I've been mulling this over for a bit now after looking for decent looking shells for the stampede 4x4 of all things. I came across a (looks are a matter of opinion, and it is of my opinion this is one of the best looking "performance" monster trucks I've seen dimensionally) very good looking slash 4x4 with pro-line tenchers for a 4x4 pede on it and F-150 raptor body for slash from JConcepts. The only significant difference between the two chassis is the length, giving it (slash 4x4) a 12.75in wheel base instead of the very short 11in wheel base.
We know from real vehicles that there's a general ratio of width to length that makes an very good handling vehicle. Since the slash proportions are modeled after real baja trucks, which are some of the fastest off-road vehicles in the world, if not the fastest, I believe lengthening the chassis a bit may promote better handling at high speeds. A shorter wheel base makes a vehicle more nimble on small road coarse types of tracks with lots of tight turns, where a longer wheel base is more stable on larger higher speed tracks (another example is formular cars, which have a similar width to length ratio and again are some of fastest and best handling racing vehicles in exhistance, if not the fastest).
Since the SCT combo produces loads of torque and speed I am thinking the longer chassis would be beneficial for high powered setups, giving the vehicle better stability. Has anyone trun a slash 4x4 with a similarly powerful setup using 2.8 tires and wheels against a stampede 4x4? Given the suspension, drive train and ride height are identicle (if you run 2.8's on the slash) then it would be a direct comparrison of the impact of the longer chassis.
This is what I came across that sparked the idea. This is a slash 4x4 with 2.8 pede tires, but going the opposite way can be done for $50 or less and with little effort.
Here's the thread its on: http://www.ultimaterc.com/forums/sho...=149558&page=2