The ECX line of 2wd bash-mobiles are some of our favorites. They are affordable, fun to drive, and can take a good bashing. However, their servo saver is on the weak side, and their bellcranks have some slop in them. The crew at RPM have come up with an affordable fix for those issues, a new bellcrank set that is more precise than stock and totally eliminates the servo saver. This should result in much more precise steering and better handling. The bellcrank is made from RPM’s legendary plastic and is intended to be used with a Kimbrough servo saver that mounts directly to the steering servo.
The street price is $11, it has a part number of #73492, and you can get more details at This Link over on RPM’s website.
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While we were busy doing the iHobby Expo a bunch of new gear was announced.
The folks over at Losi released information on three new vehicles. The Brushless SCB featuring AVC stability control has a part number of LOS03003, a street price of $349 and they should start shipping late next month. On the smaller side of things they announced the 1/24th scale Micro SCTE and the Micro Rally X. These make some news by coming with 7915kV brushless systems and Dynamite’s new 15C HyperCharge System. Both have a street price of $174 and will debut at your LHS in November.
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Our bashing buddies over at RPM RC also announced some new items. If you are a Helion Animus 18TR or 18SC owner you will be stoked to hear that RPM has new front & rear a-arms for your truck. These have a part number of #73462 and a street price of $12. RPM also announced new offset compensating front a-arms for Traxxas Slash 2wd and Nitro Slash. These allow you to use the same offset wheels front & rear and have a part number of #70552 with a street price of just $10.
The friendly folks over at Traxxas also announced several new products. They have a new Slash 2wd with On-Board Audio. We watched these machines at iHobby and they can be quite loud (volume is adjustable), hence the reason we nicknamed them “Screamers”. The part number is #58034-2 and expect the street price to be $299. They also announced a new LaTrax RTR 1/18 4WD Stadium Super Truck. These have a part number of 76044-1, a street price of $159 and will hit your LHS later this month. The last new item from Traxxas is a new charger with iD Auto Battery Identification. This item actually created a lot of talk at iHobby, it uses a new connector that contains the main power wires plus the balance wires. It has a part number of #2970 and a street price of only $49.
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Have you been modding your ECX 2WD to make it as tough as it can be? If so, you should put a set of RPM Heavy Duty Caster Blocks on your “to order” list. Made from RPM’s legendary plastic, these are up to 20% thicker in key breakage areas and use a strengthening ridge to make them more rigid than the stock part.
The part number is #73442, they are street priced at $9, and you can get complete details at This Link over on the official RPM website.
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I don’t have to tell you guys that it’s all about scale realism now days. You see it creeping into more new car releases, and we see the trend every time we go bashing.
The good guys over at RPM have announced a Spare Tire Carrier that fits the Traxxas Slash 2wd and 4×4. Their spare tire carrier is a great way of adding a touch of scale realism to your Slash and will certainly help give it a great custom look. Made from RPM’s ultra tough blend of nylon, you won’t have to worry about it breaking any time soon.
The part number is #70502, they are priced at $14, and they are expected to start shipping in about 3 weeks. Complete details can be found at This Link on the official RPM website.
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RPM Spare Tire Carrier Gallery
RPM RC Continues the love for all things ECX! Their latest Oversized Rear Axle Carriers will fit the ECX Boost, Ruckus, Circuit, and Torment 2wd vehicles. The new carriers fix several issues such as bearing life due to RPM allowing 5x11mm bearings instead of the stock 5x10mm. They are also much more durable over stock, as to be expected from an RPM product.
The RPM Rear Axle Carriers have part number #73572, and are priced at $11, and they should start hitting hobby shops pegs later this month. Get full details at This Link over on RPM’s website.
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Beef up your 2wd ECX with some new Front Spindles from RPM. The RPM spindles are molded from RPM’s uber plastic blend and were designed to be long lasting and trouble free. The RPM spindles also utilize larger bearings, a necessity for hardcore bashing.
The RPM spindles have a part number of #73292, they are priced at $11, and they should start hitting hobby shops later in the month. Get full details at This Link over on RPM’s website.
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Nothing looks tougher sticking out of a hood than a big intake and blower. Now RPM makes it easy to put one on your car or truck with their mock intake and blower set. The RPM unit is made for scale realism featuring blower belt ridges, pulley splines and recessed butterflies in the scoop. It is easy to install requiring the use of just 3 screws, and with a large flat plate underneath, it won’t get torn off when you crash.
