Molded rear hubs with
aluminum upper plate
The aluminum rear
hubs of the past
have been replaced
with a molded plastic
unit. This reduces
unsprung weight and
allows for a tighter
fit on the bearings,
which will reduce rear-axle slop. An aluminum plate is used on
top of the hub to support the ball stud and keep it from being
pushed or pulled out.
VLA Front Suspension
The 22 T’s VLA (variable-length arm) front suspension is a signature TLR feature. The arm itself
is a fixed length, but its length is varied by moving the front-hub pivot. With the pivot in the
outer hole on the arm and hub, you get a “long” arm, and when the pivot is moved in toward the
chassis, you get a shorter arm. Having the arm long gives the arm more leverage to compress
the shock, which makes it feel softer, and the opposite goes for the shorter-arm setting.
Updated Battery Mounting
The chassis has been made wider to allow the use of shorty,
saddle, and “standard” LiPo packs. When running a shorty pack,
you can mount the battery so that it’s perpendicular to the truck’s
centerline or in line with the chassis. Having the battery pack
mounted sideways slows down side-to-side weight transfer,
which makes the truck easier to drive. Having it mounted inline
reduces weight transfer and makes the truck more responsive.
When using a sideways-mounted shorty pack, you can set the
battery position with the included stops on the battery hold-down
or via included foam spacers. I like the system, but some packs
may fit better than others—my Orion pack was a tight squeeze.