MODEL 58076
owner’s manual
INTRODUCTION
3 BEFORE YOU
PROCEED
3SAFETY
PRECAUTIONS
6 ANATOMY OF THE
SLASH VXL
7 TOOLS, SUPPLIES, AND
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
8 QUICK START:
GETTING UP TO SPEED
9TRAXXAS TQi RADIO
AND VELINEON
POWER SYSTEM
17ADJUSTING THE
ELECTRONIC SPEED
CONTROL
19 DRIVING YOUR MODEL
22ADJUSTING YOUR
MODEL
26MAINTAINING
YOUR MODEL
27TQi ADVANCED
TUNING GUIDE
Thank you for purchasing the Slash VXL equipped with the
Velineon® Brushless Power System. The Velineon Power System
lets you experience the best that brushless motor technology has
to offer. Incredible speed, efficient operation, long run times, and
low-maintenance operation are just some of the benefits. We are
confident you will be rewarded with high-speed performance in a
durable, long-lasting product.
This manual contains the instructions you will need to operate and
maintain your model so that you can enjoy it for years to come.
We want you to feel confident that you own one of the bestperforming models in the market and that it is backed by a team
of professionals who aim to provide the highest level of factory
support possible. Traxxas models are about experiencing total
performance and satisfaction, not just with your model, but also
with the company that stands behind it.
We know you’re excited about getting your new model on
the road, but it’s very important that you take some time to
read through the Owner’s Manual. This manual contains all the
necessary setup and operating procedures that will allow you to
unlock the performance potential that Traxxas engineers designed
into your model. Also be sure to read and follow the precautions
and warnings in this manual and on any labels or tags attached to
your model. They are there to educate you on how to operate your
model safely and also get maximum life and performance from
your model.
Traxxas Support
Traxxas support is with you every step of the
way. Refer to the next page to find out how to
contact us and what your support options are.
Quick Start
This manual is designed with a Quick
Start path that outlines the necessary
procedures to get your model up
and running in the shortest time possible. If you are an
experienced R/C enthusiast, you will find it helpful and fast.
Be sure and read through the rest of the manual to learn
about important safety, maintenance, and adjustment
procedures. Turn to page 8 to begin.
REGISTERING YOUR MODEL
In order to serve you better as our customer, please
register your product within 10 days of your purchase
online at Traxxas.com/register.
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Even if you are an experienced R/C enthusiast, it’s important to
read and follow the procedures in this manual.
Thank you again for going with Traxxas. We work hard every day
to assure you receive the highest level of customer satisfaction
possible. We truly want you to enjoy your new model!
FCC Compliance
This device contains a module that complies with the limits for a Class B digital device as described in part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause
harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
The limits for a Class B digital device are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in residential settings. This product generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy, and, if
not operated in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. The user is cautioned that changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
Canada, Industry Canada (IC)
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003 and RSS-210. This device complies with Industry Canada license exempt RSS standard(s). Operation is subject to the following two conditions: This
device may not cause interference, and This device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.
Radio Frequency (RF) Exposure Statement
This equipment complies with radio frequency exposure limits set forth by FCC and Industry Canada for an uncontrolled environment. This equipment should be installed and operated with a minimum distance of
20 centimeters between the radiator and your body or bystanders and must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.
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BEFORE YOU PROCEED
Carefully read and follow all instructions in this and any
accompanying materials to prevent serious damage to your
model. Failure to follow these instructions will be considered
abuse and/or neglect.
Before running your model, look over this entire manual and
examine the model carefully. If for some reason you decide it is not
what you wanted, then do not continue any further. Your hobby
dealer absolutely cannot accept a model for return or exchange
after it has been run.
Warnings, Helpful Hints, & Cross-References
Throughout this manual, you’ll notice warnings and helpful hints
identified by the icons below. Be sure to read them!
An important warning about personal safety or avoiding
damage to your model and related components.
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
All of us at Traxxas want you to safely enjoy your new model. Operate
your model sensibly and with care, and it will be exciting, safe, and fun
for you and those around you. Failure to operate your model in a safe and
responsible manner may result in property damage and serious injury.
The precautions outlined in this manual should be strictly followed to help
ensure safe operation. You alone must see that the instructions are followed
and the precautions are adhered to.
Important Points to Remember
• Your model is not intended for use on public roads or congested areas
where its operation can conflict with or disrupt pedestrian or vehicular
traffic.
• Never, under any circumstances, operate the model in crowds of people.
Your model is very fast and could cause injury if allowed to collide with
anyone.
Special advice from Traxxas to make things easier
and more fun.
• Because your model is controlled by radio, it is subject to radio interference
from many sources that are beyond your control. Since radio interference
can cause momentary losses of radio control, always allow a safety margin
in all directions around the model in order to prevent collisions.
Refers you to a page with a related topic.
• The motor, battery, and speed control can become hot during use. Be
careful to avoid getting burned.
• Don’t operate your model at night, or anytime your line of sight to the
model may be obstructed or impaired in any way.
SUPPORT
• Most importantly, use good common sense at all times.
If you have any questions about your model or its operation,
call the Traxxas Technical Support Line toll-free at:
1-888-TRAXXAS (1-888-872-9927)*
Speed Control
Your model’s electronic speed control (ESC) is an extremely powerful
electronic device capable of delivering high current. Please closely follow
these precautions to prevent damage to the speed control or other
components.
Technical support is available Monday through Friday from
8:30am to 9:00pm central time. Technical assistance is also available
at Traxxas.com/support. You may also e-mail customer support with
your question at support@Traxxas.com. Join thousands of registered
members in our online community at Traxxas.com.
Traxxas offers a full-service, on-site repair facility to handle any
of your Traxxas service needs. Maintenance and replacement
parts may be purchased directly from Traxxas by phone or online
at BuyTraxxas.com. You can save time, along with shipping
and handling costs, by purchasing replacement parts from your
local dealer.
Do not hesitate to contact us with any of your product support needs.
We want you to be thoroughly satisfied with your new model!
Traxxas
6200 Traxxas Way
McKinney, TX 75070
Phone: 972-549-3000
Toll-free 1-888-TRAXXAS
Internet
Traxxas.com
E-mail: support@Traxxas.com
Entire contents ©2014 Traxxas.
Traxxas, Ready-To-Race, ReadyTo-Win, Slash, Slash VXL, Velineon
and ProGraphix are trademarks
or registered trademarks of
Traxxas. Other brand names and
marks are the property of their
respective holders and are used
only for purposes of identification.
No part of this manual may be
reproduced or distributed in print
or electronic media without the
express written permission of
Traxxas. Specifications are subject
to change without notice.
• Disconnect the Battery: Always disconnect the battery or batteries from the
speed control when not in use.
• Insulate the Wires: Always insulate exposed wiring with heat shrink tubing
to prevent short circuits.
• Transmitter on First: Switch on your transmitter first before switching on
the speed control to prevent runaways and erratic performance.
• Don’t Get Burned: The ESC and motor can become extremely hot during
use, so be careful not to touch them until they cool. Supply adequate
airflow for cooling.
• Use the Factory-Installed Connectors: Do not change the battery and motor
connectors. Improper wiring can cause fire or damage to the ESC. Please
note that modified speed controls can be subject to a rewiring fee when
returned for service.
*Toll-free support is available to U.S. residents only.
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SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
All instructions and
precautions outlined in this
manual should be strictly
followed to ensure safe
operation of your model.
This model is not intended
for use by children under
14 years of age without the
supervision of a responsible
and knowledgeable adult.
Gearing and battery choice
(see LiPo Batteries, right)
affect the skill level of the
model. See chart below.
Gearing:
Battery:
Voltage*:
mAh:
Stock Pinion
7-Cell NiMH
8.4V
3000+mAh
Gearing:
Battery:
Voltage*:
mAh:
Opt. Pinion
7-Cell NiMH
8.4V
3000+mAh
Gearing:
Battery:
Voltage*:
mAh:
Stock Pinion
2S LiPo
7.4V
5000+ mAh
Gearing:
Battery:
Voltage*:
mAh:
Stock Pinion
3S LiPo
11.1V
5000+ mAh
Gearing:
Battery:
Voltage*:
mAh:
Opt. Gearing
3S LiPo
11.1V
5000+ mAh
*Nominal
See the gearing chart on
page 23 for more information.
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• No Reverse Voltage: The ESC is not protected against reverse polarity
voltage.
• No Schottky Diodes: External Schottky diodes are not compatible with
reversing speed controls. Using a Schottky diode with your Traxxas speed
control will damage the ESC and void the 30-day warranty.
• Always adhere to the minimum and maximum limitations of the speed
control as stated in the specifications table in the Owner’s Manual. If your
ESC operates on two batteries, do not mix battery types and capacities. Use
the same voltage and capacity for both batteries. Using mismatched battery
packs could damage the batteries and electronic speed control.
LiPo Batteries
Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries are becoming popular for use in R/C
models due to their compact size, high energy density, and high-current
output. However, these types of batteries require special care and handling
procedures for long life and safe operation. Warning: LiPo batteries
are intended only for advanced users that are educated on the risks
associated with LiPo battery use. Traxxas does not recommend that
anyone under the age of 14 use or handle LiPo battery packs without the
supervision of a knowledgeable and responsible adult.
Your model is able to use LiPo batteries. LiPo batteries have a minimum safe
discharge voltage threshold that should not be exceeded. The electronic
speed control is equipped with built-in Low-Voltage Detection, which
alerts the driver when LiPo batteries have reached their minimum voltage
(discharge) threshold. It is the driver’s responsibility to stop immediately to
prevent the battery pack from being discharged below its safe minimum
threshold.
Low-Voltage Detection on the speed control is just one part of a
comprehensive plan for safe LiPo battery use. It is critical for you, the user,
to follow all other instructions supplied by the battery manufacturer and
the charger manufacturer for proper charging, use, and storage of LiPo
batteries. Make sure you understand how to use your LiPo batteries. Be
aware that Traxxas shall not be liable for any special, indirect, incidental,
or consequential damages arising out of the installation and/or use of
LiPo batteries in Traxxas models. If you have questions about LiPo battery
usage, please consult with your local hobby dealer or contact the battery
manufacturer. As a reminder, all batteries should be recycled at the end of
their useful life.
WARNING!
CAUTION!
DANGER!
FIRE HAZARD! Charging and discharging batteries has the potential for
fire, explosion, serious injury, and property damage if not performed per the
instructions. In addition, Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries pose a SEVERE risk of
fire if not properly handled per the instructions. Before use, read and follow all
manufacturer’s instructions, warnings, and precautions. Never allow children under 14 years old
to charge or use LiPo batteries without the supervision of a responsible, knowledgeable adult.
• While charging or discharging, ALWAYS place the battery (all types of batteries) in a fire
retardant/fire proof container and on a non-flammable surface such as concrete.
• ALWAYS charge batteries in a well-ventilated area.
• REMOVE flammable items and combustible materials from the charging area.
• ONLY use a Lithium Polymer (LiPo) balance charger with a balance adapter to charge LiPo
batteries.
• If any battery or cell is damaged in any way, do NOT charge, discharge, or use the battery.
• BEFORE you charge, ALWAYS confirm that the charger settings exactly match the battery
type (chemistry), specification, and configuration to be charged.
• DO NOT exceed the maximum manufacturer recommended charge rate.
• DO NOT disassemble, crush, short circuit, or expose the batteries to flame or other source
of ignition.
• NEVER leave batteries unattended while charging.
TERMS OF USE - The buyer assumes all risk associated with using this
product. Traxxas, its affiliates, manufacturers, distributors, and retail partners
cannot control the use, application, charging, or installation of this product
and shall not be held responsible for any accident, injury to persons, or
damage to property resulting from the use of this product.
After reading all, if you do not agree with these terms and conditions and
are not prepared to accept complete liability for the use of this product,
return this product immediately in new/unused condition to your place of
purchase. Your retailer absolutely cannot accept product for return or
exchange if it has been used in any way.
If you have any questions, call Traxxas Customer Support at 1-888-TRAXXAS
(1-888-872-9927) Outside the US +1-972-549-3000 or e-mail support@
traxxas.com.
Important Warnings for users of Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries:
Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries are significantly more volatile than
other rechargeable batteries.
ONLY use a Lithium Polymer (LiPo) balance charger with a balance
adapter to charge LiPo batteries, such as the Traxxas EZ-Peak Plus
Charger, part #2933, or the 2-Cell /3-Cell LiPo Balance Charger, part
#2935. Never use NiMH or NiCad-type chargers or charge modes to charge
LiPo batteries. The use of a NiMH or NiCad charger or charge mode will
damage the batteries and may cause fire and personal injury.
