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“Hey guys do u know of a 120mm+ shock similar to gmade zeros. I was searching for some for my scale monster truck build and I couldn’t find any in stock so I emailed gmade directly and the response I got was the zero shocks are no longer in production. It seems there is a big phase out of a lot of rc parts lately when it comes to aftermarket support for solid axle monster trucks.

Spud”

Cubby- Yo hey Spud-ster, thanks for the email.

You don’t mention the size of your scale monster truck build, thus making an answer a bit tough. So… I’m gonna boil it down this way. If it’s a tenth scale build (with Stampede sized tires) I’d go with Pro-Line Powerstrokes if you are looking for performance. These use the same diameter shafts as the G-Made and are 118mm in length. They look cool and perform even better.

If you are looking for a bit more “scale” look I would probably cut the check for some King Series Shocks from RC4WD. These truly look scale, come in a 120mm length, and have beefy 3.9mm shafts.

However… if your MT build is 8th scale (using E-Maxx/Revo/Clod sized tires) I would go with heavier shocks than any of those listed above. The bigger/heavier tires require some significantly beefier shocks, in this case I would buy a set of 8th scale truggy shocks and never look back. Heck, if I was looking for an extra gnarly look on a tenth scaler, I would use them there too.


“exceed rc 6×6 mad crawler?

My name is chris my girlfriend is buying me the exceed rc 6×6 for christmas. obviously haven’t gotten it yet but looking already for some simple hop ups, my question is i have searched countless hours for a scale body that will “fit” with very little moding please help me as far as bodies for that beast please

by the way I want to replace all motors with 45 turns will the esc handle it you think? And one last question wanting to go with bigger tire/wheel setup, what do you recommend thanks again for your help look forward to hearing from you

thank you so much for your help

Chris”

Cubby- Ya know Chris, normally when I see Exceed RC in an email I instantly hit delete, strangely my eyes could not keep from rambling down your email and here you are, on the front page of BSRC. Shoot us your snail mail for a way-uber-dope sticker pack.

Oh and… props on the GF, she sounds like a keeper. Most guys would die for a chic that buys them rc gear for X-mas.

Also normally, I would say if you have an Exceed you are just plain screwed for aftermarket hop-ups. However, you are just asking for rather general items like wheels/tires/body, so here ya go…

You are screwed, I hope you like the stock gear. JK bro, how about I tackle the speedo thing first. So… will the stock speedo burn up if you install hotter/faster motors? I have absolutely no idea, Exceed doesn’t talk to us because we are the devil, we’ve never received one for review, and I’m not gonna make up an answer or repeat internet hearsay. What I will recommend is for you to just go for it. If it works, great, if it doesn’t, it should provide quite a fire/smoke show AND give you a perfect reason to get a new speedo.

About wheels/tires… best of luck finding direct replacements that have a crawler/scale look. The Exceed uses a 2.8 wheel with a 17mm hex, which isn’t uncommon if you are looking for replacement Traxxas gear, but to get a direct replacement with a true crawler look might be a PITA.

Lastly… about that body. I wouldn’t expect to be able to find an aftermarket unit just sitting on the shelf at your LHS. I am going to recommend not even looking for “6×6″ body. Instead, find a cab that looks good on the truck and build something custom in the rear. I mean it is a crawler, it would only be fitting to put a lid on it that looks insanely better/more custom than the stocker.

Have fun, go fast, and shoot us pics when you get your beast done.


Hey that’s it ya bunch of punks. You can submit your questions to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. It is highly unlikely I will ever read them, but one of my interns will at least briefly skim over your emailse. If your letter does happen to hit the big time you’ll get a BSRC sticker pack, and if I proclaim yours as “Letter of the Month” we will totally hook you up with one of our sweet new BSRC t-shirts.

YOUR Cub Reporter

ASK Cubby

“Charger Comparison

Hi, I just wanted your thought since you’re the only website I have seen conduct reviews on these two chargers. I am looking at the Hitec X1 Pro with power supply and the Hitec X1 Touch.

These are two very different chargers and wanted to know if you had to choose between the two which one would you recommend?

Thank you,
Curt H.”

Cubby- Yo hey Curt, thanks for the email and be sure to shoot us your snail mail for a pretty dern slick BSRC sticker pack.

About the Hitec battery chargers, I use the X1 Pro on a daily basis. Why? Because it takes up very little space on my pit table and can charge at a fairly high rate, 16 amps. I am one of those guys that hates to wait for batteries to charge so the extra power is a big plus to me.

