RC ADVENTURES – Mudding, Climbing, Tips & Tricks – CHEVY K5 Blazer Vaterra Ascender RTR

RC ADVENTURES – Mudding, Climbing, Tips & Tricks – CHEVY K5 Blazer Vaterra Ascender RTR


– [Narrator] Very nice trucks
you have there, young sir. – Oh bonk! – [Narrator] (chuckling) Bonk! – Bonk, oh bonk! (narrator chuckling) Oh bonk! – [Narrator] This is the age we’re at now. – Oh bonk! – [Narrator] (chuckling) Buh-bonk. – Oh bonk! Bonk! Bonk, bonk! – [Narrator] Yes that
is the small Gelande II or the Gelande from RC Four Wheel Drive that we unboxed. He has claimed it as his own and there has been many
sessions of demolition with it. His two favorite trucks, right here. Well, two of his favorite, I guess. Amazing. – [Boy] Hey Dad, truck and that truck! And that truck, and that black truck, and that red truck. Trucks, trucks! – [Narrator] Good job! I love it. – [Boy] Truck, you,
truck, look, look, truck. (narrator laughing) – [Woman Off-Camera] That’s brilliant. – [Boy] Look, Daddy! – [Narrator] I’m looking, buddy. I’m super-impressed. – [Woman Off-Camera] I
guess you are retiring. – [Narrator] Yep, I’m done. – [Boy] Truck, Daddy. – [Narrator] Yes? Ah, welcome back, my friends. Check it out, lots of color
at the RCSparks Ranch. The rain has been falling and we have been planning
some fifth-scale races for quite some time, but at the time of this filming being the beginning of July, June is always a rainy season. So lots of color,
everything has to dry out. It’s all growing wonderfully now. Check it out! With rain becomes opportunity
to play in the mud, so the center channel
I have here that always collects all the rainwater
running down from the shop area, collects all the way down
and makes a great mud pit. And with mud pit comes a
scale RC truck, of course. This is an updated Vaterra I have, it’s actually an RTR,
or ready-to-run version that I went out and purchased
from a local hobby shop here in Calgary called Action Hobby. I also bought some tires and rims. Those are 1.9 Mud Slingers on Integy rims, very mall-crawler-esque, but regardless, we’re gonna be puttin’
’em in the mud today. 1.9s, as I mentioned,
with the Mud Slinger, because I wanted a
smaller, more scale tire. I wanted to see how this truck does on a smaller 1.9 size and leave my other one
already set up on the 2.2s, which is, you know, something I prefer, especially when I’m
doing lots of crawling. Now a lot of people will be asking me, why didn’t I go out
and get one of the kits that are available? And really, just because
it’s a busy season for me right now. Normally I do a lot of my
building in the winter times. I just wanted to get out
and have some fun, you know, and hey, building kits is fun, too, but I wanted to get out and enjoy the sun. So here we are, an updated Vaterra truck. There are releasing a new
Vaterra truck coming up here, it’s actually really, really cool, and you can see some pictures
and stuff of it online. It’s a yellow truck, it’s very, very cool. Anyway guys, I don’t wanna talk anymore, I wanna get into the mud. (narrator chuckling) Let’s do it! So everything in this truck is waterproof, the ESC and the servo. One of the things I’ve noticed is that the servo that comes with it is kinda slow right at turns. But it’s got some pretty good torque, you can see that here. It’s on dry ground, and with Mud Slingers, having that much traction,
turning it like that, not too bad. Up and over, the flex on
this truck is fantastic. I actually showed a static
shot on my Instagram of this truck flexing with the front axle tipped one direction, and of course, the back
tires all flat on the ground. I’ll leave a link to my Instagram in the video description box down below. The Alberta dirt is like a
mix of sand and clay and soil, so it’s a very unique, wet,
thick, sticky, heavy compound that can really be tough on
bigger pinions on the motors. You guys might be wondering why it it kind of tilting to one side? It’s really because the
middle is way softer than the outside of this channel here. There we go, kinda line it up. Looks like I shoulda put on a
snorkel. (narrator laughing) You can hear the water under the hood. I still have traction
on the bottom though, for now. Doin’good, doin’ good, it’s not coming in the driver window yet. I do get quite a few
questions about waterproofing my LiPos, or do you need
to waterproof your battery. And really, lithium-polymer batteries, they can be very, very dangerous
if mishandled or misused, and would think that
putting them underwater would fall into that category,
and that may be the case. But LiPo batteries
actually have to be sealed against any air contact, so they’re usually already
sealed against water, right? Because no air, no water. The one thing that you
have to be careful of are balance plugs, the white plugs that are
attached to the LiPos, and of course, the connectors themselves, the battery connectors. They will start to show
signs of corrosion, depending on the ones you’re using. And if you’re in saltwater you cannot take a scale truck into it. It’s just, saltwater conducts
way too much electricity and of course that’s a
whole different episode about motors and saltwater and all that. But with LiPos basically
a LiPo can get wet. You will be degrading
the warranty of course, I’m sure most manufacturers
won’t warranty a LiPo that’s in water. And always dry off the balance port when you take the LiPo out, just so it prevents any
issues with you charging in the future. Another question I get