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
Never charge LiPo battery packs in series or parallel with this charger.
Charging packs in series or parallel may result in improper charger cell
recognition and an improper charging rate that may lead to overcharging,
cell imbalance, cell damage, and fire.
• DO NOT exceed the battery manufacturer’s maximum recommended
charge rate.
• ALWAYS inspect your LiPo batteries carefully before charging. Look for
any loose leads or connectors, damaged wire insulation, damaged cell
packaging, impact damage, fluid leaks, swelling (a sign of internal damage),
cell deformity, missing labels, or any other damage or irregularity. If any of
the above conditions are observed, do not charge or use the battery pack.
• If a battery gets hot to the touch (temperature greater than 110°F/43°C)
during the charging process, immediately disconnect the battery from the
charger and discontinue charging.
• Do not store or charge LiPo batteries with or around other batteries or
battery packs of any type, including other LiPos.
• Store and transport your LiPo batteries in a cool, dry place. Do not store in
direct sunlight. Do not allow the storage temperature to exceed 140°F or
60°C or the cells may be damaged and risk of fire created.
• DO NOT disassemble LiPo batteries or cells.
• DO NOT attempt to build your own LiPo battery pack from loose cells.
• ALWAYS proceed with caution and use good common sense at all times.
• DO NOT disassemble, crush, short circuit, or expose the batteries or cells to
flame or any other source of ignition.
• DO NOT leave the charger and battery unattended while charging,
discharging, or anytime the charger is ON with a battery connected. If there
are any signs of a malfunction, unplug the power source and/or stop the
charging process immediately.
• ALWAYS unplug the charger from the wall outlet and disconnect the
battery when not in use.
• DO NOT operate the charger inside of an automobile.
• AVOID short-circuits by always connecting the charge cable to the charger
first and then to the battery to charge or discharge. Remember to always
reverse this procedure when disconnecting the battery.
Charging and Handling Precautions/Warnings
• ALWAYS proceed with caution and use good common sense at all times.
• NEVER connect more than one battery at a time to the charger.
• Children require adult supervision while using this charger.
• REMOVE the battery from your model or device before charging.
• DO NOT let any exposed battery contacts or wires touch each other. This
will cause the battery to short circuit and create the risk of fire.
• DO NOT expose the charger to water or moisture.
• While charging, ALWAYS place the battery (all types of batteries) in a fire
retardant/fire proof container and on a non-flammable surface such as
concrete.
• DO NOT charge batteries if you observe ANY of the following conditions:
- Batteries that are fully charged or have been only slightly discharged.
• NEVER charge batteries on wood, cloth, carpet, or on any other flammable
material.
• ALWAYS charge batteries in a well-ventilated area.
• REMOVE flammable items and combustible materials from the charging
area.
• DO NOT operate the charger in a cluttered space, or place objects on top of
the charger or battery.
• If any battery or battery cell is damaged in any way, DO NOT charge,
discharge, or use the battery.
• Keep a Class D fire extinguisher nearby in case of fire.
• BEFORE you charge, ALWAYS confirm that the charger settings exactly
match the type (chemistry), specification, and configuration of the battery
to be charged.
• DO NOT disassemble the charger.
• ALWAYS store battery packs safely out of the reach of children and pets.
- Batteries that are hot (temperature greater than 110°F / 43°C)
- Batteries that are not expressly stated by the manufacturer to be suitable
to accept the power output (voltage and amperage) the charger delivers
during the charging process.
- Batteries that are damaged or defective in any way. Examples of damage
or defects include, but are not limited to: batteries with dented cells,
damaged or frayed wires, loose connections, fluid leaks, corrosion,
plugged vents, swelling, cell deformity, impact damage, missing labels,
melted components, or any other signs of damage.
- Battery packs that have been altered from original manufacturer
configuration.
- Non-rechargeable batteries (explosion hazard)
- Batteries that have an internal charge circuit or a protection circuit.
• DO NOT use the 2-3 cell LiPo charger, part #2935, to charge NiMH batteries.
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ANATOMY OF THE SLASH VXL
Turnbuckle
(Toe Link)
Battery Compartment
Traxxas HighCurrent Connector
Rear Shock Tower
Steering Servo
Turnbuckle
(Front Camber Link)
Electronic Speed
Control (VXL-3s)
Battery
Nerf Bar
Shock
(Oil Damper)
Suspension Arm (Rear)
Slipper Clutch
(under gear cover)
Spur Gear
(under gear cover)
Pinion Gear
(under gear cover)
Rear Bumper
Front Bumper
Suspension
Arm (Front)
Transmission
Front Shock
Tower
Front Body
Mount
Motor
(Velineon 3500)
LED Light Pipe
Receiver Box
Caster Block
Steering Block
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Chassis
Battery Hold-Down
Antenna Mount
Rear
Body Mount
Half Shaft
Turnbuckle
(Rear Camber Link)
TOOLS, SUPPLIES, AND REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
Your model comes with a set of specialty metric tools. You’ll need to purchase other items, available from your hobby dealer, to operate
and maintain your model.
Supplied Tools and Equipment
2.5mm “L” wrench
Antenna nut
wrench
2.0mm “L” wrench
Optional pinion gear
7-cell NiMH battery pack*
1.5mm “L” wrench
Body clips and
body washers
U-joint wrench
Foam battery pad
Turnbuckle
wrench
4-way
wrench
Preload spacers and
shock pistons
For more information on
batteries, see Use the Right
Batteries on page 12.
Recommended Equipment
These items are not required
for the operation of your
model, but are a good idea to
include in any R/C toolbox:
• Safety glasses
• Traxxas Ultra Premium Tire
Glue, part #6468 (CA glue)
• Hobby knife
• Side cutters and/or needle
nose pliers
• Phillips screwdriver
• Soldering iron
NiMH battery
charger*
Required Equipment
4 AA alkaline
batteries
*Battery and charger style are subject to change and may vary from images.
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QUICK START: GETTING UP TO SPEED
The Quick Start Guide is
not intended to replace the
full operating instructions
available in this manual.
Please read this entire
manual for complete
instructions on the proper
use and maintenance of
your model.
The following guide is an overview of the procedures for getting your model running. Look for the Quick Start logo on the bottom
corners of Quick Start pages.
1. Read the safety precautions starting on page 3
For your own safety, understand where carelessness and misuse
could lead to personal injury and product damage.
2. Charge the battery pack • See page 12
Fully charge the provided battery pack. Begin charging
your battery right away.
3. Install batteries in the transmitter • See page 12
The transmitter requires 4 AA alkaline batteries (sold separately).
4. Install the battery pack in the model • See page 13
Your model requires a fully charged battery pack.
5. Turn on the radio system • See page 14
Make a habit of turning the transmitter on first and off last.
Look for the Quick Start
logo at the bottom of
Quick Start pages.
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6. Check servo operation • See page 15
Make sure the steering servo is working correctly.
7. Range test the radio system • See page 15
Follow this procedure to make sure your radio system works properly
at a distance, and that there is no interference from outside sources.
8. Detail your model • See sidebar, page 9
Apply other decals if desired.
9. Drive your model • See page 19
Driving tips and adjustments for your model.
10. Maintaining your model • See page 26
Follow these critical steps to maintain the performance
of your model and keep it in excellent running condition.
TRAXXAS TQi RADIO & VELINEON Power SYSTEM
INTRODUCTION
Your model includes the latest Traxxas TQi 2.4GHz transmitter with
Traxxas Link™ Model Memory. The transmitter’s easy-to-use design
provides instant driving fun for new R/C enthusiasts, and also offers
a full complement of pro-level tuning features for advanced users
– or anyone interested in experimenting with the performance of
their model. The steering and throttle channels feature adjustable
Exponential, End Points, and Sub-Trims. Steering and braking DualRate are also available. Many of the next-level features are controlled
by the Multi-Function knob, which can be programmed to control
a variety of functions. The detailed instructions (page 27) and Menu
Tree (page 29) included in this manual will help you understand and
operate the advanced functions of the new TQi radio system. For
additional information and how-to videos, visit Traxxas.com.
RADIO AND POWER SYSTEM TERMINOLOGY
Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these radio and
power system terms. They will be used throughout this manual.
A detailed explanation of the advanced terminology and features
of your new radio system begins on page 27.
2.4GHz Spread Spectrum – This model is equipped with the latest
R/C technology. Unlike AM and FM systems that require frequency
crystals and are prone to frequency conflicts, the TQi system
automatically selects and locks onto an open frequency and offers
superior resistance to interference and “glitching.”
BEC (Battery Eliminator Circuit) - The BEC can either be in the
receiver or in the ESC. This circuit allows the receiver and servos
to be powered by the main battery pack in an electric model.
This eliminates the need to carry a separate pack of 4 AA
batteries to power the radio equipment.
Brushless Motor - A D/C brushless motor replaces the brushed
motor’s traditional commutator and brush arrangement with
intelligent electronics that energize the electromagnetic
windings in sequence to provide rotation. Opposite of a brushed
motor, the brushless motor has its windings (coils) on the
perimeter of the motor can and the magnets are mounted to the
spinning rotor shaft.
Cogging - Cogging is a condition sometimes associated with
brushless motors. Typically, it is a slight stutter noticed when
accelerating from a stop. It happens for a very short period as
the signals from the electronic speed control and the motor
synch with each other. The VXL-3s electronic speed control is
optimized to virtually eliminate cogging.
Current - Current is a measure of power flow through the
electronics, usually measured in amps. If you think of a wire as a
garden hose, current is a measure of how much water is flowing
through the hose.
ESC (Electronic Speed Control) - An electronic speed control is the
electronic motor control inside the model. The VXL-3s electronic
speed control uses advanced circuitry to provide precise, digital
proportional throttle control. Electronic speed controls use
power more efficiently than mechanical speed controls so that
the batteries run longer. An electronic speed control also has
circuitry that prevents loss of steering and throttle control as the
batteries lose their charge.
Applying the Decals
The main decals for your model
have been applied at the
factory. Additional decals are
printed on self-adhesive clear
mylar and are die-cut for easy
removal. Use a hobby knife to
lift the corner of a decal and lift
it from the backing.
Frequency band - The radio frequency used by the transmitter to
send signals to your model. This model operates on the 2.4GHz
direct-sequence spread spectrum.
kV Rating - Brushless motors are often rated by their kV number.
The kV rating equals no-load motor rpm with 1 volt applied. The
kV increases as the number of wire turns in the motor decreases.
As the kV increases, the current draw through the electronics
also increases. The Velineon 3500 motor is a 3500 kV motor
optimized for the best speed and efficiency in lightweight 1/10
scale models.
LiPo - Abbreviation for Lithium Polymer. Rechargeable LiPo
battery packs are known for their special chemistry, which
allows extremely high energy density and current handling in a
compact size. These are high performance batteries that require
special care and handling. LiPo battery packs are for advanced
users only.
To apply the decals, place one
end down, hold the other end
up, and gradually smooth the
decal down with your finger
as you go. This will prevent air
bubbles. Placing both ends of
the decal down and then trying
to smooth it out will result in
air pockets. Look at the photos
on the box for typical decal
placement.
mAh – Abbreviation for milliamp hour, a measure of the capacity
of the battery pack. The higher the number, the longer the
battery will last between recharges.
Neutral position - The standing position that the servos seek
when the transmitter controls are at the neutral setting.
NiCad - Abbreviation for nickel-cadmium. The original
rechargeable hobby pack, NiCad batteries have very high current
handling, high capacity, and can last up to 1000 charging cycles.
Good charging procedures are required to reduce the possibility
of developing a “memory” effect and shortened run times.
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TRAXXAS TQi RADIO & VELINEON Power SYSTEM
To prevent loss of radio range
do not kink or cut the black wire,
do not bend or cut the metal tip,
and do not bend or cut the white
wire at the end of the metal tip.
NiMH - Abbreviation for nickel-metal hydride. Rechargeable NiMH
batteries offer high current handling and much greater resistance
to the “memory” effect. NiMH batteries generally allow higher
capacity than NiCad batteries. They can last up to 500 charge
cycles. A peak charger designed for NiMH batteries is required for
optimal performance.
Receiver - The radio unit inside your model that receives signals
from the transmitter and relays them to the servos.
Resistance - In an electrical sense, resistance is a measure of how
an object resists or obstructs the flow of current through it.
When flow is constricted, energy is converted to heat and is lost.
