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5ive-t_win
That’s right, we pulled it off! We jumped through all the hoops, we cut all the red tape, and we are giving away the March Bash-ness Champion!

A brand new 1/5th scale Losi 5IVE-T!

We have given away thousands of dollars in prizes before, but never such a large prize to one winner, and that winner could be you!

The deadline for entries is April 29th, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. A winner will be announced sometime on April 30th. A random winner will be chosen from all valid entries received by our giveaway software.

You know the drill, enter below to win! GOOD LUCK! And remember, you can score more entries every day you visit!

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A big special thanks to Horizon Hobby and Losi for making this all possible, and congrats on the win!

Please help us make this our biggest contest yet and spread the word! Share the links, post to social media, tell your friends, tell your family, click all those buttons below, maybe sign up your pets!

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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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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ASK Cubby

“Have you guys done a review or shoot out with the SC10.2 Factory team and Losi SC22?
Ryan W.”

Cubby- Yo to the yo yo Ryan, thanks for taking the time to write in. Shoot Brian your snail mail so he can hook ya up with a brand spank’n new BSRC t-shirt. Yes, yours is the letter of the month.

No, we haven’t reviewed the AE SC10.2 FT or the TLR/Losi 22SCT (although we did review the original SC10 Here). Although their parent company Thunder Tiger is cool with us, Associated hates us with a passion, so you can count on us never, ever, reviewing another AE vehicle unless we go out and buy one, and I seriously don’t see that happening. However… I have driven multiple SC10s and was never a fan. Their rear end tends to be loose, and they seem to be far too sensitive to tiny track changes. Oh ya, I am not a fan of their box stock set-up either.

As far as the 22SCT goes, I’ve also driven a number of them. Generally I was a fan, they carried speed really well in corners, and I really liked how far sideways I could land with them off of jumps. If you are thinking of pulling the trigger on one go ahead and bust that wallet out.


“Does anyone at BigSquid RC answer their emails?
I am looking to purchase for the Corvette GT2 body made by killerbody for my Traxxas XO-1. I am having trouble finding a seller. I’d also like to purchase the entire light kit as well. Do you have a source or a link you could point me too?
James G.”

Cubby- No, nobody ever answers emails here. LOL. One of my minions ran across yours, and I have no idea why they went ahead and forwarded it to me. So here, let me make up some sort of an answer.

Actually, we talk with the Killer Body RC quite frequently and they’ve got a bunch of new stuff getting ready to hit the market. However, what we do not do is manage their inventory. What little I do know about their distribution is that quite a few HobbyTown USA locations carry their products, so you might start by calling the one closest to you to see if they have what you are looking for in stock.

If that doesn’t work I would contact them directly. You can get their contact info at This Link.


That’s it for this week, shoot me your questions, opinions, and lightly used Tag watches to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. In the very unlikely event that I actually answer your question you will get a free sticker pack, and if yours is proclaimed “Letter of the Month” you score a free t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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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Outerwears Losi Desert Buggy XL
For all you Losi Desert Buggy XL owners, the crew at Outerwears have announced a Pre-Filter and Shockwears for your big bash machine.

Shockwears can help protect your shocks and come in a wide variety of colors, while the Pre-Filter helps to keep dirt, water, and other nasty stuff out of your engine. Expect street prices to be around $17 for the pre-filter, $45 for the Shockwears, and you can hit up This Link to check out the official Outerwears website.

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ASK Cubby

“Regarding the Carisma 959-

What’s the ideal battery for this car? Lipo 2S 70C? This is my first car RC (but have a few multirotors) so I don’t know much about the hobby yet.

Erik D.”

Cubby- Yo yo to the yo Erik, you have officially made the front page of BigSquidRC, hit Brian up for a killer sticker pack.

What is the ideal battery for the Carisma Porsche 959? On the low end of the spectrum I would say its a pack that meets your runtime requirements and has enough current that the brushless system doesn’t cog. On the upper end of the spectrum, it would be a pack like we used in our review, a TrakPower 2S 70C 6800. While not cheap, the TrakPower gave the Porsche nearly 30 minutes of runtime, tons of power, and never come close to getting hot. We can definitely recommend that pack first hand for the Carisma. Oh btw, the Porsche is set-up for a 2S pack, its battery tray doesn’t leave extra room for a “normal sized” 3S.

