Slash 4x4 Low Center of Gravity Chassis
Type: Complete Kit Scale: 1/10 Purpose: Replaces original chassis for more stability
in high speed corners Platform: Traxxas Slash 4x4 Short Course Truck
center of gravity
everything needed for the conversion
to clear some off road obstacles
The Traxxas Slash has been a popular truck for both bashers and
racers alike. With the 4 x 4 short course truck class growing,
there have been many other 4 x 4 short course truck platforms
offered in the recent years, some of them with much lower centers
of gravity. Keeping up with the pace, Traxxas now offers a low
center of gravity chassis for the Slash 4 x 4 short course truck.
Let's take a look at what is included with this new chassis kit.
low center of gravity (C.O.G.) chassis kit for the Slash 4x4 includes
all that is needed to complete the conversion.
part category is in its own labelled bag with the necessary screws
and hardware for installation.
new chassis has the same look and feel as the original chassis,
so it will be right at home on the Slash 4x4.
you can see from the above pictures, Traxxas has put much thought
into this new chassis conversion kit.
side guards, center drive bearing and motor mount, gear guard,
rear suspension mounting bracket, steering servo horn and linkage,
new waterproof receiver box, front suspension mount, and battery
mount are all included with the chassis and all are packaged with
the necessary hardware. I had many of my old screws left over,
so they included some extra hardware too
You can see from the above pictures, the new chassis on the right
sits much lower to the ground.
was easy and took about 30 minutes. Traxxas included a technical
drawing with an exploded view for reference. Installation was
steering servo gets a new mounting location. In the original chassis,
it is mounted in an inverted upright position. The new chassis
allows the steering servo to lay on its side at the base of the
chassis. Traxxas included a new servo horn and linkage to accommodate
for the servo's new position.
new receiver box is a little shorter and uses a rubber gasket
and foam inserts to seal out the water as the original box does.
I used a bit of the included silicone sealant on the foam inserts,
around the wires, for a tight seal.
Performance & Handling:
went flawlessly and it's now time to see if there are any handling
improvements over the old chassis.
the chassis is lower to the ground, it definitely helps to keep
the Slash 4x4 on all fours while cornering. I liked the way the
truck handled. Jumping the Slash with the new chassis felt the
same as the old one, but cornering is where you can feel the difference.
There was less body roll and definitely less roll overs.
had to test the new chassis on an off road trail as well. The
truck had a tendency to get hung up on branches and rocks the
old chassis would have gone right over.
can see this chassis is a keeper for me, since my Slash 4x4 spends
most of its time on the track. If I did much four wheeling with
my Slash, I would think about putting the old chassis back on.
the new Slash 4x4 low center of gravity chassis in action!
The new Slash 4x4 low center of gravity chassis is just that,
low. If you enjoy going fast on a track or similar surface, you
will love the added stability of this new chassis.
you are a straight out basher who likes driving on trails and
other hardcore four wheeling terrain, you may benefit from the
added ground clearance the original Slash 4x4 chassis offers.
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