The X1 Touch gets a lot of use by Iron Mike. Mikeee is very different than myself, he doesn’t really care about power, what he does care about is ease of use. The X1 Touch is one of the easiest to use chargers on the market, making it easy for Mikeee to charge a bunch of different types of packs at different rates without having to reach for the manual.

So there ya have it, both are solid chargers in their own way, the best one for you depends on your personal tastes.


“Pro-Line PRO-MT

First off, I love your page. I wish I had a group like you on the west coast. I’ve been into RC for a couple of years now (aka I’m poor,) and I really want to pick up a Pro-Line Pro-MT. In your review of the Pro-MT, you list a Savox SV-1270TG which is 361 oz/in of torque at 6.0V. I know the crawler guys really say anything over 200 oz/in of torque from a servo and you should install a higher end BEC (like castle creations for $20) and bypass the ESC internal BEC.

Would that be the same in the case for the Pro-MT? I couldn’t find any data on what the output is from the Castle internal BEC.

Thanks.

Dave
Northern CA”

Cubby- Yes, we definitely threw a beast of a servo in our Pro-Line PRO-MT for the review. The PRO-MT is a high-end bash machine and we wanted to make sure there was more than enough crank on those big front tires. We ran the big Savox (which are known to be power hungry) off a Castle Creations Max Pro SCT speedo and didn’t experience any issues with brown-outs or glitching. And no, we didn’t run any extra caps or a separate BEC, we just hooked it up and drove the tar out of it.

And ya I know, so many internet experts will say, “OMG, use a 300oz Savox and you will HAVE to use a separate BEC!!!”. And while yes, in some applications you would, I’m from the school of ignoring people like that and simply trying it first. If you hook it up and get some glitching or your ESC falters, go ahead and put a BEC in, if you don’t have any issues just keep on truck’n. An ounce of first hand knowledge is worth more than 10,000 pounds of internet speculation.


That’s it ya bunch of lunatics, shoot your emails to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. Make the big time like Dave and Curt did today and you’ll get a free sticker pack, be declared as “Letter of the Month” and we’ll even send you a free BSRC t-shirt (one of the new uber cool ones).

YOUR Cub Reporter

ASK Cubby

“Electric offroad car/truck/buggy

I am Zander. I am looking for an offroad, 4WD, electric rc car that should be fast, quite low so that it wont fall over easily on turns, waterproof electronics, good suspension so that it could do a little bit of rock crawling, etc. Pretty much an all rounder, rock racer, rock crawling offroad 4wd car/truck or whatever. Its should be atleast 4s lipo .. but i want a car that can do anything. I am looking at the Traxxas Summit and the Axial Yeti XL, looking to get the Yeti XL but not sure yet. It can be any size and any cost .. just please give me your suggestions even if its not listed above. Please reply and help me asap !

Thank You
Zann The Man”

Cubby- Yo hey “Zann Da Man”, the Zan-lander, the Zan-meister, Sir Zan-a-lot, and Mr Zannish House Mafia, thanks for the email, I have proclaimed yours as “Letter of the Month”, hit us up with your snail mail and t-shirt size so we can give you the hook up.

So… you want a vehicle that can do everything well and has zero downsides. Nice wish ya have there buddy. The biggest problem that I see from your letter is that you want it low so it won’t traction roll, yet want it high so you can crawl with it. Those two things just do not exist in one vehicle. Yes, the Yeti series from Axial comes closest and does a solid job, but they still traction roll at speed on high bite surfaces. You can change them to not traction roll, then they lose some of their rock crawling prowess.

So (#2)… you say cost is no object, so I am gonna say skip the dumb stuff and do it right, get two different vehicles. Vehicle #1 will be your insane crazy power 6S rig that can blast down trails at 60 mph and can bust out gargantuan jumps. Set it up low and stiff so it doesn’t traction roll, and it should make for a burly high speed machine. For vehicle #1 I am gonna recommend the ARRMA Kraton to you.

Vehicle #2 is your insane throw boulders out of the way, climb over all the crazy stuff yet can do 50 mph on the trail rock racer. This would of course be the Axial Yeti XL.

With those two machines in the back of your pick-up truck you will be dialed for everything you are looking for.


Hit the “Read More” to check out the second reader email of the week that involves a Graupner product.

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“Dearest Cubby,

This year my entire family has decided to make my house THE house for Thanksgiving dinner. Any suggestions on how to cook a turkey with an rc car?

Sincerely,

Terry G.”

Cubby- At first, I thought it might be a really bad idea to took a turkey with an rc car. However, I hate, I mean absolutely despise, family coming over and destroying my house, so actually it might be a great idea. Why is that? Because cooking a turkey with an rc car is a terrible and dangerous idea, perfect for running away unwanted mother-in-laws.

