Traxxas offers several spring options to get you the best RC driving experience. With each spring having different spring rates, you get to be versatile with your Traxxas RC.
So, what are the spring rates of different springs in the Traxxas spring rate chart?
Traxxas offers 11 springs of different spring rates with their RC. Some of them offer softer spring compression, while others are stiff. With so many options, you can choose the perfect spring for your shocks. Depending on the type of RC and terrain, you need to fine-tune your Traxxas springs.
Interesting, isn’t it? But only learning the color codes won’t help you get the best out of your RC. For that, you need to understand how each spring in the chart impacts RC driving.
Luckily for you, we got it all covered. Join us to find out everything about Traxxas’s spring rate chart.
What is RC Spring Rate?
The amount of weight needed to compress a spring by an inch is its Spring Rate.
Doesn’t make much sense, does it? Well, let’s go through an example to understand it better.
Suppose, we have a spring that’s 10 lb per inch. It’ll compress by 1 inch if 10lb equivalent of weight is asserted on the spring. The spring will compress by another extra inch if we put an extra 10 lb weight on it.
We use RC spring rate measurement to identify the stiffness of the shock springs.
A high RC shock spring rate will make your vehicle responsive, giving it an advantage on certain terrains. A lower spring rate, on the other hand, means a softer spring. With it, you get better traction, increased chassis roll, and overall, better driving in bumpy terrains.
We’re going to learn about Traxxas shock spring rate in the next segment.
Traxxas RC Spring Rate Chart
To get you started with your new RC, Traxxas offers 11 pairs of springs. Each pair offers different spring rates to tune up your RC for different surfaces. And that dictates how well the handling of your RC will get on those specific surfaces.
Let’s have a look at this Traxxas spring rate color chart to get a better understanding:
|Dot Color||Spring Rate||90mm/ 120mm travel|
|Yellow||14.8 lb/in||90mm travel|
|White||16.6 lb/in||90mm travel|
|Orange||18.3 lb/in||90mm travel|
|Green||20.0 lb/in||90mm travel|
|Gold||21.7 lb/in||90mm travel|
|Tan||23.4 lb/in||90mm travel|
|Black||25.1 lb/in||90mm travel|
|Silver||28.0 lb/in||120mm travel|
|Pink||30.8 lb/in||120mm travel|
|Blue||33.7 lb/in||120mm travel|
|Purple||36.5 lb/in||120mm travel|
As the table suggests, we can see that each of the springs possesses different spring rates. Among them, the 90mm travel springs have a maximum spring rate of 25.1 lb/in. Any more than that, and the springs fall in the 120mm travel category.
Following the chart carefully, we can term the 90mm travel springs as softer springs. While the 120mm travel can be easily considered as stiffer springs, considering their higher spring rate.
In the next segment, we’re going to learn more about the spring rates. We’ll get to understand how the spring rate affects driving in different terrains.
Stiff Spring vs Soft Spring: Which One Is Better?
When it comes to differentiating the two springs, not many factors come up. However, setting up the RC with the two different springs makes it easier to distinguish them. The change in performance is easy to spot regardless of the motor size.
Here’s how the two shocks fare in the following categories:
Softer springs give you a higher chassis roll. This means you get a better grip and the suspension will react better to irregular surfaces.
On the other hand, with a stiffer spring, you’ll experience decreased chassis roll. And it’ll eventually lead to decreased grip.
Shocks that are positioned at steep angles in relation to the chassis require stiffer spring. This is necessary in order to keep the RC at a particular height.
Due to possessing higher traction and grip, softer springs are great for driving in irregular terrains. But stiff springs give you better driving advantages on relatively smoother surfaces. Thanks to the better responsiveness of the stiff spring.
So if you’re about to set up your RC on bumpy terrain, you know which spring to pick!
The stock springs you receive from Traxxas does a great job at operating on those bumpy surfaces.
Thanks to the stiffer spring, you get better responsiveness from your RC. Something you can’t get from shocks with softer spring rates.
The rigidity of the spring maintains a solid chassis stature, making your RC more responsive. It’s highly effective when driving on a plain surface.
A set of progressive springs can set you up for the best driving outcome. Here are some of our recommendations:
Test them out on every available surface. We guarantee they won’t disappoint!
Traxxas RC Suspension Tuning
From your assessment of the terrain, you’ll be required to fine tune your suspension.
With your Traxxas RC, you’ll get your stock shocks for the front and rear shocks. The white dot for the front, and the green dot for the rear. This combination of springs are especially advantageous for driving in rough terrain.
However, for better responsiveness, you’ve to switch to a firmer set of springs. And that means that you’ll require to switch to thicker viscosity of fluid in the shocks. What this does is that it restricts your suspension from getting under-damped/over-sprung.
A great example of this can be the Traxxas Slayer Pro 4 X4. With more spring rate and compressed suspension, we get a better hold of your driving! Try any motor with any esc, and you’ll still notice the difference in control!
What is the Optimal Spring Rate?
The best spring rate settings should be a compression of 25-30% than that of the free length. This allows a great balance and adds stability to your driving. Softer spring rate makes your ride smoother. On the other hand, stiff springs will help get a firm control over the ride.
What Advantage Does a Progressive Spring Have?
Thanks to progressive springs, you get a diversified riding experience. The spring can adjust itself to get softer if the suspension is set at a normal ride height. Similarly, you can get a stiffer spring when the suspension is tested with pressure.
Does Lowering My Car Make it Faster?
Yes. Lowered car tends to be more aerodynamic. This means that when the car is lowered, its wheels have to face less air resistance. With less air resistance, the car can drive faster and see an improved gas mileage.
That’s everything we got on Traxxas spring rate chart. Pick your favorable spring to get the best out of your Traxxas RC!
Here’s a tip. Try to always use softer springs on the front shocks compared to the rear shocks. That should help you get better stability.