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Old 06-23-2019, 12:52 PM   #1
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Default Update on Sawback

Iím pretty happy with my Sawback but I noticed there is no flex. It flopped through the rocks. I replaced the stock shocks with 90mm RC4WD Bilsteins with 30w oil. No change.
Then took out the inner spring of the shocks. Nope no improvement. Then this morning I took the helper leaf out of the front springs. There is some flex and itís sits maybe 1/2 lower. I did notice in the smaller rocks in my homemade rock garden the front was flexing. Iíll do the rears next.

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Old 07-11-2019, 08:38 AM   #2
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I get quite a bit of flexibility out of mine. I think it comes down to breaking in the leafs. i drove it without any helper springs for a short time, then with the large helper above and the small below, now I have to use zip ties again on the front and it still flexes quite a bit.

Make sure if you are going to drive it without the helpers that you install anti torque twist links or you will twist your main leafs badly or snap them. Once they are broken in you will need the anti twist links all of the time, so make and install them sooner than later if you haven't already.

Most recently I added in 85(ish)mm $8 ebay shocks without springs, using whatever the stock oil that comes with Traxxas aluminum shocks is - flex is still great and no more bounce, plus surprisingly these leak less than my stock Ascender shocks.

Last thing I will mention is that my Sawback is just shy of 8lbs, I feel the heavier it's become the better it performs.

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Old 07-17-2019, 03:59 PM   #3
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Run them with all leafs in place, remove shocks internal springs, fill with oil properly, run it, it will break in and soften up. Remember this is not a linked truck, it's leaf springs. My TF2 had ok flex, but definitely with some tweaks and break in has gotten very nice for leafs.
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