Team FastEddy Pro Series HD Baja Stand: Review

February 24, 2009 by  
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Review by: OneHum.

As an RC enthusiast, I am constantly on the lookout for new tools that will help make the hobby more enjoyable. Not having quick access to the right tool or part can turn an enjoyable wrenching experience into one of frustration.

As my collections of cars and tools grow, I have found enjoyment in the pursuit of tools that simply make things easier. I have also found great appreciation for the thoughtful craftsmanship and build quality that go into many of the tools and parts we buy.

One tool that has been talked about frequently here on hpibajaforum.com is the Baja stand. Seemingly simple, quality stands have been hard to come by, forcing many in the community to fabricate stands from PVC, metal or wood. Other alternatives include foot stools, a Home Depot Carpentry stand and, on the extreme end, a very expensive custom swivel arm with custom tray. Quality stands have been in such high demand, in fact, that just about every vendor has been out of stock for months.

There have been two quality stands that are highly regarded in the Baja community. These are the KRD Baja Stand, and the KMAS stand. Both stands are excellent choices, but have not always been available.

I’d like to be the first to introduce to you a new stand that I have recently added to my workbench. That stand is the Team FastEddy Pro Series HD Baja Stand. This stand has replaced my stable of shoe boxes, Amazon.com boxes and a 2×4. It has also replaced my frustration with pure enjoyment.

This stand is excellent in just about every way. It is made of high quality steel with an attractive powder coat that is sure to keep things looking good for years to come.

The specifications for the Team FastEddy Pro Series HD Baja Stand are:

  • Weight: 14 lbs
  • Base LxW: 22 5/8 x 16
  • Tray LxW: 17 7/16 x 12 1/4
  • Carriage LxW: 16 x 4 3/16
  • Carriage Side Height: 1.5″
  • Carriage Height : 7 1/4 – Adjustable to 8″ stock (Upgradeable)

The first thing I noticed about the stand is its strength. When I first had the opportunity to see the prototype, FastEddy stood on the stand and bounced up and down. He then demonstrated how another popular stand would warp with a firm press of the hand. This is something that could cause a stand to become deformed over time. This is something that is not going to happen to the Team FastEddy Pro Series HD Baja Stand.

 

As expected of any quality stand, the Team FastEddy Baja Stand swivels. Team FastEddy chose to use wing nuts to lock the stand in place, or allow it to swivel freely.

One of the many things I really like about this stand is the parts tray. It is divided into four quadrants, allowing you to organize your parts relative to their place on the vehicle.

The color of the stand was also carefully considered. Unlikely the more popular color of black found on other stands, Team FastEddy opted to use a lighter color. This allows for a high degree of contrast in the parts tray, allowing you to easily find small items.

As expected, the Team FastEddy Pro Series HD Baja Stand does a great job holding onto Bajas. As I continue the build on a Baja 5B SS, and move toward completion on a complete rebuild and upgrade of a Baja 5T, I expect the stand to show it’s utility and it’s strength.

 

What I was not expecting is how well it holds other vehicles, such as the 1:8 scale HPI Savage X.

If you’re looking for more height out of your Team FastEddy Pro Series HD Baja Stand, a simple upgrade is all it takes. The carriage is supported by a 1″ steel tube. You will easily find 1″ tubing in any length at your local hardware store. This addition, as well as the stand’s effortless disassembly, is sure to come in handy at the track.

Overall, this is a very strong and functional stand with a solid base that is sure to see you through years of wrenching.

Not only have I managed to fill a significant void in my stable of tools, but I have done it with something that has exceeded all of my expectations. If you’re in the market for a new stand for your Baja, you won’t be disappointed with the Team FastEddy Pro Series HD Baja Stand.

I would like to congratulate Team FastEddy on another great product and a fine piece of craftsmanship.

The Team FastEddy Pro Series HD Baja Stand is currently listed at Dave’s Motors and is expected to be available on February 27 for $165.

Please check this and other Baja retailers for availability.

Front wheel hub E-clip modification.

February 18, 2009 by  
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E-clip Modification to front wheel hub

Tutorial donated by: http://formulabaja.com/


Under certain running conditions, when excessive force is placed upon the front wheel, eg impacts from extreme landings, cornering etc, the e-clip will tend to ‘pop’ off, releasing the front wheel with hub intact (diagram 1 shows stock e-clip connection).

The e-clip connection is the ‘weak’ link, designed to reduce stress on other, potentially more vital or expensive parts, in the event of an impact.

Over time, being aluminium, the hub retaining lip (pic A) will eventually become damaged and worn (as a result of the steel e-clip), to the point that it may not be able to securely retain the e-clip, resulting in the wheel being released with only the slightest of knocks.

Additionally, the e-clip will tend to gradually bow (pic D & diagram 1) after successive runs / impacts, and may go undetected (particularly if any impacts are not sufficient enough to cause the wheel to be released). This can then also result in wheel loss after a light knock. It is therefore important that the e-clips are regularly checked and replaced as necessary as part of a general maintenance routine. Good quality spring steel e-clips will improve the situation.

With the understanding of the reasons behind such a connection, an informed decision can be made whether or not to modify the connection, and the potential risks associated.

For various reasons, other than those mentioned above, the stock e-clip connection may not be desirable – for example – the need for reassurance that the wheel will stay on under race conditions, to prevent damage to front brake callipers & rotors or billet hub carriers that would have otherwise occurred on wheel loss etc. – or for the simple reason not to forever have to chase wheels and replace e-clips or lost wheel bearings.

The following are just two of the numerous options of this simple modification that can be carried out to prevent wheel loss.

NB It is understood that by carrying out these mods, and under specific driving conditions, stress will almost certainly be transferred to other parts and connections, and may potentially result in their failure.

Option1 (pic 2, above) – shows an M5 thread tapped into the existing hub hole, following the removal of the projecting retaining lip (pic A, below)
The above pictures can be used to illustrate both options 1 & 2.

It is important to first check the clearance available between retaining lip and the edge of the ball joint. This dim will vary, and will be instrumental in choosing how to proceed and what fixings will be most suitable.

In this example the final projection from the face of the inner bearing, including washer,  plus screw head (countersunk, button head or otherwise), could not exceed the original retaining lip projection.

Whatever option and fixing method is chosen,  it is recommended to check for free movement while using the radio to turn steering at full lock, left and right, simultaneously moving the suspension through its full motion. Aftermarket (billet) front arms* will have different tolerances to those of the stock plastic arms.  Some grinding to the ball joint or further modification to the screw / washer assembly may be required.

The use of circlips / washers can provide a good midway solution, providing a stronger hub connection, but with ‘release’ in extreme conditions (see further reading).

(*If an alloy aftermarket arm is used, It is worth researching that that particular arm has sufficient clearance for full operational movement prior to any e-clip modification)

Pic H – custom aluminium countersunk washers courtesy – Skaa63

Further Reading –
HPIBajaForum thread

Front Hex Improvement - Karg

HELP!! can’t do eclip mod!!Scoobysting

Oiling & Installing the Air Filter

February 18, 2009 by  
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Oiling & Installing the Air Filter (TGN RedNeck Dual Stage Filter / Stock inner / Outerwears Pre-Filter)
Tutorial donated by: http://formulabaja.com/


Proper oiling is crucial to the operation of foam filters. The following is one recommended method of properly oiling filters -

Saturate the filter with a tacky foam filter oil. A clear plastic bag or container can be used to literally soak the filter. Disposable vinyl gloves are useful to initially to squeeze as much of the oil back into the container / bag for future use.

Then continue to remove as much of the oil by squeezing (not wringing) the filter in paper towels (pic 1)
Squeeze hard, and keep using clean towels until almost no further oil is staining the towels.

With this method, it can safely be assumed, as far as is possible, that every open cell is coated with the tacky foam filter oil, and every cell is open to pass air.

The filter can be over oiled just as easily as under-oiled. Too much oil left on the foam fills the open cells, and will prevent the passage of air, effectively choking the motor. An under oiled filter will breath fine, but can allow dirt into the motor.

NB. Protect the filter from water.  Water will carry grit through the tacky open cells–air won’t.

Clean the filter at intervals depending on use and conditions with mineral spirits or gas, followed up with soap & water.

Smear grease onto the air filter sleeve face (#85444 / 1) ie where the foam filter meets the flat of the sleeve (or an even layer onto the end of the stock blue inner foam, as shown here) to effectively form a seal to the ingress of dirt (pic 2 – red arrow, pic 3).After sliding the foam filter to meet  the sleeve face, ensure a good seal is obtained against the meeting face (pic 3). Place the two part retaining clamp (#85444 / 2 & 4) and ensure that the foam end sits underneath, and is securely held by the clamp around its full circumference (pic 4)

Take the outer filter element – in this example the stock element has been replaced with the TGN RedNeck Dual Stage Pre Filter (TGN item #3225), and follow the method above for oiling (pic 5).

Note – if the outer filter is oiled correctly, it should not result in oil ‘soaking’ the Outerwears fine weave material. To ensure this does not occur, take extra care to ‘dry’ the red outer surface with paper towels. Alternatively oil as much of the inner yellow, keeping the red surface free of oil. If the Outerwears becomes overly contaminated with oil it will attract dust and dirt, preventing the free passage of air to the filter and engine.

Note: The RedNeck filter is of a slightly greater diameter than the stock element. As such, ensure that there is enough clearance for the throttle linkage to move freely. Using an Outerwears will reduce the likelihood of this occuring – and a Yamadude type linkage will reduce it even further.

Complete the assembly by placing an Outerwears pre filter over the outer TGN filter (pic 6 / 7)


Credits - Earthsurfer Products (ESP), Timmahh
Further Reading
http://www.hpibajaforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=13079&highlight=oil+filter+grease

http://www.hpibajaforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=24162&highlight=oil+filter+grease

Sand Running Tips, General Modifications & Notes

February 18, 2009 by  
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Recommended Sand Running Upgrades, General Modifications & Notes

These are general options you can use to help protect your Baja when running in the sand. You can do as maney or as few of the segistions you find here. They will all help.

Tutorial donated by: http://formulabaja.com/

  • Check all screw fixings and ensure they are all snug, particularly those associated with the exhaust, engine / carb / filter.
  • Rear sand paddles, and ideally front sand ribs –  mounted up another set of rims so that you’re not forever changing beadlocks.
  • TGN RedNeck Dual Stage Filter / Blue stock inner foam both suitably oiled with tacky foam filter oil, with Outerwears pre filter cover (drawstring type may be slightly easier to pull over assembly than the elastic type)
  • Outerwears Pull start pre-filter
  • Turtle Racing Steel Clutch bell
  • Ideally an improved throttle Linkage set up, eg Yamadude style -
  • If necessary modifications can be done to the stock throttle linkage –  a drill can be used to carefully increase the hole size in the black slider and decrease the chances of sticking due to grit /sand build up.  The insertion of two small metal eyelets in the increased holes, one at at each end of the slider, may also improve free movement.
  • Grease the carb throttle shaft and place 4 x o-rings P4  (4 x 2mm clear #75070) as used in the  shocks, along its length. Grease again, and slip on a trimmed axle boot prior to screwing on the throttle arm. This will protect the shaft and dirt entering behind the e clip.
  • Sand will stick to the surface of grease creating a natural barrier and prevent it from entering further and causing potential problems.
  • Grease on ‘spring side’ throttle arm (Dieelectric grease, available from marine accessories suppliers etc)
  • Shock covers, eg badhorsie.com for protecting the shocks / shafts / prevention of seal wear due to sand abrasion
  • Smear grease onto the air filter sleeve face (#85444 / 1) ie where the foam filter meets the flat of the sleeve (or an even layer onto the end of the stock blue inner foam) to effectively form a seal to the ingress of dirt.
  • Mesh mod   to engine intakes & pull starter grille
  • Elcon clutch with a Bashproof plate or similar quality clutches such as Lauterbacher
  • Clutch cover – options include, amongst others, Modified RC cover, Billet Enclosed Clutch Drum Carrier with integrated right rear engine mount, Ramtech billet enclosed clutch holder and Modified RC billet clutch cover used with Ramtech billet clutch bell carrier
  • Pen spring mod – to caliper pins between brake pad to prevent binding
  • Windscreen and side windows, body – first lines of defence, will help deflect much of the sand from your vitals
  • Chassis side panels – flexible diy inserts or DTL rocker panels by dliguori25.
  • When installing the missing bearing (B029) to the RTR gear case (drive gear shaft), it is probably a good idea to leave the rubber washer #86667(RTR) in place, with the new bearing pushed up against it to seal any gap and keep sand out of the bearing / box

Note that, given the nature of sand bashing (rolling, cartwheeling etc), pipes with baffles removed or short exhaust pipes such as the X-Can will have an increased chance of sand entering the engine and potentially causing serious damage. Of course all pipes will be at some risk to depending on driving style / conditions etc.