is about waterproofing, and do I have to waterproof, your axles and bearings? And the answer is if
you take a stock truck or even a customized
truck that you’ve done, depending on the mods, your bearings are always going
to be getting dirt and mud in with the axles. (tires squealing) Look at that, so soupy
over there, come on! See if I can back out. Straighten out those tires. So you always have to basically remove, if you’re gonna go in mud and water use, you have to take your
axles apart, you know, at least every couple of runs. Make sure you don’t have
any sand and grit in there, because they’re bearing killers, and one day you go out,
you go to use your truck, and boom, it’s squeaky, it’s irritating, or it just simply doesn’t
work because it’s frozen. Same thing will happen with your motors if you don’t clean them out
properly with a compressor and use some sort of motor cleaner, right, or some motor-specific bearing oil. So that’s another tip I hope that can help some of you guys out there. Motor oil, motor-bearing
oil is fairly inexpensive. You can get them at most hobby shops. Let’s go back to this
mud where we got stuck. I wanna see more of that. I’m not even at full-throttle, I’m just doing a gentle curve, ugh! There we go, I needed a snorkel there, but thankfully it’s electric. Maybe when we see the rise
of full-scale electric cars we won’t really need
a snorkel kit anymore. (tires squealing) Oh man, nope. Yep, oh, almost, come on, come on! Yes! Mud Slinger! (narrator chuckling) And that’s on a 2S LiPo. So that’s good, I’m
glad it had enough power to pull through there. The motor probably isn’t very hot but it has quite a bit of dirt in it, so I’m gonna go and rinse it out. You wanna come see the new truck, buddy? – Leak? – [Narrator] Yeah, it was
dripping when I walked up, it was all the mud. Let’s put it in the sun. (boy quietly mumbles something) Yeah, well I gotta rinse it off first. – Mmm ho. – [Narrator] Yeah, I gotta
clean it with the hose, that’s right. If it was only as easy to
clean a full-scale that way, and as cheap. (narrator laughing) All right, so lined up nose to nose, 2.2 size tires on the right-hand side, 1.9s on the left-hand side, and you can see there’s not
much of a height difference, and you may be wondering why. The tire is bigger, what’s going on? Well really it depends on how you have your suspension set up, too. If you’ve got the spring
heighteners higher or lower, that’ll bring the nose or the
rear of the truck up and down. Now really it’s clearance, and you can see in the rock
pile in the background there that I have given the 2.2s their fair run, and I’d like to take
the 1.9s over there now, now that all the mud is rinsed out and see how they do just in
some light rock crawling. This place seems to be
a good a start as any. Let’s see if we can do a slow crawl with these Mud Slingers here. Gonna have to watch my big bumper doesn’t get hung up on
the rock cliff right away. A bit of clearance, here we go, back bumper scrapage. Hmm, not too bad. The right-hand tire trying to
hook up with some traction, turning my tires, driving the rock. There we are. Not bad, hung up on the back link. That’s okay though. Small, controlled pushes of the throttle. You don’t want to be jumping
your truck too far, right? You wanna make sure that
when it does hook up you’re not flying way too far forward. This is a very skinny rock designed to drop down your front tires right now. Ah, the diff clears nicely, so right now it’s resting
on the differential. Let’s have a look. A stack of pallets in the back
to be burned on the weekends. So stuck right there, very
wide at the back of the rock, and of course it comes to a point. Very nice, I’m liking these tires. Look at that, it’s a nice bumper anchor, but it’s actually holding me from falling off the
rock in the front here, even though I’ve got quite a bit of room to drive out of it. Still, it was nice to kind of grab me and act as a drag-brake,
physical drag-brake. Perfect. Well I’m gonna try and
drive the tire up here and get up here, see if that works. So first that one, then the other side. Yeah, too many holes, I think. If we can get it to hook
up on that other rock, oh yes! Okay, changing angles. That was a good one. The back-right tire is
still left in a hole, hopefully I can climb up here. I’m turning right and left, yes man, good crawl! Lots of shadows today,
nice and warm, very humid. So we’re on to a side hill now. Very nice, drop it down
getting ready for the valley. Now the valley I’m about to drop into is known that if you don’t actually ride your tires on the edges of each one, you can go in sideways and you’re done. Oh, looks like I didn’t quite get it. Yes I did, perfect, driving into it thinking about where my
back tires will be placed. Whoa, got a bit of strain. There we go. Oh, don’t wanna scratch my front fender. Beautiful, beautiful. So there ya go, mud,
rocks, and tips and tricks. I hope it’s been a good
video for you guys. Go out and get yourself
one of these cool trucks. Find some friends, go
out, take some pictures, take some videos, post them up! Be a part of a really neat community, and you know, if the videos
inspired you to do that, please give it a thumbs up down below and maybe we’ve even
earned your subscription. And if you are subscribed,
thanks for all the support. Check that out! It looks so boss! I love the old Chevys. Okay guys, until next time, get outside, have some fun with RC, bye.

