Tony Phalen

Tony Phalen - As an avid RC enthusiast, Tony has been building, bashing and racing RC Cars for over 25 years. He has raced everything from 1:18th scale trucks to 1:5 scale motorcycles and everything in-between. He's also worked on both sides of the industry fence; working at and with many major manufacturers (as well as being a sponsored driver) to working for a high-profile industry magazine. During this time he has learned many tricks, tips and techniques and has transferred that knowledge to CompetitionX - the most informative RC website on the internet! More articles by Tony Phalen

Review: Castle Creations Mamba X Sensored 1:10 Scale Brushless System

Review: Castle Creations Mamba X Sensored 1:10 Scale Brushless System

Castle’s Long-Awaited Sensored Power System is Here! I have a quick test for you; find someone that wants to build (or has built) an over-the-top speed project for the dirt or asphalt and ask them what brushless system they want to use. I guarantee that 99.9% of the time you’ll get the same answer – a Castle Creations system. Castle …

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RC4WD Trail Finder 2 LWB Trail Truck Build

RC4WD Trail Finder 2 LWB Trail Truck Build

I’ve always been a fan of RC4WD’s Trail Finder 2 truck; the scale realism, aftermarket support and, of course, the bad-ass Toyota body. When the LWB (Long WheelBase) version hit our shores, I knew it was time to add one to my collection; I’ve never had a hard body vehicle before and, well, this one is simply gorgeous! I also …

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RC4WD Trail Finder 2 LWB Trail Truck Build – Part 8 – Electronics

RC4WD Trail Finder 2 LWB Trail Truck Build - Part 8 - Electronics

The Build – Part 8 Here we are – the final step! Part 8 of our RC4WD Trail Finder 2 LWB Trail Truck Build has us installing the electronics. We’ll be using a RC4WD Outcry Crawler ESC, RC4WD Brushed 45T Boost 540 Crawler Motor, ProTek RC 2S 4300mAh Shortly LiPo Battery and controlling it all with a Futaba 4PL Radio …

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RC4WD Trail Finder 2 LWB Trail Truck Build – Part 5 – Drivetrain

RC4WD Trail Finder 2 LWB Trail Truck Build - Part 5 - Drivetrain

The Build – Part 5 Part 5 of our RC4WD Trail Finder 2 LWB Trail Truck build has 4 easy steps – attaching the driveline to the axles. Boom, quick and easy! Before moving on, turn the spur gear to make sure everything is rotating freely. If everything feels good, let’s move on to the steering and shifting. Trail Finder …

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RC4WD Trail Finder 2 LWB Trail Truck Build – Part 4 – Suspension

RC4WD Trail Finder 2 LWB Trail Truck Build - Part 4 - Suspension

The Build – Part 4 In this Step, we’ll be assembling and attaching both axles to the RC4WD Trail Finder 2. The TF2 uses a leaf spring suspension and internally-sprung shocks for damping. Very cool looking – very realistic. Great job! Go ahead and flex the front and rear suspensions – you know you want to! Ok then, when you’re …

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RC4WD Trail Finder 2 LWB Trail Truck Build – Part 3 – Gearbox

RC4WD Trail Finder 2 LWB Trail Truck Build - Part 3 - Gearbox

The Build – Part 3 The next step in our RC4WD Trail Finder 2 build is attaching parts to the gearbox. The gearbox itself comes pre-assembled so there isn’t really anything to do except attach the mounts and drop it in place. That’s it for this step; set the gearbox aside for a later installation. Time to assemble and install …

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