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    A humble return to the hobby....

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    Begins with a slash to MERV conversion.

    My family has had a janky, dirty, beat up little 1/16 scale slash laying around forever. It doesn't get used. The rear diff is grinding, there are frayed wires everywhere, the esc is toast, and everything is loose. Needless to say, it needs love.

    Well, rather, it's getting love.

    I haven't been in the hobby for the longest time and tried to start a slash 4x4 project back in August, but realized it would be way too expensive.

    So I'm taking on this conversion now instead. I don't have a before picture, but I have pictures of the current state. Today, I bought A-arms and links. The MERV's track width is much bigger than that of the slash, as you can tell from the pictures.

    This is just the beginning. My budget is extremely tight. Like basically I had $25 to spend plus I get to use my tips from delivery driving kind of tight. So we'll see how long it takes.

    This hobby wakes up a little child in me and it's great.

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    Finish installing links and A-arms
    Clean and rebuild diffs + diff cases

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    Cool project! I love my MERV!

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    Welcome back... again! Hope you're back to stay this time.

    Did you ever finish your other comeback Sl4sh? Just wondering...

    Good luck with the MERV. It's a great little rig, but harder to work on than the Slash.

    Have fun!
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    Yes, welcome back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squeegie View Post
    Welcome back... again! Hope you're back to stay this time.

    Did you ever finish your other comeback Sl4sh? Just wondering...

    Good luck with the MERV. It's a great little rig, but harder to work on than the Slash.

    Have fun!
    Thanks Squeegie! I hope so too. Unfortunately no, that sl4sh never got further than making the thread about it. It's still in the back of my mind, just really, really far back there haha.

    I'm having fun with the Merv already. Should be a fun little thing to rip around with

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRAXXASAXXART View Post
    Yes, welcome back!
    Thank you!

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    Currently looking at stainless steel screw kits. Does anybody have experience with/prefer a certain brand? So far I've seen RCScrewz and Tony's screws

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    This morning I fully stripped the chassis. I'm going to do a thorough cleaning, and then dye black all of the plastic parts I can find. Chassis, links, rockers, bulkheads, and arms will all be dyed in one batch.

    After a closer look at the rear diff, I noticed sharp teeth on the gears. So I'll be ordering replacements soon.

    Does anyone have experience with the spiral-toothed HR diff? I'm wondering if it would be more durable.

    Also, my bulkheads are over 6 years old. Should I consider replacing them with new plastic ones? Or just hop up to aluminum? There's a chance they're warped since my little brothers used to beat on this thing.

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    Got everything disassembled, cleaned, and dried!!! Ready to be dropped into a bucket of RIT dye tomorrow (pic is before cleaning)


    Also, I found a rock lodged deep in part of the bulkhead structure. In the second pic, if you look close you'll notice some scarring on the lower part of the bulkhead. There's similar scarring on the matching side of the bulkhead. So it looks like a rock got in there, then got spun around by the driveshaft and wreaked havoc.

    I'm wondering if there's any way to close up the gaps/holes on the underside? Just so something like this won't happen again.

    And last is the chassis nice and clean

    I've been keeping all of the parts organized into ziploc bags, and it's helping immensely. No more losing parts!

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    Forgot to mention that when I opened the transmission, IT WAS COMPLETELY DRY.

    Bone dry.

    Nothing whatsoever.

    Is this normal?

    What kind of oil should I run?

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    This vehicle's transmission does not require any sort of grease or oil; its gears are self-lubricating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cooleocool View Post
    This vehicle's transmission does not require any sort of grease or oil; its gears are self-lubricating.
    Okay, that's interesting.

    If and when I switch them over to all metal, I'd probably want to use oil at that point right?

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    Finished up dying everything yesterday, and it turned out mostly well. The chassis was in for about 35 mins, and I think it could've been in for longer. It has a slight purple tinge which I'm sure will drive me crazy lol, so I may try it again for a deeper black. But it already looks much better.

    The rest of the parts sat in the dye for about 1 hour and 15 mins because I got distracted, and they're suuuuper black just how I like.

    I replaced the ring and pinion and assembled it all together for the rear. Turns out the front and rear diffs are the same exact part number. I'm going to replace the front as well since it's pretty worn.

    Anyways, that's all for now. Currently I'm waiting on my Tony's screws to arrive and then I'll get some more stuff together.

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    These little guys are fun! Looks like your having a fun time with the rebuild.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grizzly03 View Post
    These little guys are fun! Looks like your having a fun time with the rebuild.
    Thanks man! Yeah I definitely am.

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    If you don't mind, I would like to ask why you chose the Tony screws rather than the RD Screws. Just curious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slush View Post
    If you don't mind, I would like to ask why you chose the Tony screws rather than the RD Screws. Just curious.
    Thank you.
    RD screws? Did you mean RCScrewz? If so, it's just because they're cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanycool View Post
    If and when I switch them over to all metal, I'd probably want to use oil at that point right?
    I would default to whatever the manufacturer says. With that said, it's a safe bet that you'll need something like a light grease. For metal on metal applications, I typically use white lithium grease.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cooleocool View Post
    I would default to whatever the manufacturer says. With that said, it's a safe bet that you'll need something like a light grease. For metal on metal applications, I typically use white lithium grease.
    Okay. I'll grab some white lithium then.


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    Tony's screws came in!! Kinda bummed they're not stainless steel like the picture showed... but that's alright. Down the road I can switch to something else if I want.

    I installed as much as I could using the new screws. So how I have the battery box vents, receiver box, bulkheads, wheelie bar mount, and a few other things mounted with the new screws.

    I gotta say, it's very satisfying to use the TRX exploded views and get all the right screws in all the right places. Very satisfying.

    Also, I'm sure other people have done this, but I was a first for me. I got all of the screws replaced for the front bulkhead, and then realized that I forgot to put in the steering post! Lol. I got it all fixed though

    When I get paid later this week, I'll be buying a bearing set, my front diff, and maybe some diff fluid.

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    Looks great so far!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squeegie View Post
    Looks great so far!
    Thanks Squeegie!

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    I like all of the black parts, looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanycool View Post
    Thanks Squeegie!

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    Thank you! I love the black too!!!

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    HR knuckles and Fast Eddy bearings are ordered!!!

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    Fellas, we have a wing!

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