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ASK Cubby

“Hi Guys,

My names is James. I work at Pacific Motorsports in Eureka CA, About 2 years back we decided that taking on RC to add to inventory. We also sell Honda, Yamaha, and Polaris vehicles and accessories. After the first year RC was so big here that we decided to build an indoor carpet track, and shortly after we got Mylaps and RCscoring Pro. We just picked up Horizon as a supplier as well. We stock Traxxas, Team Associated, Axial, Losi, ECX and many others. I would like to put Big Squid prints on our counter for our customers. I check your website daily for updates and have learned tons of valuable information from you guys. I really appreciate what you are doing for the RC world! Let me know what i need to do to get your prints in our store!

Thanks Brian”

Cubby- Yo hey James, thanks for the kind words and good luck with your investment in the rc hobby.

I don’t have to tell you that we are big fans of local hobby shops here at BigSquidRC. Mostly because… we are totally selfish and want to be able to drive to an LHS and get the stuff we need the same day instead of waiting for mail order. But yes, we also realize that hobby shops are a requirement for our hobby to even exist. Without local hobby shops offering up first hand advice to noobs, our hobby is a goner.

So… what does it take for you (or any other hobby shop out there) to stock our FREE Big Squid RC Monthly publication? Not much, just an email. After you send us your brick & mortar addy we’ll promptly ship you out a bunch of copies at absolutely no cost to you. Click Right Here to shoot us an email, it really is super simple.

“Monster truck slicks

Do you know where I can get the monster truck slicks? I’m good at finding things but I have had no luck!!

Jon K.”

Cubby- Hey ya Jon, you’ve got a few options here.

Option 1- legit slick MT tires. The 3.2″ Mega Maxx tires from Panther are slicks, are legendary for their performance, and are in stock right now on Tower Hobbies for a measly $20 a pair.

Option 2- go with Road Rages from Pro-Line. While slicks rock for perfectly smooth surfaces, Road Rages will kick their ass in a typical (dirty/bumpy) parking lot.

Option 3- this one is easily my favorite, bust out the Dremel tool! Insert a sanding drum, grab an old set of tires, and let’er eat. Give yourself a half hour per tire (ok, maybe an HOUR and a half for MT size) and voilà, you’ll end up with a custom set of slicks at a cost of zero dollars.

“E-revo 5608

Was wondering if the V3.1 Basher Edition chassis (Ed note- from Kershaw Designs) are for the 1/10 scale models. Thank you

Hermann N.”

Cubby- Yes.

Oh no you haven’t, oh yes you have, made it through yet another ASK Cubby. Feeling extra frisky? Send me an email, Cubby at If your letter makes the big time you’ll get a free BSRC sticker pack, if I proclaim yours as “Letter of the Month” we’ll totally hook you up with a free t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Kershaw Designs Basher Edition Traxxas E-Revo & Summit Chassis
The crew over at Kershaw Designs have just announced their new and improved V3.1 Basher Edition chassis for both the Traxxas E-Revo and Summit. They have now added two 1/4″ aluminum braces that run the entire length of the chassis to make them even tougher for all you extra hardcore bashers. Not only have they made their chassis tougher, they’ve also reduced pricing, making a smaller dent in your wallet. Some of the other features include-

* Receiver box mounting tabs
* Improved tolerances and clearance
* Chassis plates made from 100% heat treated aluminum
* Available in bronze, copper, matte black, green, or in natural aluminum
* Only 2 oz heavier than stock chassis yet much stiffer
* “Uni-body” design that gains rigidity from top and bottom plates
* LCG design for better cornering
* Uses stock center drive shafts or optional center dogbones
* Easy-access, open-air battery trays that include stops for using LiPo
* Comes with all necessary installation hardware

Street price for the Kershaw LCG Basher Edition E-Revo Chassis is $156, while the Summit Edition goes for $159. These are available right now for your bashing enjoyment.

Kershaw makes some cool bashing gear, hit THIS LINK to read more about them right here on BigSquidRC.


Hi I have an hip e savage and I want to convert it to brush less and I was wondering if the radient reaktor 3500 kV combo would work?

Ryan G.

Cubby- Yo to the yo Ryan G, thanks for the email and shoot Brian your snail mail so we can hook ya up with a BigSquidRC sticker pack.

