RE: Axial Engines
I've seen a few Robitronic Mantis's in the last few weeks(stock engine is Axial 28), and I don't care what anybody says, they move pretty well.. Defo not top-end screamers, but down under they really have some snap..
My Spec 1S 28 was an absolute breeze to break in, tune, and run.. It's on the shelf right now as a backup, waiting for my 28RR to explode.. The 28RR was a total PIA to get running properly, and it too had a leaky front bearing.. All I did though was put a washer over it, behind the flywheel, and it's been ripping ever since.. It's got a bit more oomph than the 28 throughout the powerband I would say(maybe not on the very bottom..), and all in all is a perfectly good bashing engine for a Savage.. I also have an LRP I could put in my Savage, but then I'd just be blowing diffs and trannys, etc.. - and honestly, with the Axial (28 Spec 1S OR 28RR) my Sav is right powerful and quick.., not to mention low-maintenace and user-friendly.. In a truggy it's a different story - the 28RR was too weak in my Muggy..
Problem-wise, I seem to hear a lot more with the 32's than the orginal 28's.. To be honest, in a pinch I'd prob buy another 28 as a basher engine for my Savage.. I mean, it's a hundred bucks.. - breaks in retardedly easily, tunes even easier - set and forget, has a good quality pull-start, parts are easy to find, etc etc.. But as stated, I would prefer the SW 26 or Mach 427.. They are, for me, the best RTR level budget bashing engines... For a few bucks more then the LRP, which I personally wouldn't run in my Savage though, cuz it would just cause too much wear and tear.. Just my opinion though.. Lots of guys love LRP's in their Savies..