Ah man, sorry to hear that Shook, hope you can get through that without too much strife...
I narrowed it down to two motors, an RB and a Novarossi:
I've seen both in action, and they seem to be pretty comparible. I'm planning on a JP-2 pipe.
So far, I only built the basic steering assembly. I was happy with everything but the ackerman rack. It rides on mushroom shaped bushings in stead of bearings. I might just measure those things, and see if I can't find a suitable bearing to replace them. To minimize play, you nearly have to bind them up too tight. Other than that, everything in the box is top notch.
I'm very pleased with my purchase so far. It came with two sets of springs and an assortment of sway bars. The shock bodies are HUGE! It looks like it's gonna be one helluva buggy. All that sux is I basically have to wait two weeks to finish it. I'm selling my Mayhem to a good friend to do two things; get him into 8th scale, and fund the new motor! He can't afford it till next paycheck. Then I'll have to order and wait untill the new mill gets here, then break it in...ah man, and my Mayhem is actually only 6 months old... I just did this dance!
I just can't get mad at that...