– [RCSparks] So let’s see
here, let’s get caught up. What are we doing? Well I already have the top cab assembled
for the LESU forklift. This is a hydraulic forklift
in case you’re just joining me. I’ve done a few videos about this assembly and build already. In the last one we did
the front drive motor and transmission right here, I haven’t mounted those up yet. The mast, the boom is
all assembled already. And of course today we’re gonna move onto the lower half of the forklift. You’ll see I’ve already
put two tabs under there, which were just put in with two small six mil screws that are M2’s. And you can hear. (metallic clang) (laughs) All metal. So the first thing we’re gonna be doing is putting in the
steering assembly, right? Cause a forklift turns in the rear and you’ll see that there is two mounting holes on either side. Which is going to coincide with two pins, four flanged bearings
where you can see that they have a bit of a lip
on the side, there it is. And the two steering pivot points. So I’ll just cut into this bag
here, get both of these out. Everything is basically made of metal, almost everything except for the interior and the seat everything
I have seen other than obviously like the covers for
the signal lights is metal. (soft clanging) And I am going to need two
e-clips, you can see them here. Silver. And the bearings. You’ll note that each spindle
is slightly different, this one only has a half arm on it. Here you can see I’ve already put in the bearings on either side and I’ll do the same on this one. Okay now looking at the front,
or the rear I should say, but the front of the model
right now that I’m looking at. This one that only has the half arm is gonna go onto the right-hand side and it’s gonna go like this. So arm backwards and if I can
try to get that fit in there, I’m gonna have to have shave
some of the paint off there. But it looks like it’s gonna go like that, same on the other side. Yeah see I have it on here but I don’t like the way it’s
binding from the paint. So what I’m gonna do is
take a small hobby file. (metallic scraping) Just get rid of some of that paint here. Making sure that I’ve got, easy to move steering. Wanna make sure it’s somewhat fair for the guys on loading wars. (laughs) Course fair is pretty down low on the list of priorities much like safety. (metallic clanging) Now that is much better, there’s
no resistance there at all. So when it’s on the pin, it
should be able to move easy. And I’ll take those two pins, slide them in on either side and put the e-clip right on the opposite once everything is lined up. Perfect. And then when you’re done cursing and screaming at the Jesus clips (laughs), because people scream out Jesus when they start flying around the room. You test them out and make
sure that you can move them and you can see here, no problem, so moving onto the next step. Okay in this kit they give
you quite a few servos. Normally a kit means it
doesn’t include electronics but this one does, all of them in fact. Except for your radio. Now here is the high tech, this is a metal gear HS82 servos. This is gonna be handling the steering. What I’m gonna do is I’m
gonna be cutting three of these tabs off, only
leaving one remaining. I notice this steering horn is actually very, very small, there’s only two holes on it and the one in the instruction book
shows that there’s three. And the shorter the steering horn, the shorter the throw of
the steering basically. So even though this might
bite me a little bit later in the build, I’m going to actually use this longer horn and trim the
three off of these instead. Which looks a lot like this. I can trim down the sides a little more but you get the idea. (scraping) I know you should only be filing one way. But it doesn’t matter. Not today. Now if I was going according to the book this would
confuse me a little bit because it’s showing me
making a steering rod. Now it tells me that it’s
gonna be 56.5 in length. But then when you look in here there’s one that’s already pre-made and it is exactly the same size that I needed. So this is actually the steering linkage in between these two horns. Then they ask me to make
another one out of these. So here’s one of the middle pieces and then two of the rod ends. This shorter one is actually gonna be behind the servo horn like that. So screwed in. And then just like a normal
crawler servo steering setup, it’ll be installed like that. Okay now it looks like I’m making some sort of small latch right? This is how I’m doing it here. This is gonna be very small and intricate so I’m just gonna build this off camera and show you how it works. This is the spring I’m
gonna need for the latch or maybe it’s more helpful if
I just show you the steps. Sometimes I wonder to
myself and I want you guys to let me know right now
in the comment section, A if you’re even watching
at this point in time. And B, sometimes I do the magic of TV and I just show
the pieces being done. And sometimes I go into the
little tiny details like this but you can understand
doing the show for so many years here that you
don’t wanna have your hand in the shot all the time. It’s sometimes easier just
