My TLR 22SCT Kit has finally arrived and I thought I would take you through my experience of the build. I will provide updates as I complete each bag of parts. I have very little experience with Losi as I traditionally have run Traxxas vehicles. Last fall I picked up a XXX-SCT roller and loved it. It decided to save some cash and purchase the TLR 22SCT. This will be only the second build I have done from a kit in my life.
Initial Thoughts: The kit contains 6 bags of parts, an aluminum chassis, a clear body and instruction books. The packaging is great and the bags are well laid out. The instruction manual is easy to read and understand. I will warn you, don’t assume anything. Read and follow the instructions, it will save you a lot of time. (I wasted a lot of time in the beginning).
I had a slow start out of the gate. Time was wasted trying to find tools and stripping screws. (All my fault. I will be better organized and patient for Bag B.)
To get things started, I selected a metal geared servo Hitec HS-5645MG. This servo has proven to be an inexpensive reliable product for me in the past and it is a simple process to waterproof a servo. Most of Bag A, which contains the front end, went together relatively easily. The only problem I ran into was building the Tie-rod assemblies. The ball cups were hard to turn, but that was solved by applying a little grease to the Tie-rod end and then installing the ball cups.
Important tools used to complete Bag A: Headlamp, Pliers, and Part trays. (A good set of hex drivers will always be implied.)
Tip from Bag A: You will want to keep going, but take a break, maybe get some sleep before you start Bag B. Before starting the next bag, cleanup to avoid any extra parts confusion. Try to start each next bag with a clean work area, it will make things easier.
Total Time to complete Bag A: 2hr 40 min. (That can be a lot better)