Traxxas Stampede 4X4 VXL TSM Manual

Traxxas Stampede 4X4 VXL TSM Manual

owner

s manual

MODEL 67086-4

CONTENTS

3 BEFORE YOU PROCEED 4 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS 7 TOOLS, SUPPLIES, AND REQUIRED EQUIPMENT 8 ANATOMY OF THE STAMPEDE 4X4 VXL 9 QUICK START: GETTING UP TO SPEED 10 TQ

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RADIO AND VELINEON BRUSHLESS POWER SYSTEM 18 ADJUSTING THE ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROL 21 DRIVING YOUR MODEL 24 BASIC TUNING ADJUSTMENTS 26 MAINTAINING YOUR MODEL 27 ADVANCED TUNING ADJUSTMENTS 31 TQ

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ADVANCED TUNING GUIDE 2 • STAMPEDE 4x4 VXL

INTRODUCTION

Thank you for purchasing the Stampede 4X4 VXL equipped with the Velineon product.

® Brushless Power System. Stampede 4X4 VXL is engineered like no other to turn extreme power into extreme monster truck fun! The efficient, low-mass drivetrain is totally optimized for the brutal torque of Velineon brushless power, and following the legacy of the Stampede name, this 4X4 is overbuilt and Traxxas Tough to withstand all the 4-wheel drive monster mayhem you can dish out. It’s even waterproof for fun in all kinds of wet conditions! 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 your Stampede 4X4 VXL will reward you with off-road excitement and high-speed performance in a durable, long-lasting 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 best-performing 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 9 to begin.

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!

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.

T r a x x a s . c o m / r e g i s t e r

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.

Operation Frequency:

2414~2453 MHz

Maximum Radio Frequency Power:

Maximum Peak Power 9.7 dBm

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.

after it has been run.

Your hobby dealer absolutely cannot accept a model for return or exchange 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. Special advice from Traxxas to make things easier and more fun.

Refers you to a page with a related topic.

SUPPORT

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)

* 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 Traxxas.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 6250 Traxxas Way McKinney, TX 75070 Phone: 972-549-3000 Toll-free 1-888-TRAXXAS Internet Traxxas.com

E-mail: support@Traxxas.com

Entire contents ©2019 Traxxas. All rights reserved. Traxxas, Ready-To Race, Ready-To-Win, Stampede, Stampede 4x4 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.

*Toll-free support is available to U.S. residents only.

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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)

model. See chart below.

affect the skill level of the Gearing: Stock Pinion Battery: 7-Cell NiMH Voltage * : 8.4V

mAh: 3000+mAh Gearing: Opt. Pinion Battery: 7-Cell NiMH Voltage * : 8.4V

mAh: 4000+mAh Gearing: Opt./Stock Pinion Battery: 2S/3S 20C LiPo Voltage * : 7.4V/11.1V

mAh: 4000/5000+ mAh Gearing: Opt. Gearing Battery: 3S 20C LiPo Voltage * : 11.1V

mAh: 5000+ mAh *Nominal See the gearing chart on page 27 for more information.

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.

• 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. • 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.

Most importantly, use good common sense at all times.

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.

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:

performance.

Switch on your transmitter first before switching on the speed control to prevent runaways and erratic •

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.

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.

Recycling Traxxas Power Cell NiMH Batteries

Traxxas strongly encourages you to recycle Power Cell NiMH batteries when they reach the end of their useful life. Do not throw batteries in the trash. All Power Cell NiMH battery packs display the RBRC (Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation) icon, indicating they are recyclable. To find a recycling center near you, ask your local hobby dealer or visit www.call2recycle.org.

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SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

WARNING! CAUTION! DANGER!

Your model is able to use LiPo batteries. Charging and discharging batteries has the potential for fire, explosion, serious injury, and property damage if not performed per the instructions. Before use, read and follow all manufacturer’s instructions, warnings, and precautions. In addition, Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries pose a SEVERE risk of fire if not properly handled per the instructions and require special care and handling procedures for long life and safe operation. 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. Dispose of used batteries according to the instructions.

Important Warnings for users of Lithium Polymer (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 that 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 is just one part of a comprehensive plan for safe LiPo battery use. It is critical to follow all instructions for safe and proper charging, use, and storage of LiPo batteries. Make sure you understand how to use your LiPo batteries. 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.

• ONLY use a Lithium Polymer (LiPo) balance charger with a balance adapter port to charge LiPo batteries. Never use NiMH or NiCad type chargers or charge modes to charge LiPo batteries. DO NOT charge with a NiMH-only charger. The use of a NiMH or NiCad charger or charge mode will damage the batteries and may cause fire and personal injury.

• NEVER charge LiPo battery packs in series or parallel. 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. • 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 these conditions are observed, do not charge or use the battery pack. Follow the disposal instructions included with your battery to properly and safely dispose of the battery. • 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 battery pack(s) in a cool dry place. DO NOT store in direct sunlight. DO NOT allow the storage temperature to exceed 140°F or 60°C, such as in the trunk of a car, or the cells may be damaged and create a fire risk. • DO NOT disassemble LiPo batteries or cells.

• DO NOT attempt to build your own LiPo battery pack from loose cells.

Charging and handling precautions for all battery types: • 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 attempt to charge non-rechargeable batteries (explosion hazard), batteries that have an internal charge circuit or a protection circuit, batteries that have been altered from original manufacturer configuration, or batteries that have missing or unreadable labels, preventing you from properly identifying the battery type and specifications.

• DO NOT exceed the maximum manufacturer recommended charge rate.

• 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.

• 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.

• DO NOT charge batteries inside of an automobile. DO NOT charge batteries while driving in an automobile.

• NEVER charge batteries on wood, cloth, carpet, or on any other flammable material.

• ALWAYS charge batteries in a well-ventilated area.

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(continued from previous page) • REMOVE flammable items and combustible materials from the charging area.

• 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 or in the event of an emergency, unplug the charger from the power source and disconnect the battery from the charger.

• 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.

• DO NOT disassemble, crush, short circuit, or expose the batteries to flame or other source of ignition. Toxic materials could be released. If eye or skin contact occurs, flush with water.

• If a battery gets hot to the touch during the charging process (temperature greater than 110°F / 43°C), immediately disconnect the battery from the charger and discontinue charging.

