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Posts Tagged ‘Traxxas

Pro-Line Blockade Pre-MountsPutting high performance tires on your truck can be one of the single best “bang-for-the-buck” upgrades you can do. To make it easier for you, Pro-Line has announced new pre-mounts that take just seconds to mount up.

Pro-Line now has their 2.8″ Interco Super Swampers pre-mounted with a part number of #10110-14 and a street price of $36 per pair. These are designed for more traction on a wide variety or surfaces and you can hit up This Link for more details.

If you do most of your driving on hard pack, Pro-Line now has their 3.8″ Blockades pre-mounted. These have a part number of #10109-13, they are street priced at $45, and you can get more details over on the official Pro-Line Website.

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RPM Rear A-arms Traxxas Nitro SlashIf you want to toughen up your Traxxas Nitro Slash, RPM has just announced new rear a-arms for your truck. These are molded from RPM’s legendary plastic and have eliminated all the unused mounting holes to make them much stronger than the stock parts. Also of note, they are 20% lighter than the stock arms, less weight with greater durability is a great thing.

The arms have a part number of #73652, they are street priced at $11, and you can Click Right Here to get more details over on RPM’s website.

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CubbyFirst up, before I get to the meat of THE Cub Report, I have some good news. Big Squid RC Monthly issue number 2 is shipping today! Yes, they will be on hobby shop counters as early as Tuesday! What does it take to get a FREE copy? It’s gonna take a visit to a local hobby shop. While you are in an LHS that has the FREE BSRC Monthly you can check out what they have new in stock for the holiday season, shoot the bull with the guys behind the counter, and check out fliers that they probably have posted on how to meet up with other hobbyists in your area. How do you find out which hobby shops have them? Hit up THIS LINK, or if you are a hobby shop that wants to distribute our monthly, hit the “Contact Us” link at the top of our site and let us know.

On to the filet mignon…

Most industry types and hardcore hobbyists have heard that Traxxas has been all over the lawsuit bandwagon lately. You probably remember their lawsuit again Horizon/Vaterra over a suspension design. They also filed a lawsuit a few months ago against Redcat/Namero concerning a steering patent, and another a couple months ago against HPI/Hobby Products International over a receiver box design. Their latest lawsuit is against the mighty HobbyKing over patent infringement of a connector.

Yes, absolutely, all these lawsuits have made for some excellent watercooler fodder, and of course there are two camps concerning the issue. The camp against all the lawsuits generally think it isn’t good for the hobby and that it doesn’t look good for Traxxas. These people talk about how much harder it will be to design new products when you have to wade through thousands of patents just to build a new car. These people also know there is a negative connotation that comes along with the word lawsuit, and when it it seen right next to “Traxxas” all the time, it can’t be good for them.

Then you’ve got the type like myself… those that know business in America can not exist without patents and that they need to be strictly protected. Traxxas has taken the time and spent the money to patent many of their designs, they certainly have the right to protect that. And more so, IMO a few lawsuits now will vastly help to keep various companies in general from “stealing” designs in the future. The lawsuits Traxxas is filing now will help fend off illegal use of patents for not just themselves, but for dozens of other rc companies. Hopefully the lawsuits will make companies think twice before mindlessly copying another company’s designs.

Over the years I’ve talked to numerous companies who are sick and tired of their designs and products being copied/stolen/cloned. Most of these companies felt powerless to do anything, and for good reason, it isn’t easy/inexpensive to sue another company, especially one in another country. Once again in just my opinion, I think it is well past time that a few lawsuits got thrown around to wake everyone in the industry up that other company’s patents should not be used without the proper permission. Not just for Traxxas, but for every company out there. Also, I feel it will lead to more innovation. I mean, if one company has a half dozen patents on steering racks, it forces a car designer to come up with a new design, hopefully one that is better than any of those that came before it. Of course everyone has their own thoughts on this matter, feel free to flame it up on your fav message board, FB group, or comment page.

Ok folks, that’s it for this week. Next week I’ll be doing my annual “What the bsrc bash crew wants for Christmas” column, hopefully the guys have some cool new picks this year. Have a great week, and support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Luxury RC Aluminum Tie BarYou 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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Pro-Line F-11 2.8 Wheels 17mm Hex
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 Blockade 3.8 Monster Truck TiresPro-Line’s Blockade tires are some of the most race winning tires in recent history. They have dominated everywhere from local tracks to world championships. Now they are available in a 3.8″ size to give serious traction to your monster truck.

Blockades give great forward bite with predictable side bite in the corners. The Traxxas style 3.8″ version comes with rows and rows of large pins to get maximum traction on grass, dirt, and dusty surfaces. They are street priced at $35 per pair and they have a part number of #10109-00. Full details can be found over on the official Pro-Line Website.

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Pro-Line Interco TSL SX Super Swamper 2.8Just 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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ASK Cubby

“First car

My name is Jason and I want to get a electric off road vehicle. Not going to race just want something to have a blast with and not have to always be fixing it. What would be your recommendations. I’m new to this and know nothing about brands or what to look for.

