We are always happy when we see RPM putting out some more parts for the HPI Baja 5B! Their latest product are these Light Pod Mounts. They are sold in pairs, and allow up to four HPI Light Pods (not included) to be mounted to the RPM Front Bumper (also not included). This is pretty cool. Nothing like a giant RC coming at you in the middle of the night while being blinded by mini lights! Or, if you are driving, it makes it easier to see stuff in your way. Either way a win.
New from RPM is this cool little HPI 5B Roof Guard. Once again the guys from RPM have come up with a cool idea to help protect that spark plug sitting out in the open of your HPI 5B. You know RPM is tough stuff, so if you are looking for some added protection, this roof guard is probably a good solution.
We all know that RPM stuff rocks, but they mostly make stuff for the 1/10th and 1/8th scale market. Well check this out! RPM now has a HPI Racing Baja 5B Bumper and Skid Plate set! This is what the doctor has ordered! Those big cars hit hard, and to see something available from RPM means it’s a must have!
Visit the RPM RC site for details. NOTE: It looks like our friends over at TGN Distributing already have them in stock! So click the link and go get em!
Kershaw Designs loves them some brushless converted 5Bs and 5Ts and to prove it they’ve expanded their line of Mod 1.5 pinions that mesh with the stock spur gears on the Baja Fives. The full line now includes 12 – 20 tooth 8mm bore steel pinions and 14 – 20 tooth 10mm bore hardened steel pinions. Prices are $14 for the 8s and $24 for the 10s.
Dan Fischer from Kershaw Designs dropped by the RC Driver Live show today to show off a bunch of new products and custom rigs. The biggest news from the show is Kershaw’s new Baja 5B/5T dedicated brushless chassis. The new chassis is going to be distributed through TGN Distributing. According to Dan it’s going to be a relatively easy swap, just take the front and rear ends off your 5B and bolt them straight on to the new brushless chassis. One of the big advantages over using a normal brushless conversion is the weight. This new chassis will shave over a pound off the total weight.
Dan also took the time to show off their 1/5 scale brushless buggy, the Grenadier III (top pic of this post). It features a 4wd drive train that can easily be converted to 2wd and you have a choice of using a E-Revo transmission with 2 speed option or a Savage transmission with 3 speed standard and a reverse option. You can expect to pay around 900 bigguns for this and the wait is three to four months. Check out the product page on the Kershaw site for more info about this buggy.
If you’ve ever taken on the massive undertaking that is painting a 1/5 scale body then you know just how time (and paint) consuming it can be. Well Thunder Designs, by way of TGN Distributing, has made decorating your HPI Baja 5B body as easy as peel-n-stick with their Swoop Design and Militantbody skins. Both designs are available in multiple colors and provide coverage of the entire body, the chassis, and the wing. One of these awesome skins will set you back about 60 bones, but the convenience and ease-of-use may be more than worth the cost.
So while bashing at our long jump event where we watched Tim Mohr set a Long Jump record we pulled out the HPI Baja 5B! A lot of people say you can’t bash with a 5B, that too much breaks, but I think this video may prove them all wrong! Nobody could believe the durability that this truck had, and what we put it through! We landed poorly, a LOT, and even hit stuff on purpose, and it still survived! I even gave up at the end, calling it quiets, the Baja was still running fine, I just couldn’t break the darn thing! LOL.
Enjoy the video, and make sure to click it and check it out in HD!
You can hit the HPI web site if you need more info on the Baja 5B!
We all like tough stuff and RPM has been one of the great purveyors of such stuff for a long time. Now they have even more tough stuff for the Baja 5B and 5T drivers in the crowd. The new rear bumper is a direct drop-in replacement made out of the fancy RPM material that everybody knows and loves. The design has been tweaked for greater strength but all of the stock geometry has been retained to make it just simply work. Unlike other RPM parts, this bumper is only available in black. The MSRP is $18.95 and it’ll be available early August.
Kershaw Designs has a new motor for 1/5 scale electric conversions. The Revolver XXL is a 1315Kv brushless motor that is built to run with up to 40v of power. And they also dropped some hints that we should be expecting a 10S capable ESC to go with it! The motor is available now for a price of $159.99.
Baja Skunkworks (you know, those guys responsible for that crazy Baja 5T tank… yeah, you remember) have put together what could possibly be a must have accessory for 5B and 5T owners. Their new 2 speed transmission has been in development for 3 years now and they say it has features that competitors don’t. One of the bigger bullet points is that the Baja Skunkworks 2 speed has a set and forget shift point. Once you get it where you want it the shift point should never need to be adjusted again. The kit comes with 51:23 gearing for second gear and more options will be available at a later date. The first gear is designed to use HPI’s OEM spur gears which allows you to use any gearing that fits the gear carrier and clutch system. It’s also said that this 2 speed is “bombproof” to stand up to all those tricked out Bajas with tons of heavy billet parts.
The 2 speed is available now for a list price of $350. Baja Skunkworks gear is exclusively distributed by TGN Distributing, check out the TGN web site for more info. There’s a video of the 2 speed in action after the break, click read more to watch it.
Team Gonads… er… I mean TGN Distributing is now carrying Uni Filter products for use with your large scale gas powered engines. Uni Filter has been in the foam air filter business since 1971, so it’s probably pretty safe to say that they know what they’re doing. Right now you can pick up Uni Filter’s Air Filter Cleaner and Air Filter Oil in aerosol cans for pretty cheap.
Someone sent me this photo, and I was just blown away! I have no idea where it came from, but man would I love to see this thing in action! Anyone out there have more information on this thing? It looks like it’s some sort of HPI 5B Baja conversion. Tanks normally steer with each tread moving separately.. no idea how thing thing even operates, but I want one! LOL.
Aww Yea! Now this is what I need. New from HPI Racing is the Aluminum wheel hex hub 24mm set. This set will allow savage owners to mount Baja 5B wheels and tires to their trucks! My Flux plus these bad boys, 5B paddles, and it’s snow action time! These are like a basher’s dream right here!
Drop by the official HPI Racing site for more information.