5 Most Affordable Upgrades For Axial SCX10 II Honcho

Although the Axial SCX10 II Trail Honcho is widely popular and recommended for its reliability to enjoy scale trail drives, this vehicle still has enough and potential scope of adding more torque, power, speed, and control to deliver its ultimate potentiality.

That’s why in today’s article, I will address all the major modifications and upgrades which you can perform on your Axial SCX10 II Honcho vehicle-

Axial SCX10 II Honcho Upgrades

How Much Does Its Cost to Upgrade? 

Approximately, the total cost for performing effective modifications or upgrades on your Axial SCX10 II Honcho vehicle will be around 500-600 bucks.

You need to spend around $150-$250 for the Motor & ESC, $50-$100 for Shock sets, and $80-$100 for other body parts or kits.

Remember, if you are interested in adding more torque, power, and style to your SCX10, you will require to perform quality upgrades, and those options can sometimes cost a few extra bucks than what I will be sharing here.

5 Upgrades Of Axial SCX10 II Honcho:

Let’s have a look at the five most affordable yet effective upgrades for your Axial SCX10 II Honcho and also get an overall idea about how much they will cost if you perform these upgrades-

1. Wheels & Tires Upgrade

If you are looking for modification or upgrade options that will help, get your SCX10 II Honcho’s performance to the next level, changing or replacing the factory assembled wheels and tires is one of them.

Since the stock tires of the Axial SCX10 are pretty small, hard, narrow, and contain hard rubber, that’s why they struggle during climbing up the rocks and even small to the medium-sized hill as well as mud areas.

Recommended Options:

Pro-Line Hyrax 1.9″ Rock Crawler Tires (2) (G8)

Pro-Line Hyrax 1.9″ Tires w/Impulse Wheels (G8)

Pro-Line BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 1.9″ Rock Crawler Tires (G8)

Vanquish Products Method 105 1.9 Beadlock Crawler Wheels (2)

2. Aluminum Shocks Upgrade

The Axial SCX10 II vehicles come with plastic Shocks that do not really damp well and even tend to leak.

So, the best way to get rid of such troublesome stock parts is to upgrade them with decent quality Aluminum Shock sets.

High-end Recommendations:

Traxxas TRX-4 GTS Aluminum Long Arm Shocks

Incision 90mm Scale Shock Set (2)

Affordable Option:

SSD RC Pro Scale 90mm Shocks

3. Motor Upgrade

The factory-assembled motor of the Axial SCX10 is the 540 short cam and 435 turn, which is good for crawling.

Although the stock motor of SCX10 is quite sufficient, this motor is still not strong and capable enough to win any race, whether it’s indoor or outdoor race terrain.

These stock motors are slow and will not work great when you require a little bit of wheel speed so, the best solution for you is to upgrade the existing motor with a better performing motor option.

High-end Recommendations:

Hobbywing AXE 550 FOC Waterproof V1.1 Sensored Brushless Combo w/3300kV Motor

Hobbywing AXE 540 FOC Waterproof V1.1 Sensored Brushless Combo w/2300kV Motor

Affordable Recommendation:

Holmes Hobbies TrailMaster Sport 550 Brushed Motor (27T)

4. Servo &Metal Horn Upgrade

One of the well-known downsides of most Axial RC models is that they come with plastic gears on their Servo paired with the plastic Servo horn.

The SCX10 II model also features similar plastic items with the weak stock Servo. That’s why I highly recommend getting a quality Servo to replace the Stock one.

Recommended Options:

Savox SW-1210SG “Tall” Waterproof Aluminum Case Digital Servo

Traxxas 400 High Torque Metal Gear Waterproof Brushless Servo (Red)

Cheaper Option:

ANNIMOS 20KG Digital Servo High Torque Full Metal Gear Waterproof for RC Model DIY

5. ESC Upgrade

Another downside of Axial RC Crawlers is that the factory assembled ESC of these vehicles is very limited in performance and will not help enough while controlling punch or during drag breaking.

So, the best way of getting better adjustability and modulation from your ESC is to change it with my recommended option.

Recommended Option:

Hobbywing QuicRun Waterproof 1080 Brushed Crawling ESC

Axial SCX10 II Honcho Accessories Upgrades:

Here, I would like to mention and explain all the required accessories and parts that you might need or require to perform above discussed potential upgrades on your Axial SCX10 II Honcho Vehicle-

Initially, you will require a standard basic toolbox or kit which includes all necessary repairing or servicing tools such as a millimeter hex driver, screwdriver, nuts, bolts, tape, wires, and other connectors.

Also in most cases, the upgrading or replacement kits come with required accessories or connectors, but if your selected option does not contain them, you will need to purchase them too.

While you are upgrading the Suspension system with Aluminum Shock sets, you can also upgrade the stock shaft set with the Incision Black Diamond Shock Shaft Set, which is available at $17.99. You might also upgrade the Shock spring set with the Incision Scale Shock Spring Tuning Set, it is available at $6.99.

If you are looking for a quality yet affordable battery extension kit, go for the Traxxas Battery Expansion Kit and the cost will be around $6.00.

If your SCX10 has not come with a metal gear transmission, get the New Axial SCX10 II Deadbolt Transmission with Gears and the price will be around $26.99 on eBay.

Besides that, you can also get all other necessary replacement parts and accessories to perform required upgrades from https://www.amainhobbies.com/scx10-ii-axial-replacement-parts-rock-crawlers/ or https://www.amazon.com/axial-scx10-upgrades/.

You can even get the spare parts from https://www.rcmart.com/Axial-SCX10-II-Spare-Parts .


For more than nine years, the Axial SCX10 II Honcho RC Crawler has been the staple vehicle platform for most scale trail enthusiasts. But even the SCX10 lovers also claim that this amazing little RC crawler has plenty of areas where you can apply or perform modifications to boost up its overall performance. Those earlier mentioned upgrades are only some of the major ones.

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