• Allow the battery pack to cool off between runs (before charging).

• ALWAYS unplug the charger and disconnect the battery when not in use. • ALWAYS unplug the battery from the electronic speed control when the model is not in use and when it is being stored or transported.

• DO NOT disassemble the charger.

• REMOVE the battery from your model or device before charging.

• DO NOT expose the charger to water or moisture.

• ALWAYS store battery packs safely out of the reach of children or pets. Children should always have adult supervision when charging and handling batteries.

• Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries must be recycled or disposed of properly.

• Always proceed with caution and use good common sense at all times.

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 2.0mm “L” wrench 1.5mm “L” wrench U-joint wrench 8mm/4mm wrench 4-way wrench Optional pinion gear Required Equipment Body clips and body washers Preload spacers and shock pistons

EZ-Peak ™ Dual (part #2972)

6 or 7-cell NiMH battery pack, or 2s or 3s LiPo battery pack, with Traxxas High-Current connector Battery charger 4 AA alkaline batteries For more information on batteries, see

Use the Right Batteries

on page 13.

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

*Battery and charger style are subject to change and may vary from images.

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Half Shaft Turnbuckle (Rear Camber Link) Rear Body Mount Spur Gear Battery Hold-Down Battery Compartment Traxxas High-Current Connector Front Body Mount Chassis Drive Shaft Wheelie Bar Rear Bumper Rear Suspension Arm Rear Shock Tower

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Motor (Velineon 3500) Steering Servo Antenna Mount Slipper Clutch Pinion Gear Electronic Speed Control (VXL-3s) LED Light Pipe Turnbuckle (Toe Link) Front Suspension Arm Shock Guard Front Shock Tower Front Bumper Receiver Box Shock (Oil Damper) Turnbuckle (Front Camber Link) Half Shaft

QUICK START: GETTING UP TO SPEED

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 on pages 4-6

For your own safety, understand where carelessness and misuse could lead to personal injury and product damage.

6. Check servo operation • See page 15

Make sure the steering servo is working correctly.

2. Charge the battery pack • See page 13

Your model requires a battery pack and a compatible battery charger (not included). Never use a NiMH or NiCad charger to charge LiPo batteries.

7. Range test the radio system • See page 16

Follow this procedure to make sure your radio system works properly at a distance, and that there is no interference from outside sources.

3. Install batteries in the transmitter • See page 13

The transmitter requires 4 AA alkaline batteries (sold separately).

8. Detail your model • See sidebar, page 10

Apply other decals if desired.

4. Install the battery pack in the model • See page 14

Your model requires a fully charged battery pack (not included).

9. Drive your model • See page 21

Driving tips and adjustments for your model.

5. Turn on the radio system • See page 14

Make a habit of turning the transmitter on first and off last.

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.

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.

Look for the Quick Start logo at the bottom of Quick Start pages.

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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. 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.

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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 Dual Rate 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 31) and Menu Tree (page 34) 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 31.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

2-channel radio system

the steering. - 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

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.

IMPORTANT RADIO SYSTEM PRECAUTIONS

• Do not kink the receiver’s antenna wire. Kinks in the antenna wire will reduce range.

• DO NOT CUT any part of the receiver’s antenna wire. Cutting the antenna 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.

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

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Velineon 3500 Specs Type:

Sensorless brushless

RPM/volt:

3500

Magnet type:

Neodymium Ultra High Temperature Sintered

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)

ESC/Motor Wiring Diagram

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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.

TRANSMITTER AND RECEIVER

Set Button Throttle Neutral Adjust Red/Green Status LED

see page 32 for more info

Steering Wheel Menu Button

MODEL WIRING DIAGRAM

Antenna Channel 1 Steering Servo Traxxas High-Current Connector (Male)

to Battery

Cooling Fan Connector

(for optional use)

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Brushless Motor

motor wiring) (see sidebar for proper

Motor Cap Steering Trim Multi-Function Knob Throttle Trigger Sensor Expansion Port ** V/T

- Voltage/Temp Sensor 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*

Channel 2 Electronic Speed Control

*Not used † Accessory sensor ports for use with standard voltage/temperature and RPM telemetry sensors (see Traxxas.com and included materials for more information)

VXL-3s ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROL

Traxxas High-Current Connector (Male)

to Battery to Motor

Link Button LED Power Switch Battery Compartment

** Accessory sensor expansion port for use with the Telemetry Expander Module (see Traxxas.com and included materials for more information)

Cooling Fan Connector

(for optional use)

Receiver cable (RX wire) LED Heat Sink EZ-Set Button (On/Off Button)

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INSTALLING TRANSMITTER BATTERIES

Your TQi transmitter uses 4 AA batteries. The battery compartment is located in the base of the transmitter.

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 indicator 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 batteries. The power indicator light does not indicate the charge level of the battery pack installed in the model. Refer to the Troubleshooting section on page 32 for more information on the transmitter Status LED codes.

SELECTING BATTERIES FOR YOUR MODEL

Your model does not include a battery or charger. One NiMH or LiPo battery equipped with a Traxxas High-Current Connector is required. Traxxas Power Cell iD batteries are strongly recommended for maximum performance and safer charging. The following chart lists all the available Power Cell iD batteries for your model:

LiPo Batteries with iD 2849X

4000mAh 11.1V 3-Cell 25C LiPo Battery

2843X 2857X 2854X

5800mAh 7.4V 2-Cell 25C LiPo Battery 6400mAh 11.1V 3-Cell 25C LiPo Battery 10000mAh 7.4V 2-Cell 25C LiPo Battery

NiMH Batteries with iD 2926X 2941X 2951X

Battery, Power Cell, 3000mAh (NiMH, 7-C hump, 8.4V) Battery, Series 3 Power Cell, 3300mAh (NiMH, 7-C hump, 8.4V) Battery, Series 4 Power Cell, 4200mAh (NiMH, 7-C hump, 8.4V)

2961X

Battery, Series 5 Power Cell, 5000mAh (NiMH, 7-C hump, 8.4V)

WARNING: FIRE HAZARD!

Users of Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries must read the Warnings and Precautions beginning on page 4. You MUST use a LiPo charger for LiPo batteries or battery damage with the potential for fire will result.

