Monday , 14 October 2019

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 go at it.

I would suggest, however, a little patience up front to get acquainted with the manual and the parts included. Not only has Element RC done a great job with packaging, they’ve also added some fun touches to the manual; ie, each Step has been typecast as a Gate, so Step 1 is Gate 01, Step 2 Gate 02, etc. It’s fun little details like this that show how much thought really went into this rig!

Ok, enough talk – let’s get building!

Build Notes:
Before you start your build, I would suggest giving the manual a quick read. This will help you familiarize yourself with how the legend works (screw sizes) as well as where they go. Some build steps use screws that look the same (drawings) but are actually different lengths. Just double check any screw lengths prior to installing.
Step 1:
Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Build - Part 1 - Pre-Build | CompetitionX
Upon opening the box, you’ll see the standard poly bags filled with all the build parts for the Enduro kit. You’ll be happy to know that one of the coolest parts of this truck, the faux garage scene printed on the INSIDE of the RTR box, is also included with the Builder’s Kit. While not quite as big, it will still act as a great base setting for many photos.
Step 2:
Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Build - Part 1 - Pre-Build | CompetitionX
The Builder’s Kit instruction manual is quite good. There were a few minor issues I had throughout the build (some Element RC related, some due to my anxiousness to get the kit done) and I’ll call out these during the build when needed.
Step 3:
Element RC Enduro Trail Truck Build - Part 1 - Pre-Build | CompetitionX
As with most of the current AE manuals (and I’m sure future Element RC guides), a 1:1 hardware legend is included in the front cover. Keep this flap open during the build to match up your screws – makes it easy peasy.

Alrighty, now that we have some general knowledge of what comes in the box, let’s get to the build. Up first – Part 1 – the main chassis!

Use the links below to follow each step.
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

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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

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