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Old 12-30-2012, 07:41 AM
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Hi Guys,
I need a bit of advice here. My son was given a very nice Savage from his uncle. He has several RCs, but all are electric and we aren't going to mess with nitro.
So, I want to either convert it to electric or trade/sell it. Problem is that it is a gift, so selling it might seem rude. we would prefer to convert it, but want to do it cheaply.
What is the cheapest way to convert it to electric? I know from doing some reading that there is a HPI kit, but seems expensive.
Any info on a budget way to do this would really be appreciated. I plan on using the money from selling the motor(HPI 25) and pipe and also the Airtronics radio and rx toward the conversion.

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Old 12-30-2012, 08:16 AM
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I don't think you can do conversions cheaply.

I say try nitro.. Something different - might be fun.. It's not necessarily something you have to "mess with" either. Bit to learn, sure - but it's a hobby, and learning and mastering something enrichens the experience of it all. It's definitely not as hard as some people on these forums make out. Give it a shot. (especially if the engine is used.. What do you have to lose? Can't imagine anybody paying much for a used .25 anyway..)

So I say run it..
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Old 12-30-2012, 01:15 PM
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The conversion is probably going to cost about $300. $200 for a Hobbywing esc and motor, possibly about $150 If you get a Tacon or Leopard motor instead of the Hobbywing combo. Another $100 or so for the Flux battery boxes, Flux transmission gears and a motor mount.

The benefit of the HPI kit is that it has everything to convert to full Flux spec. The stronger Bullet Proof Differential gears, Flux TVP's so the battery boxes bolt on with no drilling, etc. But it can be done much cheaper if you don't mind looking up the trans gears, drilling a few holes and you can get a better motor mount. Ones like the RC-Monster mount offer more adjustability and can accomodate motors with different fin configurations while the stock Flux can't.
http://www.rc-monster.com/proddetail...rod=rcmfluxmnt

It is surprising what people will pay for used motors sometimes, but consider yourself lucky if you get $50 for the 25.
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Old 12-30-2012, 01:33 PM
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Mate I just converted my savage k4.6ss to brushless

I used a 5 dollar engine mount from a bsdracing buggy and a hobbyking 3659 edf inrunner brushless motor

Because I didn't change the geArbox I am still using the original mechanical brakes which work flawlessly and I just mixed them in with my 4pks program mix

I am using 6s 4950mah flightpower batteries and the ace
Rc 150amp plus esc and I must say....an electric 2 speed is fun as hell !

Also forgot to mention I am also still using the reverse module

All up the conversion cost me about 50 bucks in parts which were shims, pinion, spur 52t, motor mount

Esc and motor I had lying around at home but motor is worth about 50 bucks and the esc about 180

I didn't use bbattery boxes as my batteries fit perfectly down the length of the tvps with bit of Velcro and some 're usable zipties they go nowhere


I've had about 20 runs on it so far without a single hiccup and I'm getting 20min runtimes out of 1 4900mah 6s battery
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Well personally I love nitro so my suggestion is to give it a try before dropping the money on brushless equipment. An S-25 isn't going to go for a lot of money running or not and they are easy going engines (easy to tune).

What kind of airtronics radio?
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Originally Posted by ProudSavageOwnr View Post
Mate I just converted my savage k4.6ss to brushless

I used a 5 dollar engine mount from a bsdracing buggy and a hobbyking 3659 edf inrunner brushless motor

Because I didn't change the geArbox I am still using the original mechanical brakes which work flawlessly and I just mixed them in with my 4pks program mix

I am using 6s 4950mah flightpower batteries and the ace
Rc 150amp plus esc and I must say....an electric 2 speed is fun as hell !

Also forgot to mention I am also still using the reverse module

All up the conversion cost me about 50 bucks in parts which were shims, pinion, spur 52t, motor mount

Esc and motor I had lying around at home but motor is worth about 50 bucks and the esc about 180

I didn't use bbattery boxes as my batteries fit perfectly down the length of the tvps with bit of Velcro and some 're usable zipties they go nowhere


I've had about 20 runs on it so far without a single hiccup and I'm getting 20min runtimes out of 1 4900mah 6s battery
Thanks for the ideas. I went ahead and ordered a Kershaw kit for the motor mount etc.. and also he sells the motor esc combos for pretty good price. So it will cost me about $200. I will run 2 7.4v lipos(4s) as i already have plenty of those.
I guess I will have to do some reading to see if I can mix the brake servo into the throttle channel on my radio? Not sure how to do that, but will give it a try.
I would also like to use the reverse on ch 3 if I can.

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