SELECTING A CHARGER FOR YOUR MODEL

Make certain you choose the correct type of charger for the batteries you select. Traxxas recommends you choose a genuine Traxxas EZ-Peak iD charger for safer charging and maximum battery life and performance.

Charger

EZ-Peak Plus, 4 amps EZ-Peak Live, 12 amps EZ-Peak Dual, 8 amps EZ-Peak Live Dual, 26+ amps

Part No.

2970 2971 2972 2973 NiMH Compatible

YES YES YES YES

LiPo Compatible

YES YES YES YES

Battery iD

YES YES YES YES

Max. Cells

3s 4s 3s 4s

If the status LED doesn’t light green, check the polarity of the batteries. If you see any other flashing signal from the LED, refer to the chart on page 32 to identify the code.

Use the Right Batteries

Your transmitter uses AA batteries. Use new alkaline batteries. Do not use rechargeable AA cells 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.

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Battery iD Traxxas recommended battery packs are equipped with Traxxas Battery iD. This exclusive feature allows Traxxas battery chargers (sold separately) to automatically recognize connected battery packs and optimize the charge settings for the battery. This eliminates the need to worry over charger settings and menus for the easiest and safest charging solution possible. Visit Traxxas.com to learn more about this feature and available Traxxas iD chargers and batteries.

Battery Compartment Specs: • 142mm (5.59

" ) long x 49.5mm (1.95

" ) wide • Height with stock strap: 23mm (.91

" ) or 25mm (.94

" ) • Height with Part #6727X 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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INSTALLING THE BATTERY PACK

Install the battery pack with the battery wires facing the rear of the model. Insert the tabs of the battery hold-down into the slots in the rear hold-down retainer and then place the battery hold-down over the post. Secure the battery hold down with body clip in the hole in the post. Do not connect the battery pack yet.

RADIO SYSTEM CONTROLS

T U R N LE FT TURN R IG T H Neutral Brake/Reverse Using a Different Battery Configuration

The battery hold-down is capable of accommodating either side by-side racing style packs, “hump packs” with a stacked seventh cell, or the more common stick packs. The battery compartment is 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.

Note

: For taller batteries, an extended battery hold-down, part #6727X, is available (sold separately). For shorter batteries (6-cell), us the included foam block in the front of the battery compartment.

25mm side: Standard NiMH stick pack setup 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.

1 2 3

23mm side: Side-by-side NiMH pack setup Always turn your transmitter on first.

Plug in the battery.

Turn on the model.

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RADIO & VELINEON POWER SYSTEM • Always use new 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.

• 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.

• Always turn on the transmitter before plugging in the battery.

RADIO SYSTEM BASIC ADJUSTMENTS

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%).

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.

neutral position. To change the throttle neutral adjust position, turn the transmitter off before adjusting the

You will need to reprogram your electronic speed control to recognize the 70/30 setting.

Turn to ESC Setup Programming on page 18 for instructions.

Steering Trim

The electronic steering trim located on the face of the transmitter adjusts the neutral (center) point of the steering channel.

Note:

Traxxas Stability Management (TSM) must be completely turned off while adjusting steering trim. See page 17 for TSM adjustments.

Multi-Function Knob

The Multi-Function knob can be programmed to control a variety of functions. From the factory, the Multi Function knob controls Traxxas Stability Management (TSM). For more detail on TSM, refer to page 17.

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. With the transmitter on, press and release the EZ-Set button (.25 seconds). The LED will shine RED (see note below). This turns the model on. To turn the VXL-3s off, press and hold the EZ-Set button until the LED turns off (.5 seconds). shines green, Low-Voltage Detection is activated. This will cause erratic performance from NiMH battery packs. The default factory setting is for Low-Voltage Detection to be disabled (LED shines red). Make sure to turn the low voltage detection on when using LiPo batteries.

Low-Voltage Detection is turned off.

information.

Note:

If the LED

Never use LiPo batteries while

See page 18 for more 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 model, the front wheels should be pointing straight ahead. If the wheels are turned slightly to the left or right, turn off TSM (see page 17) and slowly adjust the steering trim control on the transmitter until they are pointing straight ahead; then, return the multi-function knob to the desired TSM setting.

Remember, always turn the TQi transmitter on first and off last to avoid damage to your model. 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.

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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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.

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Warning

:

Do not apply full throttle in forward or reverse while the model is elevated.

8. Once adjustments are made, turn off the receiver on your model, followed by the hand-held transmitter.

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. 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 model, 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 model 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 model, always leave adequate space between you, the model, and others. Never drive directly toward yourself or others. TQi Binding Instructions

For proper operation, the transmitter and receiver must be electronically “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. each other.

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 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 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.

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TRAXXAS STABILITY MANAGEMENT (TSM)

Traxxas Stability Management or TSM allows you to experience all the speed and acceleration that was engineered into your Traxxas model by helping you to maintain control of the vehicle in low-traction situations. TSM helps provide straight ahead full-throttle acceleration on slippery surfaces, without fishtailing, spinouts, or loss of control. TSM also dramatically improves braking control. High speed cornering and control is also made possible as TSM makes corrections for you, without intruding on your fun, or creating unexpected side effects.

The Multi-Function knob on the TQi transmitter has been programmed to control TSM. The recommended (default) setting for TSM is to rotate the knob to the 12:00 position (the zero mark on the dial).

Recommended setting

Turn the knob clockwise to increase assistance; turn the knob counterclockwise to decrease assistance. Turn the knob counterclockwise to its stop to turn TSM completely off.

Note:

TSM is deactivated automatically when driving or braking in reverse.

Decrease assistance TSM off Increase assistance

When driving on surfaces with some traction, decrease the TSM setting to allow the vehicle to feel more “loose” for power sliding, drifting, and so on. On surfaces with very little traction (loose dirt, smooth concrete, ice/snow), increase TSM to maximize acceleration and control. Drive with TSM on and off to test how it is making your control of the vehicle easier and more precise. For more information, visit Traxxas.com/tsm.

Note:

TSM must be completely turned off while adjusting steering trim.

SETTING UP THE ANTENNA

The receiver antenna has been set up and installed from the factory. The antenna is secured by a 3x4mm set screw. To remove the antenna tube, simply remove the set screw with the included 1.5mm wrench.

