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Old 02-19-2022, 06:15 AM   #1
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Default Late start to the hobby, here is my HPI Venture FJ Cruiser

Just a brief thing about myself is I love me a Toyota. Some dumbass researched all of the Toyota 1/10 lexan bodies available, and told himself he'd build them all with all different setups and colors. Well that dumbass is me. I currently have 5 completed, 6 & 7 are in progress with 3 other bodies left onhand...

In 2019, I purchased a sand HPI Venture and didn't ever think it'd takeover as an actual hobby. Upon starting to mod this just about a year ago after letting the rig sit, here is how it looks today in silver. It's got some hiking miles into it, hasn't seen water either but when I had an aftermarket driveshaft lose a set screw out in the field I then began the grease/thread lock application maintenance. I haven't gone on a hike with it yet in it's current state (was nearly stock on initial hike). I will bump the post when I add a running video .

Key notes on some of the parts I've added/modified besides the obvious.
- Mamba X on 3S, HH PP 2700kv 12T pinion, Reefs 777
- Ebay Wrangler window visors trimmed to fit (unfortunately had to make it 2pc).
- Exclusive RC hood cowl for VS410 to hide body magnet mounts. Rear mounts are concealed by the hi lift jack with mount brackets made for the one of the SCX10 Jeep kits.
- Amazon universal red caliper brake kit mounted up front with some 1/16" ABS & 440 90 degree L brackets onto the aluminum knuckles.
- Added a plastic hinge to the 3D printed tire cover to house the Proline tow strap.
- Since the rear bumper is swapped out, the spare cover is mounted on the body using a universal Ebay kit. It's mounted as flush to the body as possible to prevent hang ups on climbs more than stock, all while still trying to keep that spare tire look. Melted some of the areas where it made contact with the bar bumper and also the added ladder purchased from overseas.
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