The Velineon power system is optimized to reduce electrical
resistance and the resulting power-robbing heat.
Correct
No
No
No
2-channel radio system - The TQi radio system, consisting of
the receiver, the transmitter, and the servos. The system uses
two channels: one to operate the throttle and one to operate
the steering.
Voltage - Voltage is a measure of the electrical potential difference
between two points, such as between the positive battery terminal
and ground. Using the analogy of the garden hose, while current is
the quantity of water flow in the hose, voltage corresponds to the
pressure that is forcing the water through the hose.
Rotor - The rotor is the main shaft of the brushless motor. In a
brushless motor, the magnets are mounted to the rotor, and the
electromagnetic windings are built into the motor housing.
IMPORTANT RADIO SYSTEM PRECAUTIONS
Sensored - Sensored refers to a type of brushless motor that
uses an internal sensor in the motor to communicate rotor
position information back to the electronic speed control. The
VXL-3s electronic speed control is able to use sensored motors
when applications benefit from them (such as some sanctioned
racing classes).
• DO NOT CUT any part of the receiver’s antenna wire. Cutting the
antenna will reduce range.
Sensorless - Sensorless refers to a brushless motor that uses
advanced instructions from an electronic speed control to
provide smooth operation. Additional motor sensors and
wiring are not required. The VXL-3s electronic speed control is
optimized for smooth sensorless control.
Servo - Small motor unit in your model that operates the steering
mechanism.
Solder Tabs - Accessible, external contacts on the motor that
allows for easy wire replacement. The Velineon 3500 is equipped
with solder tabs.
Transmitter - The hand-held radio unit that sends throttle and
steering instructions to your model.
Trim - The fine-tuning adjustment of the neutral position of the
servos, made by adjusting the throttle and steering trim knobs
on the face of the transmitter. Note: The Multi-Function knob must
be programmed to serve as a throttle trim adjustment.
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Thermal Shutdown Protection - Temperature sensing electronics
used in the VXL-3s electronic speed control detect overloading
and overheating of the transistor circuitry. If excessive
temperature is detected, the unit automatically shuts down to
prevent damage to the electronics.
• Do not kink the receiver’s antenna wire. Kinks in the antenna wire
will reduce range.
• Extend the antenna wire in the model as far as possible for
maximum range. It is not necessary to extend the antenna wire out
of the body, but wrapping or coiling the antenna wire should be
avoided.
• Do not allow the antenna wire to extend outside the body without
the protection of an antenna tube, or the antenna wire may get
cut or damaged, reducing range. It is recommended to keep the
wire inside the body (in the antenna tube) to prevent the chance
of damage.
TRAXXAS TQi RADIO & VELINEON Power SYSTEM
Your model is equipped with the newest TQi 2.4GHz transmitter
with Traxxas Link™ Model Memory. The transmitter has two
channels for controlling your throttle and steering. The receiver
inside the model has 5 output channels. Your model is equipped
with one servo and an electronic speed control.
MODEL WIRING DIAGRAM
Red/Green Status LED
Throttle Neutral
Adjust
ESC/Motor Wiring Diagram
Channel 1
Steering Servo
Transmitter and receiver
Set Button
Brushless Motor
(see sidebar for proper
motor wiring)
Traxxas High-Current
Connector (Male)
to Battery
Steering Wheel
Antenna
Motor Cap
see page 28 for more info
Menu Button
Cooling Fan
Connector
(for optional use)
V/T - Voltage/Temp Senor Port**
RPM - RPM Sensor Port**
BATT/
CH5 - Battery/Channel 5*
CH4 - Channel 4*
CH3 - Channel 3*
CH2 - Speed Control
CH1 - Steering Servo
CH1 - Channel 1*
Steering
Trim
* Not used
Channel 2
Electronic Speed Control
** Accessory sensor port for use with TQi Docking Base
(see Traxxas.com and included materials for more information)
VXL-3s ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROL
Multi-Function
Knob
Sensor Expansion
Port**
Throttle
Trigger
Traxxas High-Current
Connector (Male)
to Battery
to Motor
Link
Button
LED
Cooling Fan
Connector
(for optional use)
Receiver cable
(RX wire)
Power Switch
Battery Compartment
**Accessory sensor port for use with the Telemetry
Expander Module (see Traxxas.com for more information).
Heat Sink
LED
EZ-Set Button
(On/Off Button)
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TRAXXAS TQi RADIO & VELINEON Power SYSTEM
Use the Right Batteries
Your transmitter uses AA
batteries. Use new alkaline
batteries (part #2914). Do
not use rechargeable AA
batteries to power the TQi
transmitter, as they will not
provide sufficient voltage
for optimum transmitter
performance.
Caution: Discontinue
running your model at the
first sign of weak batteries
(flashing red light) to avoid
losing control.
If the status LED doesn’t light
green, check the polarity
of the batteries. Check
rechargeable batteries for
a full charge. If you see any
other flashing signal from the
LED, refer to the chart on page
28 to identify the code.
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INSTALLING TRANSMITTER BATTERIES
CHARGING THE NiMH BATTERY PACK
Your TQi transmitter uses 4 AA batteries. The battery compartment
is located in the base of the transmitter.
The included charger can be used to charge the provided battery
pack. The battery pack should be removed from the vehicle before
charging. Do not leave the battery unattended while charging. For
faster charging, the optional Traxxas EZ-Peak Plus (part #2933) can
charge at 4 amps to reduce charging time to only 45 minutes! It is
normal for the battery to become slightly warm as it nears fullcharge, but the battery should never become hot. If the battery
becomes hot, disconnect it from the charger immediately. NEVER
charge a LiPo battery using a NiMH charger.
2
1
3
1.Remove the battery
compartment door
by pressing the tab and
sliding the door open.
2.Install the batteries in the correct orientation as indicated in the
battery compartment.
3.Reinstall the battery door and snap it closed.
4.Turn on the transmitter and check the status
LED for a solid green light.
If the status LED flashes red, the transmitter
batteries may be weak, discharged, or possibly
installed incorrectly. Replace with new or
freshly charged batteries. The status LED does
not indicate the charge level of the battery
pack installed in the model. Refer to the
Troubleshooting section on page 28 for more
information on the transmitter status LED codes.
Disconnected
Connected
Charged
1. Plug the charger into the wall. The LED on the charger should
glow green.
2. Connect the provided battery pack to the charger output cord.
The LED will glow red, indicating the battery is charging.
3. The battery should charge for approximately 8 ½ hours. The LED
will turn green when the battery is fully charged. Disconnect the
battery from the charger after charging.
TRAXXAS TQi RADIO & VELINEON Power SYSTEM
INSTALLING THE BATTERY PACK
Install the battery pack with
the battery wires facing the
rear of the model. Insert the
tabs of the battery holddown into the slots in the
rear hold-down retainer and
then place the battery holddown over the post. Secure
the battery hold-down with
a body clip in the hole in the
post. Do not connect the
battery pack yet.
Using a Different Battery Configuration
The battery hold-downs are capable of accommodating either side-byside racing style packs or the more common stick packs. The battery
compartments are configured for stick packs from the factory. The
number on each side of the hold-down indicates the battery height in
millimeters that hold-down can accommodate. Note that one side is
labeled “25” and the other side is labeled “23”. The 25mm side is for use
with typical stick type battery packs. If you are using side-by-side racing
packs, simply flip the hold-down over to the 23mm side and use it on
the opposite side of the chassis. Your model includes a foam block that
should be installed in front of 6-cell batteries for a more secure fit.
25mm side: Standard
NiMH stick pack setup
Using Other Batteries
Your model is equipped with a state of the art, highperformance power system. It is designed to be able to flow
large amounts of power with the least amount of restriction. The
benefits are drastically increased speed and acceleration; however,
this places extra demands on the battery and electrical system
connections. For best performance, your model requires the use of
battery packs that have cells rated for high discharge and use highquality, low-resistance assembly techniques, such as the included
Traxxas Power Cell Battery Pack. Cheaply made battery packs do
not retain their performance characteristics after repeated uses
in high-powered electric applications. They will lose their punch
and run time and may require frequent replacement. In addition,
poor-quality, high-resistance cell connectors could fail, requiring
disassembly and repair. The main goal is to reduce all sources of
high resistance in the pack. This includes the connector,
the wire, and the bars attaching the cells together.
High pack resistance will create additional heat and
rob you of the full power the cells are capable
of producing. We recommend using Traxxas
Power Cell batteries for best performance.
For a complete list of the Power Cell packs for your model visit:
Traxxas.com/powercell
The following Traxxas HighCurrent Connector packages
are available from your
hobby dealer. When using
adapters, be careful not to
exceed the current rating of
the Molex connector.
Part #3060
Single Male/Female
Part #3080
2-Pack Female
Part #3061
Male Charge Adapter
Part #3070
2-Pack Male
Part #3062
Female Charge Adapter
Battery Compartment Specs:
• 166mm (6.54") long
x 49.5mm (1.95") wide
• Height with stock strap:
23mm (.91") or 25mm (.94")
23mm side: Side-by-side
NiMH pack setup
• Height with Part #5827X
options battery standoffs:
Up to 44mm (1.73")
Note: There is some flex with
the battery strap. It is possible
to fit slightly taller batteries in
the compartment.
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TRAXXAS TQi RADIO & VELINEON Power SYSTEM
RADIO SYSTEM CONTROLS
Remember, always turn the
TQi transmitter on first and
off last to avoid damage to
your model.
• In order for the transmitter and receiver to bind to one another,
the receiver in the model must be turned on within 20 seconds
of turning on the transmitter. The transmitter LED will flash fast
red, indicating a failure to link. If you miss it, simply turn off the
transmitter and start over.
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• Always turn on the transmitter before plugging in the battery.
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Automatic Fail-Safe
The TQi transmitter and
receiver are equipped with
an automatic fail-safe system
that does not require user
programming. In the event
of signal loss or interference,
the throttle will return to
neutral and the steering will
hold its last commanded
position. If the fail-safe
system activates while you
are operating your model,
determine the reason for
signal loss and resolve the
problem before operating
your model again.
When rechargeable batteries
begin to lose their charge,
they will fade much faster
than alkaline dry cells. Stop
immediately at the first sign
of weak batteries. Never turn
the transmitter off when the
battery pack is plugged
in. The model could run out
of control.
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14 • SLASH VXL
RADIO SYSTEM BASIC ADJUSTMENTS
FT
Neutral
Brake/Reverse
Throttle Neutral Adjustment
The throttle neutral adjustment is located
on the transmitter face and controls the
forward/reverse travel of the throttle trigger.
Change the adjustment by pressing the
button and sliding it to the desired position.
There are two settings available:
50/50: Allows equal travel for both acceleration and reverse.
70/30: Allows more throttle travel (70%) and less reverse travel (30%).
Forward
RADIO SYSTEM RULES
• Always turn your TQi transmitter on first and off last. This
procedure will help to prevent your model from receiving stray
signals from another transmitter, or other source, and running out
of control. Your model has electronic fail-safes to prevent this type
of malfunction, but the first, best defense against a runaway model
is to always turn the transmitter on first and off last.
• Always use new or freshly charged batteries for the radio
system. Weak batteries will limit the radio signal between the
receiver and the transmitter. Loss of the radio signal can cause
you to lose control of your model.
1
2
3
Always turn your
transmitter on first.
Plug in the battery.
Turn on the model.
Note: We strongly recommend to leave this control in its factory
location until you become familiar with all the adjustments and
capabilities of your model. To change the throttle neutral adjust
position, turn the transmitter off before adjusting the neutral
position. You will need to reprogram your electronic speed control
to recognize the 70/30 setting. Turn to ESC Setup Programming on
page 17 for instructions.
Steering Trim
The electronic steering trim located on the
face of the transmitter adjusts the neutral
(center) point of the steering channel.
Multi-Function Knob
The Multi-Function knob can be
programmed to control a variety of functions.
From the factory, the Multi-Function knob
controls steering sensitivity, also known as exponential or “expo.”
When the knob is turned counterclockwise all the way to the left
(default position), expo is off and steering sensitivity will be linear
(the most commonly used setting). Turning the knob clockwise will
“add expo” and decrease the steering sensitivity in the initial range
of steering wheel travel left or right from center. For more detail on
steering exponential, refer to page 16.
TRAXXAS TQi RADIO & VELINEON Power SYSTEM
Using the Radio System
The TQi Radio System has been pre-adjusted at the factory. The
adjustment should be checked before running the model in case of
movement during shipping. Here’s how:
1. Turn the transmitter switch on. The status LED on the transmitter
should be solid green (not flashing).
