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    Traxxas Grey Driveshafts

    Who has the updated grey Rustler 4x4 driveshafts and how are they holding up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MXPilot View Post
    Who has the updated grey Rustler 4x4 driveshafts and how are they holding up?
    Got a Traxxas PN? I'm not sure what you are referring to...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Single_Trac View Post
    Got a Traxxas PN? I'm not sure what you are referring to...
    I thought the first lot a rustler 4x4s had black driveshafts like in this pic here.
    https://traxxas.com/products/landing/rustler-4x4-vxl/

    I bought a rustler 4x4 about a month ago and the driveshafts are grey not black like in the picture.?

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    Not sure that I've seen a Rustler 4x4 with grey plastic drive-shafts, but if you've got 'em, then clearly they exist.
    Did you purchase the vehicle new from a dealer, or on the second-hand market? If second-hand, then maybe the drive-shafts are some after-market item? If you post pix, someone with more experience might be able to ID 'em.

    My boy has a Brushed Rustler 4x4 that came from a Traxxas Dealer in January of '19. It has black plastic drive-shafts.
    I have a Brushless Rustler 4x4 that I picked up used in March (so who knows when it left the factory), and it appears to have the exact same black plastic drive-shafts.

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    Bought brand new, I will post pics so you can have a look but they are definitely grey and original parts.

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    Last edited by MXPilot; 06-19-2019 at 07:07 AM.

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    Look like the same color as the arms and hubs - black - to me. Just dirty.
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    The chassis is grey, those driveshafts are black.

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    Must be the lighting driveshafts are definitely grey

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    MXPilot:
    Without applying labels, I guess that I'd simply say that the driveshafts on my and my boy's rustler 4x4s are the same color as the images that you posted.

    Admittedly the surface finish of the driveshafts does give them an ever-so-slightly different look than other plastics (such as the A-Arms) that are used on the Rustler 4x4.

    So... to answer your initial question: I have the same driveshafts that you took pictures of, and they seem to be holding up just fine, so long as I don't hit light-poles at 25+ MPH (and then there was plenty else that needed replacing - not just the driveshaft).
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    https://photos.app.goo.gl/CxNc5oZXPVaukWod6
    You can see in this pic they are not the same colour as the arms and rod ends i had a slash 4x4 and the driveshafts were exactly the same colour as the arms.

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    The color might be slightly off depending on the batching process of molding them, but for all intents and purposes, they still qualify as "black" IMHO. Additionally, they should still be the same Traxxas part# 6851A

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    This has the newer grey driveshafts

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/BRAND-NE...frcectupt=true

    This has the older black driveshafts

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Traxxas-...cAAOSwUFtc6tWW

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    Here's an idea: contact Traxxas and ask what the difference is and report back with the part number(s) we can look up.

    Quote Originally Posted by StDragon View Post
    The color might be slightly off depending on the batching process of molding them, but for all intents and purposes, they still qualify as "black" IMHO. Additionally, they should still be the same Traxxas part# 6851A
    ..for the front. 6852A for the rear. Otherwise, agreed.

    Quote Originally Posted by MXPilot View Post
    This has the newer grey driveshafts

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/BRAND-NE...frcectupt=true

    This has the older black driveshafts

    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Traxxas-...cAAOSwUFtc6tWW
    Doesn't seem cost effective to update the shafts after a short time on the market. The "grey" linked are on the VXL, the "black" are on the brushed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Double G View Post
    Here's an idea: contact Traxxas and ask what the difference is and report back with the part number(s) we can look up.



    ..for the front. 6852A for the rear. Otherwise, agreed.



    Doesn't seem cost effective to update the shafts after a short time on the market. The "grey" linked are on the VXL, the "black" are on the brushed.
    The link from post #3 shows the black on the VXL.

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    I'm not going to lie, those shafts look like the same ones I've replaced several times on my own rustler... I think they grey you may/may not be seeing could be some form of glass fiber reinforcement in the plastic that shines in the light or something? I mean I have a few packages of axles and could probably show the ones on my car for reference.

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    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1OU...r5FXL8_Ik3LoEn #6852A Rear axle assembly.

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-3...zzyiebNg5RpSF2 #6851A Front axle assembly.

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-E...m_72FCAkWNkHzf Whole lotta black axles

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-7...XE2W3qWZpYaeon Broken/replaced with steel cvd axles
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-C...9CeOacczpnWPHP

    All of these seem to be the same shade of black/really dark grey

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    you have the traxxas Part Number 6852a, these are Extreme duty driveshafts if they are grey in color.

    The black ones are typically just considered their heavy duty driveshaft Traxxas Part number 6852x

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    So last weekend I clipped the front wheel on a post, destroying the driveshaft in the process. Anyways, my order for one 6851A (as called for by the Rustler 4x4 VXL exploded view) is in fact grey. Actually, it's more of a "gun-metal grey", but whatever.

    So the stock driveshafts are indeed black. If the grey ones indicate "Extreme duty", does that mean the stock ones arn't and they should have been all along?

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    I suspect that there is some amount of lot-to-lot manufacturing variance of the final hue of the driveshafts at play here.

    I also suspect that there is some human-to-human difference in color perception at play as well. (see this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_dress )

    Or maybe, just maybe Traxxas made an overt choice to revise the 6851A/6852A driveshafts, and then waited to see which of it's forums would start a thread on the subject, allowing that forum to be crowned 'Most Observant' and all thread respondents to be rewarded for their vigilance with a free set of said revised drive-shafts.
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    Just bought one yesterday for my brother, they are definitely a gray, not as light as the chassis though.
    I noticed it as soon as i took it out of the box, i thought it was odd, as non of my other traxxas models had gray shafts,lol

    Now for how are they holding up? well we got about 10 min in before we broke a rear shaft at the joint. I was pretty surprised considering the first 5 min I had it on training mode @ 40% and the last 5 min @ 60%
    But thats half the hobby I suppose.. It is a VXL and was on flat grass, no jumps nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StDragon View Post
    So last weekend I clipped the front wheel on a post, destroying the driveshaft in the process. Anyways, my order for one 6851A (as called for by the Rustler 4x4 VXL exploded view) is in fact grey. Actually, it's more of a "gun-metal grey", but whatever.

    So the stock driveshafts are indeed black. If the grey ones indicate "Extreme duty", does that mean the stock ones arn't and they should have been all along?
    At least I'm not going crazy. The pictures I posted don't show it that clearly I guess, but Stevie Wonder could see that they are in fact grey not black in real life.

    It does not sound like the grey are any better anyway going by Empire's report. I have about 4 or 5 4s packs through mine with no trouble yet.... Won't be long

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