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“One Request

Guys,

Can you randomly pick my name for the Losi 5ive T?

BTW, as a retail store owner, I liked the format of the contest. Making people look at videos and reviews, liking Losi on Faceypage, etc. is a great idea. I read so many reviews and watched so many videos…

If I ever do a give away, I hope you don’t mind that I blatantly steal your format.

Keep it up. I think you guys have the best RC rumor/porn site. The look of the site and newbie navigation is super easy.

Thank you,
Ronald D.”

Cubby- Congrats Ronald you’ve won! No, you haven’t won the Losi 5ive-T, but yours has been named “letter of the month” so we’ll totally hook ya up with a sweet BSRC t-shirt. Maybe not a great consolation prize, but we’ve got plenty more kick ass contests coming up soon.

Thanks for the props, we seem to get a lot of that now days, which is a good thing, we certainly put a lot of work into the site/reviews/columns, etc.

And no, the contest “format” for the 5IVE-T isn’t ours to steal, it’s been used on numerous websites before. And ya I agree, it is a great way to get readers to check out your social media and various parts of your website.

As far as being a rumor site… I hear the second “big” nano sized quad is about to be announced, a pretty trick scale MT is just a couple months from being announced, and that a certain “big” name has a super sized crawler ready to drop. But of course, don’t say you heard any of those rumors here… :)


“Review

I was wondering if you guys plan on reviewing the Ofna Hyper SSe? It looks like an interesting buggy, but I can’t find a decent review anywhere on the web. Thanks.

Bill”

Cubby- Yo hey ya Bill, shoot Brian your info so he can shoot you a rather uber sticker pack.

Ofna had some awesome glory years with their low-end buggies during the nitro years, since then, well, you don’t hear too much about them. They do seem to be making a push lately, and with the Hobbico distribution, they seem to be making a small come back. Too bad they don’t do much marketing, people can’t buy your gear if they don’t know it even exists.

We posted about the SSe a couple of months ago, it’s an affordable brushless 8th scale buggy, that if it can take a beating, would make a good bash machine. The people from Ofna don’t really “talk to us”, but we might be able to swing one for a full review from some of the other powers that be. We’ll see…


Hey, that’s all I have for ya this week. Got questions? Sure ya do, email me, Cubby at BigSquidRC.com is the addy ya want. If you are like Ronald and Bill and your letter hits the big time, you’ll get a free sticker pack, or maybe even a t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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“FB

I have to say without a doubt what you said about FB is the best thing I have ever read in the R/C world.
Amazed at what level people need to partake in voyeurism of other’s lives. Never been on it, never will. I will cheer loudly the day it runs out of use with society, I do not really care for what reason.
Thanks man, you got a great site,
James C.”

Cubby- Yo hey James, thanks for the email and for the props, be sure and hit Brian up for a free sticker pack. Yes indeed, I am not a fan of FB at all, to me it has become one huge sham, for both users and advertisers. But… we have a whole lot of readers who are big fans of FB, so we opened a BigSquidRC Group over there. “Groups” are what FB introduced to kill off the old school forums and they have taken off quite well. As far as our Group goes, thus far we’ve got some cool people posting some good material, lets hope it stays that way. And… it has become a sort of underground hotbed for industry types to check out whats going on in the basher scene.


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“Spektrum dsmr

Will you be reviewing any of the new Spektrum radios coming out? I’m interested to see if the new dsmr modulation has better range than its predecessors.

Thanks, Jonathan”

Cubby- Heyyyyy now Jon, congrats on making our front page, be sure to hit Brian up for a free sticker pack. We’ve even got some new stickers, really tiny ones that work great on smaller scale vehicles and quads. Hopefully one day we’ll get’em posted in our BSRC shop.

First off- we have definitely noticed that the range on the RTR vehicles that we’ve tested with Spektrum is muchhhhhh longer than before. The Vaterra Halix is a good example, it has at least twice the range of earlier Spektrum systems. A few weeks ago one of our reviewers Hawaiian Chris had to make a couple walks of shame to get back in range of his older Spektrum radio, but he could basically drive as far away as he wanted to with the Halix and still had perfect control. Thankfully, after all this time, it appears Spektrum has their range issues figured out.