HBZ Front Bumper – Installation / Observations

February 18, 2009 by  
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HBZ Front Bumper  – Installation / Observations

Review by: http://formulabaja.com/

NB. With a Threshold billet bulkhead installed you may unfortunately find that the HBZ bumper may not fit (pic A) or will be so tight as to potentially cause other issues such as a higher risk of binding in a head on impact, where metal against metal is used.

In such a situation damage could also occur to the finely machined billet bulkhead ‘sleeves’ that retain the bumper arms. Reason enough for using the stock BH, in this combination, allowing metal to slide against plastic.

The Threshold part is CNC machined, the HBZ bumper is not and hence variances in fit will be inevitable.

So to install the HBZ bumper, the Threshold bulkhead had to be removed and replaced with the stock part.

NB. Ordinarily, (HBZ bumper use excluded) the Threshold would be my first choice of bulkhead.

The front section of the baja was stripped down just enough to get the stock bulkhead back in. It was pretty straightforward from then onwards apart from the sway bar situation.

No sway bar, probably no problem. Bearing in mind that these HBZ bumpers will inevitably vary one to the other – this is just one installation experience.

The captive lock nut in the top sway bar clamp prevented the flat cross brace in the HBZ bumper from interlocking with the underguard (skidplate) screw postions. See pic.B

Probably important as these two screws which fit into the skid plate ‘plugs’ are the main fixing for the front of the bumper. The rear ‘arms’ of the bumper being retained through the bulkhead with plastic c-clips.

The nuts were ground down (pic C) to allow the cross brace / bumper to fit flush immediately above the clamps. This allowed the screw plugs to now slot into the HBZ holes.

Just as a side note, the Lunatik bumper is more of a rigid type being anchored top and screwed bottom. The HBZ one is only fixed at the top with two screws into the top of the skidplate of the stock bumper set.

From initial observations it would seem that this would have a bit more flex in a head-on hit, for the above fixing reasons. Probably a good thing.

That is to say, the stock skidplate / front bumper assembly – (#85420/3) is designed to have some flex in it. Admittedly not enough to save the chassis from a bad crash, but some nonetheless. The arms of 85420/1 which thread through the upright part of the bulkhead, and are restrained by the c-clips (85420/8 ) will also have some horizontal movement.

There are a few good bumper options out there and certainly room for more.

I think a comprehensive bumper design with some sort of spring steel plate / crumple zone behind or integrated with the skidplate would not be a bad thing (in conjunction with Diegos bottom plate / TRs top plate) – My only other comments are re the layout of the perforated mesh – IMO should have been symmetrically laid, horizontally or vertically, rather than random.Also watch out for any rear side sharp edges on the mesh, may want to file them down carefully.

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Original forum thread and comments detailed at  http://www.hpibajaforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=30411

HPI Baja 2.0

February 5, 2009 by  
Filed under Available Baja Models, News

HPI Baja 2.0
The Latest Spec Baja Buggy!
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When the designers at HPI released the original Baja buggy to the public, we didn’t realize the absolute storm of popularity it would enjoy. Racers everywhere loved it, reviews from all over the world absolutly glowed with enthusiasm, shops ran out of stock and brand new companies sprung up to make wild hop-ups for this one-of-a-kind machine. We had just as much fun tracking all the praise as we did for the Savage monster truck! Most encouraging of all, though, we heard back from customers everywhere about how much they enjoy their Baja, which is the best thing we could possibly expect.

After all that, you’ll understand that when it comes to updating such a legendary car, you can’t mess with the magic too much: we wanted to give our fans more of the same, without going overboard. It was a tricky subject, but we’re sure we got it right on the money.

The HPI Baja: the original, and still the best! The Baja 5B 2.0 gives you more speed, better acceleration, improved handling and THREE fantastic new looks! The awesome gray-anodized look of the Baja 5T truck comes to the buggy, with all of the main aluminum parts now anodized a cool, sleek gunmetal colour. The body is now available in three fantastic new designs: bright red, cool blue and subdued gray.
Information Courtesy of www.HPIRacing.com

New Standard Parts
The Baja 5B 2.0 has several great new features and standard parts, many of them taken right off the kit-only SS version and the Baja 5T truck! Check out all the fantastic updates!
New Bodyshell Colours

The tough bodyshell is now available in three all-new paint schemes: subdued gray, hot red and cool blue! These are pre-painted, pre-trimmed bodies that are ready to go right out of the box: no prep work needed! With their 2mm thick polycarbonate moulded construction they will last for a very long time!

Revised 23cc Engine

The new engine fitted in the Baja 5B 2.0 features an updated cylinder that provides 10% extra power! When combined with the High Flow Muffler and 8000 RPM clutch, you’ll experience much faster top speeds, better acceleration and more power overall!

High Flow Muffler

The High Flow Muffler from the Baja 5T is a much larger capacity design than the old standard muffler, and is tuned to give you more horsepower on the track. It sounds fantastic, too! When the Baja 5B 2.0 is ripping past the pits, you will know it!

8000 RPM Clutch

Formerly an option part, the high performance 8000 RPM Clutch from the Baja SS and 5T is used to give you more punch off the line. Lightweight clutch shoes and a strong heavy-duty spring are the integral parts of this unit, and you will feel the power out of the turns.

VVC/HD Shock Absorbers

These are the same damper units that equip the Baja SS and Baja 5T, and are now standard parts for the 5B 2.0 – these are oil-filled, externally adjustable coilover shocks for fantastic performance and heavy-duty action! Thick shock shafts provide security from crashes, threaded shock bodies allow instant ride height changes, and the externally adjustable design is tailor-made for trackside tuning.

Torx T27 Engine Screws

The engine now features tough Torx T27 screws to make maintenance and rebuilds less of a chore. Torx screws are easier to work with and provide less wear and tear on tools and screws, making them the ideal screw option for a Baja buggy engine!

Gunmetal Anodizing

The v2.0 update includes a total reworking of all the aluminum parts of the Baja buggy, from the chassis to the spring adjust collars! The very cool gunmetal look gives the Baja 5B 2.0 the ‘race’ look, and it’s easy to add a bit of bling with Baja SS or original 5B colour parts.

Great New Look

Topping off the gunmetal monocoque chassis are the new pre-painted bodyshells provided with the Baja 5B 2.0 – choose from three new main colours: a racy red, awesome blue or stealthy gray! Each design is totally new and unique, and would cost you a fortune if you were to get it custom-painted on a clear bodyshell! Hit the track or your bashing field in style!

Fantastic Baja Features
The Baja 5B 2.0 keeps the standard features that made the original Baja 5B such a stand-out large-scale buggy, and which continue to single it out from all the rest of the large-scale buggies – as well as all of the copies! The HPI Baja is the ONLY large-scale buggy line-up that has all of these great features!
Fantastic Scale Appearance

From the first glance, the Baja buggy looks just like the sand rails and desert racers you can see racing across the Sonora in Baja California, or blasting around the sands dunes of the American Southwest. Nothing else in the RC world comes close! From the bumper and front suspension, to the cockpit and rollcage, all the way to the wing and rear bumper, in the looks department, the HPI Baja is second to none.

Extremely Durable

HPI has always been known for its extremely rugged cars and trucks, starting with our earliest touring cars and carrying on with monster trucks and large-scale machines. The Baja 5B 2.0 uses the same suspension components as the Baja SS and 5T, so you know you’ve got a quality buggy in your hands. While the ones that came after the original Baja use cheap plastics and questionable methods to make their kits, the original is still going strong with original designs and compounds to keep you going, no matter what you put your Baja through!

Monocoque Chassis

Still a unique item among the large-scale racing crowd, the Baja 5B 2.0 continues to use the unique Baja monocoque aluminum chassis. The chassis formed from strong 6061 aircraft aluminum for light weight and strength, then bent into shape with computer precision to make it into an extra-rigid and super-strong platform for the engine, suspension and all other components of the Baja.

Long Travel Suspension

For confidence-inspiring traction and control on any type of surface, the Baja 5B 2.0 uses the amazing long-travel suspension used for all the kits in the Baja series. Extra-long oil-filled shock absorbers and durable suspension arms connect via a specially tuned suspension geometry to give not only a fantastic look and style to the Baja buggy, but amazing versatility, tuning potential and great handling!

Viscous Torque Differential

The totally unique Viscous Torque Diff in the Baja series delivers power smoothly to the rear wheels. It’s set up out of the box perfect for most purposes already, but the diff can be tuned with different diff greases to suit any driving style or track. Hardened metal is used throughout the diff for reliable performance in all conditions.

Dual Vented Disc Brake

To bring something the size and speed of the Baja buggy to a safe and controlled stop, the brakes need to be extra-strong, reliable and foolproof. This is why we use two steel plates for brake discs, both of which are drilled for lightness. To keep the discs cool under pressure, a fan-shaped spacer is used blast rotating air through the vent holes drilled in each disc.

Long Wheelbase

In addition to everything else that makes the Baja 5B 2.0 handle great, its long wheelbase is ideal for racing on large tracks designed for 1/5th scale vehicles, or just playing in big fields. The Baja 5B 2.0 is more stable over jumps and rough ground than other large-scale cars, a tribute to its great suspension design and longer wheelbase.

FM Radio System with Failsafe

The electronics included in every Baja RTR buggy and truck have to be suitable to the task of handling a car nearly a meter long that can go over 35 MPH – that includes a handy built-in electronic failsafe to prevent a runaway Baja! To control the Baja 5B 2.0, we’re sticking with the reliable HPI TF-10 radio set, which uses FM frequencies instead of the more common and cheaper AM radio system. Tough water-resistant servos control both the steering and throttle, and a special large-scale SFL-10 servo is used for the steering. A powerful sub-C type 6-volt receiver pack powers the servos for confidence and longevity. You’ll find that many Baja bashers don’t find a need to upgrade the radio system, as it’s already perfect for the task!

Electronic Failsafe

Nitro racers have known for a long time that having a working failsafe system is important for those ‘just in case’ moments – some unforeseen event that could make their car go out of control. With a buggy as big as the Baja (over 800mm long and 9.5kg in weight!), this is even more important! The Baja 5B 2.0 uses the same reliable electronic failsafe as all other Baja RTR kits. The adjustable failsafe setting ensures that should your Baja 5B 2.0 lose radio signal, instead of flying out of control it will come to a safe and controlled stop! There’s nothing like peace of mind!

All-Terrain tires & Beadlock Wheels

To allow the Baja buggies to go anywhere, we fit tires that are ideally suited for off-road conditions. Spiked rear tires and dash-style front tires provide the perfect amount of traction and control on nearly all dirt, gravel and grass surfaces. The Dirt Buster S Compound rear tires use a versatile square pin design that sheds mud and gets you the grip you need for massive top speed runs, while the Dirt Buster rib tires provide the direction and steering necessary for pinpoint accuracy on the track.

Sealed Radio Box

We know that most off-roaders love to blast through dirt, mud, water and more, so we protect the electronics of the Baja as much as possible with a sealed radio box. In addition to being under the bodyshell to protect from splashes, the radio box uses rubber plugs to provide access to the receiver battery and radio crystal, so you don’t need to unscrew anything to get to these often-accessed items. If you do need to remove it, it’s a simple matter of a few clips to take it out – no tools necessary!

High Capacity Fuel Tank with Clunk

The fuel tank from the Baja 5B and 5T is unchanged – why update something that is already perfect? The 700cc fuel tank takes pre-mixed 2-stroke fuel for run times of 45 minutes or more (if you’re going slow, but who does that?), and the handy ‘clunk’ inside allows you to get upside down and not worry about the engine cutting out. So when you’re mixing it up in traffic on the race track you won’t have to worry about getting flipped upside down!

Adjustable Rear Wing

For most Baja buggy owners, the rear wing is something that is never touched until the car needs to be picked up or flipped over. Racers, though, are a different matter: racers like to tune things and play around with settings to get a little extra edge. So for the racers, we made the rear wing of the Baja adjustable so you can get a bit of extra downforce on small tracks, or lower the wing a bit for more speed on big tracks. Will you feel the difference? Only you’ll be able to tell!

Hard Plastic Skid Plates

With tough nylon plastic skid plates front and rear, the chassis of the Baja 5B 2.0 is protected from the inevitable hard landings, crashes and more that you’re sure to encounter while you’re running your Baja buggy. The skid plates are easily replaced, and are a much cheaper alternative than replacing the aluminum chassis or motor plate, so you won’t be afraid to pull off those crazy jumps with your Baja!

