Short Course Trucks play a dominant role in the RC world. Just about every manufacturer offers some form of short course truck in either 2wd or 4wd or both. The term short course refers to the real racing trucks the RC machines are modeled after. The full scale short course truck is a high powered machine that runs on a closed circuit track unlike other trucks such as trophy trucks that are typically run out in the open. So just because these trucks have been coined with the short course name doesn’t mean they necessarily always have to be used in that fashion. Short Course trucks are really very capable platforms with plush independent suspension, hefty drivetrains and strong chassis components. What that means is that these RC trucks would make great platforms for other types of trucks. Pro-Line Racing sees the potential behind short course platforms and developed a bunch of aftermarket support accessories to customize your truck into an amazing new machine.
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Pro-Line is most well known for their tires and bodies and although they offer a number of great short course specific racing bodies, in this article we’re going to focus on their many other bodies available to fit right onto your short course truck.
True Scale- These bodies are designed to look as scale as possible while still fitting on the dimensions of a short course truck platform.
This 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor True Scale Clear Body for Short Course Trucks is one of the most anticipated Truck bodies of all time. Pro-Line includes all the scale detail into the body and sticker sheet for a highly detailed yet functional replica of the unreleased 2017 Raptor. The 2017 Raptor has a bold and tough body style that is the most cutting edge look available. Part: 3461-00
Pro-Line’s 2013 Ram 1500 True Scale body for Short Course Trucks is perfect for all you Ram Truck fans! Pro-Line now gives you the option to convert your Slash and SC10 Short Course Truck into a True Scale Ram Lifted Truck. Part: 3420-00
This is a True Scale Ford® F-150 Raptor SVT Clear Body for the Slash 2WD, Slash 4×4 and SC10 (requires Pro-Line Extended Body Mounts). It is time to go wild and go real with Pro-Line’s True Scale Ford® F-150 Raptor SVT truck body for Short Course Trucks! Part: 3389-00
When you have the need for speed, check out Pro-Line’s Chevy Silverado Pro-Touring body designed for slammed street truck racing! The Chevy Silverado Pro-Touring body features incredible scale details while being proportioned to fully cover the tires of your Short Course truck. Combine the body with Pro-Line’s 2.8” Road Rage Tires mounted on F-11 2.8” Wheels to get the ultimate in scale street style and performance. The Chevy Silverado Pro-Touring body is a single cab truck with the grill, headlight and taillight detail that you have come to expect from Pro-Line. Part: 3457-00
Go full body and go off-road with Pro-Line’s 1981 Ford Bronco body for Short Course Trucks. Pro-Line gives you the option to convert your Short Course Truck into a True Scale old school Bronco that is popular among full scale off road racers. This Bronco body is perfect for making your friends jealous and giving your Truck a completely different look! Part: 3423-00
The Pro-Line Toyota Tundra TRD Pro True Scale Body for SC Trucks body accurately replicates the real truck and completely transforms the look of your Short Course Truck. Part: 3476-00
Want your very own custom “Hay Hauler?” Pro-Line’s licensed 1966 Ford F-100 body comes with perfectly scaled details like the step-sides and huge fender flares that will bring you back to the good old days. You can even create your own version of the Class 8 Desert Truck that dominated the desert in the 1980’s! Part: 3408-00
This is a Chevy Silverado HD Clear Body for the Slash 2WD and Slash 4×4. It is time to go bold and go HD with Pro-Line’s new Chevy Silverado HD scale truck body! Pro-Line now gives you the option to convert your Slash Short Course Truck into a True-Scale Lifted Truck. Part: 3385-00
Looking for a VW Full Fender Baja Bug Clear Body? The Pro-Line Baja Bug is officially licensed by Volkswagen back with the same style, quality, and features as it had the first time around and now a full fender version for SC. When you’re looking to outfit your SC truck with the coolest, most durable shells, then check out Pro-Line’s complete line of Volkswagen Baja Bug bodies. Part: 3238-63
As we mentioned, Pro-Line is also known for their competition race tires, but there will be no low Profile pins here. We’re going to talk rugged off-road treads and maybe a little road use too. Beyond cool bodies, here are a bunch of great tires to enhance the new style and performance of your short course machine.
