The name leading the pack for performance tires and inserts is Pro-Line. They recently released some new Closed Cell Foam Inserts for 2.8″ sized tires so we decided to give them a spin to see how they held up in a hardcore bashing environment. Here is what we found out -
* The closed cell foams weigh more than old school foam. A mounted PL Trencher with closed cell foam weighs in at about 206 grams. The same wheel and tire with a traditional foam weighs in at 180 grams. The upside to the increased weight is that it is easier to pull trick maneuvers like back flips and front flips in the air. The downside is increased rotating and unsprung mass, which can make your electronics run slightly warmer. During our testing we did notice slightly warmer temps but nothing drastic.
* We mounted a closed cell set-up on one side of our review Pro-Line PRO-MT and the same wheel/tire with traditional foam on the other side. We then popped in a 3S LiPo pack and stabbed the gas HARD. The result? There was noticeably less ballooning of the tire with the closed cell insert. Less ballooning makes your truck much easier to drive at high power levels.
* We drove the inserts on a wide variety of surfaces. From the high bit carpet track at the iHobby Expo hall, to the damp high bite dirt inside of Leisure Hours Raceways, to the high bite asphalt at our local CostCo, the closed cell foams drove noticeably better than old school foam. The closed cell foams gave all the trucks a more precise feel and they also seemed to have more mechanical grip.
* We found the trucks we used the closed cells on much easier to drive when doing speed runs. We did speed passes with two different trucks, the PRO-MT and a Vaterra Halix. Both were using MaxAmps 3S LiPo and Castle brushless power. We found the tires ballooned less with the closed cell inserts and were much easier to drive as they neared their top speeds.
Overall – for general bashing we found the Pro-Line 2.8″ closed cell inserts to be a huge improvement over old school foam. The inserts are priced at $11 per pair and you can get more details at This Link over on Pro-Line’s website.
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Pro-Line Closed Cell Foam 2.8 Review Gallery
Are you one of those hardcore bashers that have converted your Traxxas Stampede 4×4 over to 17mm hexes? If so you can rejoice, Pro-Line is now making their very trick F-11 wheels with a 17mm hex. These are priced at just $11 per pair, have a part number of #2755-03, and you can click Right Here for full details over on Pro-Line’s website.
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Pro-Line 2.8 17mm Hex Wheels
For sand, mud, snow, or hydroplaning, Pro-Line Sand Paw tires are the best on the market for getting traction. Now Pro-Line is offering their Traxxas 2.8″ sized Sand Paws pre-mounted. This not only saves you the trouble of gluing up a set of tires, but also gets you bashing in the fastest time possible.
The 2.8 Sand Paws come on black Pro-Line F-11 wheels and come in two different offsets. #1186-14 is the part number for Nitro Stampede rear, JATO & Nitro Rustler rear, 2wd electric Pede & Rusty front, and Pede 4×4 front and rear. #1186-15 fits electric 2wd Stampede & Rustler rear. Both are priced at $36 per pair and you can get more details at This Link over on Pro-Line’s website.
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Pre-Mounted Sand Paw 2.8
Just like in the full scale world, the single most effective upgrade you can make to your basher is better tires. The new fully licensed Interco TSL SX Super Swampers from Pro-Line promise more grip with a great scale authentic look. These are designed to fit the popular Traxxas 2.8″ wheel size and come with the new high-zoot closed cell Pro-Line inserts. The Super Swampers are said to give slightly more side-bite than PL Trenchers, with similar amounts of forward bite. Pricing is $21 per pair and they have a part number of #10110-00. Check out This Link for more details.
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Pro-Line Super Swamper 2.8 Gallery
We posted a teaser for Pro-Line’s new 2.8″ Closed Cell Foam Inserts last week, now full information has been released.