Complete Set of Ball Bearings

Finally, full set of high-quality ball bearings are used throughout the drivetrain for increased efficiency and long runtimes. Throughout the transmission and drivetrain, plus the front wheel hubs, ball bearings help keep maintenance to a minimum so you can just get out and run your Baja!

RTR – PERFORMANCE STRAIGHT FROM THE BOX

HPI makes it so easy for beginners to get into 1/5 scale! Just open the box, charge up the battery, add pre-mixed fuel and go! The Baja 5B 2.0 is completely pre-built and ready to go right out of the box! Everything is assembled and tuned for you by professionals – engine connections, shocks and more are perfect before you even open the kit so you don’t have to do a thing to get going fast!

HPI Ready-To-Run models bring you the same high performance and quality that you’d expect from a high end model car kit but with the added convenience of being factory pre-assembled to the highest standards – giving you a high performance RC car straight from the box! HPI RTR cars are 98% factory assembled – they come Ready-To-Run and equipped with all the radio gear required. Just a few steps are needed to get your car up and running, such as adding the batteries to the transmitter and receiver and if you have a nitro powered car, running in the engine – which is now even easier with our comprehensive manual and HPI RC cars DVD which are both included in every box.

Full Assembly Instructions and HPI RC Cars DVD

As with all HPI cars and trucks, you get a full, in depth instruction manual with step by step instructions that allow you to easily disassemble and reassemble your truck for maintenance and easy servicing. The information on the HPI RC Cars DVD provides a complete and detailed introduction to the fascinating world of HPI RC model cars and trucks. This DVD will show you step by step how to start and run in a nitro engine, plus how to get the best performance from your HPI RC car. The HPI RC Car DVD is your personal RC car expert in a box!

10629 – RTR Baja 5B 2.0 with 5B-1 Body

Pre-Assembled 1/5th scale 2WD buggy with Fuelie 23cc gasoline engine, FM radio system, 3300mAh receiver pack and painted body. Receiver pack charger not included. Includes comprehensive instructions manual and HPI RC Cars DVD.

Photos of HPI Baja SS Kits being built. (Submitted by members.)

February 5, 2009 by  
Filed under Baja Photos, Featured

Photos submitted by people just like you that are in the process of building their HPI Baja SS Kits.
Check it out. If this doesn’t motivate you to go get one, nothing will.

Build the Baja SS from Start to finish (100 segment video series)

Team FastEddy has filmed a complete building of the Bajs SS from beginning to end.

This 100 segment video manual will offer you not only a step by step guide to building your Baja SS but also offers you a huge amount of tips and tricks to help inspire the best possible build and building experience.

It is laid out in 100 segments each being from 5-10 minutes in length. Follow along step by step or search for a page number and watch the video if you get stuck and need help.

CLICK HERE to take you to the series.

Comments from people that have watched the video series:

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These vids are very clear and were great when some of the instructions didn’t quite
make sense in my build. Thanks alot!

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Ron Bosco

I just purchased my first baja SS and Ive been watching your tutorial vids and I must say your doing an excellent job! very informative, very clear to understand, A+++……

I whould like to thank you for nearly 100 part “Building The HPI Baja SS Tutorial” Series ! Withouot the tutorial the baja whould be a lot harder to build. I have just finished my baja and i was working on it just 2 days thanks to your tutorial !

Best regards
Jakub

I would like to thank you for nearly 100 part “Building The HPI Baja SS Tutorial” Series ! Withouot the tutorial the baja whould be a lot harder to build. I have just finished my baja and i was working on it just 2 days thanks to your tutorial !

Awesome videos… I am almost done my ss build and this series has been most helpful when HPIs manual was not 100% clear. Keep it up

OMG!!! arnt u bored of making videos?????? But thanks for making all your videos they were bloody awesome!!!!! watch (madigan8hosking) Thanks bro ur a chiller

LOL Eddy you crack me up sometimes. “Its mandatory that you drop the pin on the floor” Keep up the awesome work on the tutorial videos.

Next step: EXHAUST PIPE heheheheh wiiii. The truth is that these doing a marvellous work, and you still have the car fantastic. I see the videoes from the beginnings heheheh, from the presentation of the box of the baja 5b ss and every day I look if you have put some video more. For you, it has to of getting mad to be doing little by little the car, because it’s really funny build the baja littles by little. A greeting, and spirit!!

Continue makin videos!!you are great!!excellent videos, very simple to understand step by step!!!

All I can say is Thank You…Im a 61 year old farmer from Iowa and I did the SS in the 18 hour range. thanks for taking it rather slow at times,is was needed…again Thank you XXXX Webster City Iowa……….Go Fast Turn Left

Cheers and thanks for these videos, I’m loading them onto my iphone so
I can build this thing without a laptop next to me.

Fast Eddy Sets a standard in my book A+++

I just wanted to thank Fast Eddy. What an outstanding guy who sets a standard. I hold myself to pretty high standards IMO and Eddy showed me one better. We ran together with close to 20 other guys, and we all had problems breaking etc, and Eddy was there to help each and everyone one of us. I just wanted let Eddy know how much I appreciated his help (and parts ..lol) You are one of the most helpful persons I have met in this hobby to date! Corey Rpp Hobby

Posted by adamhc

I finally finished my 5b ss build. The videos were a very much needed repository of information.

Purchase Baja Products

February 3, 2009 by  
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US based resellers of HPI Baja products

Europe based resellers:

Resellers: If you would like your company listed, Please contact Baja Planet.

3rd channel servo mount for the Baja 5B & 5T (Baja Skunkworks)

February 3, 2009 by  
Filed under Featured, New Product Releases, News

This is something that was developed a couple years ago, and we finally had some time to bring it to fruition. This is a third channel servo mount. It is specifically designed for use with front brakes giving you the ultimate setup for racing. However you can use it for whatever option you can come up with for your baja.

This mount will work with both the 5T and the 5B. On the 5B you will need to trim the body back some.

The servo mount is adjustable so that it will work with most any of the standard sized servos out there. Also, the bracket has two servo mounting configurations depending on your setup

This will clear most side mount pipes. However you may need to modify the pipe mounts. I know on the DDM sidemount you need to trim the back mid pipe bracket

The bracket is a 1/4″ thick and doubles as an HD motor chassis bracket.

These are shipping out to TGN and DDM this week. MSRP is $50 and includes servo mounting hardware

Here is the mount with a Jetpro Pipe on my 5T

Installing the Turtle Racing Diff Saver and HD Drive cups.

February 3, 2009 by  
Filed under Tutorials

Beefing up the rear drive train of your HPI Baja 5B is a necessary upgrade once you decide to increase the Horsepower over the stock engine. There has been many issues of the diff case warping, flexing, and separating due to the additional torque created by the massive horsepower of upgraded engines and pipes. Along with this issue, the dog bones need to be upgraded due to twisting, the drive cups and diff shafts will also start to flex and bend at the ends.

Turtle racing has addressed theses issues with two separate packages. This tutorial will cover the installation of both kits as well as the installation of the “Missing Bearing”

  • Turtle Racing Billet Differential Case Saver Kit
  • Turtle Racing Reinforced Axle Set for HPI Baja 5b

Parts needed:

Optional Items:

Step 1: Preform Brake Maintenance

Step 2: Removing the Baja differential

Step 3:
Once the case is separated, remove the gear. It just sits in the case but may stick due to the diff oil. I chose to remove the cross pin set screw before taking the gear out but it is not necessary (See the next step.) You can do it now or later.

Remove the screw securing the cross pin with a 3mm wrench. Its assembled using locktite and my be difficult to remove. Use a screwdriver placed in the diff shaft slots to aid in its removal.

Remove the case plug with a 3/32 wrench and slide the pin out through the hole. Keep an eye out for the little rubber O-ring. These parts are supplied in your New Turtle Racing package but if your like me you will want to save everything just encase.

Remove the cross pin from the side hole. I used a needle nose pliers to help.

Pull the diff shaft from the case.

Remove the outer bearing. You may need to apply GENTLE pressure from underneath with a screwdriver. Be careful doing so as not to damage the bearing. Just work it off a little at a time going around the bottom of the bearing little by little.

Using a pick remove the diff washer on the inside of the case along with the copper bushing under it.

Remove the remaining bearing and the O ring under it.

Now grab the 2nd diff half with the diff gear assembly in it.

Remove the diff gear assembly by simply pulling it out of the case with your fingers. If it comes apart, dont worry just set it aside on a paper towel.

Repeat the steps above on this diff half to strip it down.

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Now the fun part, lets put it all back together now.

Remove the aluminum housing from your new Turtle racing dif half. As you assemble them you can do both at the same time or one half at a time its up to you. There is no difference between the two halvs so just get busy.

Install the rubber bearing seal supplied in your Turtle kit into the case Make sure its seated. I like to lube up all O-rings and rubber gaskets before I install them. Use some diff lube. Im sure there is plenty of it all over the place by now. Just rub some on.

Install the bearing.

Install the outer bearing. Make sure both are properly seated all the way. Press them with your palms. You feel the outer bearing seat and my even hear a pop when it does.

On the inside of the diff install the supplied copper bushing.

Install the diff washer.

Slide one of the two shorter Turtle Racing diff shafts all the way into the dif half.

Install the cross pin from the side hole.

Install the setting screw to secure the pin. Use locktite on the screw. Make sure the pin is centered then tighten it good and tight. Use a screwdriver in the slots of the diff shaft to hold it so you can get the screw good and tight.

Use the Stainless steel case plug and rubber O-ring supplied with your Turtle Racing kit and install it into the side of the diff case. It needs to be seated tight but not so tight it blows out the O-ring seal.

Drop the gear onto the cross pin. If it doesn’t fully seat flat check the cross pin and make sure its centered properly.

Drop in 1/2 of the gear set and cage. It doesn’t have to be all in place. As long as it look something like this your fine.

Work the gears into place against the cage. Make sure the pin is centered and the notch is pointing up.

Drop the 3rd cage in.

Put the 4th cage and the 2nd gear set together like this.

Drop it in. Again, it doesn’t have to be all in place at this time.

Work the gears and the pin into place. The notch in the upper pin must be pointing down and fit into place with the notch in the lower pin that is facing up.. It should all line up and fall into place with a little work. There are other ways to do this but this method works for me.

Lubricate the gasket supplied in your Turtle Racing Kit and drop it into place. It should sit in the groove that goes around the lip on the case. Always us a new gasket when assembling your diff. Turtle Racing was kind enough to include an additional unit with the kit. You should have also received several additional gaskets with your 5B kit.

Fill the diff with the lube of your choice. Make sure to spin the gears to allow the lube to distribute evenly. Fill it up to the top of the cross pins.

Put the two diff halfs together. Make sure you align it so the case plugs are on the same position as shown in the photo.

You will see that one of the aluminum case halfs has notches in it. We will install the large gear onto this half.

Align the screw holes on the case with the holes on the gear.
Press fit the case inside the gear and make sure its seated. If its tight turn the case until you get the best fit. You have 4 chances. It may be a bit tight but it will slide on using hand pressure. Make sure it is fully seated. Take note in the photo of the gear side to install the housing onto.

Install the Turtle Racing housings over the plastic diff cases making sure the hole on the outer aluminum case is lined up with the Stainless steel plugs in the case. Study the photo.

Install the 4 supplied screws making sure you use loctite. Tighten them up in a cross pattern.

What a pretty site!! To bad no one will see such fine workmanship. Just grin knowing its installed.

At this point you can re-install the diff back into the gear box and screw the gear box back onto the chassis, or go to the next optional step of installing the “Missing Bearing”.

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Optional step
Installing the MISSING BEARING.

The next part is an optional step. We will install what is known as the “Missing Bearing”. There is debate as to whether this bearing is necessary or not. The way I see it, it can hurt. Where the input shaft enters the case there is a dust shield that seals dirt out of the diff case. Many believe that there should be a bearing in this spot to better support the shaft. Its obvious by design that a bearing should be here. You have just spent some hard earned money beefing up your diff and rear drive train, your sitting there with the case cracked open, what do you have to loose?

You will need to purchase this bearing as it does not come with the Baja5B from the factory.
(1) 12 X 24 X 6 Bearing can be purchased by clicking the link or it is included in our Full Bearing Kit By clicking this link.

We need to remove the input shaft from the case. Use a 5/64th hex wrench to take out the set pin from the brake hub.

Slide the brake hub off the shaft.

Slide the input shaft out of the case.

