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Old 03-07-2012, 10:16 AM
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I have a 2wd and 4wd slash. I knew there would be a performance difference between the two when I run them on dirt or gravel, but the 2wd is almost impossible to keep going straight for long.

On the dirt track with jumps (BMX track, so it has some huge jumps) I can't get the 2wd to go uphill straight at any decent speed at all.

Is the only way to keep these going straight is to keep them going slow? I doubt it... so I am thinking it is me doing something wrong.

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I have a 2wd and 4wd slash. I knew there would be a performance difference between the two when I run them on dirt or gravel, but the 2wd is almost impossible to keep going straight for long.

On the dirt track with jumps (BMX track, so it has some huge jumps) I can't get the 2wd to go uphill straight at any decent speed at all.

Is the only way to keep these going straight is to keep them going slow? I doubt it... so I am thinking it is me doing something wrong.

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If you're running w/stock tires that could be a huge problem. Maybe try a bit of throttle control and some different tires.
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If you're running w/stock tires that could be a huge problem. Maybe try a bit of throttle control and some different tires.
Any recommendation on what tires to look for?

I have been trying to control how much throttle I give it at a time, I know better than to just "step on it" unless I intend to do donuts lol.
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Any recommendation on what tires to look for?

I have been trying to control how much throttle I give it at a time, I know better than to just "step on it" unless I intend to do donuts lol.
I'm pretty keen on Proline M2 or M3's.
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the caliber m4 work great on gravel.
gravel wil always be hard to drive on.
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Originally Posted by marcel p View Post
gravel wil always be hard to drive on.
We (my wife and I) mostly stick to the dirt course. Only when people with bikes are on the dirt BMX track do we resort to the gravel field next to it. But even on the dirt I was having trouble...

I think I am just going to hit Hobby Town today and see what tires they have and recommend for me.
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Depending on what type of speed control you have you can try adjusting the punch control. That will help keep it hooked up and easier to drive smoothly as you apply the throttle.
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are you using the stock radio ?

if you can get a better radio then your feel for the throttle control will be a lot smoother

better quality radio is a must for smooth throttle control IMO
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I am using the stock controller. After all the money I just dumped into the hobby (bought a slash 4wd and slash 2wd for my wife and I) I really can't afford a new controller.

Plus once the accessories for the Traxxas TQi come out I should be able to adjust that with the iphone app that integrates with the controller.

I just hope it comes out soon.
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Try more rear toe in. I am not familiar with the 2wd Slash, but other companies offer 3 and more rear toe blocks that help their trucks accellerate straighter. Also, try lighter diff oil. With one tire getting less power, it can hold it's line better and keep the truck straight.
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Try more rear toe in. I am not familiar with the 2wd Slash, but other companies offer 3 and more rear toe blocks that help their trucks accellerate straighter. Also, try lighter diff oil. With one tire getting less power, it can hold it's line better and keep the truck straight.
not sure what that is exactly, but I will make sure to ask about it at Hobby Town today when I go. Thanks
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The guy at Hobby Town hooked me up with a set of Caliber somethings...

Anyway, I got them all glued on tonight. Not the best job but hopefully it will hold.



Can't wait to test them out this weekend.
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That's a good tire... Better than stock... Compound isn't near as hard, so it has more grab....
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