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STRC Traxxas Nitro Slash Hop-ups
ST Racing Concepts (STRC) makes some of our favorite aluminum hop-up parts. If you look over the Bash Crew’s personal rigs, you’ll find STRC parts in all the critical areas.

The STRC crew has just announced some new aluminum upgrade parts for the Traxxas Nitro Slash 2wd, electric Slash 2wd, and LCG Slash 4×4.

The CNC machined #ST4434 aluminum rear chassis brace for Nitro Slash helps reduce flex and is priced at $22.

Also new are aluminum engine mounts for the Nitro Slash. These are also CNC machined from aluminum with a part number of #ST4460 and a price of $29.

STRC also has new aluminum rear a-arms that fit both the electric Slash 2wd and the Nitro Slash. The rear arms come with delrin inserts and hinge pins with a part number of #ST2555G and are priced at $34.

New for the LCG Slash 4×4 is a heavy duty CNC machine aluminum motor mount. The mount is much beefier than stock and is available in a range of different colors. The part number is #ST7460 and it has a street price of $39.

Finally, the popular STRC shock shaft pliers are now available all murdered out in stealth black anodizing. The part number is #ST22353BK and they are priced at $20

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THE Traxxas EZ-Peak 4 Amp Charger Review

Traxxas EZ-Peak 4 amp nimh review
This week we are taking a closer look at the Traxxas EZ-Peak 4 amp AC NiMH Charger. The EZ-Peak is aimed right at normal bashers who use NiMH packs but are looking for a good, fast charge. Is it any good? Let’s find out…


Kershaw Designs Basher Edition Traxxas E-Revo & Summit Chassis
The crew over at Kershaw Designs have just announced their new and improved V3.1 Basher Edition chassis for both the Traxxas E-Revo and Summit. They have now added two 1/4″ aluminum braces that run the entire length of the chassis to make them even tougher for all you extra hardcore bashers. Not only have they made their chassis tougher, they’ve also reduced pricing, making a smaller dent in your wallet. Some of the other features include-

* Receiver box mounting tabs
* Improved tolerances and clearance
* Chassis plates made from 100% heat treated aluminum
* Available in bronze, copper, matte black, green, or in natural aluminum
* Only 2 oz heavier than stock chassis yet much stiffer
* “Uni-body” design that gains rigidity from top and bottom plates
* LCG design for better cornering
* Uses stock center drive shafts or optional center dogbones
* Easy-access, open-air battery trays that include stops for using LiPo
* Comes with all necessary installation hardware

Street price for the Kershaw LCG Basher Edition E-Revo Chassis is $156, while the Summit Edition goes for $159. These are available right now for your bashing enjoyment.

Kershaw makes some cool bashing gear, hit THIS LINK to read more about them right here on BigSquidRC.

Traxxas TELLURIDE 4X4 Trail Rig
Here is some big news out of the Traxxas camp- their new Telluride 4×4 extreme terrain trail rig. It looks like Traxxas is making a go at the trail driving market with this one.

The Telluride is a 4wd RTR that uses the popular Traxxas Slash/Pede/Rally 4×4 platform and comes ready to tackle all your local trails. Power is supplied by a brushed 12 Turn 550 Titan, XL-5 speed controller, and 7 cell Ni-MH pack. The Telluride is waterproof and comes completely ready to run out of the box.

* Comes with TQ 2.4GHz radio system and #6519 3-channel receiver
* Durable fiber-composite construction
* High-stall gear clutch
* Pre-glued Kumho replica 3.0″ tires with foam inserts
* Satin chrome black beadlock-style wheels
* Different colors to chose from

The part number for the Traxxas Telluride 4×4 is #67044 and it should have a street price of right around $299. Simply click THIS LINK for more information.

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Traxxas LED Light Kits
We first posted about the Traxxas LED Light Kits back in our HobbyTown USA National Convention Coverage, now there are more pictures and information available.

Traxxas now has lights kits for your Stampede 4×4, Summit, 1/16 Summit, 1/16 Revo, and their Monster Jam replica trucks. Some of their features include-

* Light kits do not require a separate battery
* Illustrated instructions for easy install
* Wide angle LED lights
* Connector for easy body removal
* Lights come on and off with ESC

