One of our favorite all around bash machines here at BigSquidRC is the Vaterra Halix monster truck. While out of the box it is great fun to bash, we are doing a series of hop-up articles to make it truly epic. This week we’ll start off the series by upgrading the shocks.
The stock shocks on the Vaterra Halix work fine, but use plastic bodies and we were looking for truly top-of-the-line performance. With that in mind we contacted Pro-Line Racing and ordered up two sets of their high-end Pro Spec Shocks. To fit the Halix we used the “long/rear” length, and also ordered their heaviest shock springs (super hard, part #6308-20, $8 a pair) to handle the weight of the Halix.
The Pro-Line shocks come with 3 different sets of pistons to choose from, after some testing we ended up running the heaviest damping pistons (smallest holes) in the front shocks, and medium holed pistons in the rear. For shock oil we ended up running 40 weight Associated in the front and 30 in the rear.
The Pro-Spec shocks mounted up without issue using the supplied hardware. The “long/rear” Pro-Spec shocks are slightly longer than the stock front shocks, and slightly shorter than the stock rears, but by using alternate mounting holes in the a-arms this was not an issue.
While out bashing the Pro-Specs provided top notch performance. We set ours up a bit on the heavy side which worked extremely well in high bite conditions, as well as when hucking big wood ramps. The Pro-Specs soaked up big hits like a champ and we never had an issue with them, even after extended abuse. To boil it down, the Pro-Specs felt like we had bolted up a finely tuned set of “A-Kit” factory suspension, they worked that well.
Next week in part #2 of our hop-up series we’ll be mounting up some new wheels and tires. Until then you can Click Here to read more hop-up articles right here on BigSquidRC.
Vaterra Halix Pro-Line Shock Gallery 1
Vaterra Halix Pro-Line Shock Gallery 2
After months of teasing, Pro-Line has released full information on their new PRO-2 Buggy Conversion Kit. The kit comes with everything you need to convert your Pro-Line PRO-2 to a buggy, and it can be converted right back to a truck when needed.
Modeled after a Class 1 Desert Buggy, the supplied body and roll cage are loaded with scale detailing for a sharp look. Plastic window nets add to the scale appearance, but won’t pull out like rubber netting. Pro-Line light buckets can easily be added, as can a wing if you plan racing or just like that type of look. Also, the narrow buggy body is sure to suffer from a whole lot less parachute than a typical short course truck, making it easier to jump on windy days.
The part number for the conversion kit is #6254-00, the street price is $78, and you can get more information by simply clicking This Link.
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Pro-Line Buggy Conversion Kit
Pro-Line Buggy Conversion Kit
If you read Part 1 of this guide (CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT) you may remember that for the Part 2 portion of “Upgrading Your RTR Axial SCX10″ I planned on limiting the budget to $100. Well, in the grand tradition of every single r/c project I’ve been apart of…we are going over budget! Besides, if your rig isn’t over budget then you aren’t a true scaler! Right?! Yeah, this excuse never works on my wife either. I digress. Click the “Read More” button to see what kind of trouble we can get into this time.
Our friends over at Pro-Line have released a teaser image of their Phantom series body for the Associated RC10B5M. As you can see from the picture, the latest Phantom is ready for the track, and it looks pretty sharp with the murdered out paint job. More information will be coming soon, until then you can click This Link to check out all the cool products over on the official Pro-Line website.
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We have one other sneak peak before from Nuremberg, but we finally have an official shot from Pro-Line just to confirm that the rumored Pro-Line Pro-2 Buggy is coming soon!
We don’t have a part number yet, or a price, but when we do, we will let you know. Make sure to hit the official Pro-Line Website for future info.
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The latest Phantom series body from Pro-Line Racing is for the Associated B44.2 buggy. The Phantom sports a cab forward design and sweeping body lines for both style and performance. On the rear, an optional center fin can be used to add high speed stability.
The part number is #3425-00, street price is $26, and you can get complete information at This Link on Pro-Line’s website.
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Pro-Line Phantom for B44.2
Masking off, painting, and cutting out a body can take a lot of time, spare time that some people just don’t have. For you guys that don’t have a bunch of spare time on your hands, or if you are just looking for a pristine paint job, the crew at Pro-Line have announced a pre-cut and pre-painted Ford Raptor SVT body for the Traxxas Stampede. The pre-painted PL Raptor body comes in red, has the scale detailing everyone is looking for, and is designed to fit the 2wd and 4wd versions of the Stampede.
The part number for the Stampede Raptor is #3348-15, it has a street price of $72, and you can get complete information over on Pro-Line’s Official Website.
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For all you Chevy truck fans Pro-Line has announced a new pre-cut Silverado HD Clear Body for short course trucks. The Silverado features scale looks, which are all the rage right now, and it saves you time and work by being pre-cut. The Silverado fits Traxxas Slash, Slash 4×4, Associated SC10, and Pro-Line PRO-2 when used with extended body mounts, and comes with over-spray film, window templates, and a decal sheet.
The part number is #3385-17, it has a street price of $49, and you can get full information at This Link over on the official Pro-Line website.
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Pro-Line Silverado HD Pre-Cut Gallery
Pro-Line has brought back the Striker tread design for a new rally tire. The Striker SC mounts right up to 2.2″/3.0″ SCT wheels and its low profile design should work well on pavement or hard packed dirt. Inside the tire you will see Pro-Line’s Pro-Core Technology, rubber ribbing that eliminates the need for a foam insert and gives just the right amount of tire flex.
The part number for the Striker SC is #10104-00, they have a street price of $22 per pair, and you can get more information at This Link over on the official Pro-Line website.
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Pro-Line Striker SC Gallery
Pro-Line has announced three new upgrades for their PRO-2 short course truck- front & rear towers and a transponder mount. All three hop-up parts are machined from carbon fiber to be light, stiff, and look trick.
The transponder mount has a part number of #6109-02 and a street price of $11. The front tower has a part number of #6109-00 and a street price of $16. The rear tower has a part number of #6109-01 and is priced at $12. To get more information on all three simply Click This Link.
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PRO-2 Carbon Fiber Gallery
Our friends over at Pro-Line have announced a couple of new True Scale Ford F-150 Raptor SVT bodies for your bashing pleasure. The first is a red pre-painted & pre-cut version that has a part number of #3389-15 and a street price of $79. The second is a pre-cut clear version with a part number of #3389-17 that sports a street price of $49. Both versions are officially licensed by Ford Motor Company and are designed to fit most short course trucks when used with extended body mounts. With these bodies you can sport some great scale realism the next time you go out bashing. For more information simply click This Link over on the official Pro-Line Racing website.
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Pro-Line True Scale Ford Raptor Gallery
Pro-Line has announced some new tires for your short course truck, Interco TSL SX Super Swamper SCs. The new Pro-Line tires feature the scale look of the Super Swamper, which not only give them a realistic look, but should also give loads of traction when driven in true off-road conditions like mud, gravel, etc. These come in Pro-Line’s long wearing M2 compound and are made right here in the USA.
The part number for the Pro-Line Super Swamper SCs is #10103-00, they have a street price of $22 per pair, and you can get more information at This Link on the official Pro-Line website.
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Pro-Line Super Swamper SC Gallery
We just got our hands on a sneak peak shot of what looks like Pro-Line IROK Swamper Short Course Tires. Interesting to see this sort of tread on a SC tire, but from a bashing point a view, bring them on! I imagine we could find some good terrain to make use of these for sure! Who else see’s these and wants to find some mud?
It’s not posted on their site yet, but don’t let that stop you from heading over to the Pro-Line Website to check out all their other products.
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