Antenna Tip

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. Next insert the antenna tube into the mount while making sure in place. Do not over tighten.

antenna tube.

Antenna Tube Antenna Mount

that antenna wire is in the slot in the antenna mount, then install the set screw next to the antenna tube. Use the supplied 1.5mm wrench to tighten the screw just until the antenna tube is securely

Do not bend or kink the antenna wire! See the sidebar for more information. Do not shorten the

SELF RIGHTING

Your model is equipped with Traxxas Self Righting that will allow you to automatically return it to an upright position after a rollover.

Note:

*

Make sure there is adequate space around Stampede 4X4 VXL and no people or animals are nearby before self righting. The model moves quickly and the tires are spinning at high speed. If a person or animal approaches the model during self righting, cancel immediately by moving the steering wheel or the throttle trigger.

Press and hold the SET button on the transmitter for four (4) seconds to activate the self-righting feature. Once activated, the SET button can be released. Certain driving surfaces or conditions may prevent the model from uprighting itself. After several attempts, self righting will cancel. Press the SET button to try again, or go and retrieve your model.

*3s LiPo battery pack required for the self-righting feature to operate properly.

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.

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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:

Connector Traxxas High-Current

Motor connectors:

TRX 3.5mm bullet connectors

Motor/Battery Wiring:

12-gauge Maxx ® Cable

Thermal Protection:

2-stage thermal shutdown

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. The VXL-3s speed control’s Low-Voltage Detection has been disabled for best performance with NiMH batteries. The speed control’s LED will glow red when it is turned on, indicating Low-Voltage Detection is disabled. Be certain to activate Low-Voltage Detection if you install a LiPo battery in your model.

Never use LiPo batteries while Low Voltage Detection is disabled. To verify the Low-Voltage Detection setting:

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 settings have been adjusted, reset them to the factory defaults. 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.

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. 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 and then red. Release the EZ-Set button. 4. When the LED blinks RED ONCE, pull the throttle trigger to the full throttle position and hold it there (B).

5. When the LED blinks RED TWICE, push the throttle trigger to the full reverse and hold it there (C).

B C

Once Red

A

Green then Red

6. When the LED blinks GREEN ONCE, programming is complete. The LED will

Twice Red

then shine green or red (depending on Low-Voltage Detection setting), indicating the VXL-3s is on and at neutral (D).

D

Once Green

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VXL-3s Operation

To operate the speed control and test programming, place the vehicle on a stable block or stand so that all of the drive wheels are off the ground. Disconnect motor wires “A” and “C” (see page 12), this will ensure 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.

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 a 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).

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 the VXL-3s and turn on your transmitter.

A

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 Profile numbers).

3. When the LED blinks red once, release the EZ-Set button.

Green to Red to Off

C

Release

B D

One blink Red 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.

Selecting Race Mode

(Profile #2: 100% Forward, 100% Brakes, No Reverse) 1. Connect a fully charged battery pack to 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, then solid red and then begins blinking red (indicating the Profile numbers).

A

Green to Red to Off

C B D

Two blinks Red

3. When the LED blinks red twice, 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.

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Patented 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 EZ-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 EZ-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.

ADJUSTING THE ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROL

Selecting Training Mode

(Profile #3: 50% Forward, 100% Brakes, 50% Reverse) 1. Connect a fully charged battery pack to 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, then solid red and then begins blinking red (indicating the Profile numbers).

A

Green to Red to Off

C B D

Three blinks Red

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 VXL-3s 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 27).

• Very Fast Blinking Red

same time.

: Thermal Shutdown Protection and Low Voltage Protection (see above) have occurred at the

• Alternating; Blinks Red then Green

: If the motor has no power, the VXL-3s has entered into a fail-safe mode.

Over WARNING Voltage Protection

. If a battery with too high voltage is used, the VXL-3s will go : 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 31) is incorrectly set. If the Multi Function knob is set to throttle trim, then adjust the Throttle Trim to the middle “0” setting.

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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 28 for advanced user 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 18). 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. 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.

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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 9T or spur gear as large as 54T) when running in mud, deep puddles, snow, or other similar situations that will restrict the tires and put much higher loads on the motor.

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).

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 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.

DRIVING YOUR MODEL •

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 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. Remove the wire clamp by removing the two 2.5x8mm cap screws.

2. Remove the cover by removing the two 3x10mm cap screws.

3. To remove the receiver from the box, simply lift it out and set to the side. The antenna wire is still inside the clamp area and cannot be removed yet.

4. Unplug the servo cables from the receiver and remove the receiver.

Receiver Installation

1. Install the electronic speed control (ESC), servo, and antenna wiring through the receiver box top (A). 2. Using double-sided adhesive foam tape, install the receiver into the box. Make sure the box light pipe is aligned with the receiver LED.

Note: For best performance, it is recommended that the receiver be installed in the original orientation as shown.

A

3. Plug ESC and servo wires into the receiver. Refer to page 12 for the wiring diagram. 4. Make sure the O-ring is properly seated into the groove in the receiver box bottom so that the cover will not pinch it or damage it in any way. 5. Place receiver box top onto receiver box bottom and install and tighten the two 3x10mm cap screws securely. 6. Inspect the cover to make sure that the O-ring seal is not visible.

B C D

7. Arrange the wires neatly using the wire guides on the receiver box top (B). Excess ESC and servo wiring should be bundled inside the receiver box. Pull out all available antenna wiring from the receiver box. 8. Apply a small bead of silicone grease (Traxxas part #1647) to the foam on the wire clamp (C). 9. Install the wire clamp and tighten the two 2.5x8mm cap screws securely (D). STAMPEDE 4x4 VXL • 23

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. Rear toe-in can be adjusted using accessory rear axle carriers, Traxxas Part #1952X. These can add or remove 1.5° toe per side, for a total of 1 to 4 degrees per side.

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BASIC TUNING ADJUSTMENTS

Once you become familiar with driving your model, you might need to make adjustments for better driving performance

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. Access the gears by removing the single screw on the gear cover. To set the gear mesh, loosen the motor screw. Cut a narrow strip of notebook paper and run it into the gear mesh. 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.

