’s important to decide what body you want to use before you get too far into the build. That way you can set your wheelbase and link lengths accordingly.

Getting started:
First thing I did was assemble the SCX10 frame. Start by bolting all the plastic cross members to one chassis rail then bolt the 2nd chassis rail up after that. I installed the battery tray out front to keep as much weight on the front wheels as possible. This will help when climbing steep obstacles.

SCX10 Chassis
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Optional front battery mount
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The Tear Down:
Start by removing the axles, transmission and links from the AX10 kit. I usually keep a bowl or small parts tray handy to drop all the hardware in as I remove it from the various components. This will help keep your hardware in one place instead of it being scattered around your workbench.

Here’s what I started with, a fairly bone stock AX10 kit.
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Transmission:
Installing the transmission was the first step in the conversion process. You can use the 2 long stock transmission screws in the holes closest to the right chassis rail, looking at the chassis from the back end. But, you’ll need longer screws for the holes near the center of the skid plate. I used M3X12 screws (Part #AXA146) for this.
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Rear Axle:
In order to maintain a relatively scale look to this build I installed a set of straight axles (Part #AX30421) out back with Axial’s plastic lockouts (Part #AX80020).
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Remove the aluminum hexes, knuckles, outer axles, short tie rods, C hubs, and inner axles. Make sure you take the bearing out of the ends of the axle housing too, these bearings will now be installed into the ends of the plastic lockouts.
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Now slide the new longer straight axles into the housing making sure the flats of the axles seat properly into the locker. Drop the bearings you removed earlier into the ends of the lockouts, and install the lockouts onto the axle housing. If you try to use the M3X8 screws you removed from the stock C hubs in the lockouts they’ll hit the inner straight axles because they are a bit too long. I had to use shorter M3X6 screws (Part #AXA863) to remedy this problem.
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Front Axle:
I decided to go with grey links throughout on this build, instead of the standard Axial green. I picked up the short steering link in grey (Part #AX30517), and the longer steering tie rod in grey (Part #AX30516) as well. Start by removing the upper 3 link mount from the axle housing, and remove the steering links too if you decide to change them out like I did.
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Install the old rod ends onto the new steering links, and bolt them back up to the front axle.
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Lower Links:
Now remove all the rod ends from the old lower links. I decided to go with two packages of grey 98mm lower links (Part #AX30518) on this build because the wheelbase on the Trail Ranger body is slightly longer then the stock SCX10 body which uses 91mm lower links.
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Using the supplied hardware that comes with the SCX10 chassis kit install the lower links to the chassis and axles. Then install the upper links as well. I used the grey 65mm threaded posts (Part #AXA1430) as upper links. I also had to use some small grey 6mm spacers (Part #AXA1418) at the upper 3 link mount on the axle to adjust the pinion and caster angles correctly. They come with 6 in each package, the remaining 4 can be used as upper shock mount spacers to move the top of the shocks away from the plastic shock hoops. I used the stock upper 3 link screws that tie the upper links to the chassis in the plastic 3 link connector on the axle side. Because of the extra 6mm spacers used, you’ll need longer screws for that now.
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Shocks:
I grabbed a set of our scale shocks (Part #AX30090) and installed them onto the axles and chassis next, using the 6mm grey spacers on all 4 upper shock mounts. I used M3X18 Binder head screws (Part #AXA668) for the upper shock mounts on the chassis.
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Tires, wheels and body:
I swapped the stock green AX10 rock rings out on the Rockster wheels for the gun metal colored rings (Part #AX8112). if you are converting an RTR you already have these beadlock rings as standard equipment. Then dropped the body posts into their mounts with the supplied body clips and set the orange Trail Ranger body I painted up in place until I get a chance to paint another TR body specifically for this build. As you can see the conversion is fairly simple and it’s an easy way to get a more realistic/scale appearance out of your AX10.
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For a more scale appearance you can also go with Axial’s 1.9 beadlock wheels and Pro-Line 1.9 Flatiron tires.
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Part Numbers Used for Conversion:
SCX10 Chassis Kit AX30525
Trail Ranger Body AX4009
Rear Axle Lockouts AX80020
Rear Straight Axles AX30421
Short Steering Links AX30517
Long Steering Tie Rod AX30516
Scale Shocks AX30090 (X2)
98mm Grey Lower Links AX30518 (X2)
65mm Grey Upper Links AXA1430 (X2)
6mm Grey Spacers AXA1418
M3X12 Screws AXA146
M3X18 Screws AXA668
M3X6 Screws AXA863
Gun Metal 2.2 Beadlock Rings AX8112 (X4)


