Extremely rough surfaces can be challenging with the small diameter tires.
trucks, CORR trucks, Pro trucks, call them what you like, this
extremely popular and distinct style of semi-scale race truck
is currently blowing up like the 4th of July. Their attraction
is their handling; these short course rc trucks handle just like
the real thing, which I like to refer to as dirty. They
exhibit extreme body roll but keep the wheels planted with loose,
long-travel suspension. The rear squats on acceleration and the
front dives when braking. Watch one flying in the air and the
first thing you notice is how far the suspension droops, then
straight to the other extreme when landing as the wheels are stuffed
way up in the wheel wells. This type of handling is the opposite
of what most rc enthusiasts have been taught, and that's probably
why the short-course rc truck has been met with mixed feelings.
Some are unwilling to accept it because it doesn't have tires
the diameter of a compact-disc. I have a hunch that if they only
drove one, they would sing a different tune. They are so much
fun, it's literally an addiction.
Traxxas Slash is my entry into the world of short-course
vehicles. It's a 1/10th scale 2wd electric truck that comes ready-to-run,
minus batteries. And all you'll need is a 6 or 7-cell stick pack
and 8 aa's for the transmitter and you're ready to terrorize the
dirt or asphalt. So if your a fan, a skeptic, or just interested
in learning about the fast-growing, competitive short-course style
of vehicle, please read my review of the Traxxas Slash.
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Name: Slash Price: $199.99 street price Length: 22.36" Width: 11.65" Wheelbase: 13.2" Dry Weight: 76.2 oz Motor: Titan 12-turn 550 motor Transmission: Metal Gear Magnum 272? Battery used:MaxAmps 7-cell 4700 NiMh Radio equipment: (Included) 27mHz am transmitter, 2-channel receiver, XL5 esc w/ reverse and exclusive training-mode, waterproof steering servo
or 7 cell NiMh battery pack
battery charger with Traxxas High Current connector
AA Batteries for transmitter
plug adaptor for your charger
I stated in the introduction, the Slash is practically ready to
run. The Slash's Traxxas logos, window graphics, grill headlights and other decals are applied for you. Numerals for the doors are supplied on a separate sheet so you can choose your own race number. The body's factory graphics most closely resemble the Traxxas-sponsored number-4 Pro Lite truck driven by Jeff Kincaid, and the number-25 Pro 2 truck of Mark Jenkins. The body is pretty big and covers the wheels with some massive
flared fenders. Because the body is so wide, the chassis needs
extensions to keep it from flopping around on the side. I'll just
call them nerf bars for obvious reasons. They have velcro on the
side to keep the body in place. The main attaching points are
your standard body-clips on top of the shock towers, just like
every other rc out there.
the body and you'll see a chassis made from high-impact
gray and black composite nylon. It's
durable as can be and features 3.5" of ground clearance at
the center. I also like that it has a transponder mount under
the front shock tower and drain holes for any liquid encounters.
There is also a servo wire channel that goes under the battery
tray to keep everything neat. The bumpers are very scale-looking
and serve a definite purpose. The front bumper has an oval-shaped
plastic shock absorber between it and the body to absorb any impacts,
which will happen. The rear bumper doesn't have the shock absorber,
but flexes enough to absorb the same amount of shock as the front.
Underneath the chassis are front and rear skid plates that support
and protect the steering components and differential.
Slash is powered by the Titan 12-turn 550-sized motor. It's a
decent entry-level motor that has enough torque to spin the tires
on hardtop. I noticed it gets pretty hot after a run but still
does it's job, so no complaints there. After all, it is fan cooled
so running faster, and longer will keep it a little cooler. The
esc included with the Slash is the well known XL-5. It's completely
waterproof along with the rest of the electronics, allowing you
to run through standing water (if you are so inclined) and not melt
anything. The XL-5 has a feature known as Training Mode that reduces
motor power by 50% and allows budding rc 'ers to concentrate on
control first. Two additional modes are available; sport and race.
The only difference between the two is that sport mode has brake/reverse
and race mode has only brake, making it legal for racing. The
Slash's on/off button is built into the XL-5 and ultimately eliminates the need for a sliding-contact switch. Switches
can become clogged with dirt and fail faster than any component
on your vehicle... be glad you don't have one on the Slash!
have the option of running a 6 or 7-cell pack in your Slash. I
naturally chose a 7-cell for increased power. The MaxAmps 4700
cells are just the ticket for anyone looking for that extra edge.
