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This is Ray G's Slider.
I've searched the internet and have not been able to find anyone else that has done a MID Motor Slider. I was amazed at how simple it actually was. Took the car apart one day to clean and rebuild and was just playing around and Bam all the pieces just fit together.
The biggest thing killing me right now is the 3 degree toe at the rear and the fact that this mod cost me very little and I want to see if I can keep it that way. I'm not going to run the aluminum hubs with 1 or 2 degree toe unless I absolutely have to. I want to mess with inboard adjustable toe somehow. (Pictures of what I did under "Tips and Tricks".)
For anti-squat I'm using the Traxxas wedges that come in 1.5 and 3 degrees. More support than just washers.
I did lengthen to chassis about half an inch by drilling new holes in the chassis for the back of the front clip. The servo mount pins now touch the front of the chassis. Guys here that run the slider have been shortening the chassis to try and get the car to rotate. I really think all the weight behind the rear axle was the issue. I've always felt better with a longer chassis with any car on this track because of the long straights. Car just feels more stable. Might run into issues on a shorter track. I think the short wheel base was just changing the ackerman angles and turn radius. This car handles completely different with the motor repositioned.
In order to run foams on the front I used RPM spindles for the Associated B4 with the longer B4 axles. The spindles are longer and it messed with the ackerman. The wheels actually turned equally. I run the left on the right and the right on the left to lower the ride height. You can see in the pictures. I replaced the center steering link with turnbuckle and made it just a little shorter. Drove the car before and after and it made an incredibly huge difference. Worked perfect, and now I can adjust ackerman. One more thing to play with. This is the one thing I haven't told the guys at the track that I did yet.
There is still a little bit of flex in the chassis that I need to get rid of. Just haven't decided how I want to do this yet.
I'm running RC4LESS springs. I don't like the Losi springs. They are too long for the shocks in my opinion. Even with the shock collars all the way up you can't get the car to sit dog bone level. I prefer not to cut springs if I don't have to.
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