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Old August 2nd, 2013, 04:43 PM   #1
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Looking at a couple used traxxas slash. Any info on what to look for good or bad. What would be your offer for the pair. He's asking 150 a piece, but think he will cut me a deal for both. Thanks!
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Old August 2nd, 2013, 04:53 PM   #2
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depends on age, whether or not it has a VXL mtor in it, general condition of the chassis, tires, and what all comes with it.

For $150, I'd expect a few problems. Hope they come with transmitters.

There's another guy here with a lot of knowledge about RC toys. He's kind of a dick but knows his stuff. Maybe he'll pipe up.
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depends on age, whether or not it has a VXL mtor in it, general condition of the chassis, tires, and what all comes with it.

For $150, I'd expect a few problems. Hope they come with transmitters.

There's another guy here with a lot of knowledge about RC toys. He's kind of a dick but knows his stuff. Maybe he'll pipe up.
Condition of them is actually pretty good imo. Few scratches on the chassis and stuff. Not sure on the motor. Comes with transmitters, and I would guess they are just a year or two old.
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Condition of them is actually pretty good imo. Few scratches on the chassis and stuff. Not sure on the motor. Comes with transmitters, and I would guess they are just a year or two old.
Can the guy run them for you? If he can run both at the same time then that will show they can race eachother without frequency interference.

Do they come with batteries?

I think if you grabbed both for $300, and they bothe come with transmitters, than thats quite a deal. If you get batteries on top of that, bonus. I feel $300 for both is a good deal.

To tell if it is a VXL motor, pull the body shells off and look at the motor. VXL should be on a sticker or something. VXL is better than the other, of which I don't know the name or term appllied to it. Hope this helps.

Now that I've said all that, it may not be VXL, but still worth the $$$.
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All depends on what model# Slash it is. The first gen slash was the 5802 and came with the 2.2 narrow rims with the XL5 ESC and 12t titan brushed motor. Also has the old school TRQ AM rx/tx. One bad thing about the first gen slash trucks was the weak bellcrank steering system. If someone swapped out the stock electronics for the VXL system take a good look at the output shafts and see if they wiggle at all. Same with all the tires and rims. That will give you a good indication what condition the bearing are in. With the brushless systems they like to go thru the stock bearing rather quickly. Also seems how Traxxas claims there models are waterproof people like to run them thru the mud and water. Which actually isnt good for them at all ! Another reason to check the bearings on the shafts and tires and rims. A real good indication of the truck ever being wet will be the screw heads with have rust on them. If the truck has a VXL brushless system ask if what size lipos he used. If he ran 2s lipos you fine. If he ran 3s lipos then think twice about it. The VXL doesn't like 3s lipos even though its rated for 3s lipo usage. The VXL overheats very easily with 3s lipo power and shortens the life expectancy of the system.

If its anything newer then the #5802 then there are factory upgrades over the first gen truck. You have the 5802, 5805, 5803 and the 5807. Some noticeable upgrades are the 2.4ghz rx/tx which you wont have to worry about the radio interference like TSA guy mentioned. Also the weak bellcrank steering i mentioned earlier will be upgraded with the 4wd slash steering. The next biggest thing will be the upgrade from the 2.2 rims to the 2.8 rims and tires.

Sorry if this kinda hard to read as i was using the phone and at work at the time. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.
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VXL is a brushless system. If it is not the motor will say Titan on it. As far as running them at the same time its a non issue because all slashes (I am 99%) are 2.4ghz meaning no old school "crystals" so you can run any amount without interference.

Also the stock brushed motor is a Titan 12t 550 if I remember correctly. The esc is an XL-some number can't remember. The VXL system esc is called Velineon and will say so on the esc.
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Well a VXL is a brushless motor, they are better than the brushed motors easily. My Traxxas Rustler can be geared to go over 70mph with LIPO batteries. I have a few rustlers some older brushed and the newer brushless version. Everything about the VXL is more stout. The control arms, the axles, the transmission need to be stronger for the faster speeds and greater forces applied during landings from jumps at higher altitudes and speeds.
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VXL is a brushless system. If it is not the motor will say Titan on it. As far as running them at the same time its a non issue because all slashes (I am 99%) are 2.4ghz meaning no old school "crystals" so you can run any amount without interference.

