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Vaterra K5 Blazer Video
With the release of the much anticipated Vaterra 1985 K5 Blazer just around the corner, the folks at Horizon Hobby made a video to highlight some of its finer details. Rich Trujillo, one of the men behind the design of the new truck, gives a short but detailed presentation on many of the cooler aspects of the Blazer and its new Ascender chassis.

The K5 Blazer is set to hit hobby shop shelves later this month. Hit up This Link for complete details over on Vaterra’s official website. To get even more Vaterra news, Click Right Here on BigSquidRC.

RC4WD Predator Tracks Vaterra Twin Hammers
It might be a hard pill to swallow, but snow is right around the corner. What better way to bash this winter than with a set of RC4WD Predator Tracks?

The RC4WD crew now has Predator mounting kits for the Vaterra Twin Hammers. These are made from aluminum, anodized in black, and make it easy to mount Predator Tracks to your Vaterra.

The part number for the front mounting kit is #Z-S1252, it is priced at $29, and Here Is The Link for full details over on RC4WD’s website.

The rear set is part number #Z-S1254, has a price of $69, and you can Click Here for more details.

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T-Bone Racing Vaterra Halix Wheelie Bar
There is no doubt the Vaterra Halix loves to wheelie. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone made a bar with wheels on it so you could pull block long wheelies without flipping over?

Cue the music for T-Bone Racing. Their T-Bar mounts right up to the stock Halix rear bumper and will instantly make your truck a whole lot easier to wheelie with. It will also help save your bumper and body from unnecessary scratches.

The part number is #96019, they have a street price of $18, and they are available right now. For more details check out This Link over on TBR’s official website.

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Vaterra 2015 Ford Mustang 4WD RTR
While the radical new 2015 Ford Mustang is already making waves in the full size world, we are more stoked for the arrival of the new Vaterra rc version. The Vaterra 2015 Mustang is a meticulously detailed version of the real-deal, offering both incredible scale looks and solid on-road performance.

The Vaterra 2015 Mustang comes on their V100-S 4wd on-road platform that has proven to be both durable base and good handling. The stock power plant is a 15 turn brushed motor and the included electronics are waterproof. The Vaterra Mustang comes completely RTR with nothing else needed to hit the pavement.

* Low profile tires on 54mm wheels
* Officially licensed by Ford
* Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz radio system
* Realistic brake disc and calipers
* Includes Dynamite 1800mAh NiMH & charger

The part number is #VTR03024, it is street priced at $289, and you can be the first guy on your block to get one by pre-ordering at This Link over on the official Horizon Hobby website.

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Vaterra Chevy Blazer Video

The crew over at Vaterra have put up a video showcasing their new ’86 Chevy K-5 Blazer. In the video you can learn more about some of its features, more about its Ascender chassis, and you can even see it in action. Click the video below to check it out, and if you get one on Pre-Order before this Thursday you’ll even get free 2 day shipping from Horizon Hobby.

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Vaterra Chevrolet K-5 Blazer Ascender
Are you into rock crawling? Like building your own kits? Is scale realism important to you? If you answered “yes” to those three questions the new ’86 Chevrolet K-5 Blazer from Vaterra should be considered a must buy.

At the heart of the Blazer is the new Ascender chassis. The Ascender chassis features a stamped steel frame, adjustable wheelbase, metal gear transmission, and serious off-road suspension.

For scale looks, the the Blazer comes with a fully licensed 1986 Chevrolet K-5 Blazer body. The body is clear so you can throw on your own paint job and comes with an injection-molded grille with headlight details. Fully licensed Interco TSL SX Super Swamper tires complete the true off-road look.

* 8 spoke 1.9″ wheels
* Aluminum suspension links
* Floating battery tray (holds a shorty pack)
* Crawling style bumpers
* Adjustable side bars
* 4-line rear suspension
* 3-line panhard front suspension
* Low-profile axle housings & locker/ring gear
* HD CV front shafts
* Single speed tranny with slipper clutch
* Threaded oil filled shocks

The part number is VTR03023, it is street priced at $319, and to ensure you are the first person on your block to have one, Click Right Here to pre-order over on Horizon Hobby’s official website.