Please note that the instructions I am about to give will leave you with a poisoned turkey and might very well burn your entire house to the ground. But here we go…

Grab an rc car, any rc car that you have, but preferably one that you don’t care is about to die a violent death. Insert the biggest LiPO pack you have, 6-12S is recommended. Insert battery into car and place in oven. Now grab your turkey and place in oven next to the car. Run battery charger leads into oven and plug into battery. Set charger on NiMH and hit enter. Eventually this will overcharge the LiPO, sending the pack into thermal runaway, and basically create a nuclear disaster in your oven. It will also create heat, a lot of it, enough to cook at least a small portion of your bird. The toxic smoke emitted by the LiPO fire will render the bird poisonous, as well as most of the air in your house. Expect to have to call the fire department during all this, but hey, at least this forces all those annoying relatives out of your house, and never again will they decide that your house is THE house to hold a Thanksgiving dinner.

Ok, for those of you that listen to EVERYTHING I suggest, PLEASE do not attempt the above advice.


“R/C Truck or Tractor

Hi, this is Becky S. and I am in search of a R/C Truck or Tractor for my son. He has a pulling obscession. I will start by saying he is only 6 but, is very mature for his age. He is wanting a r/c pulling truck or tractor for Christmas. I have been searching the internet for countless hours trying to find something that he will like and I can afford. He prefers Tractors but, I have come to the conclusion that there is none so he is also into truck pulling as well so if I can find one of these that would be great. I am just looking to get him set up in some kind of starter truck. We are not looking for anything for competition…yet…I was wondering if you could either e-mail me or call me. I really was not wanting to spend over $300 or $400 dollars. Not sure if this is even possible but, I would love to talk with someone who knows a little more about it.

Thank you for your time and any input you could help me with

Becky S.”

Cubby- Yo hey Becky S, thanks for the email.

RC pulling is a very, veryyyy small genre in our hobby, therefore you won’t find many pulling products for sale. From having attended a half dozen rc pulling events in the last couple of years, most of the machines at these events are hand made, extremely specialized, and expensive. Certainly the ones I’ve seen are very capable of pulling hundreds of pounds, but all that ability comes from some serious monetary input.

It is cool to hear that your son is into pulling. And… I do have one affordable option for you, the Tamiya RC Farm King, the RTR version (just needs batteries and a charger) goes for $265 on Tower Hobbies. Now… on the downside, the Tamiya Farm King isn’t set up for pulling, it is set up for wheelies and general bashing. On the upside, it is in your price range and your son will probably feel pretty cool stacking weights on the front to keep the nose down when he does pull with it. Yes, there are some real, true, dedicated tractor pulling chassis available from places like Outlawhobbie.com, but they might be well out of your price range by the time you get everything needed to make one run.


That’s it for ASK Cubby, go get some more turkey, watch some more football, and get in a solid nap (and do NOT try to cool your turkey with an rc car, LOL). Shoot me an email, Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. Emails that make the big time get a free sticker pack, if your letter is declared “Letter of the Month” you’ll win a free BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

ASK Cubby

“Hi Guys,

My names is James. I work at Pacific Motorsports in Eureka CA, About 2 years back we decided that taking on RC to add to inventory. We also sell Honda, Yamaha, and Polaris vehicles and accessories. After the first year RC was so big here that we decided to build an indoor carpet track, and shortly after we got Mylaps and RCscoring Pro. We just picked up Horizon as a supplier as well. We stock Traxxas, Team Associated, Axial, Losi, ECX and many others. I would like to put Big Squid prints on our counter for our customers. I check your website daily for updates and have learned tons of valuable information from you guys. I really appreciate what you are doing for the RC world! Let me know what i need to do to get your prints in our store!

Thanks Brian”

Cubby- Yo hey James, thanks for the kind words and good luck with your investment in the rc hobby.

I don’t have to tell you that we are big fans of local hobby shops here at BigSquidRC. Mostly because… we are totally selfish and want to be able to drive to an LHS and get the stuff we need the same day instead of waiting for mail order. But yes, we also realize that hobby shops are a requirement for our hobby to even exist. Without local hobby shops offering up first hand advice to noobs, our hobby is a goner.

So… what does it take for you (or any other hobby shop out there) to stock our FREE Big Squid RC Monthly publication? Not much, just an email. After you send us your brick & mortar addy we’ll promptly ship you out a bunch of copies at absolutely no cost to you. Click Right Here to shoot us an email, it really is super simple.


“Monster truck slicks

Do you know where I can get the monster truck slicks? I’m good at finding things but I have had no luck!!