So you have a Savage that’s so cool it’s hip? I kid, I kid, you have an electric HPI Savage and you want to know if the Radient Reaktor brushless system we reviewed a few weeks ago will power the beast.

The answer is Yes, but… not for very long. No, I have not tried the Radient in a Savage first hand, but I’m fairly confident from years of experience that it just won’t work. The Radient Reaktor system was not designed to power a vehicle as heavy, or with as much rotating mass, as an HPI Savage. To reliably power the Savage day in and day out it will take a larger motor and a speedo capable of handling such high power demands.

So… I won’t leave ya hang’n bro, I’ll give ya an affordable alternative that should work. We reviewed an 8th scale Kershaw system a long time ago, it was one of their “Gen 2″ 8th scale power systems and it worked well for us. Kershaw doesn’t sell the “Gen 2″ system anymore, however they have “Gen 3″ 8th scale systems starting around $150. You might want to hit’em up with an email and say you are looking for crazy power for your Savage on the cheap. Oh ya, tell’em Cubby said “What’s up”.

Here are a few links you may want to check out:
Our Radient Reaktor 3500 Review

Our Kershaw Designs Review

A link to Kershaw’s Gen2 System

What do you think about those car action reader choice awards? Are they fake or what? It seems like every year they end up with some bullsh&* winners that nobody would ever vote for.

Benji K.
Utica New York

Cubby- What’s up Benji? Do you always ask such loaded questions? Haha, good for you for not holding anything back.

I won’t hold back either. I have zero, absolutely no “first hand” information that there is anything bogus about the RCCA awards. I don’t know how the voting works, or what categories there are, I basically know nothing about them, let alone about anything fishy going on.. About the only thing I know about them is they named a motorcycle as “car of the year” a few years ago. We still laugh about that one around the office.

However… there have been rumors floating around for years within the industry. Maybe they were started after a touch of jealously by a company that lost, or maybe they were just started by someone look’n to stir the pot, I have no idea.

I will say two things here-

1. I have no idea why you even care about who-wins-what in the dinosaur media. You really should move into the internet age. If you took the time to write me an email then obviously you know where the internet is, use it.

2. We do see surprise winners every year during our March Bashness tournament. For example, some very heavy hitter Traxxas vehicles have bit the dust early when every single person in the office expected them to make the final 4. Upsets do happen, and products that you or I think are extremely popular might not actually be.

With all that said, our own March Bashness tournament is now underway, and I can give you 100000% certainty that it’s legit in every way. Click the vote buttons and show the world which vehicles you think are the best.

Click HERE to go VOTE NOW!

That’s it for this week gang, hit me up with your questions, answers, psychopathic rants, and whatever else you have stewing in that mind of yours to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com. If your questions hits the big time you get free stickers, and if you are extra special and I proclaim yours as “letter of the month” you’ll get a free t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Kershaw HPI Savage Flux 5SC Chassis
The crew over at Kershaw Designs are known for coming up with innovative and affordable large scale products. Their latest creation, a new chassis for the HPI Savage Flux 5SC, is a good example of their creativity. The new Kershaw 5SC chassis is designed to not only be stronger than stock, but to also allow the use of larger motors and battery packs for you power hungry freaks out there.

* Motor mount accepts all common 56mm motors and the enormous Castle 2028 motor
* Room for blower fans
* Main chassis made from 4.1mm heat treated aluminum.
* Velcro battery synching system with plenty of room for wide, tall LiPos.
* Chassis designed with 4 degrees of anti-squat geometry in the rear for quicker acceleration
* Battery tray adjusts to 3 different positions forwards and aft for tuning weight distribution
* Available with optional 1/4 scale servo mounting plate
* Also accepts KD’s Direct Drive Gearbox

Street price for the Kershaw 5SC chassis is $430 and they are available right now. For more information hit up the official Kershaw Designs Website.

It’s been a long work week, treat yourself to a TGIF Mystery Link.

Kershaw Savage Mount
Kershaw Designs now has an updated version of their popular universal HPI Savage motor mount. For you guys that are converting your nitro Savages to electric this updated motor mount makes the switch a breeze. The updates to the Kershaw universal mount include a stiffer lower plate and more reinforcements for better pinion/spur mesh. Street price is only $25, and they are available right now. THIS is the link you want for more information.

