So I wanted to buy a LCG Slash, but since I already had a Traxxas Bandit I decided to convert it with the STRC LCG kit. It cost $46 and included shipping from OmniModels. The install looked pretty straight forward, but I did need to go online to find the instructions because there were two pieces I could not figure out where they went. Apparently there was a change in the design, but not noted anywhere in the instructions. I found the STRC instructions to be pretty vague and found that the RC Soup instructions had much better pictures with detailed steps. With a bit of confidence and 2mm, 2.5mm allen keys, this is quite easy to install. It took me about a hour to complete the upgrade. A couple of downsides to the kit, is that you now have to use 2 sided tape to hold an ESC in place, instead of screwing it to a mouting plate. Also have to shave the plastic at the fornt of battery mount to allow a 7cell nimh battery or a 2s hard case lipo, due to instalation of the battery bar.
As you can see the 7 cell battery barely fits and I actually tore the plastic covering attempting to install the battery. Once I shaved the lip, the batteries fit much better.
Overall the kit added approx. 4cm to the overall length of the Bandit. I also changed front and rear arms, camber links and tie rods to slash ones to complete the conversion.
Once I finished installing the kit and my Venelion brushless system. I went to do some testing. Overall without doing any real setup changes(still using original shocks/springs) this kit turned the Bandit into an actual vehicle that is now fun to drive and is fairly competative. If I could tell you what the guys I race with said about the Bandit…….. well needless to say, the Bandit is now retired. Anyway overall I am impressed with the kit, and for a low budget conversion I think it is very good.
On a side note I e-mailed STRC with a couple issues with the kit, the not so great instructions and the two pieces I could not find, and I did not get a response. This I find this odd because other members have had good customer service, and had replies to their e-mails.