Review – Axial SCX10TR Dingo – UPDATED

Axial SCX10TR Dingo Review

When slow is fast… FUN!!!

Read the updates at the end of this review

Introduction:

The SCX10TR truck is my first “real” contact with Axial’s products. Like many of you, I’ve seen one of their crawlers but I have never tried one. To be honest with you, I never been a crawling fan. Yes I like how crawlers can go over obstacles but it stops there. However, the new Axial SCX10TR truck is exactly what it needed to get me into the crawling segment. The SCX10TR is a trail truck widely based on the popular Axial SCX10 crawler which means that drive train, transmission and chassis have been competition proven for many years and can survive to all the abuses made by bashers and competitors. The SCX10TR truck comes Ready-To-Run with many spare parts.

Electronics:

First, the SCX10TR comes equipped with an Axial 27T 540 size motor. This brushed motor has more than enough power to move the truck quickly and has a good amount of torque to get the truck out of the trouble when crawling. Bonus points go to the internal cooling fan that keeps the motor cool. The motor is controlled by an AE-1 ESC. The forward and reverse speed works flawlessly and the ESC never overheated during my testing sessions. It is easy to control the amount of speed we want to use while driving the SCX10TR. The AE-1 ESC has a smooth power delivery and does a great job when climbing different obstacles. The brake function works fine and the reverse function doesn’t engage too quickly making cool and precise manoeuvres possible. A high torque/metal gears servo controls the front wheels. The steering servo has no difficulty to keep the front wheels pointed to the right direction anytime. To control the truck, Axial included a basic 2 channel AM pistol radio. This is not a high-end transmitter but it does its job of controlling the truck perfectly.

Body/Tires:

The SCX10TR looks like a full scale trail truck. I was not sure about the body when I first saw the truck. Now, I really like the body and the scale look of the truck. It took me few times to get familiar with the style of the body. But now, I’m Okay with it :) Axial included one of the best rock crawling tire on the market, the Pro-Line 1.9” Flat Irons. They use an extremely soft compound providing a lot of traction on about any surfaces. The tires and the real beadlock wheels have an incredible realistic look. A functional spare tire is also included! Four white LEDs are integrated to the front bumper and two additional red LEDs are integrated to the rear bumper. You now have no reason to not ride the SCX10TR late at night. While I’m talking about the bumpers, they are huge and protect well the SCX10TR. Good points for the nice and realistic rock sliders that protect the body.

Suspension/Chassis:

The SCX10TR uses a three-links suspension design. This is a typical suspension design for crawlers. The SCX10TR shares most of it suspension components with the others SCX10 trucks. A Steel C-channel frame with cross braces adds rigidity and realistic look. Four oil filled threaded shocks with dual rate springs are used for the suspension. On my initial inspection, I discovered that all four shocks were perfectly filled and seemed to be good quality. The dual rate springs provide superior suspension movement depending on the surface you are crawling. The threaded shock bodies make suspension adjustment really easy. A molded plastic skid plate protects the transmission and reduces the chance of getting stuck on rocks or obstacles.

Drive train:

We can’t talk rock crawlers without talking drive train. The SCX10TR uses the proven Axial transmission. A 20T pinion is attached to the motor while an 87T spur gear is attached the slipper clutch. The addition of a slipper clutch enhances drive train durability and performance. With a 2.6:1 ratio compact transmission, the SCX10TR can go over most obstacles with ease, if you need more torque, you can always use a smaller pinion or a taller spur gear. Solid axles and hardened axle shafts are used in front and rear. Like any serious crawlers out there, all the diffs are locked for more traction. The Axial SCX10TR has a real 4×4 drive train system. Durable telescopic drive shafts with steel yokes are used for the front and the rear. Tips: remove the set screw from the yokes and add a little bit of blue thread-lock and then put the setscrew back in place. This little tip will prevent the setscrew from coming out and ruin your run. Don’t worry if drive shafts are made of plastic, they are extremely durable and they will take a lot of abuse before having minor sign of wear. The entire drive train is extremely smooth and rides on full ball bearings.

