Traxxas had started an official upgrade guideline for TRX-4 to be competition build, they are going to take a deep dive into serious comp-ready trail capability. With the TRX-4 Sport as Traxxas build-base, They are going to put together a rig designed expressly for gravity-defying, extreme-terrain performance. That includes overdriven gears, portal weights, and all the aluminum goodies.

Let’s do it!

Part 1 Build List

Aluminum Upgrades

As with the previous TRX-4 project trucks, the Comp Rig is getting the full machined-aluminum and high-strength steel treatment. This time, they are going with charcoal-gray anodizing on the aluminum parts for a more subtle look—but if subtle isn’t your thing, you can also get the parts in vivid red, blue or green.

In addition to looking fantastic, the aluminum upgrade components are 2.5 ounces heavier than the plastic parts they replace. That’s more weight to help squish the tires against the terrain for better grip. While the axles are apart, they’ll also install the optional heavy-duty driveshafts. They’re machined from Chromoly steel, so they’re definitely comp-tough.

Machined-Steel Ring and Pinion Gears

The previous TRX-4 projects got the optional machined-steel ring and pinion gears, but the factory gear ratios were unchanged. For the Comp Rig, They’ll install the 8287 overdrive gears in the front axle and the 8288 underdrive gears in the rear axle. In addition to the strength of machined steel, these gearsets deliver ratios of 2.75:1 and 3.5:1 respectively. This setup delivers the maximum amount of “front overdrive” to help the TRX-4 achieve peak climbing and crawling performance.

Traxxas Official Upgrade Guideline For TRX-4 to Be Competition Build - Part 1 (8)Overdriving the front axle means the front wheels will spin faster than the rear. This helps pull the truck up a slope or obstacle while the rear is trying to push it up. In the same way that driving a front-wheel-drive car on a slippery road is easier to drive than rear-wheel drive, “pulling” the front of the truck via overdrive adds stability. Overdrive also helps the front tires to “bite” onto corners and seams of the rocks in the trail, to pull the truck through the terrain instead of pushing it through. The TRX-4 Sport does not have T-Lock differentials, so installing the overdrive and underdrive gears is extra easy. As with the previous TRX-4 builds, our comp rig is getting the aluminum motor plate 8290A. It’s stiffer than stock and helps dissipate heat.

Slipper Clutch Eliminator

All TRX-4 models have a slipper clutch to protect the drivetrain against overloads that might otherwise damage parts. Most drivers don’t even realize it’s there, but in competition conditions where zero drivetrain slip is required, eliminating the slipper clutch gives the TRX-4 an edge. The 8249 Slipper Eliminator simply replaces the factory slipper pads with steel plates that are keyed to the spur gear and transmission input shaft, which makes it impossible for the gear to slip on the shaft.

Traxxas will keep update the guideline, stay tuned for part 2!

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