Secondly- yes, we’ve got a review for the DX4S with AVC coming up next week. And yes, we’ve noticed very good range on it as well. We’ll be actually measuring its range this weekend, look for the measurement in the review.


“Viper vx4

Hey my name is Jeff. I’m a basher from St.Louis. Was wondering if you have a store locally to me. I read on your review of vx4 that you bashed it in Collinsville was hoping you had a store, let me know if you do. Would like to get a good store to buy my parts for my customers. Repairs (been burnt bad by my local favorite) and want to find new favorite thanks for your time.

Stampede with viper vx4.

Jeff H.”

Cubby- Interesting email there Jeffery, I have no idea what you were getting at so I’ll just ramble for a while….

First off, there are a couple of good hobby shops in the STL. Checkered Flag Hobbies is located in the southern metro, while a shop called Mark Twain is a solid shop in the north just off I-70. Both carry decent inventories and have knowledgeable sales staffs. Both are also HRP dealers, meaning they have access to all the Viper goodies that you might want.

Btw, for all you local Chi-Town and STL bashers, we are working on a type of calender so you’ll know where we are on the weekends so you can meet up and bash with us, but like most other projects, there is so much to do, and so little time.


Congrats, you made it through another “ASK Cubby”, why not get even crazier and shoot me an email. Cubby at BigSquidRC.com is the addy you need, if your letter hits the big time you will get free stickers or maybe even a t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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“Advice for RC
I found your website while looking for a rc for my kids and I to play with. A few years ago when my youngest was 5 I bought a mini mauler. The thing was awesome. It was fast, would drive over any terrain in the house or yard. It seems that is no longer made and I am looking for something similar. Not too fast so a kid could learn it but not so weak that it can’t make it through thick carpet.
Any advice? There aren’t a lot of hobby shops nearby….
Dkrad”

Cubby- Yo to the yo Dkrad, shoot Brian an email at the “contact us” link so he can send you a free BSRC sticker pack.

Oh my, the old Horizon/HobbyZone Mini Mauler. I never had one, but they did look like fun.

So ya, I have a couple of recommendations for you. The first being one of the Dromida vehicles that are available from Tower Hobbies. I mention Tower because you said you don’t have an LHS close, and I mention Dromida because they are still fairly small in size like your Mauler, they can take a decent hit, and they won’t break your wallet (street priced at $99). The come in three different versions, a monster truck, an SCT, and a buggy, and while they aren’t crazy fast, they have a lot more rip than your old Mauler. Oh and, they can definitely get around well on carpet.

If you want to go a bit larger to do some outdoor bashing, I am going to recommend a brushed ARRMA Granite or an ECX 2wd Brushed Ruckus. The Granite has a street price of just over $200, while the Ruckus comes in at around $170. Both can easily get around in your backyard, both can take some hits, and you and your kids will have blast with them.


“Jato
I’m trying to buy some bandito 2.8 st for my jato I’m looking for advise with the offset front rear. Thank you guys for everything you do!
Tucker M.”

Cubby- Heyyyy nowwww Tucker, thanks for the email. You too can hit up Brian for some stickers.

So… you have a Traxxas Jato and want to mount up some Duratrax Bandito ST 2.8 wheels/tires on it. I’ve got some time in on a set of them, and they work fairly well on-road. The Jato uses the same offset front wheels as the front Nitro Stampede and front Nitro Rustler. On the rear the offset is the same as a bunch of different trucks like the F & R of the Pede 4×4, the rear of the Nitro Pede & Nitro Rustler, and the front of the electric 2wd Pede & Rustler. So as this applies to the Duratrax Bandito ST pre-mounts, for the rear of your Jato you will want “rear wheels with 1/2 inch offset”, like part number #DTXC3544 (for black wheels). For the front of your truck you’ll want something like part number #DTXC3540 for the black front pre-mounts.

Oh and hey, shoot us some pics of that bad boy when you get them mounted up.