Thanks Jason”

Cubby- Congrats on hit’n the big time Jason, shoot us your snail mail so we can get you a BSRC sticker pack.

Wow, you certainly asked a broad question, but it is one that is asked all the time in our hobby. If anything, rc is about a never ending cycle of newbies getting in and other people getting out.

What I would recommend to you would depend a whole lot on price point, but I have no idea if you have $200 in your pocket or two grand. So I’m gonna throw out a couple of safe bets…

On the affordable side of things…

Look at the ECX and ARRMA line-ups. Their entry level 2wd brushed vehicles are good bashers, and excellent “bangs-for-the-buck”. These come completely built and ready to go, and while you might break a part here or there while you learn how to drive, doing a little wrenching is an important part of the hobby. Also, these can be used on-road and off, pretty much anywhere you have some space.

On the higher end side of things…

No, I’m not gonna recommend a 6S Traxxas E-Revo/Savage Flux/MT-4 G3. I’ve seen guys learn on vehicles like that and it was never pretty. I am going to recommend brushless 4wds like the Axial Yeti and the Traxxas Slash 4×4. The Slash has loads of power, is very durable, and it is super easy to find parts. The Yeti has uber scale looks, is also quite durable, and can be trail driven as well as backyard bashed. On 2S both are quick, but not so much that you break a million parts when you smack a curb.

So there are my ideas based on virtually no input, look around, do your research, and shoot us pictures of what turns out to be the first car in your rc garage.


The second question of the week is quite long, hit the “Read More” to check it out…

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Losi SCB AVC

While we were busy doing the iHobby Expo a bunch of new gear was announced.

The folks over at Losi released information on three new vehicles. The Brushless SCB featuring AVC stability control has a part number of LOS03003, a street price of $349 and they should start shipping late next month. On the smaller side of things they announced the 1/24th scale Micro SCTE and the Micro Rally X. These make some news by coming with 7915kV brushless systems and Dynamite’s new 15C HyperCharge System. Both have a street price of $174 and will debut at your LHS in November.

Our bashing buddies over at RPM RC also announced some new items. If you are a Helion Animus 18TR or 18SC owner you will be stoked to hear that RPM has new front & rear a-arms for your truck. These have a part number of #73462 and a street price of $12. RPM also announced new offset compensating front a-arms for Traxxas Slash 2wd and Nitro Slash. These allow you to use the same offset wheels front & rear and have a part number of #70552 with a street price of just $10.

The friendly folks over at Traxxas also announced several new products. They have a new Slash 2wd with On-Board Audio. We watched these machines at iHobby and they can be quite loud (volume is adjustable), hence the reason we nicknamed them “Screamers”. The part number is #58034-2 and expect the street price to be $299. They also announced a new LaTrax RTR 1/18 4WD Stadium Super Truck. These have a part number of 76044-1, a street price of $159 and will hit your LHS later this month. The last new item from Traxxas is a new charger with iD Auto Battery Identification. This item actually created a lot of talk at iHobby, it uses a new connector that contains the main power wires plus the balance wires. It has a part number of #2970 and a street price of only $49.

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RPM Latrax Aluminum Shocks
Want to add some bling while making your Latrax Rally handle better? The folks over at TheToyz have announced some new GPM Aluminum Threaded Shocks for the Latrax Rally car. You can get these in a variety of different colors and they are available in front or rear sets. Made from aircraft quality aluminum, they feature threaded shock bodies for easy adjustment and were designed to handle serious bashing.

These are priced at $14 per pair and you can get more details by hitting up This Link over on TheToyz official website.

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Pro-Line Trencher 2.8 F-11 Pre-mounted
Pro-Line F-11 wheels have always been a great choice for adding a tough look to your truck. Now for your bashing pleasure they are available pre-mounted to Trencher 2.8″ tires.

The part number that fits Traxxas electric Stampede/Rustler 2wd rear is #1170-15 and the part number for the set that fits Jato, Nitro Stampede/Rustler rear, electric Stampede/Rustler front, and Stampede 4×4 front/rear is #1170-14. They are priced at $36 per pair and Here Is The Link you want for more details on Pro-Line’s official website.

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Pro-Line Closed Cell Inserts Traxxas 2.8

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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RC4WD Beadlock Wheels Traxxas T-Maxx Revo
Want some seriously cool bling wheels for your Traxxas T-Maxx/Revo? Have a problem flinging tires off the wheels? The new Locker Beadlock aluminum wheels from RC4WD could be the hot ticket for you.

Made from CNC machined billet aluminum, the new wheels from RC4WD can add a hot new look to your T-Maxx/Revo. To help keep your tires where they are supposed to be (on the wheel), they feature a beadlock design. Each set of wheels comes with both 14mm and 17mm hex adapters making for an easy install on a wide variety of trucks.

* Size- 3.58″
* Width- 2.13″
* Negative Offset- 0.94″
* Weight (each)- 11.8oz

The part number is #Z-W0144 and they are street priced at $229 for a set of four. These are available right now and you can get complete details
Right Here on the RC4WD website.

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