Overall:

The truck is perfectly built and packed of “heavy duty” components able to take all the punishments of rock crawling or off-road trailing. All components sit low on the chassis for a low CG. The aluminum and plastic used are high quality. The complete truck is bulletproof and requires low maintenance. All the components are easily accessible for cleaning or inspection. As mentioned above, the tires have excellent traction and the wheels and body add extra realism to the package. The ESC/motor and steering servo are good quality components for a RTR vehicle and perform flawlessly. There is no need for any upgrades there. Overall, the Axial SCX10TR is worth the money.

Specifications:

Vehicle:

  • Width: 9″ (227mm)
  • Height: 5.9″ (150mm)
  • Wheelbase: 11.4″ (290mm)
  • Ground Clearance: 3″ (75mm)

Body:

  • Length: 18.5″ (470mm)
  • Width: 7.25″ (184mm)
  • Height: 6.25″ (159mm)

What I liked:

  • Goes everywhere capabilities
  • Proven chassis and drive train
  • High quality assembly and parts
  • Huge selection of aftermarket parts available
  • Excellent tires

What could be improved:

  • It goes a little bit too fast, a 55T motor would have been more appropriated.

Conclusion:

Oh Yeah! If you think that you can only have fun on a race track with a 1/8th nitro vehicle, you’re wrong… Absolutely wrong. The Axial SCX10TR got me hooked to the rock crawling! I really like the feeling when driving the SCX10TR slowly over obstacles. The slow speed, the realism and the crawling capacities of the truck charmed me. The truck literally went everywhere I wanted and it was nice to watch how the suspension works over obstacles. I’m impressed by the overall quality of the Axial SCX10TR. Assembling is perfect and all the components are high quality. The scale realism adds a nice finishing touch to the whole package. If you’d like to customize the SCX10TR, Axial offers a wide variety of optional parts, tires, wheels and bodies.

Thanks to my friend Raymond for this awesome video.

Update:

I spent many time at the wheel of my Axial SCX10TR. I’m not a crawler expert but I can describe myself as being a new passionate fan of this kind of trucks. I’ve ran my SCX10TR on many different surfaces and my truck is somewhere 20 packs-old. This is a lot of good time driving my truck when you consider a pack lasts more than 2 hours.

The truck still stock at the exception of few things. I’ve replaced the stock 20T pinion by a smaller 12T pinion to increase climbing capabilities and low speed control. I’ve installed the battery tray above the front axle. No extra hardware was required. Axial included everything I needed for the modification in the box.  An accident happened with the stock ESC. Not long after I’ve reviewed the SCX10TR, I’ve ran the truck in snow and water has entered the ESC. The ESC melted and caused a lot of smoke coming out of the front wheels’ wells. That was spectacular but this should not happen if you don’t sink the truck in water or snow as I did. The ESC has blown by my fault.

I have tortured my Axial SCX10TR as much as I can. After all, I’ve bought the truck especially for heavy trail actions. After 20 battery packs, nothing broke, bent or even worn out only the diff cups needed a drop of treadlock  to prevent the set screw from coming loose. The truck is still like new and it is one of my favorite.

For more information, please visit www.axialracing.com




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5 Responses

  1. Patrice Lambert says:

    I got the kit version. Crawler are different type of fun then full speed off-road machine like a velineon equip slash. Instead of seeing if you can go over some ridiculous jump at full throttle without breaking anypart, you have to be extremely gentle on your cojntrol an plan well in advance your every move. The satisfaction in crawling comes from reach a point on a climb that looks otherwise completly unaccessable on first sight.

  2. Grayson Head says:

    I think that this is actually a triangulated 4 link setup as opposed to a 3 link setup. 3 link setups require a panhard or trackbar and I don’t see one. Are the top two links connected or seperate?

    I am considering buying one of these, but as an avid rock crawler with fullsized vehicles detail is very very important to me, so I would like to know ;).

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