Special Projects: Traxxas Drag Slash
Going From Wheels That Slip To Ones That Grip
Lots of traction and power is a combination for explosive wheelies and if you want to go fast, you have to keep those wheelies under control. The Slash doesn’t come with a wheelie bar so I had to borrow one from another vehicle in the Traxxas lineup. The one on my car is normally found on the Stampede and you can adjust the angle of it pretty easily. I set it in its lowest position right out of the bag.
A short course truck is pretty widez and it can be drag raced as is but it won’t slice through the air very well, so this Slash has to be narrowed up. That’s as easy as removing the suspension from the Slash and replacing it with the shorter suspension components from the
Traxxas Bandit buggy.
Once the suspension was on and set, I adjusted the camber links so all four tires were set to zero degrees of camber for maximum grip on the pavement. Traxxas aluminum front and rear hubs were installed because they don’t flex and will have better control over the front and rear tires.
A drag car doesn’t need as much suspension travel as a short course truck so I ditched the stock shocks and went with front shocks all around. I upped the game a bit by using Traxxas’ smooth and attractive GTR shocks. I started off with the stock shock oil and may make changes to that once I get some time behind the wheel. The shocks don’t come with springs so I started with a set of .767 rate springs all around.
A wheelie bar is necessary when it comes to drag racing so I bolted up an adjustable Traxxas unit to keep the front tires down. Traxxas’ GTR shocks look great and are very smooth. They have been set up with the stock oil and .767 rate springs. Traxxas Bandit suspension was used to narrow the Slash up for drag racing.