I’ve noticed a lot of people discussing the Traxxas Stampede 4×4 VXL or trying to find information on it in order to know whether they should buy it or not. We do already have an unboxing video of the Stampede VXL and a Stampede 4×4 VXL bashing video on our website here at RCNightmare.com, but I want to give you more of an in depth review on the electric monster truck itself and what we have learned about it.
So, a lot of people compare the Traxxas Slash 4×4 with this new Stampede VXL. Some say you can pretty much upgrade the Slash into a Stampede. The truth is, they are very similar. This Stampede is built on the proven performance of the advanced shaft-driven 4WD system and design of the Slash 4X4. If it ain’t broke, why fix it right? But you can change it to perform differently. The layout is very similar – Jeremy showed you that in the unboxing video. But, what if you dont want to upgrade your Slash, like some suggest rather than buying the new Stampede? We say, there are reasons to have both. If you watch the Traxxas Slash bashing video, and then watch the Stampede VXL bashing video, you can definitely see some differences in the way they bash, and I think that is a good thing. It brings variety to your RC’s. The Slash seems a little lighter with the way it jumps and moves whereas the Stampede is durable and can power through mud and snow. Both cool things to do with your RC.So we say its worth having both instead of just converting your Slash.
Some quick features in the Stampede VXL are as follows:
- New chassis designed specifically for Stampede 4X4
- Dual-bellcrank steering with integrated servo saver
- Unique Shock Guards protect the suspension arms and shocks
- New Heavy-Duty driveshafts
- Velineon Brushless Power System
- 4-Position Wheelie Bar
- Revo-spec sealed, silicone-filled differentials
- TQ 2.4GHz Transmitter and Receiver with Traxxas Link™
- Waterproof Electronics
- Digital high-torque steering waterproof servo
- Rubber-sealed Ball Bearings
How fast can this thing go? Well, that depends on how fast you want it to do. Its got the proven Velineon Brushless power system and with enough upgrades, can get up to 60+ mph so this bad boy is fast too. Check out the chart below from Traxxas:
Beginners will want to stay in that first section and as you advance you can upgrade your parts like Jeremy to get up to those higher speeds. At level 5 with a 3s lipo, this monster will perform differently than the Slash. Even with that power in a Slash, you won’t make it through thick mud or long grass like you will be able to with the Stampede.
So…reliable? check. Durable? check. Fast? check. And the list goes on. All and all, this is a cool truck and we think its worth the investment.