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    Like a fool didn't label front vs rear on shocks for widemaxx!

    Easy question on front vs rear stock springs on the Maxx. Like a terd took them off thinking they had a mark and no sir. Only thing I can see is one is taller than the other. Anyone know how to tell the difference between front and rear on a stock Maxx springs? Changed out the weight with no movement to 40 and 60 front to rear, tend to jump most of the time and live urban. Can't figure the slight difference between springs and support show a slight difference in lbs between the two in the parts pdf. They look the same in width and assume the taller is rear. Almost done with all Traxxas 6s build and will post pics soon. Thanks all if you can answer huge help!

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    Are they the same internals ? pistons..

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    I recall reading that the valving is different. If I'm right, you should see more/larger holes in the front shocks.

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    jea is right.
    Stock the Maxx has the 1.35mm pistons in the front and 1.25mm pistons in the rear.
    They should be labeled like in the picture below. (1.3 for the front and 1.2 for the rear)


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    I read the instructions for the "wide maxx kit" and it says to move the rear springs to the front, which would suggest they are differing strengths.

    https://traxxas.com/news/how-to-install-widemaxx-kit
    12) The longer WideMaxx arms call for stiffer springs, which are included with the kit. The springs are “blue,” indicated by a spot of blue paint on each spring. Install the blue springs on the rear shocks, and replace the front springs with the springs you removed from rear shocks. A screw secures each spring perch. Remove the screw, then push up on the perch and slide it off the shaft to remove the spring. To recap:

    -Replace the rear springs with the BLUE springs.
    -Move the rear springs to the FRONT shocks.
    -The stock front springs are not used.
    Looking at photo's, the "front" springs have more coils than the rears.
    Front: https://traxxas.com/products/parts/8966


    Rear: https://traxxas.com/products/parts/8967


    Weird they only offer 3 springs for the maxx considering how many varations they have for every other traxxas truck I owned over the years.

    From the maxx parts list:
    8966 Springs, shock (natural finish) (GT-Maxx®) (1.210 rate) (2)
    8967 Springs, shock (natural finish) (GT-Maxx®) (1.450 rate) (2)

    Optional:
    8969 Springs, shock (natural finish) (GT-Maxx®) (1.725 rate) (2)

    Guessing 8969 are the stiffer ones for the widemaxx rear:
    https://traxxas.com/products/parts/8969


    Looking close, I see a white mark on the OEM fronts, nothing on the OEM rears (could just be out of sight on the photo) and blue on the widemaxx rears.
    Last edited by olds97_lss; 04-09-2021 at 12:06 PM.
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    As a side note... the more I look at the maxx... the more I want one. lol!
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    Thanks for the info but couldn't tell the difference from the valves inside, no number labeling like the picture. Basically have to work off of one sets springs are taller uncompressed and this same set had substantially more dust/fine dirt on it on one side. Does anyone now if the springs are taller uncompressed on the rears because they look like the same material between front and rear just one is pulled longer to add the extra lbs. to the spring strength.

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    No white mark on my truck but thanks for pointing out the more coils in the front. Which is essentially just pulled longer side by side with the front and gives more spring height to the rear. I think I got it correct from this and thanks for the help.

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    Heavier weight springs typically have less coils of a thicker wire. Although, 1.210lb vs 1.450lb may be difficult to see a thickness difference without a micrometer.
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    Not sure why Traxxas is showing the springs as being silver in the parts section? Weird.
    Stock non-widemaxx springs on my Maxx are black same as in the Studio and Chassis & Details photo gallery.

    Counting the coils on my shocks, The front springs have 6 coils and the rear springs have 5 coils.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grizzly03 View Post
    Not sure why Traxxas is showing the springs as being silver in the parts section? Weird.
    Stock non-widemaxx springs on my Maxx are black same as in the Studio and Chassis & Details photo gallery.

    Counting the coils on my shocks, The front springs have 6 coils and the rear springs have 5 coils.
    Yep, I noticed that too. Since I don't have a maxx, I was only able to look at images online and they all look black to me.
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    Suppose you could try VG's:
    https://www.vgracing.com/product/GT_MAXX.html

    Surprised RC Raven hasn't come out with a set for it yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by olds97_lss View Post
    Suppose you could try VG's:
    https://www.vgracing.com/product/GT_MAXX.html

    Surprised RC Raven hasn't come out with a set for it yet.
    Thanks for those. I didn't know anyone made progressives yet.

    I agree with you on the limited selection of springs. Being a popular truck you would think Traxxas would offer more than the three springs that they do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aheschel View Post
    Thanks for the info but couldn't tell the difference from the valves inside, no number labeling like the picture. Basically have to work off of one sets springs are taller uncompressed and this same set had substantially more dust/fine dirt on it on one side. Does anyone now if the springs are taller uncompressed on the rears because they look like the same material between front and rear just one is pulled longer to add the extra lbs. to the spring strength.
    The markings are there, but probably on the side you can not see from top of shock. I had to take the shaft out to figure out what piston was which. No clue why traxxas only marked one side of the piston. When they are assembled, the orientation is random.

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