That’s it for this week ya lunatics, shoot your emails to me at Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your letter hits the big time you’ll get a free sticker pack, if I proclaim yours as “Letter of the Month” you’ll get a free Big Squid t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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“Have you guys done a review or shoot out with the SC10.2 Factory team and Losi SC22?
Ryan W.”

Cubby- Yo to the yo yo Ryan, thanks for taking the time to write in. Shoot Brian your snail mail so he can hook ya up with a brand spank’n new BSRC t-shirt. Yes, yours is the letter of the month.

No, we haven’t reviewed the AE SC10.2 FT or the TLR/Losi 22SCT (although we did review the original SC10 Here). Although their parent company Thunder Tiger is cool with us, Associated hates us with a passion, so you can count on us never, ever, reviewing another AE vehicle unless we go out and buy one, and I seriously don’t see that happening. However… I have driven multiple SC10s and was never a fan. Their rear end tends to be loose, and they seem to be far too sensitive to tiny track changes. Oh ya, I am not a fan of their box stock set-up either.

As far as the 22SCT goes, I’ve also driven a number of them. Generally I was a fan, they carried speed really well in corners, and I really liked how far sideways I could land with them off of jumps. If you are thinking of pulling the trigger on one go ahead and bust that wallet out.


“Does anyone at BigSquid RC answer their emails?
I am looking to purchase for the Corvette GT2 body made by killerbody for my Traxxas XO-1. I am having trouble finding a seller. I’d also like to purchase the entire light kit as well. Do you have a source or a link you could point me too?
James G.”

Cubby- No, nobody ever answers emails here. LOL. One of my minions ran across yours, and I have no idea why they went ahead and forwarded it to me. So here, let me make up some sort of an answer.

Actually, we talk with the Killer Body RC quite frequently and they’ve got a bunch of new stuff getting ready to hit the market. However, what we do not do is manage their inventory. What little I do know about their distribution is that quite a few HobbyTown USA locations carry their products, so you might start by calling the one closest to you to see if they have what you are looking for in stock.

If that doesn’t work I would contact them directly. You can get their contact info at This Link.


That’s it for this week, shoot me your questions, opinions, and lightly used Tag watches to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. In the very unlikely event that I actually answer your question you will get a free sticker pack, and if yours is proclaimed “Letter of the Month” you score a free t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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“Halix build
I am very interested in your Vaterra Halix project. This has been one of my all time favorite trucks. I’ve upgraded the wheels, tires, and shocks. It is much better than stock.
You may ask why, but I wondered if you had any suggestions for upgrading the motor?
Any input is appreciated.
Thanks
Dave”

Cubby- Yo Dave, just like you we are big fans of the Vaterra Halix. It looks cool, drives awesome, and has good yank right out of the box. But… “good’ is never enough, therefore we started a hop-up series on the Halix. You’ve probably already seen the first couple of installments and we’ve got several in the can on the way.

Yes, later in our hop-up series you’ll see us throw in major power. We did so to have the ability to rip off massive backflips (on the ground and in the air), and to generally overpower it just like every good basher should.

What would I recommend for you? First, upgrade to MIP CVDs, they are a must on big power with the Halix. Then… the Halix comes stock with a 540 sized motor, it could really use a longer 550 for more torque to turn those big tires over. There is plenty of extra space for a longer can, and it will bolt right up. To get specifics on brand, gearing, cell count etc, you’ll have to wait a few weeks for our hop-up article. :)


Hit the “Read More” button for the second letter of the week, one that asks how to go high speed running with an 8th scale buggy on a $70 budget.

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“Regarding the Carisma 959-

What’s the ideal battery for this car? Lipo 2S 70C? This is my first car RC (but have a few multirotors) so I don’t know much about the hobby yet.

Erik D.”

Cubby- Yo yo to the yo Erik, you have officially made the front page of BigSquidRC, hit Brian up for a killer sticker pack.

