If I recall, it uses a 12mm hex setup for the wheels correct?
Assuming a conservative motor choice (say a brushless 13.5 or 10.5), you can mount truck rims ala Academy or Traxxas on there and make it a truggy.
I know a guy who runs a Dark impact, and the main issue I see with the thing as far as durability is that the rear hingepin hooks to the tranny case for support if I recall correctly. so on a hard hit, you snap that part. Would have been so much better if they had made an aluminum brace so you just snap an arm.
I personally like the idea of a battery pack down the middle.
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