Using a needle nose pliers, squeeze the two tabs together on the dust shield retaining clip and pull the clip out.

Remove and clean the dust shield. Apply a small amount of heavy grease to the rubber on the shield. YOU MUST REINSTALL THE SHIELD.

Install the bearing into the case over the dust shield. Make sure it is seated firmly.

Now reinstall the input shaft and the the brake hub.

Drop the rest of the gears into the case.

Reassemble the two case halfs.

Mount the diffcase back into the chassis.

END OF MISSING BEARING INSTALLATION.
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Next we need to install the new Heavy duty Dog bones. The bones that came with your Turtle Racing kit are heavier then the stock units and have been modified to work with the kit and must be installed. The stock units will not properly work.

In this part of the tutorial, I have already reassembled the entire Baja.
A few of these steps will not be needed if you have just upgraded your diff and are putting everything back together.

First we will remove the screw that holds the cross pin. Using a 3mm hex, place it inside the hub until you feel it seat into the head of the screw. You may need to use a pick to clean out the hex head if its full of dirt. Use your wheel wrench to hold the hub if needed.

Once the screw is removed, Use the tip of your hex wrench to push the pin out. If its bent or to tight, use an awl and a small tap hammer.

Next using a 3mm hex wrench, we will remove the screw from the pivot ball.

Using your fingers, gently tug on the inner boot to remove it from the diff shaft. Be careful not to tear it.

Now do the same with the outer boot.

The drive axle should easily slide out. It helps to make sure its clean and free of dirt.

Apply some grease to one end of the dog bone.

Aliign the slots on the drive axle with the pins on the dog bone and slide them together. Once they are together, work the boot over the Axle shaft.

Slide the shaft fully into the hub. Work the boot all the way to the hub so it makes a good seal to keep the grease in and dirt out.

Apply grease to the inner end of the dog bone.

insert the inner end of the bone into the shaft. Do NOT seat the boot at this time.

Reattach the pivot ball to the hub carrier.

Now work the inner boot over the shaft making sure its tight against the diff.

Replete this process for the other side.

Go ahead and put everything back together using the steps listed above in the tutorial.

CONGRATULATIONS!!
You now have the strongest drive train available for the 5B. Your money and time has been well spent.

I would like to thank Turtle Racing for their time and effort on the development of this kit. They stop at nothing to produce the finest quality products available.

During the making of this guide we chose to use a Stainless Steel screw kit to replace the factory screws. Stainless Steel doesn’t rust and offers much better protection against the elements. I also have to say they look great.

We also chose to replace the bearings at the time of this guide.

In our shop we use only Blue Locktite jell stick. Its a lot less messy and can accurately be applied to the threads more so then liquid. Our biggest reason is that it doesn’t separate so there is no need to shake it up before every use.

Get more horsepower using the stock exhaust (Baja 5B RTR Only)

February 3, 2009 by  
Filed under Tutorials

This is a simple tutorial on how to get more horsepower using the stock exhaust.

One of the easiest ways to get some free horsepower from your stock engine on the HPI Baja 5B is to remove the stinger and the baffling from inside the exhaust can. Its truly an easy task and the rewards plentiful.

I first removed the stinger off the HPI Baja and noticed a large difference in the low end. Once I removed the baffling, I was amazed at how much more ponies went to the ground. You can choose to do One or both mods depending on your needs.

Parts:
None

Optional parts:

  • Needle nose pliers
  • 3mm Hex Wrench
  • 4mm Hex Wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Blue Locktite

Time:
15 Minutes

Skill level:
No Brainer

The first step will be to remove the stinger mounting bracket with a 3mm hex wrench

HPI Baja Exhaust Mod

If you are only removing the stinger, cut the zip tie and gently pull on the pipe till it comes off. You may want to call it a job done and go see what you think. Honestly, take the additional 10 minutes and remove the baffling from the can. It’s time well spent.

If you are going to proceed forward, you can just swivel the pip around and remove it later or do it now. Doesn’t much matter. There are 2 4mm hex screws that hold the can on. Go ahead and remove them.

HPI Baja Exhaust Mod

The can should easily come off with a slight pull. Be careful of the gasket. If it gets ripped or torn, replace it.

HPI Baja Exhaust Mod

Remove the stinger if you didn’t do it earlier.

HPI Baja Exhaust Mod

Now comes the fun part.
Inside the can on the exit port side is some wire mesh and baffling material. We need to remove everything inside the can. I’m sure there are many ways to do this. I found by using a screwdriver and rooting around the inside of the can from the intake side loosened everything up. From there I used a few different needle nose pliers to pull everything out. It took a little work but I eventually got it all out. You need to keep peaking inside to see if you got it all. If you have some kind of bent hook or pick it may work just as well as a screw driver. Look at the tools you have and work with them.

Even my dog took an interest in this one.

You will want to rinse the can out with fluid of some sort to be sure there is no particulate matter or chunks inside. You can also use compressed air if you choose but a fluid is recommended.

Go ahead and reinstall the can onto the HPI Baja using the two long bolts. Be sure to use blue locktite on them or they may back out. Now go out and run your beast and let me know how you like your FREE Power.

I hope you have found this tutorial to be of use to you. If it has, please show your appreciation by stopping by our website TeamFastEddy.com. Many of the tools and parts used in this tutorial are available on our site.

Cleaning your pull start. HPI Baja 5B & 5T

February 3, 2009 by  
Filed under Tutorials

This is a simple tutorial on how to do a light cleaning on your HPI Baja 5b pull start after a day of running.

The pull start acts as a dirt and grass trap and collects a large amount of debris every time you run. Its recommended that you clean it out after a day of running or more often if needed. The flywheel acts as an induction fan and pulls everything that comes close to it inside.

If you haven’t yet invested in an Outerwears pull start cover, you will want to visit one of the forum sponsors and get one. It acts as a filter allowing the air in and keeps the larger chunks of debris out. Its good money spent.

Parts:
None

Optional parts:
Stainless Steel Screw Kit

Tools:

  • 3mm Hex Wrench
  • Toothbrush
  • Compressed air
  • Lubricant

Time:
5 Minutes

Skill level:
No Brainer

If you are using an Outerwears cover, peal it back and use a cloths pin to hold it out of the way.

cleaning your baja pull start

cleaning your baja pull start

You will see (4) 3mm screws, One on each of the corners of the pull start. Remove these 4 screws and pull the cover off.

cleaning your baja pull start

cleaning your baja pull start

Use compressed air or a toothbrush to remove any dust, dirt, grass, or whatever may be inside. There is an opening at the back on the bottom rear and everything should blow right out the back. Take a good look to make sure nothing is stuck in there. If so, use a screwdriver, stick, or whatever is handy at the time to remove it.

cleaning your baja pull start

cleaning your baja pull start

Once all the loose dirt is removed, use a toothbrush and go over everything to remove the stuck on dirt. You will want to do the same with the pull start itself both inside and out.

The pull start mechanism needs lubrication on the moving parts. Use grease or a greaseless lubricant. No need to overdue it. A little dab will be fine. We choose to use a greaseless spray. It will need to be re lubed more often but doesn’t attract dirt like grease does.

cleaning your baja pull start

This is a great time to inspect all the parts. Take a little time and look everything over. Inspect the plastic and nylon parts for wear as well as the pull rope and the knots that hold them. Replace any parts as needed. There is nothing worse then having a broken pull start and having to go home when a simple inspection would have prevented this.

Once everything is clean, reinstall the pull start assembly onto the engine. If your using an outerwear cover, make sure its properly secured and that the Velcro strip is tight and secured all the way around the pull start case and not coming off.

I hope you have found this tutorial to be of use to you. If it has, please show your appreciation by stopping by our website TeamFastEddy.com. Many of the tools and parts used in this tutorial are available on our site.

Rebuilding / upgrading the HPI steering servo.

February 3, 2009 by  
Filed under Tutorials

This is a simple tutorial on how to upgrade your HPI Baja B5 Servo to a metal gear set.

One of the first upgrades you will want to make on your new Baja is a metal gear set for your steering servo. The servo itself is a good powerful unit that will last a long time once upgraded. From the factory it contains nylon gears that brake and strip easily from the power and weight of the HPI Baja B5.

Parts Needed:
HPI Metal Gear Conversion Set for the SFL-10 Servo (Part #80584)

Tools Needed:

  • Needle nose pliers
  • 5/64th Hex Wrench
  • 3mm Hex Wrench
  • Small Phillips head screwdriver

Time Required: 1-2 hours

Skill level: Easy

Installation manual

We will start with the parts needed to complete this task. You will need the HPI Metal Gear Conversion Set for the SFL-10 Servo Part# 80584 It consists of 3 metal gears, 2 Nylon Gears, 1 Rubber O-Ring, and 1 Tube of silicon grease. The package also contains a sheet with directions and pictures.

HPI Baja Servo Mod

The steering servo is located and mounted under the radio box.

HPI Baja Servo Mod

The first step will be to get the roll bar out of the way. At this point you can either remove the entire roll bar or do as I did and just unfasten the front two clips that hold it to the chassis. (See photo below). Use a pair of needle nose pliers and pull the two clips out. There are plastic washers that will fall out when the clips are removed. If they don’t fall out, remove them so they don’t get lost.

HPI Baja Servo Mod

The next thing we are going to do is remove the servo horn from the throttle / brake servo. Use a 5/64th Hex wrench and remove the screw. Pull the servo horn off the servo and remove the linkage end. Now you should place the servo horn back on the servo making sure it goes back in the same exact position it was in when to took it off. This will keep you from having to re-align it later.

HPI Baja Servo Mod

HPI Baja Servo Mod

Next we need to remove the steering servo linkage from servo saver assembly.
Use a 3mm Hex Wrench and simply unscrew it.

HPI Baja Servo Mod

Remove the 4 clips holding the radio box in. Grab the roll bar with one hand and the radio box with the other. Now slide the radio box out while lifting on the roll bar. It should just slide out.

HPI Baja Servo Mod

HPI Baja Servo Mod

HPI Baja Servo Mod

HPI Baja Servo Mod

Next we are going to open up the radio box by removing the clip on the front. Inside you will see the receiver, battery and a bunch of wires. We will now unplug the steering servo wire from the receiver. The steering servo wire is located on channel 1. Look on the receiver and there will be numbers marked next to the plugs. Using your fingers, gently pull the plug out.

Take note that the wires are color coded. When you reassemble the radio box, make sure you plug the connector back in the same as the others. Look at the wire colors

HPI Baja Servo Mod

Next we will remove servo horn from the steering servo using a 5/64th hex wrench. Before you remove the horn position it exactly strait up and down. You don’t have to do this but it helps make sure everything inside is aligned.

HPI Baja Servo Mod

Using a 5/64 Hex Wrench, remove the 4 screws holding the servo to the servo mount. Once this is done, slide the servo out from the holder.

HPI Baja Servo Mod

On the bottom of the servo you will see 6 screws. Remove the 6 screws from servo case with a small Phillips head screwdriver. Note that each screw has a rubber O-ring on it. Make sure that it comes out with the screw and is not left in the case. Its helpful to slide the O-ring up to the head of the screw once it is out. The O-ring is designed to help keep moisture out of the servo.

HPI Baja Servo Mod

Using your fingers,separate the bottom case cover from the servo. There will be a thin rubber seal, an O-ring if you choose to call it that, that is located on the outer edge of the servo case. It may just fall out when you separate the case or it may not. Remove the case seal and inspect it for damage. If its cut or pinched contact HPI for a replacement.

Now remove the top servo case cover. You may get a hand full of parts when you do this or you may not. If everything falls out don’t worry all is fine. Remove all the gears, they should slide off the pins. Some of the pins and gears may still be inside the top cover so make sure you inspect it. Just like the bottom case cover, there will be a rubber O-ring.

HPI Baja Servo Mod

If you are upgrading a used or broken servo, you will need to clean out any broken pieces of gear and any other contamination that may have collected inside. Use a DRY paper towel and some Q-tips to do so.

Now comes the fun part.
If you are upgrading a brand new servo you can skip this step and just set the main reduction gear with the bearing and seal aside and skip the next step. The main reduction gear in the upgrade kit is the same one that is in the stock servo.

Remove o-ring and bearing from main reduction gear. Using the new gear supplied in the upgrade kit, install the bearing on the shaft. Make sure its properly seated all the way around. Now slide the rubber O-ring over the shaft until its sitting on the top of the bearing.

HPI Baja Servo Mod

Place the main reduction gear on servo. Take note of the large tab on the gear. Its important that it placed as shown in the photo below. The tab must be centered and pointing in the direction closest to the side of the servo. looking at the photo it will point to the left.

