Special Projects: Traxxas Drag Slash

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Go­ing From Wheels That Slip To Ones That Grip

Wheelie bar

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.

Ban­dit Sus­pen­sion

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.

Short Shocks

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.

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