Poll: If You Could Suggest ONE Upgrade to a Newbie for $100

Vince August 10, 2013 11

I got to thinking about this and think it’s a pretty valid question. Say if someone bought a completely brand new, out of the box stock SCX10 kit, and they were very happy with it, but say they had $100 to spend on one or two upgrades, what would YOU suggest they do first?

I know a lot of people new to the hobby can get overwhelmed very fast by the vast number of upgrades out there. And having the same upgrade from several different companies. Now you, being the experienced enthusiast that you are… What would you suggest to a someone new for their first upgrade.

Have something different to suggest? Leave a comment and let us know.

What would you suggest?

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  1. Joe Ferguson August 11, 2013 at 12:25 am - Reply

    I checked off for tires…unless you get a newer JK with the Maxxis tires. They are really good.

  2. Vince
    Vince August 11, 2013 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Yeah, I had them out today only for the second time but this time they really filled in with dirt, but they came clean very quickly.Even when they were full of crud they still held their own!

  3. Chris August 12, 2013 at 7:25 am - Reply

    Personally i think the first thing anyone should do with the newer kits is the steering link. and then the lower suspension links. The new tires are actually ok.

  4. Josh W August 12, 2013 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    I voted for tires. I think its the biggest bang for your buck. A set of Pitbulls are worth their weight in gold.

  5. Vince
    Vince August 12, 2013 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    I gotta say, I’m pretty surprised everyone but me has picked tires! Like Joe said, maybe I’m just spoiled by the fact that my SXC10 JK came with those fantastic Maxxis Trepadors. I chose drivetrain. I was out on Sunday ad my driveshafts were binding up, I stripped my spur, and it wasn’t a fun experience. But my tires never missed a beat, haha!

  6. Rod August 14, 2013 at 12:18 am - Reply

    A set of 1.9 Pitbulls with the crawler innovation closed cell foams is a great upgrade.
    Also a good lipo helps out your run times.

  7. Arctic October 14, 2013 at 10:01 am - Reply

    Absolutley Drive Train.. for $100 I would do

    MIP Spline Center CVD SCX10 ($50)
    TRA5145 for MIP to Wild Boar ($3)
    Robinson Racing Outdrive Diff Lock Gear ($25)
    Robinson steel idler ($15)
    Spare spur gear ($7)

    Remember; crappy tires won’t leave you stranded on the trail, drive train will :)

  8. Mike Saper November 11, 2013 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    I would suggest shocks. I got one of the older Honcho kits that came with plastics shock bodies, I believe they come with aluminum now, and they are garbage. I just put 103mm XD aeration shocks on and now I can get over stuff that I would have been hung up on. I’m very happy with them. I also put pitbulls with CI closed cell foams which are a big improvement, however stock tires are not bad. I think the foams make a big difference.

  9. Wildcat April 2, 2014 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    Pitbulls and good foams, used Wildboar driveshafts with the rod-in-the-shaft mod, make or buy metal steering and suspension links-plastic ones f-l-e-x!! Mirror the trans for free, cut the bump stops from shock shaft( if they still come with them) for more flex, for free. I just upgraded to steel gears in the trans, but just for fun as not much has broken on my rig in 3 years. Then have fun!!

  10. Wildcat April 2, 2014 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Mike are those Gmade shocks worth spending money on? I have the Honcho kit with plastic shocks too and am wondering if I should get them. Great topic Vince!!

  11. shaun newsome December 24, 2014 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    I really feel if ther gonna use the rig not make it a shelf queen water proofing should b done first wether doin competion or backyard wheeling its gonna get wet

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