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Old 12-30-2008, 08:18 AM   #1
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Default NEWB here, Want to buy Gasoline not Nitro RC. Whats the best bet?

I have been into this stuff in and out. I had about two nitro buggies and now Im leaning towards gasoline, not nitro fuel. Now i know HPI makes one but I hear there is another manufacturer, german or italian that makes the best Gasoline RC cars. Anyone know what i should get? Im looking for Gas not Nitro. The most Im going to be spending is 1,100.
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:29 AM   #2
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A Baja 5B/5T is the best out there by far. Go with it, because you wont be disappointed
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:56 AM   #3
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HPI Baja is good fun. If you get the SS kit you get to build it. Mine is 95% complete, just need to put the rear shocks and wheels on.

Check out this forum for more info on them.

http://www.hpibajaforum.com
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Old 12-30-2008, 09:08 AM   #4
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Now is the SS kit cheaper after you buy everything you need?? Or the 5B RTR is the way to go?
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Old 12-30-2008, 09:27 AM   #5
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The SS will prob wind up costing more since you usually buy better electronics for it than the stock rtr electronics. Thats part of building one though. If you don't already have a radio, rtr will prob be best.
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Cool. Thanks guys for all your help. I should be buying the Baja 5B. Any tips before I enter the R/C Gasoline world?
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Find a big place to run it and have fun!
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I've got a Baja 5b and love it. Yes, you will need very large spaces to run it, and most tracks will not let you run it (assuming they're even big enough).

Gas is very easy to run, and of course cheap too as far as fuel cost goes. The Bajas run 20-40 minutes on a tank depending on throttle usage. They get expensive *very* quickly, though. Parts are pricey and the cars are so heavy that it's hard to jump them for an afternoon without damage.
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Cool. Thanks guys for all your help. I should be buying the Baja 5B. Any tips before I enter the R/C Gasoline world?
I would go with the 5T if I were you. I just saw one run last weekend and it was crazy. The guy who owns it has a 5B also and he said he liked the 5T better. I personally like it for the looks, but he did say it was slightly faster then the B. Plus seeing that thing scream by at 30+ it looks like a real baja truck. Personally the large scale stuff isn't for me for many reasons but it does look fun.
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Now is the SS kit cheaper after you buy everything you need?? Or the 5B RTR is the way to go?

If I'm not mistaken, the SS has a bunch of upgrades included that the RTR doesn't have. Like the upgraded clutch, reinforced diff housing(?), beefier dogbones and an upgraded pipe that makes a HUGE difference in performance. It also comes with the stock pipe when noise might be an issue.

I've driven both and they're both a hoot. The B was a little more entertaining just because it has an aftermarket 29.5cc motor running on 114 octane race gas and a GBE dual-bleed pipe
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Check over the Baja forum - www.hpibajaforum.com

The SS comes with some hop ups over the RTR, but the hop-ups are mediocre and you will end up replacing them anyway. For example, the pipe is better than the stock RTR can exhaust, but any of the aftermarket pipes dust the SS pipe, and the SS pipe breaks due to heat in very short order.

Things like the clutch are OK, but it's $8 for the SS springs that you can fit on your RTR, and you'll eventually swap that out too if you go for big HP.

I'm running my RTR on a 27cc hopped up engine and an aftermarket pipe; all aluminum suspension and the stock RTR drivetrain holds up real well.
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Check out these modded Baja's....

http://www.hpibajaforum.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=44796
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