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Traxxas Slash 2WD LCG Conversion Kit TRA5830
One way to get better handling out of your Traxxas 2wd Slash is to put a low center of gravity chassis on it. Now Traxxas has released a complete LCG Conversion Kit for the Slash 2wd. It comes with a blue chassis and everything you need to make the conversion.

The part number for the Traxxas Slash conversion kit is TRA5830, it has a street price of $39, and you can expect to see them start hitting hobby shops next month.

Click Here for more Traxxas news on BigSquidRC.

Cubby

Torment Xtreme LCG Kit

I have a new Torment and I’m interested in putting an Xtreme LCG kit on my truck. My only question is, what is the ground clearance after you put the Xtreme LCG kit on the Torment? How does this truck compare to a 2wd Slash with the STRC LCG kit on it as far as handling goes?

I want to buy another Torment for my 6 yr. son so we can go to our local track and race in the 2wd stock class. I was thinking that if the Slash with STRC kit on it is a much better setup than the Torment, I would give my Torment to my son, and buy a Slash for myself and put the STRC kit on it. I would of course put the Xtreme kit on the Torment for my son. Thanks.
Sincerely,
Bryan F.

Cubby- Guess what Bryan? I proclaim your email as “Letter of the Month”, shoot Brian your snail mail so we can hook ya up with a free t-shirt.

We haven’t tested the Xtreme LCG set-up for the ECX Torment, so I can’t state first hand what it handles like or if it’s worth the cashola. What advice I will give you is this- if both you and your son plan on running at the track it will be cheaper/easier to keep spare parts if you both run the same machine. If you run a Slash and he runs an ECX, you’ll need parts for both, while if you both run the same thing you can pick up a beater off eBay or Craigslist and have a spare of everything on hand while you bash. And remember, it’s not a matter of if you’ll need parts, it is a matter of when and how many, so you will be needing plenty of spares.

A stock 2wd Slash drives well, dropping it with the STRC LCG kit makes it even better at a reasonable price. Should you decide to go that direction you certainly won’t be disappointed.

Enjoy your new BigSquidRC shirt and let me know what you ended up buying for a second vehicle.


I have an Ofna Hyper 10SC Nitro Truck that I want to convert to electric…
Can you help me with a kit or other ideas?
Mario A.

Cubby- Yo hey Mario, thanks for the email.

So… you want to convert your nitro Ofna 10SC to electric. I think I would probably skip that process, and here’s why. By the time you buy a conversion kit, buy all the electronics and spend the time doing the install, you probably could have spent a few more bucks and bought a brand new Losi SCTE RTR or Slash 4×4 RTR. So while it certainly is possible to convert your truck over, I would sell the nitro and pick up a new ride that comes out of the box kick’n electric power. Just my 2 cents, but then I’m ultra lazy and hate wrenching.


That’s it for this week ya freaks, shoot me your questions, rants, and epic meltdowns to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your letter makes the big time you’ll get a free sticker pack, if I proclaim yours as “Letter of the Month” (like I did Bryan’s this week) you’ll win a free BSRC t-shirt. Be cool, shoot me your letters.
YOUR Cub Reporter

traxxas dakar

traxxas dakar We finally got some official news/specs on the Traxxas Robby Gordon Edition Dakar Slash. We have made a few posts about this vehicle now. We first reported HERE about a very trick Speed Energy Robbie Gordon Traxxas truck, and then we posted a bunch of pictures here. This time around we have a picture of a second body, and some details.

The truck is actually available right now, it comes with the new TQ 2.4GHz radio, 7 cell NiMh 3000mAh 8.4v battery, metal gear transmission, speeds of 30 mph+ with optional 23 tooth pinion gear (included), Titan 12T 550 motor, XL-5 ESC, and is brushless ready with their new slipper clutch system.

Traxxas Model number is #5804.

Looking for other Traxxas news on BigSquidRC? Click HERE to check it out.

traxxas nitro slash

There has been no official word yet from TRAXXAS, but rumors are flying about a new Traxxas Nitro Slash being announced soon! So we are going to keep this filled under the rumor mill category till we get the official word. It sounds like it’s based loosely off their new LCG style with a aluminum chassis, and the popular 3.3TRX Racing Engine. The bigger shock is the rumor of 2WD! For all those Traxxas Slayer fans looking for a change?

As soon as we get more details we will post them up, so stay tuned!

COMMENTS ON! Lets hear what you think about this one!

