Team Associated Hex Eliminator AlloyWheels- Mod 2 fit Savage

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Team Associated Hex Eliminator AlloyWheels- Mod 2 fit Savage

Post by Savaged » Sat May 31, 2003 5:02 pm

Not having much luck with Nylon/Plastic wheels as far as stripping out the
hex (Except my RPM Titan's which have held up exceptionally well)- I
decided to venture off into aluminum wheel teritory. I found a set of
TeamAssociated alloy wheels for a really good price that feature a hex
eliminator drive hub. Although the Maxx and the Savage share the same
Hex adapter size (14mm)- I still wasn't sure if the hex eliminator wheels
would be a direct fit.

Picture 1 and 2 shows my TRC/Trinity wheels after only
a few tanks (125CC Ofna Tank) of fuel


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After opening the package, I was amazed at the quality of these
wheels. Polished to a near chrome finish, exceptionally light, and very
strong, what an excellent deal. Sadly, they are NOT a direct fit for the
Savage due to the Savage having a larger axle hole through the wheel. Oh
well....nothing that couldn't be worked around!

Pic 3,4, 5 and 6 showing the quality of the wheels
(the pictures shows no justice) and the smaller axle hole- notice how the
Savage axle does not fit


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So I took the wheels to work- installed them onto a drill press, centered
the press, and enlarged the hole using a 8mm drill bit drilling about 3/16th
deep. Let me tell you that these wheels are really strong. I clamped
down on 'em pretty good with a 3 jaw clamp with no signs of flex or
bend.

Here's picture 7 showing the hub with the modified hole- notice now that the stock axle fit's perfectly

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While bashing with Trinity/TRC Puller set up, I couldn't help but notice
how well the Puller type chevron pattern tires hook up. The rubber is a
really soft compound that has lots of grip. I have since stripped them off of
the weak wheels they came with and have temporarily installed them onto
the TA wheels to demonstrate the wheels overall look installed onto my
Savage. I'm planning on installing my set of Proline Mulchers onto these
wheels.

Picture 8 and 9 show the look of the TA wheels installed on my truck

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Until I have a chance to install my Proline Mulchers onto these wheels, I
won't have a chance to check out their overall durability. Based on how
much force they absorbed as I cranked down on the 3 jaw clamp- I don't
think I'll have a problem with 'em at all. If I do manage to wreck one of
these wheels, I'm sure i'll have more things to worry about than just the
wheels 8O :wink:


Note: The same mod can be performed with XTM alloy wheels that feature
the Hex Eliminator Hub.


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Post by savageer » Sat May 31, 2003 5:39 pm

Nice work Savaged! Thoes wheels look sweet 8) How much were they? That mod looks easy as well :P
Blow up your Tmaxx, buy a savage!!!

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Post by Savaged » Sat May 31, 2003 5:56 pm

Thanks for the kind words Savageer! I got them for $39/pr which is roughly half of what my LHS AND Tower Hobbies wants for 'em. I got em @ RCBOYZ . Team Associated has more styles to chose from too: Pictures 1 and 2 illustrated both the "Spider and Jagged" wheel types
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The mod wasvery easy but should be done with a drill press only to assure a straight and centered hole.

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Post by savageer » Sat May 31, 2003 6:03 pm

Thanks Savaged :D The good thing about alloy wheels is that you will most likely never break them and the chrome is the color of the rims and not just painted on.
Blow up your Tmaxx, buy a savage!!!

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Post by CRSMP5 » Sat May 31, 2003 6:08 pm

that looks SWEET... good job..

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Post by sfgascott » Sat May 31, 2003 6:17 pm

Nice work Savaged! Those wheels look awesome! Thanks for another great article. :D

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Post by Blainer » Tue Jun 03, 2003 10:47 pm

wow those wheels look great, is there any word on their durability yet? thanks
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Post by Savaged » Wed Jun 04, 2003 10:22 pm

Sorry Blainer- no updates as of yet. My Proline Mulchers go on tonight with a heavy duty bashing session to follow. I'll let you know how they hold up! I'm very confident they will hold up well!

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Post by Savaged » Sat Jun 07, 2003 3:28 am

Here's a picture of the TA wheels with Proline Mulchers installed-

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Post by Cyclop » Sun Jun 08, 2003 5:42 pm

Looks good...so did you try them yet?

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Post by Avalanche » Mon Jun 09, 2003 7:25 am

FYI..............

Check on EBAY, those wheels are $40 a set.(4) My bro just picked some up. They are very light for aluminum wheels as well.

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Post by Savaged » Mon Jun 09, 2003 11:38 am

Actually, on Ebay- the best price you'll find is $40 for a pair of two (new).... which is still a great deal considering Tower's is asking for $80+ for a pair :roll:
Your right, they are VERY light for aluminum wheels and the finish is absolutely chrome-like. That's very typical quality of Team Associated as I find their products to be top notch!

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Post by Fuhrer » Tue Jun 10, 2003 11:54 pm

GPM makes some cheap alloy rims too. $35 bucks a pair. http://www.extremercmotorsports.com/cgi ... E:SAVAGEUP

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Post by leeboy » Thu Jun 12, 2003 2:10 am

really nice rims savaged... how much was shipping? and how long? thanks

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Post by Wotok » Thu Jun 12, 2003 4:31 pm

Crap.. I just bought a set of the jagged aluminum ones.. thought the wheels were compatible.. didn't know I was gonna have to drill out the center!!

No drill press at my place.. :( Probably don't wanna take the ol' hand drill to it!

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Post by alexis007 » Thu Jun 12, 2003 11:38 pm

Wotok, don't do it with just a regular hand drill or you'll missed the center.

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Post by Wotok » Fri Jun 13, 2003 9:25 am

Well.. I suppose I can BUY a drill press..hehe Gimme an excuse for more tools!!! Do you think this will do the job? It's only $49 - though it better have a way to mount it to my tabletop or I won't get it.

http://www.sears.com/sr/product/summary ... 0923208000

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Post by Blainer » Fri Jun 13, 2003 10:32 am

looks like a great hobby/home drill press.
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Post by Wotok » Fri Jun 13, 2003 11:05 am

Yea.. my thought too. I figured drill presses would be 2-3 hundred bucks. I had no idea you could get a small one for $49 or I'd have bought one a long time ago..heh

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