Taking my own advice, I'm constructing a build thread of my own and will try to keep it updated.
First thing I did was put a micro receiver in this truck so I can use my spektrum dx2s. I love this transmitter and it's much more programmable.
I noticed the brushed motor gets hot really easily so I upgraded the ESC to something brushless and cheap. Cheap was what I received and this brushless system also got hot really fast.
I finally upgraded to a mamba micro pro with a 0808 style motor that is rated 4100kv. Top speed is quick and controllable, I want to try the rally pinion because it is larger and the rally spur. I want to test how uncontrollable feels.
With a speed increase I also need a servo upgrade. I will upgrade to this savox servo once I get my new top and bottom case for it. I will also shorten the wires on it soon. I pulled this servo from my losi 1/24 truggy.
I'm going to shim the servo saver in an attempt to tighten the steering a bit. I'm also going to get a gyro for this truck.
Sometime during the year I will attempt to do a dual motor set-up that another build inspired me to try. I'm going to run a motor up front and a motor in the rear, each powering two wheels each. I'm thinking of ways to modify the center shaft to accomidate both diff's independent.
Before I buy another mamba system I want to see if the latrax 1/18 platforms will get more support from other companies. I would hate to throw $100 more into something that will become unsupported. I at least want to see aluminum drive shafts so I don't snap em.
... I'm itching for that carbon fiber chassis upgrade... Must resist...