This truggy handles realy well out of the box!!! i only set the ride hight, droop, caster, brakes, went over the screws & i think thats it.
But, if you're gonna race this you best do the following;
1 - get better servos(the ones that come with it i think would only be good for 1/10).
2 - change the servo horns to a different manufacturer - something that is stronger in the molding or even metal.
3 - change the engine & pipe, i think the standard one is alright for bashing but for racing i'd go with something else.
4 - change the clutch set up, say alloy shoes with either 1.0 or 1.1 springs(Mugens or something similar).
5 - change the tires & foams.
6 - change the plastic tie rod ends to something stronger that won't strip so easily.
7 - if you can find another manufacture that has the exact same shock shaft, but is going to be stronger then change them(i haven't found one yet, but they break way too easily
8 - get a few parts that you think will break(they're fairly in-expensive).
Once the above has been done it only takes some fine tuning from track to track & thats about it. Its a shame that the tie rod ends, servo horns & shock shafts are its weak points, but i do like the way this truggy handles. i'll be looking out for the pro version too. As i hope it'll be stronger. i realy like that the Mantis has a very low centre of gravity, which probably explains its nice handling, & the shape of the body is sick!!! It'd be nice if they sold it for say $100 less with a clear body. I haven't messed around with the diffs yet, but i think i'm gonna try 7k,10,3k(fr,cnt,bk), or 10k,20k,3k(maybe5k for back). i don't know what came in the diffs or shocks, but i did get to rebuilding the shocks & i used 60wt in the front & 50wt in the rear, this was for a realy large open track with big jumps & a few technical bits. This setup seemed to fell fairly neutral to me.
So does anyone else race this truggy? if so post your setups & tips here.