DougJ's Trusty Rusty TF2

DougJ

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I didn't know Tamiya made those, you're right they look spot on in an old rig like this! I might need to find myself some too.

Great pics as always too! ::2thumbs
Thank you! They're pricey for what is essentially just a set of warm LEDs with proprietary connectors (gotta pay the Tamiya Tax!), but they certainly do the job.
Nice warming glowing warming glow
It glows. Warmingly!
Never knew about those front LED lights, just hit ebay and added them to my watch list. its always made me crazy cause most people have the stock crappy head lights on their Toyotas (just like I do on my 83) so this is a great solution to cutting down on the super bright LED light look. trucks looking good
I can't stand cool LEDs in old trucks, I'd rather have no lights at all than lights that look wrong. These are much easier than wiring up grain of wheat bulbs with the right resistors and whatnot.



So, I've been hemming and hawing about new tires lately. I really do like the look of the Stompers though, so I don't know if I want to give them up. Plus, the 1.55 Rock Beasts I was considering are not cheap, so I decided I'd try to squeeze as much out of these old shoes as I can without spending any money.

As you can see the side lugs are pretty rashed, but the center lugs are still sharp, meaning they're not doing much.

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I liked the way 1BadJeepBruiser cut the tires on his 4-door TF2, so I decided to do the same. All I'm doing is cutting the center lugs in half to give them more open space. Pretty easy to do, just tedious.

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They still look like Super Swampers, which makes me happy. I don't want to fundamentally change the look of the tires. By testing the grip with my finger it does feel like it bites and flexes better, but the true test will be on the trail.

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I also swapped the foams with the ones from the Mud Thrashers I have lying around. They're a tiny but smaller, so I think they make the tread a little more compliant, but it's not a big difference. Like I said, I want to improve things without spending money, so I'm using what I've got already.

I've got a lot of Dremel work ahead of me, but I'll report back when I can trail test all 4 tires together. :biggthumpup:
 

imthatguy

Putting it in "H"
Why is this build in the photo section?! Moved!

EDIT: Oh, because it's a photo thread. DUH! Moved back!
 
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DougJ

New member
You can't give up on the Stompers! You must run them until they're bald.
I'm trying my best to wear them to the cords, trust me!
Why is this build in the photo section?! Moved!

EDIT: Oh, because it's a photo thread. DUH! Moved back!
:laugh: Glad we can get that sorted!



Alright, it's been a little while but I finally got around to cutting all the tires and doing a little testing. One of the tires had some little rips in the carcass that I glued up, and another I accidentally cut a little bit into the carcass (oops!), so I don't know how much these tires have left to give. We'll see. I fully intend to run them until they're ruined.

My testing included climbing steep spots that it struggled with in the past, climbing after wetting the tires, and holding the truck on steep grades. It seemed to handle them all without much fuss. I don't think the additional grooves are the key here; rather the fact that grooving the big center lugs allows the carcass to be more flexible.

Here's some photos from today's run!

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Here you can see the additional flexibility in the tires.

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So, would I recommend doing this? Yeah, I think so, especially after the tires are broken in a bit. It's a pain in the butt to cut every lug individually, that's for sure. I think it helped though. There's only so much you can do to improve a tire before the compound becomes the limiting factor, and these tires are not a particularly sticky compound, but adding some extra flexibility is always helpful. Just make sure you don't let the Dremel slip and put a nice little groove in the carcass like I did!
 

delux

deCOMPosed.
Cracking photos again!

My Stompers could really benefit from this treatment, they're old as the hills and just as hard..
 

DougJ

New member
Cracking photos again!

My Stompers could really benefit from this treatment, they're old as the hills and just as hard..
Thanks Mr. 'Lux! The grooves would probably help add some flexibility back into the rubber if it's gotten stiff over time. Although you might want to check for rips - I found a few little ones, and my tires are about 4 years old.


School starts tomorrow, which will bite into my RC time, so I took some photos from today's quick little run.

I decided to throw the old roll bar back on, because why not? I also swapped the RC4WD 45T motor for an old HPI 55T that I had lying around - it has more torque, the same wheel speed, and it's quieter. Why wasn't I using this before? :hmmm: Lastly, I decided to scrape off the last of the black trim on the sides. I added a little bit of rust but my Sophisticated Finishes paint has turned to goo because it's four years old. :laugh:

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The grooved tires are working pretty good!

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I don't really have any upcoming plans for the truck. Maybe if I can make some time I'll take it out to some hiking trails for a different challenge. The truck is feeling really dialed right now, I'm super happy with it (not that I was ever unhappy with it ;)).

Thanks for looking!
 

DougJ

New member
Hey folks! I've been busy with school and haven't had much time for tiny trucking, but I managed to squeeze in some time today to get some photos as the leaves are starting to change. It'll be trail raking season pretty soon!

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I like having the roll bar back on. It gives the truck a nice sturdy carrying handle. :laugh:
 

DougJ

New member
Nice light in this pictures and great truck too :biggthumpup: !
Thanks! Evening light can be a challenge to shoot in but the results are usually worth it.


