Jeff: isn't everything Doug runs fast!
Wow, so much to cover. First off thanks for the responses from everyone. Now...
-RCBudda and Doug: thanks for the suggestion with the lower shock mount. I thought about moving it, but didn't want to screw up anything handling wise. Good to know the change can be made without any ill effects
-black-knight and Turbo Joe: I guess I was fortunate then that I only had one bad cap. But I still plan on getting a replacement from HPI. If their customer service is up to par, it should be no problem
-Pinion: I thought about flipping it backwards, but the set screw hardlly made it to the shaft, so I was a little nervous about doing this. I'm not too concerned about it, I just thought it was odd to only be able to get 50% contact. Definitely not a big problem though
-VenomWorldOrder: I wish I had known ahead of time that the suspension and some other components were carbon graphite. I would have found me a tap or something! After screwing all those screws in, I woke up this morning with my shoulders killing me!
The grease really helped though, or I still might be cranking on some of those screws!
Your dead on correct with that "use quality tools" thing. I switched from my MIP Thorp 2mm driver to the "bargin" tip that came with my ratcheting screwdriver, and nearly destroyed a screw head while threading it into the gearbox cover. Needless to say, I switched back to the MIP Thorp driver quick, fast, and in a hurry!
Its nice to see that everything that could be on this car is already on there. No 'factory team' or 'Driver X Edition' cars needed here. Sweet.