Strip of Paper Adjusting the Toe-in

Geometry and alignment specs play an important role in your model’s handling. Take the time to set them

Motor Screw

correctly. Turn off TSM (see page 17); then, set the steering 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 1° to 2° of toe in to each front wheel. Use the turnbuckles to adjust the alignment.

1°-2° 1°-2° Toe Base Factory Settings Front:

0-degrees

Toe-in Rear:

2.5-degree toe-in each side

Adjusting the Camber

The camber angle of both the front and rear wheels can be adjusted with the camber links (upper turnbuckles). Use a square or right angle triangle to set the camber accurately. Adjust the front wheels to 1° to 2° of negative camber. In the rear, adjust the wheels to 1° to 2° of negative camber. These adjustments should be set with the truck positioned at its normal ride height.

1°-2° Static Camber Base Factory Settings Front: Rear: Shock Mounting Positions

Big bumps and rough terrain require a softer suspension with the maximum possible suspension travel and ride height. Racing on a prepared track or on-road use requires a lower ride height and firmer, more progressive suspension settings. The more progressive suspension settings help reduce body dive during braking, and squat during acceleration.

Camber

1-degree negative camber each side 1-degree negative camber each side roll (increased roll stiffness),

1°-2°

* The shock guards must be removed on the front arms to access position 4.

** The shock guards must be removed on the front or rear arms to access position 5.

BASIC TUNING ADJUSTMENTS The suspension of your model has been set up for off-road performance (position 2 on the front suspension arms and position 3 on the rear suspension arms). If you plan on driving on hard surfaces, the following changes should be made: 1. Move the front shocks to position 3 on the suspension arms. 2. Move the rear shocks to position 4 on the suspension arms. 3. Add additional preload spacers.

4. Position 1 is not recommended for front or rear.

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.

Preload Spacer

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 to prolong seal life. From the factory, shock oil is set to 30W in the front and rear shocks. 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 shock oils to find what works best for your current track conditions.

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 in the model.

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 toward the receiver’s LED. 3. Turn the transmitter power switch on. Make certain the transmitter’s batteries are not depleted. 4. Turn off TSM (see page 17).

5. Turn the transmitter’s steering trim knob to the center “0” position.

6. Disconnect motor wires “A” and “C” (see page 12) 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 18). The servo’s output shaft will automatically jump to its center position. 7. 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.

8. 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 the Slipper Clutch

The model is equipped with an adjustable slipper clutch which is built into the large spur gear. The purpose of the slipper clutch is to regulate the amount of power sent to the wheels to prevent tire spin. When it slips, the slipper clutch makes a high-pitch, whining noise. To adjust the slipper, use the included wrench to hold the adjusting nut and roll the model forward to tighten and reverse 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.)

If you have questions or need technical assistance, call Traxxas at

1-888-TRAXXAS (1-888-872-9927) (U.S. residents only)

To achieve a good starting point for the slipper clutch in this model, remove the slipper gear assembly from your model (

see page 26 for instructions

) and 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.

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MAINTAINING YOUR MODEL

Always wear eye protection when using compressed air or spray cleaners and lubricants.

High performance vehicles generate small vibrations while driving. These vibrations may loosen hardware over time and require attention. Always check your wheel nuts and other hardware and tighten or replace when necessary.

The rear bulkhead (skid plate under spur gear) has two small holes in the bottom. These are for drainage of this area when running in very wet conditions. To keep extra dust/dirt out of the spur gear, 3mm set screws can be installed into these holes to limit dirt entry. Use Traxxas Part #2743 (sold separately).

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26 • STAMPEDE 4x4 VXL Your model requires timely maintenance in order to stay in top running condition.

The following procedures should be taken very seriously.

Frequently 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. Check the operation of the steering servo and ensure that it is not binding. 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.

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.

Steering

: Over time, you may notice increased looseness in the steering system. The tie rod ends may wear out from use (Traxxas Parts #2742 and #5525). Replace these components as needed to restore factory tolerances. •

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. •

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, also remove the batteries from the transmitter.

Suspension and slipper clutch assembly removal

The your model was designed with ease of disassembly in mind. The entire front and rear suspension assemblies can be removed from the chassis fully intact with the removal of only a few screws. Refer to the exploded views included in the your model’s Service Support Guide for complete assembly diagrams.

• •

Removing the front suspension module

1. Remove the two 4x12 button-head cap screws from the front of the chassis. 2. Remove the two 4x10 button-head cap screws from the top of the chassis. 3. Remove the 3x15 button-head cap screw from the steering link under the chassis. 4. Pull the front suspension assembly away from the chassis.

Removing the rear suspension module

(Slipper clutch assembly removal)

1. Remove the two 4x12 button-head cap screws from the top of the chassis. 2. Remove the two 4x12 button-head cap screws from the bottom of the chassis. 3. Pull the rear suspension assembly away from the chassis.

4. The slipper clutch assembly can now be removed.

4x12BCS Rear Suspension Assembly 4x12BCS Front Suspension Assembly 4x10CCS 3x15BCS Slipper Clutch Assembly 4x12BCS

ADVANCED TUNING ADJUSTMENTS

CAMBER GAIN

Your model has provisions for adjusting the camber gain geometry of the front and rear suspension. “Camber gain” refers to an increase in camber angle as the suspension is compressed. The camber gain of the vehicle can be changed by moving the camber link attachment to a different horizontal mounting position. Adjusting the camber gain will alter the tire contact patch as the suspension is compressed. Making the camber link shorter will increase the camber gain. This makes the vehicle more stable over bumps, but reduces traction on smooth surfaces. Lengthening the camber links has the opposite effect.

Front • Front Camber Gain

To increase the camber gain on the front suspension, move the inner camber link ends out to Position 3. Position 4 is the stock setting.

Rear • Rear Camber Gain

To increase the camber gain on the rear suspension, move the inner camber link ends out to a different attachment hole (Position 1 or 2 in the image. Position 3 is the stock setting). Once you make adjustments to the camber gain, you may need to re-adjust the static camber to suit your tuning needs.