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Vaterra Twin Hammers 4WD Rock Racer Kit
Our friends over at Vaterra have announced the Twin Hammers will soon be available in kit form. This is some big news as many hobbyists prefer to build their trucks from scratch, modifying and hopping them up during the build process. The kit version also features upgrades like licensed Interco Super Swamper tires, a front locker, and heavy duty front axle outdrives.

* Comes with clear body and a GenRight decal sheet
* 1/10 scale 4wd
* Two-speed tranny
* Metal tranny and diff gears
* Threaded aluminum shock bodies
* Metal 12mm wheel hexes
* Front & rear sway bars

The part number is #VTR03001, it has a street price of $279, and they are expected to hit hobby shops in late July. Get full details at This Link over on Vaterra’s website.

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Vaterra 2014 Corvette
What’s new and hot from the crew over at Vaterra? It’s a fully licensed 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 and Vaterra was nice enough to let the BigSquidRC Bash Crew get an early hands-on look.

Vaterra is known for their incredibly detailed bodies and their 2014 Corvette is no different. The body is fully licensed by Chevrolet and is a real stunner to see in person. The wheels, tires, and brakes on the Stingray are also very sweet looking. If you plop one of these down at your local bash spot it is sure to turn some heads.

Under the body is Vaterra’s workhorse V100-S 4wd platform that is known for being easy to drive and for its durability. The ’14 Stingray comes with an easy to drive 540 brushed power system, but of course is easily upgrade-able to extreme power levels.

* Shaft driven 4wd
* Completely RTR w/ everything included
* Waterproof
* Includes Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz radio system
* LiPo compatible ESC
* Dynamite 540 brushed motor

The latest Vaterra has a part number of #VTR03011 and they are street priced at $289. You can be one of the first to see it in person this weekend at the Bloomington Gold Corvette Show at the University of Illinois Campus in Urbana, Illinois.

You can get more information on Vaterra at This Link on BigSquidRC.

Vaterra Rockstar Ford Fiesta Rally Car
What is the latest off-road release from Vaterra? It is their Rockstar Energy Ford Fiesta RallyCross car. The Rockstar is a tenth scale, brushless powered, 4wd, sitting on the platform you might recognize from the Halix and Vaterra’s Ford Raptor. It comes dialed with AVC, active vehicle control, and like most other Vaterra products, has a trick looking body for showing off at the local bash spot.

* Metal gear, viscous torque vectoring differentials
* Dynamite 3300Kv 4-pole brushless motor
* Waterproof
* Fully licensed body
* Includes Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz transmitter

The part number for the Vaterra is #VTR03010, it is priced at $469, and you can get more details after clicking This Link to head over to its official page on the Vaterra website.

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Horizon Hobby Big Squid
During our Southern California Road Trip, the fine folks over at Horizon Hobby were kind enough to let us drop by their offices for a visit. The Horizon offices are home to such brands as Vaterra, ECX, Losi, Pro Boat, and TLR.

While some of the Horizon brands are intended for hardcore racing, we soon learned that all the guys at Horizon were very basher friendly. We found that they honestly care about hardcore bashers, and are especially concerned about first day noobs. We had several long conversations, many of which centered around things we could be doing to make the hobby more noob friendly. It was nice to find the IFMAR and National Championship drivers sitting around the conference table were very much like us, simply wanting everyone to have the best experience possible in the hobby.

After the bench racing session the Horizon crew grabbed one of their new Losi Mini 8IGHT-T Truggies and we headed outside to get some serious bashing in. We found the Mini 8IGHT-T a blast to drive, and that the Horizon guys were just as hardcore about their bashing as we were. It’s nice to know the people designing the next generation of bash vehicles drive them like they stole them, just like we do.

We not only had a great time hang’n with the Horizon guys, but also learned a lot about the hobby from their perspective. We would like to give Jukka, Rich, Ray, and our homie Scott Hughes a super huge “Thank You!” for taking the time to visit with us.

