Bender’s SWX Comp Rig at the Beach

By Axial Staff on May 04, 2009

I went out to Corona Del Mar Beach here in SoCal recently for a little test session with my comp rig.

Rig Specs:
Axial AX10 Transmission
Axial AX10 Axles
Axial/Bender Customs SWX Chassis
Axial/Bender Customs Rear 4 Link Plate
Axial XC-1 Body
Axial 4″ Comp Shocks
Axial High Speed Ring and Pinion in the Front Axle
Axial Heavy Duty Standard Ring and Pinion in the Rear Axle
Axial Rear Aluminum Lockouts
Axial Rear Straight Axles
Axial Aluminum Axle C’s
Axial Aluminum Knuckles
Axial Front CVD Axles
DNA R/C Dig Unit
Montana Scale Designs Aluminum Wheels
HB Rover Tires
TCS #8 Reach Hybrid Memory Foams Front
Stock HB Foams Rear

MaxAmps 1100mah 3 Cell Lipos
Novak 55t Motor
Castle Creations Mamba Max ESC
Castle Creations BEC
JR8711 Steering Servo
Hitec 985mg Dig Servo
Spektrum DX3 Radio Gear

Custom Machined Steering Servo Mount
Custom Machined Dig Servo Mount
Custom Machined Delrin Lower Links
Custom Machined Steering Links
Custom Battery Mount







  1. Default_avatar Norm Mead Posted on 2009-05-04 14:41:39

    Great to see a “Bender” video again with Tool audio I have really missed your video postings it’s always been a leason for me to watch you drive. I’m still running a shafty with TLT axles. Some things don’t change still giving the MOAs as much run for thier money as I can but there are so many these days.
    I hope ypu doing well and are happy and healthy.
    Long live the shaft trucks it’s just more realistic.

  2. Default_avatar Jeff Posted on 2009-06-13 19:53:42

    Will having a faster gear set in the front make the front and rear fight each other? or is it so little that it does not really effect the truck that much? Thanks for the help.

  3. Default_avatar Bender Posted on 2009-06-16 06:35:40

    The ratio change front to rear is small enough not to hurt anything in the drivetrain. The overdrive front ring and pinion help on steep climbs by keeping the front tires spinning slightly faster then the rear, this also helps fight torque twist in a lot of situations.

  4. Default_avatar Bender Posted on 2009-07-01 13:18:54

    No real issues with the front and rear fighting each other. The difference in the 2 gear ratios is minor, bjust enough to keep the front end pulling faster then the rear.

  5. Default_avatar gaatoo Posted on 2009-07-13 15:05:11

    i would like to build this machine AWESOME see i dont know what the extras are built from or how would you suggest substitutes i can buy and will your whole list come up with a complete crawler or r there extra i would need

  6. Default_avatar John Posted on 2009-07-13 15:44:56

    Great video Bender!

    I love watching all your videos back to the SW2 on TLT’s! Your videos were some of the first I watched that got me into RC crawling, Having owned an SW2 myself i know how well they go. Currently I use a Aussie designed chassis but have been thinking about going upto the SWX.

    Just wanted to ask your advice on something, I am currently running Traxxas Ultra 100mm shocks with internal + external springs on my truck, I have a set of the new Axial adjustable 100mm shocks but cant quite seem to get them to work with my setup. What oil and springs are you using on your truck?

    John – Australia

  7. Default_avatar Bender Posted on 2009-07-14 09:14:10

    I’m running the stock springs that come with the new Axial comp shocks out front and on the right rear, looking at your truck from the back. I run a little stiffer spring on the left rear to help fight torque twist, it’s about 3.5 rating if I remember right. For shock oil I run 20wt in the front shocks, 35wt in the right rear and 45wt in the left rear. Hope that helps.

  8. Default_avatar Bender Posted on 2009-07-14 09:16:40

    You can pretty much replicate this rig with standard Axial hop-up parts. I have made a few custom mods, but nothing major. Our new RTC crawler is the perfect platform to start with, then you can add the SWX chassis and assorted parts over time as you see fit.

  9. Default_avatar John Posted on 2009-07-15 23:43:38

    Thanks very much for the reply :)

    I have thought about running thicker oil in the rear left but never tried it, I guess this answers some of my questions about it.

    Thank you again for the reply, Its great that you actually take time out to answer questions and talk to the public ^_^


  10. Default_avatar dane Posted on 2009-08-06 21:13:11

    that a nice crawler and how to you have your servo set to the side

  11. Default_avatar Bender Posted on 2009-08-18 06:49:57

    Thanks. The servo mount is something I made to fit this truck and keep the center of gravity as low as possible.

  12. Default_avatar aaron bailey Posted on 2009-11-20 16:43:28

    hi i would like to know if ur wheels have breather holes in them . im working on getting all the produtcs to build a crawler just like the one in the above pics very stocked as right now running a mostly stock ax-10 thanks aaron

  13. Default_avatar Bender Posted on 2009-11-23 09:17:32

    I do have breather holes in my wheels. I usually drill two 1/8″ holes in each wheel about 180* from each other.

  14. Default_avatar aaron bailey Posted on 2009-11-26 07:40:13

    hey there
    well i spent some time got it all figured out now im down to only one small problem. how did u mount the body to the chassis?? thanks aaron

  15. Default_avatar Bender Posted on 2009-11-30 10:24:49

    I just used a couple stock Axial body mounts bolted to the chassis in the rear. Then I mounted a single body post to a chassis standoff out front.

  16. Default_avatar 509 Media Posted on 2009-12-11 20:10:44

    Nice write up and video. I am putting together my third Axial crawler now. I left the world of full size crawlers in September when I sold Blue Torch but crawling is still in my blood.


  17. Default_avatar Bender Posted on 2009-12-14 17:20:25


  18. Default_avatar Dan DuBose Posted on 2010-04-19 19:44:13

    I have been having a blast with the Axials. My 8 yr old son and I have been having some heated competitions over the winter. I guess we need to start working on them a little. It is hard for be to show up at the hobby store with a stock crawler. Nothing I own tends to stay stock. LOL Keep up the good work guys. Bender nice work you are doing.


  19. Default_avatar Rick Dias Posted on 2010-05-05 07:30:47

    Hello crawlers.
    How comes that the Mamba Max ESC is good for crawling??? Any custom firmware?
    Bender, three more shots for you:
    - I don’t get what’s the difference and the pros of that upper link mount on the rear axel if compared with the AX10 standard mount.
    - Have you ever tried the full drop setting on the shocks?
    - Any comments on your dig unit? Checking your clips, it seems to work ok. Any special comment or suggestion about using a dig?

    A huge “keep crawling” to everybody from Madrid… :)


  20. Default_avatar nickolas Posted on 2011-02-02 18:57:55

    I have a ax10 scorpion 1/10 ready-to-run rc. How can i make it crawler better?

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