What is the ideal battery for the Carisma Porsche 959? On the low end of the spectrum I would say its a pack that meets your runtime requirements and has enough current that the brushless system doesn’t cog. On the upper end of the spectrum, it would be a pack like we used in our review, a TrakPower 2S 70C 6800. While not cheap, the TrakPower gave the Porsche nearly 30 minutes of runtime, tons of power, and never come close to getting hot. We can definitely recommend that pack first hand for the Carisma. Oh btw, the Porsche is set-up for a 2S pack, its battery tray doesn’t leave extra room for a “normal sized” 3S.

As far as other packs go, people tend to pay wayyyy too much attention to those mysterious “C” ratings. We’ve seen time and time again lower “C” packs outperform higher “C” packs, but that isn’t something you will know for sure unless you buy both and test them. The best rule of thumb I can give you is to only buy packs that you’ve seen tested by a reputable source. That is really the only way of knowing what you are plunking your hard earned cash down on.


“you know its strange ive been in this hobby for close to 30 years my first truck was a mauri big bear with a 6 volt NiCad. seeing these “new” losi universals kinda makes me sigh a little. these were all the rage until mip came out with the cvd which at the time were leaps and bounds beyond the universal, so is the cvd obsolete? its strange to see this hobby come full circle. ive seen the aluminum chassis get upgraded to carbon fiber, then to composite and it appears were back to aluminum. every 4×4 1/10 scale still shares the same layout as the xx4 which is almost 20 years old. well theres my rant of the day.

Jeremie H.”

Cubby- So Jeremie, are CVDs dead? LOL, no, they are not dead. But ya, I totally get your point on how everything goes out of fashion, then years later is promoted as the latest hot thing. You mention driveshafts and chassis materials, but it’s true for a million of other things.

I will make a comment about driveshafts in the rc world though. In one of our G+ live shows several months ago someone asked the question “What makes CVDs so much better than dogbones?”. So what is the biggest upside? CVDs don’t go flying out of your car at 40 mph to never be found again like dogbones do, LOL. Seriously, if you are a super uber competitor that runs on the same track week after week you can notice a difference in driveshafts. If you are a Joe Blow like you and me, you really only need two things- 1. long wear, and 2. CVD or universals that don’t get lost when a camber link comes off.


So there ya have it for this week folks, shoot me your snotty answers, unreadable gibberish, and moronic manifestos to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your letter hits the big time you’ll get something free, no kidding!

YOUR Cub Reporter

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“Hey,
I have a “team Durango” DESC210 and I want to run my 12mm wheels on it (it comes with 15mm hex) and have been looking EVERYWHERE for a conversion.
Have you heard of any or have any suggestions for me?
I only found one so far and it was in a blog that named a company that is not on the internet (M+M RC products)
Please help
Fred
“Sent from a Pirate ship somewhere in the Caribbean”.”

Cubby- Hey now Fred, thanks for somehow getting me an email from that Pirate ship in the Caribbean, LOL.

I have never converted a Durango 2wd SCT over to the smaller, but much more common, 12mm hexes, so I can not give you first hand info on the best way to do it. I have heard that you might be able to do it with Losi 22 hardware, but I have no idea if that will actually work or not. If you have a kick ass local hobby shop, you should be able to take your truck down and test fit a bunch of different parts to see what works and maintains the proper width. I for one am still amazed that none of the bigger aftermarket companies have made adapters for the Durango 10th scalers (hint hint Pro-Line, Exotek, etc).

Hit the “Read More” button to read the second question for this week (it’s about a Helion Dominus 10SC)…

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“redcat terremoto
You have reviewed the monsoon xte, and that was utter crap, But ive seen from some owners say its pretty good? maybe give it a shot?
Ari R.”

Cubby- Congrats Ari, your email has just won the A-Main for being letter of the month. Shoot Brian your snail mail so he can hook you up with a BSRC t-shirt.