Thanks
Jon K.”

Cubby- Hey ya Jon, you’ve got a few options here.

Option 1- legit slick MT tires. The 3.2″ Mega Maxx tires from Panther are slicks, are legendary for their performance, and are in stock right now on Tower Hobbies for a measly $20 a pair.

Option 2- go with Road Rages from Pro-Line. While slicks rock for perfectly smooth surfaces, Road Rages will kick their ass in a typical (dirty/bumpy) parking lot.

Option 3- this one is easily my favorite, bust out the Dremel tool! Insert a sanding drum, grab an old set of tires, and let’er eat. Give yourself a half hour per tire (ok, maybe an HOUR and a half for MT size) and voilà, you’ll end up with a custom set of slicks at a cost of zero dollars.


“E-revo 5608

Was wondering if the V3.1 Basher Edition chassis (Ed note- from Kershaw Designs) are for the 1/10 scale models. Thank you

Hermann N.”

Cubby- Yes.


Oh no you haven’t, oh yes you have, made it through yet another ASK Cubby. Feeling extra frisky? Send me an email, Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your letter makes the big time you’ll get a free BSRC sticker pack, if I proclaim yours as “Letter of the Month” we’ll totally hook you up with a free t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

ASK Cubby

“Advice On 1/18 Scale RC Models
Thank you for your posts/reviews on all of your RC equipment.
I’m thinking of getting into the hobby and am looking at some 1/18 scale vehicles to start with:
-Latrax Rally
-ECX 1/18 Torment
Reviews on your site show both RC’s at a B- which should be fair for the price. However, I wanted to know which you think has the better value for the equipment you get RTR out of the box.
Thanks again,
Colton V.”

Cubby- Oh yes Colton, you must know I’m such a sucker for a good “Which is better” email, especially one that involves Traxxas.

There are some really great Traxxas products on the market. I’m a big fan of the Mini Revo, big fan of the “big” E-Revo, and even though it does have its issues, I’m a big fan of the Slash as well. However, I am not a fan of the LaTrax minis from Traxxas. I don’t know the story behind them, but whatever it might be, they certainly aren’t the best work from the Texas Titans. The wretched one I drove oversteered like a JD combine and broke when I just thought about hitting a curb. Before one pack was over I wanted to burn its busted remains with fire to ensure it could never again anger another hobbyist.

I am however a big fan of the ECX 1/18th Ruckus (we never got to review the 1/18 Torment). It handles well, is big enough to be driven outdoors, yet it is small enough to be fun in tight spaces. It does have some downsides, but at $99 its a great value for general bashing.


“From FB-

Stupid nub question. Can the Associated ProRally use the DuraTrax Onyx LiPo 3S 11.1V 5000maH battery in stock configuration. I am new to the RC world and don’t want to have thermal melt down on a battery that’s to big for the RC. I bought the Duratrax Battery because it was in the suggested accessories page.

Luke Pee-rat”

Cubby- Ya know how I knew your letter was gonna be good? When you misspelled “noob” or “newb” with the word “nub”. Most times I would just roll my eyes and pour another glass of Dom while quickly hitting delete on your question, but after having spent so much time with Iron Mike recently (who I am sure would spell noob as “glewb”, or “knewgle”, or worse), I’ve learned to appreciate pretty much every type of person in the world.

Anywhos…

Will your Associated ProRally turn into a critical fission reactor if you should use a 3S 5000mAh LiPO in it? Yes, probably so, and seeing as how I’m pretty tired of the way the world is right now, I say fire that sucker up.

Ok… but seriously. If your ProRally is bone stock it comes with an Associated 3500kV BL motor and a Associated XP SC900-BL ESC. Starting with the motor, if its rotor shatters at just a 3S level of input it deserved to die anyways. And… the ESC is clearly rated to “handle” 3S as long as the motor is less than 4000kV.

The 5000mAh capacity of the battery has nothing to do with whether or not your electronics will be harmed. A 5000 will give you longer runtime than a 2000, or less than a 8000, but it will certainly not burn up any electronics.

There is one recommendation that you should follow for me, change the gearing. While I have never driven the ProRally, chances are it was geared for the stock 7 cell NiMH and not for 3S LiPO, so you’ll probably want to drop a few teeth on the pinion to keep your motor/speedo/battery from overheating.


That’s it ya freaks. Shoot me email, Cubby at BigSquidRC.com is the addy ya want. Hit the big time and get a free sticker pack, have yours declared “Letter of the Month” and we’ll even hook ya up with a free t-shirt. Carry on…

YOUR Cub Reporter

ASK Cubby

“Help me be an awesome wife!
Hey guys,
My husband and our 7 year old daughter like to run and tinker with RC vehicles. I want to surprise my husband with some cool RC stuff, like I have in the past. I’ve bought him tires, motors, and other parts before, but this time I would like to surprise him with some fan gear. I remember that he has a Big Squid sticker, and how excited he was to get it!

