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    Build Complete: MT Conversion "MaX-D"

    So I got bored with my Slash 4x4. It's sat for over a year collecting dust. Why let a good truck go to waste, so I didn't. Here's the rundown.....

    STRC Aluminum chassis
    Tekin Pro4 4000kv motor
    Tekin RX8 ESC
    Savox 1258tg Black Edition servo
    Spektrum 301 receiver
    Spektrum glitch buster
    54/9 gearing
    Jconcepts Slash 4x4 conversion kit
    Rear Traxxas GTR shocks on all 4 corners
    35wt Losi shock oil f/r
    Pink GTR springs front/Black rear
    JConcepts Tribute wheels
    JConcepts Renegade tires
    JConcepts aluminum 25mm hex adapters
    STRC aluminum clamping hexes
    Stampede 4x4 rear bumper
    Stampede 4x4 front skid plate
    Silver sway bars f/r
    30k diff oil front, XO-1 diff
    100k diff oil center
    10k diff oil rear, XO-1 diff
    Tekno Big Bone center driveshaft
    Traxxas Constant Velocity steel driveshafts
    Traxxas aluminum f/r bearing carriers
    Proline body mounts
    Axial MaX-D body

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    I knew you were very interested in the JConcepts MT conversion kit.
    Glad to see it done well... well done!
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    Looks awesome and a great set of parts. My only concern would be those biggo meats being driven by Traxxas axles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squeegie View Post
    I knew you were very interested in the JConcepts MT conversion kit.
    Glad to see it done well... well done!
    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zedorda View Post
    Looks awesome and a great set of parts. My only concern would be those biggo meats being driven by Traxxas axles.
    The weak point right now is the stub axles. We'll see how long they last, but the suspension is absolutely fantastic. So PLUSH! Having rear shocks up front makes a HUGE difference.

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    More pics....

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    Aluminum 25mm hex inserts

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    The first pic is the original plastic c-hub. Second is the aluminum JConcepts that comes in the conversion kit. Very nice.

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    I had to dremel the body posts a little in order for them to fit into the JConcepts aluminum body mount. The body mount was actually made to fit Traxxas Rally body posts.

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    Shapeway's beadlock wheel insert. It comes in many colors, but I chose black. I used a silver paint pen to simulate the bolts. I used E6000 to attach them.



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    The white thing you see on the wheel is a thin piece of foam.

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    Plenty of droop up front now.

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    Renegade vs a 2.8 Masher

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    That is a beast! You knocked that out of the park! If you didn't tell everyone that it started life as a Slash 4x4, no one would ever know! Great job!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Sob View Post
    That is a beast! You knocked that out of the park! If you didn't tell everyone that it started life as a Slash 4x4, no one would ever know! Great job!!!
    Thank you sir. I really appreciate the kind words. It was a really fun build


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    Looks sick. Like an old kyosho mt. What kind of battery are you using with that gearing?
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    This truck is so much fun to drive. It's like a performance model of a solid axle monster truck. It's definitely not a speed demon nor was it meant to be. It probably tops out at 23-25 mph. It's super torquey though. On good traction it will lift the front tires 4 inches off the ground or so but won't pop a full wheelie. I wanted it that way. I don't want a wheelie monster.

    It jumps nice and level and lands perfectly. The suspension just soaks up the jumps without bottoming out. It's not bouncy at all. My jumps might be a little more than a foot high, but have gotten the truck 4-5 feet off the ground. I'm not into trying to launch my truck into space. I'm going for more of a scale Monster JAM driving experience.

    Surprisingly, it doesn't traction role, but I'm not taking turns at 20 miles an hour either. This truck has A LOT of steering for a monster truck. I had the Proline Pro-Trac suspension on the truck, but Jconcepts recommended going with stock a arms. I first drove the truck with the Pro-Trac suspension on it, but it actually drives better with the stock a arms on it. The steering is much better as well.

    Having my diff fluids set the way I have them, I wanted the rear end to be able to slide out or drift a bit around corners like the full-size monster trucks do. It does it perfectly without completely spinning out. Honestly, I didn't think it would with those big tires on, but it does. Having the heavier diff fluid up front, the front tires pull more than the rear which is perfect for coming out of a corner, or saving the truck when it gets wonky. I've already had a few Tom Meents type saves. This truck drives exactly how I want it to for my driving style. I've kicked my fun factor up a few notches with this thing.

    Good times!




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    Quote Originally Posted by IanRose View Post
    Looks sick. Like an old kyosho mt. What kind of battery are you using with that gearing?
    Thanks. I'm using either an SMC 5200 or 6500mah 2s 70c battery


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    I really beat on this truck hard so far with no breakages (knock on wood). My motor temps haven't gotten above 125 with 35 to 40 minutes of run time on the 6500 MAH battery each time. The fan for the ESC never even turned on. At the time, my outdoor ambient temps were 75 with 50% humidity.