to show how it’s done. But I wanna know from you guys, let me know in the comments section. And there it is! The irony being of course I had to take this bottom plate
off so I could put this latch on with the bolt that goes right through and that nut but there it is. The magic of TV, done.
(metal snapping) Okay once you get that tightened up, make sure you have a
look at your steering, get it straightened out to
make sure that the length of this rod is correct. And to me even though the camera may warp it with you guys it looks pretty straight. I’ll grab this funky looking
metal piece right here, everything’s bagged so I’m
gonna have a ton of recycling. Two holes on the bottom
and that’s gonna get mounted up like that, this is gonna be the servo holder or the
servo brace, servo mount, servo whatever you wanna call it. There we go. Then I take my servo that’s
already been centered and I drop it right in. So it’s out of the way of the front latch which
still can move and maneuver. Right, like that? And then this is gonna go over to that steering knuckle right there. So it’s gonna help move that whole steering assembly
in behind the servo. And then before more time goes by than I’d like to admit (laughs). The whole steering assembly and latch system is complete, so here you can have a look. That’s quite the angle, I’m glad I left the extra length on that servo horn as well as I was checking it out. Now am I gonna get punished
when the tires are actually on? I don’t know, but we’re gonna be able to find out right away
so a few minutes for you guys on video, but
definitely about an hour while I’ve been filming just to get through the instructions and put this whole front end together. Or back end I should say. So deep groove ball bearings, that’s what I’m gonna use right now. I’m gonna take these
unpainted brass pieces and I’m gonna take the painted
end caps for the wheels. (wheel clanging) That one will have a chip in it. (laughs) I’ll take these two
pre-assembled tires and rims. So if I get this to focus, you can see that there is a
nice deep channel on the inside, flip it over and there’s
a little bit of a lip. So what we wanna do is take this bearing, stick it out so it’s protruding like that, then this one, slide it in deep. (laughs) So many innuendo
opportunities here my friends. Then I slide it right
through the coupling, right there, and you
can see that extra end of the shaft there sticks
perfectly straight through the end of that bearing like that so I’ve got just the
axle stubs sticking out. I’m gonna wanna to get a
little washer as well as a little nut right there to end that off and I’m
gonna do it on both sides. These are some of the
smallest nuts I’ve ever seen, seen, seen (laughs). So there on both sides, ah! No! Is that supposed to keep
it on, I don’t think so. That’s so silly. (laughs) What a blooper right there. Aha, it’s these washers I was looking for not the black ones I was using. So this will help keep the bearing on. Keep that whole wheel weight in place because that wasn’t
gonna be helpful at all. There we go, and then now that is good. But, if I did it too tight
it feels a little bit, let me back it off a little bit there. Yeah that’s better. Woohoo! Okay there’s no spacer behind here but if I find if I do it up too
tight it just kinda wants to stick a little bit so
I’m not gonna do that. I’m gonna take one of these end caps, I’m gonna stick it over, does it fit? It does. Then I’m gonna line up
the holes just like that. So this cap fits right over the end, let me do it again on
this side so you can see. Too-doo, just like that. And then, I take the wheel, once all the holes are lined up, I can see that they’re
slightly different like that. And then I bolt on the rear wheels once I get all the holes like that, and then I do all the bolts. Da-da-da-da-da, in a
star pattern remember. I always try to do what I do in full size into smaller scale. I don’t know why but it’s just
something I’ve always done. I bet you guys do the same thing. These are actual bolts
that are not screws, you can ask me why aren’t
you using like a power tool of some sort but I have to tell you when I’m using very small bolts like these, I like to be able to feel the amount of torque that I’m applying to those. And then that way you could see exactly what a star pattern is in
case you’re unfamiliar with what I was speaking about earlier. And then before you know it, you’ve got 20 bolts all done up and ready to rock and roll, look at this. Beautiful both of them on bearings. And look at this my friends. Look at the steering throw on that. That is amazing, this is what
we were hoping for, right? You wanna have some mega
throw on your forklift so you can turn as well
as have enough weight on the forklift that when you are turning, that the heavy load upfront isn’t lifting your steering wheels off the back. So that’s something we
saw in loading wars quite a bit last year with the
Carson Lind forklifts is that once you have a straight axle in the front that’s just
powering locked like a locked differential all the time, you get that weight and it lifts up on your back and you