Have you read the BigSquidRC Kershaw brushless system review? Check it out right HERE.

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Kershaw Designs showing off product as well. I’ve always thought the chassis designs were pretty cool.  I wonder how that brushless system closest to us looks against some of the other large scale solutions?



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Sometimes big, 1/8 scale monster trucks like the Savage, just aren’t big enough.  For those times, Kershaw Designs has their Stalwart V3, brushless powered, 1/5 scale monster truck.  So you’re probably thinking, how could they make a 1/5 scale monster truck brushless powered?  Easy, this big boy actually weighs less than a HPI Baja 5B.  When you order this truck you get your choice of tire style and brushless system, though it does require a radio system.

The price for the base truck is $999, and it takes three to four months for delivery.  But it might be worth the wait to be the biggest dog at the park.  Check out the Kershaw Designs website for more info.

Kershaw Designs has collected too much stuff over the last couple years and they’re tired of tripping over it every time they walk in the door.  Well their frustration is your gain, they’ve taken a ton of that stuff and started putting it up on eBay to get rid of it as quickly as possible.  Right now, at this very moment, one of their Grenadier 1/5 scale electric buggy rollers (no electronics) is up on eBay and bidding for it is at just about $300.  That would be an incredible deal.  But that’s not the only thing you’ll find as they are also selling off brushless motors, battery chargers, electronic speed controls and more, with the additional promise of adding more new stuff every day until they’re done.

Hit up the Kershaw Designs eBay store for all the details

Those fellas at Kershaw Designs are a bit sick in the head.  In a totally good way of course.  You’d have to be a little messed up to come up with the idea to take a Traxxas E-Revo and stretch it out to the same wheel base as a HPI Baja 5T.  That’s exactly what this new chassis conversion kit does.  The chassis is a beautifully machined hunk of metal that adds eight inches to the length of the E-Revo.  Also included in the conversion are giant 7.5″ wheels with 23mm hexes, an optional but probably necessary sway-bar kit, a heavy duty slipper clutch spring, and extra long body posts for mounting the (not included) 5T body.  You can get it all together in one kit for $379.99, or break it down into individual components with the chassis itself costing $249.99, $99 for the wheels and tires, and everything else for a few extra bucks.  Most of the parts are available now, but there is a two week wait on the chassis.

Check out the Kershaw Designs website for more info.

By way of the guys at Kershaw Designs we have news of a new brushless ESC from that behind the scenes company known as Leopard Hobby.  Known more for making the motors on which other companies slap their logos, Leopard stepped out of the shadows not too long ago with a line of their own branded brushless motors.  Now they’re stepping into the ESC game with the Ground 150 amp, 6S ESC for 1/8 scale vehicles.  This ESC is made to run either sensored or sensorless brushless motors and features all kinds of stuff you’d expect from a brushless ESC.  LiPo LVC, thermal protection, multiple timing settings, ABS brakes, plus a ton more.  But probably the best feature of all is the price.  This monster of an ESC is available from Kershaw Designs for only slight over one bill.

The Ground 150 should be arriving just before the New Year, check out the Kershaw Designs web site for ordering info.

Head over to the RC Reviews section for the Kershaw Designs 1:8th Scale Brushless 4S System Review. We get emails all the time asking us for opinions on a low cost brushless system. It’s hard to beat $134! Go check it out!

We just posted in the RC Reviews section our review of the Kershaw Designs 1:10th Scale Brushless Combo Review. A lot of people are always asking us for tips on cheap brushless systems, well they don’t get much cheaper than $99! Head over and check it out!

Despite all appearances Kershaw Designs is not just obsessesed with 1/5 scale brushless conversions.  They also offer plenty of stuff for other scales.  One of their newest products is the Gen 2 Brushless System for 1/10 scale vehicles.  The Gen 2 ESC will support up to 3S Lipo or 4 – 9 cell NiMHs.  The Gen 2 motors are available in 2450, 2726, and 3065 KV ratings.

The Gen 2 system is priced to sell at $69.99 for the ESC, $59.99 for a motor, or an incredible price of $99 for a combo.

Check out the Kershaw Designs web site for more info.