I like seeing when people go with offbrand stuff, too often misinformation would have us believe that these off brand parts are decades behind anything that is name brand. When in reality most of the time they are almost just as good and in some very rare cases better for certain applications.
Cool build man, it must have been very satisfying having all the parts cleaned up and ready for assembly. I've been meaning to do a full tear down, clean n lube on mine but man is it a lengthy process.
Granted all of the parts on this truck are designed for the Slash (aside from the slipper assembly, from memory thats from an Associated rig) but the only Traxxas made part is the tub, frony bulkhead and servo / steering assembly. Everything else is from RPM, Anza or somewhere else.
The shocks might explode on their first proper test but from appearance they are every bit as robust as the stock Slash units, if size is anything to go by i would say they would be quite at home on a 1/8 scale buggy or similar. Either way they were a parts bin spare so they havent cost me anything if they dont work out on this application.
I think part of the reason it had been so long since i gave this thing any love was exactly what you said, to do it properly its a full day or 2, this rebuild / upgrade was spread over about 3-4 days as i didnt have 100% time to spend on it, altogether i reckon it was about 5-6 hours work, taking my time and remembering how it all hung together again...
Traxxas Raptor / Slash - BL and a few upgrades...
Axial SCX10 Honcho - Jerp G6