View Full Version : Did I Make a bad Choice?
09-01-2008, 09:57 AM
Okay after reading these threads, it looks like I'm goinging to have to spend a lot more cash to keep this from falling apart and to make it easier to drive. Has anyone contacted Traxxas about the knuckle problem? It sounds like they really missed the boat on this problem. In my opinon they should send all purchasers of the Slayer, a upgrade kit for free.(happy thought) Sort of like buying a new car with a design problem. They fix it under warranty. The springs I can understand and also the tires, you gotta fine tune to your track or where ever you run it depending what you want out of it.
This is my opinon, but I could be wrong.;)
09-01-2008, 10:47 AM
Its only a bad choice if YOU feel BAD! All R/c cars and trucks have there pros and cons. nothing out of the box in my opinion is all that great but some are a better base platform to work off of then others.
I bought my first Revo in march! love the truck but had nothing but problems with it.
So a month ago i went and bought the new revo and love it even more and everything is great with it. I love the truck itself so i am going to rebuild my old revo over winter.
The upgrade kit as described above is a very good idea. If they take care of everybody know WE WILL all be back for more trucks
09-01-2008, 11:06 AM
I understand about the pros and cons of a new R/C car or truck, L just think that as long as Traxxas has been around they would have spent a little more time on the research. I don't think I made a bad choice, I just was planning on droping more $$$ right off the bat. I like their products.
09-01-2008, 11:24 AM
This truck is the revo in almost every way. Revo is a PROVEN tough truck..
I was jumping my Slayer 30 feet in a Parking Lot on a 4 1/2 foot ramp... and Broke one thing, another sper gear due to my failure to adjust my engine properly.. I just bought a Robinson Racing Spur Gear ( hardened steel ) and broke nothing else. This is a TANK
Beefing up the suspention with a swaybar kit is about all you need....
Springs are just $6 a set.
Sway bars $25
Robinson Racing Spur & Pinion Kit $40
Use the Rear Springs in Front $0
Use Orange Springs in Rear $6
Replace the Knucks with Steel Rings with Bearings less then $50 complete
Thats it... The stock Tires and Rims RULE!!! they are so strong.. They Flex like nO other rim I have ever seen.
09-01-2008, 11:38 AM
I love my Slayer best purchase I ever made.
09-01-2008, 12:11 PM
i bought a fail safe... $5.50 so just incase I loose control, it auto brakes.
09-01-2008, 01:23 PM
I love this thing. It is one very tough truck. There are a few problems like the pillow balls popping out (Mine have only popped out once and I have flipped it many times at high speeds). I am sidelined right now because my clutch spring broke and resulted in my shoes breaking. I will get a new set tomorrow.
Use the Rear Springs in Front $0
Use Orange Springs in Rear $6
I have a quick question. Are the stock rear springs stiffer than the fronts? Does this setup help quite a bit?
09-01-2008, 03:03 PM
yes... by 1.1lbs.
Stock front 8.0lbs.
Stock Rear 9.1lbs.
Sway bar Kit ( Black Bars )
Front at 9.1 lbs Progressive 3
Rear at 18.3 lbs. Progressive 2
Very little to no Preloading at all
I hardly flip now. I do 2 wheel now and then.. we have a hard surface here in Las Vegas.
Imagine Concret Surface with Dust and that Sums up the track here..
09-01-2008, 05:51 PM
They used the axle carriers that are on the slayer for years on the revo.. LOL learn how to not smash into things or land on one wheel or into something for starters. I will say it takes a TON of beating to throw the ball the first time, but after it's out the first time, well it's plastic! It'll never be the same and pop out easier and easier. The new steel ring version is only as old as the revo platinum itself. You can snag a full set of new platinum carriers on ebay for 20ish and keep the old ones for spares. You can get aluminum ones as well if you want.. they will take quite a beating. The slayer is mostly a racing truck so if you are a decent driver on a track the thing is pretty well bullet proof out of the box, or at least as bullet proof as any other vehicle out there.