2. Elevate the model on a block or a stand so that all the tires are
off the ground. Make sure your hands are clear of the moving
parts of the model.
3. Plug the battery pack in the model into the speed control.
4. The on/off switch is integrated into the speed control. Press and
release the EZ-Set button on the speed control to turn the model
on. The LED will shine RED or GREEN (see note below). To turn
the VXL-3s off, press the set button until the LED turns off. Note:
If the model is factory equipped with LiPo batteries, the LED will be
green, indicating that Low-Voltage Detection is activated. If the
model is factory equipped with NiMH batteries, the LED will be red,
indicating that Low-Voltage Detection is disabled. Never use LiPo
batteries while Low-Voltage Detection is disabled. See page 17 for
more on VXL-3s setup and operation.
Range-Testing the Radio System
Before each running session with your model, you should range-test
your radio system to ensure that it operates properly.
1. Turn on the radio system and check its operation as described in
the previous section.
2. Have a friend hold the model. Make sure hands and clothing are
clear of the wheels and other moving parts on the model.
3. Make sure your transmitter antenna is upright, and then walk
away from the model with the transmitter until you reach the
farthest distance you plan to operate the model.
4. Operate the controls on the transmitter once again to be sure
that the model responds correctly.
5. Do not attempt to operate the model if there is any problem
with the radio system or any external interference with your
radio signal at your location.
Higher Speeds Require Greater Distance
The faster you drive your Slash VXL, the more quickly it will near
the limit of radio range. At 60mph, a model can cover 88 feet
every second! It’s a thrill, but use caution to keep your model in
range. If you want to see your Slash VXL achieve its maximum
speed, it is best to position yourself in the middle of the truck’s
running area, not the far end, so you drive the truck towards and
past your position. In addition to maximizing the radio’s range,
this technique will keep your model closer to you, making it
easier to see and control.
No matter how fast or far you drive your Slash VXL, always leave
adequate space between you, the model, and others. Never drive
directly toward yourself or others.
5. Turn the steering wheel on the transmitter back and forth and
check for rapid operation of the steering servo. Also, check that
the steering mechanism is not loose or binding. If the steering
operates slowly, check for weak batteries.
6. When looking down at the
0°
model, the front wheels
should be pointing straight
ahead. If the wheels are
turned slightly to the left
or right, slowly adjust the
steering trim control on the
transmitter until
they are pointing straight
ahead.
°
°
-1
-1
0°
-1.5°
7. Gently operate the throttle trigger to ensure that you have
forward and reverse operation, and that the motor stops when
the throttle trigger is at neutral. WARNING: Do not apply full
throttle in forward or reverse while the model is elevated.
8. Once adjustments are made, turn off the VXL-3s, unplug the battery
from the model, then turn off the hand-held
transmitter.
°
°
0
0
Using Reverse: While driving,
push the throttle trigger
forward to apply brakes.
Once stopped, return the
throttle trigger to neutral.
Push the throttle trigger
forward again to engage
proportional reverse.
TQi Binding Instructions
For proper operation, the transmitter and receiver must be
°
electronically-1.5“bound.”
This has been done for you at the factory.
Should you ever need to re-bind the system or bind to another
transmitter or receiver, follow these instructions. Note: The receiver
must be connected to a 4.8-6.0v (nominal) power source for binding,
and the transmitter and receiver must be within 5 feet of each other.
1. Press and hold the transmitter’s SET button as you switch the
transmitter on. The transmitter’s LED will flash red slowly.
Release the SET button.
2. Press and hold the receiver’s LINK button as you switch on
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TRAXXAS TQi RADIO & VELINEON Power SYSTEM
To prevent loss of radio
range do not kink or cut the
black wire, do not bend or
cut the metal tip, and do not
bend or cut the white wire at
the end of the metal tip.
Correct
No
No
No
the speed control (by pressing the EZ-Set button). Release the
LINK button.
3. When the transmitter and receiver’s LEDs turn solid green, the
system is bound and ready for use. Confirm that the steering and
throttle operate properly before driving your model.
Steering Sensitivity (Exponential)
The Multi-Function knob on the TQi transmitter has been
programmed to control Steering Sensitivity (also known as
exponential). The standard setting for Steering Sensitivity is
“normal (zero exponential),” with the dial full left in its range of
travel. This setting provides linear servo response: the steering
servo’s movement will correspond exactly with the input from
the transmitter’s steering wheel. Turning the knob clockwise from
center will result in “negative exponential” and decrease steering
sensitivity by making the servo less responsive near neutral, with
increasing sensitivity as the servo nears the limits of its travel range.
The farther you turn the knob, the more pronounced the change
in steering servo movement will be. The term “exponential” comes
from this effect; the servo’s travel changes exponentially relative
to the input from the steering wheel. The exponential effect is
indicated as a percentage—the greater the percentage, the greater
the effect. The illustrations below show how this works.
Normal Steering Sensitivity (0% exponential)
In this illustration, the steering servo’s travel (and with it, the steering
motion of the model’s front wheels) corresponds precisely with the
steering wheel. The ranges are exaggerated for illustrative purposes.
Decreased Steering Sensitivity (Negative Exponential)
By turning the Multi-Function knob clockwise, the steering sensitivity
of the model will be decreased. Note that a relatively large amount
of steering wheel travel results in a smaller amount of servo travel.
The farther you turn the knob, the more pronounced the effect
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becomes. Decreased steering sensitivity may be helpful when driving
on low-traction surfaces, when driving at high speed, or on tracks
that favor sweeping turns where gentle steering inputs are required.
The ranges are exaggerated for illustrative purposes.
Turning Range
at Transmitter
Effective Turning
Range on Model
Experiment! Try varying degrees of exponential. It’s easy to go back
to “zero” if you don’t like the effect. There’s no wrong way to adjust
exponential. Any setting that makes you more comfortable with
your model’s handling is the “right setting.”
Setting up the Antenna
The receiver antenna has been set up and
installed from the factory.
When reinstalling the antenna, first slide
the antenna wire into the bottom of the
antenna tube until the white tip of the
antenna is at the top of the tube under
the black cap. Insert the base of the tube
into the antenna post. Take care not to
crimp the antenna wire. Slide the crimp
nut over the antenna tube and screw it
onto the antenna post. Use the supplied
tool to tighten the crimp nut on the post
just until the antenna tube is securely
in place. Do not over tighten or crush
the antenna wire against the chassis. Do
not bend or kink the antenna wire! See
the sidebar for more information. Do not
shorten the antenna tube. The minimum
height is 62mm.
Antenna
Tip
Antenna
Tube
Antenna
Wrench
Antenna
Crimp Nut
Antenna
Post
ADJUSTING THE ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROL
VXL-3s Battery Settings (Low-Voltage Detection Setting)
The Velineon VXL-3s electronic speed control is equipped with built-in
Low-Voltage Detection. The Low-Voltage Detection circuitry constantly
monitors the battery voltage. When the battery voltage begins to reach the
minimum recommended discharge voltage threshold for LiPo battery packs,
the VXL-3s will limit the power output to 50% throttle. When the battery
voltage attempts to fall below the minimum threshold, the VXL-3s will shut
down all motor output. The LED on the speed control will slowly blink red,
indicating a low voltage shutdown. The VXL-3s will stay in this mode until a
fully charged battery is connected.
Your model includes a Power Cell NiMH battery. The VXL-3s speed control’s
Low Voltage Detection has been disabled for best performance with
this battery. The speed control’s LED will glow red when it is turned on,
indicating Low Voltage Detection is disabled. Be certain to activate LowVoltage Detection if you install LiPo batteries in your model. Never use LiPo
batteries while Low-Voltage Detection is disabled.
Verify that Low-Voltage Detection is DISABLED:
1. Turn on the transmitter (with the throttle at neutral).
2. Connect a fully charged battery pack to the VXL-3s.
3. Press and release the EZ-Set button to turn the VXL-3s on. If the LED is solid
red, then the Low-Voltage Detection is DISABLED (not safe to use LiPo
batteries). If the LED is solid green, then Low-Voltage Detection is ACTIVATED.
To activate Low-Voltage Detection (LiPo setting):
1. Make sure the LED on the VXL-3s is on and red.
2. Press and hold the EZ-Set button for ten seconds.
The LED will turn off and then light green. Also, a
“rising” musical tone will be emitted from the motor.
3. Low-Voltage Detection is now ACTIVATED.
To disable Low-Voltage Detection (NiMH setting):
1. Make sure the LED on the VXL-3s is on and green.
2. Press and hold the EZ-Set button for ten seconds.
The LED will turn off and then light red. Also, a
“falling” musical tone will be emitted from the motor.
3. Low-Voltage Detection is now DISABLED.
Transmitter Adjustments for the VXL-3s ESC
Before attempting to program your VXL-3s ESC, it is important to make sure that
your transmitter is properly adjusted (set back to the factory defaults). Otherwise,
you may not get the best performance from your speed control.
The transmitter should be adjusted as follows:
If the transmitter setting have been adjusted, reset them to the factory defaults.
1. Turn transmitter off.
2. Hold both MENU and SET.
3. Turn transmitter on.
4. Release MENU and SET. The transmitter LED will blink red.
5. Press MENU once. The transmitter LED will blink red twice repeatedly.
6. Press SET to clear settings. The LED will turn solid green and the transmitter is
restored to default.
VXL-3s Setup Programming (Calibrating your ESC and transmitter)
Read through all of the programming steps before you begin. If you get lost
during programming or receive unexpected results, simply unplug the battery,
wait a few seconds, plug the battery back in, and start over.
A
1. Connect a fully charged battery pack to the VXL-3s.
2. Turn on the transmitter (with the throttle at neutral).
3. Press and hold the EZ-Set button (A). The LED will first turn
Green then Red
green and then red. Release the EZ-Set button.
B
4. When the LED blinks RED ONCE, pull the throttle
trigger to the full throttle position and hold it there
(B).
Once Red
5. When the LED blinks RED TWICE, push the throttle
C
trigger to the full reverse and hold it there (C).
6. When the LED blinks GREEN ONCE, programming
is complete. The LED will then shine green or red
Twice Red
(depending on low-voltage detection setting)
D
indicating the VXL-3s is on and at neutral (D).
VXL-3s Operation
To operate the speed control and test programming, place
Once Green
the vehicle on a stable block or stand so that all of the driven
wheels are off the ground. Disconnect motor wires “A” and “C” (see page 12),
this will assure the motor does not drive the wheels during testing. Do not test
programming without disconnecting the motor wires.
Note that in steps 1-7 below, Low-Voltage Detection is DISABLED (factory default)
and the LED shines red. If Low-Voltage Detection is ACTIVATED, the LED will shine
green instead of red in steps 1-7 below. Never use LiPo batteries while Low-Voltage
Detection is disabled.
VXL-3s Specifications
Input voltage:
4.8-11.1V (4 to 9 cells NiMH
or 2S to 3S LiPo)
Supported Motors:
Brushless
Motor limit:
None
Continuous current:
200A
Peak current :
320A
BEC voltage:
6.0V DC
Transistor type:
MOSFET
Battery connector:
Traxxas High-Current
Connector
Motor connectors:
TRX 3.5mm bullet
connectors
Motor/Battery Wiring:
12-gauge Maxx® Cable
Thermal Protection:
2-stage thermal shutdown
1. With the transmitter on, press and release the EZ-Set button. The LED will
shine red. This turns the VXL-3s on.
2. Apply forward throttle. The LED will turn off until full throttle power is reached.
At full throttle, the LED will illuminate red.
3. Move the trigger forward to apply the brakes. Note that braking control is fully
proportional. The LED will turn off until full braking power is reached. At full
brakes, the LED will illuminate red.
4. Return the throttle trigger to neutral. The LED will shine red.
5. Move the throttle trigger forward again to engage reverse (Profile #1). The LED
will turn off. Once full reverse power is reached, the LED will illuminate red.
6. To stop, return the throttle trigger to neutral. Note that there is programmed
delay when changing from reverse to forward. This prevents damage to the
transmission on high-traction surfaces.
7. To turn the VXL-3s off, press the EZ-Set button until the LED turns off (.5 seconds).
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ADJUSTING THE ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROL
Patent-Pending Training
Mode (Profile #3) reduces
forward and reverse throttle
by 50%. Training Mode
is provided to reduce the
power output, allowing
beginning drivers to better
control the model. As driving
skills improve, simply change
to Sport or Race Mode for
full-power operation.