#7185 LED light kit, complete, 1/16 E-Revo (includes front bumper with 4 white lights, rear bumper with 4 red lights, power supply, and wire ties)- $35.00
#7186 LED lights 1/16 E-Revo, light harness (4 clear lights, 4 red lights)/bumper, front/bumper, rear/wire ties- $18.00
#3686 LED Lights, Grave Digger /harness (2 red lights)/LED housing (2) /housing retainer (2)/wire clip (1)/wire ties (3)- $15.00
#3687 LED Lights, 30th Anniversary Grave Digger /harness (4 red lights)/ LED housing (2)/ wire clip (1)/ wire ties (2)/ 3x6mm CCS (2) (use with 3686)- $15.00
#3688 LED Lights, Son-Uva Digger /harness (2 blue lights)/LED housing (2) /housing retainer (2)/wire clip (1)/wire ties (3)- $15.00
#7285 LED Light Kit, 1/16 Summit (includes chrome lightbar, roof light harness assembly (4 clear lights, 2 red lights), chassis harness assembly (4 clear lights, 2 red lights), power supply, and wire ties and mounts- $37.50
#7286 LED lights 1/16 Summit, power supply- $20.00
#7287 LED lightbar 1/16 Summit, roof (Chrome)/Light harness (4 clear lights, 2 red lights)/wire tie mount (2)/wire tie (3)(requires power supply #7286)- $12.00
#7288 LED lights 1/16 Summit, chassis harness (4 clear lights, 2 red lights) (1)/wire tie (3) (requires power supply #7286)- $10.00
#5684 LED Lightbar, (chrome, fits Summit roll cage), light harness (4 clear lights), harness adapter- $15.00
#6784 LED lightbar Stampede 4×4 (chrome, 4 clear lights)- $15.00

Want to read more Traxxas news? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

Vaterra Twin Hammers 1.9 Rock Racer Review

So I opened up the old email box this evening and I had several emails asking if I knew what was up with the Vaterra Twin Hammers being recalled. I thought the first letter was just someone messing around, but then after the third similar email I decided to do a little contacting myself! After a few phone calls, a friend emailed me a letter that was apparently sent to all retailers.

“Dear Retailer:
You are receiving this notice because you purchased one or more of the following Horizon Hobby products.

VTR03000 Twin Hammers 1.9 Rock Racer RTR

VTR234004 Front Rocker Arm Set: TWH

VTR334002 Rocker Set Aluminum: TWH

Due to an intellectual property dispute regarding U.S. Patent No. 7,887,074, owned by Traxxas LP, Horizon Hobby is requesting that all retailers with effected items received before June 8, 2013, return unsold product to Horizon. Offering to sell and selling the effected items may expose you to a claim of patent infringement.Contact Horizon Hobby Customer Service to set up a return for credit. (All effected items shipped after June 8, 2013 have had the rocker arm modified.)

Revised product will be available shortly and any backorders will be filled with the modified product. “

We never like hearing about stuff like this, but it happens. We’d file it under the rumor mill, but a bunch of my sources have confirmed it. At least it’s only a recall from hobby shop stock. Since we don’t know any of the details yet, I will hold off on any comments. Hopefully Vaterra can make a quick fix and get them back out on the shelves!

Have you seen our review of the Vaterra Twin Hammers?

Looking for more Vaterra news? Click HERE to find more right here on BigSquidRC.

THE Traxxas EZ-Peak NiMH/NiCd 5 Amp AC/DC Charger Review

Traxxas EZ-Peak NiMH/NiCd 5 Amp AC/DC Charger Review

So you just bought a new RTR and it came with a battery and a wall charger. Wall chargers are notoriously slow and you would much rather be out driving than waiting around for the battery to charge. To get you back on track quicker Traxxas has a new charger called the EZ-Peak 5 Amp. How well does it work? Is it worth the cash? Hit the “Read More” button to find out…



While we were hanging out at the Traxxas TORC Series over the weekend, we ran into Justin Folkman and his son Jason. They were working on their Short Course Kart, and it caught our attention.
I’m not sure what scale you would call it, but it’s almost 1/2 scale. What really surprised us is that Jason is the driver, and he’s about seven or eight years old! For those looking to get a early start into the racing scene, this seems like a great place to start! They are built tough, just like the full scale ones, but much cheaper and with less power to keep them safer.

There were two trucks at the event doing a demo racing around, and they mentioned that they are looking to do their own series starting next year! If you or your kids are looking to get into the off-road race scene, these things were cool. They cost around $8,300 (A LOT less than a regular truck), and are built out of Green Bay, WI. You can get all the information over at the Folkman Inc. Website. So check them out.

Note the Big Squid RC sticker near the door! Looks like we are starting to sponsor the big boys just like Traxxas! Hey you need to start somewhere right? :)

Pro-Line Extended Body Mounts Traxxas Revo Summit
One of our favorite innovations of the last couple of years has been the Pro-Line Thumbwasher sets. These replace traditional body clips and won’t fall off and get lost during a hard bash session. They also help keep your body from ripping out around the body post.

