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I though I'd compile a list of what manufacturer to use on what parts and why. I think this would be helpful for a newbie because even though this stuff is all over the web there is no complete list. Some parts I will need your input so if you had a bad/good experience please post. Not all of these are personal experience because to buy every part on the list would be very expensive
. If this thread gets good enough maybe we could get Jang to sticky it. So here we go.
This is not a must upgrade list, it is a list of what to use if you want to upgrade.
For both the front and rear RPM is the way to go. Whatever you do avoid metal bumpers at all costs. One good hit and you have a bent bumper.
The stock bumper in the front has a support attaching it to the bulkhead, when the bumper is hit some force is transmitted to the bulkhead, sometimes breaking it. the RPM does away with this support making bulkhead breakages less likely.Plus is RPM's plastic.
I'm not sure what upgrades RPM's rear bumper offers except looks, mudflap mounts, and light mounts. Could someone please chime in on this?
RPM Front Bumper
RPM Rear Bumper
STRC and FLM are good, the venom one has a 3-piece design that makes it not as strong as the others.
If you have a RPM Front bumper aluminum bulkheads are not necessary, they do look good and add some strength and weight to the front.
STRC Front Bulkhead
FLM Front Bulkhead
I would definitely recommend the Pro-Trac kit, It as stronger than stock and improves handling a-ton. If for some reason you dont want the Pro-Trac kit RPM's arms are nearly indestructible. Do not use metal. It will bend becoming unusable.
Metal is the way to go here, pretty much any manufacturer is good. Whatever you do , don't buy RPM here it flexes to much and beds your kingpin. The best is STRC or Traxxas.
STRC Castor Blocks
Metal is the best here but RPM is also good, the Pro-Trac kit includes some that are pretty good.
The Pro-Trac kit includes these also if you go that route. If not RPM is the best but you can use metal if you want.
For the front go RPM because it eliminates the bell-crank popping out.
For the back the Pro-Line one is the best because it integrates the rear bumper mount and skid plate into one solid piece.
RPM Front Skid
Pro-Line Rear Skid
at the time of this edit the proline rear skid is non longer available.
Metal is the best here because it will wick away motor heat. FLM is the highest quality but most of the others are good too.
FLM Transmission Case
The stock Slash 4x4 rear shafts are very good but if you want CVDs the MIP and STRC ones are good. Whatever you do dont buy integy or venom. They are too long and destroy the diff.
Slash 4x4 DriveShafts
Metal is very good here, Pro-Line makes an upgrade unit that includes the servo saver built in, but it is a little pricey. The stock slash 4x4 one also works.
Either Lunsford or STRC for these.
Well my opinion is that the Stock shocks with new springs, aluminum caps, and Ti-ni shafts. But if you do want better shocks Pro-Line Power Strokes are very good and the Big Bores are decent. Now if your completely insane (you know who you are
you could put 1/8th scale shock on. Doc has a tutorial stickied for it.
The stock drive-train is pretty good but to make it even better you could get the STRC Layshaft with the Associated Slipper and 32P gears. You should also seal your diff using Doc I's tutorial which is stickied. If you dont want to seal your diff you can buy the FLM sealed diff for $60
Proline chassis saver. This completely eliminates the week point in the chassis saving you from breaking them.
Pro-Line Chassis saver
That should cover most of it, I'll leave the electronics for someone else. If I left anything out please let me know and I'll edit the post. Hope this helps someone.
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