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HI all

This is in response to the wheels I fitted onto my Maisto Jeep Wranger in this thread: Jeeps.

The wheels are from the SoReal company and are 1:24th scale. They do however look good on a 1:18th scale model. There are two main types of wheels that you can buy from SoReal:
Note: I don't think you can buy directly from the website. I got my from the Ebay retailer Trevors Toybox and found them good to deal with.

SoReal IROK Super Swamper on Weld Mountain Crushers (fitted to Jeep in picture below) and Interco TSL Bogger Swampers on BeadLock Wheels (to the left of the fitted wheel)


The dimensions are (from the SoReal website)

SoReal IROK Super Swamper on Weld Mountain Crushers

Height - 1.929"
Width - 0.82"
Axle Mount - 0.0885"
Axle - 0.19"
Brake rotor inside - 0.57"

Interco TSL Bogger Swampers on BeadLock Wheels

Height - 1.75"
Width - 0.67"
Axle Mount - 0.0885"
Axle - 0.19"
Brake rotor inside - 0.57"

The wheels have a hole through the centre and the "hub cap" can be removed by pushing a rod through the hole.

Here is me holding the "hub" after it has been removed


This is how to fit the wheels to an axle "system" where the wheel can be pulled off an axle stub as you might find in a Bburago, Maisto or Ertl type model (and many others too).

I will be showing how I fitted the wheels to a Maisto Jeep Wrangler, but you can use this method on other models as well. Some models in which the wheels are held on by screws, you may not need to modify the axle at all. For example on a Universal Hobbies Landrover model.

Firstly you need to remove the wheel. In a typing axle stub type system this usually means carefully pulling the wheel off by hand or prising it off with two screw drivers held behind the wheel. The main thing is not to snap the stub off, though in this case I am going to remove the stub anyway. If it does snap off in the wheel, you may not be able to use the wheel again or you will need to drill the stub out of the wheel.

In this case (for demonstration purposes) I removed the wheel from my other Jeep, but the center "tube" did not come off.

So, here the wheel has been removed from the rear axle:




Showing you where to cut with the saw. You want to leave the disk on the end of the axle:


If needed, "clean up" the cut to make it flat.

Then you drill a hole for a screw to go into. You need a screw long enough to go through the wheel hole into the axle and thin enough also to go through the hole. I am using screws that are a 1\2 inch long by 2mm wide. I drilled a hole about 1-1.5mm wide so the screw has some grip. You also should aim to drill in the centre of the disk.

I used a hand drill:


Hole in front axle. Be careful not to drill too far!:


Out the screw through the hole in the wheel:


Back of wheel for reference:


I have some brake discs from another set of custom wheels and these fit nicely into the back of the SoReal wheels. I am using them to help fill in some of the space at the back of the wheel, but they are not required.





Now screw the wheel onto the axle:


DO that another three times and you get something like this:


Now to lift the Jeep a bit (the photos above show it already lifted)

Firstly, a basic lift on a Maisto or similar "spring fitted" model can be done by just swapping out the screws that hold the axle parts on with longer screws and either fitting spacers and keeping the same set of springs, fitting two sets of springs (doubling them up) or fitting larger springs.

In these pictures you can see the four "chrome" screws holding the front and rear suspension on:


Front


Rear



The original screw is on the left and the replacement screw is on the right:


Here is the rear suspension with the replacement screws and new longer springs:


And the front with the same screws and different springs:

Note the white rods at the top (bottom) of the wheel hubs...?

These where added in to hold the springs in place.



Note: the yellow springs are from New Ray 1:12th scale Quad bikes and the front black springs are from a 1:24th scale monster truck toy.

You could probably do all of this in about 1\2 and hour to an hour, which makes it a nice easy modification with great looking results (IMO).

Now, you can fit other wheels the same way too. These are from a Universal Hobbies Land Rover 110 with different tires fitted:


And here is a set of the Super Swampers fitted to the UH Land Rover. The UH Land Rover wheels are screwed in so no modifications to the model are required:


Well, that's all for now! Please ask if you have any questions.

cheers

Peter
 

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Great tutorial, Peter! Thanks for taking the time to posting, I have a feeling you've started something...!

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Great tutorial, Peter! Thanks for taking the time to posting, I have a feeling you've started something...!

Sean
Lolz tell me about it! I think Trevors Toy Box has sold out of the TSL Bogger wheels!

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Great tutorial Nocky. I myself bought 1 set with wheels, 1 set of 8 boggers, and 1 set of 8 swampers. So I got 20 tires and 4 wheels from them, hehehe. They should give you a comission.
 

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Wow! Hey let me know how you get on with the tires as im curious as to which wheels they will fit. What are you planing on doing with all the tires anyway?

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I just got something to use the tires on. My son found that B.J.'s wholesale( similar to sams club) has diecasts for $12.00. He got a maisto jeep like yours. I helped him fit some wheels and tires on it. We haven't lifted it yet, but it still rolls fine. I used my torque thrust wheels and they fit right in the tires. Really easy to mount on the jeep also. Very similar to your way Nocky. Here's a few pics.
 

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Brian,
The Torque Thrusts look awesome on the Jeep! Well done!

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Thanks Sean.
Nocky I believe the tires will fit the GMP wheels(pro stars, weld wheels, torque thrusts) which means they will also fit all my drag wheels too.
 

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Oh yeah baby!

They look great! I'll have to order some wheels from you now!

How hard is it to paint your wheels? I like the black centres.

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Oh yeah baby!

They look great! I'll have to order some wheels from you now!

How hard is it to paint your wheels? I like the black centres.

cheers

Peter
I can mold them in black resin so you just have to paint the outer. Just let me know.
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Do you also make little 1/18 scale step ladders, so you can get into these beasts?


You guys have all the luck, seems like lifting models is a lot easier than lowering them.


 
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