Hey everyone! We've had some storms here recently that have knocked most of the leaves off the trees. You know what that means? Raking season is here! Yay!:rolleyes: I expect I'll have to do another 2 passes before the end of the year. Here's some photos from today's post-rake run.

Since the last post I decided to try raising the bumper up using a spare plastic mid-height mount I had. It doesn't look *quite* as good as the low-height mount, but it doesn't look terrible. It has helped a lot with approach, which has been a weak point on this truck.

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Thanks for looking!
 

Small Factory

Fancy-Walkin'
Yes, things changed quickly due to the crazy-high winds with last Sundays storm...

The light this time of year is so nice to photograph in. These latest pictures look great DougJ.
 

J55TTC

Member
Thanks! Evening light can be a challenge to shoot in but the results are usually worth it.


Hey everyone! We've had some storms here recently that have knocked most of the leaves off the trees. You know what that means? Raking season is here! Yay!:rolleyes: I expect I'll have to do another 2 passes before the end of the year. Here's some photos from today's post-rake run.

Since the last post I decided to try raising the bumper up using a spare plastic mid-height mount I had. It doesn't look *quite* as good as the low-height mount, but it doesn't look terrible. It has helped a lot with approach, which has been a weak point on this truck.

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Thanks for looking!

Awesome photos!! I?ve stolen a couple for desktop wallpapers [emoji1303]


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DougJ

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Awesome photos!! I?ve stolen a couple for desktop wallpapers
Yes, things changed quickly due to the crazy-high winds with last Sundays storm...

The light this time of year is so nice to photograph in. These latest pictures look great DougJ.
Thanks, guys!


It's been a while since I've posted, but the eternal Toyota still lives on. I haven't driven it much because of my general disdain for cold weather (and laziness, don't forget laziness!). I took it out for a run today and brought the camera with me, but had to cut it short because it started raining. I managed to get a few photos though, so enjoy!

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BadWagon

build. break. repeat.
Man I just love this truck. Puts a smile on my face every time.

I run the bumper on my TF2 higher up and it?s a night and day difference with the approach angle. I don?t think it looks bad at all.
 

DougJ

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Man I just love this truck. Puts a smile on my face every time.

I run the bumper on my TF2 higher up and it?s a night and day difference with the approach angle. I don?t think it looks bad at all.
Thanks man! Life's just better when your bumper isn't snagging on everything.
A sober and efficient looking Hilux, i like it !
Nice pics too !!
Thank you!
My favorite thread and truck so far! The story makes it great.
Thanks so much! I always love to see trucks that have been around for a while and have a story to tell, I'm glad you enjoy this one.



So, I haven't posted in a while! I've been driving the truck but not taking many pictures. Not a whole lot to report, but I have broken some stuff since the last post. I managed to break one of the halves of my plastic gearbox-tcase driveshaft. Remember my janky zip-tie reinforcement from almost 2 years ago? Those were supposed to be temporary, but they just didn't want to give up! I swapped it for a fresh one and kept on truckin'. Also, as is tradition for this time of year, some "sealed" bearings were sacrificed in the name of stream crossings and mud.

Since I haven't been taking many pictures I decided to combine two posts into one. The first batch of pictures are from last month just before the plants sprouted, and the second batch are from today's run in the fully-grown spring forest. What a difference a few weeks makes!

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I always tell myself I'm not going to drive in the mud because I don't want to replace any more bearings, and yet here we are. I guess I'm not a very good listener. ::D:

Careful observers may notice the new orange 2018 Oversand permit - I might be taking the truck to the beach again on Memorial Day weekend, so stay tuned!
 

DougJ

New member
Very cool pictures. What kind of truck is this?
Thanks! It's an early RC4WD Trailfinder 2, from way back in 2013. The current ones have some extra details on the body that this one doesn't have.



So my Memorial Day beach trip didn't pan out due to rain, so no beach photos unfortunately. Instead, here's a handful of shots from today's run in the overgrown, bug-infested jungle that pops up around the trail this time of year. The trail's a bit messy right now, it's currently getting covered with fuzzies from the poplar trees and I like to wait till they're done falling before I rake it again. Once I do that I'll clear out some of the ferns so I can take more pictures.

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Thanks for looking!
 

DougJ

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I never tire of seeing your photos..
Thanks so much! I love sharing them. Speaking of which...



I've been a bit absent from the RC world for a while, with other interests taking up my time. Although I haven't driven the old heap as much as usual, it has gotten a little bit of trail time on-and-off throughout the past months. Every time I drive it after letting it sit for weeks, it drives perfectly fine as if no time has passed at all. It just goes, whether it's caked with dry mud or gritty dust. I love this truck!

Here's a big ol' dump of photos from recent trail runs. Enjoy!

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As a bonus, here's a couple of... uh.. "behind the scenes" shots (yeah, let's go with that).

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That happens more often than I let on. How do you think the roof got so many scratches? :laugh:
 
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