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MODEL 5805




owners manual
Introduction
   3   Before You Proceed    Thank you for purchasing a Traxxas Slash. The Traxxas Slash Short-
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Before You Proceed

                                                                       Support                        ...
Safety Precautions
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Tools, Supplies and Required Equipment
Your model comes with a set of specialty metric tools. You’ll need to purchase othe...
Anatomy of the Slash
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Quick Start: Getting up to Speed
      The following guide is an overview of the procedures for getting your model running...
Decorating Your Model
            Applying The Decals                          Tire Gluing
            The main decals for...
The Traxxas TQ Radio System
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Your ...
The Traxxas TQ Radio System


                                      Radio and Power System Terminology                    ...
The Traxxas TQ Radio System


Installing Transmitter Batteries                                                  Using Diff...
The Traxxas TQ Radio System


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The Traxxas TQ Radio System



There are two settings available:
50/50: Allows equal travel for both
       acceleration a...
The Traxxas TQ Radio System


                                    TQ Radio System Rules                                   ...
Adjusting the Electronic Speed Control
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Adjusting the Electronic Speed Control


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5805 Manual

  1. 1. MODEL 5805 owners manual
  2. 2. Introduction 3 Before You Proceed Thank you for purchasing a Traxxas Slash. The Traxxas Slash Short- Traxxas Support Course Race Truck puts you in the drivers seat for intense fender- 4 Safety Precautions Traxxas support is with you every step of the to-fender, high-flying off-road action. The full-scale Short-Course way. Refer to the next page to find out how to Race Trucks embody the spirit of Traxxas R/C with their extreme 5 Tools, Supplies and contact us and what your support options are. 800+ horsepower racing engines full-throttle, dirt-roosting power Required Equipment slides, giant suspension travel, and Supercross-style big-air jumps. Quick Start The Traxxas Slash brings all the action home so you can experience 6 Anatomy of This manual is designed with a Quick the high-speed head-to-head competition at the track or in your the Slash Start path that outlines the necessary own backyard. The Slash was inspired by full-scale rear-wheel drive procedures to get your model up trucks purpose built to fly over jumps and rip full-throttle through 7 Quick Start: and running in the shortest time possible. If you are an the turns. The Traxxas Slash hangs it out for an all new way to Getting Up experienced R/C enthusiast you will find it helpful and fast. challenge your driving skills. The 4-wheel independent suspension to Speed Be sure and read through the rest of the manual to learn has been carefully tuned to replicate the full-scale driving and about important safety, maintenance, and adjustment handling experience as closely as possible. The scale appearing 8 Decorating procedures. Turn to page 7 to begin. tires provide just the right amount of bite and thick, blinding Your Model clouds of dirt roost. 9 The Traxxas We know you’re excited about getting your new model on the TQ Radio System road, but it’s very important that you take some time to read through the Owners Manual. This manual contains all the necessary 15 Adjusting the set-up and operating procedures that allow you to unlock the Electronic Speed performance and potential that Traxxas engineers designed into Control your model. Even if you are an experienced R/C enthusiast, it’s important to read and follow the procedures in this manual. 17 Driving Your Model We want you to feel confident that you own one of the best- 19 Adjusting performing models in the market and that it is backed by a team Your Model of professionals who aim to provide the highest level of factory support possible. Traxxas models are about experiencing total 22 Maintaining performance and satisfaction, not just with your model, but also Your Model with the company that stands behind it. We truly want you to enjoy your new model! 23 Troubleshooting Thank you again for going with Traxxas. 2 • Slash
  3. 3. Before You Proceed Support Traxxas Carefully read and follow all instructions in this and any 1100 Klein Road accompanying materials to prevent serious damage to your If you have any questions about your model or its operation, Plano, Texas 75074 model. Failure to follow these instructions will be considered call the Traxxas Technical Support line toll-free at: Phone: 972-265-8000 abuse and/or neglect. 1-888-TRAXXAS (1-888-872-9927)* Toll-free 1-888-TRAXXAS Before running your model, look over this entire manual and Technical support is available Monday through Friday from 8:30am Traxxas U.K. examine the model carefully. If for some reason you decide it is not to 9:00pm central time. Technical assistance is also available at P.O. Box 1128 what you wanted, then do not continue any further. Your hobby Winterbourne, Bristol Traxxas.com. You may also e-mail customer support with your BS36-2SH dealer absolutely cannot accept a model for return or exchange question at support@Traxxas.com. Join thousands of registered England after it has been run. members in our online community at Traxxas.com. Phone: 44-117-956-1002 Warnings, helpful hints, & cross-references Traxxas offers a full-service, on-site repair facility to handle any Internet of your Traxxas service needs. Maintenance and replacement Throughout this manual, you’ll notice warnings and helpful hints Traxxas.com parts may be purchased directly from Traxxas by phone or online identified by the icons below. Be sure to read them! E-mail: support@Traxxas.com at www.BuyTraxxas.com. You can save time, along with shipping Entire contents ©2008 Traxxas. and handling costs, by purchasing replacement parts from your An important warning about personal safety or avoiding Traxxas, Ready-To-Race, Ready- local dealer. damage to your model and related components. To-Win, Slash and ProGraphix are trademarks or registered Do not hesitate to contact us with any of your product support needs. Special advice from Traxxas to make things easier trademarks of Traxxas. Other We want you to be thoroughly satisfied with your new model! and more fun. brand names and marks are the property of their respective Refers you to a page with a related topic. 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. Slash • 3 *Toll-free support is available to U.S. residents only.
