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    380 brushed to 380 brushless help

    Is this upgrade straightforward? I am going to go with the Traxxas 380 brushless motor/esc combo. Are there any other parts required for this upgrade?

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    If you have thw titan 12t brushed motor you will need the 380 motor mount as the titan 12t is a 550 can motor. Other than that it should be a direct switch.
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    Going from 380 brushed to 380 brushless will be a direct swap. No other parts (other than pinion) will need to be changed
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    What size pinion? Only using this Slash to bash. Might go to the Teton wheels/tires combo... might. I have seen a lot of Ebay esc/motor combos for half the price that are brushless and waterproof like the Traxxas brushless system. Are they any good; is the Traxxas stuff overpriced? I like the idea of an easy swap but money is money, something I don't have much of.

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    Going brushed 380 to vxl 380 brushless without changing tire size, you can safely go up 10-12t on the pinion. The brushed 380 mini revo stock gearing was 16/50, stock vxl gearing is 28/50.
    Any brushless motor is "waterproof", it's the esc you need to worry about. Anything that can handle 50+ amps is fine. The only real advantage the traxxas esc is the chassis us made for it, so it mounts easily and solidly, anything else you will need to find a way to mount.
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    Thanks so much for the info. I will definitely go with the Traxxas motor, not decided on the ESC as I have read some negative reports on the 3M ESC. I do like the fact that it is a direct fit.

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    The traxxas esc is fine as long as you don't constantly overheat it by gearing too high. Keep it on 2 cells and gear it right and it's a great esc.
    That said, the castle sidewinder sv3 is also a good esc, for about the same price new. If you can get a take off or used vxl esc for around $50 I would do that, otherwise, go castle.
    That's just my opinion of course...
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    I wish Castle made a direct 1/16th setup. I have the Castle system in my 2wd Slash and really like it. With Tower running the 1/16th velineon system for $109 with a coupon code and Easy Pay, I may just go that route.
    Last edited by 4runnerman; 11-13-2016 at 09:22 PM.
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    I had a slash brushed 550 converted it to a merv vxl and didnt touch the pinion or spur and run 3s 50-80c with a heat sink on the motor only never had a problem also when I converted to he 380 brushless I didnt know I needed a new motor mount plste and I didnt want to order one so I drilled it till it worked perfect

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    there is no 380 brushed motor.. well, not in anything traxxas uses


    the brushed 1/16th use a 550 (36mm can) sized motor, not a 380 sized motor
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    380 brushed to 380 brushless help

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo74 View Post
    there is no 380 brushed motor.. well, not in anything traxxas uses


    the brushed 1/16th use a 550 (36mm can) sized motor, not a 380 sized motor
    The 1:16 brushed models originally had a Titan 380 motor, p/n 7075.
    https://traxxas.com/products/parts/7075
    The Titan 380 was soon replaced with the Titan 12T, which required a different motor mount IIRC.
    Last edited by ksb51rl; 11-15-2016 at 10:05 AM.
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    The 1/16th originally came with the 380 brushed then a little later was offered in the brush-less flavor. (the Slash 1/16th VXL) For whatever reason, Traxxas now only offers the 1/16th Slash with the 550.
    For now, I think I will keep the stock setup and use up the NiMH batteries that came with the truck when I bought it.
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    Went ahead and bought the Traxxas Velineon system for the 1/16. It should be here tomorrow. Going to the LHS for a pinion upgrade tomorrow after work. Any suggestions? Just gonna bash with it.
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