Decided to continue this thread instead of starting a new one.
Found on eBay the perfect steel driveshafts!!! Not gonna list the seller cause I'm not sure what the rules are for advertising. But a quick search for steel super duty CVD Slash and you'll find em. Not counting Paypal loot and eBay Bucks, these cost me under $12 ($25 with the rest added in) Free shipping too!
Pictured with the original ECX shafts and the Traxxas shafts on the truck.
See what happens to plastic under such heavy use? Traxxas Slash shafts. My sons Slash is 3-4 years old with original driveshafts and no signs of any twisting or wear but its only been run with modified brushed motors.
Install is as simple as replacing the ECX shafts. NO MODIFICATION NECESSARY!
Take the wheel off, remove the wheel hex and pin, remove bottom shock mount screw and remove screw from link/hub, remove small pin/set screw from trans/ driveshaft. Pull out old driveshaft put new one in reverse order. Simple.
May want to use Traxxas spacers to reduce any play but when I added the Traxxas grey plastic wheel hex and a single spacer, play was about the same as the ECX parts so I left it alone.
Tips and issues: always use thread lock when a screw goes into metal and the only issue I had was there was a bit of flashing left on one of the pin holes so putting the wheel pin in was a b*tch until I saw the problem. just took a small needle nose pliers and twisted it lightly in the hole and pin slid right in.
Now for the fun part: the durability?!? Good question that as of right now I can't answer. Made 4 repairs to my Torment,
1: spur gear,
2: rear body posts,
3: glued a tire back together,
4: replaced the twisted traxxas shafts with the new steel ones,
Guess which part let me down in about 5 minutes? Spur Gear. Used the ECX part and my mesh was good but I think the motor mount is too soft or the gears just suck. Either way, even though I just bought a nice pack of pinions to fill in the gaps of my collection it looks like I'm going to have to go with a larger pitch.
My favorite bash spot has been taken over by the USACE, who are now pumping large quantities of water/muck from a dredge project into it. So I was unable to launch my truck over my head and beat the p*ss out of it in that 5 minutes. But a few spills did prove the body posts hold up from an upside down slide down a dirt hill.
Will keep this updated once I fix my gearing issue and resume bashing.
(Last edited by bugoff75 : 10.14.12 at 10:11 am)
One of these days I do plan on fixing the rest of my fleet. Someday. Until then I'm gonna Bash my ECX Torment and Ruckus till theres nothing left.