Axial SCX10 III - Portals, Dig, 2-Speed & Jeep Wrangler JL Body
The Axial SCX10 III Jeep JL Wrangler incorporates the key components that have made the Axial SCX10 series successful - but takes realism and detail to a higher level. The SCX10 III includes a replica V8 engine to house the front-mounted 540 motor. It's mated to a realistic transmission housing and transfer case, just like a 1:1 vehicle.
The unique and versatile transmission can be built in several ways. If using a 3-channel radio, you can set it up with a third-channel DIG function that lets you lock the rear axle from the transmitter for front wheel drive and a tighter turning radius. Another 3-channel option is to set up the vehicle with a two-speed transmission to select between high and low speeds. To have access to the two-speed transmission and DIG function simultaneously, just add another servo and use a radio with at least four channels!
The SCX10 III Jeep JL Wrangler kit features portal axles to improve performance by increasing the ground clearance at the pumpkin, while reducing torque twist. Its standard battery tray accepts full-size standard LiPo or NiMH packs. There's also space on the side rails for drivers who prefer "shorty" packs. Inner fenders and floor sides hide the internal components that hinder the scale look.
To top off the chassis, the kit comes with a clear Jeep Wrangler Unlimited four-door body that's ready for finishing however you like. Scale details include a roll cage, front hood vents and cowl, windshield wipers, mirrors, door handles and more, plus a detailed interior. New taller and wider, officially licensed Nitto Trail Grappler tires on 3-piece licensed KMC Machete beadlock wheels add more scale realism and more grip on dirt, rocks, and all other off-road trails.
NOTE: Finished kit shown in photos is for illustrative purposes only. See needed to complete list below for a full list of items required to complete the model.
- Replica V8 engine, transmission housing and transfer case cover and protect the motor while improving scale appearance
- Chassis tray accepts full-size, standard LiPo or NiMH batteries, with space on the side rails for running small pack sizes
- DIG function transmission setup lets you lock the rear axle from the transmitter for front wheel drive and a tighter turning radius
- Two-speed transmission setup option also available for high and low speeds
- Portal axles increase ground clearance and reduce torque twist
- Adjustable wheelbase chassis allows each driver to choose the size of their chassis
- Inner fenders and floor sides hide internal components usually visible from the side of the chassis
- Licensed KMC Machete 3-piece beadlock wheels provide scale looks and let you remove and replace tires without gluing
- Officially licensed Nitto Trail Grappler tires in a taller and wider size increase ground clearance and grip
- Fully rebuildable, oil-filled shocks include hard anodized, threaded shock bodies, coilover springs, and an emulsion-style cap with screw for easier rebuilds
- Clear scale Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited body with detailed interior
Approximate Assembly Time: 7-10 Hours
Ball Bearings: Complete set
Batteries: Sold separately
Body: Clear polycarbonate Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with detailed interior
Brakes: Integral with ESC
Bushing Material: Metal
Charger: Sold separately
Chassis: Adjustable steel C-channel
Completion Level: Kit
Final Drive Ratio: 45.6:1
Gear Pitch: 32-Pitch
Ground Clearance: 3 in (76.2mm)
Height: 9.5 in (241mm)
Length: 19.125 in (485mm)
Max Battery Dimensions: 5.47 x 1.85 x 0.98 in (139 x 47 x 25mm)
Motor Size: 540 (sold separately)
Motor Type: Brushed (sold separately)
Radio: Sold separately
Servos: Sold separately
Shock Type: Oil-filled coil over spring
Speed Control: Sold separately
Spur Gear: 40T
Suspension: Multi-link solid axle
Tire Compound: R30
Tire Diameter: 4.7 in (119mm)
Tire Tread: Nitto Trail Grappler M/T
Track: Front and Rear 8.9" (226mm) distance from outer edges of tires measured side to side
Vehicle Type: Scale 4WD Crawler
Weight: 6.5 lbs (2.9kg)
Wheel Diameter: 1.9 in (48.3mm)
Wheel Hex Size: 12mm
Wheel Type: Injection molded 3-piece beadlock 1.9 KMC Machete
Wheel Width: 1 in (25.5mm)
Wheelbase: 12.3 in (312mm)
Width: 9.25 in (234mm)
- (1) Axial® SCX10™ III Jeep® JL Wrangler 4WD Kit with clear body
- (1) Product Manual
- 4-Channel transmitter & receiver (recommended)
- Steering servo
- ESC (electronic speed controller)
- Electric motor
- Micro servo for rear dig feature
- Micro servo for 2-speed feature
- Battery (accepts standard and shorty packs)
- Battery charger
- Paint (for polycarbonate plastic)
In any case, the build was simple enough with your choice electronics. When it comes to the micro servos they wanted to use, I would recommend the Spektrum SX107 since it's whats advertised with the build. There may be other micros that would fit but even then, the SX107 has some fitment issues with the leads that was an extremely tight fit in the 2-speed install-spot...I ended up having to shave part of the servo and the area where I installed the servo just to get the cable routed to my RX without it touching anything...and why they made these leads so damn short I have no idea...if you use this servo for your dig and/or 2-speed, you'll need to buy some extensions.
