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No. SLX shifters are either I-spec or not, they can't be converted by buying the I-spec covers. XT can be converted.
Having run both XT and SLX shifters for the last year, I can say that the shifters are one area (unlike say brakes or mechs) where the XT are noticeably better than SLX, and worth paying the extra for XT. Its because there are bushings in the SLX and ball races in the XT. The difference is particularly noticeable if you have a Shadow plus (clutch) RD which adds a bit of tension to the shift.
 
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