My first thing i did was the uh, the sway bars. Those are ready to go Music and i’ve just built the first sway bars. I don’t know which spacers i’m going to need yet so i’m, just kind of building them out it’s a pretty simple, build you’re, basically going to take this bar, and two of these put it together, like this put in your grub screw and then you’ve got a Build there’s another little baggie, all the parts you need are in that baggie. A kit of these and you’ll be able to uh build that out. So very simple, gon na put this screw into here, and then this will screw into here and you’ll get two ends. Um this screw here got to make sure that these are set up so that your mounting is on the inside. So it’ll sit flush because you’re gon na go inside out with this through and put the nut on. As you can see in the finished one. The actual arms go on the outside here on these particular ones, and your bolts go from the inside out. You can look on his website for the details on that, but assembly of these is actually really easy. Now we’re going to put in the chassis, braces, i’ve gone and painted mine green as well as my chassis is green we’re, going gravedigger with this. So basically we’re just going to stand it up and we’ll do one side first and line up the other and screw it in and together and for that we’re going to be using out of the bag here the screws and then the washers.
They even used too. On the outside, so basically going to cut these open and get them all out of here, as well as the washers and we’ll get this thing. Looking like a monster truck, the other thing we’ll have to put in there is the bottom plate, but we’ll wait for that. A little bit going to put a few of these in get it basically together. Don’T want to do too much uh because we probably will want some area to be free to figure out where we mount everything inside it: Music, so Music it’s missing the hole on this one Music, this upper brace – and i need it because i put my body Mount on right, there there’s like no getting around. Having that i mean it’s, a builders one. So what do we do? We build Music Applause, Music, oh Music, all right, we’re! Continuing on here with the build. I do need to point out something i put the back. One on to kind of get it laid out figure out how it was going to work because there’s a couple things that we do have to notice. First of all, the sway bars don’t fit through so we’re going to have to do some drilling make these a little bigger wherever it’s gon na go. I think it’s probably gon na go right. Here is my guess, so i actually have one of these off of here, because i just needed to get some measurements.
I didn’t want to drill it out prematurely um, but i think it’ll pretty much fit we’ll swap this around and this upper one here and we’ll. Just go right to there just like that. That looks really good to me right in that upper hole or even the one below it either one, maybe maybe the one below it just to pull it a little bit further away. We’Ll drill that out a little more we’ll be able to run that through what i wanted to talk about was links. There are two different size lengths. I thought the longer would go on the bottom. I wasn’t really sure when you look at an smt 10 they’re. Actually about the same length as you can see here, um, this is an upper one and this is a lower. That is an option. If you want to run their trailing arms, they do come with trailing arm options and get rid of the the rod one. I want it to be more scale and so that’s why i went this option and i had to figure it all out and i think i’ve got some mounting holes that i like here could maybe go a little higher with this we’ll see when we put the Drive shaft in if it hits here, um that’ll be the question mark. We might want to raise that up just a little bit into one of these upper holes and that’s, something you just got to play with a little bit um, but i did when i mounted these i used.
Instead of nuts on the inside, i did run more chassis braces as a mounting bracket or the inner part of that, because there were extras and so i’m using it for now. For that, so i have the short ones on the front which we have to mount now to our axle before i do that i’m gon na do the upper ones because they’re easier to do when you uh you have it off like this. So i’ve got my long screw here that we’re gon na need, and i just need the longer links, um there’s, another upper mount here you can use depending on the transmission you use. That would mount in here, like a freestyle one, to give you the upper mounting points. Uh also will be like a nice other chassis stiffener right in the middle there they are. So this is pretty easy. You just start threading this through here i like to do the screw one on this side that has the um the diff on it, because it’s easier to get a screw in there screwdriver than your wrench. You can’t come up and grab, and this one you can come from the bottom if you need to with a wrench, so needle nose pliers more than a wrench. I don’t know why i’m saying wrench, but um yeah we’ll just get this in here slide it in get our next one ready, uh push it in here. So this is very much a custom, build it yourself, chassis, that’s, what it’s geared for and so there’s a little tweaking.
You have to do and a little figuring out. Hopefully this will help some people give them a basic guideline of where you can start. There are tons of options for mounting holes, so that is not going to be a problem that’s why i decided to put the longer ones on top, when i realized that it was going to be. The chassis was looking extra long with these long links on the bottom come on now i just been messing around with it and i’m, pretty pretty happy with how it is there again i might go a little higher. It does look a little low. I was kind of eyeballing it, so we can get this wrench here. Take this one on the other side and there we go Music all right here. We go last part two down two in just going to get that look completed here, liking it all right. So let’s go ahead, go ahead and drill this out here and get this rod through that worked here. There we go nice so i’m using the larger plastic spacers. They seem to be the right size for this chassis once we’re happy with it. So, for now, this apex chassis is definitely a builder’s kit. You have to do a lot of building and figuring things out with it again. There are no instructions and uh. The first thing i had to do is figure out what links went where i tried the longer links on the bottom shorter links up top that didn’t work, um flipped them around longer legs up top, but they went way up here and when you’d compress this.