The Pro-Line crew has incorporated their Thumbwasher sets into their new Extended Body Mounts for the Traxxas Revo/Summit platform and for Losi SCTE and XXX-SCT/22 SCT. You can now get the benefits of the Pro-Line Thumbwashers plus extended body mounts that allow you to mount a variety of aftermarket bodies.

The Pro-Line extended body mounts for Traxxas run $14 and you can find more information Right HERE. The body mounts for Losi cost around $12 and you can get information at THIS LINK on the Pro-Line website.

Want to learn how to install a Pro-Line Thumbwasher set on your ride? Click THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

Pro-Line Big Joe II 3.8
The original Pro-Line Big Joes had a reputation for being a big gnarly basher tire, the latest edition, Big Joe II’s, are sure to become a bashing favorite too.

Pro-Line made the Big Joe II’s lighter than the original for faster acceleration and less stress on your drive train. They also gave the Big Joe II a more aggressive tread pattern for even better traction. Also of note, the Big Joe II’s use a 3.8″ Traxxas style bead, meaning there are already a bunch of different wheels on the market that will fit.

The Big Joe II’s come in M2 compound and their part number is #1198-00 while street price for a pair is $35. Simply click THIS LINK to get more information over on the official Pro-Line website.

Want to catch up on your Pro-Line news? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

Traxxas TORC Joliet 2013
The ground pounding action of the Traxxas TORC Series hit Route 66 Raceways in Joliet Illinois last weekend with a bang. The greater Chicago area looks forward to their arrival each year and Red Bull athlete Travis Pastrana was there alongside some of the best off road racers in the world.

The track was described as hard packed, slick, and challenging, all of which lead to plenty of door-banging action. This years track featured a big double jump, a nasty rhythm section, and the high bank turns of the dirt oval. There was plenty of action with trucks spinning, flipping, and bashing all over the place, much to the enjoyment of the near capacity crowd. The BigSquidRC Bash Crew certainly enjoyed the show, it looked like our kind of fun only on a larger scale.

Pro Light Friday
1. Brad Lovell
2. CJ Greaves
3. Rafael Navarro

Pro Light Saturday
1. CJ Greaves
2. Keegan Kincaid
3. Rafael Navarro

Pro 2 Friday
1. Jeff Kincaid
2. CJ Greaves
3. Bryce Menzies- Oakley Bomb Award

Pro 2 Saturday
1. Bryce Menzies
2. Jeff Kincaid
3. Chad Hord

Pro 4 Friday
1. Johnny Greaves- Oakley Bomb Award
2. Ricky Johnson
3. Mark Jenkins

Pro 4 Saturday
1. Rob MacCachren
2. Johnny Greaves- Oakley Bomb Award
3. Ricky Johnson

For more information on the Traxxas TORC Series simply click THIS LINK, for more information on Traxxas RC vehicles click THIS LINK.

Click the “Read More” button for 4 more galleries of photos from the Traxxas TORC race.


2013 Traxxas TORC Series
Last weekend the Traxxas TORC Series once again rolled through Joliet Illinois. To many people that ment some good racing was in town, but to us rc’ers we were more interested in seeing all the rc gear that Traxxas makes.

Traxxas had multiple 18 wheelers, some dedicated to their full scale racing effort, others to the rc side of things. Their Mobile Support Center contained every car/truck that they sell, plus all the replacement parts to back them up. Traxxas also had a tent area set up with all their rc cars on display making it easy to pick them up and check them out.

Traxxas also had lots of demonstrations going on. All day long they were putting on a big air demo right near the entrance gate, and for people who had never driven a hobby grade rc truck before they had their “Traxxas Try Me” track. On the try me track you could donate a dollar to St Judes and experience driving a Traxxas truck first hand. Later, during the night show, Traxxas put on a big air demo on the full scale track in front of a packed crowd of race enthusiasts.

Big thanks need to go out to the Jenkins brothers and everyone at Traxxas for what they do to promote the rc hobby. The TORC race in Joliet was a great example of what they do to spread word on how cool rc’ing is to the mainstream. Hit up THIS LINK to view the TORC series schedule and see when it’s coming to your neck of the woods.

Looking for more Traxxas news? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.


A few of the Big Squid RC crew will be in attendance at the Traxxas TORC Series today in Joliet Il. Click that link for the schedule.

If you happen to see us walking around, feel free to say hello! We will have stickers and a few t-shirts (while supplies last) to give away.

If we happen to get a decent connection, we will try and do some live shots from there as well. So keep your eyes on this page if you are not attending.

Hope to see ya there!

Going to try and go live, check the video below!