What a great car for the money I spent. Yes it is not the best truggy out there and no it is not really a great off road machine. The standard tyres and rims make it ideal for tar and cement surfaces. This is one tuff car. I chrashed it into a tree once going full throttle, it stalled, I wrecked the lexan but no other side effects from that. It is easy to make fatal errors and smash this truggy because it is really quick. The low body and stance makes for awesome cornering and also means that you can really give it stick round corners. It also means that you get about 10, 360 degree summersaults when it decides to let go.
I am having overheating problems with 25% nitro and would suggest running 20% max. I am also trying to find a bigger heatsink head for the motor as even with the windscreen cutout for more airflow the motor still tends to run very hot.
The shocks are fine for most uses and I don't feel a need to upgrade these.
The chassis is a tub and is quite a drag to clean cause a lot of dirt and stones gets caught in there. The flimsy little spring or bracket that keeps the exhaust in place is also prone to snapping off. I replaced it twice and at present I have a home made one made out off binding wire and it seems to be better than the Tamiya part.
The pull start can be a drag and mine has snapped. Better to replace with a new unit than to try putting new rope on the old one. I might even put a roto start on when next the rope snaps.
I would recommend these to anyone who wants a nitro that is not going to break the bank.