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Old 05-05-2010, 05:10 PM   #1
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Question Large scale R/C buggies/trucks, suggestions?

Of course I have gone to some R/C forums which can have given me some insight in regards to suggestions, but I was wondering if there are a few R/C fanatics who can share their input about the subject.

Have been searching around and so far my few options are Baja B SS, Red Cat Rampage or the buggy version the TT V3.

Got a few nitro buggies and on-road 1/8 cars, but ready to make the leap to 1/5 scale and once there all my nitros will be gone.
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I would go with the HPI Baja, I have been around a couple and it seems the best built with quality parts. I would love to have one.
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Wish I had some insight on 1/5 scale. I'm running a traxxas E-Revo Brushless Edition (After I swore to high heavens I would never buy a traxxas - after I broke suspension, drivetrain, and even a frame, i decided to plunk down the cash for one) It's 1/10 or 1/8 scale depending on your perspective. 0-50 is like 2 seconds (because i cant get it to hook up any faster than that) and it'll top out at like 70 given a stretch of pavement. It's 4wd, so is a blast on mudpiles, grass, snow, etc. And yes, those figures are in MPH.
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I have a Revo and love it and a freind has the Baja and it's so easy to run but it can't be flipped or get airborne like a 1/10th can.

I like the Baja but someone needs a 4wd layout for a gasser in 1/8th or 1/5th then I would look at that scale. 2wd is all over the place and in snow/loose conditions it's limited.
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I really like the 5Bss but why not go with the 5T. They are the same car and the 5T has the 26cc engine and looks better than the buggy. I had a 5th scale on road and by buddy has a 5B and not only are they fast they are stronger than you would think. The on roads are only cool if you have a place to run one but the buggy we would be driving down the road and pull over because we saw a cool hill or spot to drive it and just go at it for a little while and back to the car again. The HPI also has the advantage that almost every hobby shop in the US carries the normal wear and tear parts and commonly broken parts other brand 5th scales good luck. Any time I broke something it to the internet and an hour of searching to find what I need. I would go with an HPI any day of the week, well there 5th scales not a big fan of there smaller stuff.
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Read each and every post and it surely seems 1/5 is the way to go.

I have experimented with 1/10 with the Revo 3.3, 1/8 with a buggy and a few on-road.
The deal with Nitro is the hassle of tuning, but of course once dialed they are sick to drive.

One of the reasons it has me thinking twice about the Baja is it is 2WD, RedCat sells the Rampage TT, those are 4WD. Some people on other forums hassle me on not to buy them due to cheap parts, also many state is a matter of changing/upgrading some parts and then it is all set. Once again, Buying a RedCat will be searching for parts online while I know for the Baja its a drive to the local hobby shop.

Sooner or later I will do the leap, if I shoot myself on the foot for either choice then it will be the end of my R/C passtime and will jump into something less expensive like bird watching or finding treasures in the beach.
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How about a copy cat of the baja? They are pretty cheap on ebay and apparently can use all the baja parts interchangeably. http://http://cgi.ebay.ca/RC-GAS-Car-King-Motor-KSRC-001-KSRC001-Baja-Buggy-1-5-/270574868462?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Radio_Control_Vehicle s&hash=item3eff84d7ee#ht_4651wt_948
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No, I heard many bad things, it may "look" the same but insides are crap.

Everybody at RCuniverse and in HPiBajaforums (of course) have told me to stay away to what they call "clones".

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But yeah I saw a seller from China or whatever that sells one of those clones HPi bajas, they look exactly like one, but the quality is terrible. Also HPI warranty its one of the best, many times something goes wrong out of the box they will replace/fix no questions ask (no this is not spam).

So far, I am selling some of my R/C (junk) and once all the nitros are gone will jump into gas large scale R/C. I have no neighbors in the back of the house, its an open field that used to be a bashing ground for red neck trucks and ATVs. Now its secured with gates, but not to me, cant wait. Have had a blast with the Nitros but knowing that I can run one of those gas powered for 40 minutes that is golden for me, tired of 10 minute runs and waiting for the engine to cool off and if not then its the tuning that is a pain.

Dont get me wrong, Nitros are a beast to drive once they are dialed its a blast and ripping one of those .28 engines 4wd buggies its an awesome feeling. It may sound toyish, but an 8 pound r/c running at 40+ mph its no joke, but all the fun ends when the gremlins of tuning come out.
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