As far as other packs go, people tend to pay wayyyy too much attention to those mysterious “C” ratings. We’ve seen time and time again lower “C” packs outperform higher “C” packs, but that isn’t something you will know for sure unless you buy both and test them. The best rule of thumb I can give you is to only buy packs that you’ve seen tested by a reputable source. That is really the only way of knowing what you are plunking your hard earned cash down on.


“you know its strange ive been in this hobby for close to 30 years my first truck was a mauri big bear with a 6 volt NiCad. seeing these “new” losi universals kinda makes me sigh a little. these were all the rage until mip came out with the cvd which at the time were leaps and bounds beyond the universal, so is the cvd obsolete? its strange to see this hobby come full circle. ive seen the aluminum chassis get upgraded to carbon fiber, then to composite and it appears were back to aluminum. every 4×4 1/10 scale still shares the same layout as the xx4 which is almost 20 years old. well theres my rant of the day.

Jeremie H.”

Cubby- So Jeremie, are CVDs dead? LOL, no, they are not dead. But ya, I totally get your point on how everything goes out of fashion, then years later is promoted as the latest hot thing. You mention driveshafts and chassis materials, but it’s true for a million of other things.

I will make a comment about driveshafts in the rc world though. In one of our G+ live shows several months ago someone asked the question “What makes CVDs so much better than dogbones?”. So what is the biggest upside? CVDs don’t go flying out of your car at 40 mph to never be found again like dogbones do, LOL. Seriously, if you are a super uber competitor that runs on the same track week after week you can notice a difference in driveshafts. If you are a Joe Blow like you and me, you really only need two things- 1. long wear, and 2. CVD or universals that don’t get lost when a camber link comes off.


So there ya have it for this week folks, shoot me your snotty answers, unreadable gibberish, and moronic manifestos to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your letter hits the big time you’ll get something free, no kidding!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Vectorworks Shock Tower TLR Losi 22-4
Vectorworks has announced new carbon fiber upgrades for the TLR/Losi 22-4 buggy. First up is a front shock tower made from 4mm carbon fiber that is easy to bolt up and features an integrated front body mount. Also new are their carbon fiber battery mounts. The battery mounts are 2.5mm thick and fit perfectly into the center mounting slots. Both were designed to handle the rigors of 4wd racing and will instantly boost the bling factor of your buggy.

The part number for the front tower is #VWL003 and it has as street price of $23. The part number for battery mounts is #VWL004 and they have a street price of $17. To get more information over on the official Vectorworks website simply Click This Link.

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JConcepts Silencer TLR 22-4 Body
The new JConcepts Silencer clear polycarbonate body for the TLR 22-4 has been specifically designed for high speed tracks. Featuring a low profile cab forward design, with a shark fin in the back for added stability and roof stiffness, the Silencer for the 22-4 will set your buggy apart from the crowd.

* Includes two 6.5″ wings
* Shark fin for added stability
* Comes with window mask, decal sheet & protective film
* Forward cab design with dual channeling rear escape
* Air outlets available throughout the body

The part number is #0271, it has a retail price of $26, and you can get more information at This Link over on JConcepts official blog.

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THE Losi 1/5th Desert Buggy XL Review

Losi Desert Buggy XL Review

5th scale was once only popular overseas, but now, thanks to companies like Losi and HPI, it has blown up here in the states. Today we’ll be taking a closer look at Losi’s latest 5th scaler, the Desert Buggy XL. Powered by a 23cc gas engine and using 4wd for better traction, the big Losi should be a great bash machine, but is it? Hit the “Read More” button to read what we found out about the DBXL…

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Losi Gas Powered LST XXL-2 Monster Truck
What is the biggest news at the 2014 Nurnberg Toy Fair? That just might be the Gasoline Powered LST XXL-2 from Losi. No, that’s not nitro power, that is a 2 cycle .31 cu inch gasoline engine that should power the latest incarnation of the legendary Losi LST platform quite well. Throw in waterproof electronics and Horizon’s AVC Active Vehicle Control system and the LST XXL-2 is loaded with cool features.

