Ok, I am overly satisfied. IT RAN GREAT!! I had a couple issues with keeping the receiver and transmitter on the FlySky system bound when I would turn it off and then back on, but those issues have been resolved. My VXL 3500 motor started right up and ran great! The same cogging up until about 2mph, but I can live with it.
32 pitch forever! Never again 48P! I tell you, without a lie, 32P sounds SO smooth when accelerating on pavement. As for gravel and dirt, it's great. Like dad said, "Before it sounded like a cheap drill. Now it sounds like it has all the wicked power you could ever need." I totally agree. If you could hear and drive this thing Rusty, I think you would have 32P tomorrow. It sounds and performs that good. The only different thing is that because the teeth are larger and so are the gaps in the mesh, you can here a very faint 'click' of the gears switching direction when you go from rolling forward to reverse. I don't here it half the time, it's really faint. I might have had that with 48P, not sure. I did some hard running to put the gears to the test. They held up wonderfully without a fault. After bashing hard through the roots, grass, and mud with a locked slipper, it pulled up onto the concrete running as smooth as it did when I started.
I wish I had a better gear cover though. It's not super easy to take off and put back on like I want, but it works great and keeps the dirt out. I did paint the outside of it to cover up all the glue, so it be kinda hard to see what I did. I cut a slot where the spur gear goes, around the cover where it rubs. I then layed some thin strips of servo tape along both sides of the slot. I cut a piece of an old gear cover that was wider than the slot and would fit over the servo tape. I placed the piece on and the servo tape held it down. I applied CA glue all the way around where the servo tape was to seal it good. I also patched a few holes in the cover with servo tape and glue. Then I removed the rubber slipper plug, roughed the cover up with sand paper, and painted it. The paint is rough in some places due to the repairs. The width of the servo tape lifts the plastic high enough (far enough) away from the spur. It actually works! I was freaking out earlier about running open gears...
Had some picture perfect mud shots too.
So overall, I am impressed. It drives with crazy power, crazy torque, not the fastest with a 16T pinion, but enough to start. It should be good for doing track racing or short course, which means, whenever your ready DTXandTRX we can head over to BattleFront for a few practice laps together. It would be a lot of fun to meet up with someone else who is into the hobby nearby.