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    Redcat Aftershock 8E build

    I have ran my Backdraft 8E with just a few upgrades all summer and was very impressed. I am going to build the Aftershock 8E to be a track performer. I will show pics from stock then each mod to show it doesnt take much to make either one of these very bashable and raceable. I will be adding 17mm hubs with knurled nuts, aluminum shocks (I like the looks of them as the stock performed just fine), front and rear sway bars, aluminum front and rear hubs, aluminum center steering link, 1/8th buggy wheels, JConcepts TRUTH body and diff oils changed. I will have pics from stock starting tomorrow and slowly through the weekend as I hope to have this completed by the end of the weekend.
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    RE: Redcat Aftershock 8E build

    Looking forward to it

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    RE: Redcat Aftershock 8E build

    Here are some pics with the stock body and now the Jconcepts Truth body trimmed and mounted.
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    RE: Redcat Aftershock 8E build

    I like that body

    Looks like it might rub a little on the rear.

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    RE: Redcat Aftershock 8E build

    It is slightly close with with the 1/8 buggy wheels should be just fine. I hope anyway, will find out when the axles show up on Thursday. And also when the suspension compresses the wheels do draw in a bit. The stock tires are a little wider than the buggy wheels.
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    RE: Redcat Aftershock 8E build

    Will look good .

    How come your using buggy wheels ?

    There is a few of those aftershocks at the local track and they run pretty nice. I cant wait to see them and the slash 4x4 going at it in corr 4x4 mod class. Should be some good racing.


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    RE: Redcat Aftershock 8E build

    Same diameter and less weight means quicker truck. The Slash trucks have also done this conversion and really works and also looks pretty cool. Also on the track the traction is awesome depending on the dirt or clay you are running on. Also the buggy wheels are larger in diameter with less sidewall (lower profile) so handling will be much better. The backspacing on the buggy wheel will also allow the wheel to sit in to allow the body to be lowered down for better lower center of gravity.
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    RE: Redcat Aftershock 8E build

    Interesting about the wheels. i never thought about them weighing less

    The local guys are using goosebump tires on the aftershock. But they are using the jconcepts wheels as well. I am not sure if they had to mod anything to get the wheels to work. But they look nice.

    I have seen them run maybe 2-3 times. And I have yet to see them break anything so they seem pretty durable.

    Good luck on the upgrades and keep us up to date.


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    RE: Redcat Aftershock 8E build

    Nice, that body looks good. Lookin forward to the pics, i wanna get an aftershock or backdraft when i work some money up. But with the dunerunner im kinda strapped
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    RE: Redcat Aftershock 8E build

    Ok, here are some pics of the truck torn down to where I need it to be. Most of the parts on the right will not be used except the body mounts, bearings and diffs. I will change the diff oils out tomorrow (going with the sc10 track setup for starters on oils). The last pic is the tires and wheels nuts. Parts will be here tomorrow and Friday to complete it.
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    RE: Redcat Aftershock 8E build

    Would it be too much trouble to get the measurements on the center diff ?

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    RE: Redcat Aftershock 8E build

    what would you like? I still have to remove it to change the grease to lube.
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    RE: Redcat Aftershock 8E build

    Cool

    Length, width, Height and if you could measure the cup size on the output shafts that would be great.

    Thanks

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    RE: Redcat Aftershock 8E build

    I don't have a dial reader for the diameters, I can give you a rought inches if that helps if not Redcat can probablygive you the mm sizes as I can't.
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    RE: Redcat Aftershock 8E build

    Rough would be fine if it is no trouble. Diff cups are not really important.

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    RE: Redcat Aftershock 8E build

    More parts here tomorrow to start the build, this should be great - the main part is changing out the diff oils so the truck willl handle without spinning out under hard throttle. Stay tuned
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    RE: Redcat Aftershock 8E build

    I can't wait to see your paint job. I am upgrading mine for the track as well so your information was helpfull. I am keeping the original body but converted it to the actual Geiser Bros. edition SC truck driven by Jeff Geiser. I designed there logo a few years back and proposed the idea to Rick and Jeff Geiser and they liked the Idea. I would strongly urdge you to upgrade your servo and steering linkage if you plan on some steep multiple jumps (3 or more in a row) at you local track. I also have installed a heat shrink and cooling fan for the motor. Here are a couple of pictures you might want to see.
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    RE: Redcat Aftershock 8E build

    Couple of neat lookin trucks!! Really likin the build pix!! Im a mod junkie.. lol.. Good luck on the rest of the build and lookin forward to the rest of the pix and story!!
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    RE: Redcat Aftershock 8E build


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    The last pic is the tires and wheels nuts.
    I tried the Integy Pro wheel nuts and they are the wrong thread for the backdraft hubs.[&o] They will work only on the Landslide, Hurricane, Monsoon and the Avalanche. The threads on the Backdraft hubs are a very fine thread.
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    RE: Redcat Aftershock 8E build

    No kidding? My hubs will be in today.... Well if so, I can use them on another buggy. I saw them and thought they would be great for the price.

    Nice looking Ram you have there MDST! Looks just like the real one. I hope to have everything completed by the end of the week, trying to work on it in between painting. Should have more pics up tonight.
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    RE: Redcat Aftershock 8E build

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    The last pic is the tires and wheels nuts.
    I tried the Integy Pro wheel nuts and they are the wrong thread for the backdraft hubs.[&o] They will work only on the Landslide, Hurricane, Monsoon and the Avalanche. The threads on the Backdraft hubs are a very fine thread.
    Hey URC, I just tried the wheel nuts on my Backdraft and they work perfect. Mine are C22604 17mm PRO Wheels nut (2) for 17mm - thats what it says on the package top. Its says PRO in caps so maybe you may have tried another kind. Just thought I would let you know.
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    RE: Redcat Aftershock 8E build

    I have a few sets here in my store and none have fit, Maybe Redcat changed the thread. They would start to spin on no problem but would then stop threading on and bind really tight. They will work on any normal 17mm hub for a car or truck, Just never was able to get them to thread on to the backdraft hubs. Is that what you are using, The BS17mm-Kit Hubs?
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    RE: Redcat Aftershock 8E build

    Yes thats the kit, they screwed on just fine on my backdraft.

    I also just received the 17mm kit from Redcat and the nuts work on them as well.
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    RE: Redcat Aftershock 8E build



    Will a slash/proline/jconcepts body fit on these trucks ?


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    RE: Redcat Aftershock 8E build

    They will.... but the tires on the stock Aftershock are larger and wider than the Slash. Either you can change out to slash tires and/or trim the wheel wells out more. The wheel base lines up great. I should have pics of this project done with body painted by Monday. The body I am mounting and is shown with is a Jconcepts Truth for the Slash.
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