& Setup Tips
1 The kit uses 3x10mm self-tapping screws extensively. In fact, there are no nuts involved in the assembly at all except the 4 for the wheels. Take great care when screwing these screws in because you don't wanna strip out the threads in the plastic. I favour using "large-handle" screwdrivers to make the task easier but these are the biggest culprits of stripped threads. Use them to do most of the work, but when the screw is almost fully in, swap to a smaller handle screwdriver. Pay special attention when screwing into the parts that are made from softer plastic (e.g. parts tree 'E'). You've been warned! :)
2. The instructions 'forbid' you from gluing the tyres to the rims but mine started slipping after just a few runs. You should glue them on or find some other way of keeping them from slipping... I use strips of transparent double sided sticky tape.
3. The instructions also recommend putting grease or 'lubing' the rubber sleeves in the shock bodies. Doing this will probably prolong the life of the sleeve, but it compromises performance. I found that without the grease, there is more 'friction' between the shock shaft and the sleeve which results in more damping action. When I lubed the sleeve, the damping was diminished and the truck became a lot more 'springy' than before. The choice is yours.
4. I would recommend getting a reversible ESC for the truck but if you are using the manual speed controller (MSC), be sure to clean it often to ensure trouble free operation.
5. You may wish to put a little threadlock on the little pins that go into the outdrives (the part that the wheel goes on to) because they tend to drop out everytime I take out the wheel and boy are they hard to find!
6. It would be a good idea also to install bearings into the car to increase speed and runtime. To do so, you will need 28 (yes that's TWENTY EIGHT) 11x5mm bearings to do so. The stock bushings work fine but will wear out before long.
7. While you are at it, you may wanna replace the stock servo mounts with units from another car or a hop-up from Tamiya. The stock ones are molded from very soft plastic and just don't cut it... especially for a monster truck. My steering servo got loose after just a few runs... tightening the screws stripped the threads on the servo mount! I'm gonna get me some cool aluminium ones soon.
8. For those who are interested in getting modified motors, you will need one to be reverse rotation... to go into the FRONT gearbox.