My Bro'* a jackass.
I've run some pretty quick electrics, but this thing is a monster. The biggest problem is that the steering is far quicker than I'm used to, and the four-wheel braking makes some old reflexes counterproductive.
I got a little close to a pole, and reflexively hit the trigger forward as I put the wheel over. On my older car, that used reverse as a brake on the rear wheels, that would have thrown it into a controllable tail-out slide. On this car, it just locked up the front wheels, and it skidded straight into the pole.
Lesson; avoid poles. :(
Went over to Hobbytown and picked up a new right-front upper control arm, ten minute repair job, and I'm heading back to the lot to finish off the break-in and tuning. Tomorrow I'm going to go over to a local park that'* usually sparsely populated to try it in grass and dirt. I won't run it seriously off-road until I've got a better feel for the truck.
I realize I'm jumping in at the deep end, but I know the safety rules, I use common sense, and if it breaks again, it'* at leat easy to work on. Compared with a 3800, this thing is bone simple.
BTW, I'm using O'Donnell 30% mix. None of the local shops carry Traxxas fuels, so I had a discussion with Hobbytown'* resident expert, and he assures me this is the right stuff.
Also, not looking to make it any faster. I might get the center diff and rear brake kit, so I can adjust the braking balance for off road work, but I think the first thing I do is going to be stiffer tires so it wil drift instead of tipping on asphalt.