18 Comments:

  1. Default_avatar charlie greenberg Posted on 2009-06-23 13:10:08

    it looked wered with the iriginal tiers on.

  2. Default_avatar charlie greenberg Posted on 2009-06-23 13:11:30

    my spelling stinks i now

  3. Default_avatar scott Posted on 2009-10-19 10:45:09

    its nice to see what it takes to make a scale looking truck . I want to do the same but I want to use the rat rod body . Should I get the body first so I get the wheelbase right and do I need to change axles since I already have ax10 scorpion ? hope to hear back from ya …….p.s. nice build

  4. Default_avatar Bender Posted on 2009-10-19 11:01:21

    I would pick-up the Rat Rod body first so you can set the wheelbase exactly as needed, and check for clearance issues anywhere else.

  5. Default_avatar scott Posted on 2009-10-19 14:27:42

    what about the axle length ? do I keep it stock?

  6. Default_avatar Bender Posted on 2009-10-20 07:41:54

    I’m not sure what you mean by axle length? If you are asking about the overall width of the axles, then yes it stays the same.

  7. Default_avatar scott Posted on 2009-10-20 23:31:17

    yes the width is what i was getting at thanks . I noticed you changed it on this build or was that front and rear steer ?

  8. Default_avatar Isaiah F Posted on 2009-11-26 00:51:06

    Hello all, I am wanting to do this and am wondering what the WB and pinion angles would be like if you used the stock links from an AX10??? Can you post a pic of the SCX10 frame with a set of stock AX10 links installed? or will they totally not work?

    Thanks again for great stuff Axial,
    Isaiah

  9. Default_avatar Bender Posted on 2009-11-30 10:28:40

    I’m guessing the pinion angle probably would be really bad, unless you make/buy new longer links for the uppers. But, I’ve never personally tried it. Maybe someone else has and can shed more light on your question.

  10. Default_avatar Nolan Posted on 2009-12-01 12:25:49

    How much would this cost in total?

  11. Default_avatar marvin q Posted on 2010-03-25 20:21:34

    how can i make the ax 10 scorpion rtr turn better?

  12. Default_avatar Bender Posted on 2010-03-29 11:43:46

    Installing a set of our CVD inner axles is the best way to get more steering.

  13. Default_avatar Derrick Posted on 2010-06-07 03:25:43

    What is the wheelbase of the Trail Ranger? I was looking to do a build with the new Proline Jeep Rubicon body. Also when you measure the wheelbase of the body what is the best place to measure it from? I was thinking center to center of the wheel wells.
    Thanks

  14. Default_avatar Ralph Posted on 2011-03-20 19:25:25

    I can use the AX10 RTR stock links?

  15. Default_avatar Bender Posted on 2011-03-22 07:37:28

    You might be able too, just depends on the wheelbase you want, and if the links clear the chassis.

  16. Default_avatar canadian coffin Posted on 2011-08-23 10:44:53

    i am deff doin this i wanted a scx 10 for a while but did not want to buy new

  17. Default_avatar manny Posted on 2012-12-18 03:27:23

    it their any way u can put the Honcho ax4025 body on to the stock ax10 Ridgcrest with out changing the frame?

  18. Default_avatar Bender Posted on 2012-12-19 18:19:20

    It isn’t a direct fit. But, you might be able to if you cut the back of the Honcho cage and body to clear the Ridgecrest chassis. The stock body mount holes won’t line up though.

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