Also the stock brushed motor is a Titan 12t 550 if I remember correctly. The esc is an XL-some number can't remember. The VXL system esc is called Velineon and will say so on the esc.

The 5802 and the 5805 are the old school TRQ AM rx/tx. Only the 5803 and 5807 are 2.4GHZ
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Well a VXL is a brushless motor, they are better than the brushed motors easily. My Traxxas Rustler can be geared to go over 70mph with LIPO batteries. I have a few rustlers some older brushed and the newer brushless version. Everything about the VXL is more stout. The control arms, the axles, the transmission need to be stronger for the faster speeds and greater forces applied during landings from jumps at higher altitudes and speeds.

All Traxxas electric models come with the VXL steel geared transmission. Even the brushed models come brushless ready. The stock A arms and shocks can easily handle the brushless power. Traxxas models are built with beginners in mind and they are tough from the factory to handle the abuse of "newbs" in the hobby.
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All Traxxas electric models come with the VXL steel geared transmission. Even the brushed models come brushless ready. The stock A arms and shocks can easily handle the brushless power. Traxxas models are built with beginners in mind and they are tough from the factory to handle the abuse of "newbs" in the hobby.
By 'Steel geared' do you mean the entire gearbox has steel gears? Or just the pinion gear?
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By 'Steel geared' do you mean the entire gearbox has steel gears? Or just the pinion gear?
The insides of the gearbox/transmission are steel geared. On the outside the pinion gear is steel and the spur gear is plastic. You can buy steel spur gears but your asking for problems in my opinion. You need a weak link somewhere in there otherwise you start breaking more serious expensive parts. Its better to replace a cheap spur gear !
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Slashes are fun to start with. My father and I started bashing slashes and love how easy and cheep it is to fix them. 150 is an average price for a base brushed slash with a am transmitter because they are only 200 new. Ive seen brushless vxls go for 150 from time to time and that is a great deal if you can find one. The slash is great because I feel the truck grows with you. I started brushed speeds in the 20s burnt up motor went brushless speeds around 28 mph later went 3s brushless for speeds in the low 40 and now waiting for my latest mamba max pro w/ 3800kv motor to arrive. It should be stupid fast.

things to look for
-If they are brushed I would have him run them before you buy them. In my opinion the brushed motors were easily burnt up but cheap to replace.
-The xl5 speed control came in two colors yellow and blue the blue one is better because it has low voltage cut off for running lipos.
-AM or FM radios. if both are am make sure not the same frequency.
-smooth gearbox, turn one rear wheel then the other wheel and the lay shaft on the gearbox It self and listen ad feel for catches. the slash gearbox should run real smooth.
-check for play in the bearings wiggle each tire and look for slop. Anything more than 1/4 slop means bearings should be replaced.
-check tires for ripping around the wheel and tread depth replacement wheels start around 30 dollars.

most replacement parts on the slash can be bought for 3-6 dollars so if any items are broken I wouldn't worry about it too much. If any electronics are bad it could get pricy quick.

Hop ups are vast. I love all the things ive done to my slash.

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Hop ups are vast. I love all the things ive done to my slash.
Is that an android phone in your chassis? Why?
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gps with ulysse speed app

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Is that an android phone in your chassis? Why?
Records telemetry.....speed, G force, motor temp.....lots of stuff.

Traxxas sells a car that does 100mph....but only after you download the the software to the radio from your smart phone.

Most of the high end speed controls (ESC's) I run in my race buggys and trucks are tuned through a PC. You can change throttle profiles, braking percentage, add boost when the motor reaches a set RPM range.
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Not all of the blue XL-5 esc's have the low voltage cutoff. Only the newer versions that have been around
for about a year . And the yellow XL-5 is the non waterproof version which is obsolete.

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