Originally published on CompetitionX
The rumor of a trail truck from Team Associated was strong, however what surprised the world was that it was released under a new brand name – Element RC. Not only was the brand something out of the blue, the truck itself surpassed what everyone was expecting from the race-bred company.
The Element RC Enduro is a top-notch truck that is chock full of high-end features; ladder-frame chassis, CMS (Chassis-Mounted Steering), aluminum shocks, Stealth-X transmission (with an overdrive feature) and all of the molded parts poured from AE’s competition-grade plastics. It’s handling it amazing as well – at the last Pro-Line By The Fire event, the Element RC crew had quite a few Enduros out on the trails and let people, at random, take them through a few gates. Fantastic marketing, but also let perspective buyers get a feel for the truck out in its element (see what I did there?).
Soon after the release of the RTR, Element RC announced a kit version. This is the exact same truck as the RTR minus the body, wheels, tires, bumpers and electronics – you get to choose all those goodies yourself to completely customize your ride.
This article will take you through the entire build process minus the body, wheels and tires. I have an idea of what I want to do, just not sure about it yet – that’s for another article.
But first, let’s go over the support parts we’ll be using:
• #40102 Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Builder’s Kit, www.associatedelectrics.com
• #FUTK1410 Futaba 4PLS 4-Channel Radio System, www.futabarc.com
• #422HD Reef’s RC 422HD Steering Servo, www.reefsrc.com
• MaxAmps Shorty LiPo 2S 4250 7.4v Battery Pack, www.maxamps.com
• #30112101 Hobbywing XERUN AXE ESC, www.hobbywingdirect.com
• #30401250 Hobbywing XERUN AXE FOC Brushless Motor, www.hobbywingdirect.com
I’ve been a Futaba guy for quite some time. The quality of the systems are fantastic and, more importantly, the feel of the radio in my hand is key. I like a radio that has a balanced feel and I get that with every Futaba system I use. The 4PLS has become my go-to crawling system – 40-model memory, digital trims, programmable mixing – all things needed to fully enjoy your crawlers.
FUTK1410 Futaba 4PLS 4-Channel Transmitter
When it comes to steering, trail trucks require rock-moving torque for the best possible experience. That’s why I chose the Reef’s RC 422HD High Torque Digital HV Servo. This little guy includes titanium-coated gears and throws down 422oz of torque (thus, the name)! It’s also waterproof so I don’t have to worry about trekking, well, just about anywhere I want. Great addition to the Enduro!
422HD Reef’s RC 422HD Steering Servo
The Enduro comes with a tray for both a standard or shorty LiPo option. I chose to assemble the kit with the shorty battery option which will perfectly fit my MaxAmps 2S 4250mAh hard-case LiPo. This pack is pre-built with bullet plugs, but also comes with charging and run leads that utilize a Deans plug. This should power my Enduro for awhile – that is until I’m ready for 3S power!
MaxAmps Shorty LiPo 2S 4250 7.4v Battery Pack
The Hobbywing XERUN AXE ESC has become one of my favorite brushless trail truck ESC’s to date. It gives you the benefits of total brushless control with the ‘finger-feel’ needed for precise crawling. On top of that, it’s 3S compatible, waterproof and is Bluetooth connectivity for making drive (or brake) adjustments on the fly. Even the sensor harness has a unique design to make it waterproof.
30112101 Hobbywing XERUN AXE ESC
To finish off the power unit, I’ve combined Hobbywing’s XERUN AXE FOC Brushless Motor to the AXE ESC. It’s a 4-Pole, 2300kV can that is also 3S capable and waterproof, making for a pretty powerful combo. Best part – it’s super smooth! Gently glide over obstacles on one part of the trail, then blast through the flat stuff! A perfect match for the Enduro!
30401250 Hobbywing XERUN AXE FOC Brushless Motor
Here’s a list of useful tools that will help you build this car.
• MIP Metric Hex Driver Set (contains 1.5, 2.0 and 2.5mm drivers)
• MIP 1.5mm Hex Driver
• MIP 2.0 Hex Driver
• MIP 2.5 Hex Driver
• TrakPower TK950 Soldering Iron
• Xacto Hobby Knife
• STRC Shock Shaft Tool
• Duratrax Curved Body Scissors
• Duratrax Body Reamer
• Neiko Digital Calipers
• Scotch Mounting Tape
• Tekton Needlenose Pliers
Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Build – Opening Page
Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Build – Part 1 – Pre-Build
Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Build – Part 2 – Chassis
Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Build – Part 3 – Transmission
Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Build – Part 4 – Axles
Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Build – Part 5 – Links
Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Build – Part 6 – Drive Shafts
Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Build – Part 7 – Shocks
Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Build – Part 8 – Body Mounts