4-star rating because of the manual misprints and (slight) servo fitment issues. Other than that, it's a fairly solid build. For those of you who just want the JLU body for their SCX10.2, it'll cost you about $173 for the body, interior, cage, and fenders. And this kit is already $370. AND, if you're interested in the portals, you'll be spending another $190 for aftermarkt portals. That's up to $363, and that's not including the price of the .2! If you're waiting to get IN to one, I would skip the .2 unless you get one already completed at a decent price. But if it's the portal and JLU body you're looking for, this is a good deal as any. Plus it comes with wheels and tires!
Update: 3 weeks later- Tranny case has a hole rubbed through it. Transmission gears and shafts out of round up to 2mm, after less than 4 hours of run time. Horizon said parts are on backorder, let the waiting game begin!
I was happy to put it together
Build took me about 20 hours of work to get it running without a body. You could probably finish it much faster if you're experienced (this is my second RC truck kit after a stampede), but building is half the fun so why rush? Finishing the body will take a while longer to paint and add all the trim pieces.
Running a Mamba X with 1900kV Slate motor and 3S 5200mAh LiPo, I'm getting maybe ~7mph in low, and maybe 10-12mph in high gear, and ran over 2 hours on my first test drive. This doesn't sound very fast, but it has /tons/ of torque and low-speed control, and I wouldn't want it to go much faster or I would probably roll it more often and damage all my hard work. Also, the ESC and Motor were never hot to touch or above ~100F according to the data log. I plan to try 4S soon but otherwise am happy with the ESC, motor, and gearing for crawling.
- I second the other review that recommends checking the rccrawler forum thread with updated notes on the manual supplied by the designer of the kit. http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/axial-scx10-iii/616553-scx10-iii-things-know-before-you-build-yours-tips.html
- I /Strongly/ recommend buying a 3mm metric tap for pre-threading some of the holes, especially the shock tower mounts, as noted in the forum link above. Actually, this tool is super satisfying to use on the hard plastic used on this kit, even if to just ream the tip of the hole and thread a mm or two.
- Some holes probably shouldn't be tapped/threaded all the way through if you want everything to stay tight, maybe with the exception of the shock tower mounts and a couple others. I didn't tap all the way through one of the shock mounts and I ending up stripping the hex head, so getting it off is gonna be a PITA if/when I need to take that shock off.
- This kit uses a lot of close length screws on some steps (8, 10, 12, 14) so don't make my mistake... lay out and triple check the screws before rushing for best results.
- Same goes for the suspension links. triple check the link length, end type, and orientation. Also, one end of each link is reverse threaded so you can adjust lengths after installation. This is probably obvious to experienced builders, but I'm embarrassed to say exactly how long it took me to figure this out LOL.
- A couple holes on the metal frame didn't line up exactly with the plastic holes when putting the chassis together, and took some drilling to enlarge the non-threaded holes slightly (it's possible I made a mistake in sequencing or this is a fluke on my kit, but my fix didn't seem to break anything).
- If using the micro servos, make sure to carefully set your travel limits and transmitter settings. I think I may have damaged one since it was constantly trying to move beyond its mechanical limits until i figured it out. I wonder if this might be why some of the reviews of the SX107 complain about the servos failing after one or two battery packs, but it could just be the SX107. I'll try to add a review of the SX107 after I've had more time to figure this question out.
- After actually driving it for a couple hours, I think the low/high and DIG functions are a little gimmicky and I'll probably just run it in Low 4WD 90% of the time anyways for crawling. There's not a ton of difference between low and high, so I might investigate changing the high gearing for more speed, but I'm not sure if there's much room in the transmission case for a major upgrade.
- If getting aftermarket wheels, double check that they will fit over the portal hub axles' gear boxes. For example, these will NOT fit: https://www.hobbytown.com/axial-1.9-8-hole-beadlock-wheels-black-2-axi8087/p34291
- Consider adding weights to the inside of the wheel hubs for extra stability and lower center of gravity. This is my first planned upgrade and not difficult, just tedious to mount the beadlock tires.