Ya ya, I used to lump all RedCat product into one category, junk. A RedCat received the lowest review score we’ve ever issued, but since then we’ve used other RedCat products that weren’t quite as bad. However, RedCat isn’t sending us any review product, I presume because I have bad mouthed them in the past. So… we sure as heck aren’t going to waste perfectly good American currency on them, so you can quit holding your breathe for a review, it just isn’t going to happen. And if we are unwilling to spend money on them, that should tell you something about what you should do with your cash. Just say’n…


“B-list shootout
You guys have reviewed so many vehicles from newer, cheaper brands. I was dead-set on a Helion Dominus but your CasterRC 4WD SCT review led me to their website where they had a roller version listed; pretty much what I’ve been looking for.

However, I don’t really know how it would fair against the other 4WD SCTs you’ve reviewed. I mean I could reread all the articles, but it seems like they were written in comparison to someone buying a Slash or an SC10. Which makes sense but I ain’t got that kinda money. I’m on a HobbyKing sort of budget. It would be nice to do a shootout between the HK sct and all the other “B-list” brands.
Derek C.
PS, I apologize if you’ve already done this. I am drunk at a bar and your blog keeps crashing my Chrome.”

Cubby- Yo to the yo Derek, your email is amazingly readable, even though it was written in your altered state. Sadly you failed to mention what you were drinking. “Sigh”

A B-List shootout, yup, I totally dig that one.

I think it can be argued that people tend to only think in their own price point. People with 200k sitting their bank accounts tend to forget about the guys that don’t really want to spend over $200 on a new truck. While the $200 truck guys tend to forget about the guys who can go buy a couple of 5th scalers, with all the uber trimmings, and not even notice the cash missing from their account. And… I think us guys here at BigSquidRC are guilty of the same thing. We tend to test/review/shootout more mid-range products, and not very many on the extreme low and high ends.

Thanks for the wake-up call Derek, we’ll see what we can do about your shootout.


That’s it for yet another week of ASK Cubby. Feel free to shoot me an email, Cubby at BigSquidRC.com and it will get read by one of my minions, who will then delete 99% of them, leaving just the creme of the crop (LOL) for me to actually read. If your letter does make our front page you’ll win a free sticker pack, and if your email stands above all others, it will be selected as “letter of the month”, which will win you a brand spank’n new BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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“Hey Cubby,
What do you think about the Tarmac TIRE D COMP which is being used on the HPI WR8 Flux? Does it have good grip on the asphalt? Their pattern doesn’t seem fit for such surface.
Thanks man
Omar D.”

Cubby- Yo, hey now Omar, thanks for email.

We’ve gotten in a bunch of time with an HPI Ken Block WR8 Flux and I do have one comment about the stock tires- because of the monster power available, they don’t last long. LOL. As far as traction goes, they weren’t bad, but any time you mash the gas they became pizza cutters, and as you know, any tire twice its normal diameter isn’t going to get much traction. I would highly recommend belted tires as a replacement, but that’s just me.

Live long and prosper my friend… oh and shoot Brian your snail mail for a sticker pack.


“1/8 4WD Monster Truck
I am thinking about getting a 1/8 scale Monster truck. I think I have narrowed it down to the Savage Flux HP, or the Thunder Tiger MT4 G3. I have seen the shootout you have done with the 2wd monster trucks but have not seen any thing similar with the 1/8 4WD. Was wondering if you guys were planning to do a shootout? Maybe it would help sway my decision on which rig to pick up. Im sure many others would enjoy reading up on the reviews/testing as well.
Thanks
Jonathan”

Cubby- A 4wd, brushless, RTR, monster truck shootout is what I consider to be the “Holy Grail” of shootouts for BigSquidRC. It is my belief that for the majority of BSRC readers, that particular class of machinery is their preferred weapon for bash destruction. If we were bust out that shootout, I’m quite certain it would be a huge hit among our readers, and do a dern good job of melting down the servers.

So… why haven’t we done the shootout? We’ve had all the trucks needed for the shootout, the MT4 G3, the Savage Flux, and the E-Revo. However, we’ve never had brand new units all at the same time in the same place. To do a legit shootout we can’t use beat up or modified trucks, they all need to be equal, right off the assembly line, and we just haven’t been able to pull that off yet.

