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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

Tamiya CC-02 Trail Truck Build | CompetitionX

Tamiya CC-02 Trail Truck Build | CompetitionX

Originally published on CompetitionX Tamiya’s CC-01 chassis has been on the longest running trail truck chassis’ to date. It featured a faux ladder-frame design that surrounded a single-piece tub chassis and included a front independent/ …

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Tamiya CC-02 Trail Truck Build – Part 8 – Final Steps | CompetitionX

Tamiya CC-02 Trail Truck Build – Part 8 – Final Steps | CompetitionX

Wrapping up the Tamiya CC-02 build, we’ll be installing the front and rear bumper, body mounts and wheels and tires. Again, the body wasn’t quite done for this build so we’ll be skipping that until …

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Tamiya CC-02 Trail Truck Build – Part 7 – Electronics | CompetitionX

Tamiya CC-02 Trail Truck Build – Part 7 – Electronics | CompetitionX

The Tamiya CC-02 comes with the TBLE-02S ESC and Mabuchi brushed motor. If you choose to swap those parts out, know that almost any electronics will work; full-size servo, 540 motor, standard ESC and receiver. …

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Tamiya CC-02 Trail Truck Build – Part 6 – Shocks | CompetitionX

Tamiya CC-02 Trail Truck Build – Part 6 – Shocks | CompetitionX

The shocks on the Tamiya CC-02 are pretty basic – plastic bodies with ride height clips, internal bladder, dual o-ring lower cartridge and a one-piece piston/shock shaft plunger. While not amazing, they’ll certainly get the …

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Tamiya CC-02 Trail Truck Build – Part 5 – Rear Axle | CompetitionX

Tamiya CC-02 Trail Truck Build – Part 5 – Rear Axle | CompetitionX

The rear axle on the Tamiya CC-02 is similar to the front. It can be built with an open or locked diff, uses hidden M3 nuts and has the link mounts (and links) attached the …

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Tamiya CC-02 Trail Truck Build – Part 4 – Front Axle | CompetitionX

Tamiya CC-02 Trail Truck Build – Part 4 – Front Axle | CompetitionX

Unlike the original CC-01, the Tamiya CC-02 now comes with a solid front axle that can be built with either an open or locked differential. This can be changed to alter the way the truck …

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Tamiya CC-02 Trail Truck Build – Part 3 – Driveshafts | CompetitionX

Tamiya CC-02 Trail Truck Build – Part 3 – Driveshafts | CompetitionX

The Tamiya CC-02 uses sliding propeller shafts to transfer power from the gearbox to the front and rear axles. They are both of equal length and use metal ‘balls’ for extra strength. Easy step, right? …

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Tamiya CC-02 Trail Truck Build – Part 2 – Chassis | CompetitionX

Tamiya CC-02 Trail Truck Build – Part 2 – Chassis | CompetitionX

The chassis on the CC-02 has been revised big time – it now features a true c-channel design. About 80% of it’s length is molded in plastic with separate metal ‘extensions’ at both ends (each …

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Tamiya CC-02 Trail Truck Build – Part 1 – Transmission | CompetitionX

Tamiya CC-02 Trail Truck Build – Part 1 – Transmission | CompetitionX

Tamiya’s new CC-02 transmission features robust gears inside a nice looking housing. One of the cool things about it is that you can build it one of two ways; standard, with gear ratios between 11.09:1 …

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STRC Machined Heavy Duty Brass Differential Covers | CompetitionX

STRC Machined Heavy Duty Brass Differential Covers | CompetitionX

Weight, placed correctly, can really boost performance on trail trucks and rock crawlers. That’s where these Heavy Duty Brass Differentials Covers from STRC come in handy! Designed to fit the Traxxas TRX-4 and Axial SCX10 …

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