A couple updates to this truck:
First of all, I finally got around to replacing the Traxxas slipper clutch with a Team Associated slipper clutch, with the assistance of a special top-shaft made by STRC:
I was actually fine with the operation of the Traxxas slipper clutch, but there are no 32-pitch spur gears available in the concave shape that the Slash requires to fit under its gear cover. Converting to the Team Associated slipper clutch allows me to use 32-pitch gearing for better durability if the gear mesh ever gets knocked slightly out-of-position, and as a side bonus this truck now uses the same slipper clutch parts as two other vehicles, so I only need one spare spur gear for all three of them. (my Arrma Raider also uses a Team Associated slipper clutch now, but it uses a smaller spur gear than the other 3 vehicles.)
While I was in there, I cleaned out the motor with CRC Electronics Cleaner spray. My god there was a lot of brush dust in there; the positive brush has significantly more wear on it than the negative brush, so I swapped the springs to see if I could even-out the wear a little.
Secondly, I took apart the steering assembly and replaced a couple plastic bits with aluminum bits from the STRC aluminum servo-saver kit:
The reason for not replacing the entire steering assembly, even though the STRC kit came with all the necessary parts, is that I HATE
aluminum parts grinding against each other. Aluminum is a soft and sticky metal, and aluminum parts grinding against each other destroy each other in short order. With the "female" half of the servo-saver assembly replaced with aluminum, I get better durability because the V-shaped ramps won't stretch apart as the servo-saver ages, while the plastic "male" half won't grind against the aluminum part and damage it.
I still love this truck, even with its old-tech brushed motor. It handles really well and it's a pleasure to drive, even if it has a top speed of "only" 31mph.
(Last edited by fyrstormer : 3.21.17 at 11:38 pm)
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