The Street Weapon can still be a very competitive car. Granted, out of the box it has some things that hold it back as compared to the newer, more efficient single belt designs like the XXXs and the solid shaft design of the TC3, but it's a very durable car and can be quite fast and handle very well. I still use a Street Weapon in our "IROC"-style Beetle Cup Spec Class (fixed gear ratio, handout motor, open chassis.)
The single best thing you can do to improve the car - if you can still find one - is to get the Trinity Cyrul Circuit Killer
kit. It includes replacement shock towers, shortened front shocks, and other killer hopups that really improve the car's weight, balance, and handling. Also, anything you can do to reduce rotating mass (lightened outdrives, aluminum CVD's) will definitely improve the car. If you can get the graphite milled chassis, it will definitely shave a good bit of weight as well as lower the CG.
Lastly, I'd recommend that - before you buy a lot of stuff, get the MIP kit to adapt the wheels to use "standard" sized hexes. It makes wheel selection and availability a lot easier. If you didn't know, Losi decided to design the car with "downsized" hex nuts for the wheels, and they thereby don't fit every other company's wheels. I guess their line of reasoning was that people would be forced to buy their wheels, but IMHO it's just a pain.
It's a great starter car (an IWC was my first car last year when I got into the hobby) and though it has its share of quirks (like difficulty in accessing the diffs for service) it's still a very cool car.
sixandeightstringer • footfall • tigeryan