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    I started out with plastic 25 MM hex inserts in the wheels. The lock nuts that JConcepts gives you to keep the wheels on suck. They kept coming loose and started to round out one of the hexes on the left rear. I contacted Jconcepts and they sent me out a pair of replacements right away. But I ultimately ended up switching to the aluminum hex inserts. That company has the best customer service . I can't say enough about them. I went back to using the original Slash locking nuts


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    Body mounts

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    thats no slash... and thats no MT slash either... thats a MMT slash!!!
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    Here's an inside shot of the wheel.

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    Is this still considered a Slash??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Osensnolf View Post
    Is this still considered a Slash??
    Not much Slash left here from the original. Neat thing is if I wanted to convert it back to a slash, the original body mounts fit, put the slash front and rear bumpers, nerf bars and wheels back on, short course body and BAM! It's a Slash again.

    With an electric screwdriver, this would take all of 10-15 minutes.

    Although I have no interest in the slash anymore. I think it will stay as my namesake "MaX-D"!

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    Glad its working out for you, its a sweet looking setup. I have a 2wd pede on 2s, someday ill throw 2.6 ful monster tires on it. Not sure if i want to spool it and take out the possibility of diff probems but probably blow through drive shafts if I did that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IanRose View Post
    Glad its working out for you, its a sweet looking setup. I have a 2wd pede on 2s, someday ill throw 2.6 ful monster tires on it. Not sure if i want to spool it and take out the possibility of diff probems but probably blow through drive shafts if I did that.
    If you decide to go with 2.6 wheels and tires, put some steel drive shafts on there, whether it's the Traxxas or MIP's. Then you won't have to worry about burning through driveshafts all the time

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    That chassis you used it what makes the look work so well. Without it a nasty stock pan would be visible in ur nerf bar area. I think this is the best monster slash build i ever seen myself . Kick*****
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    Quote Originally Posted by RallySoob View Post
    That chassis you used it what makes the look work so well. Without it a nasty stock pan would be visible in ur nerf bar area. I think this is the best monster slash build i ever seen myself . Kick*****
    Thank you for the kind words. I've had the slash with the strc chassis for the last 3 or 4 years. I used to race the slash at my local track, but found that I much more enjoy 2wd Short Course Truck so the slash sat collecting dust.

    It's just pure coincidence that the strc aluminum Bell crank, the battery holds and the servo mounts are orange. These with the aluminum chassis and the silver paint of the body kind of make it all go together. Thankfully Max-D is my favorite monster truck LOL

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    I noticed recently that the front springs were rubbing on the camber links, so I added two small washers and a nut that came with the new Savox 1256tg servo I just installed to the shock mount. It worked out perfectly.

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    I absolutely LOVE this truck! It's so much fun to drive. It can really take a beating. I've cartwheeled it, lawn darted it, and flipped it. I surprisingly haven't broken any parts yet. The body hasn't cracked yet either. This is one tough truck.

    If anyone is considering doing this type of conversion to their Slash, it is well worth the investment.

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    I installed a new Savox 1256tg steering servo replacing the Savox 1258tg which is now in my son's Slash. Having more than 100oz of torque from the 1258 is a noticeable difference. The 1256tg has 277oz of torque at
    .15 speed at 6v. This is more than enough torque to turn those big ole meats.

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    Looks great still. Still wanting to put those wheels on my Slash just to see how they look. Probably wont stay though. Have the motor, servo, and drive train covered. And already have 17mm hexes. They are on my SMT now and could swap them over depending on the inside hub clearance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaXDee View Post
    So I got bored with my Slash 4x4. It's sat for over a year collecting dust. Why let a good truck go to waste, so I didn't. Here's the rundown.....

    STRC Aluminum chassis
    Tekin Pro4 4000kv motor
    Tekin RX8 ESC
    Savox 1256tg servo
    Spektrum 301 receiver
    Spektrum glitch buster
    54/9 gearing
    Jconcepts Slash 4x4 conversion kit
    Rear Traxxas GTR shocks on all 4 corners
    35wt Losi shock oil f/r
    Pink GTR springs front/Black rear
    JConcepts Tribute wheels
    JConcepts Renegade tires
    JConcepts aluminum 25mm hex adapters
    STRC aluminum clamping hexes
    Stampede 4x4 rear bumper
    Stampede 4x4 front skid plate
    Silver sway bars f/r
    30k diff oil front, XO-1 diff
    100k diff oil center
    10k diff oil rear, XO-1 diff
    Tekno Big Bone center driveshaft
    Traxxas Constant Velocity steel driveshafts
    Traxxas aluminum f/r bearing carriers
    Proline body mounts
    Axial MaX-D body

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