But… 2014 is looking to be the “Year of the Monster Truck”. There are a bunch of new units hitting the market, big, nasty, and overpowered, so the time is right to do our big MT shootout. Yes, it will happen, it has to happen. It’s who we are, it’s what our core readers want, it’s just a matter of time until we get our Ps and Qs together.

Oh and yea.. I’m pretty sure you’d be happy with either of those trucks you have narrowed it down to, they are both great bashers!


That’s it for this week ya lunatics, shoot me whatever is floating around in that deranged mind of yours to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. Get a free sticker pack if your letter makes the front page, and win a t-shirt if I proclaim yours as “letter of the month”.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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“Please help with pro line body thumbwashers install

Hi guys, please help me. i was wondering what exact size drill bit do i use to install a Pro-Line Body Mount Thumbwasher Kit that i read about

Thanks,

Wolfy”

Cubby- Hey Wolfy. Obviously you are a man of good taste and judgment, choosing to ditch those PITA body clips in favor of vastly superior Pro-Line Thumbwashers. Actually, they are called Secure-Loc Caps now days, which is a much tricker name than what we gave them.

So you want to know precisely what size drill bit to use for drilling the holes when installing a Pro-Line Secure-Loc Cap Kit. To be honest with you, I normally just “eyeball” it and have never been off, not to brag, but yes, I am just that good. But… seeing as how I am so dedicated to our readers (LOL), I actually removed one of the cap screws on my personal PRO-2 SCT to get a solid answer for you. After spending nearly 2 minutes working my rear off to get a measurement, I am going to say a 1/8″ bit is the weapon of choice. Btw, a normal metal bit is fine as long as it has a sharp tip.


“I would like your expertise and have a question for you

I am currently in the market for a gas rc car. I want to take it off-roading and just have a fun time with it (no competitions or anything like that).

Do you have any recommendations if I wish to stay in a budget of about $1000-$1200. What are your thoughts about the HPI baja 5B SS kit? I was thinking of getting that or the Losi LST XXL 2 (which hasn’t come out yet). Perhaps you think it’s worth the wait?

I work crazy night hours and lately I have been bored out of my mind sitting at home and doing nothing. I was thinking it would be time consuming and interesting to get a kit. Do you think a person needs a lot of experience in putting it together? I have never put one together but feel confident in my abilities.

By the way, your website, bigsquidrc.com, comes highly recommended! I think it’s amazing. So much info and very interesting to see regular updates.

Johnathan G”

Cubby- Yo to the yo Johnathan, thanks for taking the time to write in.

What are my thoughts on the HPI Baja 5B SS kit? Well, we did a review on the initial RTR version which prompted me to cut the check and buy a 5B SS kit. The SS is a solid buggy, it drives well, has decent power, and if you don’t get too insane, is relatively reliable. The engine it comes with typically starts right up and is generally a joy to use. Yes, I consider the SS to be worth the cash, it is a lot of fun with minimal engine hassles.

Do I think you can build it? Hey, I don’t know you, but the SS comes with a decent manual and everything goes together without issue. Building an rc car/truck kit is really about one thing- how well you can read a manual. If you are the type that throws the manual away first thing, it will be a pain to build. If you go strictly by the manual, and are good at paying attention to the details, it will be easy for you.

But… the 5B isn’t without downsides, noise is the first one. I have no idea where you live, but the 5B sounds roughly like a chainsaw when driven, which might very well get on the nerves of your neighbors. And… the 5B is no small vehicle. If you don’t have much extra room in your garage, you will find it takes up a decent chunk of space to store. Lastly… the 5B is no joke, it can throw a serious roost, meaning it can be a grass killer. That might not be an issue for some, but for others, tearing up the grass at your local park isn’t cool and can get you in some hot water.

About the Losi XXL-2 gas powered monster truck… no, we haven’t received one for review yet, so your guess is as good as mine on whether it is so good that it completely changes the industry, or if it misses the mark.