Tip For Fast Mode Changes
The VXL-3s is set to Profile 1
(Sport Mode) as the default.
To quickly change to Profile 3
(Training Mode), with the
transmitter on, press and
hold the SET button until the
light blinks red three times
and then release.
For full power, quickly change
back to Profile 1 (Sport Mode)
by pressing and holding the
SET button until the light
blinks red one time and
then releasing.
The VXL-3s has built-in
programming that prevents
accidental activation of
reverse while in forward
motion and vice-versa. You
must come to a complete
stop, release the throttle
trigger, then apply opposite
throttle to engage the motor
in the desired direction.
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VXL-3s Profile Selection
The speed control is factory set to Profile #1 (100% forward, brakes, and reverse).
To disable reverse (Profile #2) or to allow 50% forward and 50% reverse (Profile
#3), follow the steps below. The speed control should be connected to the
receiver and battery, and the transmitter should be
adjusted as described previously. The profiles are selected by entering the
programming mode.
Profile Description
Profile #1 (Sport Mode): 100% Forward, 100% Brakes, 100% Reverse
Profile #2 (Race Mode): 100% Forward, 100% Brakes, No Reverse
Profile #3 (Training Mode): 50% Forward, 100% Brakes, 50% Reverse
Selecting Sport Mode (Profile #1: 100% Forward, 100% Brakes, 100% Reverse)
1.Connect a fully charged battery pack to
A
B
the VXL-3s and turn on your transmitter.
2. With the VXL-3s off, press and hold
the EZ-Set button until the LED turns solid
Green to Red to Off
One blink Red
green, then solid red and then begins blinking
D
C
red (indicating the Profile numbers).
3. When the LED blinks red once, release
the EZ-Set button.
4.The LED will blink and then turn solid green
Release
Solid
(Low-Voltage Detection ACTIVE) or red (LowVoltage Detection DISABLED). The model is ready to drive.
Selecting Race Mode (Profile #2: 100% Forward, 100% Brakes, No Reverse)
1.Connect a fully charged battery pack to
A
B
the VXL-3s and turn on your transmitter.
2. With the VXL-3s off, press and hold
the EZ-Set button until the LED turns solid
Green to Red to Off Two blinks Red
green, then solid red and then begins blinking
D
C
red (indicating the Profile numbers).
3. When the LED blinks red twice, release
the EZ-Set button.
4.The LED will blink and then turn solid green
Release
Solid
(Low-Voltage Detection ACTIVE) or red (LowVoltage Detection DISABLED). The model is ready to drive.
Selecting Training Mode (Profile #3: 50% Forward, 100% Brakes, 50% Reverse)
B
1.Connect a fully charged battery pack to the VXL- A
3s and turn on your transmitter.
2. With the VXL-3s off, press and hold the EZ-Set
button until the LED turns solid green, then solid
red and then begins blinking red (indicating the Green to Red to Off Three blinks Red
D
C
Profile numbers).
3. When the LED blinks red three times, release the
EZ-Set button.
Release
Solid
4.The LED will blink and then turn solid green (Low-Voltage Detection ACTIVE)
or red (Low-Voltage Detection DISABLED). The model is ready to drive.
Note: If you missed the mode you wanted, keep the EZ-Set button pressed
down and the blink cycle will repeat until the button is released and a Mode
is selected.
LED Codes and Protection Modes
• Solid Green: VXL-3s power-on light. Low-Voltage Detection is
ACTIVATED (LiPo setting).
• Solid Red: VXL-3s power-on light. Low-Voltage Detection is
DISABLED (NiCad/NiMH setting). Never use LiPo batteries while
Low-Voltage Detection is disabled.
• Slow Blinking Red (with Low-Voltage Detection on): The VXL-3s
has entered Low-Voltage Protection. When the battery voltage
begins to reach the minimum recommended discharge voltage
threshold for LiPo battery packs, the VXL-3s will limit the power
output to 50% throttle. When the battery voltage attempts to
fall below the minimum threshold, the VXL-3s will shut down all
motor output. The LED on the speed control will slowly blink red,
indicating a low-voltage shutdown. The VXL-3s will stay in this
mode until a fully charged battery is connected.
• Fast Blinking Red: Thermal Shutdown Protection Stage 1. If the
motor has lower than normal power and the VXL-3s is hot, the VXL3s has entered Stage 1 Thermal Shutdown Protection to guard
against overheating caused by excessive current flow. If the motor
has no power and the VXL-3s is very hot, the VXL-3s has entered
Stage 2 Thermal Shutdown Protection and has automatically shut
down. Let the VXL-3s cool. Make sure your model is properly geared
for the conditions (see page 25).
• Very Fast Blinking Red: Thermal Shutdown Protection and Low
Voltage Protection (see above) have occurred at the same time.
• Alternating; Blinks Red then Green: If the motor has no power,
the VXL-3s has entered Over Voltage Protection. If a battery with
too high voltage is used, the VXL-3s will go into a fail-safe mode.
WARNING: If input voltage exceeds approximately 20-volts,
the ESC may be damaged. Do not exceed 12.6 maximum peak input
voltage.
• Blinking Green: The VXL-3s is indicating the transmitter
Throttle Trim (see page 26) is incorrectly set. If the Multi-Function
knob is set to throttle trim, then adjust the Throttle Trim to the
middle “0” setting.
DRIVING YOUR MODEL
Now it’s time to have some fun! This section contains instructions on
driving and making adjustments to your model. Before you go on,
here are some important precautions to keep in mind.
• Allow the model to cool for a few minutes between runs. This is
particularly important when using high-capacity battery packs
that allow extended periods of running. Monitoring temperatures
will extend the lives of the batteries and motors. See page 25 for
information on monitoring temperatures.
• Do not continue to operate the model with low batteries or you
could lose control of it. Indications of low battery power include slow
operation, sluggish servos (slow to return to center), or ESC shutdown
due to the Low-Voltage Detection circuitry. Stop immediately at the
first sign of weak batteries. When the batteries in the transmitter
become weak, the power light will begin to flash red. Stop
immediately and install new batteries.
• Do not drive the model at night, on public streets, or in large
crowds of people.
• If the model becomes stuck against an object, do not continue to run
the motor. Remove the obstruction before continuing. Do not push or
pull objects with the model.
• Because the model is controlled by radio, it is subject to radio
interference from many sources beyond your control. Since radio
interference can cause momentary losses of control, allow a safety
margin of space in all directions around the model in order to
prevent collisions.
• Use good, common sense whenever you are driving your model.
Intentionally driving in an abusive and rough manner will only result
in poor performance and broken parts. Take care of your model so
that you can enjoy it for a long time to come.
• When using the supplied optional pinion for top-speed running,
limit your driving to paved surfaces only. Running in grass and
off-road could cause excessive loads on the electrical system in the
model.
• High-performance vehicles produce small vibrations that may
loosen hardware over time. Frequently check wheel nuts and
other screws on your vehicle to ensure that all hardware remains
properly tightened.
About Run Time
A large factor affecting run time is the type and condition of your
batteries. The milliamp hour (mAh) rating of the batteries determines
how large their “fuel tank” is. A 3000mAh battery pack will theoretically
run twice as long as a 1500mAh sport pack. Because of the wide
variation in the types of batteries that are available and the methods
with which they can be charged, it’s impossible to give exact run times
for the model.
Another major factor that affects run time is how the model
is driven. Run times may decrease when the model is driven
repetitively from a stop to top speed and with repetitive hard
acceleration.
Tips for Increasing Run Time
•Use batteries with the highest mAh rating you can purchase.
•Use a high-quality peak-detecting charger.
•Read and follow all maintenance and care instructions provided by
the manufacturer of your batteries and charger.
•Keep the VXL-3s cool. Get plenty of airflow across the ESC heat
sinks.
•Use the correct Low-Voltage Detection setting for your battery
(see page 17). Low-Voltage Detection can be off for maximum
NiMH battery runtime. Never use LiPo batteries while Low-Voltage
Detection is turned off.
•Lower your gear ratio. Installing a smaller pinion or larger spur gear
will lower your gear ratio, causing less power draw from the motor
and battery, and reducing overall operating temperatures.
•Maintain your model. Do not allow dirt or damaged parts to cause
binding in the drivetrain. Keep the motor clean.
mAh Ratings and Power Output
The mAh rating of the battery can affect your top-speed
performance. The higher capacity battery packs experience less
voltage drop under heavy load than low mAh rated packs. The
higher voltage potential allows increased speed until the battery
begins to become discharged.
RUNNING IN WET CONDITIONS
Your new Traxxas model is designed with water-resistant features
to protect the electronics in the model (receiver, servos, electronic
speed control). This gives you the freedom to have fun driving your
model through puddles, wet grass, snow, and through other wet
conditions. Though highly water resistant, the model should not
be treated as though it is submersible or totally 100% waterproof.
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DRIVING YOUR MODEL
Water resistance applies only to the installed electronic components.
Running in wet conditions requires additional care and maintenance
for the mechanical and electrical components to prevent corrosion
of metal parts and maintain their proper function.
Precautions
• Without proper care, some parts of your model can be seriously
damaged due to contact with water. Know that additional
maintenance procedures will be required after running in wet
conditions in order to maintain the performance of your model.
Do not run your model in wet conditions if you are not willing to
accept the additional care and maintenance responsibilities.
• Not all batteries can be used in wet environments. Consult your
battery manufacturer to see if their batteries can be used in wet
conditions. Do not use LiPo batteries in wet conditions.
• The Traxxas TQi transmitter is not water resistant. Do not subject it
to wet conditions such as rain.
• Do not operate your model during a rain storm or other inclement
weather where lightning may be present.
• Do not allow your model to come in contact with salt water (ocean
water), brackish water (between fresh water and ocean water),
or other contaminated water. Salt water is highly conductive and
highly corrosive. Use caution if you plan to run your model on or
near a beach.
Before Running Your Vehicle in Wet Conditions
1.Consult the section “After Running Your Vehicle in Wet
Conditions” before proceeding. Make sure you understand the
additional maintenance required with wet running.
2.The wheels have small holes molded in to allow air to enter and
exit the tire during normal running. Water will enter these holes
and get trapped inside the tires if holes are not cut in the tires. Cut
two small holes (3mm or 1/8” diameter) in each tire. Each hole
should be near the tire center-line, 180 degrees apart.
3.Confirm that the receiver box O-ring and cover are installed
correctly and secure. Make sure the screws are tight and the blue
O-ring is not visibly protruding from the edge of the cover.
4.Confirm that your batteries can be used in wet conditions.
5.Use lower gearing (smaller pinion gears, as low as 16T, or spur
gear as large as 90T) when running in mud, deep puddles, snow,
or other similar situations that will restrict the tires and put much
higher loads on the motor.
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Motor Precautions
• Velineon motor life can be greatly reduced in mud and water. If the
motor gets excessively wet or submerged, use very light throttle
(run the motor slowly) until the excess water can run out. Applying
full throttle to a motor full of water can cause rapid motor failure.
Your driving habits will determine motor life with a wet motor. Do
not submerge the motor under water.
• Do not gear the motor by temperature when running in wet
conditions. The motor will be cooled by water contact and will not
give an accurate indication of appropriate gearing.
• Use special care when operating your model in muddy conditions.
Stop operating your model if it appears to be straining due to the
tackiness of the mud or build-up of mud on the chassis. Do not allow
mud to collect on the motor or pack around the motor.
After Running Your Vehicle in Wet Conditions
1.Drain the tires by spinning the tires at high speed to “sling” the
water out. One way to do this is to make several high-speed
passes on a flat, dry surface (if possible). This will only work with
holes cut in the tires, see step 2 of Before Running Your Vehicle in
Wet Conditions.
2.Remove the batteries.
3.Rinse excess dirt and mud off the truck with low-pressure water,
such as from a garden hose. Do not use a pressure washer
or other high-pressure water. Avoid directing water into the
bearings, differentials, etc.
4.Blow off the truck with compressed air (optional, but
recommended). Wear safety glasses when using compressed air.
5.Remove the wheels from the truck.
6.Spray all the bearings, drivetrain, and fasteners with WD-40® or
similar water-displacing light oil.
7.Let the truck stand or you may blow it off with compressed air.
Placing the truck in a warm, sunny spot will aid drying. Trapped
water and oil will continue to drip from the truck for a few hours.
Place it on a towel or piece of cardboard to protect the surface
underneath.
