I just got a new Merv and am very anxious to upgrade a little; however, learning from my first experience with RCs, I have decided to do a little research before going too crazy. Below is a list of upgrades I have found through various forums so let me know if you know of better parts or pricing out there.
Front A-Arms RPM http://www.rcplanet.com/RPM_Racing_F...p/rpm80692.htm
Rear A-Arms RPM http://www.rcplanet.com/RPM_Products...p/rpm80602.htm
Front Axle Carriers RPM http://www.rcplanet.com/RPM_Axle_Car...p/rpm73162.htm
Rear Axle Carriers RPM http://www.rcplanet.com/RPM_Axle_Car...p/rpm73162.htm
Series Wire Harness Traxxas http://www.rcplanet.com/Traxxas_Batt..._p/tra3063.htm
Parallel Wire Harness Traxxas http://www.rcplanet.com/Traxxas_Wire..._p/tra3064.htm
Steel Drive Shafts Traxxas http://www.rcplanet.com/Traxxas_Driv...p/tra7151x.htm
Steel Shafts Traxxas http://www.rcplanet.com/ProductDetai...R&click=106800
GTR Shocks Traxxas http://www.rcplanet.com/Traxxas_Shocks_p/tra7061x.htm
Aluminum Toe Links Traxxas http://www.rcplanet.com/Traxxas_Toe_...p/tra7138x.htm
Aluminum Push Rods Traxxas http://www.rcplanet.com/Traxxas_Push_Rod_p/tra7118x.htm
2nd Servo Traxxas http://www.rcplanet.com/Traxxas_VXL_Servo_p/tra2080.htm
Heat Sink Integy http://www.rcplanet.com/Integy_Motor...c23141blue.htm
Titanium Pivot Balls Lunsford http://www.rcplanet.com/Lunsford_Rac..._p/lns7610.htm
SS Screw Replacement RC Screwz http://www.rcplanet.com/RC_Screwz_Sc.../rcztra037.htm
T-Bone TBR http://t-bone-racing.net/Brand-N-Z/T...BR-Chassis-Bra
All of these upgrades would run about $335 and would definitely make for a little longer bashing without breakage.
Let me know your thoughts!