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Exotek TLR 22 Front Shock Tower
Indoor racing season is officially here in the Midwest, a time when many hobbyists grab their 2wd race buggies and head inside to get their rc fix. However, many indoor tracks are tight, technical, and generally rough on cars.

If you are a TLR 22 driver looking to beef up your buggy for indoor use, the new Carbon Fiber Front Shock Tower from Exotek should interest you. At a full 5mm thick, it is a beast that should survive even the worst of crashes (or hacks from the driver behind you). The Exotek tower is lightweight and also has a large open area for better aerodynamics.

The part number is #1451, it is priced at $24, and HERE is the link for complete details over on Exotek’s website.

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Exotek Skid Plate Weight Durango
One way of getting a more planted feel from the rear of your Team Durango DEX/DESC410 is by adding weight. To make that task easy (and trick looking), Exotek has announced a new Rear Skid Plate Weight that perfectly fits both vehicles. Made from 6061 aluminum alloy, the Exotek part looks cool and helps to keep the rear end of your Durango planted to the track.

The part number is #1448, they have a street price of $18, and you get can full details at This Link over on Exotek’s website.

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exotek direct spur gear hub 22
The crew over at Exotek Racing have announced a Direct Spur Gear Hub the TLR 22 series of vehicles. The direct spur gear hub eliminates the slipper clutch which can be beneficial in certain conditions. Eliminating the slipper saves weight, this helps to increase acceleration and can result in lower motor temperatures. The direct hub also allows the use of standard Kimbrough gears, resulting in an extremely wide range of gearing options. While intended for stock class or oval racing, the direct gear hub could came in handy for a variety of bashing applications as well.

The part number for the gear hub is #1419, it is priced at $14, and you can get complete information over on Exotek’s website by Clicking This Link.

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Exotek Carbon Fiber B5M Battery Strap
So you just built a new Associated B5M but don’t know where to start to uber it out. Carbon fiber is always a good choice and Exotek has just announced a pretty trick battery “Flite” strap for the B5M. The Exotek piece is lighter and stiffer than the stock piece, and looks infinitely cooler. The part number for the B5M Flite strap is #1413, it has a street price of $17, and you can get more information over on Exotek’s Website.

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Exotek Micro RS4 Ball Diff
Remember the long hours spent over on One18th looking at thread after thread of ubered-out HPI Micro RS4s? Yes, the BigSquid crew has been there too. Then the micro market died out, One18th went away, and so did aftermarket interest in the littlest HPI touring car.

HPI has recently released some new Micro RS4s and now we are starting to see new option parts again. For example, Exotek has just announced a new ball diff w/ titanium axle and front CVDs. The Micro RS4 market may never return to what it once was, but it’s nice to see new upgrade parts for it.

The part number for the Exotek ball diff is #1381 and it has a street price of $30. For the CVDs the part number is #1382 with a street price of $16.

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Exotek Associated Direct spur gear hub
There are some applications where you might want to eliminate the slipper clutch on your Associated B4, T4, or SC10. Some of those applications include stock class racing, oval racing, or more basher type events like pulling or tug-of-war. The Exotek crew has a spur gear hub that is a sano way of eliminating the stock slipper set-up. Once installed just bolt on a standard Kimbrough spur gear and you are ready to jam.

The part number is #1379 and it has a retail price of $14. Hit up This Link for more information.

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Exotek F1R2 Pro Conversion
Formula 1 has become quite popular in the rc world the last few years, and with it getting more popular the aftermarket companies have responded with more goodies. The latest from Exotek is an uber Pro Conversion Kit for the Tamiya F103 & F104 Formula 1 cars. This conversion can take your F1 car to the highest levels of performance. Some of the highlights of the conversion kit include-

* US made premium matte finish 2.5mm ‘flex’ weave carbon fiber
* ‘Hybrid Link’ suspension with a t-plate chassis
* New rear pod geometry for more forward bite
* New twin side dampers
* Optimized for “shorty” packs
* Quick adjust shock end
* 2 wheelbase option rear pod

The part number is #1377, it has a street price of $169, and the release date is December 3rd. Hit up This Link for more information.

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ExoTek TEK-SCT V2 Micro Conversion Kit
For all you Losi Micro fans looking to uber-out your car, ExoTek has a new Version 2 of their TEK-SCT conversion kit. The V2 has numerous changes that include-

* Anodized alloy battery cups.
* Anodized alloy steering guide.
* Anodized alloy receiver mounting plate for stock electronics

The part number for the ExoTek V2 TEK-SCT kit is #1362 and it has a street price of $75.

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Exotek Losi 22 STEERING RACK CONVERSION SET
The crew over at Exotek have just announced a compact and efficient steering rack conversion kit for the Losi/TLR 22 series of vehicles. The Exotek rack makes it easy to make tuning adjustments and perfect for drivers looking to make their 22 the best it can be.