8.As a precautionary step, remove the sealed receiver box
cover. While unlikely, humidity or tiny amounts of moisture or
condensation may enter the receiver box during wet running.
This can cause long-term problems with the sensitive electronics
in the receiver. Removing the receiver box cover during storage
allows the air inside to dry. This step can improve the long-term
DRIVING YOUR MODEL
reliability of the receiver. It is not necessary to remove the receiver
or unplug any of the wires.
9.Additional Maintenance: Increase your frequency of disassembly,
inspection, and lubrication of the following items. This is
necessary after extended wet use or if the vehicle will not be
used for an extended period of time (such as a week or longer).
This additional maintenance is needed to prevent any trapped
moisture from corroding internal steel components.
• Stub axle housing bearings: Remove, clean, and re-oil the
bearings.
• Differentials: Remove, disassemble, clean, and re-grease the
differential components. Use a light coating of wheel bearing
grease (from an auto parts store) on the metal gear teeth. Refer
to your exploded view diagrams for help with disassembly and
reassembly.
• Velineon motor: After operating your model in wet or muddy
conditions, remove the motor and clean any mud or dirt from
the bearings. To access the rear bearing, remove the plastic cap
with thumb pressure, or gently pry the cap off with a flat-blade
screwdriver. To prevent corrosion and assure maximum bearing
life, lubricate the bearings with a light oil (available at your local
hobby store). Following these steps will extend motor life and
maintain peak performance. Be sure to wear eye protection
when using spray aerosol cleaners.
Receiver Installation
1.Always install the wires into the receiver A
box before installing the receiver.
2.Install the antenna wire and the servo
cables into the receiver box.
3.Arrange the wires neatly using the
wire guides in the receiver box (A). The
excess wire will be bundled inside the receiver B
box. Label which wire is for which channel.
4.Apply a small bead of silicone grease (Traxxas
part #1647) to the wire clamp (B).
C
5.Install the wire clamp and tighten the
two 2.5x8mm cap screws securely.
6.Install the receiver into the box and plug
the wires into the receiver (C). Refer to
page 11 for the wiring diagram.
7.Make sure the box light pipe is aligned
with the receiver LED. Make sure the O-ring is properly seated into
the groove in the receiver box so that the cover will not pinch it or
damage it in any way.
8.Install the cover and tighten the two 3x8mm
button-head cap screws securely.
9.Inspect the cover to make sure that the O-ring seal is not visible.
RECEIVER BOX: MAINTAINING A WATERTIGHT SEAL
Removing and Installing Radio Gear
The unique design of the receiver box allows the removal and
installation of the receiver without losing the ability to maintain a
watertight seal in the box. The patent-pending wire clamp feature
gives you the ability to also install aftermarket radio systems and
maintain the watertight features of the receiver box.
Removing the Receiver
1.To remove the cover, remove the two 3x8mm button-head
cap screws.
2.To remove the receiver from the box, carefully pull it out (it is
secured by servo tape) and set to the side. The antenna wire is
still inside the clamp area and cannot be removed yet.
3.Remove the wire clamp by removing the two 2.5x8mm
cap screws.
4.Unplug the servo cables from the receiver and remove
the receiver.
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-1°
-1°
-1.5°
-1.5°
ADJUSTING YOUR MODEL
Once you become familiar with driving your model, you might
need to make adjustments for better driving performance
All of the toe links are installed
on the truck so the left-hand
thread indicators point to the
same direction. This makes it
easier to remember which way
to turn the wrench to increase
or decrease toe link length
(the direction is the same at
all four corners). Note that the
groove in the hex indicates
the side of the toe link with
the left-hand threads.
Adjusting the Toe-in
0°
0°
Geometry and alignment
specs play an important role
in your model’s handling.
Take the time to set them
correctly. Set the steering
0°
Toe-in
trim on your transmitter
to neutral. Now, adjust your servo and tie rods so that both wheels
are pointing straight ahead and are parallel to each other (0° toe-in).
This will ensure the same amount of steering in both directions. For
increased stability, add one- to two-degrees of toe in to each front
wheel. Use the turnbuckles to adjust the alignment.
0°
-1°
-1°
0°
Adjusting the Camber
The camber angle of both
the front and rear wheels can
be adjusted with the camber
Front Camber
rods (upper turnbuckles).
Use a square or right-angle
triangle to set the camber
0°
-1°
-1.5°
accurately. The stock
camber of the front wheels is
-1 degree of camber. In the
rear, the stock camber is -1.5
Rear Camber
degrees. These adjustments
should be set with the truck
positioned at its° normal ride height with a battery
installed.
°
0
-1°
-1.5°
0
Fine Tuning the Shocks
The four shocks on the model greatly influence its handling.
Whenever you rebuild your shocks or make any changes to the
pistons, springs, or oil, always make changes to them in pairs (front
or rear). Piston selection depends on the range of oil viscosities
that you have available. For example, using a two-hole piston with
a lightweight oil will, at one point, give you the same damping
as a three-hole piston with heavier oil. We recommend using the
two-hole pistons with a range of oil viscosities from 10W to 50W
(available from your hobby shop). The thinner viscosity oils (30W
or less) flow more smoothly and are more consistent, while thicker
oils provide more damping. Use only 100% pure silicone shock oil
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to prolong seal life. The model’s ride height
can be adjusted by adding or removing the
clip-on, spring preload spacers. Adjust the
ride height so that the suspension arms are
slightly above being parallel to the ground.
Observe how the model handles in turns.
Proper setup will add stability and help
prevent spin outs. Experiment with different
springs and 0°
shock oils to find what works
best for your current track conditions.
Preload
Spacer
Shock Mounting Positions
Big bumps and rough terrain require a
softer suspension with the maximum
possible suspension travel and ride height.
Racing
use
-1.5° on a prepared track or on-road
-1.5°
requires a lower ride height and firmer, more
progressive suspension settings. The more
progressive suspension settings help reduce body roll (increased roll
stiffness), dive during braking, and squat during acceleration.
Your model’s suspension can be altered to perform well in a variety
of terrain conditions. By making simple changes to the shock
0° can alter the handling of the vehicle.
positions, you
Front
For off-road driving:
1. Place the front shocks in the
inner hole (position 1) on the
suspension arms.
2. Place the rear shocks in position 2
on the suspension arms.
For on-road/hard-packed surface driving:
1. Place the front shocks in the
outer hole (position 2) on the
suspension arms.
2. Place the rear shocks in the
middle position (position 3)
on the suspension arms.
These settings are suggested starting
points. Experiment with the shock
positions to find the best setup for your
terrain, traction level, and driving style.
1
2
Rear
1 2
3 4 5
ADJUSTING YOUR MODEL
Motor and Gearing
One of the more significant advantages to your model’s
transmission is the extremely wide range of available gear
ratios. It can be geared low enough to run an extremely hot,
modified motor. A higher kV motor should be geared lower
(higher numerically) than a stock motor because it will reach its
maximum power at higher rpms. A higher kV motor that is geared
incorrectly can actually be slower than a correctly-geared, stock
motor. Use the following formula to calculate the overall ratio for
combinations not listed on the gear chart:
Spur Gear
If you are worried that you might be over-geared, check the
temperature of the battery pack and motor. If the battery is
extremely hot, and/or the motor is too hot to touch, your model is
probably over-geared. If you are not able to run your model for at least
four minutes before the battery dies, then change to a lower gear
ratio. This temperature test assumes that the model is close to factory
stock weight and operates freely with no excessive friction, dragging,
or binding, and the battery is fully charged and in good condition.
The model is equipped with a Velineon 3500 motor. The gear
combination that comes stock on each model provides good overall
acceleration and top speed. If you want more top speed and less
acceleration, install the included high-speed gearing (more teeth).
If you want more acceleration and less top speed, use a smaller
optional (not included) pinion gear. The included high-speed
gearing is intended for high-speed running on hard surfaces, and
this gearing is not recommended for off-road or repetitive starting
and stopping. For this type of driving, smaller pinion gears are
recommended to reduce load on the motor.
#5807
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Pinion/Spur
Battery
Nominal Voltage
mAh
Pinion Gear
# Spur Gear Teeth
x 2.72 = Final Gear Ratio
# Pinion Gear Teeth
76
83
86
90
12
-
-
19.50
20.40
13
-
-
18.01
18.82
14
-
-
16.70
17.49
15
-
15.04
15.58
16.32
16
-
14.12
14.63
15.31
17
-
13.27
13.76
14.39
18
-
12.54
13.00
13.60
19
-
11.89
12.32
12.89
20
-
11.28
11.69
12.24
21
-
10.75
11.14
11.66
22
9.38
10.25
10.63
11.12
23
8.97
9.82
10.17
10.63
24
8.62
9.41
9.74
10.20
25
8.27
9.03
9.36
9.79
26
7.94
8.67
9.00
-
27
7.64
8.35
8.67
-
28
7.37
8.05
8.35
-
29
7.12
7.78
8.08
-
Gearing Compatibility Chart
The chart to the left shows a full
range of gear combinations. This
does NOT imply that these gear
combinations should be used.
Over-gearing (bigger pinions,
smaller spurs) can overheat
and damage the motor and/or
speed control.
• Fast Acceleration
• Short Distances
• Small Tracks
19-Tooth Pinion*
86-Tooth Spur
• Good Acceleration
• Good Speed
• Normal Conditions
23-Tooth Pinion
86-Tooth Spur
• High Top Speed
• Long Distances
• Hard Surfaces
28-Tooth Pinion
86-Tooth Spur
*optional (sold separately)
Recommended Gear Range
Stock Gearing
30
6.88
7.53
-
-
For high-speed running only
31
6.66
7.29
-
-
32
-
7.04
-
-
Included optional gearing,
for high-speed running only
33
-
-
-
-
34
-
-
-
-
For high-speed runs only, not recommended for use with NiMH batteries.
High-current LiPo batteries required
35
-
-
-
-
Not recommended
50+mph
To achieve a good starting
point for the slipper clutch,
tighten the slipper clutch
adjusting nut clockwise until
the slipper clutch adjusting
spring fully collapses (do
not over tighten), and then
turn the slipper clutch nut
counterclockwise one full turn.
Do not run your model with
the slipper clutch adjusting
spring fully compressed. The
minimum recommended
slipper clutch setting is 1/2
turn counterclockwise from
fully compressed.
60+mph
35+mph
40+mph
35+mph
23/86*
28/86**
23/86*
23/86*
23/86
31/76 †
7-Cell NiMH
7-Cell NiMH
2S LiPo
3S LiPo
3S LiPo
8.4V
8.4V
7.4V
11.1V
11.1V
3000+ mAh 3000+ mAh 5000+ mAh 5000+ mAh 5000+ mAh
Skill Level
* Stock Gearing
** Included Optional Pinion
† Accessory Gearing
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ADJUSTING YOUR MODEL
Velineon 3500 Specs
Type:
Sensorless brushless
rpm/volt:
3500
Magnet type:
Ultra High-Temperature
Sintered Neodymium
Connection type :
3.5mm bullet
Wire size:
12 Gauge
Max rpm:
50,000
Diameter:
36mm (1.42) (540 size)
Length:
55mm (2.165)
Weight:
262g (9.24oz)
Always use the proper length
motor bolts. The standard
motor mounting bolts
are 3x8mm. Using motor
bolts that are too long can
interfere with the motor’s
rotation and damage the
motor’s internals!
The VXL-3s features Locked
Rotor Protection. The VXL-3s
checks to make sure the
motor is turning. If the motor
is locked or damaged, the
ESC will enter fail-safe until
the motor is free to rotate.
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Adjusting Gear Mesh
Incorrect gear mesh is the most common cause of
stripped spur gears. Gear mesh should be checked
and adjusted anytime a gear is replaced.
Strip of
To set the gear mesh, cut a narrow strip
Paper
of notebook paper and run it into the
gear mesh. Loosen the motor screws and
slide the motor and pinion gear into the
spur gear. Retighten the motor screws
and then remove the strip of paper. You
should be able to run a fresh strip of paper
through the gears without binding them.
Centering Your Servo
If you have removed the servo horn from your model’s steering servo,
or the servo has been removed for service or cleaning, the servo must
be re-centered prior to installation of the servo horn or installation of
the servo into the model.
Motor
Screws
Adjusting the Slipper Clutch
The model is equipped with an
adjustable slipper clutch that is
built into the large spur gear. The
purpose of the slipper clutch
Tighten
is to regulate the amount
of
power sent to the rear
wheels to prevent tire
spin. When it slips, the
Loosen
slipper clutch makes
a
high-pitch, whining noise.