can’t turn effectively. I think that’s definitely been addressed in this build so far. I’m hoping for good things. Now I reach way up here and
get this painted platform. This platform’s actually gonna get attached right over the servo here. So it’s got two bolts on the bottom. I’m gonna quickly zip those into place. Okay I am going out on a
limb here and saying this is one of the coolest builds I’ve done on the channel in the last 11 years. Like we have done some really cool stuff, but I have to say building a small hydraulic forklift
kit, look at this! Yeah I love the blue and yellow, what are you guys thinking
of the colors so far? I know it’s a little
bit not what you’re used to for this brand but I think the owner of any RC should paint it any color they want and you know
loading wars, I love it baby. Blue is a mega color in that game. Okay so now what? Because this is like a pretty
big point where it’s like, either I keep on going
or stop the video here and I figure we all
wanna see what’s going on with this hydraulic block right? This is where all the
fluid passes through. This has been pre-tested,
this is the valve block. You’ll see this is where the servo is actually open and close the
valves that allow the fluid to move freely and return which is allowing the boom to move up and down the mast as well as
to boom forward and backwards. So let’s see how this sets up,
I’m gonna need some servos. Okay on a side-note, I get a
lot of people that say to me, I’m interested in building
a forklift like this, you say it’s one of the coolest things you have ever built, but what’s the difficulty rating? Out of 10, if 10 is the most difficult? And I’m gonna rate this around a six and a half for me because for example things in the instruction
book like this is it shows that there’s a
servo, shows the servo horn, and it shows the valve block. It shows that what you do
is you clip the servo horn, and then it goes into the valve block like that and it controls the valves. But if you look at the valve
block, that’s not the case. You’ll actually see that these two posts in the middle have a
flat side on one side. That means that we’re not
installing a servo horn there, in fact there should
be an additional part. So when I look around and I think, oh yeah where did I see those parts? This here, you’ll see is
a valve opener and closer. This is actually going to be
seated right onto those servos. Onto the servo outputs,
there’s the flat spot. Aha, now I’m getting it. So I do have to do the horn. I clipped the horn, but
the horn goes in here. You see that? Which in turn mounts on the flat side. So when I say it’s very cool it is, but when I say you’ve gotta have a six out of 10 or 6.5 out of 10, difficulty rating, you’ve gotta be able to put two and two together and kind of do your own detective work. Yes you’d think for a cost of like a thousand dollars plus of a model like this you’d
have perfect instructions, but the reality of the situation is that that rarely happens. So anything in RC is gonna
take a higher skill level, especially when you’re
building models like this. So have a good look at this. Whoop. (laughs) You can’t really
do it when it’s not focused. But you’re getting the general
idea of how this would work. This servo has already been centered and it’s gonna fit on like that. So what I wanna do is clip the tabs on either side so it’s fairly flush and I’m gonna do this with both servos. (snapping) (snapping) Beautiful, now that is
going to fit and work. Kind of make it rounded
so those square corners don’t cause issues within that valve block when you’re trying to
open and close the valve. (scraping) Okay let’s look at the valve block and for a second you can see exactly what the heck’s going on. Just in case there’s any misunderstanding, this way you know the valve is in the closed or open position but in the factory position. And then all I have to
do is take that servo and mount it up in the hole right there. Then I’ve got a centered
servo which will open and close that valve. And that is what it looks
like as it’s all mounted up. I’ve got 12% battery
on my camera (laughs). You guys, I better hurry. Okay step 42, I get to
work with the funky brass. These are all the hydraulic hoses. And you’ll see down here a
few other pieces as well. I’m gonna have to start
putting some fittings in with some proper spacers
onto the hydraulic block, and fit all this together. Man, this is a massive build. Nice and careful, people will ask me maybe why I haven’t painted the brass but I truly do love the
look of the brazing. It’s like artwork. Plus if I paint and I get stuff in the holes it’s just
gonna cause a problem. And for me it’s really
not as important because it looks like more steampunk-esque
and I like that stuff. And I’ll grab the bag banjo pins. Take that banjo flow
pin and push it through. Have the thread lock in
the female coupler there. Take your washer, another one, stick that on the backside, then use some pliers because forcing it through these small washers
you have to take a moment. I actually threaded it right
