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Vaterra halix upgrade hop-up servo Xpert
While the stock servo in the Vaterra Halix works fine for general bashing, to go truly high performance a better servo needs to be installed. A better servo will not only be faster than the stock unit, but also have more power for keeping those big tires pointed where you intend them to be.

For our Halix project we decided to pop in an Xpert SM-5501HV. The 5501 has some impressive specs, .106 for speed and 270 oz-in of torque at 7.4 volts, and it is a digital servo, a requirement for use with the AVC system on the Halix.

Installing a Servo in the Halix -

1. Use a 2mm hex to remove the bolt out of the servo horn.

2. Use a 2mm hex to remove the 4 bolts holding in the servo.

3. Use a 2mm hex to remove 2 screws securing the receiver box lid.

4. Unplug the servo wire from the receiver and cut the zip-ties that hold the wire down.

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AsiaTees GPM Losi Micro SCT
The crew over at AsiaTees Hobbies are all about aluminum upgrade parts, from large to small, they have a large variety of vehicles covered. A couple of weeks ago we tried out some of their Thunder Tiger MT4 G3 parts, this week we’ll be taking a closer look at the smallest of the small, a GPM Aluminum Upgrade Combo for the Losi Micro SCT.

The upgrade combo includes 9 different items from GPM Racing. The set includes a-arms, towers, and new camber rods to change the front toe of the truck. We found all the parts mounted right up without issue, and after a half dozen packs of driving they work as well today as when they were installed. We used the included tie-rods to give our truck toe-out, this helped it turn in more quickly at corner entry. The combo we received was in black, which seems to be the “hot” color now days, and they definitely looked trick on the truck.

If you want to toughen up (or simply bling-out) your Losi Micro SCT, give the combo a try. It is available in four different colors, is priced at $79, and you can get complete information at This Link over on the AsiaTees website.

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McAllister Racing Chevy Nastruck
The crew over at McAllister Racing have announced three new clear Nastruck bodies. For all you oval racing fans, these highly detailed bodies make it easy to paint up a replica of your favorite truck, or simply a cool body to wow the guys at your local bash spot. All three bodies are 200mm wide and were designed for optimal handling on your local oval track.

The Nastruck 2014 Chevy Silverado has a part number of #301, the 2014 Toyota Tundra has a part number of #302, and for all you Ford fans the 2014 F-Series has a part number of #300. All the bodies are available right now with street prices of just over $20.

Want more oval news? Check out This Link on BigSquidRC.

CRC Toyota LOLA 1/12th Bodies Black Art

The good folks over at Calandra Racing Concepts have a couple of new bodies to keep your 12th scale pan car flying around the track.

The first is a high downforce Black Art Toyota TS030. The Toyota is made for high speed tracks where higher downforce is needed and uses a center spine for more stability. The second is a Lola B10 featuring less downforce for slower tracks and for stock class racing. Both are pulled from .5mm genuine GE Lexan to be crystal clear and to withstand those hard smacks into the pipes.

The part number for the Lola B10 is #4171 while the part number for the Toyota is #4172. Both are available now with a street price of $19. To get more information simply click This Link to head over to the CRC website.

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VBC Firebolt DM Buggy
The 2wd buggy class keeps on chugging along. It was all the rage for years, then got slow, and in the last few years it has really taken off again. The light, agile buggies simply work well in numerous conditions.

The latest entry into the class is the Firebolt DM from VBC Racing. The 3D teaser shots show the Firebolt DM features an aluminum chassis, big bore shocks, and is shown in mid-motor configuration. Very little other information has been released on the VBC, but we do know it is scheduled for a Summer release date.

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Kling-On RC Wall Rack
If you have been over on our Facebook Group then you’ve probably seen many different ways that hobbyists store their fleet of rc vehicles. Indeed, if you’ve got 30 cars in your garage, keeping them all out of your way can be a problem.

The people over at Kling-On RC have come up with a Wall Rack storage system to unclutter your garage. The King-On aluminum wall mounts are easy to install and can get all those rc cars of yours up and out of the way. The mounts are designed and built right here in the USA and come in two different sizes to fit a wide variety of vehicles.

The large wall mount has a part number of #KOR-1311 and is priced at $24, while the small is #KOR-1011 with a street price of $21. To find out more simply hit up This Link.

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AsiaTees April Giveaway TopCad SCX10
Our friends over at AsiaTees Hobbies have announced they are giving away a fully loaded TopCad SCX10 as their April giveaway. This beast is loaded up aluminum bling parts and for every $20 you spend at AsiaTees you get an entry. Click Right Here to get all the details.

Also in the news over at AsiaTees is their Easter Sale. You can get 15% off your order by enter a special Easter code and this offer runs through 4/28/2014. To get the scoop on this offer simply Click Here.

They also have one more piece of news they want to spread, AsiaTees are now stocking Boom Racing Orange Anodized parts for the Losi Night Crawler. To find out which parts you can get in orange just click Right Here.

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RealFlight 7 Update M
The latest update to RealFlight 7 is now available and for all your multi-rotor fans it includes something really cool, Quadcopter Trials. The Update M starts out with two easy quadcopter challenges – making a pinpoint landing on a reactive touchpad and flying through a rectangular gate, then gets progressively harder. There are 10 challenges in all and pilots who fly well enough can receive a medal and earn the coveted Quad X to fly.

The update is free for RF7 owners, to learn more hit up This Link over on the RealFlight website.

