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Old 09-23-2008, 07:31 PM   #1
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i hgave a used one for sale at my lhs for 150 with werks engine. is this a good truggy to add to my colection?
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If it's anything like their other products, hell yeah! I love my Avid, and my buddy's Scalpel is awesome as well. If nothing else, bash it.
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Old 09-24-2008, 05:52 AM   #3
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Some people do not like it saying they had problems but I had one and loved it. Took a beating and hardly broke a single thing. Best thing you can do to it is get rid of the stock tires (if it still has them) and steering servo.
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it has proline wholeshots i think and a jr mg steering servo. i woudnt race it most likley a car for the kid. i heard it was just a better version of the hellfire
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Old 09-25-2008, 04:44 AM   #5
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it has proline wholeshots i think and a jr mg steering servo. i woudnt race it most likley a car for the kid. i heard it was just a better version of the hellfire
A much better version. Sort of. Not really the same though. Completely different suspension, diff housings, brake linkages etc. I do know people put the hellfire body on it. The Diff cases are split horizontally instead of vertically like on most truggies.
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Old 09-25-2008, 07:44 AM   #6
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They are an awesome truggy for the price (even new). There are a couple in my club and they are near bullet proof!!!!! I am planning to buy 1 as a basher just cos they a sooo much fun!!!!
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Old 10-07-2008, 04:02 PM   #7
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my LHS told he its a really good truggy for the price. hes currently out of stock on them.
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Old 10-08-2008, 07:01 AM   #8
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I have had 3.. reason being 3 is because I alwasy get two.. one to race and one for parts.. I think for the price you cant beat them.. my only complaint was that the parts were not the easiest to obtain thats how ended up with three. im not entirly sure if it was my lhs just not getting them or if they were indeed just hard to get.. but in all fairness i got the mantis when they first came out.. parts should not be an issue anymore...
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parts will be a lot easier to get since there is a new distributor in the states. my lhs said they have a very good stock in spare parts. just got to wait for the next shipment of mantis to arrive.
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I had one for my first truck and it held up pretty well, but they do have a diff problem. I am not sure how to fix, but I heard guys using other manufactures gears and such. I blew three diffs up when i had mine, but it did have a decent amount of use on it. I went to a Mugen and haven't looked back. When I was running the Mantis it was pretty competive against everything else out there. I think running a .28 in it is what lead to the short Diff life. I bet a .21 would make the diffs last quite a bit longer. If the price is right pick it up.
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stay away these trucks lack toughness and no im not just saying this...i really tried to make this thing more durable and race worthy i have posts on other sites about it. I personally think that is $150 you could put towards one of your current rides:

explanation so no one asks me about it:
stock shocks tend to snap shafts easily
stock throttle/brake linkage bugs me(this affects only me really)
diffs leak easily(can be fixed..but requires a whole new diff case and internals)
e-clips(god I hate them)
lack of parts support and upgrades
top-arms seem to pull out easily even when i put new ones on

things i did find you can do:
a jammin x1 cr center diff mount will fit(use spacers to be able to run stock 52 tooth center diff..this will allow you to use a normal t/b setup
a good set of jammin shocks (rears all around will do)

The truck doesn't handle poorly I just didn't like the toughness It can't take the abuse imo now if you're a pro and never get in a wreck then maybe it's the truck for you...but for us novice racers the durability just isn't there
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Old 11-29-2008, 01:46 AM   #12
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Hello

Dear friends, iīm writing for Spain.
I have a robitronic mantis and i loved. But i have a very seriusly problem with ther rear differential.

I had read some forums from Germany, and they have the same problem. We think that is a fabricated problem.

Nitroluver: i have read that you know how fix the problem. Can you explained.
I have buyed the hpi bewel gears but donīt fit perfectly in the case.

Any body know abut it?

Thanks very much

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