Changes in my Plans

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My plans for building a E-Savage have changed just a little bit, I came across some of the1/5th scale conversions some people have been doing to there Savages and it got me to thinking how neat it would be to make a 1/5th scale 2WD Savage Buggy. I'm making my own chassis anyways, and it wouldn't be all that hard to make a TVP buggy style chassis, and use Baja B5 wheels & tires in the front. with the extra long HD axle to make the front end wider. What do you guys think of this idea, has anyone ever tried doing something like this?
 
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I have run into a problem, I can't find any 24mm hexes that will fit the Savage axles. The ones I wanted to get are discontinued.
 
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i've tried the 2wd in a 1/5 scale and i would bust diff every run no matter how good my diffs were shimmed

i've initially tried a diff locker in my center diff, then put silly putty to have "some" give, then move to 500K diff oil...gave up after countless diff pinion gears busted...this was also on the lowest torque setting

i moved back to 4wd with a center diff and no issues

also the 5B are super heavy not sure if the extended axles be able to handle it on jumps
 

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i've tried the 2wd in a 1/5 scale and i would bust diff every run no matter how good my diffs were shimmed

i've initially tried a diff locker in my center diff, then put silly putty to have "some" give, then move to 500K diff oil...gave up after countless diff pinion gears busted...this was also on the lowest torque setting

i moved back to 4wd with a center diff and no issues

also the 5B are super heavy not sure if the extended axles be able to handle it on jumps
The baja 5b is 2wd but pretty sure the rear diff is much stronger and bigger than the diff in the savage. If there was a way to fit that into a savage it'd work. But by that point you're probably better off just buying a baja
 
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I have done quite a bit of reading on converting the Savage to 2WD and I have noticed two things in all the posts I have read.

1.) The Savage as is, is physically not designed to be run as a 2WD truck, it's too short and the front end is not setup right for the steering to work properly as 2WD, and because of this the Savage drives horribly in 2WD.

2.) The other thing I have noticed is that every one says its hard on the rear diff and they will strip it out, and after reading all the posts against doing it, most people just decide not to even try. But here is the interesting thing, I have only read about 2 people who have ever striped the rear diffs while driving in 2WD.

I am planning on making a longer chassis, and tilting the front end upwards just a little bit to make the steering more compatible for 2WD. As for the diffs I will be using the H.R. diff gears, I have heard they are quite strong and can take a beating. I can always change it back to 4WD if it trully doesn't work out as a 2WD.
 
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Let me know if it works out I wouldn't mind going back to 2wd to keep the cost down on my rebuild ... I kinda like the 2wd rooster tails

As far as handling I put a lot of toe in on the rear tires and trimmed the front turnbuckles to give a little more throw and put heavy diff oil in the rear ...extended chassis I would recommend as well ...swaybars help alot out too
 
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