RPM has announced their latest product, the “No Clip” Body Mount System for the Traxxas Slash 2wd & 4wd. The new system completely eliminates the use of body clips, it adds scale realism, the mock radiator fans on the back of the body now double as a body lock. The new system also gives you adjustable body height. The kit comes with everything you need to install. It should be noted that the system doesn’t work with Traxxas on board audio system or the Nitro Slash.
No word on when these will be available, but the manufacturer suggested retail price is $27.95. 2wd details can be found using part #70860 and 4wd details can be found using part# 70920
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Camber angles alter the handling qualities of your suspension and in particular, negative camber improves grip when cornering. If the bottom of the wheel is farther out than the top, it is called negative camber. I am sure by now, most of you have seen the RPM Camber Gauge. But do you know how to use it? This is a great video from darkeclipticheart‘s youtube channel, that will introduce you to the RPM Camber Gauge and show you how to use it.
RPM have announced Rear A-Arms for the Traxxas Nitro Slash. Unlike the stock A-Arms which are used in many different applications, the RPM A-Arms a designed solely for the Nitro Slash, eliminating many different unused holes in the A-Arms which in turn creates durability.
Get complete details at RPM Nitro Slash A-Arms
The A-Arms should be in stores soon. MSRP $11.95 Part# 73652
RPM has released a Servo-Saver Eliminator Bellcrank for the ECX Boost, 2wd Circuit, 2wd Ruckus or 2wd Torment. The new Bellcrank which is molded from their trademarked blend of engineering grade nylons, is designed to cut down on the wandering tendencies, the steering slop and the centering problems, that are bound to come up over time in a stock system.
Get complete details at Servo-Saver Eliminator Bellcrank for the ECX Boost, 2wd Ruckus, 2wd Circuit & 2wd Torment.
It should be in stores soon and it can found using Part #73492. MSRP is $11.95
The ECX name is really making great progress in the RC world. I am starting to see them at the RC Park more and more. Quality aftermarket products are being released constantly and overall users seem very happy with whatever ECX model they get.
RPM have launched a new website. The new site is easy-to-use, it has a Make-Model search and is a nice upgrade over its reliable but dated predecessor. I really like the new look and quickly testing it out, it seems very functional. Great job by the team at RPM.
Check out the new look at RPM
Oversized Rear Axle Carriers for the ECX Boost, Circuit 2wd, Ruckus 2wd & Torment 2wd
On the heels of last months RPM release of the Oversized Front Spindle Blocks for the ECX Boost, 2wd Torment, 2wd Circuit & 2wd Ruckus. RPM have released Oversized Rear Axle Carriers for the ECX Boost, 2wd Torment, 2wd Circuit & 2wd Ruckus. This is good news for those looking to beef up their rig.
RPM part# 73572. MSRP $10.95 / pair. Look for them in stores Sept 2, 2014.
RPM Oversized Front Spindle Blocks
RPM have released Oversized Front Spindle Blocks for the ECX Boost, Circuit 2wd, Ruckus 2wd & Torment 2wd. The Oversized Front Spindle Blocks feature a larger bearing size of 5x11mm (not included). The stock bearing size is 5x10mm and RPM state “One millimeter in diameter may not seem like much but that little change nearly doubles all load and fatigue ratings over the stock bearing size! That means better performance, longer life and more time between maintenance periods.”
RPM have built a rock solid reputation over the years, based on durable, reliable and flashy upgrades, so I have no problem believing their statement and if they turn out to be wrong, I would be shocked if they didn’t make good by it.
The RPM Oversized Front Spindle Blocks for the 2wd ECX Torment, Ruckus, Circuit & Boost will be available July 30, 2014 at a MSRP of $10.95 / pair. Part# 73292
RPM have heard the cries of ECX owners and they have rolled out Front A-Arms for the ECX Torment, Ruckus & Circuit. They will be available April 28, 2014 at a MSRP of $11.95 a pair. RPM Part # 70582
More details at ECX Torment, Ruckus & Circuit Front A-arms
Black Traxxas Summit & Revo Extended Right Rear A-arms
RPM have received numerous requests for a set of extended rear A-Arms to fit the Traxxas Summit and Revo and due to that, RPM delivered. The A-Arms are made with the same lightweight and durable technology as their popular Revo design. They should be in stores April 8, 2014 with a MSRP of $14.95 a side.
Part # 70432 for Summit, Revo & E-Revo Extended Left Rear A-arms – Black
Part # 70482 Summit, Revo & E-Revo Extended Right Rear A-arms – Black
Part# 70435 Summit, Revo & E- Revo Extended Left Rear A-arms – Blue
Part# 70485 Summit, Revo & E-Revo Extended Right Rear A-arms – Blue
Check out RPM Extended Rear A-Arms for more details.
