I second what Perry says. Can't beat the Torment 2wd for value and abuse resistance. I had a fleet of 5 rentals that were driven by kids 4 -12 yrs. old and I could not believe how tough they were. I would only put aluminum knuckles just in case but it is as abuse resistant as it gets out of the box.
I don't know why people insist and are hell bent on local "parts support". They want to just walk to the corner bookstore or ice cream place and find parts there? What is the issue about ordering online? In most Continental US places you will get the parts delivered to your mailbox in 3 days tops, and will be less hassle and risk than driving 30 mins -1 hr. back and forth to deal with pushy LHS employees and be stabbed 20% -30% overcharge. That is why you want a truck that does not break in the first place, dealers don't want to carry much ECX because it does not break and they don't make money on parts/labor. Also if you read a bit and see what logical pieces to have in your parts box, you order them ahead of time (and save on shipping by ordering together) and you have 0 downtime because you already have the pieces handy, no need to rush to an LHS either. You use the part, you replenish your extras or go to a stronger aftermarket parts, ECX has more aftermarket parts available now than a couple years ago. Also remember that a lot of parts like bearings, shocks, servos, tires, etc. are universal, so you can upgrade to different brands.
2wd SCTs are easy to work on and will be a great learning curve for the kids. Also a 2wd will teach them better how to drive the truck since they require more finesse and technique; if they later want to drive 4wd those will be piece of cake, just point and shoot.
(Last edited by 2WheelFlyer : 3.27.17 at 10:32 am)
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