  4. 4. Safety Precautions Don’t Get Burned: The transistor tabs and the heat sinks can get extremely hot, 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 so be careful not to touch them until they cool. Supply adequate airflow for All instructions and those around you. Failure to operate your model in a safe and responsible cooling. precautions outlined in this Always Use Heat Sinks: Three heat sinks are factory-installed on the speed manner may result in property damage and serious injury. The precautions manual should be strictly outlined in this manual should be strictly followed to help ensure safe control and must be used for maximum cooling and performance. followed to ensure safe 4 to 8-Cells Only: The XL-5 can only accept a maximum input voltage operation. You alone must see that the instructions are followed and the operation of your model. precautions are adhered to. of 9.6 volts. Always adhere to the minimum and maximum limitations of the XL-5 as stated in the specifications table. Important Points to Remember Use Stock Connectors: If you decide to change the battery or motor connectors, Your model is not intended for use on public roads or congested areas where only change one battery or motor connector at a time. This model is not intended its operation can conflict with or disrupt pedestrian or vehicular traffic. This will prevent accidentally mis-wiring the speed control. If the XL-5 is not for use by children under Never, under any circumstances, operate the model in crowds of people. Your wired exactly as shown in the diagram, it can be damaged! Please note that 8 years of age without the model is very fast and could cause injury if allowed to collide with anyone. modified speed controls can be subject to a rewiring fee when returned for supervision of a responsible Because your model is controlled by radio, it is subject to radio interference service. and knowledgeable adult. from many sources that are beyond your control. Since radio interference No Reverse Voltage: The speed control is not protected against reverse polarity can cause momentary losses of radio control, always allow a safety margin in voltage. When changing the battery and/or motor, be sure to install the same all directions around the model in order to prevent collisions. type of connectors to avoid reverse polarity damage to the speed control. The motor, battery, and speed control can become hot during use. Be careful Removing the battery connectors on the speed control or using the same- to avoid getting burned. gender connectors on the speed control will void the product’s warranty. Don’t operate your model at night, or anytime your line of sight to the model Do Not Let the Transistor Tabs Touch: Never allow the three separate transistor may be obstructed or impaired in any way. banks to touch each other or any exposed metal. This will create a short circuit Most importantly, use good common sense at all times. and damage the speed control. (For example, laying a metal tool across the Batteries and Charging heatsinks can damage the speed control.) Your model uses rechargeable batteries that must be handled with care for Advanced Precautions safety and long battery life. Make sure to read and follow all instructions and Motor Limit: The XL-5 has a 15-turn modified motor limit for 540 size motor and No previous experience precautions that were provided with your battery packs and your charger. It a 12-turn modified motor limit for 550 size motor when the motor is properly with radio controlled is your responsibility to charge and care for your battery backs properly. In geared. If the motor or speed control is overheating, try a smaller pinion gear. models is required. addition to your battery and charger instructions, here are some more tips to Do not attempt to use a more powerful motor (fewer turns) than the above Models require a minimum keep in mind. mentioned motor limits or you could experience frequent thermal shutdown. of setup, maintenance, or Insulate the Wires: Always insulate exposed wiring with heat shrink tubing to Never leave batteries to charge unattended. support equipment. prevent short circuits. Remove the batteries from the model while charging. Use Neutrally Timed Motor: For reverse use, the motor must have 0° timing. Always unplug the battery from the electronic speed control when the model Modified motor (with adjustable end bells) timed to 0° or Johnson/ Mabuchi is not in use and when it is being stored or transported. (closed end bell) motor are recommended. Using motor with other than 0° Allow the battery packs to cool off between runs (before charging). timing will draw excess current in reverse, and can result in the speed control Do not use battery packs that have been damaged in any way. overheating and premature motor wear. Do not use battery packs that have damaged wiring, exposed wiring, or a Motor Capacitors Required: Ceramic capacitors should be properly installed on damaged connector. every motor to prevent radio interference. These are already installed on the Children should have responsible adult supervision when charging and factory Titan motor. handling batteries. No Schottky Diodes: External schottky diodes are not compatible with reversing Speed Control speed controls. Using a schottky diode with the XL-5 will damage the ESC and General Precautions void the 30-day warranty Disconnect the Batteries: Always disconnect the battery pack from the speed control when not in use. Transmitter on First: Switch on your transmitter first before switching on the speed control to prevent runaways and erratic performance. 4 • Slash
