Thanks for all the suggestions, I really appreciate it. I ordered a TT-01 today, with a pre-painted Ferrari 430 body from my LHS.
I also ordered a full bearing kit and may upgrade to oil shocks and aluminum shaft later, but for now it should be good enough. After I get some drive time I intend to drop my Novak brushless system into it.
The TT-01R kit looked really good, but there were some things I didn't like:
1. still had to buy body + paint + reamer + lexan scissors = $
-and I had to still paint it, and I'm no Michelangelo
-can't paint inside [per 'she who must be obeyed']
2. didn't actually want the adjustable suspension right now
-more stuff to mess with [may regret it later, who knows...]
3. didn't want slicks, for parking lot bashing I wanted treads
4. don't need the better motor, I have a 10.5 brushless
I would have liked the oil shocks, bearings, aluminum shaft though, but I can always add them later if absolutely necessary. The cost of the pre-painted body is a good trade to me for convenience and simplicity instead of some things I don't value that much.
My only real question is whether I will regret the non-adjustable suspension at some point, but for bashing I'm guessing it won't matter; unless I actually start racing, but I don't see that happening. I got a little freaked out at a club race event once; these guys had electric tire warmers, triple stack Snap-On tool boxes, trailer rigs, pavilions, and more expensive looking gear and equipment than I care to think about. My wife would freakin' kill me if I spent 20k on crap to race my RC car. Certain, painful and permanent doom. No, I think I will just be content with a $110 kit and a package of bearings for now.