HPI Baja Servo Mod

Its puzzle time. Place the rest of the gears on the shafts as shown in the next several photos. Each of the gears are a little different. Look at and match up the gears with the photos. The easiest thing to look at is the thickness of the gears. Again just match them up to the photos and you’ll have no trouble. [COLOR="Red"](Please not that the tab on the main reduction gear MUST be set in the proper place show in the photo above NOT in the position you see in the next few photos.)[/COLOR] The kit contains a tube of white grease. Use small amounts on the gears. There is no need to over do it. Just a small dab on each gear is fine. I placed a dab where ever two gears touched. When the servo is operated it will spread the grease as needed.

HPI Baja Servo Mod

HPI Baja Servo Mod

HPI Baja Servo Mod

HPI Baja Servo Mod

Photo time is over and its time to start putting everything back together.

Place the rubber seal back onto the top of the main servo case. There is a recess that goes all the way around the case. Make sure the O-ring is set into this recess all the way around. Avoid any twisting of the ring and make sure it sits around the case properly and snug. I put a small amount of the white gear lube on my fingers and spread it evenly on the ring before I installed it.

Place the top cover on the servo making sure it properly seats against the O-ring all the way around. It may take some fiddling with to get seated properly. Again, Look at the tab on the main reduction gear and make sure its in the proper position before you place the top cover on the servo.

Place the seal on the bottom of the servo case and install the bottom servo case cover. Again make sure it is properly seated on the O-ring.

Install the 6 screws. There are several things to watch for. First, look to see that the holes line up properly. On my servo, the cover only went on one way. It was close but on my first try, the 4 corners went in fine but the circuit board was just a tiny bit off so the other screws wouldn’t slide in. Is it like this on all servos, I’m not sure. So look before you start to tighten everything up.

Make sure that each screw has the rubber O-ring on it. Slide the ring to the top of the screw closest to the head.

Dont tighten the screws all the way down at this point, just till they touch. Once they are all in take a look and make sure that the top and bottom case covers are properly seated and not pinching the O-ring. Once you are happy with the way it looks, Use a star pattern as you tighten the screws. Dont just fully tighten one and move to the next. If you do that you will most likely damage the O-rings. Dont over tighten them. You want them to be snug but no more then that.

Once the servo is all back together ill recommend that you plug it into the radio and give it a test. It should operate properly in both directions without any nu-natural grinding noises. Set your transmitter steering trim to 0 so the servo is centered properly. At this point its a great time to install the servo horn. I like to do this with the radio on so I know the servo is properly centered.

Place the servo horn back on the servo. It is important to place the horn back on in the proper position. When your looking at the top of servo with the servo horn shaft on the left side the horn should be placed on the shaft 1 spline to the right of center. As you look at a clock it should be at 1:00.

Your on your own now. Go ahead and follow the tutorial backwards to re-install everything. Please use the photos to help refresh your memory if needed. You will want to make sure you don’t pinch any of the servo wires so be careful.

I hope you have found this tutorial to be of use to you. If it has, please show your appreciation by stopping by our website TeamFastEddy.com Many of the tools and parts used in this tutorial are available on our site.

Removing the Baja transmission & adding differential fluid.

February 3, 2009 by  
Filed under Tutorials

From the factory, the HPI Baja 5b RTR and 5T diff is usually under filled or dry. Checking and filling the diff should be done before you run your HPI Baja for the first time. Please take the time to do this if you don’t, your diff will wear out prematurely. The task isn’t hard but there are several steps. Make sure you have plenty of time and space to do this maintenance task. It will help to have a few small boxes or containers handy to place your parts in. It will also help to have a rag handy. Take your time, look at the photos, and read your owners manual. This is a great time to get to know your HPI Baja 5b. If have been running your rig this is a great time to clean everything and inspect for damage and to replace any worn out parts. Parts needed:

  • Diff lube (Supplied in the fluid bag of your new Baja)
  • Diff gasket (Supplied in the fluid bag of your new Baja)

Optional Items:

Tools:

Time: 2-5 Hours depending on your shill level. Skill level: Medium

Step 1: Preform Brake Maintenance Remove the HPI Baja roll bar by taking off the 4 clips, one on each corner of the cage. You will need to remove both shocks and the shock tower brace using a 3mm wrench. HPI Baja - Removing the Diff HPI Baja - Removing the Diff If you have a stinger on your stock exhaust remove the support bracket then Remove your exhaust can. There are two screws 4mm on the front. If your looking for a little better performance, don’t re-install the stinger pipe onto the exhaust can during re-assembly. The can should come off with a little finger pressure. Take note of the exhaust gasket. If it is riped or torn, replace it. HPI Baja - Removing the Diff HPI Baja - Removing the Diff Remove the rear bumper cage. 2- 3mm screws on the top plate and 2 on the bottom. With a little wiggling it will slide off. Watch out for the nuts that are used on the bottom screws they will most-likely fall out. HPI Baja - Removing the Diff HPI Baja - Removing the Diff HPI Baja - Removing the Diff Remove the screws from the rear top ball ends using a 3mm hex wrench. HPI Baja - Removing the Diff Slide out the 2 hinge pins holding the upper A-Arms. They should easily slide out. If needed you can use a pair of pliers to help. If you need pliers, check to see if the pins are bent. If so, replace them. HPI Baja - Removing the Diff HPI Baja - Removing the Diff Remove the remaining 2 screws in the top plate. Watch for the nuts on the bottom and the copper colored brake shaft bushing, they will most-likely fall out. HPI Baja - Removing the Diff HPI Baja - Removing the Diff Remove 2 screws from the each shock tower again watching for the nuts. The towers will fall right off. HPI Baja - Removing the Diff HPI Baja - Removing the Diff HPI Baja - Removing the Diff On the bottom of the chassis remove the 4 screws that hold the gear box to the chassis. HPI Baja - Removing the Diff Slide the inner boots off the out drives. HPI Baja - Removing the Diff Now lift the gear box out. HPI Baja - Removing the Diff HPI Baja - Removing the Diff Congratulations, you now have the easter egg in your hand. Go enjoy your favorite beverage. HPI Baja - Removing the Diff Using a 2.5mm hex wrench remove the cross pin that holds the brake hub and slide the hub off the shaft. HPI Baja - Removing the Diff With your 2.5mm wrench remove the 5 self taping screws from the diff case. HPI Baja - Removing the Diff Gently slide the 2 halves of the case apart. Dont worry, nothing will crawl out and byte you. HPI Baja - Removing the Diff HPI Baja - Removing the Diff HPI Baja - Removing the Diff HPI Baja - Removing the Diff Do keep an eye out for the 2 cross braces that are on the inside. They slide in on the bottom of the case and have those pesky little nuts in them. Keep an eye out during assembly to see that the nuts are there and in place before you seal the case back up. HPI Baja - Removing the Diff Remove the 4 screws that hold the gear on. Again, watch for the nuts. HPI Baja - Removing the Diff Remove the gear from the case being careful you only remove the gear and not the top of the case. Try not to separate the case at this point. It will help keep things clean if make sure to hold the diff upright as shown in the photo. HPI Baja - Removing the Diff Hold the case upright and remove the top cover. HPI Baja - Removing the Diff As you are removing the cover, there is a diff gear that may be stuck to the case or it may be laying on the top of the 2nd case half. Go ahead and remove it so it doesn’t fall out or get lost. During assembly this gear will set into the top half of the diff case and needs to be set onto the cross pin properly or the case wont properly close. HPI Baja - Removing the Diff Remove the rubber gasket that seals the two case halves. Its recommended to replace this gasket each time you take the diff apart. There is a new one included in the spare parts bag of your new HPI Baja. During reassembly, make sure you have the gasket properly seated in the groove as not to pinch it. HPI Baja - Removing the Diff At this point you can inspect and replace any worn parts you find inside the diff. We are not going to go into rebuilding the inside of the diff at this time. Look for another tutorial sometime in the near future. Guess what, Its DRY! Not a drop of viable lube in this bad boy. Fill the diff with the supplied diff lube or do some research and decide if you want to go with a different weight. This is entirely up to you. There are many opinions on diff fluid weight and how much to use. We chose to use Mugen 7K weight and to fill the diff up to just above the cross pins. As you are filling the diff make sure you rotate the gears to allow the fluid to go down inside the case. If you just dribble some in and close the case you will not have gotten enough in there. Let it sit for a few minutes then check it again. Repeat this process until you are sure the fluid has settled in and there is enough. HPI Baja - Removing the Diff We chose to replace all the bearings at this time before we reassembled the diff. HPI Baja - Removing the Diff HPI Baja - Removing the Diff HPI Baja - Removing the Diff To reassemble your HPI Baja 5b, follow the tutorial backwards referring to the photos and descriptions to help guide you. During the making of this guide we chose to use a Stainless Steel screw kit to replace the factory screws. Stainless Steel doesn’t rust and offers much better protection against the elements. I also have to say they look great. We also chose to replace the bearings at the time of this guide. In our shop we use only Blue Locktite jell stick. Its a lot less messy and can accurately be applied to the threads more so then liquid. Our biggest reason is that it doesn’t separate so there is no need to shake it up before every use. If you’ve find this How to guide or tutorial helpful. You can show you support by visiting our sponsor TeamFastEddy.com.

Brake maintenance for your HPI 5B & 5T

February 3, 2009 by  
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Your brakes are an important part of your Buggy. If they aren’t properly maintained your flirting with disaster. Its an easy task and only take a few minutes.

Parts:

  • Brake pads HPI #87456 (As Needed)
  • Brake disk Rotor HPI #87424 (As Needed)
  • Brake shims HPI #87437 (As Needed)

Optional parts:


Tools:

Time:
30 minutes or less

Skill level:
Easy

Remove rear wheels. If your only doing brake maintenance you can just remove the right rear. Remove gear cover and plastic plate. There are 2 Body clips holding the cover on. they are located on the rear of the cover. There is a flat button on the front of the cover that can be rotated to make removing the clip easier. Use your needle nose pliers to pull the clips out. At his point the cover will come right off. You will also need to remove the plastic plate located above the spur gear.

HPI Baja Brakes

HPI Baja Brakes

Now remove E-Clip that holds the spur gear onto the shaft.
Place the tip of a small flathead screwdriver in between the shaft and the E-Clip and gently twist the screwdriver. You may want to make a tent with a rag over your hand and the spur gear to keep the clip from flying across the room.

HPI Baja Brakes

Once the clip is removed, pull evenly on both sides of the spur gear to remove it from the shaft.

HPI Baja Brakes

Remove the purple bushing from the shaft.

HPI Baja Brakes

Using a 5/64th hex wrench, loosen the brake leaver set screw. Slide brake leaver out of the cam shaft hole and let it hang out of the way. Make sure you don’t loose the set screw. You will also want to use some Blue Locktite on the set screw when you reassemble it.

HPI Baja Brakes

Remove the 3 screws securing the top brake holder plate. Be careful you don’t drop or loose the copper colored brake cam bushing that is inserted in the top plate.

HPI Baja Brakes

With your fingers reach in and remove the brake pad assembly, purple top plate spacer, and brake cam.
Inspect the brake pads for excessive wear. If they are 1/2 used or more you will want to replace them.
HPI Baja Brakes

Using a 3mm Hex wrench, remove the 2 screws from the gear plate that are the farthest to the right. One on each side of the pinion gear.

HPI Baja Brakes

Rock the pate with your hand sliding it off the end of the shaft. This is a good time to check the condition of the bearing located in the center of the plate you just removed. If it looks damaged, doesn’t freely rotate or feels the least bit rough as you spin it, its time to replace it.

HPI Baja Brakes

Slide the brake rotors and fin plate off the shaft. Inspect the rotors for wear if they are 1mm or less in thickness you will want to replace them. Its always best to replace all the worn brake components at the same time. It will insure that you have proper braking at all times.
HPI Baja Brakes

Follow the tutorial backwards using the photos as a guide to put everything back together. Make sure you adjust the brake linkage properly after reassembling everything. Consult the HPI 5B Users Manual for the proper settings.

During the making of this guide we chose to use a Stainless Steel screw kit to replace the factory screws. Stainless Steel doesn’t rust and offers much better protection against the elements. I also have to say they look great. We also chose to replace the bearings at the time of this guide. In our shop we use only Blue Locktite jell stick. Its a lot less messy and can accurately be applied to the threads more so then liquid. Our biggest reason is that it doesn’t separate so there is no need to shake it up before every use.

