Luxury RC has announced a new ESC Plate for the Traxxas Slash 2wd. The plate allows for the sano install of an ESC in the center line of the truck and they are available in either red or blue. The plate comes with everything needed for the install and has a limited one year warranty.
The esc plate is priced at $7, they are available right now, and you can hit up This Link for full details over on the Luxury RC website.
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Luxury RC ESC Plate
I’ve long been a casual NHRA fan but “something always came up” when the tour rolled through town. I’d always put it off until next year…for around 10 consecutive years. After missing last year’s show I drew a line in the sand and said “Come hell or high water, I will go see a nitro race this year”. Thankfully, my father in law (an old racer himself) held me to it and I took in the NHRA Midwest Nationals last September. I’ve worked in race shops for years and have seen so many live events of various types that I figured nitro couldn’t be that different, despite what everyone told me. I could not have been more wrong!
It was the most visceral experience I’ve ever had involving a motorsport. The first fuel car took my breathe away as the shock wave rattled my internals and shook the grandstands. I can’t really explain it. If you’ve seen it in person then you know. The pit area is also a land of wonder. You can get up close to the teams as they completely rebuild an engine in around 30 minutes. Watching a
bomb highly tuned nitro engine warm up from a few feet away will bring a tear to any gearhead’s eye. The spectator accessibility is top notch. I became a hardcore fan that day. I’m already jonesing for my next hit of nitro next fall.
So yeah, after that I knew I had to try my hand at r/c drag racing. I’ve seen the Traxxas Funny Cars before and always thought they looked very cool, but without anyone to run against I figured “why bother”? As luck would have it, a local group of guys around me decided to start a drag club where you have to run the FC’s bone stock. I snapped up a car and headed to my first race last weekend, a test and tune during an unusually warm day.
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R/C Drag Racing Gallery 1
One of the best improvements you can make to any truck is upgrade hardware. Upgrade screws won’t strip as easily and can be considerably stronger than the stock hardware. The crew over at Team KNK have announced a new Stainless Hardware Kit for the Traxxas Slash 4×4. The kit contains 184 pieces and includes all the 2.5mm, 3mm and 4mm hardware needed to toughen up your Slash 4×4.
The kit has a street price of just $20 and you can get more information over on Team KNK’s Official Website.
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You know that fiberglass bar that holds the front hinge pins on your Traxxas 2wd? They have been know to break and they definitely don’t look high tech. The folks over at Luxury RC have new aluminum front tie bars that not only look high-zoot, but are also tougher than stock. These are available in four different colors- blue, red, silver, and black, and they don’t break the bank at only $7. The tie bars are made from 6061 aluminum and fit popular vehicles like the 2wd Slash, Rustler, and Stampede. Hit up This Link for more information over on the official Luxury RC website.
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Luxury RC Tie Bar Colors
I don’t have to tell you guys that it’s all about scale realism now days. You see it creeping into more new car releases, and we see the trend every time we go bashing.
The good guys over at RPM have announced a Spare Tire Carrier that fits the Traxxas Slash 2wd and 4×4. Their spare tire carrier is a great way of adding a touch of scale realism to your Slash and will certainly help give it a great custom look. Made from RPM’s ultra tough blend of nylon, you won’t have to worry about it breaking any time soon.
The part number is #70502, they are priced at $14, and they are expected to start shipping in about 3 weeks. Complete details can be found at This Link on the official RPM website.
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RPM Spare Tire Carrier Gallery
So maybe you’ve been thinking about upgrading the shocks on your Traxxas but aren’t quite sure what will fit. Pro-Line has done all the leg work and now have a handy chart to show you exactly which of their Pro-Spec and PowerStroke shocks will fit your ride. Check out the images above and below to find out which Pro-Line shocks are the proper length for your T/E-Maxx, Slash, Bandit, Rally, Telluride, Rustler, or Stampede.
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Traxxas to Pro-Line Shock Guide
There aren’t a whole lot of aftermarket body choices for the Traxxas XO-1 but the folks over at Killerbody RC are out to change that. They have previously released a Corvette body for the Traxxas high speed machine and now they have added an Alfa Romeo 8C body to their catalog.
