Been distracted with a few rally builds, a hurricane, new job, wrecked Xterra, but things have finally calmed down and have gotten back to work!
Got the chassis and assorted parts trimmed up and painted finally (metallic black just for something different) - didn't spend a ton of time with the files on this getting the cuts perfect, but it's all straight and square - good enough! Started reassembly. Doesn't look much different, but spent a ton of time shimming, spacing, and getting everything working smooth since most of it was just mocked up before.
Overall chassis progress:
Axial 14/36 HD gearset, stock WK axles
RC4WD straight axle adapters
Converted to 4 link ilo 3 link
El-cheapo shocks that actually feel butter smooth...and more importantly were the perfect length
Wraith swaybar set...the swaybar is sheathed in brass tubing that runs though the chassis, lubed and sealed. No play, and nice and smooth.
Stripped and polished off all the ano everywhere that wasn't blue.
Axial HD gears to match the rear
Redcat steering converted over to bearings (that I'm pretty sure will be the first part to fail) shock tower and gearbox housing
Modified Tamiya Wild Dagger arms to get the right width for the body
Duratrax Maximum C's and spindles
Mystery parts box dogbones.
Almost done, just needs an upper plate to tie the steering posts to the gear housing - the stock Redcat piece worked fine with the built in camber of the stock chassis, but here it's all flat so I need to fab a slightly longer one. Thought I was done cutting metal - missed that apparently.
Took forever to get it all sorted out with no bump-steer or weird camber angles, but now it's got good travel and geometry overall. Now that it's sorted out, just need to go back and sleeve the links for strength.