My most recent purchase from The Toyz has arrived, I picked up a servo for my Losi Micro SCT. I also wanted to try a couple of body clip options, the Rubber Pull Bent Body Clips and the Silicon Body Clip Leash, but what I was really after was the Hot Racing Carbon Fiber Graphite Battery Hold Down. The Hold Down is sold for the TLR 22 22T 22SCT line, and I have found that it also fits the Pro-Line Pro-2 LCG Chassis. I figured I would pick up another one and try it out on the Team Associated B4.2, because the stock Battery Hold Down is a bit of a pain. I prefer the Hot Racing Battery Hold compared to the JConcepts version, simply because I find the thumbs screws to be beefier and easier to work, although I do perfer the size of the JConcepts Hold Down itself. Continue Reading
I have become pretty frustrated with the Velcro battery hold down straps that came with my TLR22 SCT. When the straps get dirty or a couple of months old, they do not do the job well. I have lost batteries mid race, I have had to go walk, pick up my battery pack and truck and make the walk of shame back to the pits. I now see that the straps are stretching, making it very difficult to get a good hold on the battery even when clean.
In my search for a solution I looked at the Exotek Strap and Battery Hold Set. This is a very nice looking piece of gear and I am very happy with my Exotek 22 Conversion Kit, but the price seemed a little high at $29.95 and after I saw $20.00 for shipping to Canada, I decided that $50 to my door was too much to spend. My next stop was TheToyz.com where I found the TLR 22 22T 22SCT Carbon Fiber Graphite Battery Hold Down. This carbon fiber piece is made by Hot Racing and has a price of $17.88. It uses thumb screws and allows me to get rid of the Velcro straps. It was delivered to my door for a total price of $23.00.
This was very easy to install even though it came without instructions. It is a nice looking and seems to be a well made piece, but more importantly, it does a great job of holding my batteries in place. I am so happy with it, that I have also ordered another one for my 2wd Slash that has the Pro-Line LCG, it will fit on that chassis as well. That is correct, it will fit on the Pro-Line Pro2 LCG.
The Traxxas Slash is one of the best all-round performers out of the box. But in order for it to have a chance on the track against a Race Ready RC, such as a Losi, or a Team Associated, you will need to lower the chassis, and do other things as well.
Some of the Benefits of a LCG (Low Centre of Gravity) include increased speed, increased acceleration and better handling (No more tipping). Today, we will focus on 5 different LCG`s. We have no idea which one is best for you, that is something you will need to decide for yourself. Any of these products will give you a noticeable improvement over the stock setup.
Anza LCG Kit: MSRP is $119.99
Features: Carbon Fiber Components, CNC-machined, and Anodized Aluminum Parts. This is the top of the line, we are not saying it is better than another, but it comes with all the bells and whistles. We should point out that this chassis doesn’t seem to have much product support in Canada and you may need to wait for replacement parts. More Info and Pics at Anza LCG.
Pro-line LCG: MSRP is $127.46
Features: A Lightened Aluminum Chassis, Adjustable Weight Bias, Adjustable Battery Straps (Velcro), Aluminum Servo Mounts and Steering Posts. It doesn’t have the Carbon Fiber of the Anza, but there is no denying this is a sharp looking chassis, and it is getting solid reviews within the RC community. More Info and Pics at PRO-2 LCG Performance Chassis.
Xtreme Racing G-10 Kit: MSRP $99.99
Features: All Carbon Fiber, 2.5mm Bottom Chassis, 2mm Top Plate, and Steering Posts. This looks like a serious racing chassis; our first clue was the lack of Nerf Bars. We have no idea how the chassis would hold up under bashing conditions. More Info and Pics at G-10 Chassis.
Chuckworks Slice A 4.5: MSRP $82.00
Features: Reversed Transmission, G-10 Fibreglass, High Strength Plastic for durability and shock resistance. Because it is fibreglass, it is very light weight. This should lead to increased acceleration, and easily clearing those double jumps. This is one of Chuckworks most popular chassis’s. Chuckworks, really know their chassis`s, they make a variety of them for the Slash, as well as other models. More Info and Pics at Slice A 4.5. The crew at Chuckworks are constantly working on new chassis designs, developments and upgrades you can stay on top of things by checking their home page Chuckworks.com
STRC LCG: MSRP $49.99
Features: Aluminum parts and a Slightly Shorter Wheelbase for increased cornering. The STRC chassis will also allow you to use the waterproof receiver box. To complete this kit, you will need the following parts TRA3722A Lower Chassis, TRA3723A Upper Chassis, and TRA3727A Battery hold down plate. You can purchase a complete kit on Ebay, if you already have the Rustler parts
then you just need the aluminum kit. More Info and Pics at STRC Slash 2WD LCG Conversion Kit. Our very own Flash did a build of the STRC LCG and you can find the details HERE.
Traxxas LCG: MSRP $39.00
Traxxas themselves have their own LCG for the 2wd Slash. It is made from the same material as the regular chassis and lowers chassis over one inch (1.3 in/33mm). The LCG conversion kit will provide you with everything you need to make the change over and it should be back in stores late Feb 2014. Part# TRA5830.
Hot Racing LCG: MSRP $148.88
In this post, we showed you the MSRP, if you shop around you can find these items cheaper.