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RPM Spare Tire Carrier Traxxas Slash
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 Traxxas Nerf Bars Rally Slash
Tired of breaking the nerf bars on your 1/10 Traxxas Rally, 2wd Slash LCG, or Slash 4×4? Well RPM has the solution for you, their new nerf bars feature extra webbing and are molded from RPM’s famous engineering grade nylon to take a beating without breaking. The nerf bars are available in two different colors and come with RPM’s limited lifetime warranty against breakage.

The part number for black is #70652, for blue it is #70655, and both are priced at $8. These start shipping in about two weeks and you can find more details at This Link over on the RPM website.

Thank Goodness It’s Friday! Kick off your weekend with a TGIF Mystery Link!

Pro-Line 2013 Ram 1500 True Scale Clear Body
The crew over at Pro-Line aim to please, and today they’ve made Ram fans very happy. The new 2013 Ram 1500 True Scale Body from Pro-Line was made to turn your old short course truck into a scale looking truck that has been lifted. The PL Ram 1500 is fully licensed and also has the scale detailing everyone is after. Made to fit Slash, Slash 4×4, PRO-2, and SC10 2wd, this body should really turn heads at your local bash spot.

The part number for the Ram 1500 is #3420-00, it has a street price of $35, and you can hit up This Link to get full details.

Get more PL news at This Link on BigSquidRC.

JConcepts 1972 Chevy C10 Scalpel Body
The more choices for bodies the better, it seems everyone likes a different body style. Recently JConcepts announced a body style you don’t see every day, a 1972 Chevy C10. The Chevy body is intended for on-road use on your Scalpel converted Traxxas Slash 4×4 and is fully licensed by General Motors.

* Wide body design
* Shallow bed area
* Comes with Chevy C10 decal sheet
* Requires use of #2173 JC bumper conversion kit

The Chevy C10 has a part number of #0267, it is priced at $43, and you can get complete information at This Link over on the JConcepts website.

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Pro-Line Street Conversion Traxxas Slash 4x4 Rally
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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ASK Cubby

“Hey Cubby,
I implore you to please quit using the word manufacture when you should be using manufacturer. A manufacturer is the company that manufactures the products.
Thanks,
Joshua H.”

Cubby- Yo hey Josh, you’ve made the big time, hit Brian up with your snail mail for a BSRC sticker pack.
Ok, a couple quick things here-
1. While I merely dislike Grammar Nazis, what I really hate is a bad one, and that would be you. When other Grammar Nazis write in they typically list dozens of issues, you only list one. If you are gonna live in a dictionary the very least you could do is pay attention.

2. I’m betting you were born after the internet was, thus you’ll never know the freedom that comes from letting misspelled words go, using internet shorthand, using lots of …. before and after each sentence, etc. You see in the era I grew up we had teachers breathing down our necks ready to bust out the red pen of death for every “i” we forgot to dot. Sadly you’ll never know that feeling of “freedom” by writing however you want to like in the early days of the internet.

3. I’ve explained multiple times that BSRC made a conscience decision years ago to not look like the dinosaur media. While some former 5th grade English teacher may be proofing every sentence at a dinosaur mag, we basically don’t have anyone. We do it this way so our readers see we are human just like them, making a few mistakes here and there. We want our readers to know 100% that we are just like them, down in the trenches of rc, more worried about how high the new HPI Octane truck can jump than the finer points of the written English language.


“I need expert advice
I’m a gearhead looking for a new hobby. Drag racing has gotten cost prohibitive and I stumbled across the RC world just recently. I’ve done a lot if reading and you guys have become my favorite source of what seems to be unbiased info.
I know from reading your stuff that I am going to be a basher so I need your opinion of the best 4×4 sct rtrs in electric and nitro. I love the test result and review of the ECX Torment but it was a 2wd. I live in rural Arkansas so parts will be mail order.
I only know what I read, mainly on Big Squid, so I can use any help you’re willing to give.
Thanks,
Chad P.”

Cubby- Ya know Chad, we have really worked hard to attempt to be unbiased, but… I am absolutely sure that we are. When it comes review time we attempt to blind test as much as we can and spread out our test ratings over as many reviewers as possible to fight this, but in the end it is impossible to be unbiased.

And why is it that I think it is impossible that we are unbiased? Because some companies treat us extremely well, while others treat us like dirt, so of course we can’t help but want to “like” the companies that treat us awesome. Still, when it comes review time, we do our best to block all that out.

Anywhos… on to your question. What are the best 4×4 SCT RTRs? You want the list for electric and nitro, but I am gonna stamp out the nitro thing right now. You might be a big-time gear head, but at this point I would never recommend nitro to anyone. Why? Yes, they have the sound and smell of the real deal, but with current technology they are a PITA to keep tuned and running.