  5. 5. 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. For more information on batteries, see Use the Right Supplied Tools and Equipment Batteries on page 11. A peak-detecting charger is recommended for best performance and longest battery life. For more 2.5mm “L” wrench 2.0mm “L” wrench 1.5mm “L” wrench U-joint wrench 4-way wrench Turnbuckle wrench information, see Use the Right Charger on page 10. Recommended Equipment These items are not required for the operation of your model, but are a good idea to Optional Pinion Antenna nut Aftermarket Pre-load spacers and shock pistons Body clips and Battery hold-down pad (to reduce include in any R/C toolbox: Gear see page 20 wrench servo adapters body washers (on parts tree) see page 19 battery vibration, if necessary) • Safety glasses • Thin, hobby-quality cyanoacrylate instant tire glue (CA glue) • Hobby knife Required Tools and Equipment • Side cutters and/or needle (sold separately) nose pliers • Philips screwdriver • Soldering iron NiMH battery charger Charging adapter - Traxxas part #3061 8 AA alkaline 6 or 7-cell NiMH battery pack with (peak detecting type recommended) batteries Traxxas High-Current Connector (if your battery charger has a Molex connector) see sidebar Slash • 5
  6. 6. Anatomy of the Slash Steering Block Electronic Speed Turnbuckle Control (XL-5) (Rear Camber Link) Chassis Caster Block Half Shaft Antenna Mount Front Body Rear Battery Hold-Down Suspension Mount Body Mount Arm (Front) Receiver Box Front Shock Motor (Titan 12T) Front Bumper Tower Transmission Rear Bumper Shock Pinion Gear (Oil Damper) Nerf Bar Spur Gear Turnbuckle (Front Camber Link) Traxxas High- Battery Slipper Clutch Current Connector Compartment Turnbuckle Suspension Arm (Rear) (Toe Link) Rear Shock Tower Steering Servo 6 • Traxxas
  7. 7. 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. The Quick Start Guide is not intended to replace the 1. Read the safety precautions on page 4 7. Check servo operation • See page 14 full operating instructions available in this manual. For your own safety, understand where carelessness and misuse Make sure the steering servo is working correctly. Please read this entire could lead to personal injury. manual for complete instructions on the proper 2. Charge the battery pack • See sidebar, page 10 8. Range test the radio system • See page 14 use and maintenance of your model. Fully charge a 7.2-volt battery pack (not included). Charge your battery Follow this procedure to make sure your radio system works properly now so it will be ready when you finish the other setup procedures. at a distance and that there is no interference from outside sources. 3. Install the antenna • See page 12 9. Detail your model • See page 8 Install the antenna mast in the model. Apply other decals if desired. 4. Install batteries in the transmitter • See page 11 10. Drive your model • See page 17 The transmitter requires 8 AA alkaline or rechargeable batteries. Driving tips and adjustments for your model. 5. Install battery pack in the model • See page 11 11. Maintaining your model • See page 22 Your model requires a fully charged 7.2-volt battery pack Follow these critical steps to maintain the performance (not included). of your model and keep it in excellent running condition. 6. Turn on the radio system • See page 14 Make a habit of turning the transmitter on first, and off last. Look for the Quick Start logo at the bottom of Quick Start pages. Slash • 7
  8. 8. Decorating Your Model Applying The Decals Tire Gluing The main decals for your model have The factory tires on your model are been applied at the factory. The decals already glued to the rims. The tires are printed on self-adhesive clear mylar must be glued to the rims to prevent and are die-cut for easy removal. Use a the rims from spinning inside the tires. hobby knife to lift the corner of a decal The instructions here are provided to and lift it from the backing. To apply the show you how to glue replacement decals, place one end down, hold the tires to the rims in the future. Use CA other end up, and gradually smooth the tire glue available from your local decal down with your finger as you go. hobby dealer. This will prevent air bubbles. Placing 1. Remove a wheel from your model using the 4-way wrench. both ends of the decal down and then 2. Use your thumb to push the side of the tire away from the rim. trying to smooth it out will result in air Place one or two drops of CA glue into the opening and release the pockets. Look at the photos on the box tire. Capillary action will draw the glue around the bead of the tire. for typical decal placement. 3. Repeat step two at four or five points around the rim, until the tire is completely secured to the rim. Turn the rim over and repeat the process for the inside of the rim/tire. Repeat for the other three wheels. 4. Reinstall the wheels. Make sure none of the axle pins have fallen out from behind the hex hubs. 8 • Slash
