Today, we will be creating history, facing off two of the highest rating Traxxas Trucks, Traxxas Slash Vs. Stampede in a battle of bash, mud, and speed. Let me tell you now that it does not matter who wins; what matters now is we leave the trail with so much force that the core of the earth trembles
When comparing two monster trucks, we must check how each differs from another Traxxas Slash Vs. Traxxas Stampede, will the Slash be the conqueror, or will the landslide from the staggering Stampede makes it the conquered? Here in RCBEE, we will face them off.
A new, reasonably priced Slash 4×4 Brushed XL-5 short course truck has been released by Traxxas. The platform has a high reputation thanks to the earlier iterations, which were favorably appreciated by the bashing community. We’ve had a chance to test the new brushed Slash 4×4 over the past few weeks to determine whether it is just as capable as earlier Slash 4x4s and how quickly it moves. Why are you holding out? Scroll down to see the best content.
Many people’s ears perked up when the Stampede 4×4 was announced. The stampede has long been a mainstay of the Traxxas lineup, and when word spread that a new Stampede was on the way, people couldn’t wait to put their orders. Does the truck satisfy everyone’s needs? There were mixed emotions in the workplace when we first got our hands on the brand-new Stampede 4×4. The truck was held to many lofty standards since it had some pretty big shoes to fill.
The latest Slash 4×4 has extraordinary power, which sets it apart from earlier models. The brushed Slash 4×4 provides significantly softer output than the VLX brushless powered Slashes, which are reasonably robust. The truck’s original NiMH pack provides a gentle power distribution throughout, but adding a LiPo immediately boosts its power. Throwing roost is simple with the stock brushed system on LiPo, and the truck feels rather “peppy” until it reaches top speed (which happens quite quickly). It is toned down nearly to perfection for novice drivers on the stock NiMH but still has enough power to throw some roost. If speed is your thing, search for a VXL Slash 4×4, whereas the brushed/XL-5 Slash 4×4 is almost ideal for power right out of the box if you are a beginner driver. It is fast enough to be enjoyable and slow enough to make learning to drive simple.
After installing and charging the accompanying battery, the initial trigger pull is somewhat startling. This truck is powerful. The size can be misleading because you don’t anticipate getting the enormous brushless power you actually do. The max speed is more than satisfying, and the wheelies are plentiful. A 3S LiPo can be handled by the electronics and drive train, which is fantastic. The Stampede 4×4 VXL has all the strength you should need to put a smile on your bashing face unless you have significant mental health concerns. The steering has no trouble reversing the truck’s considerable power. You may easily direct the truck’s wheels in the direction you wish to go while applying heavy throttle.
The Slash 4×4’s most recent iteration jumps similarly to its predecessors. The Slash 4×4 is a good jumper overall, but this version doesn’t have much power available, so you can’t immediately stab the throttle and pull the nose up as you might with a brushless-powered version. If jumping is all you do, install stiffer springs and oil when you get the truck because the suspension is tuned more for traction on dirt and is soft when landing from big jumps.
The truck was straightforward to maneuver in the air. You quickly become an enormous air master thanks to all the power. All flips—back, double back, and front—is performed upon command with exact landings. We drove the pickup to one of our preferred gathering places. As you can see, we were quickly 15 feet above the ground. The tops of those hills are just around 6 feet tall. Jump after jump, occasionally with a violent impact, and not a single problem or broken part was present. We even accomplished the challenging back-to-back backflip on the enormous hills. Although challenging, those are good moments!
Due to the recent heavy rains, there were also enormous ponds between some of the huge jumps. Sadly, we occasionally drowned the truck because of this, which was unfortunate. In most other cars, this would have made us want to cry and go home, but we would fish it out, brush it off, and continue on the trail! We don’t believe Traxxas advises immersing it in this way. We don’t advise using it as a submarine, though running in rain, snow, and tiny puddles is fine. You need to take the time to clean and dry it once your day of bashing is through to avoid problems.
The damping and factory springs are a bit on the light side. This aids the truck’s ability to gain a grip on slick surfaces but causes it to flop a little in rugged terrain. We advise switching to somewhat thicker shock oil (front and rear) for quick, aggressive drivers to help the vehicle navigate the whoops with more control.
The truck is relatively easy to work on, but the 4×4 makes things trickier than with a 2WD. You’ll need to take the back part of the truck off for simple tasks like slipper maintenance so you can access the supplies you need.
Time To Bash
Getting the Slash 4×4 up and running was simple. You can save money at the register using the truck’s NiMH battery (with charger).
Once the accompanying battery is charged, you can start fighting!
The Slash 4×4 is designed to be simple to work on and features decent-quality metric/hex hardware and an open layout. Once the accompanying battery is charged, you can start fighting!
It’s trickier to drive a Stampede 4×4 than a 2wd Stampede.
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The Slash 4×4 included a lid that pops and a scale-like wheel and tire combo, which the Bash Crew thought was cool. Bashers like the way it looks like a traditional short-course vehicle.
The wheel wells are misaligned, and the body is at least an inch too high.
The Slash 4×4 has established itself as a capable bash machine over time. When we put the Slash 4×4 through its paces, it required some reckless driving to break.
What we need is something that is waterproof and can handle a lot of air!
The brushed/XL-5 Traxxas Slash 4×4 is a fantastic short-course truck as well as an incredible smash machine. Its suspension and power system are both precisely adjusted for rookie drivers. This Slash 4×4 edition gives experienced hobbyists an affordable choice when purchasing a fantastic platform. We view the brushed Slash 4×4 as a cheap way to win, cut the bill, and have a blast!
The body and appearance are fixable, and the durability is fantastic. However, it could be challenging to make the purchase due to the high cost.
It all boils down to how much you are willing to spend on the Traxxas Slash Vs. Traxxas Stampede has a wide range of specs that can be modified and produce the best RC Truck available in the market; the only question now is what you will spend at the Slash for all-round bash or the supreme power that Stampede can generate; we showed the best aspects whose side are you on?
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