We have some built in cabinets in the garage and I would love to be able to put a hanging banner or sign of BSRC up. I didn’t see one for sale, so that’s why I’m writing to you guys.

I am a disabled veteran and I get some pretty cool gear from the Wounded Warrior Project for being an Alumni. Do you have any gear that’s not for sale but can be attained through a membership or something like that? I promise I’m not looking for free stuff, I just want to show my hubby some appreciation.

If this is a crazy idea, or otherwise not attainable, please let me know, so I can try to get him something else…

Thank you for your time and assistance!

Sincerely,

Dora R.”

Cubby- Yo hey Dora, sounds like you are a pretty dialed rc wife just the way you are.

Oh, did I mention yours is “Letter of the Month”? Yup, shoot us your snail mail and shirt size so we can give you the hook up. Also, I’ll make sure Brian gives you the hook up on a banner for your husband’s man-cave or garage. Heck, you never know what else we might put in the box… :)

Thanks for reading, go fast, turn left, explode tires.


“norcal

Hey there fellas,

I was wondering A) if you ever make your way to norcal? B) if you would some day like to come and do some backyard racing.

Its a loam track and the outsides are the fastest way around, none of the square pants national inside line BS.

Anyway love to have you guys if you do, i’ll loam it up and we can use the throttle like its a light switch.

This is a video of the AKA and Novak boys.

Thanks,
Mark W.”

Cubby- Well hey there to you too Marky Mark. Shoot us your snail mail for a free sticker pack.

So… do we ever make it to Norcal? Yes, but not often. We spend most of our time out west in Socal, the land of In-N-Out Burger, Randy’s Donuts, and a whole bunch of the rc manufacturers. In fact, we just got back from a Socal run last week, one of the few we’ve been able to do without everyone and their dog knowing about.

And B… heck ya we will take you up on your offer, we are always up for a good bash session, especially on a deeply tilled off-road track.

Btw, cool video of you and your funky bunch. Good for you for having a REAL off-road track. Loam not only separates the men from the boys, it is simply more fun to drive on. If it was up to me, I would take a 4 bottom plow to every track in the nation.


That’s it for this week ya lunatics. You can email me your insanity, Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your letter hits the big time you’ll get a free sticker pack, if yours is named “Letter of the Month” you’ll get a free BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

ASK Cubby

“RC for 4yr old

Dear Cubby,

Ok, so I’ve had about a dozen or so R/C cars over the years dating back to 1985 (Tyco Turbo Hopper/Tamiya Lunchbox/RC10GT/OFNA 1/8 Buggy, etc). My latests is and Emaxx from 2008 that gets occasional use (considering brushless/lipo upgrade).

My son will be turning 4 in November and he as well as I am interested in getting him into RC. I tried using training mode on the Emaxx (7cells), and it’s definitely too fast for him. Ideally I’d like something that he could use both indoor/outdoor (indoor keeps him out of my wife’s hair for a bit). For indoors, I’d like something slow so he’s not damaging the walls/furniture or hurting his younger siblings. For outdoors, some more speed is ok. I’m close to settling on a Losi 1/24 Trail Trekker due to its crawling/climbing capability and slow speed.

Thoughts? Could I get a 2WD Slash, gear it down, and maybe even run a 4 or 5 cell battery to slow it down for indoor use, or is it still going to be too big/too fast? Do you think the 1/24 Trekker will hold him off until he’s about 6 and then get him a something along the lines of a Slash? I take it the Dromida 1/18′s are too fast for indoor? Would you have any concern for parts availbility if I picked up a Trail Trekker (looks like it was released several years ago).

Thanks,
Dennis K.”

Cubby- Yo hey Dennis, thanks for writing in.

I have seen some 4 year olds that can really wheel an rc, but they were the exception. I know from being to so many different bashes and being around so many young kids (including 3 of my own) that most 4 year olds just aren’t ready for hobby grade rc. Ya, I know you are a stoked Dad who wants to hook your child up, but at 4 they are more interested in being chased or simply pushing the truck around than driving it.

However… if I were to recommend something, it wouldn’t be the Slash. The Dromidas are fairly slow and can be driven straight into walls without much breakage (plus they can work indoors or out). The Losi 1/24th crawler might good because it is geared so low, but then it might be so slow that it won’t hold the short attention span of a 4 year old.

