Axial SCX10III Building Tips And Tricks

I recently sat down to build an Axial SCX10III so I could get to know the truck better and be more helpful to my customers when they have questions about it. I also wanted something new to run on the trail in the mornings before I open the store. I’ve built a lot of kits through the years and the Axial SCX10III manual is one of the worst that I’ve ever had to use. There’s very little info to help you with the build and some of the drawings are not very clear. Throughout my build I shot photos and took notes so that I could provide tips and trick that would be helpful during the build.

Don’t forget to use thread lock on the screws that attach the ring gear to the spool.

There are two different portal covers in the kit. Number 1 (on the bottom of the cap) is used on the front axle while the number 2 goes on the rear. The number one cover has a small lip on top.

When applying grease to the ring and pinion, remember that a little goes a long way. The more grease you add to the gears the more grease gets flung off them when you run. A few dabs of grease will do. You just need to give the gears a light coating.

It can be a little difficult to get the screws that attach the hubs to the axle started in the hole. I cut a small chamfer on the top of the hole with a hobby knife to help the screw along.

Use o-ring grease on the two seals at the bottom of the shock body. This lubricates the o-ring and allows it to sit properly in the housing and reduces stiction to make the shock smoother. I place a little bit of grease in the middle of the o-ring and use my fingers to fully coat the rings. You can get this type of grease from ProTek or Team Associated (green slime).

Before placing the shock shaft into the shock body, place a little shock oil on the threads to allow them to slide easily through the o-rings without cutting them. If you placed o-ring grease, you can skip this step but it doesn’t hurt to go the extra mile.

The o-ring for the shock cap doesn’t drop in easily so I coated it with shock oil and use a 2.5mm hex wrench to seat it in the cap before placing it on the shock. This will ensure that there’s a good seal between the cap and shock body.

A drop of shock oil on the body will make it easier to turn the ride height adjuster. Apply the oil and rotate the adjuster through it to spread the oil on the o-ring inside.

Slowly compress the shock to remove the excess oil through the cap. Wipe the oil away and insert the screw. Make sure you don’t over tighten the screw and strip the threads. That will cause a leak.

It can be hard to keep the slipper pad in place while installing the slipper assembly. Use a dab of CA glue on each side of the slipper pad pocket to keep the pad in place.

When tightening the slipper assembly, lock the transmission by sliding a small Allen wrench through the hole in one of the output shafts and use it to keep the drivetrain from spinning.

The AXI232029 mounting tab on page 18 of the manual goes behind the flange on the transmission housing.

Use a small dab of CA glue to keep the nuts in place on the motor mount. Do this before installing the plate onto the transmission housing.

Place the pinion gear on the motor shaft before installing it into the transmission housing and leave the set screw slightly loose. Once the motor is installed, you can align the pinion with the spur and lock the set screw down.

The links on the Axial SCX10III are actually turnbuckles. That means that one end (the one with the groove in it) has a standard thread and the other has a reverse thread. For those unfamiliar with that, the standard thread requires you to turn the rod end clockwise to install it while the reverse thread requires a twist in the counter clockwise direction. You can get the length of the rod as close as possible then install them onto the truck and give them a twist to fine tune the overall dimension.

When installing the links, make sure the grove is at the same end on the truck. Make sure they’re all going towards the front, rear or the middle like I have here. Then all can be turned the same direction to tighten or loosen.

The shock towers are made out of a very hard material so it’s a good idea to run a 3mm tap through all the mounting holes before installing them or the parts that attaches to them.


That’s all the information I have for now. I’ll be adding a little more later.



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