Hey guys, thanks for the responses. Good to know about not going crazy on the aluminum. Especially the comment about if I want a second vehicle or not. I've just broken several of the plastic parts already, so I was just assuming I needed to upgrade everything. I have ordered a few things, most importantly an LCG chassis. I do want to get a second vehicle, full 4WD because I live in the foothills of the Nebraska panhandle, so there are lots of fun scenic places to go play. Plus, my wife wants an RC now too. So, I figure she can play with this one when I get the other one.
As to the controller, I'm really bad about reading instructions first (everyone is, but, being an engineer, I'm worse because I think I already know it all), I did see that it has a training level. Being over a half a century old, I assumed I didn't need training wheels. But, I'm going to see about trying that. Not today, though. It was a high of 10* yesterday with nearly a foot of snow on the ground, but today, it's nearly 50* and slush everywhere, so I won't be out today and all that snow I was going to use for soft landings on the jumps will be gone.
As to the servo, I do have that big round white piece, but my concern is that the skid plate doesn't cover it, so all it would take is backing up against something to tweak it. I'll just make a little cover for it.
Last thing for the moment. I raised the rear body mount up one notch to the highest one, but since the front body mounts didn't have an adjustment, I just used one of the little nut/screw pieces that you used to have to screw your monitor cable in to, before HDMI cables, to lift that end. With doing that, using thicker oil in the front shock,struts and adding helper springs to all of the shocks, it looks really sharp and seriously lifted. Having trouble transferring pics from my new phone to my PC, but when I take the time to figure that out I'll post some pics. Out of curiosity, is there a thread just for people to show off their home-brewed repairs and upgrades? If not, that would be a great resource for everyone. I didn't see one, so I thought I would suggest it. I'll update this with some pics of the things I've been talking about when I get those loaded up.
Great forum guys. Just mature people discussing a shared interest, not a lot of trolls or BS.
Just a bunch of square cornfields and wheat farms
Man, it all looks the same
Miles and miles of back roads and highways
Connecting little towns with funny names
Who'd want to live down there in the middle of nowhere?