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Old Feb 20, 2012, 02:15 PM
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Traxxas Slash 4X4. Weaknesses? Upgrades...

I'm considering the Slash 1:10 4X4 for my 1st. For under $400 it seems like a good deal.
Are there any upgrades that are recommended for this? Does the Slash have a tendency to break certain components and how about drivetrain and bearing waterproofness? Does it need modding?
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Updated to Slash Ultimate
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Old Feb 20, 2012, 09:57 PM
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Nearly every slash 4x4 ive seen has had motor mount bearing failure. Most upgrade to aluminum aftermarket with bigger bearing.

Traxxas factory bearings seem to be quite poor in comparison to other options. Unless you are running street only, I would replace them before running much.

The axles seem to be under equipped to handle anything beyond the supplied nimh. Ive already destroyed a pair on 2s and soft dirt.

Other than that, mine has been pretty tough.
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Old Feb 22, 2012, 03:23 PM
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How expensive are upgraded axles?
Are there bearings in the wheels and are they upgradeable? If so, what size are they?
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Old Feb 22, 2012, 06:56 PM
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I chose to run MIP X dutys which seem to be the popular choice at around $60 a pair. I have seen a few cheaper options out there but they dont carry very good reviews, especially if you plan to go the lipo route. I saw a friend with the same slash, running 3s, destroy a set of techno's in 20 min. The MIP's are tough as nails and add some weight in the right places.

There are 2 bearings per wheel contained in the carriers (Not in the wheels). There are also bearings in the diff's and the motor mount. They are upgradeable and there are a wide variety of replacement options depending on the type of running you want to do. I highly recomend boca bearings. Their website offers sets for every popular RC platform out there. This is definately not the cheapest option but the best option rarely is. For running offroad, I would go with the green seal bearings at about $40 a set. I have seen several sets for $10 to 20 from other manufacturers but I doubt the quality is that of the boca's. I will say that ANYTHING is better than the traxxas factory stuff. After years of running various RC cars, I've never seen bearing failure so fast as I did with my slash.
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Old Feb 23, 2012, 04:04 AM
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I went to Boca's site, but the bearing material isn't listed. Are the green sealed bearings made from stainless? They're only ABEC #1 rated. Lowest rating.
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Old Feb 23, 2012, 03:02 PM
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Just received an e-mail from Boca. They are chrome steel.
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Old Feb 24, 2012, 08:43 AM
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I keep snapping rear axles with my Stampede 4x4 with a 2s lipo. I'm ordering a set of MIPs today.
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Old Feb 25, 2012, 09:08 AM
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I'm not convinced that the ABEC rating nor the material the bearings are made from are all that important. The bearings in my 500hp 1984 Monte Carlo are ABEC 1 rated chrome steel as well. If your plan is to install them and never service them, then you better pony up for a stainless set. IMO, the machining process of the balls and ball to race tolerences are the important part, the part Boca seems to get right.

To Steve91t, what part of your axle broke?
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Old Feb 25, 2012, 09:14 AM
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To add, Boca does offer ABEC #7 sets for a little over $200 a set with ceramic balls.
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Old Feb 25, 2012, 11:34 AM
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To add, Boca does offer ABEC #7 sets for a little over $200 a set with ceramic balls.
Wow. Too rich for my balls.

I'll probably settle for the green seal bearings.
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Old Feb 25, 2012, 02:22 PM
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To Steve91t, what part of your axle broke?

Here you go....

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1594375
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Old Feb 28, 2012, 03:49 PM
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I placed my order for the Traxxas Slash 4x4 Ultimate
Traxxas Heatsink Motor
Losi 2.5" Springs 4.1 Rate
Losi 2.5" Springs 2.6 Rate
Losi 2" Springs 3.5 Rate
JConcepts Slash 4x4 OverTray
RPM Front Bumper/Skid Plate
Golden Horizons Aluminum Motor Mount Blue w/ Boca green seal bearing.
Associated Silicone Shock Oil 50Wt
Associated 60Wt Silicone Shock Oil
RPM Front/Rear A-Arms Blue

Just ordered the King Headz slipper bearing adapter and a pair of 2.5" Losi green springs.
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Old Mar 01, 2012, 07:21 AM
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Don't forget about the plastic shock caps. Replace them with the traxxas aluminum ones to keep them from popping off on a hard landing.

Most tracks that run a bone stock slash spec class, allow this one modification for durability reasons.
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Old Mar 01, 2012, 09:17 AM
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I wasn't sure if the Big Bore shocks came with plastic or aluminum caps. They are definitely plastic?
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I wasn't sure if the Big Bore shocks came with plastic or aluminum caps. They are definitely plastic?
Big Bores are metal. I was referring to the stock 4x4 and 2wd slash shocks.
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