With that said… several of our staffers are big fans of the Traxxas Slash 4×4, while we have others that are big fans of the Losi SCTE platform. I have only bought 3 cars in the last year, one of which was a Losi SCTE (then I added the MIP conversion and some STRC and RPM parts). To give you a feel for how much I like the SCTE, I can pretty much shoot a text to whoever I want and get a free car, however I actually cut the check to buy an SCTE. The SCTE rails on the track and you can torture the heck out of it when bashing. The SCTE is one of those rare vehicles that can do it all, and it comes in at a reasonably affordable price point.

But then… if you talk to other members of our Bash Crew they will emphatically recommend the Traxxas. It certainly has some upsides, with parts availability being at the top of the list.

Thanks for the props and whatever you end up buying shoot us an email and let us know how it turned out.


That’s it for this week ya freaks. Shoot me an email to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your letter hits the front page you’ll win a free sticker pack, if I proclaim yours as letter of the month you’ll win an uber new BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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We teased this a while back, but now it’s official. Check out the ST Racing Concepts Slash 4×4 1/8th E-Buggy Conversion kit. Some people call a conversion like this the backslash, but STRC is going with E-Buggy. It’s been a year since their 4×4 LCG Conversion kit, and this conversion is looking just as cool!

Advantages of this conversion are that it’s light weight. Almost 3lbs lighter than most 8th scale buggies, meaning you can use your 2S Lipo, and 550 motor setup and still have a blast. It’s available in blue, red, silver and black. You’ll need to supply the body, tires, wing, and 17mm hex adapters along with some other stuff, but this kit will get you started.

The part number is ST6808(B/BK/S), and has a MSRP of $69.

For more information hit up This Link.

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And the Friday Mystery Link, kicking it old school from ’05. It seemed like a good idea…

TheToyz Protector Shroud
When you bash hard you get all sorts of ugly inside your truck. One way of keeping your expensive electronics clean and happy is with a protector shroud. The crew over at TheToyz have a new fabric protector shroud to keep the inside of your truck debris free. It attaches with Velcro on the sides, while a zipper is used on top to maintain easy access to the vitals of your truck.

The part number for the shroud is #TOYZ 300, it has a street price of $24, and they are available right now. For more information hit up This Link.

Get more TheToyz news at This Link on BigSquidRC.

STRC Axial Teaser Shot
Our friends over at ST Racing Concepts/STRC have been working overtime to come up with trick new parts. Exactly what parts are they? Our lips are sealed for now, however we are allowed to share with you these two teaser shots.

Pictured above is an Axial truck with a Tamiya Jeep body. Below is a Traxxas Slash 4×4. Can you spot any new parts in these pictures? Comments are open to let your voice be heard.

Want more information on STRC products? Hit up This Link for their official website. For more STRC news on BigSquidRC, simply click Here.

STRC Slash 4x4 BackSlash

JConcepts Carbon Fiber Shock Towers Traxxas Slash 4x4
New from the crew over at JConcepts are front and rear carbon fiber shock tower sets for the Traxxas Slash 4×4. The slick looking towers are 4mm thick to increase durability, while their stiffness helps to enhance handling compared to the flexy flyer stock units.

The part number for the front conversion kit is #2290-1, the rear is #2291-1, and retail price is $60 each. For more information simply click This Link.

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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

RPM Traxxas Slash 4x4 Caster Blocks & Spindle Blocks
The good folks over at RPM RC have come up with another “bomb proof” part for your Traxxas Slash 4×4, Stampede 4×4, or Rally car. Part number #73592 is their new front Caster & Spindle Blocks that will help ensure your Traxxas bash machine comes home in one piece instead of multiple.

RPM started with a blank sheet of paper and designed from the ground up some truly bash worthy parts. They used more of their legendary plastic material around the kingpins and subtle changes to make sure their new Caster/Spindle combo is not only tougher than stock, but also works better when driving.

Retail price for the set is $19, the release date is June 26th, and you can get more information at THIS LINK over on the RPM Website.

Have you read our last RPM review? If not, check it out HERE.

Traxxas Models without battery
Notice how much Traxxas prices have went up lately? You can save some cash as Traxxas is now offering many of their Lipo ready models without battery packs. This saves you money and nobody likes paying extra for battery packs they don’t want or need. Traxxas still includes a Lipo battery charger with all the trucks, two chargers on models that use dual battery packs.

New models that come without battery include-

2407X Bandit VXL 1/10 scale electric buggy, street- $315
3607X Stampede VXL 1/10 scale monster truck, street- $330
3707X Rustler VXL 1/10 scale stadium truck, street- $325
3908X E-Maxx Brushless Edition 4WD monster truck, street- $640
5607X Summit 4WD electric monster truck, street- $565
5608X E-Revo Brushless Edition 4WD electric racing monster truck, street- $680
6708X Stampede 4X4 VXL electric monster truck, street- $400
6807X Slash 4X4 Ultimate 1/10 Scale 4WD short-course truck, street- $540
6808X Slash 4X4 1/10 Scale 4WD short course racing truck RTR, street- $390

Expected release date on most models is early June, for more information on all things Traxxas THIS is the link to their official website.

What else has Traxxas been up to? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.