Thank Goodness It’s Friday, how about a TGIF Mystery Link?

PRO BUILT ARTR Hobby Pro Vehicles
Want a really good race buggy, but are a little unsure of building one yourself? Just don’t have the spare time to build one? The crew over at Hobby Pro USA have announced their new line of Pro Built vehicles. These vehicles are built by professionals right here in the USA, and come with their race team’s latest set-up. Their pros will build your kit in either mid-motor are rear motor configuration, and the person that builds your kit will engrave their name and serial number into the vehicle. Each pro built even comes with a hand completed set-up sheet.

Right now they are pro building the Hobby Pro PS1 2wd buggy and they are priced at $359. You can hit up This Link to get more information over on their official website..

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Vaterra Halix hop-up tie rod turnbuckles
This week in our Vaterra Halix upgrade series we’ll be showing you how to install new turnbuckles. There are a couple of good reasons to do this, the first being that the stock units can break during hard bashing, the second is that the stock units are not adjustable. Being able to adjust tire camber and front toe-in comes in mighty handy for dialing in your Halix to your local bash spot.

How to install new tie-rods on the Halix-

1. Use the four way wrench that came with your truck to remove the wheels.

2. Use a 2mm hex for the bolt heads and use either the supplied four way wrench or needle nose pliers for the nuts to remove the stock turnbuckles.

3. We used two pairs of Traxxas #3644 ($7 per pair) for the front and rear camber rods. When you install these take note that one side has a wide ball in the rod end, while the other uses a narrow. On the Halix you will want to install the wide ball towards the hub, with the narrow mounted to the shock tower. The Traxxas tie-rods are also directional, there is a groove in each tie-rod that donates direction. You will want the groove on all the tie-rods pointing the same direction. This is done so during adjustment the same rotation of the tie-rod will result in either tightening or loosening for all six units.

4. We used a pair of Traxxas #3745 ($8 per pair) for the steering turnbuckles, these are slightly longer than the 3644s and work well in the Halix.

5. We will also note that we drilled new camber holes in the rear tower of our Halix. This was done to lower the roll center and change the camber gain on the rear of the truck. The higher mount gives the rear of our Halix a more planted feel in the low bite conditions we normally drive on. We used a 7/64 bit to make the new holes and removed the bumper and top of the rear shocks to gain easier access.

6. After all six tie rods and the wheels are mounted back up, you will need to adjust camber. You will need to set your Halix on a flat surface and use an RPM #70992 (or better yet their #70950, $12) camber gauge and a turnbuckle wrench. We used a slightly modified Lunsford wrench to set front and rear camber at negative 1 degrees. Also of note, set camber with a battery in the truck while it is sitting at its normal ride height.

7. One step left to go, adjust the front toe-in. We used our Lunsford turnbuckle wrench with a metal ruler to set toe-in to zero degrees. Zero degrees is a fairly common setting that works well on the Halix. Setting the toe-in is easy, we used the metal ruler to measure the distance between the centers of the tires from the front side, then from the rear, until they both measured the same. Many people just “eyeball” the toe, as long as both front tires are pointed straight forwards, not in towards each other or pointing outwards, you will be close to zero toe.

8. With the turnbuckles bolted up and the camber and toe-in set, your Halix is ready to drive. It took us about 30 minutes to do the job, we have yet to break one of the new turnbuckles, and the additional tuning flexibility has allowed us to really dial the truck in.

Next week we’ll be installing a new servo, until then you can Click HERE to read more Halix hop-up articles on BigSquidRC.

Murfdogg Physco SCT
The crew over at Murfdogg have announced their new Physco Short Course Truck. The Physco was designed for high traction surfaces and uses a four gear mid-motor configuration to help stay flatter over jumps and to rotate better in the corners. The Murfdogg is littered with carbon fiber, aerospace grade aluminum, and all the trick goodies you would expect on a high-end truck.

* Ceramic bearings throughout
* Uses genuine MIP CVDs
* Comes with Pro-Line F-11 wheels & Evo body
* Gull wing front arms
* Includes Associated big bore shocks
* Uses MurfDogg’s Trans4mer 4-Gear transmission

The Physco has a part number of #MD-6081, it has a street price of $579, and you can get more information at This Link over on Murfdogg’s website.

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TheToyz Drift Tuner Kits
The crew over at TheToyz have a cool new Tuner Kit to take your drift car from bland to show worthy. Each kit includes rear view mirrors, an inner-cooler, chrome mufflers, brake discs, two different styles of windshield wipers, and all the necessary mounting hardware. While the tuner kit is aimed at the drifting crowd, several of the parts can be used on just about any build to add the scale realism you are after.

You can get the tuner kits with red, blue, or chrome brake discs, and they have an affordable street price of $8. To get more information simply Click This Link to head over to TheToyz official website.

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Aluminum Upgrades Thunder Tiger MT4 G3
One of the main vehicles that we use during BigSquidRC demonstrations is the Thunder Tiger MT4-G3 Monster Truck. The MT4 is a great demo vehicle- it goes huge on the jumps and is generally tough as nails.

Our friends over at AsiaTees Hobbies know how much we thrash our MT4 so they sent over a care package of GPM Racing Products Aluminum Upgrades. The GPM aluminum parts are available in a wide variety of colors and we found them very easy to install on our demo truck. If you are looking to up the bling factor of your MT4, hit up This Link to get more information on the GPM parts over on the AsiaTees website.

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