If anything, I can say from first hand experience, that if you hold off for a couple years your child will be much more capable of appreciating a hobby grade rc vehicle. Good luck, and let us know what you get.


Hey guys,
Cory from Florida here. I love keeping up with BSRC. The cub report and everybody’s scalin for the weekend are my favorites but I also really find the shootouts super helpful. I recently used your quad shootout to help pick my sons Ares Ethos…..and it was spot on!!!

Anyways, I had a thought. I have never seen a servo Shootout! ! What would be better than pitting the uber high dollar boys (savox, hitec, futaba) against the budget ones ( tower, solar, ect…) Having two classes would keep it more apples to apples….like ones for a SC truck/offroad racing and ones for crawlers/scalers. Areas like strength, speed, weight, durability and of course price are all really important us.
Thanks for keepin it real,
Cory

Cubby- Hi there Cory, thanks for the email. We are always glad to hear when people are digging the articles and shootouts. We get stoked when we hear someone made a purchase based on something we said, and they are completely happy about it! It reassures us that we are doing something right around here!

A servo shootout huh? As you may or may not of guessed, this topic has been the subject of many discussions around here, and it’s been on the table as something we have wanted to do for a while. Like all of our shootouts, we want to make sure we have the correct tests, equipment, and knowledge to be able to bring accurate results in a format that will benefit the readers. So I can say we have a plan, and there will be one in the future, I can not give you a estimate on when to expect it. Right now we have a pretty good backlog of stuff on the burners, but rest assured it’s not that far down the list.


That’s it for this week ya bunch of lunatics. Got something to say? Got a question to ask? Hit me up at Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com. If (and I highly doubt it will) your letter hits the big time you’ll get a free sticker pack, if I name yours as “Letter of the Month” we’ll send ya a free BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

ASK Cubby

“Proline Pro-MT

Hey there Big Squid crew,

I just wanted to thank you for the review on the Pro-MT. I’ve never owned a 2WD RC and had been eying the Proline Pro 2 SCB but, I pre ordered one of these babies. I wanted something low maintenance to have fun with perhaps take to the local track. I know a monster truck isn’t going to be the best track vehicle but it will be good as long as I’m smiling away as I drive over those pesky short course trucks then it will be a winner. Oh did I say over? I meant around… Yeah around. I was just curious if you guys had run it at all with a Spektrum using the AVC tech I would love to know how it helped/hindered the truck. As far as the other electronics go basically the same set up you guys were running Savox 1270tg, 3800kv castle motor, going to use a Sidewinder 3 waterproof addition.

Thanks again for the great website,
Sam”

Cubby- Welcome to the big time Sam, don’t forget to shoot us your snail mail for the hook up on a BSRC sticker pack.

Have we run AVC in the Pro-Line PRO-MT yet? No, but we are doing a whole series on AVC and the PRO-MT will be the first truck it gets installed in. However, we have a bunch of time in with AVC in other vehicles, if you do a lot of loose surface driving you should be able to tweak the AVC to make the PRO-MT incredibly dialed.

As far as the PRO-MT on track. Nope, it’s not as dialed as lower, race style vehicles, but it seriously surprises you how well it handles. For example, we have put in a ton of laps with the PRO-MT on local outdoor 8th scale tracks, and last weekend we got in a bunch of time at the Leisure Hours damp/high-bite indoor track. Even with the stock Trenchers the PRO-MT was freak’n hauling. It easily made all the jumps and was incredibly easy to drive fast. I can’t wait to try one out with dedicated race tires, and it would really be something if the PRO-MT put some of the fun back into local racing.


Hit the “Read More” button to read two more questions. One involves the Durango DEX408v2 buggy and the other asks why we haven’t done a big monster truck shootout…

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“First car

My name is Jason and I want to get a electric off road vehicle. Not going to race just want something to have a blast with and not have to always be fixing it. What would be your recommendations. I’m new to this and know nothing about brands or what to look for.

Thanks Jason”

Cubby- Congrats on hit’n the big time Jason, shoot us your snail mail so we can get you a BSRC sticker pack.

Wow, you certainly asked a broad question, but it is one that is asked all the time in our hobby. If anything, rc is about a never ending cycle of newbies getting in and other people getting out.

What I would recommend to you would depend a whole lot on price point, but I have no idea if you have $200 in your pocket or two grand. So I’m gonna throw out a couple of safe bets…

On the affordable side of things…

Look at the ECX and ARRMA line-ups. Their entry level 2wd brushed vehicles are good bashers, and excellent “bangs-for-the-buck”. These come completely built and ready to go, and while you might break a part here or there while you learn how to drive, doing a little wrenching is an important part of the hobby. Also, these can be used on-road and off, pretty much anywhere you have some space.