  9. 9. The Traxxas TQ Radio System Wiring Diagram Your model is equipped with the Traxxas TQ Radio System. The Traxxas TQ Radio System is a 2-channel system that provides Motor The following Traxxas High high-power output up to a quarter mile. Your model uses one servo (Titan® 12T) Antenna Current Connector packages and an electronic speed control. are available from your Receiver hobby dealer. When using adapters, be careful not to TQ Transmitter exceed the current rating of the Molex connector. See page 11 for more information. Throttle Neutral Adjust Antenna Steering Wheel XL-5 Electronic Throttle Trim Speed Control Part #3060 Part #3080 Channel 2 Single Male/Female 2-Pack Female Steering Trim Traxxas High-Current * Not Used Connector (Male) to Battery Steering Servo Part #3061 Part #3070 Channel 1 Male Charge Adapter 2-Pack Male XL-5 Electronic Speed Control Part #3062 To Motor Throttle Female Charge Adapter Trigger Traxxas High-Current Connector (Male) to Battery Servo Reversing Switch CH.2 CH.1 Heat Sinks LED Set Button Power Indicator Power Switch Battery Compartment Slash • 9
  10. 10. The Traxxas TQ Radio System Radio and Power System Terminology mAh – Abbreviation for milliamp hour. A measure of the capacity of the battery pack. The higher the number, the longer the battery will last Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these radio and power Use the Right Charger between recharges. system terms. They will be used throughout this manual. The most convenient type Neutral position - The standing position that the servos seek when the BEC (Battery Eliminator Circuit) - The BEC can either be in the receiver or of charger is an AC peak- transmitter controls are at the neutral setting. in the ESC. This circuit allows the receiver and servos to be powered by detecting charger that plugs the main battery pack in an electric model. This eliminates the need to directly into an AC wall NiCad - Abbreviation for nickel-cadmium. The original rechargeable outlet. It contains special carry a separate pack of 4 AA batteries to power the radio equipment. hobby pack, NiCad batteries have very high current handling, high peak-detection circuitry capacity, and can last up to 1000 charging cycles. Good charging Channel - The 27 MHz frequency band is divided into 6 channels so that that automatically shuts the procedures are required to reduce the possibility of developing a up to six models can be operated simultaneously. Each channel is charger off when the battery “memory” effect and shortened run times. referred to by its flag color and channel number, as shown below. is fully charged. NiMH - Abbreviation for nickel-metal hydride. Rechargeable NiMH Frequency Flag Traxxas Channel Band Color Part No. batteries offer high current handling, and much greater resistance If you’re using a 15-minute 1 26.995 Brown 2031 to the “memory” effect. NiMH batteries generally allow higher timed charger, always fully capacity than NiCad batteries. They can last up to 500 charge cycles. discharge the battery pack 2 27.045 Red 2032 A peak charger designed for NiMH batteries is required for optimal before each charge. Some 3 27.095 Orange 2033 high mAh battery packs performance. 4 27.145 Yellow 2034 (1500 mAh or higher) require Receiver - The radio unit inside your model that receives signals from the more than the standard 15 5 27.195 Green 2035 transmitter and relays them to the servos. minutes of charge time. If 6 27.255 Blue 2036 Resistance - In an electrical sense, resistance is a measure of how an the battery pack is cold after object resists or obstructs the flow of current through it. When flow is 15 minutes of charging, Clearing your frequency - A routine, verbal check to make sure nobody constricted, energy is converted to heat and is lost. add another 5 minutes of else in your area is operating on the same channel. Always clear your charge time. Closely monitor Servo - Small motor unit in your model that operates the steering frequency by calling out your channel number before operating the battery pack and stop mechanism. your model. Wait or move to another area if your channel is already charging it when it begins being used. Transmitter - The hand-held radio unit that sends throttle and steering to feel warm to the touch. instructions to your model. Crystal (X-tal) - The plug-in device that determines which channel the Never leave a battery radio system will operate on. For each channel, there are two crystals, charging unattended. Trim - The fine-tuning adjustment of the neutral position of the servos, one for the receiver and one for the transmitter. Of those two crystals, Always follow charger made by adjusting the throttle and steering trim sliders on the face of the one marked with the lower number (.455 MHz lower) must be manufacturer’s instructions. the transmitter. inserted into the receiver. Thermal