Hey, got a question? Got something on your mind? Don’t be shy, the worst I can do is publicly shame you. Submit your letters to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your letter hits the front page we will totally hook you up with a BigSquidRC sticker pack, and if I proclaim it to be the “Letter of the Month” we’ll even send you a t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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“Helion Criterion

I want to upgrade my spur gear for my helion criterion and it’s getting annoying trying to find anything for this buggy. I have upgraded my pinion gear and like the reviews say the stock spur gear gets worn VERY easily especially with the new 31t spur gear it doesn’t help I upgraded my motor to a brushless motor. I would like to know if your Exotek direct spur gear hub would work for my buggy. As well as can you direct me to how many teeth I may want to run with my 31t 48p spur gear. I personally was looking for a 62t to 65t.

James J.”

Cubby- Yo hey James, quite the interesting question/rant you have there.

It was difficult to follow your email, or perhaps it’s late and I just don’t care, but after skimming it here is my reply.

No, yes, perhaps and maybe. Have a nice day and thanks for writing in.

LOL. Ok, for sure you have a Helion Criterion buggy and you are having wear issues with the spur gear. We’ve tried a few different spurs on the Helion and ended up using one from a Vaterra Twin Hammers. The Twin Hammers spur takes a tiny bit of trimming with a hobby knife in the slipper pad area and it’s good to go. Oh ya, it last wayyyy longer than the stock Helion unit does.

As far as gearing goes, that depends on a lot of factors. It depends on the kV of your brushless motor, your tires, your cell count, ambient temp, etc. Lets say you pop on the Twin Hammers spur, which is a 78 (if I remember correctly, it’s been a while, feel free to Google it). Start off with the smallest pinion in your box, hopefully around a 16 or so and keep adding teeth until you get your desired performance or until you start seeing motor temps of 140′ish.

Go fast, turn left, and send lots of Dom.


The next letter is a longggg rant on ARRMA, to read it and my response hit the “Read More” button…

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“ESC Upgrade

Hey Guys,
Do you think i might face any technical issues in case i replace the ESC of my TT countryman BLC- 80C with the BLC-150C which is being used on the MT4 G3? i’m looking for more power but im afraid to face some problems with the differential system or gearing…etc…
Thanks
OD”

Cubby- Yo congrats OD, I have selected yours as “Letter of the Month” which entitles you to a free BigSquidRC t-shirt. Hit the “contact us” link to shoot Brian your snail mail and shirt size.

Ok, so you might be replacing the stock 80 amp esc in your Thunder Tiger Mini Cooper Countryman with a 150 amp model. So…. what are the implications? Absolutely none if you keep the gearing and cell count the same. After the switch your car should have the same speed and power.

Now lets say you go ahead and kick up your cell count to 5 or 6S on the bigger speedo. Then will your rally car run into reliability problems? Hey, every car running on 6S runs into problems sooner or later, so expect to break some parts. But… all that insane 6S power will at least have you wrenching with a huge smile on your face.


“Just out of curiosity why yall cover this guy’s eyes up every picture?

Michael V.”

Cubby- Ya know, I’ve actually thought for nearly a whole minute on how to answer this question. I could say it’s because I dug out both of my eyes with a hot soldering iron from reading dumb letters. I could say it’s because I’m actually an alien and my eyes have a deep, dark, green phosphate like glow that I’m trying to hide from the government. I could say I only do it to tick off Joe-Blow consumers that have never met me in person.

But then, I could just break down and be honest (which is pretty rare), so… here’s the dealio. In the early days of THE Cub Report many of the things I would say were against my employer in the rc industry. Instead of getting fired and losing some rather fat paychecks, I wore a motocross helmet in the CR picture. Later, when I was working more outside the rc industry, I had no reason to continue using the helmet pic so we shot a “normal” pic, but decided to put a BSRC watermark over my eyes to still leave a bit of mystery.

So there ya go, pretty simple really. :)


That is it for this week ya punks, my email is Cubby at BigSquidRC.com, feel free to shoot me whatever you want, at some point it just might get read. Every letter you write that hits the bigtime gets you a free sticker pack, if I pick yours as “Letter of the Month” we’ll totally hook you up with a sweet BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter