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Posts Tagged ‘baja 5b

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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



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,, 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 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

2014 HPI Baja 5B SS
When it comes to bashing, the HPI Baja 5B SS is one of the “Kings of the Hill”. For 2014 HPI has updated the buggy to make it better than ever. Some of the updates include-

* Heavy duty front wheel hubs
* Aluminum tuned pipe with steel header
* One piece rear hubs
* Super heavy duty driveshafts, diff shafts and axles

The part number for the 2014 5B SS is #112457, it has a street price of $899, and they have a release date of late December. For more information hit up This Link.

For more HPI news on BigSquidRC check out This Link.

fid baja brake

We recently posted information about the new 4 Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brake System from FID Racing, and people went ‘oohhhhh’.

Well, they just let us know there is a video of the system in action. Talk about loosing some rubber on the stops, this system brings that vehicle to a halt! The HPI Baja 5B in the shop may just need a upgrade for 2013!

Don’t forget you can check the FID Racing Website for more details on this and all of their other products.

Need more large scale news here on BigSquidRC? Check out THIS link.

FID Racing Disc Brakes for HPI Baja
Driving a modified, high horsepower HPI Baja is loads of fun. There is just something about going 50 mph with a Baja that is quite exhilarating. But at the end of every high speed pass you must get slowed down. The crew over at FID Racing now have a high-end brake set-up for your Baja. Their new 4 wheel hydraulic disc brake set comes with everything you need to get your Baja hauled down from warp speed in no time flat. Hit up the official FID Racing Website for more details on this and all of their other products.

Looking for more large scale news here on BigSquidRC? Check out THIS link.

Kraken Class 1 TSK for HPI 5B/5T/5SC
Looking to turn your HPI 5B into a truly scale looking buggy? If so Kraken RC has a new true scale kit to turn your 5th scale HPI into a Class 1 buggy.

Street price is said to be right around $300, and the kit is rumored to be hitting the market in the next few weeks. Hit up the official Kraken RC Website for more information.

Looking for more 5th scale news here on BigSquidRC? Then check out THIS link.

HPI SFL-11MGWP waterproof servo
No doubt HPI has sold zillions of vehicles from their 5th scale Baja line-up of buggies and trucks. And no doubt they’ve been great fun to drive as well as solid bashers. However, some bashers like to drive their HPI Baja’s in the wet as well as the dry. Unfortunately the stock servo’s were not sealed to keep water out. Alas, HPI has answered the call of all those scuba gear equipped Baja drivers with their new SFL-11MGWP Waterproof Servo. Some of the specs are-

*25kg-cm of torque at 6 volts
*Metal gear
*Futaba connector
*Requires 25 tooth servo arm

Tentative pricing looks to be around $150 and we’ll pass along a release date for here in the states when we hear more. Hit THIS link for more information.

Been a while since you checked out our extreme HPI Baja 5B torture video? If so, check it out HERE.

baja 5b flux

It seems like the people over at HPI Racing have been on the warpath lately for releasing new vehicles! Their latest announcement is for the RTR Baja 5B Flux. It boasts speeds of 60mph on 8s lipo using a Castle Creations Mamba XL2 ESC and NEU-Castle 2028-780Kv Motor. HPI reworked the all the aluminum parts for this one, and have gone with a gun metal color this time around. The drive train is the same as used in the 5SC to handle the massive power, and the adjustable motor mount will help you get that gearing just right.

Want to see what else HPI has been releasing lately? Check out some more HPI Racing on Big Squid.

alumicraft 5b aluminum body

Recently we mentioned the Aluminum Baja 5T from Alumicraft RC that had us drooling. Well we just got a few pictures of the HPI Baja 5B Aluminum Body for your viewing pleasure. I believe we are still in the ‘YES PLEASE’ realm.

The Alumicraft RC website is still under construction, but we will let you know when it’s up and running.

Kraken RC is showing off their recently announced X2 chassis for the HPI Baja 5 line of vehicles. If it looks like a molded chassis, that’s because it is. In fact, it’s the first ever molded chassis for HPI’s 1/5 scale vehicles. It’s made from a specially formulated polymer created by DuPont, and Kraken claims it has great hardness, rigidity, abrasion resistance and thermostability, making for one durable molded chassis. But more importantly, Kraken says this chassis is made specifically for the basher crowd.  That would be us. The X2 Chassis is also covered by a Limited Lifetime Warranty. Check out the Kraken RC web site for more details.

Hello everyone – Even though Old Man Winter has given most of the lower 48 a break this year. For us here in Chicagoland, there is a couple of inches of snow on the ground which is perfect for the snowmobile conversion from Integy. Rear treads and front ski’s are available. For those of you in a milder climate, these bad boys will work great on sand as well. These kits are available for the 5B/T, Savage Flux, Revo, Summit and T/E Maxx.

Head over to the Integy website for more information

RPM Light Mounts for HPI Baja 5BRPM Light Mounts for HPI Baja 5B

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.

Visit the RPM RC site for more details.

BZM Micro was showing off their new 23cc engine for the Baja 5 line at RCX.  This beast is an all new design, not just a bulked up Fuelie or Zenoah.  While this guy may be smaller than a lot of other after-market engines, it’s numbers are anything but.  According to BZM’s dyno testing, when this engine is paired to a Dominator exhaust it can put out over 6 HP at just shy of 15,000 rpm and a peak torque output of 2.54 ft/lbs @ a hair over 12,000 rpm.  That’s a ton of power from a small package.

The 23cc version of this engine will be available very soon through TGN Distributing in the states and MMR Largescale over in Europe, and there’s promise of 26cc and 28.5cc varieties coming later.  Check out the BZM Micro website for more info. Also there’s a video of the dyno test, click the read more button to see it.

More RC Expo 2011 news here.


If you’ve ever snapped a shock tower on your Baja 5B/T/SC then you might want to take a look at these new, super beefy towers from Team Chase.  In the picture to the right you can see a stock shock tower at the top and Team Chase’s redesigned and much stronger tower below.  Beyond the redesign, Team Chase is molding the pieces in their proprietary plastic blend which should provide Baja bashers with the strength they need to keep their Baja in one piece.

Keep an eye on Team Chase’s website for more info, all Team Chase parts are distributed by TGN.

More RCX 2011 coverage.