Remove the rubber slipper clutch plug on the transmission cover
in order to adjust the slipper. Use the 4-way wrench to turn the
adjusting nut clockwise to tighten and counterclockwise to loosen.
Place the model on a high-traction surface, such as carpet. Adjust
the slipper so that you can hear it slip for approximately two feet
from a standing, full throttle start. (Learn more about adjusting the
slipper clutch in the sidebar.)
1. Remove the servo horn from the steering servo.
2. Connect the steering servo to channel 1 on the receiver. Connect
the electronic speed control (ESC) to channel 2. The white wire on
the servo lead is positioned towards the receiver’s LED.
3. Turn the transmitter power switch on. Make certain the transmitter’s
batteries are not depleted.
4. Turn the transmitter’s steering trim knob to the center “0” position.
5. Disconnect motor wires “A” and “C” (see page 11) to prevent the
motor from turning during the next steps. Connect a fresh battery
pack to the speed control and turn on the ESC (see page 14). The
servo’s output shaft will automatically jump to its center position.
6.Install the servo horn onto the servo output shaft. The servo horn
should face toward the center of the chassis and be perpendicular
to the servo body.
7. Check servo operation by turning the steering wheel back and forth
to ensure that the mechanism has been centered properly and you
have equal throw in both directions. Use the transmitter’s steering
trim knob to fine-tune the position of the servo horn so the model
tracks straight when the steering wheel is at neutral.
ADJUSTING YOUR MODEL
LiPo Batteries
LiPo batteries are intended only for the most advanced users that are
educated on the risks associated with LiPo battery use. It is critical to
follow all instructions supplied by the battery manufacturer and the
charger manufacturer for proper charging, use, and storage of LiPo
batteries. Make sure you understand how to use your LiPo batteries.
See Safety Precautions and warnings on page 4 for more information..
Temperatures and Cooling
Monitoring temperatures will extend the lives of the batteries and
motors. There are many options available that will help you monitor
temperatures and cool your components .
Temperature sensor
To accurately monitor motor temperature and
prevent overheating, a telemetry temperature
sensor (part #6523) can be installed on the
motor to continually monitor temperature as
you drive. Generally, try to keep your motor
below 200° F. If necessary, increase airflow to
the motor by cutting out the rear of the body or windshield.
Heat sink cooling fan
The VXL-3s is equipped with an additional
connector to supply power to an optional heat
sink cooling fan (part #3340). The optional heat
sink cooling fan can assist in cooling the VXL3s in high current motor applications.
If you have questions or need technical assistance, call Traxxas at
1-888-TRAXXAS
(1-888-872-9927) (U.S. residents only)
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MAINTAINING YOUR MODEL
Always wear eye protection
when using compressed
air or spray cleaners and
lubricants.
Your model requires timely maintenance in order to stay in top
running condition. The following procedures should be taken
very seriously.
Inspect the vehicle for obvious damage or wear. Look for:
1. Cracked, bent, or damaged parts
2. Check the wheels and steering for binding.
3. Check the operation of the shock absorbers.
4. Check the wiring for any frayed wires or loose connections.
5. Check the mounting of the receiver and servo(s) and
speed control.
6. Check the tightness of the wheel nuts with a wrench.
7. Check the operation of the radio system, especially the
condition of the batteries.
8. Check for any loose screws in the chassis structure
or suspension.
9. The steering servo saver will wear out over time. If the steering
becomes loose, the servo saver should be replaced.
10. Inspect the gears for wear, broken teeth, or debris lodged
between the teeth.
11. Check the tightness of the slipper clutch.
Other periodic maintenance:
• Slipper clutch pads
(friction material):
Under normal use,
the friction material
in the slipper clutch
should wear very slowly.
If the thickness of any one of
the slipper clutch pads is 1.8mm or
less, the friction disc should be replaced.
Measure the pad thickness using calipers or
measuring against the diameter of the 1.5 and 2.0mm hex
wrenches provided with the model.
• Chassis: Keep the chassis clean of accumulated dirt and grime.
Periodically inspect the chassis for damage
• Steering: Over time, you may notice increased looseness in the
steering system. There are several components that will wear
out from use: the servo saver (Traxxas part #6845), the bellcrank
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bearings (Traxxas part #5114), and the tie rod ends (Traxxas
part #2742). Replace these components as needed to restore
factory tolerances.
• Motor: Every 10-15 runs, remove the motor and clean the
bearings. To access the rear bearing, remove the plastic cap
with thumb pressure, or gently pry the cap off with a flat-blade
screwdriver. To prevent corrosion and ensure maximum bearing
life, lubricate the bearings with a light oil (available at your local
hobby store). Following these steps will extend motor life and
maintain peak performance.
• Shocks: Keep the oil level in the shocks full. Use only 100%
pure silicone shock oil to prolong the life of the seals. If you are
experiencing leakage around the top of the shock, inspect the
bladder in the top cap for signs of damage or distortion from
overtightening. If the bottom of the shock is leaking, then it
is time for a rebuild. The Traxxas rebuild kit for two shocks is
part #2362.
• Suspension: Periodically inspect the model for signs of damage,
such as bent or dirty suspension pins, bent turnbuckles, loose
screws, and any signs of stress or bending. Replace components
as needed.
• Driveline: Inspect the driveline for signs of wear, such as worn
drive yokes, dirty axle half shafts, and any unusual noise or
binding. If a U-joint pops apart, then it is time to replace the part.
Remove the gear cover, inspect the spur gear for wear, and check
the tightness of the set screws in the pinion gears. Tighten, clean,
or replace components as needed.
Storage
When you are through running the model for the day, blow it off
with compressed air or use a soft bristled paint brush to dust-off
the vehicle.
Always disconnect and remove the battery from the model
whenever the model is stored. If the model will be stored for a long
time, then also remove the batteries from the transmitter.
TQi ADVANCED TUNING GUIDE
Your Traxxas transmitter has a programmable Multi-Function knob
that can be set to control various advanced transmitter functions (set to
Steering Sensitivity by default, see page 16). Accessing the programming
menu is done by using the menu and set buttons on the transmitter and
observing signals from the LED. An explanation of the menu structure
follows on page 29. Experiment with the settings and features to see if
they can improve your driving experience.
Throttle Sensitivity (Throttle Exponential)
The Multi-Function knob can be set to control Throttle Sensitivity.
Throttle Sensitivity works the same way as Steering Sensitivity, as
described on page 16, but applies the effect to the throttle channel.
Only forward throttle is affected; brake/reverse travel remains linear
regardless of the Throttle Sensitivity setting.
Steering Percentage (Dual-Rate)
The Multi-Function knob can be set to control the amount (percentage)
of servo travel applied to steering. Turning the Multi-Function knob
fully clockwise will deliver maximum steering throw; turning the
knob counterclockwise reduces steering throw (note: turning the dial
counterclockwise to its stop will eliminate all servo travel). Be aware
that the steering End Point settings define the servo’s maximum
steering throw. If you set Steering Percentage to 100% (by turning the
Multi-Function knob fully clockwise), the servo will travel all the way to
its selected end point, but not past it. Many racers set Dual-Rate so they
have only as much steering throw as they need for the track’s tightest
turn, thus making the model easier to drive throughout the rest of the
course. Reducing steering throw can also be useful in making a model
easier to control on high-traction surfaces, and limiting steering output
for oval racing where large amounts of steering travel are not required.
Braking Percentage
The Multi-Function knob may also be set to control the amount of brake
travel applied by the servo in a nitro-powered model. Electric models do
not have a servo-operated brake, but the Braking Percentage function
still operates the same way in electric models. Turning the Multi-Function
knob full clockwise will deliver maximum brake throw; turning the
knob counterclockwise reduces brake throw (Note: Turning the dial
counterclockwise to its stop will eliminate all brake action).
Throttle Trim
Setting the Multi-Function knob to serve as throttle trim will allow you
to adjust the throttle’s neutral position to prevent unwanted brake drag
or throttle application when the transmitter trigger is at neutral. Note:
Your transmitter is equipped with a Throttle Trim Seek mode to prevent
accidental runaways. See the sidebar for more information.
Steering and Throttle End Points
The TQi transmitter allows you to choose the limit of the servo’s travel
range (or its “end point”) independently for left and right travel (on the
steering channel) and throttle/brake travel (on the throttle channel).
This allows you to fine-tune the servo settings to prevent binding
caused by the servo moving steering or throttle linkages (in the case
of a nitro model) farther than their mechanical limits. The end point
adjustment settings you select will represent what you wish to be the
servo’s maximum travel; the Steering Percentage or Braking Percentage
functions will not override the End Point settings.
Steering and Throttle Sub-Trim
The Sub-Trim function is used to precisely set the neutral point of the
steering or throttle servo in the event that simply setting the trim knob
to “zero” does not completely center the servo. When selected, Sub-Trim
allows finer adjustment to the servo output shaft’s position for precise
setting of the neutral point. Always set the Steering Trim knob to zero
before making final adjustment (if required) using Sub-Trim. If Throttle
Trim has been previously adjusted, the Throttle Trim will need to be
reprogrammed to “zero” before making final adjustment using Sub-Trim.
Setting Lock
Once you’ve adjusted all of these settings the way you like them, you
may want to disable the Multi-Function knob so none of your settings
can be changed. This is especially handy if you operate multiple vehicles
with a single transmitter via Traxxas Link™ Model Memory.
Multiple Settings and the Multi-Function Knob
It is important to note that settings made with the Multi-Function
knob are “overlaid” on top of each other. For example, if you assign the
Multi-Function to adjust Steering Percentage and set it for 50%, then
reassign the knob to control Steering Sensitivity, the transmitter will
“remember” the Steering Percentage setting. Adjustments you make
to Steering Sensitivity will be applied to the 50% steering throw setting
you selected previously. Likewise, setting the Multi-Function knob to
“disabled” will prevent the knob from making further adjustments, but
the last setting of the Multi-Function knob will still apply.
TRAXXAS LINK MODEL MEMORY
Traxxas Link Model Memory is an exclusive, patent-pending feature
of the TQi transmitter. Each time the transmitter is bound to a new
receiver, it saves that receiver in its memory, along with all the settings
assigned to that receiver. When the transmitter and any bound receiver
are switched on, the transmitter automatically recalls the settings for
that receiver. There is no need to manually select your vehicle from a list
of model memory entries.
Starting Over:
Restoring Factory Defaults
When programming your
TQi transmitter, you may feel
the need to start over with
a clean slate. Follow these
simple steps to restore the
factory settings:
1. Turn the transmitter off.
2. Hold both MENU and SET.
3. Turn the transmitter on.
4. Release MENU and SET.
The transmitter LED will
blink red.
5. Press SET to clear settings.
The LED will turn solid
green and the transmitter
is restored to default.
Throttle Trim Seek Mode
When the Multi-Function knob is
set to throttle trim, the transmitter
remembers the throttle trim
setting. If the throttle trim knob is
moved from the original setting
while the transmitter is off, or while
the transmitter was used to control
another model, the transmitter
ignores the actual position of
the trim knob. This prevents the
model from accidentally running
away. The LED on the face of the
transmitter will rapidly blink green
and the throttle trim knob (MultiFunction knob) will not adjust the
trim until it is moved back to its
original position saved in memory.
To restore throttle trim control,
simply turn the Multi-Function
knob either direction until the LED
stops blinking.
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TQi ADVANCED TUNING GUIDE
Failsafe
Your Traxxas radio system is
equipped with a built-in failsafe
function that returns the throttle
to its last saved neutral position in
the event of a signal loss. The LED
on the transmitter and the receiver
will rapidly flash red.
Model Lock
The Traxxas Link Model Memory feature can store up to thirty models
(receivers) in its memory. If you bind a thirty-first receiver, Traxxas Link
Model Memory will delete the “oldest” receiver from its memory (in
other words, the model you used the longest time ago will be deleted).
Activating Model Lock will lock the receiver in memory so it cannot be
deleted.
You may also bind multiple TQi transmitters to the same model, making
it possible to pick up any transmitter and any previously bound model
in your collection and simply turn them on and drive. With Traxxas
Link Model Memory, there is no need to remember which transmitter
goes with which model, and there is never a need to have to select any
model from a list of model memory entries. The transmitter and receiver
do it all for you automatically.
To activate Model Lock:
1. Switch on the transmitter and receiver you wish to lock.
2. Press and hold MENU. Release when the status LED blinks green.
3. Press MENU three times. The status LED will blink green four
times repeatedly.