* Extended 2.5mm thick XXL chassis
* Oversized shocks
* Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz DSMR radio system
* Includes convenient roto-start tool
* Tire diameter- 6.9″
* Weight- 13.1 lbs
* Wheelbase- 15.3″
* Width- 18.5″
* Length- 23″
* Fuel tank- 300cc

The part number for the LST XXL-2 is #LOS04002 and it has a street price of $799. Hit up This Link for more information over on the official Losi website.

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Losi 5IVE Mini WRC
The next big release from Losi is literally that, another addition to their 5th scale line-up. The Losi 5IVE MINI WRC is a 5th scale rally car that also comes with Horizon’s AVC- Active Vehicle Control technology. The 5IVE MINI WRC has just been shown at the Nurnberg Toy Fair, here are some of its specifications and features-

* Officially licensed body
* 29cc gas engine
* Push button starting system
* Spectrum DX2E radio with DSMR technology
* Comes with 2S 5300mAh LiPo & charger
* 5mm chassis
* 800cc fuel tank
* Large bore shocks with 7mm shafts

The part number for the 5IVE MINI WRC is #LOS05000 and it will have a street price of $1999. Hit up This Link for more information.

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ASK Cubby

“Vaterra Cogging
How can I get rid of all cogging from my halix vaterra? 2s Lipo
Aspen Sam”

Cubby- Yo hey Aspen Sam, what’s up and I hope you’ve been bashing the heck out of your Vaterra Halix. While it is still a very new model it has become a favorite among the BigSquidRC Bash Crew.

The Halix comes geared somewhat tall out of the box, which is great fun of course. We’ve shot it with a radar gun at 46 mph on 3S and it has enough power to “wheelie out” at pretty much any speed under 40. But… with the tall gearing comes a few downsides. One being shorter runtimes, two being higher temps, and three, the potential to induce cogging. Our test unit exhibited just a small amount of cogging from a dead stop, but if yours is having more of an issue here are a few things you can do…

1. Use a smaller pinion gear. We’ve popped on a smaller pinion and our test truck still had plenty of rip. It also extended the runtime and had virtually no cogging.
2. Make sure you use a good battery. A battery that can’t keep up with the current demands of the brushless system will cause excessive cogging.
3. If all else fails, go medieval on it. By that I mean install a Castle Mamba Pro with a 1415. With proper gearing you’ll have even more power with zero cogging.

Peace and love, peace and love…


“you know its strange ive been in this hobby for close to 30 years my first truck was a mauri big bear with a 6 volt NiCad. seeing these “new” losi universals kinda makes me sigh a little. these were all the rage until mip came out with the cvd which at the time were leaps and bounds beyond the universal, so is the cvd obsolete? its strange to see this hobby come full circle. ive seen the aluminum chassis get upgraded to carbon fiber, then to composite and it appears were back to aluminum. every 4×4 1/10 scale still shares the same layout as the xx4 which is almost 20 years old.
well theres my rant of the day, happy new year to all.
Jeremie H.”

Cubby- Yo congrats Jeremie, I am proclaiming your question (off our FB page) as “Letter of the Month”. Hit Brian up with your snail mail and shirt size so he can give you the hook up.

And ya, the hobby, as well as life in general, is cyclical. It happens in clothing, it happens in full size cars, and it sure as heck is all over the place in rc. Years ago electric dominated, then nitro, now it’s back to electric again, but it will be dominated by gas/nitro again at some point in the future.

As far as driveshafts are concerned, it was interesting to see Losi putting out “universals” again. Back in the day they were the bomb, now they are more of a tuning option. But… what I really want to see is- some blind testing to determine just how many drivers could tell a difference between CVDs, universals, and sliders. My guess would be not many…

Anyways… congrats Jeremie, enjoy your new t-shirt and keep in touch.


That’s it for this week ya freaks. Don’t be a slacker, send me your questions, answers, smansers, and utter non-sense to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If you are lucky enough to hit the big time you’ll get a free sticker pack, and if you are luckier still, all our “Letter of the Month” winners get one of our uber new t-shirts.

YOUR Cub Reporter