This truck seems to be designed to fill the gap between a trail truck and a basher.
Having said that, it seems that a lot of folks are discussing ways to maximize the off-road capabilities of the truck, in exchange for a hit on the bashing side. If I owned this truck, I would definitely be leaning towards increasing the off-road capabilities.
Iím not going to comment on the electronics. From the trailing point of view, the two most obvious mechanical things to do are:
1. Lock the diffs Ė Easily done with aftermarket parts or the less-than-elegant-but-free method using a glue gun or silly putty.
2. Change the tires to devoted off road tires and rims. I.e. beadlocks
However, looking at this truck, I am wondering whether youíll be able to fit on a set of standard beadlocks. The inner diameter of the Slash rim (i.e. the diameter on the side closest to the chassis) is much larger than the outside one, and this makes it easy for the upright to fit inside the rim. Would a conventional beadlock accommodate this upright? I suppose this is something that will be covered by Jang or whoever reviews it, but to me it is a pretty important question.
Itís fine that Traxxas chose tires with firmer carcass construction to find a better compromise for bashing, but one would think they would realize a common upgrade would be to add beadlocks.
Hey, maybe they do fit. But I do think itís an important question for those wanting to make it more of a hard-core off-roader.