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Slash ultimate upgrades (back in the hobby after 10 years)

Old 09-10-2023, 10:41 PM
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Default Slash ultimate upgrades (back in the hobby after 10 years)

Well, after a decade of being out of the hobby and selling most of my trucks, I got bit by the bug again when my friends started buying Slash Ultimates about 2 months ago and built a track. After buying one of my own, then everyone bought a E Revo, I bought a Kraton 6s.

With the 2 classes of trucks, we race every Friday or Saturday night and the track has really evolved with lighting, watering system, driver stand, etc. All the trucks are pretty evenly matched since they are all the same truck (besides my Kraton) and it's a lot of fun. That being said, everyone is continuing to modify their Slashs to improve durability and make them handle better.

So far, I really haven't broken anything on my slash, just the normal annoying issues of screws and hinge pins backing out, but other guys have broken drivelines, stripped wheel hubs, burned out a wheel bearing and stripped servos. I have been lucky I guess, but my time will come. I currently have about 20-30 packs through the truck. We race really hard and I am really impressed with the durability so far.

My short list of current upgrades include:
Proline bowfighter tires (also a set of AKA enduros)
12t pinion (for the short track)
​​Extended battery retainer
RPM arms all around
Cooling fans for esc and motor

Future upgrades:
FastEddy bearing kit
Upgraded hinge pin set with locknuts (I'm tired of the stock ones backing out)
Upgraded drivelines
possible steering servo

What are some recommendations for other upgrades for common failure points? Is the bearing kit necessary? Is there a less-expensive alternative to MIP cvds? What's a good "best bang for the buck" servo upgrade? We are by no means professional drivers, however we push each other hard enough that we all strive to continue improving our skills and trucks and we get pretty competitive, but we also don't get super crazy spending money on the best of the best equipment, we all have a similar reasonable budget. I do like to be proactive and upgrade things before they break to avoid watching from the sidelines while everyone else races.

The track surface has degraded a bit, getting bumpy and some potholes as the hard dirt underneath wears through. Eventually it will probably get a revamp, but until then it is really cool to see the berms and hills change shape as the trucks move the dirt around.

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