On the higher end side of things…

No, I’m not gonna recommend a 6S Traxxas E-Revo/Savage Flux/MT-4 G3. I’ve seen guys learn on vehicles like that and it was never pretty. I am going to recommend brushless 4wds like the Axial Yeti and the Traxxas Slash 4×4. The Slash has loads of power, is very durable, and it is super easy to find parts. The Yeti has uber scale looks, is also quite durable, and can be trail driven as well as backyard bashed. On 2S both are quick, but not so much that you break a million parts when you smack a curb.

So there are my ideas based on virtually no input, look around, do your research, and shoot us pictures of what turns out to be the first car in your rc garage.


The second question of the week is quite long, hit the “Read More” to check it out…

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ASK Cubby

“Would love to know why

Afternoon,
Great to see you guys getting some exclusives on new product. Proline is a great company with amazing support. This however is such a let down. A 2wd monster truck kit for $400!??!!? I don’t see how or why anybody would ever buy it ? Would love to hear from you guys why you think this is so great and why you think it will sell. I see this truck being a complete flop.
Jamie”

Cubby Hey now Jamie, and heck yes, we are extremely grateful to get the exclusives that we do. We must have done something right somewhere to have locked down several of the biggest releases of the year.

About the new Pro-Line Pro-MT… our full review goes up on Tuesday. It is hard for me to not reveal too much, but I feel like I have to to answer your question.

Why would anyone ever buy it? It’s not for everyone. It’s not for noobs, it’s not for people who want a complete RTR, and it’s not for people on a tight budget. So who is it for? It’s for those with some cash who want the best. I am one of those people, and while I rarely actually spend money on rc products, I can’t wait to throw cash at my LHS to have this one.

To know why we think it is so great you’ll have to wait for Tuesday, but I will say this- our guy “Wrench” Bill is a total basher. He isn’t into all the drama and politics of being in the industry, he’s a normal everyday guy. He fixes all the stuff we tear up, but doesn’t really care what’s kick’n on the industry side of things. I rarely, VERY rarely see him get excited about an rc product. We got several of the Pro-MTs to demo at iHobby this year. Bill had never driven one so I handed one over to him. During the first demo he pulled off some crazy sick maneuvers, it handled really well, and even after numerous crazy-hard landings (crashes) to concrete, the Pro-MT was not broken. As Bill walked off the drivers stand he looked up and said “I am taking this thing home and NOBODY is stopping me!”. He rarely likes anything we test. For Bill, a normal basher to have become so smitten with a truck, it spoke volumes to me.

Anyways… thanks for the email and keep your eyes pinned on Tues for the full scoop.


“I would like to get into the hobby of RC cars

Hi,
I would really appreciate it if you put more competitions on your website, I would love to get into the hobby of RC cars? trucks etc.. But we cant buy one as we are to poor, we have heaps of bill because this one guy went and came back from Sri Lanka twice with our money and bought loads of computers with our money, and we had absolutely no idea. So please can you put more competitions, on your website.

Best regards, Joshua A.”

Cubby- Yo hey Josh, thanks for the email.

So… some guy went to Sri Lanka and burned all your cash. I say you should be much more careful with your hard earned rupee.

About us featuring more “competitions” on our website. If you are meaning more race coverage, that is never, ever, going to happen. The IFMAR 8th scale worlds just got over, arguably the most prestigious race in all of rc, and the vast majority of bashers have no idea (or even care) who won.

If you are meaning “competitions” to be contests where we give away cars, HECK YES we have more on the way. In fact we have one going on right now over on our FB group. That’s right, you can win a new ARRMA Raider just by posting over on the BSRC FB group, so head over that way, you never know who might win! Check out our Big Squid RC Group Here.

Peace and love my friend…


Congrats, you made it all the way to the end. Shoot me your non-sense, Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com is the addy you want. Make the big time and get some free stickers!

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ASK Cubby

“ASK Cubby

Hey Cubby, Whazzap! I thought you went to work for Traxxas.

Anyho, my question is: are there any affordable 4wd monster trucks out there? Not everyone can buy a Summit, y’know…

Steve G.”

Cubby- Yo what up Stevie? Guess what? I have just proclaimed yours as “Letter of the Month”! Shoot us your snail mail and shirt size so we can hook you up with a shirt and some stickers.

And… about working at Traxxas. If I did work there I can assure you there would be some big changes. Like what? No more 48 pitch spur gears, EVER. No more plastic shock caps, EVER. And a whole lot of old platforms would be getting Massive updates. But I will never work there, so I guess nobody out in rc better hold their breath on those changes.

