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  1. #1
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    Would it be crazy to build a Slash out of the ground?

    Hi, I had an idea of just building a slash out of most RPM parts and proline tires and stuff. Is this cost effective? Has anyone done this? If you have, would you say that its worth it?

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    That's how I built my slash


    That's the only way to do it man. People I know buy rtrs' and then complain when they break so easily after they just spent so much money on a truck. Then they don't even know how to fix it. You'll have a bulletproof truck you can enjoy and you'll know how every part on the truck goes together.

    I built my rusty the same way


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    Usually it ends up being more expensive, but you get to skip right to the upgrades and have a sweet truck
    You ain't bashin unless your crashin!!

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    I think its cheaper to build. You dont have to spend the money on the parts you're going to replace anyway. AND, you get the opportunity to "Wrench" on your car!!!

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    +1For someone who might not know if it's really there thing,rtr or even a roller might be a good choice.But I'll never buy another rtr,I bought one slash 2wd and one 4x4 rtr,traded the 4x4 for a crawler 4x4,and one 2wd off the net,which is now 90% changed,and built one from the ground up.
    And could not agree more,build it,know it,enjoy it.
    Back in the late 80 early 90's,rtr was nonexistent.
    Quote Originally Posted by Redsawacs View Post
    I think its cheaper to build. You dont have to spend the money on the parts you're going to replace anyway. AND, you get the opportunity to "Wrench" on your car!!!
    Built Ford Tuff With Chevy Stuff.

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    I'm building one know I'll have about 600$ in it when done

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    My next truck will be a ground up build for sure. Probably will be another Slash 4x4 to add 2 the 2 RTR's. Or maybe a pink monster truck for my daughter!

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    I built an LCG slash last year and used the fewest number of stock parts physically possible. I think when it was all said and done it had only 3 stock parts and they were all in the transmission... Maybe it was even less than that. When I was finished building I did a tally and had over $800 into the roller, not including electronics. Truck was awesome, but sadly, and I am a die hard Traxxas guy, it wasn't the most cost effective way to get a fast race truck. When I was done I had a truck that was competitive against other stock race specific trucks.

    It was a fun project for sure, but unless you have lots of money to blow, buy an LCG slash 4x4. It will be an awesome platform to build off of and will cost less than your full mod 2x4 slash, even with all the necessary upgrades installed.
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    While it's not cost effective, especially for a racer, it's totally worth it if you like to make things your own. You will end up with a truly unique rig, assembled properly with your choice of components. Want a bulletproof basher? You got it. Monster truck, race car, weird Mad Max lookin' wasteland cruiser, custom tube frame sandrail, whatever you want and your skills allow, you got it. Most race chassis don't have the aftermarket support (in terms of bling or durability improvements) that Traxxas platforms do, so we have tons of options and ideas to draw from.

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    Well ive looked into it over and over. Its more expensive but you will have a better truck.

    I broke it down once before.

    The trick is to find an ebay seller that has most of what you need and combines shipping. THere is one guy that sells pretty much everything u need and has free shipping for all extra items.

    I composed a list i will see if i can find it.
    My wife hates it but I love It.

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    Expensive yes
    Worth it, yes

    You get to choose part by part

    If you do choose to build..
    Make a build thread
    Slash 2wd, Slash 4x4, 30th digger, Rustler VXL

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    Amazon.com
    77.36 Pro-Line Racing Power Stroke Shocks F/R
    14.99 ST Racing Aluminum Castor Blocks for Traxxas 2WD Electrics
    19.03 ST Racing Aluminum Oversized Rear Hub Carrier for Traxxas 2WD Electrics
    10.99 Atomik Aluminum Bulkhead
    21.13 ST Racing Bellcrank Set with Bearings
    08.52 RPM 80592 Rear A-Arms Black Slash
    07.78 RPM 80242 Front A-Arms Black Slash
    12.90 ST Racing Polished Steel Lock-nut Style Hinge-Pin
    Total: 172.70

    Ebay.com All prices found with buy it now + shipping
    70.00 New Strc Slash LCG Kit Blue With Traxxas Grey Chassis 5822
    106.85 Pro-Line Performance Pro-2 LCG Chassis for Traxxas Slash 2wd
    20.00 6852x heavy driveshaft pair 4x4
    11.48 1/10 Slash 2WD F/R BUMPERS & SKID PLATE
    14.00 New Traxxas Slash 2wd Screw Kit Tool Set Nut Bolt removed from 5805
    29.99 traxxas slash transmission,with spurs,pinions and dust cover
    6.00 traxxas slash 2wd front and rear shock towers and body mounts
    10.00 Traxxas 2WD TURNBUCKLES Steering Bellcranks
    Total:
    Prolin lcg=198.32
    Traxxas lcg=161.47

    25.00 HITEC HS-5625MG METAL GEAR DIGITAL SUPER TORQUE SERVO
    39.99 Traxxas TQ 2-Ch RADIO & RECEIVER 2.4GHz Transmitter 6516/6519
    145.00 Traxxas Velineon VXL-3s ESC Speed Control & 3500 Brushless Motor
    29.99 J Concepts 0215 Illuzion - SCT - Ford Raptor SVT
    Total:239.98

    Optional Upgrades
    10.99 ST Racing Concepts Aluminum Trans Layshaft
    8.00 Associated SC10BRS Race Spec Slipper Clutch and 87T Spur Gear
    27.44 Hot Racing Composite Gear Case W/Alum Motor Plate: Traxxas
    22.69 Hot Racing Sealed Differential Traxxas Slash 2WD TE38CH
    Total:69.12

    Still need tires.
    Mounted prolines ~ 60.00

    Truck total for me 500.14 w/ proline chassis
    Keep in mind many cheaper option can be inserted.

    Dang missing front shafts and hexes. well you can figure it out.

    Or purchase a slash roller w/ or without hop ups for around 100.00 and work backwards as you break stuff.
    Last edited by geeves; 03-15-2013 at 10:23 AM.
    My wife hates it but I love It.

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    As long as you go into the project expecting to spend $500-$700 then you'll do ok with it. If you think you can build it for cheaper you'll get halfway finished and wind up disappointed. I say do it. My Rustler build used the stock Traxxas main chassis, magnum gears, some steering components, a few turnbuckles and that's about it.
    My Black & Blue Rally is faster than your color...

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    It will be more expensive than the rtr, but less expensive than an rtr + upgrades.

    If you are very thrifty, you can build a nicely upgraded 2wd slash for around 400$. Well worth the extra $50 or so over the rtr, but it may take a good bit of time to wait for the best deals. You can also buy a well taken care of super upgraded slash off of ebay for about 1/2 of what the user has into it. Again, you must be patient. Never get into a bidding war on an auction. Bid only once! at the very end of the auction. If someone beats your price, so be it. Start looking for the next steal...
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