BFGoodrich KR2 SC tires- Take a look at the BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR2 tire for Short Course Trucks in Pro-Line’s M2 compound! Details from the full-size race winning tire have been recreated to give your truck the ultimate in scale look and desert racing performance. Known for extreme traction and durability in the full scale world on Trophy Trucks and Ultra 4 vehicles, the BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR2 tire features an iconic layout of large tread blocks with swooping cuts and uniquely designed sidewall tread that will give your rig improved desert racing performance. Part: 10123-00
Trencher and Trencher X SC 2.2”/3.0” All Terrain Tires- The Trencher tires are designed to give your short course truck optimal traction on just about any surface. Realistic shaped treads give your short course truck a scale look while offering ridiculous amounts of forward bite. The tall tread will also offer traction in many different terrains and deliver durability that is second to none. The Trencher X improves on the original with extra width and even more stump pulling traction! Part: 1190-01, 1159-01
Badlands SC- Chew up the dirt and spit it out in a huge spray behind your SC truck! The Badlands SC tire offers motocross style tread with huge, long-lasting lugs giving it the looks and performance that have won over bashers all across the globe. The Badlands tread design is made for the die-hard motocrosser in you. Its oversized grass and dirt shredding lugs offer you the ultimate in performance under all-terrain type conditions. The lugs are designed to ensure longevity while spitting up the surface below. Made from soft yet durable M2 compound, the Badlands tire is poised for battle and ready to take your Short Course Truck to the next level of bashing heaven. Part: 1182-01
Sling some sand with your Short Course Truck super truck using Pro-Line’s Sling Shot SC tires. With 10 monster grabbing ¼” tall paddles sand and snow are easily send flying into the air. Part: 1158-00
Many short course trucks come with adjustable body mounts to raise, lower or even move the mounts to properly support the body. Pro-Lines many bodies work with the manufacturers mounts, but if you own a Traxxas based machine, you might want to take a look at Pro-Line’s optional body mounts. The Pro-Line Extended body mounts use their secure-loc body retaining nuts to secure the bodies rather than body clips. They are much like a thumb nut that screws on and secures the lexan in four points, nice, tight and rattle free. For Pro-Line PRO-2 SC and Slash 2WD there are the 6070-00 mounts and for Slash 4×4 owners, there are the 6087-00 mounts. With either set, you get front and rear mounts, posts, Secure-Loc nuts and hardware necessary for installation.
Scale enhancements- Pro-Line’s scale accessories aren’t just for rock crawlers and scale trucks. They can make your short course truck based creations a cool ride to look at too. The toolbox from the Pro-Line Scale Accessory Pack #4 6072-00 could look pretty cool screwed down to the bed of a True-Scale body. The Overland Roof Rack could be a good fit on the True-Scale bodies as well. We have our eye on trying out the 6278-00 Roof Rack on the Ford Bronco Body. The Tire Cover 6313-00 or the 6311-00 fuel packs could certainly enhance the scale look of your SC based build too, with just a little bit of creativity on your part to mount up the parts.
Lighting- Adding lights to your new SC based build may just be a must and Pro-Line’s light sets fit a variety of custom occasions. There are four different styles to choose from. The 6″ Super-Bright LED Light Bar (Curved) Kit 6276-02 and 5″ Super-Bright LED Light Bar (Curved) Kit 6276-03 are great choices for the roof of many of the scale SC bodies and require you to drill just a few holes to bolt the lights down to the body. After bolting up the light bars, you will need to run the power harness down into the body and plug it into a power source such as your receiver. There are two shorter light bar sets in the collection too. The 4″ Super-Bright LED Light Bar (Straight) Kit 6276-01 and the 2″ Super-Bright LED Light Bar (Straight) Kit 6276-00 can look good on the hood in front of the windshield or possibly even on front bumpers or the undercarriage for night bashing. Remember, it’s your RC project and your imagination drives how cool your build will end up.
