Have you ever wanted to give your Axial Wraith even more of a scale look? Of course you have. There is a lot of options to choose from out there as far as customizing options and upgrades. With myself, I’m all about inexpensive but practical upgrades. Options that fit into this category are a lot few in number. But fear not, if you’re like me then you will like what the guys at CKRC Crawlers have come up with. The folks at CKRC Crawlers have a cool kit that makes it easy to add a functional hood to an Axial Wraith. The kit was created for original Wraith, but with a little use of the brain on my part and a little cutting here and there, I managed to make this small-budget-but-big-improvement upgrade fit on the new Axial Jeep Wrangler Wraith Poison Spider edition. Take a closer look.
The kit, which costs less than $4, includes:
- Two pinch style collars (Hinge loops)
- Four steel washers
- Two 3×8 mm button head screws
- Two 3 mm lock nuts
- Two 3 mm body pin mounts
- Two small body pins
The directions are pretty straight forward and anyone who has cut out and mounted a Lexan body to an RC vehicle can do this with relative ease. Here are the tools you will need to install the kit:
- Body hole reamer *recommended or (electric drill with 3/32 & 2.4 mm and 7/32 drill bits)
- Lexan body scissors (if cutting body)
- 3/32 & 5/64 Hex drivers
PERFORMANCE & FINAL ASSESSMENT
Overall, I find the hood hinge kit to be very practical in that you can easily access the front of your wraith for a number of reasons (e.g., repairs, battery access if the battery is moved up front). For each one of us, the reason we might want this kit may be different, but the bottom line is when you have a body that wraps around the entire rig and is bolted down, working around the cage is awkward enough at times, so making it easy to get to things in the chassis just makes sense. This great modification is well worth the effort, and you can’t beat that it looks cool at the same time. Yes, you could source these parts yourself, but the kit from CKRC Crawlers takes out all the guess work and is less than $4.
*Warning: protective eye wear should always be worn while drilling and cutting. Always use caution when operation equipment with small moving parts.