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    Hey guys, I'm up here in Ohio dealing with snow, but I have a question you guys that are driving the Pede 4x4 on dry pavement. How does it handle? As with most traxxas vehicles, the stock setup seems overly plush so I was wondering what shock fluid and springs would make this beast handle better.

    Does this truck really handle decent enough to not require these mods? (seems like soft shocks enable body roll and cause rollovers)
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    I always drop 50w shock oil in w/ big bore caps from the get go. In the Winter I use the 3 hole piston to help the shock recover as the fluid thickens from the cold.
    In addition, I find it to roll easier the harder the springs are compressed and to lose traction from wheels being off the ground in turns.
    I really don't know what's best but it seems ok for my needs.
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    Ya I was gonna buy at least 40w shock oil and the aluminum caps, but I'm not to experienced with the different hole pistons. I know RPM makes piston kits, but I don't know if soft springs go with heavy oil, or if heavy springs go with light oil or exactly what the pistons do (I know more holes = plusher ride). So i just wanted to know how much oil, pistons, and springs affect the handling.
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    The oil, pistons, and springs are basically what controls handling for the most part. Having a softer oil in your shocks will make it handle better, but it bottoms out easier. You need to find a happy medium in your truck. For me, it's 30 in the front, 55 in the rear with some blue springs I had laying around (stocks are stiffer). I noticed that the rear sags with 55 so I am thinking 70. Handling for the most part is great for me, especially since I got new tires .
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    So you run a different setup in the front than in the rear?
    And by the way you guys make it sound softer=better handling, but harder=less bottoming out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrickTraxxas3 View Post
    softer=better handling, but harder=less bottoming out.
    Right!.. If the suspension is hard it will handle bumps and jumps better but will tilt off the ground in turns. Pretend to be frankenstein w/ stiff legs.. you have to lift a foot up to turn.
    It just depends what your driving style is. I like a little thinner up front than the rear but with more spring compression to handle the brunt of a curb/jump. The thicker rear helps dampen the landing but because it's not pre-loaded as much it'll get the bite I require of it... Just mess with it a little.. there is no wrong.. just a live and learn type thing!
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    Alright maybe ill pick up a couple of different weight shock oils and mess around with them. I was reading somewhere that you can get more drastic changes from changing your pistons in comparison to changing your shock oil. Is that true?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrickTraxxas3 View Post
    I was reading somewhere that you can get more drastic changes from changing your pistons in comparison to changing your shock oil. Is that true?
    Makes sense..dropping from a 2 hole to a 1 hole piston cuts the oil flow in half! Which would make the shock much stiffer but then it can't recover as quick.
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    I think i read in my RCCA that your and widen the hole on 1 side of the piston to make the bump or the rebound faster and the other stays the same.
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    getting too complicated now.. just bash em up!
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    If you get Rc Car Action its in the nov 09 issue (I think)
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    give your self some more negative camber...especially in the rear.....this helps minimize hooking(rolling over)........
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    Ok, so if im gonna go stiffer, more negative camber, gotcha.
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    Can you mix shock fluid like diff fluid?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrickTraxxas3 View Post
    Can you mix shock fluid like diff fluid?
    certainly!
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    Ok, my LHS didnt have any shock fluid above 30wt so im gonna have to wait a wile. I was hitting my 10-80 kicker yesterday and it actually wasn't as bad as I thought it was gonna be.
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