The large mAh rating keeps you running well over 10 minutes per
charge. There are two pieces of foam included in the battery tray
that you must remove to run a 7-cell flat pack. The pack fits
snugly in the tray and the hold-down bar keeps it secure.
MaxAmps 7-cell 4700mAh
MaxAmps 7 cell 4700mAh NiMh pack provides nice long run times and
the extra power needed to take big jumps. Mine came standard with
low-resistance Dean's battery bars. They can be fitted from MaxAmps
with Traxxas connectors upon request.
suspension on the Slash was designed to mimic a real short course
truck. The Slash's handling is loose as heck which makes the fun factor shoot right
off the chart as the truck power-slides through corners crossed-up like a full-sized race truck. The oil-filled shocks are plastic with powder-coated
progressive rate springs. You can adjust preload by adding or
removing the included spacers. Use them sparingly though, because
the Slash is at it's best when it is sitting low to the ground.
Traxxas does recommend adding a few spacers and adjusting the
shock mounting points when running on asphalt, to stiffen the
ride. The Slash uses lower a-arms and upper turnbuckles which
allow for camber and toe adjustments and the rod ends are captured
so they won't pop off.
tires and wheels included also mimic the full-sized race truck.
They are a relatively soft compound and mount on 2.2 sized rims.
The foam inserts do a good job of keeping the tread pattern firmly
planted. I found these tires hook up very well on asphalt and
dirt and tread wear is minimal, even with a soft compound.
Front bumper shock absorber
from the Titan 12-turn motor is transferred through an 19-tooth
48 pitch pinion gear and an 86-tooth 48 pitch spur gear. An optional
23-tooth pinion is included with Slash to give you a little more
top end. The Slash features a Revo-Spec Torque-Control slipper
clutch that uses semi-metallic friction material and finned aluminum
alloy pressure plates to dissipate heat and provide consistent
traction control. A nice feature is that you can remove the spur
gear without altering the slipper adjustment. From the slipper,
we move into the transmission. It's known as the Metal Gear Magnum
272 and has ball bearings and 48 pitch internal gears. This tranny
is very solid and is ready to take the extreme power of brushless
system if you feel the need to upgrade. The composite Traxxas
planetary gear differential now features a steel ring gear with
a nylon housing for long life, and the lightweight diff case keeps the rotating mass low for more responsive acceleration. It uses hardened steel internal
gears for maximum strength. This type of differential requires
virtually no maintenance. The last component in line before power
hits the wheels are the driveshafts. They are telescopic, meaning
they slide in and out when the suspension compresses and unloads
and allow for increased rear suspension travel.
each corner of the Slash is a hub fitted with rubber-sealed bearings.
They are extremely strong for the Slash and have proven themselves
worthy after some pretty hard hits.
Nerf bar w/ velcro body mount
Oil filled shock and progressive-rate springs
Realistic tires and wheels
Titan 12-turn motor
Traxxas XL5 esc w/ reverse
radio system included with the Slash is your standard Traxxas
transmitter. Its called the TQ, or Top Qualifier and features
throttle and trim knobs, and servo reversing, but not much else. That's ok because
the Slash is marketed towards affordable racing and you can't expect high-tech
computer radios with budget-friendly rtr's. The light-weight 4-channel mini receiver
is sealed up tight in a waterproof radio box that features a removable
blue rubber seal. The servo is fast for a rtr unit, and just like
the rest of the electronics, is also waterproof. Although I don't
recommend it, I think you could run this truck under water, and
I've found a few videos online that back up that statement. Be aware that running submerged requires some extra maintenance. Read the "wet running" section in the manual before you go play submarine.
Slash doesn't need much to run, but you will need to apply some
decals and charge a battery. Take time to verify your alignment. While it should be set right from the factory, mine was set with a slight bit of toe-out on the front. I set it so the front toe had about 2 degrees negative.
Refer to the owners manual for an in depth explanation on setting
your suspension. You'll need to install the antenna which is held in place with a blue-anodized clamping nut which is easily installed with an included tool that slides over the antenna tube. Also make sure you cycle your new MaxAmps battery
pack 2 to 3 times before use. This gets the pack broken in and
ready to take a full charge.
the Slash is comparable to most 2wd rc vehicles; progressive use
of the throttle is needed on dirt to maintain direction. If you
just grab full throttle from a dead stop, the Slash will likely
take off in an arc as the rear end slides out and ultimately just
loops around. Feather the throttle for clean take-offs on loose
surfaces. Once you get going though, the Slash maintains direction
quite well, especially with a little toe-in on the front wheels.
