Scale RC Forum Forum Members’ Builds Off-Road builds My Take on the SSD Trail King

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  • #105792
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    toyolien
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    I’m quite excited to finally get this kit. I’ve been backwards and forwards for a while now between this and the Element Enduro. The main reasons for not going with the Enduro were the flexy plastic and the transmission. I know there are hard options, and had these have been included in the builders kit, I may have gone with it. Although it’s great that the transmission has overdrive, I was just a little disappointed that it hadn’t got a forward mounted motor. But, for a Version 1, it does look a great truck.

    So, that brings me to the Trail King. When SSD first announced their kit I must admit I was a little disappointed. I (wrongly) thought it was just an SCX10II. However looking into the kit further I realised there was a lot more to it than that. The re-designed off set Pro44 axles, the all new scale transmission, which has a super low forward mounted motor, Aluminium C Hubs, Knuckles and Panhard Mount, Titanium links with Metal Balls, All alloy shocks, and more. The fact that it’s also compatible with a lot of SCX10ii stuff is also a bonus.

    So, here it is. The box is a little understated, and doesn’t really do the contents justice.

    All the contents are really well packaged, and labelled.

    Everything that is designed to go together do so very ‘snuggly’. So far I’ve only assembled the axles and transmission, and there isn’t any movement anywhere. No slop in the axles or transmission…

    One thing I did notice in the manual is during assembly of the rear axle it says to use m3x6 bolts to hold the bearing caps on. This is incorrect as there are no m3x6 in the bag. And, if you use one it touches the axle. So, you use the m3x5’s that are included.

    Here are the assembled axles. I also added some scale hardware I had spare. I had heard that there were some complaints regarding the nylon axle tubes not having much material for the bolts, or that it was easy to strip them. But, I can confirm that the quality of the plastic is superb. If you’ve assembled plastic kits before then you should be fine. If you are ham-fisted then you may have issues, as you would with any other plastic parts.

    And lastly for tonight, the completed scale transmission. All I can say about this is that it is a work of art! I’ve had a few GCM transmissions that are amazing to put together and this is no exception. The final result is a ‘super’ smooth transmission with a much lower motor than with the RC4WD or GCM transmission. I’m really impressed!

    Thanks for looking, and more coming soon.

    #105793
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    Retrocosm
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    Fantastic, so glad you’re putting one of these together, SSD stuff never fails to impress.  Great pictures as always, is that a 16T motor?

    #105794
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    Fantastic, so glad you’re putting one of these together, SSD stuff never fails to impress. Great pictures as always, is that a 16T motor?

    Thank you. I’m really quite excited about this one. But it is going to be another Hilux I think…

    Yes, is a 16t. Not tried it yet. Only ever had 35t’s so it’ll be interesting.

    #105795
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    Here’s a quick comparison between the GCM and the SSD scale transmissions. The SSD houses the motor much lower:

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    Pete Attryde
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    Fantastic, so glad you’re putting one of these together, SSD stuff never fails to impress. Great pictures as always, is that a 16T motor?

    Thank you. I’m really quite excited about this one. But it is going to be another Hilux I think… Yes, is a 16t. Not tried it yet. Only ever had 35t’s so it’ll be interesting.

    As it’s a 5 slot motor instead of the more usual 3 slot it will be super smooth at low speed and give about the same wheel speed as a 35t.

    Is the transmission housing plastic? does look like a nice option, especially with the motor beeing that bit lower.

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    #105799
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    I’m happy with 35t on 3s, which is the reason i chose the 16t. I’m hoping for good things.

    The housing is plastic, but it’s a tough plastic. It went together nice and easy.

     

     

    Little more progress this afternoon. Although the shock came assembled I like to take them apart, add some Associated Slime and put them back together. These are the nicest shocks I’ve ever built. Super smooth, and the tolerances are superb. They are the only shocks I’ve built where the lower spring retainer (which is alloy) is a tight fit over the rod end. Another thing that has been well thought about.

    And as a roller.

    I’m still not 100% sure on a body, but it will more than likely be a cab with a cage back. I really like the look of these, and I do like a bit of steel work here and there…

    So, as usual a Hilux cab is on stand by.

    Thanks for looking.

    #105804
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    That is quite a difference on the motor height, should make real difference on performance.  I’m a sucker for a good shock absorber, glad to read SSD have spent some time on them.  I love your wheel/tyre combo as well.

     

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    Pete Attryde
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    I’m happy with 35t on 3s, which is the reason i chose the 16t. I’m hoping for good things. The housing is plastic, but it’s a tough plastic.

    I think you will be happy.

    The gearbox being plastic is no bad thing as it will potentially make it cheaper to buy on it’s own.

    I must admit that I had kind of dismissed this as another SCX-10II clone, so far I am impressed with the details and though that appears to have been put into it.

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    That is quite a difference on the motor height, should make real difference on performance. I’m a sucker for a good shock absorber, glad to read SSD have spent some time on them. I love your wheel/tyre combo as well.

    I’m hoping so. This kit is such a pleasure to put together. It’s how all kits should be. Nothing is compromised and everything has been thought about. And, everything fits tight.

    I think you will be happy. The gearbox being plastic is no bad thing as it will potentially make it cheaper to buy on it’s own. I must admit that I had kind of dismissed this as another SCX-10II clone, so far I am impressed with the details and though that appears to have been put into it.

    Thanks Pete. I also had discounted this kit when i first saw it. But the more i looked at it the more new things i saw. Plus, i really do like the backwards compatibility with more SCX10 II stuff. For the kind of build i like doing it’s perfect.

    #105890
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    I haven’t had much time over the last several days but I have decided on a body. More on that at the end.

    The body I’m going with is quite a bit narrower than the kit sliders which presented me with a choice to make. Either cut up the kit sliders to fit or make my own. I decided to get the saw out.

    And here’s my choice. It probably comes as no surprise but it’s a Power Wagon.

    This truck is going to be a good performing trail truck. I’ve always like the look of this Power Wagon so I’m going to do my own take on this. Different color, slightly different cage but I’m hoping for a very similar stance. We’ll see.

    #105900
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    Ok, that’s it, I’m excited.

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