The axle would twist so much from the length of that just kind of pushing back that it was just rotating. What would be your drive shaft way up at crazy angles, um, so moving these around didn’t really help, because that length was still just going to push. No matter what so we cut this down by 10 millimeters, so five off on each side, which you need to do because they’re threaded, so you don’t, want to just mark 10 millimeters and cut it off. You have to do five on each side in order to keep that nice um tap that he’s got in there. They are threaded really deep. So that is a good thing, but i recommend leaving quite a bit of threading as much as you can on each side. That’S, why i did five from each side, then i went to my grinder stood them all upright made sure they’re the same height if it’s a little taller i ground off more, but then i did also kind of just bevel the edges a little bit of it. So that it wasn’t sharp and it was a little cleaner and then we played with a bunch of different spots of mounting it here up here we tried this fourth hole. This seems to be the best one which is from this cutout it’s two rows down and then five over, and i did that on both sides and on the other. So that seems to work.
It does not really rotate that axle, maybe the littlest bit still but not much and i could have. If i did go to this other one. It does tilt it down more to start, but i wanted that main angle, because i figure we’re going to be sitting more like this, to kind of be pointing toward the not have a big kink in it anyway. For the the drive shaft going to the transmission, which will be seated up a little bit, so that was the kind of decision on that having it and that’s how the smts are set up with just that little kick on it and uh yeah it’s gon na Be four steer um because my steering kits like this are very dedicated to the pumpkin. It doesn’t really work on the rear, so i’m leaving the stock one for now and we may change that out stock shocks, smt 10. His sway bars actually look really good on here. That was the other thing. When we were over another hole, is it felt like it was binding a little bit more? It wasn’t, but there was like a push and it just didn’t feel as smooth, so it feels smoother on the as far as suspension travel on that hole that i just described here, fifth one over but um yeah i mean overall, it feels like it’s pretty good And it looks like our servo should clear and give us full compression of the shocks which is nice, but um yeah.
Definitely a lot of work. I mean i had to paint this chassis, so i started with an aluminum etching primer, painted it enameled it. I did that as well to the cross members i’ve not done anything. These are bare metal on the links and the sway bars still. You could use the trailing links which i think a lot of this is based off of in four, and probably these links are set to work with a little bit easier, but i wanted the more scale. Look with the on axle shocks, actual trailing link. Four link system like this and uh just meant a lot more work for me, trying to figure out where everything goes: there’s, no instructions, no blueprint kind of look online on their website and see for sure you can figure out how to do the sway bars from That which are really easy anyway links kind of make sense. Everything is nicely managed in baggies like this, with the different parts that you need. There are extras as well so that’s, good, um, yeah, so it’s it’s been a lot of work. It’S been a lot of trying to figure things out and that’s, not for the faint of heart you you definitely will have to want to build this and do some work to make it exactly how you want, but i’m pretty excited about how it’s turning out i’m Liking how the look is here, i like all the mounting options i do have.
If i want to rearrange where i have different things put um, you know, maybe kick this shot over a little bit more we’ll see anyway that’s uh that’s, where we stand so far. Next is figuring out how these 3d printed electronics trays and all that kind of mount inside of here, there’s one big one. It looks like it’ll just sit in the middle for the battery um and we’ll figure out how we’re going to mount the rest of the electronics um as well. I needed this to work on top, which is why i did have to drill it out. There was a hole missing in the chassis as many as there are. There was one missing that i really needed right here. I had to drill out um in order to fit this, because i want to put a piece of plastic here with velcro. So i’ll also put another piece, another cross member here and after i get everything inside and i’ll put another piece of plastic and i’ll use that to mount velcro to hold the body on that’s the plan, at least so that is update. Number two on the jer. A pep chassis there are links in the description down below guys if you want to check this out as well as the other chassis that they make, and you can see my other video when it was unpainted and just the raw stuff how it comes in the Box and then you need the parts in order to build it so i’m doing ar 60 axles because that’s what i have i had a builder’s kit and so i’m, just using all of that i’ll be using that transmission as well, and the drive shafts from the Builder’S kit, by axial to complete this build and then i’ve got a ton of different motors i’ll, probably put a castle system in it.
But again i did do four steer on here. I bought the attachments here, the extra pieces here knuckles and like c hub, and all that in order to mount this, and i did order the extra bearings just to be safe. That came in here and i think that’s it. The kit did have an extra mount already for the servo um. I did not know that i bought another one from vanquish, but i did not end up using it because i found this sitting in the kit later before that even came in the mail. But ah it’s been a long update. Telling you about this but i’m excited about the progress that’s being made.