How To - Adjust the Slipper Clutch
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Adjusting the Slipper Clutch

The model is equipped with an adjustable slipper clutch which is built into the large spur gear. The purpose of the slipper clutch is to regulate the amount of power sent to the rear wheels to prevent tire spin. When it slips, the slipper clutch makes a high-pitch, whining noise. Remove the rubber slipper clutch plug on the transmission cover in order to adjust the slipper. Use the 4-way wrench to turn the adjusting nut clockwise to tighten and counter-clockwise to loosen. Place the model on a hightraction surface, such as carpet. Adjust the slipper so that you can hear it slip for approximately two feet from a standing, full throttle start.


1/16 Scale Vehicles

Nitro Rustler/Nitro Stampede/Nitro Sport/T-Maxx Classic (all vehicles with the friction peg style slipper clutch)

Slash 4X4/Stampede 4X4


To achieve a good starting point for the slipper clutch in these models, tighten the slipper clutch adjusting nut clockwise until the slipper clutch adjusting spring fully collapses (do not over tighten), and then turn the slipper clutch nut counterclockwise one full turn.

Do not run your model with the slipper clutch adjusting spring fully compressed. The minimum recommended slipper clutch setting is 1/2 turn counter-clockwise from fully compressed.

Revo 3.3/T-Maxx 3.3 (These adjust differently than the other vehicles)

The slipper clutch is adjusted by loosening the spring-loaded locknut on the slipper shaft. Use the supplied 8mm open-end metric wrench. To tighten or loosen the
slipper nut, insert the 2.0mm hex wrench into the hole in the end of the slipper shaft. This locks the shaft for adjustments. Turn the adjustment nut clockwise to tighten (less slippage) and counter-clockwise to loosen (more slippage).
From the factory the slipper clutch is set for minimal slippage, just enough to protect the drivetrain from shock loads. On slippery, low traction surfaces such as a hard-packed, dry racetrack you may benefit from loosening the slipper adjustment nut to allow for more clutch slippage. This will make the truck easier and more forgiving to drive by helping to reduce the amount of wheel spin. Loosening the slipper adjustment can also improve performance on extreme high traction
surfaces by preventing the front end from lifting off of the ground when accelerating. Make slipper adjustments in small 1/8 turn increments.
The maximum tight setting for the slipper is just at the point where there is little or no tire slippage on a high traction surface such as carpet or a prepared racetrack. The slipper should not be tightened to the point that clutch slippage is completely eliminated. Do not overtighten the slipper nut or you could damage the slipper bearings, pressure plates, or other components.