The very first step on your journey to the top of leading class performance is to obtain a Losi Night Crawler SE.
The crawler is rig that guarantees you the first position with no competition even with zero modifications. But that doesn’t mean there’s no space for improvement. You can revamp this beast to the extreme and make it reach its full potential.
Here are some simple and quick modifications that might interest you to take your trip on the trail to a completely new level. Feel free to try them out on your Night Crawler SE.
How Much Does It Cost to Upgrade?
The complete cost to upgrade and modify your Losi Night Crawler should be around $295-$550.
You’ll need about $25-$45 for body panel kits, $5-$60 for skins & wraps, $20-$30 for motor & esc, $15-$25 per wheel, $145-$225 for drivetrain & axles, $20-$50 for shock kits, $20-$40 for tires & foams.
7 Upgrades for the Losi Night Crawler SE:
You have the complete freedom of upgrading a variety of components of your Losi Night Crawler SE. So, without further ado, let’s look at the top seven upgrades that are a must for the Losi Night Crawler SE and how much lighter they’ll make your wallet.
1. Body Panel Kits
If night driving gets your blood pumping and scale crawling makes your nerves tingle, then you’ll definitely love the Losi Night Crawler SE.
The Losi Night Crawler SE Kit is a rolling chassis with no electronics, battery, or charger included. Add your own motor, electronic speed control (ESC), servo, and radio system to the very capable chassis for complete DIY adaptability.
The Night Crawler SE has a scale body with an Exoskeleton cage that protects the crawler from the elements while retaining scale accuracy and performance. But in order to take the chassis to the next level, you might consider the roll cage which gives it the upper hand in the rough terrains.
If you only buy the top light set, it will cost you around $25. But buying both the rear top and side roll set will cost you about $45.
1st Option: Losi Night Crawler SE Roll Cage Set
2nd Option: Losi Rear Top & Side Roll Cage Set
2. Skins & Wraps
If your conscious about the looks of your Night Crawler, and want to make it look like a true predator of the night, you can opt for various skins and wraps available for your beast.
The designs are of superb quality and of great scratch resistant texture. You can either go for a laid back matte finish, or go for the more extravagant glossy one.
These skins, decals and wraps can cost you anywhere from around $5 up to $60 depending on the type and amount of your customization.
1st Option: Flames Decal Sticker Sheet Medium
3. Motor & ESC
Since motors wear out pretty quickly after prolonged use, you’ll need to replace them to keep up your crawling without hindrance.
The bundled ESC comes pre-wired for EC3 battery connectors and has crawler-specific programming. The 35T motor has a terrific blend of torque and speed to carry you through even the most difficult situations.
But if required, the user may opt out for another official Losi motor from the manufacturer itself.
If the user wishes to ramp up the ESC, he can go for third party options which will provide the Night Crawler with a massive boost.
These ESC upgrades will cost the user from around $20 up to $30.
1st Option: Dynamite 35-Turn 540 Brushed Motor
2nd Option: Hobbywing QuicRun 1060 Brushed
The stock Interco TSL SX Swamper 1.9 tires provide superior grip and add a level of realism to the crawler experience.
Rock Claw tires feature Losi’s blue foam compound and have the grip and traction to scale through the most demanding terrain.
But if the user has a specific choice of his own, he may opt for either weighted tires for better grip, or lightweight tires for more agility and speed.
Wheel upgrades will cost you from around $15 to $25. Lightweight tires cost usually less and weighted ones cost a bit more. It’s up to the user to choose tires as his preference.
1st Option: Losi Pin Tires, Rear, Mounted, White
5. Drivetrain and Axles
The front axle and center driveshaft are made of aluminum, making them more robust and capable of withstanding the tough driving that comes with rock crawling.
The driveshaft will cost about $35 to $45 and the axle will cost around $110 to $180. The user can choose to upgrade either one of these, or both.
2nd Option: Front Portal Axle Set for Crawler Car
6. Suspension and Chassis
A 4-link suspension setup helps minimize rear axle swing. A perfect bend enables smooth operation throughout the suspension cycling and enables precise handling.
Thus, it is one of the most important modifications you can make to your Night Crawler to go in full beast mode.
The SVS Shock Absorbers, GTS Steering sets, Gapped Sphere Sets, and Chassis Conversions are the key components of upgrading items among all the parts and components under the suspension system.
Aluminum shock absorbers will cost more and steel anodized ones will cost a bit less. Overall the user can complete this upgrade in the budget of about $20 to $50.
1st Option: TD120V02 Scale Look Double Spring Pro Shock 120mm, $27.
2nd Option: TD110RV02 110mm Aluminum Piggyback Shocks Adjustable, $39.
7. Tires and Foams
If by any chance you’re still using the stock tires and foams, you should replace them ASAP.
The stock ones are pretty low quality and less durable compared to the other better alternatives out there.
To travel on rough and rocky terrains without any hindrance, you must upgrade your tires to more decent ones from the aftermarket.
Decent aftermarket tires and foams are available for the Night Crawler at the cost about $20 to $40.
1st Option: SW38608 Silver 8 Double Spoke Aluminum Tx, $27.
2nd Option: SW38808 Silver 18 Spoke Steering Tx Aluminum Wheels, $32.
Losi Night Crawler SE Accessories Upgrades
Aluminum Accessories: In order to revamp the style and look of your Night Crawler, you might choose to use anodized aluminum parts to make them more look shiny and awesome.
Lightweight yet highly durable aluminum parts are available for the purpose of beautifying your car. The prices of these products range from $5 to $65.
Spektrum STX2 Transmitter: The Spektrum STX2 transmitter will help you achieve an unhindered connection between you and your Crawler. It will cost you around $300 to get yourself one of these.
Body Set w/Driver: In order to make you crawler look more amazing and to show off its features, you may choose a clear body set to show off its interior. And the addition of a driver model further adds to the realism of the entire aspect. It costs about $52 for a clear body set with a driver.
Warning Lights and LEDs: A set of warning lights along with a few LEDs will help you show of your car even in the darkest of nights. You can install them if you want the illumination alongside the domination of your beast. They’ll cost about $70 to light up your vehicle.
Stainless Screw Set: In order to keep your Crawler going even in the toughest of terrains, you’ll definitely need a stainless set of screws. These set of stainless steel screws will only cost around $15.
Nothing is perfect, there’s always room for improvement in everything. The Losi Night Crawler SE can’t escape this reality either.
But, with these changes, it’s sure to surpass its past self by miles in terms of performance, durability and longevity. To draw the line over here, if every upgrade is followed in this guide, your Losi Night Crawler is sure to reach its peak performance.