When I build a crawler, even a scale crawler, it’s all bout performance more than appearance. You know, function over form. Substance before beauty. I think you get the idea. I feel the same way about full-size trucks, and I’m not just saying that because current Jeep isn’t exactly a looker. I just don’t care how something looks if it doesn’t perform.
My one weakness may be rims. I’m a sucker for a set of alloy rims that are super strong and look trick. This isn’t just true with the big trucks. You can find RC rims that are also the best of both worlds. Case in point: the set of Vanquish SLW V6 rims I just bolted up to my Top Truck Challenge style Axial SCX10.
The SLW stands for super light weight, and this means all extra material has been removed. As a result and to get right to the point, bolting up four of these aluminum rims doesn’t make your crawler feel like you just attached an anchor to the back of it. It will also be a whole lot easier on your drivetrain from the bearings to the driveshafts.
The rims are CNC machined from high quality 6061 aluminum and they are sold in pairs without Hex Hubs and beadlock rings. Vanquish sells those components separately, and when I received these rims, they were available in black and silver. Vanquish offers the rings in a variety of colors. The screws are stainless steel.
Like I said, these rims were tested on an Axial SCX10. Since I was also using Vanquish’s 8 Degree Knuckles, I needed a good amount of offset to avoid the Pro-Line Super Swamper tires from rubbing. I used Vanquish’s 725 Hex Hubs, but the hubs needed will likely vary with each application. The Hex Hubs bolt to the rim and the end result makes it look like the rim has lug nuts–very cool.
The first test of these rims was mounting up a set of Pro-Line Interco TSL SX Super Swamper tires. In my experience, mounting tires to beadlock rims can go one of two ways–drop right in or what the heck frustrating. These were starting to be the latter, but a quick talk with the folks a Vanquish and I was hooked up with some very useful tips. Vanquish recommends removing the tire foam and mounting the front bead first. You can even flip the tire carcass inside out. Next, install the foam insert. Secure the back bead last and make sure it is fully seated as you slowly tighten each screw. I keep a close eye on the bead and make sure it is properly position in between the ring and rim as I go.
Out on the rocks, the rims have worked great and I am happy that, when using Vanquish’s mounting tips, I haven’t lost a bead.
At $38 a pair, these rims aren’t cheap (most aluminum rims aren’t), but the detail and quality makes them worth every penny. These rims do exactly want a want some rims to do–perform at a high level and add some bling.