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  1. How do I get a RC like this? You find them at WAL*MART or Toys R Us? Or make them? If u make them how and where u get the parts?

  2. Those scale crawlers look boss, but I wish they came with nitro power options. I'm well aware it's easier to crawl with electric but I don't really care, I want the engine, I want the challenge of having to manage the throttle, the clutch, the wheelspin just as real life crawlers have to do.

  3. I have the exact same car and I have stock tires and I wanna get mudslingers like the ones on yours but I want to keep my stock wheels what size tires should I get and will the mudslingers kill my power

  4. hey i live in Edmonton just got into scale crawling is there any where the you could possibly recommend, i do make trips to Calgary every now and then

  5. Love your video! Subscribed! Check out my scratch built 1:6 crawlers maiden test run (driver, Evie, 7 ) https://youtu.be/3ojBYKF4yUs

  6. Just like me back in the 90s my grandpa with a stampede my dad with his Rustler and me with my crappy little Walmart RC

  7. I have one of these trucks (not rc) and they really are great trucks it was my grandpas then my fathers and my father gave it to me when he got his own truck and I haven’t had to change one part for at least 10 years but I did replace the fuel pump and tires, paint and added some subwoofers but in all these are great trucks rc or not and thanks for the video I now have this truck as a rc 👍🏽

  8. I asked my friend if I could get a cookie, he said sure. But someone came up and Bonk out my cookie. 1 like – to save the cookie.

  9. Hi brother, Any chance you could do an episode on how to go about doing a build from scratch ? Like maybe buying a manual with exploded views and/or a box of scews, frame etc. For people that can't afford the kit or rtr. And maybe a talk on the planning of the build. Or have I missed an episode where you have done this ? Thanks for all great content. 🙂

  10. I remember this video being released. I looked at the year it was posted and nearly died. How old am I this felt like yesterday

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