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ASK Cubby

“Halix build
I am very interested in your Vaterra Halix project. This has been one of my all time favorite trucks. I’ve upgraded the wheels, tires, and shocks. It is much better than stock.
You may ask why, but I wondered if you had any suggestions for upgrading the motor?
Any input is appreciated.

Cubby- Yo Dave, just like you we are big fans of the Vaterra Halix. It looks cool, drives awesome, and has good yank right out of the box. But… “good’ is never enough, therefore we started a hop-up series on the Halix. You’ve probably already seen the first couple of installments and we’ve got several in the can on the way.

Yes, later in our hop-up series you’ll see us throw in major power. We did so to have the ability to rip off massive backflips (on the ground and in the air), and to generally overpower it just like every good basher should.

What would I recommend for you? First, upgrade to MIP CVDs, they are a must on big power with the Halix. Then… the Halix comes stock with a 540 sized motor, it could really use a longer 550 for more torque to turn those big tires over. There is plenty of extra space for a longer can, and it will bolt right up. To get specifics on brand, gearing, cell count etc, you’ll have to wait a few weeks for our hop-up article. :)

Hit the “Read More” button for the second letter of the week, one that asks how to go high speed running with an 8th scale buggy on a $70 budget.


70 mph ARRMA Raider BLX Buggy
When we read that ARRMA RC was putting on a Beat The Speed Video Contest we decided to give our own ARRMA Raider BLX test buggy a go. We wanted to see if we could go fast enough to beat their speed.

The first thing we did was hand the Raider BLX to our resident high speed specialist, DWayne Buchannon from RC Custom Lab Workz. We only gave him two instructions- go faster than 67 mph and leave it as stock as possible.

The first thing DWayne did was add a wheelie bar. A stock Raider likes to wheelie when running big power, so DWayne grabbed a 12″ long piece of plate steel and attached a pivot wheel, creating a wheelie bar that would keep the buggy from flipping over. Next, DWayne had to trim some plastic in the battery box to make room for a slightly larger 3S LiPo battery pack. That was it for the custom mods.

DWayne didn’t have to change out many parts either, he only changed two. DWayne added a larger 19 tooth pinion and installed larger diameter rear tires. Everything else on the buggy was 100% bone stock, including the shocks, radio and power system.

Once the buggy was prepped, it was time to try and “Beat that Speed”. On the day we ran it was only 40 degrees outside which made it hard to find grip on the high powered ARRMA. We quickly learned to roll very softly into the throttle at lower speeds. Our first couple of passes were in the 60 mph range but we kept spinning out. We came back into the pits, recharged the battery pack, and changed tires to find a little more grip.

We found the buggy much easier to drive on the new tires and promptly busted out a solid 70 mph run, but we never got above 3/4 throttle, so we decided to run again for an even higher number. On the next pass we ended up losing traction and flying off the road, hitting a fire hydrant in the process and tearing off a wheel and the wheelie bar. Our day may have been over, but it had been successful. We had indeed “Beat The Speed”, and it didn’t take many mods from a bone stock Raider BLX to do so.

Check the video here:

70 MPH ARRMA Raider-

* 19 tooth pinion
* Traxxas 2.8″ Alias rear tires
* Custom wheelie bar
* Turnigy 3S 65C 5000mAh LiPo

Click Right Here for more ARRMA news on BigSquidRC.

ARRMA Beat the Speed
ARRMA has announced a neat Video Contest involving their Brushless BLX series vehicles. The Beat the Speed Video Contest gives ARRMA BLX owners a chance to win $80 in aluminum hop-up parts by posting a video of their vehicle going faster than 67 mph. BLX owners can even get a free t-shirt just by entering.

To get complete contest rules hit and to watch the video of an ARRMA Vorteks going 67.1 mph simply hit up This Link.

For more ARRMA news click This Link right here on BigSquidRC.

ARRMA Vorteks BLX Speed Tips Video
The crew over at Hobbico have released a new video that shows exactly what it takes to bust out 65+ mph with the ARRMA Vorteks BLX stadium truck. Watch below to see Scott Cramer walk you through the modification process, then watch see the Vorteks go 66 mph on the famous “Speed Run Road” in Champaign Illinois.