Shutdown Protection - Temperature sensing electronics Current - Current is a measure of power flow through the electronics, are used in the ESC to detect overloading and overheating of the usually measured in amps. If you look at wire like a garden hose, transistor circuitry. If excessive temperature is detected, the unit current is a measure of how much water is flowing through the hose. automatically shuts down to prevent damage to the electronics. ESC (Electronic Speed Control) - An electronic speed control is the 2-channel radio system - The TQ radio system, consisting of electronic motor control inside the model. The XL-5 uses MOSFET the receiver, the transmitter, and the servos. The system uses power transistors to provide precise, digital proportional throttle two channels: one to operate the throttle and one to operate control. Electronic speed controls use power more efficiently than the steering. mechanical speed controls so that the batteries run longer. An Voltage - Voltage is a measure of the electrical potential difference electronic speed control also has circuitry that prevents loss of steering between two points, such as between the positive battery terminal and throttle control as the batteries lose their charge. and ground. Using the analogy of the garden hose, while current is Frequency band - The radio frequency used by the transmitter to send the quantity of water flow in the hose, voltage corresponds to the signals to your model. All Traxxas RTR models operate on a 27 MHz pressure that is forcing the water through the hose. frequency band. 10 • Slash
  11. 11. The Traxxas TQ Radio System Installing Transmitter Batteries Using Different Battery Configuration The battery hold-downs are capable of accommodating either side-by- Your TQ transmitter uses 8 AA batteries. The battery compartment is Use the Right Batteries side racing style packs or the more common stick packs. The battery located in the base of the transmitter. Your transmitter uses AA compartments are configured for stick packs from the factory. The batteries. Use new alkaline 1. Remove the battery batteries, or rechargeable number on each side of the hold down indicates the battery height compartment door by batteries such as NiCad in millimeters that hold-down can accommodate. Note that one side pressing the tab and or NiMH (Nickel Metal is labeled “25” and other side is labeled “23”. The 25mm side is for use lifting the door up. Hydride) batteries in your with typical stick type battery packs. If you are using side-by-side racing 2. Install the batteries in transmitter. Make sure packs, simply flip the hold-down over to the 23mm side and use it on the the correct orientation rechargeable batteries are opposite side of the chassis. as indicated in the fully charged according 25mm side: Standard battery compartment. to the manufacturer’s NiMH stick pack setup 3. Reinstall the battery instructions. door and snap it closed. If you use rechargeable 4. Turn on the transmitter batteries in your and check the power indicator for a solid red light. transmitter, be aware 23mm side: Side-by-side NiMH pack setup If the power indicator light that when they begin to lose their charge, they flashes, then the transmitter lose power more quickly batteries are weak, discharged than regular alkaline CH.1 or possibly installed incorrectly. CH.2 batteries. Replace with new or freshly The Traxxas High Current Connector charged batteries. The power Your model is equipped with the Traxxas High- Caution: Discontinue indicator light does not indicate the charge level of the battery pack running your model at the Current Connector. Standard connectors restrict installed in the model. first sign of weak batteries current flow and are not capable of delivering (flashing red light) to avoid Installing the Battery Pack the power needed to maximize the output of losing control. the XL-5. The Traxxas connector’s gold-plated Install the battery pack with terminals with a large contact surfaces ensure positive current flow the battery wires facing If the power indicator with the least amount of resistance. Secure, long-lasting, and easy to the rear of the model. Your doesn’t light red, check the grip, the Traxxas connector is engineered to extract all the power your model includes a foam polarity of the batteries. battery has to give. block which should be Check rechargeable installed in front of 6-cell batteries for a full charge. To run this model, your batteries must be equipped with Traxxas batteries for a more secure High-Current Connectors. Batteries can either be purchased new with fit. Remove the foam block Traxxas connectors installed or Traxxas connectors can be purchased for use with 7-cell “flat” to install on battery packs you already own. See sidebar on page 9 for packs. Insert the tabs of the packages available from your hobby dealer. battery hold-down into the The typical Molex style connector is inadequate for slots in the rear hold-down Foam Block use in your model. It creates resistance that becomes retainer and then place the a bottleneck to current flow. If your battery pack is battery hold-down over the equipped with a Molex connector, it must be replaced post. Secure the battery hold-down with body clip in the hole in the with a Traxxas High-Current Connector to mate with post. Do not connect the battery pack yet. Molex the XL-5 electronic speed control. connector Slash • 11