New to Nitro
09-01-2008, 08:34 PM
After getting mine tuned well this evening, I happened to mis-judge how close I was to a tree and,,,,,,,,, hit the tree with the left front tire causing both pivot balls to come out of the axle carrier. It wasn't any problem putting it all back together but as you stated sooner or later its going to get easier and easier to pop out. I have rolled it several times, a few hard landings, but this was the only damage. Which axle carrier would you suggest getting?
09-01-2008, 08:47 PM
The slayer is mostly a racing truck so if you are a decent driver on a track the thing is pretty well bullet proof out of the box, or at least as bullet proof as any other vehicle out there.
I wish I was a decent driver on the track lol but mine has never broke only the pillow balls popped out once.
09-01-2008, 10:47 PM
this is the best... better then the RPM... steel ring reinforced.
09-01-2008, 11:20 PM
gotta disagree with the guys up above. Its not the driving...LHS owner has been running r/c longer than most of the people who come here to this forum have been alive. Its not the track...its a big simple tri-oval with banked corners. Its the machine and more than likely it was this particular machine. The balls pop out on the LHS owners slayer just going around a corner. The first time it wasn't even hard and both balls came out of the opposite side it rolled up on. With the suspension being soft like a monster truck it has such center of gravity roll that when it starts its body roll and then catches good dirt it pops the balls out causing a rollover.
oldguy...don't want you thinkin it has to be done but in this case I think it was a product failure on this particular truck. If you have problems with yours it might be more widespread than this one but with any mass production there is always gonna be the ones that slip thru the cracks. After reading thru alot of forums on the slayer I think the LHS owner just happened to get the 'lemon' this time around. He is also basing his experience of pillowball suspension on 1/8scale OFNA products which is not comparing apples to apples. Good luck with yours and hope you just have fun with it.
I hope to have mine soon.
09-02-2008, 12:13 AM
so wut class is this truck in? i just upgraded to the PE carriers on my REVO, w/the reinforced ring they should be bullet proof. 1st pop out came after numerous bashing sessions over the course of one year
09-02-2008, 11:51 AM
Stock Carriers are just plastic. Ditch them out of the box.
Get the ones that come with the steel ring ASAP
Even if you POP them back in the Plastic has been streched.
Even if you cannot see it, there are stress cracks.
Traxxas Dropped the ball on this one... they should have gone with the same as the newer revo off the shelf. 1$ in cost production is all it would have cost them to just put the steel ringed verions in.. But they want the thing to break and make more $ on the return of the investment of the marketing of a new product.
09-02-2008, 03:43 PM
Hey Checkmate. I tried your idea with the springs (rear on front and orange on rear). It is definitely better. Thanks for the advice. The Revo sway bars were ordered today. I really gave it heck today on a dirt lot next to my house. I was jumping the curbs getting about 1-2 feet of air. My stock carriers have been holding up. Even the one that poped out last week. I am still planning on upgrading to the steel ringed carriers sometime in the future.
I really wish we had a nice track here in Lansing MI. All we have is an abandoned one at a park. It's still fun to beat around the track, but I don't ever see anyone else out there.
09-02-2008, 04:01 PM
You dont HAVE to get new carriers to have the steel rings. Just go to your local hardware store and get some 1/2in copper pipe and cut little rings that will fit onto the carrier and no more pop outs. Where do you think Traxxas got the idea for the "new" carriers?
09-03-2008, 01:49 AM
copper is soft.... not steel like the traxxas ones.. I would love to see an example of the copper ring in use.. I have both copper pipe. 1/2 " and good stock casters.. I will check this out.
09-03-2008, 08:33 PM
I talked to Traxxas today, and they claimed to be un aware of any carrier problems, but made note that I had both of them pull through. They said if it happened again, let them know, and then they would do something. I also had a clutch spring break, and the reciever quit working in the first slot. I really think everyone need to let them know about these issues. Thats just my two cents.
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