into the end of my finger. (laughs) I didn’t feel it thankfully. But you wanna be careful when you’re working with power
tools and with analog tools. Yeah I just said that,
I know who the tool is. Damn it! See what I mean? Now the washers are in place. This should be a lot easier
for me to put on now. That was a struggle. Like a glove, no problem at all. So it only makes sense to
anticipate what’s coming up and I added the next two as well with the two washers ready to go. Okay then I take the second piece of hydraulic line and I lay
it over the top like this. Does that make sense? Let me see that. Yep that’s how it goes. So we’ll just be careful
with the small tubing because it doesn’t want to flex very much. So one side I’m not gonna tighten it up, get my hands in the way there. You guys, I know that
a lot of you are like, oh my god a thousand dollars for that? I have to tell you, I’ve been
building for hours today. (laughs) There is a lot of tedious, if you’re looking for a 3D puzzle, this may be what you’re looking for. Okay so those both have locked tight. Thread lock I should say. And it’s in, so looking like this. And we take the last piece
right now on this side. Last piece for the right side. Come on now. Lots of small pieces to
get in front of the camera. But of course large hands
which cover all of it up. 7% left of the battery. Not good. Okay so I got one more piece,
it’s this one over here. Is this the one? Nope, this one. ♪ Da, na, na, na ♪ ♪ Doo doo doo doo doo doo ♪ What videogame is that from? ♪ Na na na na na na ♪ ♪ Doo doo doo doo do doo ♪ ♪ Doo doo doo doo doo ♪ ♪ Doo do loodle do ♪ ♪ Doo do loodle do ♪ ♪ Doo doo doo doo doo do ♪ Okay that’s gotta be
something similar like that. Guys, look at this. Look at that. Wow that in itself was unique to build. So all the pressure lines are ready to go. This now gets set off to the side. And stretch over here, get the
930 KV brush-less out-runner. This is the pump and motor. 15 turn, wow, small. I was a bettin’ man. And I seldom am, I would say that this
fits in on this bracket. Let’s wait a second here. Yeah no that’s right. And then it fits up on this bracket. In the middle. I mounted it up with two
screws and look at this. There’s where the motor sits for the pump. So cool. Right here is the hydraulic
tank, look how tiny it is. This is the smallest
hydraulic tank I’ve ever seen. Scissors are starting to
get a little bit dull, I’ll have to sharpen them up. Look at that. Now I didn’t paint it
because it’s gonna have hydraulic oil on it anyway so it’s not a big deal it’s on the inside. But this comes with a
couple of caps right here. One of the caps, I’m not
sure if it’s the brass one or the black one, it doesn’t
say in the instructions. Beautiful. This has two holes on the bottom and gets dropped in right there. What’s the next step? 4% on the camera battery. Okay now we have to connect, let’s see, where’s that
extra hose right here? Here’s the last little brass pipe. That’s gonna go from the tank
to the pump, is that correct? It is but why, what’s going on
here, what have I done wrong? Oh it’s upside down, this is upside down. Dang it! Okay now that makes way more sense. Right here. This is how I’m gonna
connect the tank to the pump. Okay now for my last awesome move of the day, check this out. If I can even get this
block in here properly. I can. So here’s the giant servo
block with all the hoses. Get this brushless wire, or the brushed wire out of the way for the transmission and motor. And see if I can get that in there and screwed down somehow,
holy cow, look at this! What the frick is that? That is insane guys! All that, no wonder like the whole motor and transmission and drive, the limited slip differential, everything in this weighted front box and then the whole hydraulic
system on the inside. Are you kidding? I still have to fit a receiver in here, I bet you it’s gonna fit right in here. And a sound system? Holy cow. I need to get this cinched down. This thing is just insane. (clanging) Here we go. I don’t wanna over tighten everything. But that is a thing of beauty guys. Holy cow. Okay so for my last amazing feat I thought it was gonna be just to
get this done but no, I’m going to be able to get this. Look at this, one, two, three,
four, five, six, seven, eight for the mast. I’ve got tons of like hosing to do still. That’s what she said (laughs). Let me see, let me get these
in before the batteries die. Let me see if I can get it. Yeah, all done! There it is, the battery’s
giving me this signal right now. You are passed your time of expiration. There it is guys. Okay so you got to see all of the hydraulics go together, well generally speaking. I got a lot of tubing to
do in the next episode, same with the electronics. The top electronics
plate is gonna be added, hopefully we’re gonna be able to see it run in the next episode. Guys, thanks for hanging out. Make some love for me down
with the like button right now. I want you to rub up against it. Click that like button button right now and show me that you love RC Adventures. And until next time guys, go outside and have
fun with RC or like me, stay inside and build one. See ya’ guys.