  12. 12. The Traxxas TQ Radio System Setting up the Antenna TQ Radio System Controls You must install the antenna mast Steering Spray a little window cleaner Antenna (tube) before you operate your model. on the antenna wire to make Tip You’ll find the assembled plastic it easier to push through the antenna tube and tip laying in antenna tube. TU TUR EFT the chassis. RN RIGHT NL 1. Remove the antenna tip. If there are any kinks in the black antenna wire, it will 2. Pull the slack wire through the antenna be more difficult to push tube, and then insert the base of the through the antenna tube. antenna tube into the antenna post Antenna Pull the wire straight by on the receiver box. Take care not to Brake/Reverse Tube sandwiching it between your crimp the antenna wire. thumb and index finger and running your fingers along 3. Slide the crimp nut over the antenna the length of the wire (with tube and screw it into the antenna medium pressure). post. Slide the antenna wrench over the antenna tube and tighten the crimp nut on the post just until the Neutral Don’t shorten the length of antenna tube is securely in place. Do the antenna wire. Its length not over tighten or crush the antenna is tuned to the frequency wire against the chassis. band; cutting it could Antenna severely shorten the radio 4. Fold the top of the antenna wire over Wrench CH.1 CH.2 system’s range. the top of the antenna tube. Slide the antenna tip onto the top of the Accelerate antenna tube. Never cut or shorten Antenna Don’t push the transmitter the antenna wire. Crimp Nut antenna down from the top. Pull it down from the 5. On the transmitter, always fully bottom, one segment at a extend the telescoping antenna time, to prevent binding and when running your model. Make a kinking the antenna mast. TQ Radio System Adjustments habit of holding the transmitter so In addition to the electronic throttle and steering trim controls, the antenna points straight up. your radio system features throttle neutral adjustment and servo reversing switches. These are preset at the factory and should not require further adjustment. 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. 12 • Slash
  13. 13. The Traxxas TQ Radio System 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: If you change throttle travel, you will need to reprogram the electronic speed control. Electronic Throttle Trim The electronic throttle trim located on the face of the transmitter adjusts the neutral (center) point of the throttle servo when the servo is at rest. Your model uses an electronic speed control instead of a throttle servo, this control has been preset for you at the factory. Electronic Steering Trim The electronic steering trim located on the face of the transmitter adjusts the neutral (center) point of the steering servo when the servo is at rest. Adjust this control to make the model drive straight with no steering input at the wheel. Servo Reversing Switches The servo reversing switches are located on the front of the transmitter, next to the on/off switch. Moving a switch reverses CH.2 CH.1 the direction of the corresponding servo. Each switch corresponds to a channel, as shown below. For example, if you turn the steering wheel to the right and your wheels turn left, you would move the Channel 1 switch to correct the servo direction. It may be necessary to adjust the corresponding trim control after moving a switch. Channel Servo 1 Steering CH.2 CH.1 2 Throttle Default Setting Slash • 13
  14. 14. The Traxxas TQ Radio System TQ Radio System Rules 3. Plug the battery pack in the model into the speed control. Channel 1 Each time you prepare to run your model, you Brown Remember, always turn the 4. The on/off switch is integrated into the speed control. With must clear your frequency to be sure no one Channel 2 TQ transmitter on first and the transmitter on, press the XL-5 set button for ½ second, until Red else in the area is using the same channel as off last to avoid damage to the LED shines GREEN, then immediately release the button. This Channel 3 you. There are six possible channels, numbered your model. Orange turns the model on (see page 15 for more on XL-5 setup and 1 through 6. Each is represented by a color. Channel 4 operation). To turn the XL-5 off, press the set button until the Look at the crystal plugged into the back of Yellow green LED turns off. your transmitter to determine which channel Channel 5 Green your model is assigned to. 5. Turn the steering wheel on the transmitter back and forth and Your speed control was Channel 6 check for rapid operation of the steering servo. Also, check that adjusted to the radio from Blue Always turn your TQ transmitter on first and off the factory. It is possible the steering mechanism is not loose or binding. If the steering last. This procedure will help to prevent your model for the throttle trim control operates slowly, check for weak batteries. from receiving stray signals from another transmitter, on the transmitter to have or other source, and running out of control. 