The new Exotek rack is constructed from high quality 7075 aluminum and is anodized in gun-metal gray for a high end look. The part number is #1332 and it has a street price of $70. For complete information hit THIS LINK.

Exotek is known for their esoteric hop-ups, want to see more of their work? Try THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

cubbysquidBeing the last day of the year it’s only fitting that I write up my annual year in review. I not only looked back over the last 94 pages of posts here on BigSquidRC, but also called some of my industry homies to “boil down” how the year 2012 will go down in the rc history books. Lets dive in shall we?

Biggest news of the year- There was tons of “big” news in 2012, but the biggest of the big was the announcement that Traxxas was entering the air market with their QR-1 quad and DR-1 heli. Announced late in the year Traxxas was still able to get these on LHS shelves before X-mas, and speaking to shop owners they sold very well. However, hard-core Traxxas loyalists were left in disbelief, not understanding why Traxxas would jump into the air market while so much of their surface line is in desperate need of updating.

While the air gear was their biggest news, Traxxas kept themselves in the limelight all year long. The XO-1 Supercar was announced late in 11′, but shipping in Feb 12′, and you couldn’t get away from the hype machine around it. A couple months later came the widely publicized but poorly received Traxxas drag car. Throw in their new Rally car and LCG Slash 4×4 and Traxxas had yet another year at the top of the buzz (and sales) charts.

Second biggest news- Early in the year it was announced that the Champaign behemoth Hobbico had made a deal to acquire Axial, Durango, and ARRMA. This was some serious eye popping news to many industry peeps, they knew Hobbico has the cubic cash and market savvy to use those lines to take their world domination to a completely new level. Axial was already a hot name brand in America, but during the year you would have to blind not see how Durango and ARRMA climbing the sales charts here in the USA.

Biggest dropping of the ball- It was August 2011 when HPI first announced that they were attempting to put gas (not nitro) engines in regular 10th/8th scale rc vehicles. A few months later in February 12′ at the Nuremberg Toy Fair, HPI had multiple models on display all showing off their “Xtreme/Octane” series engine. While HPI did tease us once again a few weeks ago in mid December, we’ve yet so see one come to fruition. We really just want to drive one.

Biggest head-scratcher of the year- When the announcement came off the wire that HPI was now the exclusive distributor for Hobao in North America we weren’t the only ones scratching our heads.

Euro gear coming in style- You may or may not still consider Durango a European name, but alas, companies like X-Ray, Serpent and Schumacher also made positive strides in America. Many industry types make claims like the Euro’s are just trying harder right now, they are more focused, pushing harder, the internet is changing the game, etc, and I think you can look for more European brands to start making waves in the American market in the next 12 months.

Product trends of the year- 2012 will go down as the year that saw the emergence of the Rally car, quadcopters, scale off road buggies, nitro powered SCT’s, an uber battery charger war, and of the 8th scale roller “XO-1″ killers.

Rally has never been “so cool” here in America, and both Traxxas and HPI capitalized on this by putting out new rally style cars.

Quads which were once considered $19 stocking stuffers by true hobbyists, but they became a hot item after Traxxas announced their QR-1.

For scale buggies, Axial got their EXO Terra Buggy to the market, the HPI Apache hit (and missed), and even Associated threw their hat in the ring with the SC10B.

Associated made the news again with their SC10GT, Losi announced their Nitro Ten SCT, and finally Traxxas showed their hand and entered the nitro SCT market with their Nitro 2wd Slash. New offerings for the nitro crowd have been minimal in recent years, but the nitro SCT’s of 2012 gave fuel burners something new to play with.

After years of brushless/Lipo dominance, the battery charger companies went balls to the wall in 12′. Everywhere you turned was another company putting out some uber mega high current charger. Venom put out a charger with built in speakers, iCharger put out a charger you can probably weld with, and TrakPower put out one of the most esoteric chargers the market has ever seen. And.. uber chargers weren’t only about putting out ridiculously huge amounts of power, they were also about doing so on multiple channels. Reading some of the specs now days reminds me of the old car stereo days- 4 channels, bridgeable, mono-block, 500 watts, etc.

Why pay over a grand for a Traxxas XO-1 when you’ve already got all the electronics sitting in your garage? Late 2012 showed multiple brands putting out 8th scale roller on-road cars ready to bust out triple digit mph numbers once you’ve slammed in your own electronic goodies. Going crazy fast on-road should continue to be a big trend in 13′.

Accessory companies blowing up- Pro-line is no stranger to having huge years, but a number of other accessory companies put their dent on the scene in 12′ as well.

Pro-Line was everywhere in 12′. Their product line-up exploded with items for not just racers, but also for scalers and bashers. Pro-Line also went WFO on the 2wd Slash, now offering nearly a complete truck of their own in replacement parts. Also of note was the staggering amount of product give-aways that Pro-Line did over the course of the year. 2012 was Pro-lines 30th anniversary and they certain did it up the right way.