So you are looking for an affordable 4wd MT, presumably 8th scale because you mention the Summit. I would recommend the new ARRMA Kraton when it comes out. After driving one I can say it flat out rips for power and handles like a high-end truggy. Oh ya, for those looking to save a few bucks it comes in at roughly $130 less than the Summit.


“Mt4g3

Tower hobbies has Mt4g3 listed as discontinued???? Are they done? Is it being overhauled? Do you have the power to know such things?

Justin W.”

Cubby- Hey nowww Justin, thanks for the email and congrats on make’n the big time, shoot us your mailing addy for some free stickers.

Do I have the power to know such things as to the future of the MT4 G3? I sure wish I did, it’s an epic bash truck. The last time it was disco’ed it came back with a new part number and some minor changes. Will it be back again or be replaced by something more uber? I guess time will tell, Thunder Tiger has been mighty quiet lately, they are overdue for some big announcements.

So there ya go, I answered your question with another question. LOL


That’s it for this weeks ASK Cubby. Shoot me your nonsense to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your letter hits the big time you’ll get a free set of stickers, and if I proclaim your letter as “Letter of the Month” like I just did Steve’s, you’ll even get a high-zoot BSRC t-shirt to impress your friends with.

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ASK Cubby

“Best Lipo Charger
I have been asking around on the forums and they all seem to say the iCharger is the best thing out right now. Whats do you think?
Thad T.”

Cubby- Yo yo yo Thad, you’ve officially made “The Big Time”, shoot us your snail mail for the hook-up on a BSRC sticker pack.

So all the Einsteins and Hawkings out in forum land say the Junsi iCharger is the best you can buy? That’s news to me, and here’s why.

I have been using an iCharger 308 for months now. I even busted the cash out of my own pocket to check it out. I mean how could I resist, the hype was pretty huge when they hit the market. There is no doubt the iCharger 308 (or 4010) are beasts, if charging a 6S pack at 30 amps is your thing, they are a good choice. However, just like everything else, they do have their downsides.

The biggest downside is its rotary dial. It is far too sensitive, making even mundane changes a huge PITA, especially if you are in a hurry. The second biggest downfall is its menu, it sucks. Many every day operations require hitting multiple different buttons, this takes extra time to learn, and to use. Lastly, I have not done a whole lot of bench testing with it, but when we compared its quality of charge against the new Hitec X1 Pro, it did not fare well. The iCharger took less time to charge a pack, but the quality of discharge on the pack suffered because of it.

What’s the best LiPo charger on the market? I do not know, I have tested very few of all the units available on the market, but I can say first hand the iCharger definitely is not it.


“Hi Cub,
With my Stampede vxl I am getting ready to run a 3s for the first time, any tips you can give me, I don’t wanna burn it up. Will the the stock pinion work?
Great Nate”

Cubby- Hola there amigo, thanks for the email and congrats on entering the world of serious power. Indeed 3S LiPo is a whole different world compared to 2S or 6 cell NiMH, a world that is incredibly addicting (and destructive).

What tips can I give you? Here ya go (and these go for every car/truck when going to a higher cell count)…

1. Start with the smallest pinion that fits your truck. I have no idea what it is on a Stampede, but look it up and install it. And no, do not use the stock pinion for your first drive on 3S, chances are great you’ll be geared too tall and overheat your motor.

2. Hit up your LHS and pick up a temp gun. Now days, trucks are geared by temperature. Oh and, jot these numbers down- you never want to see temps over 140 F on the LiPo, or over 160 degrees on the motor. Anything hotter means trouble.

3. Pop in your 3S LiPo, bolt on your small pinion, then take your truck for a spin. No, not a long spin, a short one. Drive it for about a minute then pull in and use your new temp gun on the battery and motor. Now drive for another minute and re-check. If the temps are under those listed above for an entire pack you are good to go.

4. If your measured temps were in check, you can then try bolting on taller gearing, meaning a larger pinion. Don’t forget to check temps every minute for the first pack. You can keep going up in gearing until the Lipo and motor get close, but not over the temps listed above.

5. Don’t forget, a lot of other factors will affect motor temps. Muddy conditions, driving in grass, taller and/or heavier tires, and higher ambient temps can all make your temps shoot through the roof, so keep that temp gauge handy.

Now go out and have some fun with that Pede of yours, I think you’ll find that your truck was plenty fast on 2S, but will “feel” twice as fast on 3S.


And that is all for this week (I swear). Next week I’ll be picking a “Letter of the Month” so get those questions submitted to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com.

Your Cub Reporter