Give it a little left or right input and it will break into a
controlled power slide but, again, feather the throttle to keep
from looping. Now is when you can appreciate the Revo-spec slipper clutch. You can loosen it up without overheating or melting gears, a great feature for loose conditions.
is decent with a 7-cell pack and so is acceleration. The Slash
will just start to break the tires loose on asphalt if you grab
full throttle from a dead stop. On dirt, it's nothing but roost
throwing action! If you install the included 23-tooth pinion,
you can expect speeds around 30 mph with a 7-cell pack. I noticed
that the motor gets pretty hot after a run, especially if you
do alot of stop/start running in confined spaces. The Titan is
a fan-cooled motor and will stay cooler if you open it up on the
straights and drive fast. So far, the hot motor condition has
not caused any issues, just let it cool before you switch to a
fresh battery pack.
running is interesting with the Slash. You get alot of body roll
and fender-to-wheel scrubbing if you don't set the suspension
accordingly. That means adding spacers to the shocks and moving
them outward to stiffen the ride, and even then, you realize this
is no touring car! It's really meant for fast and loose running
on dirt but can be fun on nearly any surface. If you are running
on the street and turn hard at any speed above 1/4 throttle, expect
the Slash to flip over. The best advise is to use the included spacers to stiffen the suspension. Braking is marginal on asphalt. The esc just doesn't apply enough
resistance to slow the truck quickly. You can jam the
brakes in a turn and slide to a stop just like any other rc. Although, braking
on dirt works well.
the Slash off road is the most fun of all, and you'll soon realize
it requires all your attention to keep it under control. The suspension
is soft and reacts much like a real short course truck. The body
will pitch around as you negotiate the track and squat the rear
fender to the outside when you turn. I also like how it dives
when you apply the brakes and squats the rear end when you accelerate,
it just looks so real! I've read a few reports about how people
said the Slash couldn't jump, and that statement is just not true!
The Slash will sail through the air and land on all fours very
well. I found it was able to take big table top jumps as well.
And for those of you that will argue that it doesn't jump like
your truggy, well it's not supposed to. These short course trucks
can't compete with purpose-built race platforms, but they can
offer the same level of excitement at less than half the cost.
If you plan on racing the Slash, you will find that many clubs
offer a Slash spec-class just for your vehicle, and racing is
just as competitive as the big boys.
is a word that is thrown around in rc quite often. And what really
defines durability? I think a vehicle can truly be durable if
it can survive a wreck at any speed, and not a catastrophic head
on collision into a dumpster. I expect no vehicle to come out
unscathed from that punishment, but rather one of those a-arm
breaking hits off of a curb or an off-camber landing that snaps
a turnbuckle. Those types of glancing blows define durability
to me, and the Traxxas Slash proudly earns the title as the most
durable vehicle I've ever driven. I literally beat this little
truck and it never threw in the towel. There were a few jumps
shown in the video where it literally fell 5 feet to flat on asphalt
and kept on trucking. That's quite impressive in my opinion.
tried running the Slash in grass and it had a tough time overcoming
the drag, especially taller grass. The Slash would come to a halt
quickly in tall grass because the small 2.2 wheels weren't big
enough to roll over the surface. Bigger rough surfaces also proved
challenging as the Slash just didn't have the clearance or tires
to roll over big clumps of dirt. The Slash runs best on smoother
dirt or gravel.
Traxxas Slash should be known as the starting point in a new era
of spec-class off road racing and short course style bashing.
Its realistic looks and handling are what's attracting so many
people to this type of truck. Traxxas is also fully aware that
you may want to install a brushless system and has prepared the Slash
for the challenge with a hardened steel-gear transmission, its
truly brushless ready. But for those of you content with the brushed
550 motor, you'll be just as happy cutting laps at the local track
or bashing anywhere you can find a dirty patch of land.
suggest you purchase the Slash if you've been wanting one but
have held out, you will not be disappointed. It's fun for beginners
as well as hard core racers because it is tough, looks good, and
performs well for what it is designed to do. Thanks for reading
my review and have fun!
1/10th scale 2wd
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to Jessica Halsak for helping me test the Slash.
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