When I heard Traxxas was taking their super popular 2WD Slash model to brushless I thought to myself, duh! It seems like the most obvious upgrade of all time for the worlds most popular 2WD short course truck. Coming with the Slash VXL is all the same features you love like waterproof everything and 2.4Ghz control and adds some of the really nice things that the Velineon system has.
I have to admit, the thought of running the 2WD slash on a 3S lipo does in fact appeal greatly to me, but I wondered does it even make sense to offer the brushed model anymore? Sure stock racers and die hard brushed fans are still going to lean towards the standard slash, in addition the VXL model is going a bit more expensive but the VXL system certainly does sweeten up the pot.
Other Upgrades Over The Standard Slash
Traxxas grabbed the dual bellcrank system right off the standard slash 4X4 as well as in integrated servo saver to protect your steering from the inevitable crashes a truck with this kind of speed will do doubt endure. They also integrated heavy duty drive shafts and a steel gear transmission to make sure you get every last drop of power from that beastly Velineon system.
This is actually a simple decision, it really comes down to what you want to do with it and what your budget is like. If you were planning on upgrading to a brushless system anyway the decision makes total sense. If you have the extra cash the upgrade makes it like a totally different truck. If you are someone who is looking to race in stock classes at your local track, perhaps its best to stick with the brushed motor.
If you were to upgrade the stock brushless system to a Velineon system you are talking about an extra $150.00 for the motor and esc alone. The price difference between the brushed Traxxas Slash and the Slash VXL is only about $110, so the money makes sense if you were planning on doing the upgrade at some point.
So we say, if you like brushless its an awesome value, something worth spending the extra money on, or waiting a few more weeks to save up for. There is nothing like the Velineon system for bashers and having the ability to run the Slash on as much as a 3S lipo battery is a very exciting prospect indeed. There are really only two reasons we can see to stick with the brushed system and that is if you are a stock racer, or low on funds. Both valid reasons but for everyone else make sure this baby is the one you get if you’re looking for a 2WD short course truck.