My M.I.P. Race Duty CVDs for the Traxxas Slash 4×4 have arrived and I wanted to share some initial impressions. The M.I.P. Race Duty CVDS are available in Aluminum or Steel, I opted for the steel version. The package contains all the parts needed, grease, blue thread lock and instructions. Right off the jump this looks like it will be a smooth install.
These CVD’s are thick and appear well made, they have a varying diameter that ranges from approximately 4mm at the Outdrive down to 3.3 mm on the Axle end. Just for comparison purposes, the CVDs on the TLR 22SCT have a consistent diameter of approx. 3.3 mm. The overall length of the CVD itself, not including the outdrive or axle is approx. 78.6mm. The outdrive is approx. 19.7mm and the axle measures 38.7mm. I give those numbers for the person that maybe thinking of using these in a different application other than the Slash 4×4. Please keep in mind my measurements are approximate and based off my own Digital Caliper.
The grub screws in this kit appear to be well made and deep, allowing for plenty of bite on the hex tool. The grubs screws are 1.5mm at the Hex adapter, 2mm at the axle and a 1.5mm pin screw at the CVD outdrive.
Note that the Rear CVDs include spacers that are not required for the front. The spacers are not plastic and are in fact metal, it is this attention to the little things that have made M.I.P. so successful.
Installation was very easy, taking only 10 minutes a side after waiting the recommended 1 hour for the blue thread gel to set up on the set screws. The pieces fit together nicely and when completed there is plenty of clearance around the A-Arm and Aluminum Bearing Carrier. Follow the instructions and remember to use the supplied thread lock and grease accordingly. The instructions are supplied with the CVD’s and a PDF can be found at http://www.miponline.com/store/media/myinstruct/mip-inst-13270.pdf.
To this point, I am impressed with the MIP Steel CVDs for the Traxxas Slash 4×4. The product appears to be well made, it was nice to have everything included in the kit, including instructions, thread lock and grease. Once I get a chance to get some runtime with the new CVD’s I will be sure to update.