6. When looking down at model, the front wheels should be moved during transit pointing straight ahead. If the wheels are turned slightly to or while handling the Always have the transmitter turned on before plug in the left or right, slowly adjust the steering trim control on the transmitter. If the motor the battery. transmitter until they are pointing straight ahead. runs when the model is Always use new or freshly charged batteries for the radio switched on, then move the 7. Operate the throttle trigger to ensure that you have full forward system. Weak batteries will limit the range of the radio signal throttle trim control on the and reverse operation, and that the motor stops when the between the receiver and the transmitter. Loss of the radio transmitter until the motor throttle trigger is at neutral. signal can cause you to lose control of your model. stops. If anything more than a slight adjustment of 8. Once adjustments are made, turn off your model, followed by the throttle trim control is the hand held transmitter. 3 2 1 required, then you should Range-Testing the TQ Radio System readjust your speed control. Refer to the adjustments Before each running session with your model, you should range- section on page 15. test your radio system to ensure that it operates properly. CH.1 CH.2 1. Turn on the radio system and check its operation as described in the previous section. Always turn your Turn on the model. When rechargeable batteries Plug in the battery. transmitter on first. see TQ Radio System Setup, step 4. 2. Have a friend hold the model. Make sure hands and clothing are begin to lose their charge, clear of the wheels and other moving parts on the model. they will fade much faster than alkaline dry cells. Stop 3. Make sure your transmitter antenna is fully extended, and then TQ Radio System Setup immediately at the first sign walk away from the model with the transmitter until you reach The TQ Radio System was pre-adjusted at the factory. The of weak batteries. Never turn the farthest distance you plan to operate the model. adjustment should be checked, before running the model, the transmitter off when the in case of movement during shipping. Here’s how: battery pack is plugged 4. Operate the controls on the transmitter once again to be sure in. The model could run out 1. Fully extend the chrome antenna mast on the transmitter and that the model responds correctly. of control. turn the switch on. The red indicator light on the transmitter 5. Do not attempt to operate the model if there is any problem should be solid red (not flashing). with the radio system or any external interference with your 2. Elevate the model so that the rear tires are off the ground. radio signal at your location. If you are holding the model, grip it firmly. Make sure your hands are clear of the moving parts of the model. 14 • Slash
  15. 15. Adjusting the Electronic Speed Control XL-5 Operation XL-5 electronic speed controls are factory set and should not require any adjustments. These instructions are provided for your reference. XL-5 Specifications To operate the speed control and test the programming, reconnect the Input voltage: motor wires and place the vehicle on a stable block or stand so that all Transmitter Adjustments for the XL-5 ESC 4 to 8 cells (4.8 to 9.6V) of the driven wheels are off the ground. Before attempting to program your XL-5 ESC, it is important to make Motor limit: sure that your transmitter is properly adjusted (set back to the factory 15-turns (540) 1. With the transmitter on, press the set button for ½ second, until the 12-turns (550) defaults). Otherwise, you may not get the best performance from your LED shines GREEN, then immediately release the button. This turns Peak current - fwd/rev: speed control. the XL-5 on. If you press and release too quickly, you may hear the 60A/60A steering servo jump but the LED may not stay on. Simply press the The transmitter should be adjusted as follows: Braking current: button again until the LED shines GREEN and then release. (Note: If the 60A 1. Set the throttle neutral switch to the 50/50 setting. throttle is not at neutral or if the throttle trim has been altered, the LED BEC voltage: 2. Set the throttle trim to the middle “0” setting. This adjusts the 6V will turn off after one second and the wheels may begin to drive.) neutral position. Transistor type: 2. Apply forward throttle. The LED will turn off until full throttle power is 3. Set the Channel 2 servo reversing switch to the left position. MOSFET reached. At full throttle, the led will shine GREEN. 