EXOtek has a couple new items for a couple high-end cars. Their new quick change shock posts for the HB TCX and Cyclone make changing shocks quicker. But that’s really not all. These new pieces are lighter than the stock setup and have a shorter barrel that reduces slop in the suspension setup.
Their other release of the day is a set of titanium wheel locking bolts the TLR 22. They’re machined out of strong, yet light, titanium, and feature an angled locking serration to keep the 22′s front wheels securely on the buggy. Because there’s nothing worse than driving a car and then having a wheel pop off.
The list prices are $12.95/pair for the 22′s locking bolts and $28.95/set of four for the TCX Quick Change shock posts. Check out the EXOtek website for more info.
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When ST Racing Concepts sets their sights on a project, they aim high. Their new line of aluminum parts for the Losi Ten-SCTE is a perfect example of this. While most companies might release a couple new parts here and there over time, the gang at STRC has decided to put out every conceivable part at once. These parts include front and rear shock towers, shock caps and collars, front and rear threaded shock bodies, front and rear chassis braces, rear hub carriers, a steering bellcrank, and a diff bulkhead. All of the parts are precision machined out of aluminum and they are available in gunmetal, silver, blue, or red anodizing.
The parts will be available soon, direct from the ST Racing website, with prices ranging from $12.99 to $37.99.
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Team Associated has a whole load of new Factory Team upgrades for their popular RC8B 1/8 scale buggy. The A Team says that all of these parts are based on ideas and designs used in various big-time races like Motorama and the IFMAR Worlds in Thailand. Some of the parts include a new, thicker chassis, light-weight outdrives, upgraded front and rear suspension arms, aluminum steering posts, redesigned shock towers, and a ton more.
All of these hop-ups vary in price from about $5.00 on the low end, up to $99 for the chassis. They should start hitting store shelves in June. Check out the Team Associated website for more info.
Basher favorite, RPM, is set to make your SC8 more tougher. They are introducing front and rear A-arms for the truck, as well as the RC8B buggy. Beyond the legendary RPM material adding much strength to your ride, you can also expect some nice added touches like molded in shock mounts and additional clearance to allow for more droop in the suspension.
More pictures and info to come when I can get back to the hotel room and use my laptop.
Traxxas’ tiny truck is getting a big upgrade in the shock department thanks to the Exotek crew. Their new Big Bore Shocks for the 1/16 E-Revo (and pretty much all the other 1/16 scale Traxxas vehicles, with minor parts swaps) are beautifully machined hunks of alloy with threaded shock bodies and a gun metal finish for hot looks. You’ll also find silicon o-rings and cap bladders to keep the oil inside the shock where it belongs. A complete kit comes with four shocks plus all the hardware you’ll need to mount them in your truck. Best of all they’re pretty cheap, with list price of $69.95.
Check out the Exotek Racing website for more info.
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It’s time for another Big Squid giveaway! Actually TWO giveaways to be exact! This time we have a whole load of bright and shiny hop-ups for the Traxxas Slash 4×4 from those masters of metal machining at GH Racing.
GH Racing has been awesome enough to throw a bunch of their great looking and awesomely durable aluminum parts into our prize box! We have two complete prize packages, each one consisting of front and rear A-arm sets, front and rear body mounts, and front and rear shock towers, all together worth over $150! One prize pack is made up of red and blue anodized parts while the other is all polished aluminum. One of these packs would look great on your Slash 4×4 and make it much tougher for all that huge air that we love around here!
Plus, the winners will get a boat load of Big Squid RC stickers to spice up the outside of their ride as well!
Have you been snapping the front shock tower on your SC10 or T4 with shocking regularity? Then you might want to invest in RPM‘s latest product, a drop-in replacement front shock tower that will also fit the RC10GT2. Being made out of the Basher Approved RPM material makes this new part tough enough to survive crashes that would break the stock pieces. But that’s not all, this re-engineered shock tower also weighs less than the stock tower.
So how much would you expect to pay for better features and greater peace of mind? How does an MSRP of $9.95 sound? Good, right? Expect it to be hitting the hobby shop shelves soon. Check out RPM’s web site for more info.
Racers are an insatiable bunch. You give them a sweet ride like the Blitz and they want a high-end race version. So you give them the Blitz ESE, which is ready to tear up tracks and win races all over the world and they want more hop-ups for it. So what is HPI to do? Release more hop-ups of course. These new aluminum front suspension mounts are for those of you that want to tweak your steering response just a bit more. The pretty orange mount is made to reduce front kick-up by 3° while the silver mount reduces kick-up by 5°. They are ready to be bolted on to all versions of the Blitz as well as the Firestorm stadium truck. The aluminum front suspension mounts have an MSRP of $27 and they are available now, so be sure to be bugging your local hobby shop for them.
Check in with the HPI web site for more info.
You know you’ve made it when you get a load of aluminum and carbon fiber hop-ups made for you. The Jammin SCRT10 has made it. Those masters of CNC machining, ST Racing Concepts, have a whole lot of new metal for the SCRT10. So much in fact that I’m just gonna bust out the generic HTML list on yo azz.
- Aluminum Front and Rear Chassis Braces
- Aluminum HD Front Shock Tower
- Aluminum HD “Tall” Front Shock Tower
- Aluminum HD Rear Shock Tower
- Aluminum HD Front Steering Knuckles
- Aluminum HD Front C-Hubs
- Aluminum Steering Bellcrank System
And just for a change of pace.
- Graphite Steering Upper Plate
There’s a lot here with MSRPs ranging from $11.99 up to $29.99. Check out the STRC web site for more info.
From: FlexTek RC
Direct Link: FlexTek T-Maxx Suspension Arms Complete Kit
Being a pretty serious basher, (I usually don’t stop till it’s broken!) you can imagine that I end up having to replace a lot of parts at the end of the day. My usual routine has been, come home, inspect what’s broke, take off the a-arms and bend them back into shape if possible, and fix whatever else needs fixing. Let me tell you, aluminum a-arms only bend back into shape so many times before the metal gets so week, that normal driving causes issues with them. I was getting pretty tired of this routine, and when FlexTek released their titanium a-arms, I figured it was time to see if they could really take the abuse they say they can.
I’m a big fan of FlexTek for really standing behind their product! Many companies hear about us, and know that we are going to bash the heck out of their product, so they run scared! They try to set rules like “no higher then this” or “no faster then this” BAH! FlexTek told me have fun! I like that!