Low center of gravity, high-performance handling
WORDS DEVON STE WART PHOTOS HOPE McCALL
Low center of gravity = tougher to tip over. ;at about sums it up, and that’s why a low center of gravity (CG for short) is essential to anything and anyone that doesn’t want to tip over. ;at goes for linebackers, ocean liners, hockey players, and of course, cars—full size, radio control, racing, or passenger. But if a low CG is so important to four-wheeled performance, why don’t we talk much here in the pages of RCCA about lowering a car’s CG? Simple: CG is not adjustable, and most cars
are already designed to have the lowest possible CG. One exception is the Traxxas Slash 4X4, which in stock form o;ers high ground
clearance for all-terrain running but can be configured for a dramatically lower CG with the installation of Traxxas’ Low-CG conversion kit
(#7421). Along with the steps required to install the kit, we’ll examine how lowering your truck’s CG transforms its handling dynamics.
INSTALLING THE LOW-CG KIT
;anks to the Slash 4X4’s modular design, installing the chassis kit
isn’t much more di;cult than unbolting the front and rear suspension
assemblies and plugging them into the new chassis. Here are the
details, and a few tips on the finer points of the build-up.