JConcepts made their waves too. They are living the dream, getting bigger and bigger and 12′ was a banner year for them. From spur gears for the Slash, to a high speed Traxxas truck body, to tons of racer gear, to sponsoring tons of races across the country, JConcepts was pushing it hard all year long.

RPM ventured out to numerous new models in 2012 and put out perhaps their most involved product yet- a tranny case and metal motor mount for Traxxas 2wd trucks. Consumers have been asking RPM to branch out a bit for years, in 12′ they arguably branches out more than ever before.

MIP, who has been a player in the rc game for years, saw a fresh resurgence in 2012. Their Pro4mance kit for the Losi SCTE and uber shock pistons got the ball rolling early in the year, and they are looking more solid than ever going into 13′.

RDRP blew up on the accessory scene in 12′. A little known Euro company a few months ago, they are now one of the “hot” brands to have in your pit at the local track.

Exotek was once a tiny company making a few 18th scale parts, in 2012 they really expanded their product catalog and market share.

You can’t talk about upgrade parts without talking about STRC. They landed a big deal with Great Planes and keep putting out more and more parts for nearly every vehicle (worth owning) on the market, plus their LCG Chassis for 2WD and 4WD Slash Vehicles!

Other significant happenings-

Thunder Tiger was once a joke in the American market. Today, with distribution from Great Planes, they are one of the biggest names in the bashing market. After multiple new releases in Q4 of 12′, expect their market share to keep on growing in 13′.

Firelands Group is making some waves. From Anza hop-up parts, to Helion, to Radient, to Ares, they might just be the model company of the future.

Venom Group had a big year. From putting out loads of innovative products, to changing their name to Atomik (and seemingly failing, everyone still calls them Venom), to inking a deal to sell Brian Deegan/Metal Mulisha gear, Venom is working their way towards the front of the pack.

Associated made the news here and there, the introduction of their SC10B was huge news, as was their announcement of their new “Qualifier Series” basher line-up.

ECX also had a big year. Sales were solid and they ventured into uncharted territory with their new 8th scales, one electric, and one nitro. Expect to see more big things from ECX in 2013.

Kyosho made a push in 12′ with loads of new products (the Scorpion XXL Ve for example) and a solid marketing push. Unfortunately their distribution blows here in the states and most consumers only saw the new stuff on the web, not in their LHS.

Oh ya, BigSquidRC had pretty good year too, thanks to you guys-

Our March Bash-Ness contest was huge again, and it sported a controversial winner, the Helion Dominus. We did a great job of busting out juicy Traxxas news in good time and our “chat with us in the forums” morphed into our live Google Plus show. We also had solid coverage of not only iHobby, but of RCX SoCal, Nuremberg, and the HobbyTown USA show. And lastly… traffic was once again way up, for that we must salute you guys out there!

That’s it for this week ya’ll, next week will be my also annual “looking forward to the coming year” Cub Report, till then, support your local hobby shops and bash spots!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Exotek Carbon Fiber Front Shock Tower Durango DEX210 and DESC210
When you get a high end car like a new Durango I don’t think you can resist throwing on some trick looking hop-up parts. Exotek Racing has recently announced some trick looking Carbon Fiber Front Shock Towers for the Durango DEX210 buggy and the DESC210 short course truck. Some of the features include-

* Made from heavy duty 4mm carbon fiber
* Machined alloy camber link mounts
* Stiffer and stronger then the stock
* Utilizes high grade genuine USA made carbon fiber
* Available in gold color this November
* Features the stock geometry

Street price for the DEX210 buggy front tower is $42 while the unit for the DESC210 truck will set you back $45. Hit up the official Exotek Website for more information.

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Exotek associated b4 b44 sc10 pro rear hub set
For all you Team Associated fans Exotek Racing is now offering a pro rear hub set for the B4/B44/SC10. The new rear hubs allow for easy roll center adjustments via shims under the ballstuds. The pro rear hubs are also 30% lighter and use heavy duty over-sized outer bearings.

Street price for these are about $30 and they are available right now. Hit THIS link for more information on the official Exotek website.

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Exotek Racing Durango 210 Series Shock Tower
One of the best reasons to own a Durango 210 series vehicle is the vast amount of hop-up parts available for them. Exotek Racing is one of the aftermarket companies that have been strong supporters of the Durango line and they have just announced another round of option parts.

First up is a new carbon fiber rear shock tower for the DESC210 short course truck that is 4mm thick and has a price of $40.

Next is a gold anodized front bulkhead that fits all three of the 210 series vehicles. This is made from a heavy duty T6 aluminum alloy and has a price point of $20.

Lastly, Exotek have announced some uber-trick gold anodized servo mounts. These lightweight mounts have a price of $12.

You can find more information on these parts HERE on Exotek’s official website.

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