Vaterra 1969 Custom Corvette RTR
Vaterra continues to impress with yet another incredible looking car, a 1969 Custom Corvette RTR. The fully licensed body features incredible scale detailing, while the wheels and tires give it a hot rod look. Realistic looking brakes and bumpers also help to boost its scale realism factor. Under the hood is the solid V100-S Vaterra chassis, motivated by a Dynamite 15 turn brushed motor. Throw in waterproofing and a 2.4GHz Spektrum radio system and the Vaterra Corvette is ready to turn some serious heads at your local bash spot.

The part number is #VTR03022, it has a street price of $289, and you can click This Link to view complete details over on the Vaterra website.

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Vaterra halix upgrade hop-up servo Xpert
While the stock servo in the Vaterra Halix works fine for general bashing, to go truly high performance a better servo needs to be installed. A better servo will not only be faster than the stock unit, but also have more power for keeping those big tires pointed where you intend them to be.

For our Halix project we decided to pop in an Xpert SM-5501HV. The 5501 has some impressive specs, .106 for speed and 270 oz-in of torque at 7.4 volts, and it is a digital servo, a requirement for use with the AVC system on the Halix.

Installing a Servo in the Halix -

1. Use a 2mm hex to remove the bolt out of the servo horn.

2. Use a 2mm hex to remove the 4 bolts holding in the servo.

3. Use a 2mm hex to remove 2 screws securing the receiver box lid.

4. Unplug the servo wire from the receiver and cut the zip-ties that hold the wire down.

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Vaterra Halix hop-up tie rod turnbuckles
This week in our Vaterra Halix upgrade series we’ll be showing you how to install new turnbuckles. There are a couple of good reasons to do this, the first being that the stock units can break during hard bashing, the second is that the stock units are not adjustable. Being able to adjust tire camber and front toe-in comes in mighty handy for dialing in your Halix to your local bash spot.

How to install new tie-rods on the Halix-

1. Use the four way wrench that came with your truck to remove the wheels.

2. Use a 2mm hex for the bolt heads and use either the supplied four way wrench or needle nose pliers for the nuts to remove the stock turnbuckles.

3. We used two pairs of Traxxas #3644 ($7 per pair) for the front and rear camber rods. When you install these take note that one side has a wide ball in the rod end, while the other uses a narrow. On the Halix you will want to install the wide ball towards the hub, with the narrow mounted to the shock tower. The Traxxas tie-rods are also directional, there is a groove in each tie-rod that donates direction. You will want the groove on all the tie-rods pointing the same direction. This is done so during adjustment the same rotation of the tie-rod will result in either tightening or loosening for all six units.

4. We used a pair of Traxxas #3745 ($8 per pair) for the steering turnbuckles, these are slightly longer than the 3644s and work well in the Halix.

5. We will also note that we drilled new camber holes in the rear tower of our Halix. This was done to lower the roll center and change the camber gain on the rear of the truck. The higher mount gives the rear of our Halix a more planted feel in the low bite conditions we normally drive on. We used a 7/64 bit to make the new holes and removed the bumper and top of the rear shocks to gain easier access.

6. After all six tie rods and the wheels are mounted back up, you will need to adjust camber. You will need to set your Halix on a flat surface and use an RPM #70992 (or better yet their #70950, $12) camber gauge and a turnbuckle wrench. We used a slightly modified Lunsford wrench to set front and rear camber at negative 1 degrees. Also of note, set camber with a battery in the truck while it is sitting at its normal ride height.

7. One step left to go, adjust the front toe-in. We used our Lunsford turnbuckle wrench with a metal ruler to set toe-in to zero degrees. Zero degrees is a fairly common setting that works well on the Halix. Setting the toe-in is easy, we used the metal ruler to measure the distance between the centers of the tires from the front side, then from the rear, until they both measured the same. Many people just “eyeball” the toe, as long as both front tires are pointed straight forwards, not in towards each other or pointing outwards, you will be close to zero toe.

8. With the turnbuckles bolted up and the camber and toe-in set, your Halix is ready to drive. It took us about 30 minutes to do the job, we have yet to break one of the new turnbuckles, and the additional tuning flexibility has allowed us to really dial the truck in.

Next week we’ll be installing a new servo, until then you can Click HERE to read more Halix hop-up articles on BigSquidRC.