The part number for black is #73412 and they are street priced at $9. Chrome has a part number of #73413 and their street price is $11. Both start hitting hobby shops in late July and you can get full details at This Link over on the official RPM website.
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RPM did not simply re-release an old part with their Gear Cover for the Associated RC10 Classic, they redesigned it from the ground up.
The new gear cover for the RC10 is made from molded plastic, which is more durable than the stock part, and also creates a better seal to help keep dirt from getting into the spur/pinion gear area. RPM also redesigned the gear cover to leave more room for bigger pinions and for a larger VTS slipper clutch. As a final touch, it is only available in retro dyeable white.
The part number is #70081, it has a street price of $8, and they start hitting hobby shops in early July. Get full details at This Link over on RPM’s website.
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Tired of breaking the nerf bars on your 1/10 Traxxas Rally, 2wd Slash LCG, or Slash 4×4? Well RPM has the solution for you, their new nerf bars feature extra webbing and are molded from RPM’s famous engineering grade nylon to take a beating without breaking. The nerf bars are available in two different colors and come with RPM’s limited lifetime warranty against breakage.
The part number for black is #70652, for blue it is #70655, and both are priced at $8. These start shipping in about two weeks and you can find more details at This Link over on the RPM website.
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RPM has new rear a-arms for the ECX Ruckus/Circuit/Torment. Not only are the RPM arms much stronger than the stock units, but they are also higher performance. The RPM arms are built to tighter tolerances and are 21% lighter than the stock arms. Stronger, plus higher performance, plus lifetime warranty, equals winning!
The part number for the rear arms is #70462, they are priced at $11, and they should hit the market at the end of the month. Click Here to get complete details over on the official RPM website.
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It would be difficult to find a more iconic name for basher parts than RPM RC Products. For years the RPM crew has been making ultra tough plastic parts to give bashers more time driving, and less time wrenching. When you look around the BSRC offices nearly every one of our “personal vehicles” has RPM parts all over it.
RPM is based out of Southern California, so while in the area we were lucky enough to get to spend some time with them.
RPM is extremely proud that all their parts are made right here in the USA. They are set-up to design, make the molds, and actually produce their famous plastic parts entirely under one roof. Also of note, while most of their parts go out the door under the RPM logo, they also do OEM work for some “famous” rc names. If you are an rc company needing some plastic parts made, it might be worth your time to give RPM a ring.
Along with Brian, we were most struck by the pure passion shown around the RPM offices. They eat, sleep, and breathe, making the highest quality parts possible, and that a lot of heart and soul goes into every single product they make. The RPM crew is hardcore about getting the design perfect, the molds perfect, and ultimately, the best plastic upgrade parts you can put on your bash machine.
We would like to say “Thank You!” to Richard, Atticus and the entire crew at RPM, we learned so much about the fine art of making plastic parts, and about the rc industry as a whole. The folks over at RPM are good people, give them your support whenever you can.
BSRC Road Trip - RPM
For all you ECX owners, the good folks over at RPM RC have announced Front A-Arms for the Torment, Ruckus, and Circuit. In typical RPM fashion, the new arms were designed for extreme use, built much beefier than that stock units, yet with tighter tolerances to reduce slop. Larger bosses are used in the hinge pins areas to reduce breakage, while angled leading edges help the arms slide over objects. RPM also removed the tiny outer hinge pin screws, replacing them with an in-line screw to help improve overall strength. They also come with RPM’s limited lifetime warranty against breakage for piece of mind.
The part number for the arms is #70582, they have a street price of $12 per pair, and they should start hitting hobby shops later this month. For complete information hit up This Link to head over to the RPM website.
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“When you speak, RPM listens.”, that’s a direct quote from RPM’s website. RPM had a bunch of requests for Extended Rear Arms for the Traxxas Summit/Revo/E-Revo so they made them for you, the hardcore bashers of the world. The new a-arms are molded out of RPM’s legendary plastic and were designed to keep on ticking even during extreme use.
#70432 Extended Left Rear A-arms – Black
#70435 Extended Left Rear A-arms – Blue
#70482 Extended Right Rear A-arms – Black
#70485 Extended Right Rear A-arms – Blue
The arms have a street price of $14 per set and they should hit hobby shops in early April. To get more information just give This Link a Click to head over to the RPM website.
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