Traxxas 1/10 Slash 4X4 Platinum Brushless ARR LCG Review

Review by Adrian Apodaca, RealRCReviews Owner

Equipment Used:

- Stock Slash Platinum

- Spektrum DX4S w/ 2ch receiver

- 2s 5000mah lipo battery

- 3s 4600mah lipo battery

- Duratrax paint

Pros:

- Nice upgrades already installed

- Pre-cut clear body included

- LCG chassis reduces traction roll

- Tires grip well on most terrains

- Handles well

- TONS and TONS of aftermarket support

- Great Traxxas quality

- Fast out of the box

- Fun as heck!

Cons:

- Slipper clutch and gear mesh were EXTREMELY tight out of the box

Introduction:

When I started in RC about 7 years ago, I wanted to get something RTR, and suitable for a newb, but upgradeable. Every single car guy at my local shop immediately pointed me to Traxxas. I was on a tight budget, so I started with a brushed Rustler. It was (and still is) awesome, especially since I upgrade it a bit. As many of you know, the RC hobby, is at least 10 times more addicting than anything on the planet. As I got more into the hobby, I still didn't have the confidence to build anything, but I wanted something else to add to my collection. I ended up with a Slash 4x4 VXL. It was great for the most part, but the handling was a big sloppy and it had a major tendency to traction roll because of the high center of gravity. As my collection grew, the Slash got less action as I preferred my other Traxxas vehicles for off-road, and I used dedicated on-road vehicles for the pavement. I ended up selling it to fund something else.

 

Fast forward a few years and Traxxas releases a new and improved Slash with a much lower center of gravity. I wanted to grab one, but between all my planes, helis, quads, and other surface vehicles, I just couldn't justify purchasing a new Slash. Finally, as I was browsing around Traxxas's website, I saw the Platinum Edition of the Slash. I got pretty excited because like most guys at least a year in the hobby, I now knew how to paint a body and I had my own radio system and plenty of batteries. Since Traxxas takes the radio, battery and painted body out of the mix for the Platinum, they are able to sell it at a lower price while at the same time giving you a LCG Slash with a good amount of upgrades already installed.

 

The following text is from Traxxas and describes what you get with the Platinum edition. The next-generation Slash 4X4 Platinum Edition features a Low-CG chassis and high-volume shocks to deliver the ultimate in short-course racing performance. The Platinum Edition arrives fully assembled and ready to complete with your transmitter, receiver, and battery (not included). In place of the radio system, the Platinum Edition is loaded with Traxxas' premium option parts and accessories.  Standard equipment includes machined aluminum suspension components, front and rear swaybars (including a set of extra stiff 'bars), and a clear body ready for your own signature paint style. The Platinum Edition also includes a sealed, silicone-filled differential to replace the installed Torque-Control slipper clutch when track conditions favor a center diff. The Platinum's standout features are its Low-CG chassis and massive GTR shocks, both all-new for the Slash 4X4 Platinum.

 

Also:

  • Rigid, low center of gravity chassis
  • Hard-anodized and PTFE-coated aluminum GTR shocks with Titanium Nitride shafts
  • Blue-anodized 6061-T6 aluminum C-Hubs
  • Blue-anodized 6061-T6 aluminum steering blocks
  • Blue-anodized 6061-T6 aluminum rear hub carriers
  • Blue-anodized 6061-T6 aluminum axle nuts
  • Adjustable front and rear swaybars
  • Included optional extra-stiff swaybar set
  • Sealed, silicone filled center differential (included separately; installs trackside in just minutes replacing the Torque-Control® slipper)
  • Officially-licensed BFGoodrich® Mud-Terrain™ T/A® Tires molded in S1 race compound
  • Clear polycarbonate body with overspray film and window masks
  • Die-cut decals with details and sponsor logos
  • Choose your own transmitter, receiver, batteries, and charger (sold separately)

 

Unboxing and Build:

The unboxing is standard Traxxas stuff. You get stickers, tools, and the clear body. All you really have to do is install your radio system and paint your body. I used Duratrax paint as I love their quality and the amount you get per can. I did my entire body with a little less than a full can. When installing your receiver, make sure you align the rubber gasket between the top and bottom of the receiver compartment to make sure you have a water tight seal, especially if you plan on running in wet conditions.

