Archive | December 2012

More Upgrades….

to paraphrase a certain pop song from my past…

Upgrades! There’s never enough
There’s never enough until your credit stops flowing
The more you get, the deeper the pain
Don’t give up the upgrades until your credit stops flowing

<sorry :)>

Since my last post on the subject (here) there have been a few parts released by the likes of Pro-Line and RPM and I’ve learnt more so I decided to do an update post. So here goes with part 2.

Chassis Upgrades

Ok biggest issue with the Slash from most peoples perspective is its High Center of Gravity (HCG).  I’m not going to get into the science behind why a Low Center of Gravity (LCG) is better than a HCG.  Lets just say HCG = Bad, LCG=Good.

It is therefore little wonder that there quite a few LCG kits out there.  Now I’m not going to look at them all and I don’t have one myself yet so don’t feel really qualified but I am going to list one of the ‘classics’ and one of newer options out there for now.  I’m sure to come back to this subject at some point.

I’ll start with the ‘classic’ STRC Slash 2WD LCG Conversion Kit.  This kit basically takes a stock Rustler parts and extends the wheelbase.  It’s a relatively cheap proven approach (by others at least) that is definitely near the top of the contenders list.  Remeber though you do need the following Traxxas parts to complete conversion; TRA3722A Lower Chassis for Rustler, TRA3723A Upper Chassis for Rustler.  The TRA3727A Battery hold down plate is up to you.

Next on the list is one of the latest.  The ProLine PRO-2 Low Centre of Gravity Chassis Kit For Traxxas Slash 2WD look, well lets be honest, pretty sexy and the inital performance reports seem very good.

There is also the ANZA. Made from carbon fiber components, and CNC-machined, anodized aluminum  which seems to be getting good feedback so far.

If you want more detail on the chassis then follow the links or use Google.

STRC Slash 2WD LCG Conversion Kit (Blue) – other colours are available.

PL6093-00
ProLine PRO-2 Low Centre of Gravity Chassis Kit For Traxxas Slash 2WD

ANZA5822 LCG CHASSIS SET (TRAXXAS SLASH)

Chassis Protection

Bumpers:

First of the new Pro-Line upgrades falls into this category – sort of – jointly.  It’s the ProLine Pro 2 Front Bumpers and Bulkhead for 2WD Slash which as you may expect from it’s name also includes…you guessed it…a bulkhead.

Next up from Pro-Line is the ProLine Pro 2 Rear Bumpers for 2WD Slash With Proline Transmission.  You did notice the important bit there?  ProLine Pro 2 Rear Bumpers for 2WD Slash With Proline Transmission.  That’s right you have to have the Pro-Line transmission (see further down the page for more on that little beauty) for it to fit.

Performance is uncertain, it’s all new, but given Pro-Lines past record they will have to of really messed up for these upgrades not to be worthwhile, especially when all combined together.

PL6095-00
ProLine Pro 2 Front Bumpers and Bulkhead for 2WD Slash

PL6092-14
ProLine Pro 2 Rear Bumpers for 2WD Slash With Proline Transmission

Chassis Savers:

As mentioned the last time the Pro-Line chassis saver can almost completely eliminate the week point in the chassis saving you from breaking them but the point I wanted to make here is this only applies to the stock chassis.

PL6062-08
Pro-Line Chassis Saver For Traxxas Slash

Suspension & Steering

Bulkhead:

The new Pro-Line bulkhead comes part of the ProLine Pro 2 Front Bumpers and Bulkhead for 2WD Slash seen above.  Enough said. For now.

PL6095-00
ProLine Pro 2 Front Bumpers and Bulkhead for 2WD Slash

Hinge-Pins:

Pro-Line other new upgrade, these guys have been busy, includes a hardened steel hinge pins set for the slash 2wd.

PL6096-00
ProLine Pro 2 Hinge Pin Set for 2WD Slash

Drivetrain

Transmission Case:

Ok it’s time for the new kid on the block here but they have a track record.  RPM have just released their RPM Gearbox Housing and Rear Mounts
(Fits Traxxas 2wd Slash, 2wd Stampede, e-Rustler & Bandit).

There are 2 reasons this is exciting. 1. its RPM with a proven track record. 2. It’s retail price is $30! About half the price of most other cases.  It does not include internal components (gears bearings, shafts, etc.).  but with a metal motor mount for heat dissipation and with two sets of rear mounts – 0° and 3° – included.

What’s not to like about that?  At that price it’s got to be worth a punt and I know I will be ordering one.

Drive-shafts:

Also among the recently released Pro-Line upgrades is an axel kit, unfortunately it only fits the Pro-Trac suspension kit, let me repeat that just in case – it only fits the Pro-Trac suspension kit.

PL6099-00
ProLine Pro 2 Protrac Axle Kit for 2WD Slash With Protrac Suspension

Hexes:

Still more upgrades from Pro-Line, this time in the form of

PL6097-00
ProLine Pro 2 Front Clamping Hexes for 2WD Slash (2)

PL6098-00
ProLine Pro 2 Rear Clamping Hexes for 2WD Slash (2)

Well that’s it for now.  Remember if you missed my first post on upgrades you can see it here.

There is also a new thread over at URC that adds more, see here.

Note: The links in this post go to hobby shops in the UK and US.  I don’t get commission from them, I’m just trying to make life easier. They may be me favourites but that doesn’t mean you have to use them.