4. Press SET. The status LED will blink green in single-flash intervals.
5. Press SET once. The status LED will blink red once repeatedly.
6. Press MENU once. The status LED will blink red twice repeatedly.
7. Press SET. The LED will blink rapidly green. The memory is now
locked. Press and hold MENU to return to driving mode.
Note: To unlock a memory, press SET twice at step 5. The LED will
blink rapidly green to indicate the model is unlocked. To unlock all
models, press MENU twice at step 6 and then press SET.
To delete a model:
At some point, you may wish to delete a model you no-longer drive
from the memory.
1. Switch on the transmitter and receiver you wish to delete.
2. Press and hold MENU. Release when the status LED blinks green.
3. Press MENU three times. The status LED will blink green four
times repeatedly.
4. Press SET once. The status LED will blink green once repeatedly.
5. Press MENU once. The status LED will blink green twice repeatedly.
6. Press SET. The memory is now selected to be deleted. Press SET to
delete the model. Press and hold MENU to return to driving mode.
TRANSMITTER LED CODES
LED Color / Pattern
Name
Notes
Solid green
Normal Driving Mode
See page 14 for information on how to use your transmitter controls.
Slow red (0.5 sec on / 0.5 sec off)
Binding
See page 15 for more information on binding.
Flashing fast green (0.1 sec on / 0.15 sec off)
Throttle Trim Seek Mode
Turn the Multi-Function knob right or left until the LED stops flashing.
See page 27 for more information.
Flashing medium red (0.25 sec on / 0.25 sec off)
Low Battery Alarm
Put new batteries in the transmitter. See page 12 for more information.
Flashing fast red (0.125 sec on / 0.125 sec off)
Link Failure / Error
Transmitter and receiver are no longer bound. Turn the system off and then
back on to resume normal operation. Find source of the link failure (i.e., out of
range, low batteries, damaged antenna).
Counts out number (green or red), then pauses
Current menu position
See Menu Tree for more information.
x8
Fast green 8 times
Menu setting accepted (on SET)
x8
Fast red 8 times
Menu SET invalid
User error, such as trying to delete a locked model.
Name
Notes
Solid green
Normal Driving Mode
See page 14 for information on how to use your transmitter controls.
Slow red (0.5 sec on / 0.5 sec off)
Binding
See page 15 for more information on binding.
Flashing fast red (0.125 sec on / 0.125 sec off)
Fail-Safe / Low-Voltage Detect
Consistent low voltage in the receiver triggers Fail-Safe so there is enough
power to center the throttle servo before it completely loses power.
Programming Patterns
or
RECEIVER LED CODES
LED Color / Pattern
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TQi ADVANCED TUNING GUIDE
Press MENU to move through options.
Press SET to select an option.
MENU TREE
The Menu Tree below shows how to navigate through
the TQi transmitter’s various settings and functions.
Press and hold MENU to enter the Menu Tree, and use
the following commands to navigate through the menu
and select options.
MENU: When you enter a menu, you always start at the
top. Press MENU to move down the Menu Tree.
When you reach the bottom of the tree, pressing
MENU again will return you to the top.
SET: Press SET to move across the Menu Tree and select
options. When an option is committed to the
transmitter’s memory, the status LED will rapidly
blink green.
BACK: Press both MENU and SET to go back one level in
the Menu Tree.
EXIT: Press and hold MENU to exit programming.
Your selected options will be saved.
ECHO: Press and hold SET to activate the “echo” function.
Echo will “play back” your current position on the
Menu Tree should you lose your place. For example:
If your current position is Steering Channel End
Points, holding SET will cause the LED to blink green
twice, green once, and then red three times. Echo
will not alter your adjustments or change your
position in the programming sequence.
Below is an example of how to access a function in the Menu
Tree. In the example, the user is setting the Multi-Function knob
to be a steering dual-rate control.
To set the Multi-Function knob to control STEERING DUAL-RATE (%):
1. Switch the transmitter on.
2. Press and hold MENU until the green LED lights. It will blink in single
intervals.
3. Press SET. The red LED will blink in single intervals to indicate Steering
Dual-Rate has been selected.
4. Press MENU twice. The red LED will blink three times repeatedly to
indicate Steering Percentage has been selected.
5. Press SET to select. The green LED will blink 8 times fast to indicate
successful selection.
6. Press and hold MENU to return to driving mode.
Enter Programming
Press and hold
MENU for 3 seconds
1
Multi-Function Knob
One Blink Green
Press
SET
Press
MENU
2
Channel Setup
Two Blinks Green
Press
SET
1
Steering Sensitivity (Expo)
2
Throttle Sensitivity (Expo)
3
Steering % (Dual-Rate)
4
Braking %
5
Throttle Trim
6
Knob Disabled
1
Steering (Channel 1)
One Blink Red
Two Blinks Red
Press MENU to move through options.
Press SET to select an option.
Three Blinks Red
Four Blinks Red
Five Blinks Red
Hold both
MENU and SET
Transmitter
ON
Release MENU and SET
red LED blinks
1
Servo Reversing Press SET to reverse
One Blink Red
servo direction.
2
Sub-Trim
Use knob to adjust
sub-trim. Press SET to save.
3
End Points
One Blink Green
Press
SET
4
Reset End Points Press SET to restore factory
1
Servo Reversing Press SET to reverse
One Blink Red
servo direction.
2
Sub-Trim
Use knob to adjust subtrim. Press SET to save.
3
End Points
4
Reset End Points Press SET to restore factory
1
Unlock
2
Lock
3
Unlock All
1
Confirm Deletion
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Press
MENU
2
Press
MENU
Throttle (Channel 2)
Two Blinks Green
Press
SET
Press SET to select an option.
3
Mode Selection
Three Blinks Green
Press
SET
1
Electric
2
4
Traxxas-Link
Four Blinks Green
Press
SET
1
Nitro
Two Blinks Red
Model Locking
One Blink Green
Press
SET
Press
MENU
Press SET to clear settings. LED will turn
solid green. Transmitter is restored to default
2
Delete Model
Two Blinks Green
Three Blinks Red
Four Blinks Red
Two Blinks Red
default end points.
Use trigger to adjust. Pull
back to desired end point,
press set to save. Push
forward to desired end point and press set to save.
To reset max throw: Let go of controls and press SET.
One Blink Red
Press
MENU
Press
MENU
Two Blinks Red
Use steering wheel to
adjust. Turn right to desired
end point, press set to save.
Turn left to desired end point and press set to save.
To reset max throw: Let go of controls and press SET.
Six Blinks Red
Restoring Factory Defaults:
Transmitter
OFF
Note: The transmitter is “live” during programming so
you can test the settings real time without having to
exit the Menu Tree.
Press
SET
Three Blinks Red
Four Blinks Red
default end points.
One Blink Red
Two Blinks Red
Three Blinks Red
TQi ADVANCED TUNING GUIDE
x8
Set Multi-Function
knob for STEERING
SENSITIVITY (Expo)
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press SET to confirm
green LED blinks (x8)
Set Multi-Function
knob for THROTTLE
SENSITIVITY (Expo)
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU to confirm
red LED blinks (x2)
Set Multi-Function
knob for STEERING
DUAL-RATE (%)
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU twice
red LED blinks (x3)
Set Multi-Function
knob for BRAKING
PERCENTAGE (%)
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU 3 times
red LED blinks (x4)
Set Multi-Function
knob for
THROTTLE TRIM
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU 4 times
red LED blinks (x5)
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU 5 times
red LED blinks (x6)
Press SET to lock
green LED blinks (x8)
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
To REVERSE
the direction of
STEERING servo
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
Press SET
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press SET to reverse
servo direction
To set the SUB TRIM
of the STEERING
servo
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
Press SET
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU
red LED blinks (x2)
To LOCK the
Multi-Function knob
x2
x3
x4
x5
x6
MENU TREE FORMULAS
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
x8
Press SET to select
green LED blinks (x8)
To reset the END
POINTS of STEERING
servo to defaults
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
To REVERSE
the direction of
THROTTLE servo
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
To set the SUB TRIM
of the THROTTLE
servo
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
x3
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
x8
Use Multi-Function
knob to set neutral
Turn steering
wheel to desired max
left and right travel
Press SET
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU twice
red LED blinks (x3)
Press SET
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU 3 times
red LED blinks (x4)
Press SET
to reset end points
Press SET
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press SET to reverse
servo direction
Press SET
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU
red LED blinks (x2)
x4
x2
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
Press SET
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
x2
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
x8
Press SET
to save each position
IF END POINTS
ARE OK:
Turn steering wheel
to test settings
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
IF END POINTS
NEED TO BE
CHANGED:
Press SET
and repeat steps 6-8
x8
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
x2
x2
Press SET
green LED blinks
Press SET
to save position
x8
x2
x2
To reset the END
POINTS of THROTTLE
servo to defaults
Adjust the MultiFunction knob until the
LED turns solid green.
x2
x2
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
Always turn your
transmitter on first.
x8
x2
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
x8
x2
To set the END
POINTS of the
THROTTLE servo
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
x8
Press SET to select
green LED blinks (x8)
x2
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
1
x8
Press SET to select
green LED blinks (x8)
x2
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
x8
Press SET to select
green LED blinks (x8)
x2
To set the END
POINTS of the
STEERING servo
To select functions and make adjustments to the TQi transmitter without
referencing the Menu Tree, turn your transmitter on, find the function in the
left column you wish to adjust, and simply follow the corresponding steps.
x3
x8
Use Multi-Function
knob to set neutral
Use throttle
trigger to set desired
max throttle or brake
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU twice
red LED blinks (x3)
x4
x8
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU 3 times
red LED blinks (x4)
Press SET
green LED blinks (x8)
x2
Press SET
to save position
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
IF END POINTS
ARE OK:
Press SET to save
Use trigger to test
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
IF END POINTS
NEED TO BE
CHANGED:
Press SET
and repeat steps 7-9
TQi ADVANCED TUNING GUIDE
PROGRAMMING YOUR TQi TRANSMITTER WITH
YOUR APPLE iPHONE, iPAD, OR iPOD TOUCH
The Traxxas Link Wireless Module
(part #6511, sold separately) for the
TQi transmitter installs in minutes to
transform your Apple® iPhone®, iPad®,
or iPod touch® into a powerful tuning
tool that allows you to replace the
transmitter’s button/LED programming
system with an intuitive, high-definition,
full-color graphical user interface.
Traxxas Link
The powerful Traxxas Link app (available in the Apple App Store) gives you
complete control over the operation and tuning of your Traxxas model
with stunning visuals and absolute precision. Install Traxxas Link telemetry
sensors on the model, and Traxxas Link displays real-time data such as
speed, RPM, temperature, and battery voltage.
Intuitive iPhone, iPad,
and iPod touch interface
Traxxas Link makes it easy to
learn, understand, and access
powerful tuning options. Control
Drive Effects settings such as
steering and throttle sensitivity;
steering percentage; braking
strength; and throttle trim by
simply touching and dragging
the sliders on the screen.
Tap and slide to adjust Steering Sensitivity,
Throttle Trim, Braking Percent, and more!
Real-Time Telemetry
When you equip your model
with sensors, the Traxxas Link
dashboard comes to life showing
you speed, battery voltage, RPM,
and temperature. Set threshold
warnings and log maximums,
minimums, or averages. Use the
recording function to document
your dashboard view, with
sound, so that you can keep
The customizable Traxxas Link dashboard delivers
your eyes on your driving and
real-time rpm, speed, temperature, and voltage data.
not miss a single apex.
The Traxxas
Link Wireless Module
is sold separately (part
#6511). The Traxxas Link
application is available
from the Apple App store
for iPhone, iPad, or iPod
touch mobile devices.
iPhone, iPad, or iPod
touch are not included
with the Traxxas Link
Wireless Module.
For more information
about the Traxxas Link
Wireless Module and the
Traxxas Link application,
visit Traxxas.com.
Manage up to 30 Models with Traxxas Link
The TQi radio system
automatically keeps track of
what vehicles it has bound to
and what settings were used
for each--up to 30 models total!
Traxxas Link provides a visual
interface to name the models,
customize their settings, attach
profiles, and lock them into
memory. Simply choose a model
Traxxas Link Model Memory simplifies organizing
and any previously bound
your collection of vehicles.
transmitter, power them up,
and start having fun.
Compatible with:
iPod touch (5th generation and later)
iPad (3rd generation and later)
iPad mini
iPhone 4S
iPhone 5
iPhone 5C
iPhone 5S
iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
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owner’s manual
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