ROLL CENTER

Your model has provisions for adjusting the roll center geometry of the front and rear suspension. Roll center refers to the virtual axis around which the chassis will roll when subjected to cornering forces. The roll center of the vehicle can be raised by mounting the inner ends of the camber links in a lower position. Raising the roll center will effectively increase the roll stiffness of the vehicle (similar to installing swaybars). Adding roll resistance to one end of the vehicle will tend to add traction to the opposite end. For example, increasing roll resistance in the rear will provide more traction for the front wheels and potentially more steering. Raising the roll center on the front and rear equally will increase overall roll resistance without changing the handling balance. The default factory locations are designed to make the truck easier and more forgiving to drive and less likely to traction roll in turns.

• Front Roll Center

To lower the roll center on the front suspension, move the inner camber link ends up to a different attachment hole (Position 1 or 2. Position 4 is

Front

link ends to the lower position on the C-hub.

C-hub

the stock setting). To lower the roll center further, move the outer camber

Bump steer correction

- “Bump steer” refers to unwanted steering inputs caused by suspension movement. Your model’s suspension geometry is designed to minimize bump steer. If you are using the upper hole on the C-hub (image A) and either of the two lower holes on the shock tower (positions 3 or 4 in “Front” image), the tie rod ball should be oriented with the large flat end on top (stock position - image B). When using any other combination of camber link attachment points, the tie rod ball should be oriented with the large flat end on the bottom (C).

Rear B A • Rear Roll Center

To raise the roll center on the rear suspension, relocate the inner camber links to one of the two holes (position 4 or 5 in image) in the lower row of the rear camber link attachment, located near the base of the rear shock tower.

Once you make adjustments to the roll center, you may need to re-adjust the static camber to suit your tuning needs.

C

GEARING

One of the more significant advantages to your model’s transmission is the extremely wide range of available gear ratios. Changing the gearing allows you to fine tune the speed of the model and control the temperatures of the battery pack and motor. Use a lower gear ratio (numerically larger) to reduce current draw and temperatures. Use a higher gear (numerically lower) to increase top speed. Use the following formula to calculate the overall ratio for combinations not listed on the gear chart:

# Spur Gear Teeth # Pinion Gear Teeth x 2.85 = Final Gear Ratio Gearing Compatibility Chart: The chart below shows recommended gear combination ranges for your model. Spur Gear 13 14 15 16 17 9 10 11 12 50 -

12.94

11.86

10.95

10.16

9.49

8.89

52

16.44

14.80

13.45

12.33

11.38

10.57

9.87

9.25

54

17.08

15.37

13.97

12.81

11.82

10.98

10.25

9.61

18 19 20 21

8.37

7.91

7.49

7.12

6.78

8.71

8.22

7.79

7.40

7.05

9.04

8.54

8.09

7.68

7.32

22 23

6.47

6.19

6.73

6.43

24 25

5.93

5.69

26 -

Thick black border indicates stock settings.

Out of box setup, recommended for most running, 6 or 7-cell NiMH, 2s LiPo Included optional gearing, for high-speed running only High speed running (7-cell NiMH or 2s LiPo) on smooth hard surfaces For aftermarket 540 motors; center shaft cover removed or modified Preferred gearing for off-road and extreme terrain driving, 3s LiPo Fits, not recommended Does not fit

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Velineon 3500 Specs Type:

Sensorless brushless

rpm/volt:

3500 (10-turn)

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 internal parts!

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.

28 • STAMPEDE 4x4 VXL ADVANCED TUNING ADJUSTMENTS When using higher gear ratios, it is important to monitor the temperatures of the battery and motor. If the battery is extremely hot (150°F) and/or the motor is too hot to touch (200°F), your model is probably over-geared and drawing too much current. 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.

Note

: Check and adjust gear mesh if a spur and/or pinion gear is changed.

This 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, install the included optional large pinion gear (more teeth).

The included optional large pinion gear is intended for high-speed running on hard surfaces, and this gearing is not recommended for off-road or repetitive starting and stopping.

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 VXL-3s in high current motor applications.

#6708 Stampede 4X4 VXL Pinion/Spur Battery Nominal Voltage mAh Skill Level

* Stock Gearing ** Included Optional Pinion

30+mph 11/54* 7-Cell NiMH 8.4V

3000+ mAh 40+mph 17/54** 7-Cell NiMH 8.4V

4000+ mAh 40+mph 17/54** 2S LiPo 7.4V

4000+ mAh 45+mph 11/54* 3S LiPo 11.1V

5000+ mAh 3S LiPo 11.1V

5000+ mAh

ADVANCED TUNING ADJUSTMENTS

TUNING THE SEALED GEAR DIFFERENTIALS

The action of the your model’s front and rear gear differentials can be tuned for different driving conditions and performance requirements, without major disassembly or removal of the suspension system.

From the factory, the differentials are sealed to maintain consistent long-term performance. Changing the oil in the differential with either lower or higher viscosity oil will vary the performance characteristics of the differentials. Changing to a higher viscosity oil in the differential will reduce the tendency for motor power to be transferred to the wheel with the least traction. You may notice this when making sharp turns on slick surfaces. The unloaded wheels on the inside of the turn have the least traction and tend to spin up to extremely high rpms. Higher viscosity (thicker) oil causes the differential to act like a limited-slip differential, distributing more equal power to the left and right wheels.

Your model will generally benefit from higher viscosity oil when climbing or racing on low-traction surfaces. traction surfaces.

Note

: Heavier oil will allow power to be transferred even with one or more tires off the ground. This can make the vehicle more likely to overturn on high From the factory, the front differential is filled with SAE 30,000W viscosity silicone oil. The rear differential is filled with grease, but can also be tuned with silicone differential oil.

Only use silicone oil in the differentials. Traxxas offers SAE 10,000W, 30,000W, and 50,000W viscosity oil (see your parts list). The differentials have to be removed from the vehicle and disassembled to change/replace oil.

Follow the steps below to access and refill the front and rear differentials:

Front differential:

1. Remove the two 3x15mm button-head screws that secure the top bumper mount to the differential screws do not need to be removed. 5. Slide tie bar off truck. front of the case.

(

diff) case.