Driveshafts- When building up a new project based on Pro-Line Racing’s scale bodies and bolting on some new rubber for the road, we’re guessing you’ve sourced a power upgrade at some point too. More power and the urge to bash on your new RC machine could lead to stock components failing. Pro-Line’s aftermarket Pro-Spline driveshaft sets come in and improve durability here. The Pro-Spline shafts come complete for both front and rear applications depending on the vehicle you’re looking to upgrade. The shafts are machined from strong steel and treated to last longer. The universals work smooth so there is no binding and the hardware is secured in the universal area by an outer retaining ring. Bolting in these shafts shouldn’t take up much bench time, but they should reduce the chances of additional bench time and costs in the future because there is much less chance of failure and plenty of opportunity for more run time. See all of the available Pro-Spline Driveshafts: HERE
You’re not still using the plastic shocks that came with your RTR SC truck are you? Plastics shocks are a known part that can suffer damage in bad crashes. Plastic shocks also tend to wear faster and for these reasons, you should consider an upgraded aluminum shock to damp the suspension of your project make-over.
PowerStroke Short Course Shocks- Enhance the overall performance of your stock Slash and Slash 4X4, ProTrac Suspension Kit Slash, SC10, Blitz or Ultima SC with PowerStroke Shocks. Pair with the Front shock kit for an unbeatable combination. Aluminum shock body and cap and beefy 3.5mm shafts make this Powerstroke Shock kit one of the most important SC upgrades available on the market. If you are going to select one performance upgrade for your Short Course truck we recommend the Pro-Line PowerStroke SC Shocks! Part: 6063-01, 6063-00
The next generation of Pro-Line Shock Technology has arrived: Pro-Line Pro-Spec Shocks! Now available Pre-Assembled, just fill with your choice of shock oil (not included). Every last detail has been refined to give you the best performing and best looking Shocks ever made. The Pro-Spec Shocks are a 12mm Big Bore design with a Single Low Friction X-Ring Seal. The Pistons and Shaft Guides are made from Silky Smooth White Delrin for Low Stiction and the 3.5mm thick Shock Shaft is Hard Chrome Coated, just like full scale racing shocks. Part: 6308-31, 6308-30
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A Few Suggestions For Cool Pro-Line Racing Combos
We know, we know, the selections of different, bodies, tires, wheels and accessories can be overwhelming! So we thought we’d do some of the hard work for you. Below are just a few suggestions on what we think would be some cool combos to outfit a short course truck with.
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1981 Ford Bronco Clear Body- 3423-00
PowerStroke Short Course Shocks- 6063-01, 6063-00
Trencher X SC Tires- 1190-01
F-11 2.2″/3.0″ Black Wheels, 2740-03
Overland Roof Rack- 6278-00
4″ Super-Bright LED Light Bar (Straight) Kit 6276-01
Pro-Line Racing Modern Sport Truck
Toyota Tundra TRD Pro True Scale- 3476-00
Pro-Spec Shocks- 6308-31, 6308-30
6″ Super-Bright LED Light Bar (Curved) Kit 6276-02
BFGoodrich KR2 SC tires- 10123-00
Split Six 2.2″/3.0″ Black One-Piece Wheels- 2721-02
Pro-Line Racing Road Warrior
Chevy Silverado Pro-Touring- 3457-00
Pro-Line Scale Accessory Toolbox Pack #4 6072-00
Pro-Line’s Suggestions for Wheels:
2.8″ Street setup – If you have stock arms, use the Stampede 4×4 offset 2.8″ wheels ( F-11 or Desperado ). If you have ProTrac arms, use the Electric Stampede Rear 2.8″ Wheels ( F-11 or Desperado ). Street tires: Road Rage 2.8″ or Dirt Hawg 2.8″ Tires.
2.2″/3.0″ Street setup – If you want to use standard short course wheels and tires you will need to have ProTrac arms (or arms that are 103mm in length) and pair with Slash Rear Wheels (not ProTrac) to increase the track width of your truck. This will push your wheels out to match the width of the fenders. Street tires: Striker SC or Street Fighter SC 2.2″/3.0″ tires.
By roaming through the Pro-Line Racing website, there will certainly be enough inspiration to spark your creativity and the products available to make what you imagine come to reality. Just about any short course truck is a perfect machine to change up its attitude and make what once was just a race machine into a fun machine for any terrain you want to drive on.