The Alfa was careful modeled after its full scale counterpart and is available in several different colors and trim levels. For the ultimate in scale realism, Killerbody also has rear view mirrors, windshield wipers, and lighting kits available for the big Alfa. These are all available right now here in the states so hit up This Link over on the official Killerbody website to get complete details.
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Alfa Romeo for XO-1 Gallery
The folks over at Traxxas have a new version of the TQi that connects your car to your Apple device via Bluetooth. The radio, the TQi with Traxxas Link Module, comes stand alone so you can add it to any car you please, and it also now comes standard with several popular Traxxas cars and trucks.
So what’s the big deal here? After you download the Traxxas Link App to your Apple iPhone/iPad/iPod, the new TQi can connect wirelessly to your device, allowing you to do several things. You can change radio settings wirelessly from your phone, you can manage your custom settings for up to 30 different models, and you can also view real-time telemetry on your phone. Combined with the Traxxas GPS Speed Telemetry Module, you can even view real time speeds on your phone. Right now the Traxxas app is only available for Apple products, but the app for Android is said to be coming soon.
* 6507X: TQi 2.4GHz (4-Channel) with Traxxas Link Wireless Module & 5-channel Receiver, street price $175
* 6509X: TQi 2.4GHz (2-Channel) Traxxas Link Enabled Transmitter with 5-channel Receiver, street price $119
* 6530: TQi 2.4GHz (4-Channel) Traxxas Link Enabled Transmitter
* 6528: TQi 2.4GHz (2-Channel) Traxxas Link Enabled Transmitter
* 6511: Traxxas Link Wireless Module
For complete details hit up This Link over on the official Traxxas website.
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TQi Traxxas Link Equipped Models
If you bash hard, you bend, break, and otherwise obliterate a lot of screws. Unfortunately, most screw kits are over-priced and come with hardware that is just not up to the task at hand.
The crew over at Team KNK have released a Traxxas Basher Bag. The Basher Bag contains 245 pieces of A2 stainless steel hardware to get your truck back up and bashing, all at a reasonable price.
The Basher Bag has a part number of #KNK-Basher, a street price of $20, and they are available right now over on TheToyz website. To get more information on the Team KNK Basher Bag simple hit up This Link to head over to their website.
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Ever hit a jump and land on the rear of your Traxxas Rustler? Depending on how hard you hit, that can result in messed up spur/pinion mesh or it can even crack the magnet in your motor.
To prevent unwanted damage to the rear of the Rustler, T-Bone Racing has come up with a heavy duty rear bumper. Made from thick nylon, their new rear bumper is compatible with the T-Bone B222 wheelie bars and is made to take the worst you can throw at it. The bumper mounts under the chassis, fits the Ruster VXL and XL5, and comes with their Lifetime warranty.
The part number is #62018, they are priced at $14 and are available right now. You can get more information at This Link over on the TBR website.
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Our friends over at Pro-Line recently did a short write up on how to convert your Traxxas Rally or Slash 4×4 over to a dedicated on-road machine. In the article the Pro-Line crew shows you how to mount up a pre-painted scale body and Striker SC on-road tires to your Traxxas, as well as how to properly set up the suspension for on-road use. If you’ve ever been interested in dialing in your Slash 4×4 or Rally for on-road, you can check out the entire article at This Link over on Pro-Line’s blog.
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Want to toughen up that Traxxas Telluride of yours? The crew over at T-Bone Racing have a new Basher Series Front Bumper that is made to take the worst of abuse. Made from sturdy nylon, the bumper comes with a lifetime warranty and provides more protection than the stock unit.
The part number for the TBR Telluride bumper is #62153, it has a street price of $18, and you can find complete information at This Link on T-Bone’s official website.
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TBR Telluride Bumper Gallery
Waterproofing has become something to be expected when buying a bash vehicle. Now Traxxas has updated their Brushless E-Revo and Brushless E-Maxx with waterproof electronics. Traxxas has installed a new Traxxas/Castle MXL-6S speed controller in both trucks to make sure the fun doesn’t stop when the going gets wet.
The part number for the waterproof E-Revo is #56085 and it has a street price of $749. Click Here for full information over on the Traxxas website.
The part number for the waterproof E-Maxx is #39085 and it carries a street price of $699. To get more information hit up This Link.
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Waterproof Traxxas Gallery