  1. I've got a feeling you've built a 2nd one in secret that you'll show us once this one is done and on the Loading Wars floor.

  2. You wanted a comment: Not everybody has the money to buy all these cool toys. I also don't watch alot of your videos because most of them I've seen are kind of silly, especially the mining vid's. Really. However the more details you put into video's like this one is awesome.
    You see some of us, me for example are partially living the hobby with you, hoping to someday be in someones will, ha ha, and be able to afford one of these cool toys. Gawd are they expensive, couldn't believe the prices.

  3. Yes I am watching at this point in time LOL . Cool build buddy . I enjoy all the videos and do my best to suffer through the ads . I hope you can continue making great content on Youtube . RC is for everyone. Now get out there and have FUN folks

  4. You know what, this company LESU really makes some intricate assemblies. Very precise engineering on their part, so small, no wonder these kits cost so much. Now I think they're worth it. Still can't afford one, but I bet there're fun to build.

  5. A: yes of course
    B: if you build along with you it is much easier of course
    But when you're just watching you can skip it if you dont like it

  6. Don't you need to do 2 spacers on the banjo bolts, one on both sides of the bolt. If you understand. otherwise it will leak on the upper side. That's how it works with cars, I am a car mechanic in the Netherlands

  7. Definitely an adult hobby vehicle wow that took a minute to think of I read the whole change over it'll take place in January which sucks but if you have to go to a private server or whatever has to be the case so we can watch your show I'm there

  8. I love watching your build videos, both when your hands are in the way and when you use TV magic to show parts coming together. Keep up the amazing videos!

  9. You should totally get the lesu truck mounted crane for loading wars to unload or load stuff from the same truck the crane is on

  10. Yes, still watching and it looks great! I think you know better if it's the case of showing off all the little steps (or not because all we can see are your hands eheheh), or use the magic of TV. I would say you judge case by case, what you like more 😀

  11. Hey rc Sparks go to scale news update episode 76 this might be a something you might be interested in it’s about video content and how your videos are put in a class for kids

  12. So I can comment on videos if I use my phone, but PC just give me errors… Awesome video Medic. Between this, the excavator and the truck Rookie got, I am going to have to see about getting a Lesu model.

  13. Haha! You recorded with the battery slowly dying and made it.
    I was watching with my 20% and 10% warning popping up! Made it to the end! ??
    Can’t wait to see this in action

  14. I am really surprised that being a model of this caliber, it doesn't have a free pivoting rear steering axle like a real forklift. When you get on some uneven surface and pick up a wheel on this thing, you are going to be parked right there.

    I am sure that LESU is fully capable of designing such an axle. And to not have done so seems like they just decided to take the "Lazy Way Out".

  15. I think your current presentation is great. If I had issues with my model R/C Forklift assembly, then I would be very grateful for your level of detail.

  16. You know the wife should have one of them fancy sandpaper sticks for her nails, lol, they work way better than using your file as a sanding block. Keep in mind a file cuts in 1 direction and sandpaper well sands in all directions, lol, also they are free to you cause the wife buys them. ??

  17. Man! That is one really cool build. But I think the excavator was cooler. More to do. But keep the awesome videos coming. Love the commentary . ?

  18. I watched the whole thing the whole way through so don’t think there aren’t people who aren’t out there like me and I don’t even have the kit but I love your vids and can’t wait to see the forklift in action and I hope the coppa thing works for your good and stays for adults

  19. I wish I had the money to build one that thing looks amazing and a whole bunch of fun cannot wait to see it being used in loading Wars rockon RCSparks

  20. I’m still watching and whatever works easiest for you sir. I will watch whatever you provide us. Keep up the amazing work sir.

  21. Now I’ve done some cool rc builds but I think you may have got the jump on me with this unique build. Keep it up ?

  22. Excellent, it's really a forklift awesome, a very good build and explanations on top, looking forward to seeing the next video !!

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