 

I must tell you, there are few better RC smells than a freshly opened Traxxas vehicle.

 

Driving:

Just to let you know up front, I am not a racer. I am mostly a basher, though I do try to practice refined racing techniques. I am not the type to just hold the trigger and bounce and bump until I break something. I try to always properly land my jumps and finesse through turns.

 

That said, once I got the body painted and rx installed, I immediately ran outside for some test driving. I found the speed very unsatisfying and the cogging was out of control, it got worse as time passed. I brought it in to inspect it and found the motor and ESC hotter than I've ever felt any of my RC electronics. After inspecting the vehicle, I found the slipper clutch was tightened all the way down and then some. It took quite a bit of elbow grease to loosen it. I also found the gear mesh was pressed all the way together. I have never had anything com out of the box like that. It was an easy fix, but a newb may have burned the electronics not knowing what to look for. With that in mind, if you have any issues out of the box, call Traxxas, their customer service is excellent. I did a few more test runs and found the motor heating up quicker than I was used to, though not as much as before. I brought it in again, and loosened the slipper a tiny bit more and did the same with the gear mesh.

 

Finally I was ready for action. With the proper adjustments I was in business!  I was instantly amazed at how well the Platinum Slash felt in relation to the old design. The addition of the sway bars made a wonderful difference with the body roll. Turns that would have flipped my old Slash were nice cut, tight turns. I also found myself spinning out a lot less which of course is awesome. Honestly, I couldn't believe I was driving a Slash. I know there are always haters that will talk badly about Traxxas, but don't pay them any mind. These are the people that say you can't win a race with a Slash. Well, I have spoken to the local race group, and not only do most of them drive Slashes, the top drivers are all Slash drivers. Mind you, these are locals at the local league, and not at Nationals, but honestly, if you are a pro driver at Nationals, you're probably building your own race rig from a kit.

 

Another awesome characteristic of the Slash is it's jump handling. Not only does it take off pretty level, but adjusting mid-air is really easy and controllable with either a blip of throttle to pitch the nose up or brake to pitch the nose down. It's almost difficult to have a bad jump. At the end of the video below, I do crash my jump, but that was mostly because I almost hit myself and had the steering turned when I landed lol. Because the Slash is also relatively light, an upside down landing isn't likely to harm anything. Nor is a nose or tail first landing. If you do manage to break anything on the Slash, there is tons of after market support for the Slash, and well any other vehicle made by Traxxas. Despite what some may try to argue, Traxxas is arguably the biggest name in surface RC so you can rest assured that there will be parts available at your local shop.

 

Although the Slash handles well on pavement, I feel it is really at home on packed dirt or the kind of terrain you find at a baseball field. I actually went to shoot some video for you all at the local ball field and my GoPro had run out of juice since I forgot to turn it off after shooting the video below. I will post some different terrain video soon, so subscribe to my channel so you see it when I post it.


The last thing you probably want to know (well, it was probably the first thing) is How fast is it? Well, this is the first time I have gotten close to what a product box actually says lol. Using a GPS speed meter, I was able to achieve 34mph on 2s and 44mph on 3s. That is one mph off from what Traxxas advertises on their site and box. I am going to give Traxxas the benefit of the doubt here as the GPS meter is not a precision instrument. I tested it in my 1:1 vehicle and found it was always between a half to full mile per hour off. This makes me happy. I am not one to do a lot of speed runs, but it is great knowing I have the power on reserve. With 2s you feel like your hauling ass, and it feels great. 3s is just plain thrilling! I wouldn't do the bulk of your bashing on 3s, but it is a hoot for speed runs and showing off :).

 

Conclusion:

What can I say, it's Traxxas, and it's a Slash. Two main staples of the RC surface vehicle world. It is never the wrong car to buy if you are adding to a collection and it is never the wrong choice for your first vehicle. Honestly, it is a model anyone in RC will enjoy. I know I sound like a commercial, but it is just a great vehicle that you can't go wrong with. And yes, I paid for my very one Slash. Also, if you are interested in a Slash, definitely go for the Platinum edition. It allows you go use a radio of your choosing (which you want to do anyway so you can use one transmitter for several vehicles), and it allows you to make it your own by painting your own body. Traxxas does the hard part of cutting and drilling the body, all you need to do is paint it. You'll definitely be happy you went for the Platinum edition.

 

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