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    I want stiffer suspension

    I have read some threads about this already.

    I recently installed tan springs in front and black springs in the rear with 60wt oil in all of them. I ran it the other day on pavement and it didn't seem any different than stock.

    I will probably upgrade my shocks soon. Which do you recommend me getting? Traxxas, HR, Exoteks?

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    Tan and black is a bit stiffer than stock. The old standard!
    Check out suspension in the thread below. I would go HR

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    Whatever it is I just said... I could be wrong.

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    Not sure if I got the right springs. After looking around, I now see Traxxas has double tan and double black springs. Did I need those?

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    No, the oil might need to be thicker, I run 100k.

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    100k diff oil?

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    stock will not be able to handle 100wt oil .you will pop the bottom cap on a good jump

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    Quote Originally Posted by 50togo View Post
    stock will not be able to handle 100wt oil .you will pop the bottom cap on a good jump
    I'm not sure what you mean here.

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    100 wt oil is very thick and viscous. It won't flow through the shocks, causing the pressure to build up and blow the shock.

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    100wt oil is too thick for stock shocks. the bottom cap on the stock shock pops on

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    So what weight oil do you recommend for the stock shocks? I used 60wt with the tan and black springs and it doesnt seem much different. Should I go up to 80wt oil?

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    my shocks dont even appreciate 70wt that much.
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    I run the GPM silver springs on stock shocks with 50-60 wt. I started out with Traxxas springs but they were not near heavy enough in the slash, in a merv it would suck worse IMHO.
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    So it seems that I need heavier springs, not heavier oil.

    What springs do you guys recommend me getting? I've heard some people run Summit springs. Any info on those?

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    I run gtr shocks with 1/16 blue summit springs and 70 weight shock oil, big up grade from stock in my opinion. I only bash around but am very happy with this set up.

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    Do you have a part number for the blue Summit springs?

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    I land plenty of jumps at high speed with 100k and the cap doesn't come off.

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    You are one of the few!
    Mine blew off all the time with 50wt in them.
    Whatever it is I just said... I could be wrong.

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    So I run blue Summit springs front and rear?

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    I do

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    Or you can run blue and purple

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    I run blue summit springs front and rear with 100wt. Love this set up since I can take a ton of the Pre load off the springs to almost nothing. Handles like a dream with very few rolls. I have the HR shock bodies though.

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    I recently bought the upgraded Traxxas shocks.

    What weight oil should i put in them for running mostly on pavement and some light off-roading?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 50togo View Post
    100wt oil is too thick for stock shocks. the bottom cap on the stock shock pops on
    I've been using 100k in my stock shocks for a while now and I haven't had any issues.


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    I don't think you need to buy new stiffer springs just stretch your stock ones it works great just don't go too far

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    FWIW, I just upgraded my MERV's suspension...

    Golden Horizons Aluminum Shock Bodies
    100wt Silicone Shock Oil
    Black 1/16 MERV Springs (x4)

    I re-used the o-rings and shock shafts, as they were in new/mint condition.

    It made a HUGE difference and I am MUCH happier now!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by B3NNZ View Post
    I've been using 100k in my stock shocks for a while now and I haven't had any issues.


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    Are they less prone to leaking with oil that thick?
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    I think he means 100wt not 100k (100,000). The shocks wouldn't even move with 100k wt oil in them. I run 90wt with HR bodies, black and tan springs. It's better than stock but not as good as I would like it..

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    I would try 80wt and stiffer springs

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    Tried a lot of combinations, and found that black front, and pink rear springs combined with 100wt oil works best for me.
    I'm also using Hot Racings aluminum shock bodies. (Stock shock bodies won't hold up to 100wt oil)

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    I use marine 90wt boat drive oil in my shocks with solid black stripe 2.22 rate Traxxas springs on the front and solid pink stripe 2.77 rate springs on the back... I used the heavy springs to reduce the amount of pressure build up inside the shocks from the high viscosity oil when landing. This will also greatly reduce the amount of chassis sway, bottoming out, and traction rolling because the stiffened shocks will resist force but not over doing it.

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