Traxxas is in the news all the time HERE on BigSquidRC, check it out.

Looking to beef up your Traxxas Slash some more? Check out these new Pro-2 hop-ups from Pro-Line! They have a new Front Bumper with Bulk Head, Rear Bumper, ProTrac Axle Kit, Front and Rear Clamping Hexes, and finally Serrated Locking Wheel Nuts!

We are looking forward to adding all these to our current Pro-Line Slash Truck and report back with a review in the near future! Speaking of which, have you seen our Pro-Line Pro-2 LCG Performance Chassis Review?

Own one of those cool STRC LCG Chassis’s for the Traxxas 2WD Slash? Well ST Racing Concepts has released a “L” bracket as a upgrade/improvement to their own design which is normally filled by four spacers. The bracket makes the chassis more rigid and is available in Black, Blue, Green, Gun Metal and Silver for the low cost of $6.99.

Speaking of cool conversions, you should read our ST Racing Concepts Slash 4×4 Conversion to 1/8 Rally Review!

pro-line pro-2 lcg chassis

Way back in July we we posted pictures and some info about the new Pro-Line Pro-2 LCG Performance Chassis for the Traxxas Slash 2wd truck. Today we got some shiny new pictures along with a little more info. It sounds like it will be shipping VERY soon, and the price will be $127. For those that missed the info before, it has an aluminum chassis, that extends front to rear. The battery and ESC placements are adjustable to help you tune in that perfect balance you are looking for, and it also have aluminum steering posts and servo mounts. We have been salivating over this one for a while, and hopefully we won’t have too much longer.

Click here for more Pro-Line News.

CubbyWhat a great weekend huh? Formula 1 was in full effect at Monza, American motocross wrapped up their series in the heart of the 909, and NFL football had a full schedule, it just doesn’t get much better than that. Actually it does- when you have enough time left over to break out the rc’s and get some bashing in.

First up this week is a note about our 2wd Monster Truck Shootout. We have received a LOT of emails regarding how awesome it was and how bad it sucked, I guess that depended on which brand the reader liked the most. For example, we received multiple emails on how the Stampede is the best truck of all time and we have to be out of our minds to place it last. Having been a part of the shootout I have to say the Stampede is a mighty fine truck when driven alone, it’s when you drive it back-to-back against its rivals do you start to see the other trucks are even better. I will also say I was extremely impressed by the ARRMA Granite, freak’n solid truck that totally deserved the win. I was perhaps even more impressed by the ECX Ruckus, before the shootout I thought that because of its super low price point that it would have zero shot at hang’n with the Stampede or Granite, boy was I wrong. The ECX might have a low price point, and it has no chance of ever breaking any track records, but for what it was designed for (bashing, having fun) it is right on target. Any which way, thanks for reading the shootout, and big thanks to everyone involved. Btw, we are well into our next shootout, our “Sub $200 Transmitter Shootout”, look for it in the next couple of weeks.

Second up- rumor is the official LCG Traxxas chassis for the Slash 4×4 is right around the corner. Editor Brian is totally stoked, he can’t wait for an official Traxxxas LCG chassis that keeps the Slash 4×4 from traction rolling every time you blink. My personal opinion is a bit different. Yes, LCG chassis’s have their place for sure on the Slash series, but, while the LCG chassis certainly will help in high bite situations, a whole lot of bashers end up in grass from time to time, and I don’t have to tell you guys how badly LCG chassis’s suck in grass. I mean, you don’t see anyone bashing an Associated B4.1 or a Losi 22 in the grass, they sit too low and don’t go anywhere fast in the green stuff, we’ve all been there before. The stock Slash 4×4 is a hell of a good truck for what it was designed for- general bashing and rough terrain. You can throw an LCG chassis on it for the “racer” crowd, but then the true core racers are going to be running a Durango, or Associated, or Losi anyways. I kinda doubt you are going to be able to convert a racer from a Durango over to an LCG Slash.

Thirdly- the Cleveland iHobby Expo is almost here! October 11-14th are the dates, try to make it if you can. The BigSquidRC crew will be there is full force with a new booth and new uber booth babes. And yes, we will be giving away a brand spanking new truck at each of our demo’s during the consumer days. Drop by our booth for free stickers and drop by our demo’s to get a chance to win a free truck. Free should be our middle name.