Pro-Line knows that a lot of you bashers out there are hard on your gear, so they wanted to give you a more durable option for a 2.8″ insert. Closed cell foam is well known to last longer, which is great bashing, and it doesn’t absorb as much water as a traditional insert, also a great thing for the bashing crowd. The closed cell inserts are also firmer than traditional foam allowing them to perform better under heavy loads and to balloon less on high speed passes. To boil it down, these are perfect for hardcore bashers that run 2.8 sized wheels/tires.
The Pro-Line 2.8″ closed cell foams have a part number of #6266-00, are street priced at $11 per pair, and you can get complete details by hitting up This Link over on Pro-Line’s website.
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Closed cell tire inserts have a number of advantages over old school foam. They don’t soak up as much water in wet conditions, they last a lot longer, and they are firmer, resulting in better handling.
Pro-Line is bringing high tech closed cell inserts to the Traxxas 2.8 crowd. These are water safe, reusable, and made to give the 2.8 tires on your truck maximum traction. The set you see in the pictures we have been driving for a couple of weeks now and so far we have been very impressed. We will be putting a lot more miles on them to test durability before our full review goes up in a few weeks.
We have not received a part number or pricing information yet, but you can Click Right Here to check out all the other goodies on Pro-Line’s official website.
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Pro-Line 2.8 Closed Cell Insert Gallery
With so many trucks sporting 2.8″ wheels now days, JConcepts has put together a video to showcase their 2.8 Choppers and their new 2.8 RocX.
The Choppers were announced a little over a month ago. They sport a knobby/motocross style tread aimed at the high performance bashing market. The new RocX tires sport large, widely spaced lugs and were designed for a wide variety of bashing surfaces. The RocX tires come with closed cell inserts and are directional. Both bolt right up on Traxxas style 2.8″ wheels.
Choppers come in yellow (#3073-00) and blue compound (3073-01), are street priced at $25 a pair, and they are available right now. Hit up This Link for more information.
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JConcepts has introduced a new 2.8″ Monster Truck Tire for your bashing enjoyment. Their new 2.8″ Choppers are aimed at the performance bashing market and are intended for trucks like the Traxxas Stampede. The Choppers are available in two different rubber compounds and they use tall, square lugs to dig deep into soft surfaces to find more traction.
For just the tires the Choppers 2.8′s are priced at $26 a pair while the pre-mounts are priced at $37. To get more details simply hit up This Link over on the JConcepts blog.
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The crew over at Pro-Line Racing have brought back their popular Masher tread design for a new 2.8″ tire made to fit right on your Traxxas wheels. Masher’s have a great rep for providing good traction off-road while resisting wear when used on the occasional on-road excursion. These chevron tread tires should be a great replacement tire for your Stampede or Monster Jam Replica and have a street price of $20 a pair (part #1192-00). For more information on these and all of Pro-Line’s product hit up their Official Website.
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Here is some news for you Traxxas truck fans, JConcepts has two new sets of pre-mounts for you. Whether you drive on the street or on the dirt, JConcepts has you covered with their two new pre-mounted tire/wheel combo’s.
For all you pavement pounders the picture to the left is JConcepts new on-road G-Locs pre-mounted on their white Rulux wheels. Part #3056-1030 fits Stampede 4×4 F&R, E-Stampede front and E-Rustler 2wd front. Part #3056-1040 fits E-Stampede and E-Rustler 2wd rear.
JConcepts did not forget about you dirt burners, pictured to the right are the new Subcultures pre-mounts also on Rulux wheels. Part #3055-1130 fits Stampede 4×4 F&R, E-Stampede front and E-Rustler 2wd front. Part #3055-1140 fits E-Stampede and E-Rustler 2wd rear.
All the pre-mounts have a street price of $35 a pair. Hit up the official JConcepts Website for more information.
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JConcepts Rulux wheels are a perfect upgrade for your Traxxas vehicle. Available in black or white, and available in front and rear offsets, they will undoubtedly add a bit of style to your ride whilst still maintaining the original 2.8″ wheel size, meaning you can fit stock traxxas tyres with ease. JConcepts also let us know that SC10/sc10 4×4 Hazard wheels are now also available in white!
Head over to the JConcepts website for more details.