To get more information on the ARRMA Vorteks BLX simply click This Link, for more ARRMA news on BigSquidRC just Click Here.

Helion Criterion Top Speed
We first reported about the new buggy from Helion, the Criterion, Right Here. Now Helion has released a video showing just how fast the Criterion is. Using a radar gun and some old fashioned street running, the video shows the top speeds of the Criterion compared to several of its competitors. The Criterion is shown topping out at 33 mph, pretty fast for a 7 cell brushed buggy.

To get more information on the Criterion simply hit THIS LINK. To get even more Helion news check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

RC Fest Tolono Illinois 2013 Bash Blood Donation
The BigSquidRC Bash crew had the pleasure of attending the 2013 RC Fest in Tolono Illinois over the weekend. RC Fest is a big charity bash held to raise money and awareness for blood donation. A young man named Adam Munds and his family work for months prepping for RC Fest and this year all their hard work really paid off with 70 entries from 44 competitors. RC Fest raised over $1300 with many people giving blood at the event. Our BSRC Bash Crew had a fantastic time and can’t wait for RC Fest to roll around again next year.

Results RC Fest 2013

Speed Run
Tie – 60 mph
1. Brandon Reich (Associated TC6)
1. Tim Mohr (Castle/HB VE8)

High Jump
1. Brandon Reich (Tekno Buggy) – 36 feet
2. Tim Mohr (Castle/MIP/STRC/Losi SCTE) – 36 feet
3. Dyllan Warren – 35 feet

2wd California Style Racing
1. Ty Brown (Traxxas Rustler)
2. Brandon Reich (TLR 22 SCT)

4wd California Style Racing
1. Tim Mohr (Castle/MIP/STRC Losi SCTE)
2. DaVon Hood (Traxxas E-Maxx)

1. Andrew Warren
2. Ben Buckles

Best Donut
1. Ty Brown

Tug-of-War 2wd
1. Jeremy Kiian (Traxxas Monster Jam Stampede VXL)
2. Tim Mohr (Castle/Pro-Line Pro-2 Slash)

Tug-of-War 4wd
1. Stephen Bleichner
2. Ken Cline (Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3)

Truck Pull
1. Stephen Bleichner
2. Brandon Lynch

Top Sportsman – THE Cub Reporter

Grand Champion – Brandon Reich

Winner of Duratrax Evader – Gryfen Good

The major rc sponsors of this years event were MaxAmps, Hobbico, Horizon, HotSlots Hobby Shop, JConcepts, AKA, Cow RC, Slot and Wing Hobbies, HRP Distributing, Silent D RC, and The RC Shack. RC Fest 2014 is already in the planning stages, to get in touch with them all you have to do is Click Here.

Want to take a look at some other rc events we’ve covered this year? Hit up THIS LINK.

Click the “Read More” button for 10 more galleries of photos after the break.


HotSlots Bash Fest Urbana Illinois

On Saturday the BigSquidRC Bash Crew attended Bash Fest 2013 put on by HotSlots Hobby in Urbana Illinois. HotSlots has been open for several years, but only in the last several months have they really started getting into the rc scene. Looking to promote both their store and the hobby, HotSlots decided to hold a good old fashioned bash.

HotSlots held all the events on the parking lot just outside of their store. They put up barricades to make it safer for people watching, rented a lift to help measure the high jump, had the County Market grocery make food for the event, and even had the local police drop by to radar the top speed contest.

The staff of HotSlots were super organized, all the events went off without a hitch and we got home before we expected. For being the first rc bash event that HotSlots had ever put on, they did a fantastic job. HotSlots got some great exposure from their event and we had a total blast. Also of note was the fact that HotSlots donated all the profits to their local middle school robotics club.

