The Traxxas Slash 4×4 is one of the most popular and vesitile RC vehicles on the market. The Slash 4×4 is a solid and reliable machine with Traxxas offering some of the best customer support in the business. Due to its popularity, the aftermarket parts availible for this RC vehicle are countless. You could build a Slash 4×4 and not have a single Traxxas part on it. We are going to focus on some of the more popular upgrades.
Things to consider when you are upgrading your vehicle:
– Aluminum is durable, looks great and it comes in wide variety of colours, but it is expensive and will add weight to your vehicle.
– Not all aluminum is created equal, some products are better than others. Do your research.
– Do not under estimate the strength and durability of the plastic RPM or Pro-Line parts.
– It is easy to go overboard, remember your budget.
– Consider upgrading parts only as you break them. That helps to ensure you don’t upgrade unnecessary parts. Continue Reading
Torsional Concepts, the Creators of the RhinoForce S2, the RC vehicle self righting system are working hard behind the scenes as they prepare for the launch of their March 2014 Kickstarter campaign. But, they have taken some time out to released a new video of the RhinoForce S2. This video will give you a better understanding of how this impressive product works.
For more details on the RhinoForce S2 check out Torsional Concepts or try them out on Facebook
The build is done and it was a lot of fun. I got to modify and/or fabricate a few parts. I painted with an airbrush for the first time. Most important, it gave me a few hours of escape from all of the snow outside. In this final part I discuss the Motor and ESC I installed, there is a quick recap of the parts I modified, a complete parts list for this project and a very quick video of the “da Buggy’s” first run in an empty parking lot on a very cold winter day. Continue Reading
New Team Integy Front Bulkhead. 1/10 Traxxas Summit
Team Integy is on Twitter teasing their new Billet Machined Front Bulkhead for the 1/10 Traxxas Summit. Besides being pretty, it will surely add durability to your drive train. It will come in a variety of colors and have a MSRP of $99.99. For more details and to see the complete collection, check out Part # C25277 at Team Integy.
I must say that is a nice looking piece of hardware.
Rear Sway bar mounted
Ok, not quite complete, I will explain later.
I am not even sure I will use the sway bars, but I figured since I was making a mess, I would cut the Traxxas Wheelie Bar so that I could mount the sway bat kit. The front goes on with no problem, attaching to the A-Arms and the Traxxas Chassis in the stock locations. The Rear Sway Bars will attach to the A-Arms, but I did need to create a spot to mount it on the Rear Diff Housing, which is why the Wheelie Bar got cut up.
Keep the mounting points, discard the rest.
Up next was the body and this provided a whole new set of challenges for me. I had always painted my bodies with a spray can, so when the Pactra line of spray paints was halted, I was one of the many in search of a new option. I wondered into my LHS and after getting some guidance to verify the internet research I did the night before, I decided to make the jump to using a airbrush. I will say this about using the airbrush, it is like making the change from Nimh batteries to Lipo batteries, you will wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. I’ll will talk more about my Airbrush experience in a future post. Continue Reading
When using our RC’s, we have all suffered a Roll Over that has left our wheels off of the ground and then we need to take the “Walk of Shame” to put it back upright, so that we can get back to driving. Depending on how far you are away from your vehicle, the “Walk of Shame” can also be a bit of a pain and possibly risky. Well, those days can be a thing of the past, Torsional Concepts have come up with the RhinoForce S2, the “First Hobby RC Vehicle Self-Right System.”
The RhinoForce S2 is made from 5000 series sheet metal and steel springs. It weights 12 ounces and mounts directly to a roll cage (sold separately). To date, the RhinoForce S2 has been successfully tested on Traxxas Slash 4×4, Team Associated SC10 and Trinigy Trooper 4×4.
We love this idea. This sort of ingenuity can be a real game changer for the hobby. People with disabilities or limited mobility, could easily get behind an idea like this and when you factor in Bashers, Crawlers, New comers to the hobby, as well as the safety aspect, the RhinoForce S2 may not be for everybody, but it should be able to find its place within the RC community.
Check out the videos below to see the RhinoForce S2 in action.
We reached out to Torsional Concepts and asked them for some more details on themselves and the RhinoForce S2. Co -Owner and Engineer for Torsional Concepts Thomas Pischiera took some time from his day and answered some questions for us. Continue Reading
I started Part 3 by making the Front Bumper. To do that I used a Traxxas 1/10 Rally Front Skidplate Part# TRA7437, which will allow me to bolt the bumper directly to the frontend. I also used a Traxxas Rustler Front Bumper Part# TRA2735, for the bumper. As you can see in the pics, I cut up the Rally Skidplate, so I could match it up with the Bumper. The two pieces were then held together with two 4mm x 10mm CCS Screws and two 4mm nuts. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the two pieces came together. Continue Reading
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.
I need to finish off the back end and lock in the hinge pins. I ended up using the Traxxas Wheelie Bar Mount/Rear Skidplate Set. Part# TRA6777. I actually only used the skid plate piece, you could probably cut the skid plate off of the stock bumper and use it instead, but I wanted a clean look . I am going to save the Wheelie Bar Mount for later, I plan on cutting off the Sway Bar mounting points and using them on this buggy, so I will have the option to use sway bars in the future. Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
MIP Race Duty CVDs. Traxxas Slash 4×4
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.
MIP Race Duty Front Traxxas Slash 4×4
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 Continue Reading
www.teamstrc.com has released a new kit to convert your Traxxas Slash 4×4 into a 1/8 buggy! Looks like a nice kit with 17mm hex adapters to really complete the conversion. And at $89.99 its a deal!
The Traxxas Slash 2wd LCG Conversion kit is getting a lot of buzz online. In response, Traxxas has posted a Time-Lapse video of a Slash 2WD LCG Chassis Conversion.
With the holiday season approaching, Gens Ace has reminded us that they have a full line of batteries made for Traxxas vehicles which means they come with Traxxas connectors. You can find the full selection at HobbyPartz.com. If you are in Canada you can find Gens Ace Batteries at GreatHobbies.com.
This is ideal for Traxxas owners that can’t solder or are just tired of soldering and Gens Ace make a solid battery at a reasonable price.
As you gain experience in the hobby, do yourself a favor and learn to solder. It is very convenient and easy when you have the proper tools and if necessary your parents permission.
RC Car Action has broken the story of a new Low Center of Gravity Chassis for the Traxxas Slash 2wd. The lastest LCG comes from Traxxas themselves, this is great news and look for a street price of around $40.00. There should be an official press release next week, in the meantime head over to RCCarAction.com for more pictures and to read their “Inside Scoop”.
If this is not for you, we have featured other LCG Options for the Traxxas Slash 2wd or Traxxas Slash 4×4.