Fourthly- speaking of Free… it’s nutz around here with all the free stuff going out the door. If you haven’t won something from us you obviously haven’t been try’n. First we’ve got a very uber Pro-Line prize pack that we are giving away over on our Facebook page. If you could use a whole bunch of ultra trick Pro-Line short course gear (and who doesn’t?) be sure and check it out. We are also giving away another brand spanking new truck this week. Is it a Durango? Is it an ARRMA? Is it a Duratrax? Is it a Thunder Tiger? You’ll have to enter to win, and we don’t hit ya up for a bunch of personal info just for you to enter. We certainly aren’t doing these contests to build up a mailing list, we are doing these contests to hook you guys up.

The big debate around the office last week? Believe it or not, it was about the Kyosho NeXXt mutant buggy. Yes, I preach and preach about how scale realism is good for the hobby, but something all new isn’t bad either. No, I don’t want to see a new racing class made up of these, but I certainly want one to go out behind the house and goof around with my buddies with. Anywhos, half the guys here at our office absolutely hate the NeXXt, while the other half can’t wait to own one. I’m in the half that can’t wait to bash one (even with its goofy “big bore friction shocks”), and I’m pretty stoked to see Kyosho putting out something edgy. Now if I can just talk those guys at Kyosho America into hooking up with Horizon for distribution my life will totally be complete.

That’s it for this week folks, support your local hobby shops, tracks, and bash spots (and hobby shows)!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Exotek Spring Cups for Traxxas Slash
The crew over at Exotek has announced some new option parts for the Traxxas Slash 2wd and 4wd off road trucks. Pictured above are the new Exotek locking spring cups, they lock on and don’t pop off like the stock units. These come in either red or blue and have a street price of $20. Pictured below are a line-up of carbon fiber parts, 4 mm carbon front and rear towers for the Slash 4wd, and a carbon fiber battery strap for the Slash 2wd. Street prices are $40 for each of the towers and $19 for the battery strap. Hit up THIS link for complete information.

We did a review on the Traxxas Slash 4×4 a while back, click HERE to check it out.

pro-line extended body mounts

Pro-Line had us at ‘Twist and Extend’ when we saw these new Extended Body Posts they were using with their new Ford Focus Rally Car Body back at RCX. They have several different style posts that will fit the Traxxas Slash 2WD, 4WD, and Losi TEN SCTE! So if you want to turn your short course truck into a rally car, it’s easy to do, and is going to be all the rage. I may be wrong, but I think you are going to see a lot of these body conversions this fall at the bash spots and tracks. I’m also looking forward to seeing what other bodies I can fit on our slash with these posts!

Need more PL news? Hit our Pro-Line News link, you can go check out the Ford Focus Rally Car Body we mentioned.

RC at TORC
One of the festivities held during a Traxxas TORC event is their Pro Driver RC Challenge. This is where all the top drivers from the full scale event go toe to toe racing Traxxas Slash 2wd trucks. While watching the rc race it’s easy to see that all the full scale drivers, guys that risk life and limb on the big track, have an absolutely great time racing their 10th scale counterparts. The racers are hammering the throttle as hard as they are pounding on the other trucks on the track. It’s also easy to see that the huge crowd watching is having a great time, smiling, laughing, and really enjoying the show.

The rc track at TORC events is much different than a normal rc track, they use loamy dirt and modest sized jumps. This type of track makes the rc racing closer to being realistic than what you would find at a typical rc track. Rc really is a fun family sport and the Pro Driver Challenge is an excellent example of how fun rc racing can be.

st racing concepts hop ups

The folks from STRC have sent word that will make other hop ups green with envy! The new parts are for the Slash 2WD and Monster Jam trucks.

The hop-ups include a Aluminum Pro Racing Battery Strap, Front Body Posts, Slash 2WD LCG Conversion Kit, Rear Motor Guard, Front and Rear Shock Towers, Hub Carriers, 17mm Hex Conversion and Threaded Front Shock Bodies.

Looking for other ST Racing Hop Ups? Click HERE.

Since getting my first glimpse back at RCX 2012 of the new body posts and screw on caps, we have been patiently waiting. We got to see the posts again, in what we were told was production form, and should be shipping VERY soon. Not only do we want these, so we can stop buying bags of 100 pins every week, but because the new Pro-Line Rally body needs them to fit properly. We also REALLY want to get our hands on that body. It’s going to be awesome to see a few of those out bashing!

Click here for more Pro-Line News, or head over to the Pro-Line Website to check out some other goodies.