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Old 05-06-2004, 07:58 PM
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how do u make a TLT-1 into a crawler? how much would it cost? has any one done it? love to see pics
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Old 05-07-2004, 02:05 PM
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I don't thank it has been before and I thank that if you were going to do it you would have to do it mostly from scratch. You would have to make it wider and have more ground clearance and you still would have to make it more powerful.
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It can easly be done here is a link to the best one i've seen.

http://www.gerrish.net/tlt1.htm

He even made it into a 6x6. ALso check out his vids of it in action.
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The TLT-1 is just a smaller version of the TXT-1 and the TLT-1 looks like a good crawler out of the box. Check out the following link and you will see what I mean.

http://www.tamiyausa.com/product/ite...oduct-id=47201
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TLT's are excellent for crawling. Other than chassis clearance, they crawl well right out of the box.
Costs depend on how crazy you want to go.

Here's a TLT crawler I reciently sold.
TLT-1 axles
Stampede tranny
Geolander tires on Stampede wheels
custom Plexiglass chassis
Jugg yokes
Jeep body

You can find a small video here.
Comentary by my son. [X(]
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where can i get a body like the jeep.

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i think im going to get one of these andmake my own 2.2 crawler...what i was thinking was use a stampede gear box and turn it sideways, drive the 2 axles, make my own chassis, but what bodies can i get in 1/18th scale? theres not really a market for them. please offer some suggestions
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i have one for sale.
check out it on the off icial rock crawling page.
page 27.

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Check my half finished TLT-1 I'm making it bigger
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does anyone know any way i can lift it higher off the ground because its not crawloin too well with like a half an inch of ground clearance
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yes use t-maxx turnbuckles and kyosho dogbones and t4 turnbuckles and t4 shocks to extend and left
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It can definately be done. I've had my TLT-1 for about a week now and am well on my way to turning it into a serious rockcrawler.

Here is what I've done so far:

Stretched the wheelbase out 1.5" and raised the truck .75"
Total cost $13.50
Parts needed (traxxas 82mm turnbucles #2337 (4 sets) and one set of HPI 6x57mm Super Nitro RS4 dogbones).

Cut 4 turnbuckles down to 71mm and leave the other 4 the stock length. Replace the inner turnbuckles with the 71mm Traxxas turnbucles and the 82mm ones replace the lower turnbuckles.

Then take the HPI dogbones and dremmel one end of them down (just the ball end). You will need to remove approximately .5mm of surface from the ball end (leave the dowls alone). The undremmeled end goes in the center differential drive cup and the dremmeled end goes in the axle drive cup.

Replace the 25mm pushrods for the suspension with the inner 47mm rods that you just replaced.

You will need to lock out all 3 differentials. Use JB weld to lock them out. This is permenant though, but they will be super solid.

Other parts I've added:

Integy 55 turn lathe motor ($19.00). This motor is super high torque and gives excellent run times. For crawling it's the motor of choice in the TLT-1. I get 25+ minutes out of my Tamiya 1700 mAh pack. With a GP3300 saddle pack you should get 40+ minutes of run time out of it.

22 tooth metric 48 pitch pinion. With this pinion and the Integy motor I get a top speed of around 8 mph, but can climb anything.

HPI 5 spoke RS4 MT wheels ($24.00). Make sure you get two sets of the ones for the RS4 MT as they have more offset than stock wheels which will widen the wheelbase approximately .5".

IMEX G-Hawg tires ($36.00 for a set of 4). These tires are 4.75" tall and 2" wide. They add another .75" to the height of the truck (with the lift kit mentioned above I have 2.25" of center clearance at the bottom of the chassis). The provide excellent grip and have no clearance issues when turning (due to narrow width).

Remove the servo saver and replace it with a solid mount. The servo saver does nothing but hinder your crawling ability and when your top speed is 8 mph you really don't need it if you are using a good metal gear servo.

Replace the bushings with bearings.

That's all that I've done to mine so far, but I am working on a new mounting platform for my ESC and receiver so fitting a saddle pack into the chassis won't be a problem. I also have other ideas for the transmission, maybe lengthening the wheelbase a little more and going with a carbon fiber chassis.

I've included some pics of what mine looks like now.
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THIS IS MY TLT-1 COME CHECK IT OUT[img][/img]
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wut upgrades have you done to yours zaxon
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ORIGINAL: Wookie

It can definately be done. I've had my TLT-1 for about a week now and am well on my way to turning it into a serious rockcrawler.

