With winter approaching and my outdoor racing season finished, I've set my TR-SC10E race truck aside and started working on a new project. Enter my Everest Gen7 Pro and project "If it ain't broke, fix it"
Other than black paint on the beadlocks, my Gen7 is completely stock but that's about to change...
I haven't fully worked out what the project will look like but here's the tentative plan:
Let's get started...
Current State of my Gen7
My truck is in a pretty sad state and although it's still functioning perfectly, it could use some TLC
I used a 2mm hex driver to remove the four 3x12mm rear bumper mount screws (2 on each side) then lifted the body off.
In retrospect, I could have just removed the two 3x20mm screws at the hinge
A 7mm nut driver made quick work of the wheel removal. Yes...those are leaves wrapped around the front axle...so sad
12 more screws and both the front and rear bumpers were removed and the mounts separated from the bumpers
Next up was removal of the inner fenders. I used a small box wrench to hold the nyloc nuts and my 2mm hex driver to remove the screws. I had to remove the upper shock mount screws to slide the inner fenders off. This step took a few minutes but it was easy enough.
Remove ESC and Receiver
Next, I grabbed my 2mm hex driver again and removed the four screws holding the ESC mount
Remove front and rear axles
Four more screws and both the front and rear axles were separated from the chassis
Remove gear box
Removing the front and rear body post mounts separated the chassis plates from the gear box
Separate motor from gearbox
I won't tear into the gearbox at this point. I'll wait until I have a clean work area before doing that. I'll be replacing the CVDs with the aluminum units when I reassemble everything
Rear axle partial disassembly
I partially disassembled the rear axle next. I'll give the assembly a thorough clean before putting it all back together with the aluminum axle housing, lockouts and axle truss
Front axle partial disassembly
Next up was the front axle. Once I clean up my work area, I'll put this back together with the aluminum axle housing and "high steering" setup
I'm embarrassed to admit that my Gen7 has had a pretty rough life. I literally pulled it out of the box and started running it. It's never really been serviced or maintained in any way. The truck has been a champ and the only change I've ever made to it was a servo upgrade (the stock servo died after a river crossing)
I was happy to find zero broken parts during the disassembly. The shocks need to be rebuilt - or at least refilled with oil and at least half of the balls in the suspension links were seized.
On to re-assembly...
New parts! I started with the center gear box and, call me crazy but I've decided to use a bunch of new parts during the rebuild
I opened up a brand new Gear Box Set and installed the Steel Transmission Gears
Steel transmission gears
Here's a quick look at the steel transmission gears installed. I added a small amount of grease to the gears then buttoned it all back together
On the left is the brand new transmission and the old one is on the right. For the new transmission, I added the 138007 aluminum center drive shafts but decided to use my old brushed motor for now. The old motor looks better than the new silver can motors. I may upgrade to a brushless system later.
The old transmission cleaned up well. The CVDs are worn out but I'll keep using them for now. I should have added some grease to the CVD barrels and pins but I was feeling lazy so just left them dry. Oh well.
Aluminum skid plate
Here's a quick shot of the Aluminum Skid Plate installed under the new transmission
Chassis side plates
I loosely installed the new transmission and aluminum skid plate to the new chassis side rails next. The front and rear body post mounts help hold the chassis plates in place
Aluminum front axle
The front axles were next to be rebuilt. Once again, I decided to use all new parts. Pictured above are the following:
Front axle all done
I ran into a small issue when installing the c-hubs and spindles. They were too tight. The solution was simply to install one of the bushings on top of the c-hub rather than from the underside.
Other than the servo and servo horn, all parts are brand new. I suppose I didn't have to disassemble the stock axle the way I did.
Aluminum rear axle
The rear axle went together quickly and easily. I decided to re-use the internals from my old truck rather than install brand new ones. The original pieces still looked like new so I figured I'd save a few bucks and not replace them. Quick tip, if you decide to build an aluminum rear axle on your Gen7, be sure to pick up some 13832 3x8mm Pan Head Screws. You'll need them to install the lockouts
Aluminum ESC / receiver cover
Slowly but surely, the truck is coming together. Here you can see that I reinstalled the stock electronics. I used the aluminum ESC / receiver cover to secure them to the new ESC mount
Ront axle installation
Here's a shot from the bottom of the truck. You can see all of the brand new parts and upgrades. I have some LED lights for the front bumper but I'll leave them to the end of the project
Rear axle installation
Here's the bottom side of the aluminum rear axle installed. Once again, pretty much everything in the rear of the truck is brand new parts. I reused the shocks and rear lower links because they were still in near perfect condition
LED light time
I'm going to add some Team Redcat LED lights. This set (HX-LED-003M1) includes six LED lights, two white and two blue for the front bumper and two red for the rear bumper
Front LED lights installed
Here's how the front LED lights look. They are surprisingly bright
Rear LED lights installed
And here's the rear LED lights. Perfect fit
LED light wire routing
Here's the bottom view of the chassis so you can see the routing of the LED light wires. I secured them to the chassis rail with small wire tires
That's all the time I have for today. Be sure to check back again soon for more updates on my Gen7 project
'till next time.
By the way, if you like this project, please help me out by buying your Gen7 Parts & Upgrades from me and by using my Amazon links whenever you make a purchase on Amazon - they'll pay me a small commission