RPM RC10 Inside Rear Hinge Pins
Once again, RPM has heard the cries for help, with the re-release of the RC10 Classic, some users were having compatibility issues with RPM A-Arms. The RC10 Classic A-arms aren’t quite as wide as they used to be so Associated shortened the length of their hinge pins. That means those pins no longer work with RPM A-arms or older versions of the stock RC10 A-arms. To fix the problem, RPM contacted the original manufacturers of the stock Associated hinge pins and they had a new set made to the old specs.
MSRP is $6.95, look for a March 18, 2014 release. They can be found using RPM Part# 70590
RPM. Black Side Exit Mock Exhaust Part# 70292
The latest offering from RPM, Side Exit Mock Exhaust Tips, is bound to stand out on your RC. The Through-The-Body Mock Side Exhaust Tip kit, (That’s a Mouthful) comes with 2 complete exhaust tips, one set for each side of the body and instructions. To mount the tips to your body you simply cut a small oval hole using the template provided.
RPM. Chrome Side Exit Mock Exhaust Part# 70293
Part# 70292 for Black MSRP $8.95 / Pair
Part# 70293 for Chrome MSRP $10.95 / Pair
More Details at RPM
RPM has put together a ESC Cage for the Traxxas VXL ESC. The cage will fit the Slash 4×4 and the Stampede 4×4. The cage is designed to give the ESC a better mounting option to zip-ties, 2-sided tape once the stock mounting tabs have broken off. You can also consider it a little more protection for your ESC before or after the tabs have broken off. The neat thing here, is the idea was submitted by RPM customer Ryan K.
Look for a mid February release with a MSRP of $9.95.
Part# 70602 for black
Part# 70605 for blue.
More details at RPM.com.
It is pretty cool to see them build customers idea and give the customer credit. Yet another great product brought to us by RPM.
RPM has released a new and improved Gear Cover for the Team Associated SC10, SC10B, B4 & T4. The new covers are for use with VTS and single slipper clutch systems. The new Gear Cover has the clearance for the VTS clutch system and will still retain the same low profile as the old one.
They should be available December 16th. Part# 70262 will get you black one and part# 70265 will get you a blue one. MSRP $6.95.
More Details can be found at RPMrcproducts.com.
RPM has released a Front Shock Tower for the SC10B, SC10.2 & T4.2FT The Front Shock Tower can be found under part #73582 (Black) and will have a MSRP of $9.95
They have also released Front A-arms for the SC10B, SC10.2 & T4.2FT. The Front A-Arms can be found under part #73512 (Black), 73515 (Blue) and will have a MSRP of $10.95 a pair.
Head over to RPMrcproducts.com for more details.
This year’s winter build was a Traxxas Slash 2wd. The vehicle has many different upgrades. At this point it has had about 10 battery packs through it and we thought we would share our thoughts. If you want to compare our original thoughts, they were posted in our Winter Build Article.
Pro-Line Pro-2 LCG:
The truck handles very well. The Slash can easily get into and out of the corners. The rollover during cornering is gone. The chassis handles the jumps great making the landings a breeze. This chassis has been in some pretty big crashes. It is tough. The nerf bars which we thought may be a weak point have held up great. A couple of the screws that go from the aluminum chassis into plastic parts are starting to back out. (This is easily solved with some CA Glue). I am not really a fan of the Velcro straps, they do ok, but there could be problems in the future.
Pro-Line Front & Rear Body Mounts:
They have really quieted much of the body rattle you get when driving over a rough surface. These have done a great job holding the body down. The problem comes if you find yourself having a bad day at the track and frequently need to remove the body to fix something. These can be a bit troublesome.
Red Shock Covers (EBay):
They do an incredible job keeping the shocks clean and functioning properly. They haven’t fallen down and they look great. They were purchased from GritBusters on ebay.
RPM Front and Rear A-Arms:
As expected there have been no problems.
RPM Gearbox Housing:
This gear box is very quiet compared to the stock setup. Motor temps are noticeably cooler as well.
STRC Red Aluminum:
The following parts were installed. Knuckle Hubs front and rear, Caster Blocks, Bulkhead, Turnbuckle Camber Link Set, Turnbuckles Toe Links and Steering Bellcranks. The only issue we had was with the Bellcranks. This version has no servo saver and it may only be a coincidence that we lost 2 servos in the span of an hour. After installing a Traxxas Servo Saver there has been no more damage.