2. Turn the chassis over and remove the three 4x10mm countersunk screws that hold bumper/skid plate to the bulkhead. The two rear 3. Slide bumper assembly off of the chassis. 4. Remove 3x15mm button-head screw from diff tie bar. 6. Remove two 3x15mm button-head screws from diff cover. Do not remove the two screws that secure the shock tower. 7. Use a 1.5mm hex wrench to remove the two screw pins that hold the driveshaft yokes to the differential output shafts. Remove the differential cover and slide the differential out of the 8. To reinstall the differential, reverse the steps.

Front Differential Removal 1.

3x15 BCS 3.

6.

3x15 BCS 5.

4.

3x15 BCS 2. 4x10 BCS

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Rear differential:

1. Remove the two 3x20mm button-head screws that secure the top bumper mount to diff case. 2. Turn the chassis over and remove the two 3x12mm countersunk crews that hold the bumper/skid plate to the bulkhead. The two front screws do not need to be removed. 3. Remove the 3x20mm button-head screw from the bumper mount and tie bar. 4. Slide bumper assembly off of the chassis. 5. Remove the tie bar from the chassis. 6. Remove the two 3x15mm button-head screws from differential cover. Do not remove the two screws that secure the shock tower. 7. Remove the differential cover and slide the differential out of the front of the case. 8. To reinstall the differential, reverse the steps.

Refilling the differential:

1. Remove the four 2.5x10mm screws from the differential case and carefully pull the diff case halves apart. Work over a towel to collect any fluid that drips from the differential.

2. Drain the fluid from the differential. You may wish to remove the spider gears from the differential to make this easier.

3. Place the spider gears back into the diff case, if you removed them. Fill the diff case with fluid until the spider gears are submerged half way. 4. Rejoin the diff case halves, using care to align the screw holes. Be sure the rubber gasket is in place, or the differential may leak.

5. Install the 2.5x10mm screws and tighten securely.

Rear Differential Removal 6.

3x15 BCS 1.

3x20 BCS 3. 3x20 BCS 5.

4.

Front of Truck 2. 3x12 BCS

TQ

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ADVANCED TUNING GUIDE

Your Traxxas transmitter has a programmable Multi-Function knob that can be set to control various advanced transmitter functions (set to Traxxas Stability Management (TSM) by default, see page 17). 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 34. Experiment with the settings and features to see if they can improve your driving experience.

Steering Sensitivity (Exponential)

The Multi-Function knob on the TQi transmitter can be set 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.

Turning Range at Transmitter Effective Turning Range on Model

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 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.

Throttle Sensitivity (Throttle Exponential)

The Multi-Function knob can be set to control Throttle Sensitivity. Throttle Sensitivity works the same way as Steering Sensitivity, 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. accidental runaways. See the sidebar for more information.

Note

: Your transmitter is equipped with a Throttle Trim Seek mode to prevent

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 (Multi Function 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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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.

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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.

TRANSMITTER LED CODES

LED Color / Pattern

Solid green Slow red (0.5 sec on / 0.5 sec off) Flashing fast green (0.1 sec on / 0.15 sec off) Flashing medium red (0.25 sec on / 0.25 sec off) Flashing fast red (0.125 sec on / 0.125 sec off)

Programming Patterns

or x 8 x 8 Counts out number (green or red), then pauses Fast green 8 times Fast red 8 times RECEIVER LED CODES

LED Color / Pattern

Solid green Slow red (0.5 sec on / 0.5 sec off) Flashing fast red (0.125 sec on / 0.125 sec off)

Name

Normal Driving Mode Binding Throttle Trim Seek Mode Low Battery Alarm Link Failure / Error

Notes

See page 14 for information on how to use your transmitter controls.

See page 16 for more information on binding.

Turn the Multi-Function knob right or left until the LED stops flashing. See page 31 for more information.

Put new batteries in the transmitter. See page 13 for more information.

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).

Current menu position Menu setting accepted (on SET) Menu SET invalid See Menu Tree for more information.

User error, such as trying to delete a locked model.

Name

Normal Driving Mode Binding Fail-Safe / Low-Voltage Detect

Notes

See page 14 for information on how to use your transmitter controls.

See page 16 for more information on binding.

Consistent low voltage in the receiver triggers Fail-Safe so there is enough power to center the throttle servo before it completely loses power.

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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.

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.

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.

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 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. STAMPEDE 4x4 VXL • 33

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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 Sensitivity (Expo) has been selected.

4. Press MENU twice. The red LED will blink three times repeatedly to indicate Steering % (Dual-Rate) 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.

Restoring Factory Defaults: Transmitter OFF Hold both MENU and SET Transmitter ON

1

Enter Programming Press and hold MENU for 3 seconds

2 3 4

Multi-Function Knob

One Blink Green

Press MENU Press MENU Press MENU Channel Setup

Two Blinks Green

Mode Selection

Three Blinks Green

Traxxas-Link

Four Blinks Green

Release MENU and SET

red LED blinks

Press SET

to clear settings. LED will turn solid green. Transmitter is restored to default

*Torque Control is a feature designed only for use with the power system in the Traxxas Funny Car Race Replica (Model #6907).

Press SET Press SET Press SET Press SET Press MENU

to move through options.

Press SET

to select an option.

1

Steering Sensitivity (Expo)

One Blink Red

2

Throttle Sensitivity (Expo)

Two Blinks Red

3

Steering % (Dual-Rate)

Three Blinks Red

4

Braking %

Four Blinks Red

5

Throttle Trim

Five Blinks Red

6

Knob Disabled

Six Blinks Red

7

Torque Control*

Seven Blinks Red

8

TSM

Eight Blinks Red

Press SET

1

Steering (Channel 1)

One Blink Green

Press MENU

2

Throttle (Channel 2)

Two Blinks Green

Press SET

to select an option.

1

Electric

One Blink Red

Press MENU

2

Nitro

Two Blinks Red

1

Model Locking

One Blink Green

Press SET Press SET

2

Press MENU Delete Model

Two Blinks Green

Press SET Note: The transmitter is “live” during programming so you can test the settings real time without having to exit the Menu Tree.

Press MENU

to move through options.

Press SET

to select an option.

1

Servo Reversing

One Blink Red

Press SET to reverse servo direction.

2

Sub-Trim

Two Blinks Red

Use knob to adjust sub-trim. Press SET to save.

3

End Points

Three 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.

4

Reset End Points

Four Blinks Red

Press SET to restore factory default end points.

