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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

Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Build – Part 7 – Shocks | CompetitionX

Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Build - Part 7 - Shocks | CompetitionX

Element RC has included a stellar set of aluminum shocks with the Enduro Builder’s Kit. Seems like a very Factory Team option; aluminum bodies with blue aluminum caps, collars, bottom caps and spring retainers. Silky …

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Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Build – Part 6 – Drive Shafts | CompetitionX

Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Build - Part 6 - Drive Shafts | CompetitionX

The drive shafts included with the Enduro Builder’s Kit use a combination of plastic females and an aluminum insert. The splines are large, making for a very stout driveline. The aluminum insert virtually eliminates ‘flex …

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Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Build – Part 5 – Links | CompetitionX

Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Build - Part 5 - Links | CompetitionX

The Enduro comes with some pretty serious, chrome-plated steel links under it. Element RC also includes different lengths for you to adjust the wheelbase; simply build using the correct lengths for 11.8″, 12.0″ or 12.3″ …

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Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Build – Part 4 – Axles | CompetitionX

Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Build - Part 3 - Axles | CompetitionX

The Enduro uses a nicely molded pair of front and rear axles. Both incorporate steel lockers and oddly small input pinions, both having some major helical cuts to them. You’ll also get a taste of …

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Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Build – Part 3 – Transmission | CompetitionX

Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Build - Part 2 - Transmission | CompetitionX

The transmission on the Enduro is actually quite unique. Dubbed the Stealth X, this transmission offers a couple different build options (specifically direction and Overdrive) depending on how you want the truck to perform. I’m …

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Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Build – Part 2 – Chassis | CompetitionX

Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Build - Part 2 - Chassis | CompetitionX

Like almost every other trail truck on the market, the Enduro is built on a dual ladder-frame chassis. Multiple cross-braces ties the two sides together to form a strong platform for the rest of the …

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Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Build – Part 1 – Pre-Build | CompetitionX

Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Build - Part 1 - Pre-Build | CompetitionX

If you’re like me, you’re ready to dive head-first into the build of the Element RC Enduro Builder’s Kit. If you’re REALLY like me, you’ll probably just want to tear into Bag 1 and just …

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Tamiya Sale – TRF419X, TRF419XR and TRF419XR Conversion Kits | CompetitionX

Tamiya Sale - TRF419X, TRF419XR and TRF419XR Conversion Kits | CompetitionX

Tamiya’s line of touring cars are among the best on the market. I say this mainly because I built my TRF419XR right out the box and it was amazing! No tweaking, no extra parts or …

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RPM Front A-Arms for the Losi Rock Rey | CompetitionX

RPM Front A-Arms for the Losi Rock Rey | CompetitionX

RPM RC Products are all about durability – these new front suspension arms for the Losi Rock Rey are a perfect example of that. Molded using their engineering-grade blend of plastics, the new arms are …

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New ProLine Paint Colors | CompetitionX

New ProLine Paint Colors | CompetitionX

If you’re a painter, you’ll be happy to hear that ProLine has added 5 new colors to their paint lineup. These paints have become quite popular, both to their ease of use and being readily …

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