Here is what I've done so far:

Stretched the wheelbase out 1.5" and raised the truck .75"
Total cost $13.50
Parts needed (traxxas 82mm turnbucles #2337 (4 sets) and one set of HPI 6x57mm Super Nitro RS4 dogbones).

Cut 4 turnbuckles down to 71mm and leave the other 4 the stock length. Replace the inner turnbuckles with the 71mm Traxxas turnbucles and the 82mm ones replace the lower turnbuckles.

Then take the HPI dogbones and dremmel one end of them down (just the ball end). You will need to remove approximately .5mm of surface from the ball end (leave the dowls alone). The undremmeled end goes in the center differential drive cup and the dremmeled end goes in the axle drive cup.

Replace the 25mm pushrods for the suspension with the inner 47mm rods that you just replaced.

You will need to lock out all 3 differentials. Use JB weld to lock them out. This is permenant though, but they will be super solid.

Other parts I've added:

Integy 55 turn lathe motor ($19.00). This motor is super high torque and gives excellent run times. For crawling it's the motor of choice in the TLT-1. I get 25+ minutes out of my Tamiya 1700 mAh pack. With a GP3300 saddle pack you should get 40+ minutes of run time out of it.

22 tooth metric 48 pitch pinion. With this pinion and the Integy motor I get a top speed of around 8 mph, but can climb anything.

HPI 5 spoke RS4 MT wheels ($24.00). Make sure you get two sets of the ones for the RS4 MT as they have more offset than stock wheels which will widen the wheelbase approximately .5".

IMEX G-Hawg tires ($36.00 for a set of 4). These tires are 4.75" tall and 2" wide. They add another .75" to the height of the truck (with the lift kit mentioned above I have 2.25" of center clearance at the bottom of the chassis). The provide excellent grip and have no clearance issues when turning (due to narrow width).

Remove the servo saver and replace it with a solid mount. The servo saver does nothing but hinder your crawling ability and when your top speed is 8 mph you really don't need it if you are using a good metal gear servo.

Replace the bushings with bearings.

That's all that I've done to mine so far, but I am working on a new mounting platform for my ESC and receiver so fitting a saddle pack into the chassis won't be a problem. I also have other ideas for the transmission, maybe lengthening the wheelbase a little more and going with a carbon fiber chassis.

I've included some pics of what mine looks like now.
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ORIGINAL: Wookie

That's a pretty easy and cheap stretch to do.

You need:

(4) Traxxas 82mm turnbuckles (Part #2337 I believe)
(1) HPI Super Nitro 57mm dogbones (Part #A553 I belive)

Step 1. Cut 2 sets of turnbuckles down to 68mm and the other two down to 79mm.

Step 2. Dremel one end of each HPI dogbone down so that it fits in the drive cup on the axle.

Step 3. Place the shorter links on the inside and the longer links on the bottom.

Step 4. Take the 47mm links (from the inside of the stock links kit) and replace the stock 25mm pushrods with the 47mm links.

That's it. Should give you about 1.5" of stretch and about .5 to .75" of extra center clearance.


i think this is where the problem lyies[:@] so is it the shorter one?
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Wookie,
Will those Stamped wheels and tires fit on a stock TLT or do you need the extra lift too. I want to do one upgade at a time.
Thanks
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Old 02-25-2005, 10:43 PM
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I did turn my TLT-1 into a serious 2.2 rock crawler and I named it .... Silver RockDragon. [>:]
.... 13" wheelbase .... over 3" of ground clearance .... almost 90 degrees of articulation ....

http://img135.exs.cx/img135/9260/sil...gon10008wu.jpg
http://img123.exs.cx/img123/7325/sil...agon0031wi.jpg
http://img123.exs.cx/img123/4043/sil...agon0046ri.jpg
http://img210.exs.cx/img210/4060/sil...agon0029rx.jpg

Most of my knowledge to turn it into a serious 2.2 crawler is from here ... http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=20

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There's an article in the magazine section of this site (How To's) that talks about how to build a TLT with a lot more articulation and clearance with mostly stock parts.

Here's the link:

[link=http://www.rcuniverse.com/magazine/article_display.cfm?article_id=482]http://www.rcuniverse.com/magazine/article_display.cfm?article_id=482[/link]
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