1

Servo Reversing

One Blink Red

Press SET to reverse servo direction.

2

Sub-Trim

Two Blinks Red

Use knob to adjust sub trim. Press SET to save.

3

End Points

Three Blinks Red

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.

4 1 2 3 1

Reset End Points

Four Blinks Red

Press SET to restore factory default end points.

Unlock

One Blink Red

Lock

Two Blinks Red

Unlock All

Three Blinks Red

Confirm Deletion

One Blink Red

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Press/hold MENU

green LED blinks

Press/hold MENU

green LED blinks

Press/hold MENU

green LED blinks

Press/hold MENU

green LED blinks

Press/hold MENU

green LED blinks To LOCK the Multi-Function knob

Press/hold MENU

green LED blinks To REVERSE the direction of STEERING servo

Press/hold MENU

green LED blinks To set the SUB TRIM of the STEERING servo

Press/hold MENU

green LED blinks To set the END POINTS of the STEERING servo

Press/hold MENU

green LED blinks To reset the END POINTS of STEERING servo to defaults

Press/hold MENU

green LED blinks To REVERSE the direction of THROTTLE servo

Press/hold MENU

green LED blinks To set the SUB TRIM of the THROTTLE servo

Press/hold MENU

green LED blinks To set the END POINTS of the THROTTLE servo

Press/hold MENU

green LED blinks To reset the END POINTS of THROTTLE servo to defaults

Press/hold MENU

green LED blinks

Press SET

red LED blinks

Press SET

red LED blinks

Press SET

red LED blinks

Press SET

red LED blinks

Press SET

red LED blinks

Press SET

red LED blinks x 2

Press MENU

green LED blinks (x2) x 2

Press MENU

green LED blinks (x2) x 2

Press MENU

green LED blinks (x2) x 2

Press MENU

green LED blinks (x2) x 2

Press MENU

green LED blinks (x2) x 2

Press MENU

green LED blinks (x2) x 2

Press MENU

green LED blinks (x2) x 2

Press MENU

green LED blinks (x2) x 8

Press SET to confirm

green LED blinks (x8) x 2

Press MENU to confirm

red LED blinks (x2)

Press/hold MENU

returns to driving mode x 8

Press SET to select

green LED blinks (x8) x 3

Press MENU twice

red LED blinks (x3) x 8

Press SET to select

green LED blinks (x8)

Press/hold MENU

returns to driving mode

Press/hold MENU

returns to driving mode x 4

Press MENU 3 times

red LED blinks (x4) x 5

Press MENU 4 times

red LED blinks (x5) x 6

Press MENU 5 times

red LED blinks (x6) x 8

Press SET to select

green LED blinks (x8) x 8

Press SET to select

green LED blinks (x8) x 8

Press SET to lock

green LED blinks (x8)

Press/hold MENU

returns to driving mode

Press/hold MENU

returns to driving mode

Press SET

green LED blinks

Press SET

green LED blinks

Press SET

green LED blinks

Press SET

green LED blinks

Press SET

red LED blinks

Press SET

red LED blinks

Press SET

red LED blinks

Press/hold MENU

returns to driving mode x 8

Press SET

to reverse servo direction x 2

Press MENU

red LED blinks (x2) x 3

Press MENU twice

red LED blinks (x3) x 4

Press MENU 3 times

red LED blinks (x4)

Press SET

green LED blinks

Press SET

green LED blinks

Press SET

green LED blinks

Press SET

green LED blinks

Press SET

red LED blinks x 2

Press MENU

green LED blinks (x2) x 2

Press MENU

green LED blinks (x2) x 2

Press MENU

green LED blinks (x2) x 2

Press MENU

green LED blinks (x2)

Press SET

red LED blinks

Press SET

red LED blinks

Press SET

red LED blinks

Press SET

red LED blinks Adjust the Multi Function knob until the LED turns solid green. MENU TREE FORMULAS

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. Press/hold MENU

returns to driving mode

Use Multi-Function knob

to set neutral

Turn steering wheel

to desired max left and right travel x 8

Press SET

to reset end points x 8

Press SET

to reverse servo direction x

Press SET

to save position 8 x 8

Press SET

to save each position

Press/hold MENU

returns to driving mode

Press/hold MENU

returns to driving mode x 2

Press MENU

red LED blinks (x2) x 3

Press MENU twice

red LED blinks (x3) x 4

Press MENU 3 times

red LED blinks (x4)

Use Multi-Function knob

to set neutral

Use throttle trigger

to set desired max throttle or brake x 8

Press SET

green LED blinks (x8)

Press/hold MENU

returns to driving mode

Turn steering wheel

to test settings x

Press SET

to save position 8

Press SET

to save Use trigger to test

Press/hold MENU

returns to driving mode

1

Always turn your transmitter on first.

IF END POINTS ARE OK: Press/hold MENU

returns to driving mode

IF END POINTS NEED TO BE CHANGED: Press SET

and repeat steps 6-8

Press/hold MENU

returns to driving mode

IF END POINTS ARE OK: Press/hold MENU

returns to driving mode

IF END POINTS NEED TO BE CHANGED: Press SET

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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 and on Google Play for Android devices. iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or the Android device 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.

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PROGRAMMING YOUR TQi TRANSMITTER WITH YOUR APPLE iPHONE, iPAD, iPOD TOUCH, OR ANDROID MOBILE DEVICE

The Traxxas Link or Android ™ ™ Wireless Module (part #6511, sold separately) for the TQi transmitter installs in minutes to transform your Apple® iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, device 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 ℠ or on Google Play ™ ) 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, iPod touch, and Android interface

Traxxas Link makes it easy to learn, understand, and access powerful tuning options. Control Drive Effects settings, such as TSM assistance percentage; 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 TSM, 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 your eyes on your driving and not miss a single apex.

The customizable Traxxas Link dashboard delivers real-time RPM, speed, temperature, and voltage data. 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 and any previously bound transmitter, power them up, and start having fun.

Traxxas Link Model Memory simplifies organizing your collection of vehicles.

Compatible with: iPod touch (5th generation and later) iPad (3rd generation and later) iPad mini Android 4.4 (and later) iPhone 4S iPhone 5 iPhone 5C iPhone 5S Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.

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