So like many of you guys i've faced various issues with this truck, from screws being soft and very strip-able to shock end's tearing apart. This has been one of the most troublesome kit's i've ever had from hpi, but i understand when this stuff is manufactured things happen so i brushed it off. I see a lot of you guys talking about shock ends (Caps?) and what will work, i haven't seen anyone post about aftermarket shocks and the only thing i could find was proline's aftermarket shocks for the truck.
I had a few old traxxas trucks laying around as part's trucks (Nitro sport/T-maxx 2.5r) so i stole the shock/s off the sport and the t-maxx, here's what i found.
Here's all the shocks displayed order HPI/NirtoSport/T-maxx
You'll notice the shocks are pretty close in size.
The traxxas shock bodies from the sport and the maxx look the exact same, the only difference was the thickness of the spring the maxx had.
The end cap's, hpi's vs traxxas's
Hpi's ball join in traxxas shock left, stock metal ball join in tmxx shock right.
While i was at it, i figured i would try on a tmaxx shock to see if it would even fit and how well it would work.
The clearance was a little close but it fit and nothing binded and looks like a good alternative if the need arises.