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Traxxas Stam­pede 4X4 & Slash 4X4 head to head

RC Car Action - - CONTENTS - By Kevin Het­man­ski


Whether you go Stam­pede 4X4 or Slash 4X4, you’re get­ting Traxxas’ wa­ter­proof Ve­li­neon brush­less sys­tem, steer­ing servo, and re­ceiver box. This makes them great for run­ning in snow, rain, or mud with­out hav­ing to worry about dam­ag­ing the elec­tron­ics on­board.


Both trucks are rated for 3S Lipo packs, and when geared for speed, each can top 60mph. On their in­cluded 7-cell NIMH Pow­er­cell bat­ter­ies, you’re look­ing at over 30mph. Plenty quick.


A splined, tubu­lar alu­minum drive­shaft spins sealed, sil­i­cone-filled dif­fer­en­tials to de­liver 4WD through metal ring and pin­ion gears. Te­le­scop­ing drive­shafts get power to the wheels, and Traxxas’ heavy-duty slip­per clutch pro­tects the driv­e­train. All ball-bear­ing, of course.


De­spite their very dif­fer­ent ap­pear­ance with body and wheels mounted, both the Slash and Stam­pede use iden­ti­cal sus­pen­sion sys­tems—shock tow­ers, arms, hub car­ri­ers, the works. That in­cludes the shocks them­selves, which are Traxxas’ plas­tic-body Ul­tra Shocks. Alu­minum is al­ways sex­ier, but the Ul­tras are very smooth and re­li­able per­form­ers.


…or TSM for short. Traxxas’ elec­tronic sta­bil­ity sys­tem is so­phis­ti­cated tech, but us­ing it is sim­ple: just turn the

The Slash’s longer wheel­base al­lows room for a 7-cell flat pack in­stead of a “hump” style. Note the On-board Au­dio con­trol box on the front of the chas­sis.

Both trucks use Traxxas’ Ve­li­neon brush­less sys­tem to get around in a hurry.

The Slash gets Traxxas’ On-board Au­dio sys­tem for au­then­tic V8 en­gine snarl when you hit the gas.

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