Event Results

Speed Run

1st- Craig N. (Losi Brushless Eight-T)- 78 mph
2kd- Tim M. (Losi MIP SCTE)- 68 mph
3rd- Adam M. (Traxxas E-Maxx)- 68 mph

Obstacle Course

1st- Tim M. (Vaterra Glamis Uno)
2kd- Ethan (Losi SCTE)
3rd- Brandon (Traxxxas)

High Jump

1st- Craig N. (Losi Brushless Eight-T)- 40 feet
2kd- Tim M. (Losi MIP SCTE)- 35 feet
3rd- Ethan (Losi SCTE)- 30 feet

RC Sumo Wrestling

1st- Brandon (Traxxas E-Maxx)
2kd- Abigail (Associated SC10)
3rd- Steve (ECX Ruckus)

Demo Derby

1st- Steve (ECX Ruckus)
2kd- THE Cub Reporter (Thunder Tiger TS-2e)
3rd- Gevon (Traxxas Slash 4×4)


1st- Adam M. (Vintage Traxxas Bullet)

Click on the “Read More” button for 5 more galleries of pictures from the big bash.


JConcepts Scalpel Body and Front Bumper Conversion Kit for Traxxas Slash 4x4
There are a lot of people out there that like to speed run their Traxxas Slash 4×4′s, including most of the staff here at BigSquidRC. JConcepts recognized that fact and have announced their new Scalpel Body and Front Bumper Conversion for the Slash 4×4. Their new Scalpel body is low slung and made specifically to help you get the most out of your Slash when making high speed passes. Some of the features are-

* A JConcepts oringinal design and concept
* Chiseled front-end with chin-spoiler
* Low-profile roof-line
* Spacious fenders to allow tire clearance
* Shallow bed area
* Truck-line appearance
* Comes with detailed Scalpel decal sheet
* Part # 0240

Street price on the new Scalpel body is $38 and it should be available at your local hobby shop in late October.

JConcepts is also releasing a new Front Bumper Conversion Kit (part # 2173) for the Slash 4×4. The conversion includes a touring car style front bumper and lowered aluminum body mounts to help slam the body. Street price on the bumper conversion is $38 and it will also be available in late October.

For more information on both the Scalpel body and bumper conversion hit up the official JConcepts website.

Looking for more JConcepts news here on BigSquidRC? THIS is the link you want.

Nic Case and Team Associated have uploaded a new episode of their Road to 200 series.  If you’re unfamiliar with this project, it’s an attempt to get an R/C car up to the 200 MPH mark.  They are making great progress and this is an excellent video that takes a closer look at the custom super car they are building to make history.

You can click on over to the Team Associated website to watch, or I’ve embedded it after the break.


It looks like it’s time again for the International Speed Challenge! The ISC is a great place to take that speed demon you have been working on, and show it off to the rest of the world. If you think you got something fast, and you want to prove it. This years event is in Topeka Kansas, on August 15th and 16th at the Heartland Park Raceway.

Visit the ISC Speedrun web site for info.

International RC Speed Run Challenge

The 2nd closed course event for the ISC was held this weekend at the Major Taylor Velodrome in Indiana this past weekend. The reports are just being posted:

From Mike Ogle:

Just got back from Indianapolis this evening, here’s a recap of what went down.

Shawn Palmer set the mark in Open Wheel with a 4WD Schumacher CAT 4wd buggy on foams, 50.57 mph. Also bumped up his own 4WD Stock record to 68.83.

Local racer Tony Fox reset 2WD stock to 80.41, fast lap being a 9.27 seconds.

Steve Cutshaw dusts off his old oval car setup, 6-NiMH cells, D5 brushed motor, enters it into Electric MOD (!!!) and goes 76.38 to claim the new record.

Nic Case bests his own Electric OPEN 83.76 record from Encino with an 84.90 in an incredible thrash session of blowing up and changing tires and showcasing some exceptional high-speed car handling skills.

The Indy host club was as nice a group of people as you could ever meet, Mr. Gerry Pullum went above and beyond to make sure everyone came away with something… a door prize, a plaque, a trophy, or just a big smile.

Really fun weekend, excellent weather, we had a blast… more details to follow…

RC Speed Run Popular Science has a spectacular story on a couple of R/C speed demons.  This includes Nic Case’s 161 mph Schumacher Mi3, Gary O’Connor’s 4 Engine 93 mph monster, Jack Cecil’s 111 mph Traxxas 4-tec and Nick Maslowski’s 97 mph modified RC10L4 dubbed the “X2″.  Check it out here.