This year my winter project is converting a Traxxas Slash 4×4 into a LCG Slash 4×4 Buggy. This is nothing new and has been done many times before under various names such as BackSlash or Pro8 Conversion. I had an extra Slash 4×4 which wasn’t being used, so I figured this project would be ideal. I like this project because it will require me to fabricate some of my own parts. I could have bought the newly released STRC Conversion Kit and bolted everything together, but I like a challenge and spending that money on a kit would have taken all the fun away from me. You have already seen part of the build in the posts M.I.P. Traxxas Slash 4×4 17mm Hex Adapter Kit and M.I.P. Race Duty CVD’s Slash 4×4: Initial Impressions. Now on to the next part of the build, the Wing.
I started with the back end, because I was excited to see the wing in place. I removed the stock Rear Bumper and Bulkhead and installed a Traxxas Rally Rear Bulkhead (Part# TRA7429). I decided to look to Losi for a wing and came up with a Team Losi Racing 8IGHT 3.0 Wing (Part# TLR240001) and a Losi Wing Mount (Part# LOSA4435). The Wing Mount has four mounting points and the bottom of the mount can actually be bolted through to the stock Diff housing, using longer bolts (18mm). In order to properly secure the top mounting points of the Wing Mount to the Shock Tower, I needed to make my first part.
It is just a simple piece of plastic with two holes drilled through it, so the Wing Mount can be attached to the Shock Tower, ensuring a strong hold with little give. The piece measures approx. 53mm x 15mm with the holes approx. 33mm on centre.
The plastic that I am using to make my parts is actually from a old TV I was throwing out. I took out my dremel and cut out a big piece of plastic from the back of it, to be used for this project and others. Old plastic RC parts can also be used to fabricate parts, and a Dremel Tool will make things much easier.
2) The shocks that I am using are from a Losi TEN-SCTE and have threaded shock bodies for multiple adjustments. You don’t need to change the stock shocks, I was lucky enough to have these shocks laying around collecting dust. They are a direct bolt on to the Slash 4×4.
3) I am still not finished with the back end. I am waiting for an order of parts one of which is TRA6777 the Rear Skid Plate and Wheelie Bar mount for the Traxxas Rally. I intend to use the skid plate to hold the hinge pins in place and save the wheelie bar for a future project.
4) When doing a project like this, I make sure to check out my LHS and online retailers like TheToyz.com or DollarHobbyz.com. I can often save myself a few bucks on parts over the big boys and especially over the MSRP. Make sure and bundle up your purchases to save on shipping.
Here are the parts I used to complete this step:
Traxxas Rally Rear Bulkhead (Part# TRA7429).
Team Losi Racing 8IGHT 3.0 Wing (Part# TLR240001)
Losi Wing Mount (Part# LOSA4435)
Traxxas LCG (Part# TRA7422)
Traxxas Rally Rear Skid Plate (Part# TRA6777)
Next time I will detail how I created a Rear Body mount.