4. Do not change the position of any of the servo reversing switches Battery connector: 3. Move the trigger forward to apply the brakes. Note that braking after programming the XL-5 ESC. Traxxas High-Current control is fully proportional. The LED will turn off until full braking Connector XL-5 Setup Programming (Calibrating your ESC and transmitter) power is reached. At full brakes, the LED will shine GREEN. XL-5 Wiring Diagram Read through all of the programming steps before you begin. If you get 4. Return the throttle trigger to neutral. The LED will shine GREEN. lost during programming or receive unexpected results, simply unplug 5. Move the throttle trigger forward again to engage reverse (Profile #1). the battery, wait a few seconds, plug the battery back in, and start over. The LED will turn off. Once full reverse power is reached, the LED will A shine GREEN. 1. Disconnect one of the motor wires between the 6. To stop, return the throttle trigger to neutral. Note that there is XL-5 and the motor. This is a precaution to prevent no programmed delay when changing from reverse to forward. runaway when the speed control is turned on before Use caution to avoid slamming the speed control from reverse to it is programmed. forward. On high-traction surfaces, this could result in transmission 2. Connect a fully charged Green then Red or driveline damage. battery pack to the XL-5. B 7. To turn the XL-5 off, press the set button until the green LED turns off. 3. Turn on the transmitter Thermal Shutdown Protection (with the throttle at neutral). The XL-5 is equipped with thermal shutdown protection to guard 4. Press and hold the ESC set button against overheating caused by excessive current flow. If the operating (A). The LED will first turn green and Once Red temperature exceeds safe limits, the XL-5 will automatically shut down. then red. Release the set button. C The LED on the face of the XL-5 will continuously shine green, even 5. When the LED blinks RED ONCE. Pull if the throttle trigger is moved back and forth. Once the temperature the throttle trigger to the full throttle returns to a safe level, the XL-5 will once again function normally. position and hold it there (B). XL-5 Profile Selection 6. When the LED blinks RED TWICE. Twice Red The speed control is factory set to Profile #1 (100% forward, brakes, and Push the throttle trigger to the full D reverse). To disable reverse (Profile #2) or to allow 50% forward and reverse and hold it there (C). 50% reverse (Profile #3), follow the steps on page 16. The speed control 7. When the LED turns solid GREEN, programming is should be connected to the receiver and battery, and the transmitter complete. The LED will continuously shines green should be adjusted as described previously. The profiles are selected indicating the XL-5 is on and at neutral (D). by entering the programming mode. Solid Green Slash • 15
  16. 16. Adjusting the Electronic Speed Control Profile Description Profile #1 (Sport Mode): 100% Forward, 100% Brakes, 100% Reverse Patent-Pending Training Profile #2 (Race Mode): 100% Forward, 100% Brakes, No Reverse Mode (Profile #3) reduces Profile #3 (Training Mode): 50% Forward, 100% Brakes, 50% Reverse forward and reverse throttle Selecting Sport Mode (Profile #1: 100% Forward, 100% Brakes, 100% Reverse) by 50%. Training Mode 1. Connect a fully charged battery is provided to reduce the A B power output allowing pack to the XL-5 and turn on your beginning drivers to better transmitter. control the model. As driving 2. With the XL-5 off, press and hold skills improve, simply change the set button until the light turns Green to Red to Off One blink Red to Sport or Race Mode for solid green, then solid red and then C D full-power operation. begins blinking red (indicating the Profile numbers). 3. When the light blinks red once, Tip For Fast Mode Changes release the set button. Release Solid Green The XL-5 is set to Profile 1 4. The light will then turn green and the model is ready to drive. (Sport Mode) as the default. To quickly change to Profile 3 Selecting Race Mode (Profile #2: 100% Forward, 100% Brakes, No Reverse) (Training Mode), with the 1. Connect a fully charged battery A B transmitter on, press and pack to the XL-5 and turn on your hold the SET button until the transmitter. light blinks red three times 2. With the XL-5 off, press and hold and then release. the set button until the light turns Green to Red to Off Two blinks Red For full power, quickly change solid green, then solid red and then C D back to Profile 1 (Sport Mode) begins blinking red (indicating the by pressing and holding the Profile numbers). SET button until the light 3. When the light blinks red twice, blinks red one time and release the set button. then releasing. Release Solid Green 4. The light will then turn green and the model is ready to drive. Selecting Training Mode (Profile #3: 50% Forward, 100% Brakes, 50% Reverse) 1. Connect a fully charged battery A B pack to the XL-5 and turn on your transmitter. 2. With the XL-5 off, press and hold the set button until the light turns Green to Red to Off Three blinks Red solid green, then solid red and then C D begins blinking red (indicating the Profile numbers). 3. When the light blinks red three times, release the set button. Release Solid Green 4. The light will then turn green and the model is ready to drive. Note: If you missed the mode you wanted, keep the SET button pressed down and the blink cycle will repeat until a Mode is selected. 16 • Slash

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