Traxxas Slash Review (1/16 4WD): Pros And Cons

Traxxas Slash Review Summary

The  Traxxas Slash 4WD 1/16 electric short course racing truck raises the bar on short-course performance with category-making speed, power, and track-ready handling. It comes fitted with the high-torque Titan 550 brushed power – the largest motor in the “mini” class by far – and yet at 14 inches long, this 1/16 Traxxas Slash 4X4 is about half the size of the 1/10-scale Traxxas Slash 4X4. Here is our Traxxas Slash review of the 1/16 4WD RC truck.

Our experience and Traxxas Slash review (1/16)

The Traxxas Slash hits the pavement at 35 mph right out of the box, although we recommend replacing the stock 6-cell NiMH battery with a Lipo Battery for more power, speed, and more run time, plus it also charges faster in about 50 minutes. To get it up to 50mph, you can upgrade the motor to the VXL brushless system .

Traxxas Slash Review 2It also comes with fully waterproof electronics so running through puddles of water and mud caused no damage to the Traxxas Slash. Just make sure to re-lubricate the car after running in muddy and wet conditions.

If you prefer a RC vehicle with motor sound, the Traxxas Slash 1/16 4WD would not be a good choice for you as it does not have an OBA (On Board Audio).

This short course racing truck held up when jumping ramps and flipping corners, thanks to the same suspension system used by the Traxxas E-Revo. However, we found the shocks to be a weak link, although a simple upgrade to the Traxxas GTR Shocks will fix that problem.

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We also found the steering servo durability to be rather fragile, and had to replace it with another steering servo after it broke.

Conclusion of the Traxxas Slash Review (1/16)

The Traxxas Slash is a great RC vehicle for a beginner or for a child who is not ready for a 1/10 scale RC vehicle. The Traxxas Slash 1/16 4WD electric short course racing truck is not as durable as we would like and the stock battery definitely needs to be replaced, but it is a great affordable and fun racing truck option. If you have a little more to spend or prefer something larger, check out the Traxxas Slash 1/10 4WD racing truck instead.

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