Originally Posted by security22
I understand...thanks for the insight and advice. I'm relatively new to the RC world and yes I could click the "easy button" and buy the exp pro but I would learn everything I need to know about this truck if I do it the long and hard way. Call me crazy but as parts break I was going to upgrade everything I possibly can to aluminum parts and add an aluminum chassis...I guess I can do that when I add the brushless system. I don't mind spending the extra cash and rebuilding this truck better. I will do the same with the GP. My alternative motive is to get my son away from his computer games and use his time more constructively. He's a little strange he loves taking apart, fixing, and rebuilding but doesn't care much to bash and test the durability...I will do that for him
ive owned all the electric redcat models, multiple of the epx pro models.
the alloy wheel hubs are a good upgrade. the rest...well, not really worth the cost IMO. alloy arms are a bad move for many rc models. arms are large, and can generally flex without breaking. if you remove that flex, you risk putting a lot more strain on other parts which have less flex.
running the bronze bushing with a brushless system will cause them to warp. this will allow play and cause the diff gear's mesh to go off and strip those gears.
there are possible upgrades for the epx without going brushless. you can get a traxxas xl5 ESC, which will allow use of a 7cell or 2s lipo battery. Then you can get a rebuildable 19t motor.
the pro version still needs upgrades. the hubs are a good move, modding the diff cups with O rings, moving the steering and camber links to the holes closest to the hubs, better tires ect.
There are some crazy mods people have done to the ground pounder. ive seen some with traxxas brushless systems...which requires a bunch of mods to strengthen the axles and such. id use the GP as a modding platform.
one could even scrap the stock chassis, build their own truck chassis and turn it into a rock crawler if they wanted to.
it is funny that your son likes to take them apart and build them but not so much drive them....many young boys ive met are the opposite. they love to drive them but as soon as something breaks they either put it on ebay or go back to the hobby shop and want them to fix it. they have no idea how to tear into something and wont even dare to try!
Getting kids off games on into something mechanical is always a good motive