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SWB Double-Loc Servo Arm for Hitec 5745MG Steering servo

February 2, 2009 by  
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Submitted by RobMob

When the 5T was released, HPI included a new aluminum servo horn for it’s steering servo that matched the length of the plastic servo horn included with the 5B. I have been using the Hitec 5745MG steering servo with the included blue aluminum servo horn. The two problems I have with this horn is that it is not as long as HPI’s and it has a tendency to come loose on occasion.

After seeing HPI’s new aluminum horn, I began a quest to find an aluminum one that had the same length and would fit fit the Hitec servo.

SWB Manufacturing makes what they call Double-Loc Servo Arms for Hitec, JR and Futaba servos in varying lengths and syles.

The 1.25″ Half-Arm is the perfect match to the HPI aluminum arm.

This review is for the Hitec Double-Loc Servo Half-Arm, but the Futaba version will actually work for the stock HPI steering servo which is made by Futaba.

What you get:
In the packaging you will receive the servo horn along with the screw and nut for the nut. You will need the screw from your servo in order to attach the horn to the servo itself.

Note that the pic is for a 1” horn, the packaging is the same for the 1.25”

Installation:
This is what set this horn apart from the stock blue aluminum horn that most guys run when using the Hitec 5745MG. To install you will do what you normally do with any other servo horn line it up and push the horn until it seats completely down. On this little guy, you will only be able to push it down so far before it won’t go any further. It is a tight fit to say the least. From here you could use an arbor press to push it down all the way. Or you can just put the screw into the horn and proceed to tighten it down. The horn will be pressed into place by the screw. This worked on both of my installations. Use a drop of blue loctite on the clamping screw and install it with the supplied nut. Once installed, you will notice that there is zero movement of the horn on the servo splines.

To install the ball end, simply put it in the desired hole and tighten it down. The threads in the horn are smaller than the ball end threads, but since the horn is aluminum and softer than the ball end, it will thread itself in just fine. Be sure to install the nut on the back side to secure it.

Testing:
The thickness of the horn is the same as the blue aluminum one you get with the 5745MG servo which is much thinner than the new HPI aluminum horn. This means much less rotating mass the servo has to turn.

Note that since the horn is thinner than the HPI aluminum horn, the issue of the ball end hitting the top plate is eliminated when using the top mounting hole.

The first day of testing was at the Thunder Valley 8th scale off-road track. I ran a 10 minute practice, two 10 minute heats and a 12 minute main.

The horn performed flawlessly and was still secure.

Before I sat down to write this review, I wanted to be sure of my initial finding so once again I made my way to Thunder Valley only this time it was a practice day on the new 5th scale track. On this day I ran 4.5 tanks of fuel through my 5T.

Once again the horn performed flawlessly and showed no signs of bending or loosening.

Comparison Pic

The SWB Double-Loc Servo Arm gets a 3-Thumbs up from me.

It is a great alternative to the HPI arm for guys running the Hitec 5745MG steering servo.

Different lengths are available for other applications as well. I picked up a few 1” long arms to use on my crawler steering servos which tend to come loose after running.

You can order direct from SWB Manufacturing or from Esprit Models where I ordered from for $10.00 each plus shipping.

Be sure to tell them HPIBajaTutorials.com sent you.

ATX Splash/Rock Guards For The Baja 5T.

February 2, 2009 by  
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Here is the latest in the 5T line-up from ATX Poly Products.

ATX Rock/Splash Guards:

Built from quality extruded polycarbonate “lexan”
Stainless hardware
Stong extra wide Nylon Clips.

Photos of installed and after running….

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Plastic spur gears from Hostile

February 2, 2009 by  
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These high quality injection molded gears will be offered in the following sizes:

  • 57 tooth
  • 56 tooth
  • 55 tooth
  • 54 tooth

They match the 17, 18, 19 and 20 tooth pinions respectively.

Matched gear sets will also be available with pinions made by Robinson Racing.
Available from your favorite dealers.

Second Greek Baja Endurance Race (Coverage and results)

February 1, 2009 by  
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Courtesy of HPIEurope

Second Greek Baja Endurance Race

The second race of Greece Baja Endurance Series was recently held, with great success! We had twice the number of teams participating this time, compared to the first event. Ten teams fought for the win in a fun yet competitive race!

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The second through fifth place teams were on the same lap after 1 hour of hard driving, and the unbeatable quality of Baja was impressive once again – no major repairs needed to be made for any car, just some minor repairs from driving mistakes. One of the teams even drove with 3 tyres and 1 wheel without tyre for the last half an hour and the Baja took the finish flag!

Congratulations to all of the teams and especially the winners who had enough experience from the Baja Endurance Challenge Finals race in Spain.

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We would like to thank Rc-world.gr, Radiocontrol.gr, Modelteam.gr, Rcmaniacs.gr for covering the race. Please visit these sites to see many more pictures from the race!

Final Results
1 The Trimmers
2 Evolution
3 Team Quad
4 Tzoukos
5 Giatrakos modelteam
6 Baja-Law
7 Conn-X
8 Dennis Team
9 Start Line
10 RC World

Footage with an Arabian Flavor

February 1, 2009 by  
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From: Mohammed T

HPI At The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

January 31, 2009 by  
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HPI Racing in conjunction with Tamiya America, Inc. and Kyosho of America announce today their participation in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, on April 16-19, 2009.

Article Courtesy OF  HPI RACING
Link: www.hpiracing.com

The three largest hobby manufacturers in the world will be joining forces at the 2009 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach [LBGP], in the first “Radio Control Motorsport Experience.” This collaboration within the hobby community is aimed to increase awareness for the hobby grade radio control market. The combined marketing forces at HPI Racing, Kyosho America and Tamiya America, Inc. are prepared to take their respective companies to a broader audience than what is currently available within the radio controlled hobby industry.

The 2009 LBGP is set to celebrate the 35th anniversary. This will be the second race of the 2009 IndyCar Series brought to you by DIRECTV HD.  Support races include American Le Mans Series, Firestone Indy Lights, SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT Series, Formula Drift Series and the world famous Toyota Pro Celebrity Race featuring an eclectic roster of celebrity icons.

A major component of the event is the Lifestyle Expo, which is held at the Long Beach Convention Center. The Long Beach Convention Center is centrally located within the temporary street circuit that is assembled every year to run the racing event. Over one hundred and eighty-five thousand spectators are expected to pass through the event during its four days of operation exposing the hobby industry to mainstream and motorsport enthusiast crowds.

The Lifestyle Expo contains many attractions for Grand Prix attendees, including a Kids Zone. HPI Racing, Kyosho of America and Tamiya America, Inc. will showcase numerous products as well as demonstrate R/C Drifting, R/C Rock Crawling, R/C Tanks and Mini R/C tabletop race cars.

We invite motorsport fans, hobby enthusiasts and anyone else looking to see what’s new and exciting in R/C.  Radio Control products will be on display and demonstrated at the 2009 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. “Gentlemen, start your engines!”

If you would like more information about this topic, please call:

HPI RACING – Rodney Wills at (949) 753-1099 ext 107 or email rodney@hpiracing.com

TAMIYA – Fred Medel at (949) 362-2240 ext 846 or email Fmedel@tamiya.com

KYOSHO – Cliff Black at (949) 454-8854 or email cliff@teamorionusa.com

About LBGP

The Long Beach Grand Prix [LBGP] is the longest running major street race held on the North American continent, starting on March 26, 1977 and having completed its 34th consecutive event in 2008. The LBGP started as a Formula 5000 open-wheel race held on a temporary road course making use of the streets of Long Beach, California, and became a Formula One event the following year. From 1984 to 2008 the LBGP has been a CART/Champ Car event with other popular events during the Grand Prix weekend including a Champ Car Atlantic series race, a Historic Grand Prix featuring pre-1990 race cars, and the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. In 2008, Champ Cars series merged with the Indy Racing League to form the Indy Racing League marking its second season at the 2009-LBGP. The Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix is the single largest event in the city of Long Beach, CA with attendance for the weekend regularly reaches or exceeds 200,000 people.  www.gplb.com

About HPI RACING:

Established in 1986 in Southern California, HPI Racing (Hobby Products International) of Foothill Ranch, California, USA is a global leader in the radio controlled racing car section of the hobby industry. The HPI Group includes: HPI Racing, Foothill Ranch, CA; HPI Japan, Hammamatsu, Japan; and HPI Europe in the United Kingdom. HPI Group also produces collector diecast models, Hot Bodies (R/C competition specialties), R/C airplanes (456MB) and R/C robots. HPI USA currently operates out a 45,000 square foot facility in Foothill Ranch, California and oversees manufacturing operations there as well as in Japan and Taiwan. HPI has licensing agreements in place with GM®,  Ford®, Lamborghini®, DaimlerChrysler®, Lotus®, Honda®, Porsche®, Toyota® and all major American, European and Japanese automakers; as well as equipment manufacturers such as Yokohama Tires® and Eibach Springs®. HPI Racing’s global footprint includes Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Lebanon, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Thailand and the United States. www.hpiracing.com

About TAMIYA

Tamiya ventured into the modeling business in 1948, with a scale wooden ship model kit. Since then, Tamiya has been striving to offer merchandise that can truly be called “First in Quality Around the World.” Now Tamiya is offering more than 1,500 different products in the fields of precision static models, educational kits, finishing supplies and high performance radio control vehicles. These products are not only sold in Japan, but also exported in vast quantities to the United States, Europe, South East Asia, and to many other parts of the world. Tamiya America, Inc. was established in 1989 to expand its global reach and to further develop hobby products for the American market. Tamiya America, Inc. was also established to conduct various promotional events which include a national radio control car championship series known as TCS and various modeling contests. The standard of excellence achieved by Tamiya is regarded as among the very finest in the world of model hobbies. Tamiya’s replicas achieve the highest level of accuracy due to its close relationships with its licensing partners who include: Ferrari®, Ford®, Lamborghini®, Volkswagen®, Jeep®, Scania®, Subaru®,  Toyota®, Nissan®, Citroen®, BMW®, Mercedes®, Suzuki®, Porsche®,  Lockheed Martin®, Boeing®, Northrop Grumman®, Yamaha®, Ducati®, Kawasaki® and Honda®  www.tamiyausa.com

About KYOSHO

Kyosho’s philosophy has always been to show the world the value of enjoying life through the model hobby. Since its foundation in 1963, Kyosho has lived by this and there is no end to the pursuit of this goal. The R/C car and truck line-up includes both nitro and electric powered vehicle in multiple scales including but not limited to the multi time World Champion Inferno and Evolva 1/8 cars as well as the Ultima RB5 and Lazer ZX-5 buggies. Kyosho also has world-class R/C planes and helicopters from the SQS Series of planes that feature solid construction, a high level of detail and superior flight characteristics, to the Caliber line of Helicopters, which many credit as the start of the R/C heli market. Kyosho also takes to the water with a full fleet of R/C boats including sailboats and powerboats. All this in addition to the  hundreds of licensed dNaNo and Mini-Z Micro R/C cars and premiere level die-casts featuring all the worlds major automotive manufacturers including premiere brands such as: Toyota®, Ferrari®, Honda®, Lamborghini®, GM®, Porsche®, Mazda®, Mercedes®,  BMW®. All of this combined with headquarters in all the major markets has lead us to our title World’s Finest Radio Control Models. www.kyoshoamerica.com

CraftWerks-RC HPI Baja Pull Start Rope Replacement

January 31, 2009 by  
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New From CraftWerks-RC! Finally a replacement for those worn out pull start ropes. Never get stranded again when it’s time to go out and bash or heading to a race. These replacements are a must have in your pit box!<

Our Products are sold exclusively through TeamGoNads and there dealer network. Check out http://www.teamgonads.com/for more details.

CraftWerks-RC “Scale” Lighted Buggy Whip for the HPI Baja 5B/5T

January 31, 2009 by  
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New from CraftWerks-RC, The first ever Lighted Buggy Whip for large scale r/c cars, trucks and buggies. Made from high quality components and materials to withstand the most extreme conditions and use. These install in just minutes and take nighttime bashing to a whole new realistic level.

Our Products are sold exclusively through TeamGoNads and there dealer network. Check out http://www.teamgonads.com for more details.

HPI Baja Aftermarket Manufacturers Listing

January 31, 2009 by  
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The most comprehensive List of Baja parts manufacturers  on the face of the “BajaPlanet
Click on a company to see and purchase their products

Baja 5B SS & Tamiya DF-03RA From Nitrodrink

January 31, 2009 by  
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Nitrodrink´s ultimate rc car compilation

January 31, 2009 by  
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Video from the Avon Park GTG

January 31, 2009 by  
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Baja Back flips

January 30, 2009 by  
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Free Style Baja-X #3 From Rallyette

January 30, 2009 by  
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Free Style Baja-X #2 From Rallyette

January 30, 2009 by  
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Big jumps vid from Travis Brock

January 30, 2009 by  
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Thunder Valley RC Park

January 30, 2009 by  
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Thunder Valley 5T from Mike Conser on Vimeo.

