Everybody knows what RTFM means (don’t they?) but lets be honest few of us do it. The thing is its important, especially with RTR’s because they WILL break and you WILL have to repair them. So it’s a good idea to make yourself familiar with the Slash manuals and supporting guides and this is my take on the really important ones.
1. The Manual for the Slash will come with it if you get a new one but if not you can get them here (pdf format). This will have basic info in but if you really want to get to know your Slash and when you have to repair it (which you will) then you need these….
2. Exploded Views are essential and fortunately the Slash ones are really good and readily available for download (in pdf format) from Traxxas, here.
Traxxas seem to go one set further than many manufacturers and also provide clickable versions that hot link each and every part directly to the Traxxas Parts store. Some model shops even provide custom versions for their own shops, for example if you are in the UK then the exploded view for the Slash available here from Wheelspin Models & Hobbies will link straight into their store. This can make ordering from your preferred supplier very much easier. These views will be vital in helping you understand how your slash fits together, works, and in identifying issues.
3. The Slash Spec Racing Setup Guide is a must read for understanding your truck, how it works, and how to start tweaking it to get the best from it. The guide examines basic Suspension Adjustments, including shock oil, camber, preload, ride height and tweaking your Differential (that is not a euphemism).
4. Building the Ultimate Slash – The Full-Option Slash Project is where you should start if you want to start to understand the accessories that improve performance and durability and the setup changes needed to accompany them e.g. gearing options. It tackles Suspension & Steering, drivetrain, power and other upgrades. Of course being a Traxxas article it only discusses Traxxas option parts but the principles discussed are just as valid.
And whilst we are on the subject of basics make sure you have the right tools, yes you get some stuff with your kit but in all honesty you are likely to struggle or get frustrated if you stick to them alone. There is no need to go to town but I really would suggest as a very minimum you purchase a set of hex drives Including 1.5, 2.0, 2.5 3.0mm, Hex sockets 5, 5.5,7mm, and a set of long nosed pliers. Like I say no need to go to town but remember you get what you pay for.