BajaCross Track Video

January 30, 2009 by  
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XTREME RC CARS: Baja 5B Video

January 30, 2009 by  
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Baja 5Ts Racing on a track

January 30, 2009 by  
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Baja 5b at Dumont Dunes

January 30, 2009 by  
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Install: Threshold Umbrella seals for the Baja shocks.

January 30, 2009 by  
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Threshold has recently released a seal that drastically reduces the leakage from the Stock BajaSS shocks. The installation of the seals is an easy task that will take just a few minutes of your time. The kit includes seals for 4 shocks and all the accompanying hardware needed including a nifty little installation tool. You will need an Arbor Press, vice, screw clamp, or a large channel lock pliers to press the seals in.

This is a much needed upgrade and is an addition to the stock seals.

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Installing the Modified RC Quick Disconnect Roll Cage Tubes.

January 30, 2009 by  
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Removing the roll cage is a total pain in the rump. Modified RC has come up with not only a great product to overcome this but its simple and extremely durable. This video will show you the proper installation of the tubes.

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Shimming your front hubs with Team FastEddy Pro Series Shim Kit

January 30, 2009 by  
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This tutorial covers the proper use and placement of shims on your front hubs. Shimming your hubs are an essential part of not breaking down while your out having fun. If there is to much play in your hubs the possibility of your front wheels falling off under impack is far greater. Sit back, grab a beverage and see how its done.

Shimming your front hubs

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Installing Threshold VCC Rezzi,s for the SS, 5T shocks.

January 30, 2009 by  
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Threshold VCC Rezzi,s for the SS, 5T shocks are at this time the only true functioning volume compensating shock upgrade on the market. They are a welcome addition to the quality parts lineup that are available for the Baja SS and 5T

This tutorial will help dissipate the mystery of building and filling them.

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Using the Team FastEddy Bearing greaser

January 30, 2009 by  
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The “Greaser” is a great tool to keep your bearings fresh and to prolong the their life. It a great tool to have in your shop

Enjoy!

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Available at TeamFastEddy.
http://www.teamfasteddy.com/index.ph…&cPath=335_336

Tutorial: Installing the DS Sikk 26 Billet Heat Synk.

January 30, 2009 by  
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This tutorial introduces the Sikk 26 cylinder and the DarkSoul Billet Heat Synk designed for the 2 stroke RC Engines used in the Baha and other RC brands. Not only does it cover the installation of these items it also offers basic engine rebuilding tips for the replacement of all top ends.

Its a long tutorial close to an hour long but is well worth watching if you are going to install this combination or want more information on how to install any new top end

Issues covered in this tutorial include disassembling your engine, removing the coil and head, removing the piston and connecting rod bearings, and the proper installation of and reassembly of all the above mentioned items.

Kickback, grab a beer and watch this DarkSoul tutorial produced with all the style and grace of all TeamFastEddy tutorials.

Product link:
http://www.teamgonads.com/Merchant2/…oduct_Count=13

Tutorial link:
http://www.rcdocuments.com/tuts/Dark…nder_Shell.wmv

Rebuild a 2 stroke Baja engine start to finish

January 30, 2009 by  
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This has been the #1 requested tutorial to date.

Team FastEddy partnered up with DarkSoul Racing to prepare this video tutorial. We spent 2 full days not only making the video but having a little fun as well. Please view the tutorials and feel free to ask questions you may have or to comment on the tutorials.

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Installing the Turtle Racing Rear Shocktower Brace on the Baja 5T

January 30, 2009 by  
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Installation guide for the Turtle Racing Rear shock tower brace on the HPI Baja 5T. It the same as installing it on the 5B and is also the same brace.

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Turtle Racing Baja5T Front upper plate review and Install

January 30, 2009 by  
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Turtle Racing Front upper plate that has been so popular on the 5B is now available for the Baja 5T.
If you dont have one, its a worthy upgrade over the stock front plate.
This video will cove the installation of the front plate.

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Replacing your piston ring Tutorial

January 30, 2009 by  
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Thanks to Yamadude for taking his time to send this to us.

OK first this only covers the ring change itself the rest of Ed and Ted’s vid cover the rest.
First start by removing the old ring from the piston.
Shown here is the ring still installed on the piston.

Now I use just my fingers for this but they do have ring removal tools that can be purchased but for these little guys I like to do them by hand.
Starting from one side use your fingernail or finger itself to get a hold of one side of the ring.

Then slowly work your ring around the piston making sure not to pull to hard or use any excessive force while working it around the piston,just spin it around till it comes off without force.

Once you have your old ring off the piston its time to check the end gap on the new one we do this by placing it in the cylinder,carefully squeeze the ring until it will drop in the cylinder(a little oil on the ring and cylinder will also aid in not scratching it for this step.

Now take your piston and push the ring in the cylinder about half way is good.This is to get the ring even in the cylinder for measurement.

Now its very important to check your ring gap even if its brand new I have seen them range from fully closed to .08mm your looking for .04mm-.05mm for a new ring with the limit being .25mm for the old ring.
As you can see in this next pic this ones out a little far and was replaced.Also make sure your in the actual gap for the ring and not on the lip as shown in this pic as well.

Now if the gap is to tight you may have to file the ends to get the correct gap(.04-.05mm) I do this with a very fine file then I round the edges with 800 grit wet sand paper. Another thing I like to check real quick is the ring width,most of them are fine(new) but I check them just to be sure. I don’t have a pic of that particular check but its as simple as checking its width which should be .78mm with the limit being .73mm for a 23cc (32mm) and .98mm and .93mm for the limit on a 26cc (34mm) and up to a 36mm ring.

Once you have checked all the measurements its time to get it back on the piston which I choose to also do by hand,starting by setting it on the top of the piston itself,Now it doesn’t matter which way is up unless your running a reed case engine modified by ESP in which case the ring is filed in areas at the ring gap that the 5th port coincides with.

Now I just give a little push downward while pushing it apart to get the ring over the top.Be very careful not to scratch the piston in this step you can also pull the ring apart with your finger nails to help start it.

Once its over just push it in the ring groove.

Now that your new ring is on the piston you can install the head,Its very important that you pay attention in this step as shown in Ed’s vid to get the ring gap centered on the ring pin facing the intake side of the motor arrow or 0 facing the exhaust side.

Holding the ring and piston in one hand and squeeze the ring on the piston making sure its still centered and start sliding it down on the piston,once it starts to go stop when you can see the ring in the intake track and double check its still centered on the pin.

And thats it just follow the rest of the engine tutorial to wrap up your engine.

Yamadude Linkage Installation Tutorial.

January 30, 2009 by  
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The Yamadude linkage package is a great way to upgrade your Baja throttle and brake linkage. It contains everything needed to convert your linkage to a duel rod rather then a single at the servo. No more sticking and they are much more easily adjusted to just the way you want them.

I would like to thank Harley Dan for taking the time to create this tutorial and submit the .PDF file.

Download the .pdf File Here

Dyeing Plastic R/C Parts with Rit Video Tutorial

January 30, 2009 by  
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Many different parts can be Dyed using Rit dye to customize your R/C

These Two Videos will give you the basics an what you meed and how to do it.

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Elcon Clutch: Building, installing and adjusting.

January 30, 2009 by  
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One of the most requested videos is now done. This tutorial will take the mystery out of building and adjusting the Elcon clutch for you Baja.

Enjoy!

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De-Anodizing parts the SAFE way.

January 30, 2009 by  
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In the past I have used oven cleaner and drain cleaner to de-anodize my RC parts. Both of the methods work well but are TOXIC ans hell and need to be done outside wearing a mask and gloves. After that there was always a mater of how to ckean up after.

A good friend of mine Dominic showed me this trick using Greased Lightning detergent. Its not nearly as toxic, no special masks for the fumes or gloves are needed, and it can be done indoors. It works just as well and is a great way to safely get rid of the anodizing.

Enjoy and I hope it helps.
Thanks for the great tips Dominic!

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Installing an aftermarket servo such as the Rhino or Hitech

January 30, 2009 by  
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There have been many people asking about how to install the aftermarket servos and how to use the adaptor. Im currently building a an upgraded sand rig so i taped the install.

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Installing The Turtle Racing HD Clutch System

January 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Tutorials

Heres the install videos. Enjoy.

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Manufacturer Listing

January 30, 2009 by  
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DuneToberFest 2008 Photos

January 29, 2009 by  
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Baja Action Photos

January 29, 2009 by  
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Baja Photos by Travis Brock Photography

January 29, 2009 by  
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Installing the Turtle Racing Transmission Top Plate

January 28, 2009 by  
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This tutorial will walk you through the main steps on the installation of the Turtle Racing transmission top plate and included top brake plate combination. Its fairly easy to install and should take around 30 minutes for a less experienced person and around 15 minutes if your used to working on your Baja. There are no tricky parts or major issues to notify you of. Quick and easy.

I will post a review on the part in a day or so.
The Plate will be available to the public shortly.

YouTube – Installing the Turtle Racing Rear…

Building and bleeding the shocks for the Baja 5B & 5T

January 28, 2009 by  
Filed under Tutorials

This tutorial covers building and bleeding of the shocks for the HPI Baja SS Only, not the RTR.
It has many tips and tricks along with an alternative setup for pistons and shock fluid.

RCDocuments.com

Double the battery life of the DX3 Radio from Spektrum for under $20

January 28, 2009 by  
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I found this article posted on www.RCNitroTalk.com and thought I would pass it on.
Its not an easy mod but fore those that arent afraid to dig into your electronics, it doesn’t look that hard. It boils down to changing out an inefficient voltage regulator inside the TX with a more efficient one.

Link to the Mod….
http://www.instructables.com/id/SEK5UX7F03GBB2M/
Place to get the part
http://www.dimensionengineering.com/DE-SW033.htm

Have fun!

Building the Baja Transmission With Team FastEddy Bearings

January 28, 2009 by  
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Here is a quick video tutorial on building the Baja 5B SS or RTR transmission.
The tutorial includes upgrading the bearings as well as installing the missing bearing.

Enjoy!

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Installing the Turtle Racing Gear Plate

January 28, 2009 by  
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This tutorial covers the full installation of the Turtle Racing Gear Plate on either the Baja SS or on the Baja RTR. No special tools are needed and it will take less then 5 minuets.

Yet another top shelf product by Dave at Turtle Racing.

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Building a Baja Diff with the Turtle Racing Diff saver and Fast Eddy Bearings

January 28, 2009 by  
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This tutorial shows you how to convert your existing diff (RTR or SS) to us a Turtle Racing Diff Saver and installing the reinforced drive cups. It also shows the placement of the diff bushing to bearing upgrade using FastEddy bearings.

RCDocuments.com

There are 3 SS parts compatibility issues using the SS Parts if you are doing a direct swap with an existing SS Diff.
All but one is included in the TR diff saver kit.

1- Need RTR washers on the inside of the diff. Need to get (1 set) HPI 87461
2- Need to use the RTR diff half gasket that comes with the TR diff saver. (The SS case gasket is larger)
3- Need to use the 4 case screws that come with The TR Diff saver. (SS screws are shorter.)

Building the SS Diff With Team FastEddy Bearings

January 28, 2009 by  
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This tutorial covers building the Baja SS diff.
It also covers installing bearings to replace the bushings on the inside of the diff.

RCDocuments.com

Team FastEddy “Clip-N-Carry” Baja Carrying Strap

January 16, 2009 by  
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Team FastEddy “Clip-N-Carry” Baja Carrying Strap

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This is one of those products that you bong yourself on the head thinking “why didn’t I think of that”.

All of us that own a Baja know how cumbersome it can be to carry along with your other gear to your bashing spot of choice. Not always are you able to park right next to where you want to be. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some sort of method of comfortably carrying your Baja with one hand so you can use your other hand to carry something else?

Team FastEddy has the answer, the Clip-N-Carry Baja carrying strap.

Simply clip one end it to the front suspension, clip it to other end to the rear suspension, adjust it tight and you’re done. It is best to attach the clips on the fuel tank side if your tank is filled with fuel. This way fuel doesn’t drip out of the vent hole in the cap.

Now just pick your Baja up by the handle and carry it like a suitcase. I found it to be quite comfortable and easy to carry.

This is one product that every Baja owner should have. Once you try it, you will wonder how you ever got a long without it.

Features

-Heavy duty nylon strap
-High quality rubber handle
-Annodized aluminum caribiners

The Ups
-Simple to install and remove
-Handle is comfortable

The downs
-Only comes in black

Where to get it

-The Team FastEddy “Clip-N-Carry” Baja Strap can be purchased from www.davesmotors.com, www.teamgonads.com and other retailers that sell Team FastEddy products

DarkSoul Racing Dogbone Boots.

January 16, 2009 by  
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HD Dogbone boots from Darksoul Racing.
Tired of your stock boots ripping, want some fun colors?
Here is your answer.
Hot off the press.
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KRD Baja Stand.

January 16, 2009 by  
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Knight Research & Development Baja Stand.

YouTube – HPI Baja Stand Review (Knight Research…

Protecta-Baja Rear skid plate.

January 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Product Reviews

We recently received a rear skid plate from Protecta-Baja. It a great replacement for your stock plate and offers a large amount of protection for those that are out there truly using their Bajas. Its not in any way a show part nor is it designed to be, it pure functionality and protection for your Baja.

Available at DDM
http://www.davesmotors.com/store/product2925.html

Review.
YouTube – Video Riview Protecta-Baja Rear Skid…

Turtle Racing HD Clutch System

January 16, 2009 by  
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This week Turtle Racing will release their Heavy Duty Clutch System for the Baja 5B ss,RTR and 5T.

As out engines get more powerful and people drive their Bajas to the limit one of the weak points in the Baja becomes the Clutch holder subsystem. The subsystem includes the clutch carrier, clutch bell, gear plate, pinion, pinion bolt and all the associated bearings.

Turtle racing has addressed these issues all in one package that significantly beefs up every component mentioned.

This Video Review will introduce you to the HD system and show you all the improvements over the stock system.

Here are the Video Installation instructions.
http://www.hpibajatutorials.com/show…=3164#post3164

YouTube – Turtle Racing HD Clutch system Review…

DarkSoul Charger Adapter

January 16, 2009 by  
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It’s just one of those items that every RC owner should have.
I can’t tell you how many times I have had to stop and make an adapter for the battery I want to charge, or to dig through my snake pit of the ones I have already made to find the right end. This little gem puts them all in one place at one time.

All the popular plug ends are included with the exception of the new Traxxas Plugs. With this in mind, DarkSoul added an additional set of bare wires so you could add an additional plug end of your choice. On the charger end its supplied with a set of male banana plugs that will fit into your charger. The length of the entire unit is an incredible 18 inches. This is one of my favorite features of the design. No need to add an extension to it for most tasks.

Overall quality of the harness is very good. Im always wanting to see thicker wires but thats just me. The material is more then adequate for the task. The harness is well built and should last a good long time.

Street price $15.99

DDM
http://www.teamgonads.com/Merchant2/…duct_Count=185

The included ends are:

  • -male banana plug main terminal
  • -male deans connector
  • -male Tamiya
  • -1 set of bare leads for you custom needs
  • -female JST
  • -female j-plug

Modified RC Roof Scoop for LED Lighting

January 16, 2009 by  
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If your looking for a great roof scoop and want to have some additional LED Lighting on your Baja, look no farther then Modified RCs Roof scoop with LED holes.

Check it out, its cool and heck.

YouTube – Modified RC Roof Scoop for LED Lighting…

Craftworks R/C Tire holder

January 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Product Reviews

I love this product.
It keeps my tires in one place and also has a built in lug wrench.

YouTube – Craftworks R/C Tire Holder for the HPI…

HPI OEM HD Clutch Holder Upgrade

HPI has recently released an upgraded HD clutch holder. Its a great improvement over the stock plastic unit. Made of aluminum and sporting a much larger bearing it should eliminate several of the problems associated with the stock units. They also combine the spacer and the bevel inserts into this unit so it eliminates several parts. This can help eliminate melted spur gears, blown bearings, and broken pinion bolts.

YouTube – HPI Upgraded clutch holder for the Baja…

DarkSoul Dyable Roof Scoop.

Darksoul has released its popular roof scoop loved by so many in a white dyeable nylon version.
Same great scoop, same great shape but made of nylon that can be died in any color to match your ride.

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Protectaparts Baja 5T CF Wing and Rear Body Brace

Protectaparts has just released their Carbon Fiber Wing and Rear Body Brace for the Baja5T. They look GREAT. They chose a 10K weave on the CF that truly makes their parts look scale to the 5T body. The parts are well made and are strong.

YouTube – CF Wing and Brace for HPI Baja 5T By…

Installing Bad Horsie shock covers the easy way,

January 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Tips & Tricks

Installing Bad Horsie shock covers can be a pain.

One solution is to take a plastic canister that 35mm film comes in and cut off the closed end. Make sure you have no burrs on your cut end and slip the shock cover over the canister bunching it up as required. You then put the canister over the shock spring and pull one end of the cover the over one end of the shock. Hold it there with one hand and gently pull the canister the other direction up the shock spring releasing the shock cover as you go.

That’s it. A quick and simple way to install a Bad Horsie shock cover that only takes seconds.

Photos by: Baja Storm.

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Readers Rides

January 15, 2009 by  
Filed under Baja Photos

Readers Rides

Factory needle settings for the CY 23cc & 26cc Engine

January 14, 2009 by  
Filed under F.A.Qs

You have 2 carburetor adjustment needles on your HPI Baja Stock engine.

Your (HSN) High Speed Needle Factory setting is 1.5 turns out from closed. The HSN is the longer of the two needles and is the left of the two. Its marked on the housing of the carburetor housing with an (H)

Your (LSN) Low Speed Needle Factory setting is 1.25 turns out from closed. The LSN is the shorter of the two needles and is the right of the two. Its marked on the housing of the carburetor housing with an (L)

Gently screw in the needle intil it JUST closes all the way. Do not try to tighten it up or snug it down. Screw it in JUST until you feel some resistance. Look at the slot in the screw or find a mark on your screwdriver handle and back the screw out to the EXACT amout of turns listed for that needle.

  • HSN: 1.5 Turns Out
  • LSN: 1.25 Turns Out

If you would like more information or to ask question about this topic, please visit our forum.
www.HPIBajaTurorials.com

Craftworks RC Quick Disconnect fo the HBZ Roll Cage

This product is a huge time saver. The HBZ cage is a bear to get on and off having to undo 4 bolts every time. This setup takes a CHORE and makes child’s play of it.

YouTube – Craftworks RC Quick Disconnect fo the…

Skid plates and roof plate by Baja 5B Custom Build

Baja 5B Custom Build offers several parts for the Baja 5B and the 5T.
This video reviews 2 of his skid plates and a roof plate.

YouTube – 5B Custom Build Skid Plates

Threshold Shock Pre-Load tool

JR at Threshold has done it again with a simple yet effective tool.
If your serious about your setup this pre-load gauge is a simple way to make sure your getting your pre-load exactly where you want it.

YouTube – Threshold Shock Pe-load Tool

ATX Skid Plate Review and Install.

January 11, 2009 by  
Filed under Baja Products & Reviews, Product Reviews

ATX has a skid plate for both the Baja 5B and a separate unit for the Baja 5T. They are easy to install and offer protection for your chassis bottom

PB Kill Switch Review and install.

January 9, 2009 by  
Filed under Baja Products & Reviews, Product Reviews

PB Kill Switch is a great product to have that will insure that you will not get a runaway due to low battery or loss of signal. It will also allow you to shut off your engine remotely using the 3rd Chanel on your radio. There are several variations of this product so we recommend that you visit his website before ordering one from a reputable Baja Retailer.
http://www.rckillswitch.com/

YouTube – PB Kill Switch

VCC Shock Rezzi’s by Threshold

Thresholds VCC shock reservoirs for the HPI Baja 5B are a volume compensating reservoir for your shock absorbers. Your shocks work well but are prone to getting a lot of frothing of the oil and they tend to flatten out over time.  The volume compensator’s by Threshold attach to the top of the shocks and allows the fluid to be air free as your shock compresses. It drives the fluid into the volume compensator and allows for smooth operation.

 

Hostile Hobbies Choke Lever. WOW!

Such a small part can make a big difference.
The choke leaver is not something you think about that much that is until you mount a side pipe or get a 5T. I’m not sure about you, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve burnt my fingers, while reaching down to ship set my choke. It doesn’t matter how you’re standing or how you to try to twist your hands around. It never fails that damn choke lever is a pain in the butt. Hostile hobbies has addressed this issue with their new choke lever. You simply slide it on and you done with it. Never have to worry about burning your fingers were trying to find the choke lever ever again. It’s amazing on how much difference, a small product like this can make.

The Hostile choke lever is a god send. No more burnt fingers!!

Lightened Baja Chassis from Scorpion Unlimited.

It a welcome site to see a company like Scorpion with a great reputation for quality giving some attention to the racing community by developing a lightened chassis for the Baja 5B and 5T. Not only will the light weight benefit the racer but it will allow the bashers and backyard runners to lighten their rides up as well.

The quality of this chassis is excellent along with a beautiful finish. A large amount of thought was put into this design to ensure that the structural integrity of the chassis wasn’t compromised by the cutouts.

Fullforce RC Servo Clamps.

January 9, 2009 by  
Filed under Baja Products & Reviews, Product Reviews

When installing aftermarket throttle servos most of the time there is a little modification needed to the servo tabs to get everything to align properly. This can weaken the mounting tabs on the servos. Fullforce RC has had their servo clamps on the market for quite a while and they have been widely accepted by the 10th and 8th scale community. Its time for the HPI Baja community to take a closer look at this product.

Easy to make Power Bits 3mm, 4mm 5mm

One of the most common questions I get from users that view my tutorials is:
“Where do you get the power bits you use in your tutorials?”
Well, Here you go.
This video will show you the bits, whee to get them and explain how to modify them properly.

Steering Post Shim Kit. (Team FastEddy)

January 9, 2009 by  
Filed under Baja Products & Reviews, Product Reviews

The slop in the steering posts has always bothered me. There were no shims of the proper size to use that I could find so I had some made up for my new shim kit. Eliminating this play will make your steering more responsive. I had the shims cut so they will also help shield the bearing from contamination.

Here is a tutorial on how to install them.

I just recieved my Team Fast Eddy Steering Post Shim Kit.

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The steering on the Baja has never been as responsive and precise as I would have wanted it to be. The issue is that there is a lot of up/down play in the steering wiper assembly. To make things worse, the extra play causes a gap that allows dirt to enter and contaminate the bearings, thereby causing binding issues. In addition, the whole steering assembly rides right on the lower steering cross brace and the lower bearings are not used effectively, this adds even more friction to the steering system.

To remedy these issues, Team Fast Eddy has developed a Steering Post Shim Kit. The shims have been specifically sized for this particular application. The thickness of the shims allows you to make fine adjustments to zero out the play. The specific diameter of the shims allows for full coverage of the bearings to protect them against contamination, while at the same time the shims never touch the outer races and therefore does not hinder smooth bearing operation.

I installed 1 shim at the bottom and 2 shims at the top of each steering post. How many shims you use will all depend on how much play is in your steering assembly. I would first try 1 shim at the tops and if you can use more, then add 1 to the bottom. Its more important to use them on top as this shields the bearings from contamination. As far as the bottom ones. if you can use ones at the bottom, you need to be able to use one on each post, you can’t just add to one post and not the other, that will make the assembly uneven. The tops you can use any combination of shims.

Here are some pictures showing what I did.

This pic shows the amount of play at the top of the wiper assembly, notice how much of the steering post is visible.

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This pic shows how much contaminated the bearings get

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Here I installed 1 shim at the bottom of each post, this will raise the wiper assembly off the lower brace, allowing for full use of the lower bearings.

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Here you can see how the shims fit perfectly over the bearings, yet they do not touch the outer race.

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Here is the whole assembly back together with the shims, as you can see the shims have filled the gap and the steering posts are no longer visible.

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A quick recap:

Without the shims:
Excessive up/down play in the stering assembly
Bearings are covered in dirt and completely contaminated
Entire lower wiper assembly and lower bearings ride on the lower cross brace and are a source of unnecessary friction

With the shims installed:
No more up/down play
Bearings are protected from contamination
The entire wiper assembly is raised off of the lower cross brace and now makes full use of the lower bearings.

The upgrade is extremely simple to perform and took less than 15 minutes to complete and most of that time I spent cleaning the wiper assembly and bearings. The steering wiper assembly now has zero up/down play and moves as smooth as butter.

Lastly, these shims are stainless, so you should not have to worry about rust and corrosion once installed.

Once again Team Fast Eddy has hit the mark with this upgrade.

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