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Received an HPI Baja 5SC and need help

evssv

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I don't know y i edited it....i never ever do this....不不不不
Thk i was messing with u tube settings and shit:unsure::LOL:
 

NewHPIGuy

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Okay you guys, back with another update.

I just came back from officially running about 1/2 a tank on the RC car. Me and my kiddo took it to an empty lot and ran it. I originally thought about cleaning it before but I decided to do it AFTER I ran it (no sense in cleaning it twice, right?). DUSSSSST EVVEEERRRYYYY WHERE.

It was amazing. I can seriously see why this would be a fun hobby. Kiddo kept covering his ears. As previously said, it's WAY louder for his ears than mine and I've already gotten complaints about it lol

Aaaaaaaaaaaand then the bad shit started. About 15 minutes into the run, just whipping it back and forth, the car stood still. It was still turned on but was still turned on and revving. I ran up to it and the damn pinion that attached to the motor was missing. Turned it off and kiddo and I traced it's previous tracks. Thankfully we found both the pinion and the little hex screw not to far from the car.

Thinking that was the end of it, we started whippign it around again. About another 15 minutes go by and kiddo guns it all the way down the parking lot. Like, REALLLLLY out there. I grabbed the remote and started to turn it around. I pointed it back at us from afar and explained that we need to keep it in eye's view. I tried to bring it back and no response. "WTF?" I thought it was the pinion again. I kept pressing the trigger on the remote like it was a semi automatic. nothing. no throttle response. "Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck. Something broke." I thought to myself as I started the lonnnnnnnng job to the baja. about 5 seconds later, THE fiddlesticking THING TAKES OFF ON IT'S OWN!! Just fiddlesticking darting full blast towards me and kiddo. No response from the remote, brakes or throttle. It zooms past me and bashes against a bush. I was able to kill it then and call it a day.

Finally I get home, about 20 minutes ago. As I'm putting away the RC Car, I notice that the plastic wheel that the pinion engages is melted and now totally useless. A spur wheel I believe it is called. A part that I have to replace if I want it running again.

So, lessions:

1) Ear plugs for the kiddo. Myself included, my hearing isn't what it used to be, gotta preserve what I got lol
2) A fiddlesticking KILL SWITCH IS 1000000% MANDATORY. IT SHOULD BE ADDED BY DEFAULT AT THE FACTORY! HOLY SHIT GOD DAMN!
3) BEFORE running, make sure important things are screwed and intact TIGHT.
4) Start a new checking account for this hobby because that replacement part is about $100 at DDM lol (DEAR LORD!)

Questions:

1) I have noticed that my car doesn't turn as sharp as some other cars. After watching this video and comparing mine to the one on youtube, I feel like maybe something is wrong with mine? Mine doesn't "wheelie" or "whip around on a turn". I can't put it into words, I might have to record it next time. But here's the video I found and what I was kind of expecting? (Fast Forward to about 1:05)

That's it for now. Later guys!
 

Z.hb71

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Okay you guys, back with another update.

I just came back from officially running about 1/2 a tank on the RC car. Me and my kiddo took it to an empty lot and ran it. I originally thought about cleaning it before but I decided to do it AFTER I ran it (no sense in cleaning it twice, right?). DUSSSSST EVVEEERRRYYYY WHERE.

It was amazing. I can seriously see why this would be a fun hobby. Kiddo kept covering his ears. As previously said, it's WAY louder for his ears than mine and I've already gotten complaints about it lol

Aaaaaaaaaaaand then the bad shit started. About 15 minutes into the run, just whipping it back and forth, the car stood still. It was still turned on but was still turned on and revving. I ran up to it and the damn pinion that attached to the motor was missing. Turned it off and kiddo and I traced it's previous tracks. Thankfully we found both the pinion and the little hex screw not to far from the car.

Thinking that was the end of it, we started whippign it around again. About another 15 minutes go by and kiddo guns it all the way down the parking lot. Like, REALLLLLY out there. I grabbed the remote and started to turn it around. I pointed it back at us from afar and explained that we need to keep it in eye's view. I tried to bring it back and no response. "WTF?" I thought it was the pinion again. I kept pressing the trigger on the remote like it was a semi automatic. nothing. no throttle response. "Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck. Something broke." I thought to myself as I started the lonnnnnnnng job to the baja. about 5 seconds later, THE fiddlesticking THING TAKES OFF ON IT'S OWN!! Just fiddlesticking darting full blast towards me and kiddo. No response from the remote, brakes or throttle. It zooms past me and bashes against a bush. I was able to kill it then and call it a day.

Finally I get home, about 20 minutes ago. As I'm putting away the RC Car, I notice that the plastic wheel that the pinion engages is melted and now totally useless. A spur wheel I believe it is called. A part that I have to replace if I want it running again.

So, lessions:

1) Ear plugs for the kiddo. Myself included, my hearing isn't what it used to be, gotta preserve what I got lol
2) A fiddlesticking KILL SWITCH IS 1000000% MANDATORY. IT SHOULD BE ADDED BY DEFAULT AT THE FACTORY! HOLY SHIT GOD DAMN!
3) BEFORE running, make sure important things are screwed and intact TIGHT.
4) Start a new checking account for this hobby because that replacement part is about $100 at DDM lol (DEAR LORD!)

Questions:

1) I have noticed that my car doesn't turn as sharp as some other cars. After watching this video and comparing mine to the one on youtube, I feel like maybe something is wrong with mine? Mine doesn't "wheelie" or "whip around on a turn". I can't put it into words, I might have to record it next time. here's the video I found and what I was kind of expecting? (Fast Forward to about 1:05)

That's it for now. Later guys!
His wheelies most likely cuz he has a ddm dominator pipe which is galaxies better the (no offense) shitty pipe that u have, that's probably why it wheelies and has more power. Ddm dominator pipes kinda expensive, 170 for the v2. You might be able to find a used one, there is clones of it, I'm not sure if they are any good, I've heard that they are just as good performance wise but the material is crappy, but I do not know as I've never owned one or really looked in to it, I'm sure someone on here could tell ya! Also this hobby as your learning is very expensive, so try not to be surprised when a tiny little part costs like $50 bucks lol. Sucks that you had to learn that a kill switch is very necessary the hard way, was there and bad damage? Hope not! Also if you can, i would look into getting a new remote/radio/transmitter because the stock ones aren't great. Theres many options like Futabas, spectrum, Sanwa/Airtronics, flysky, ect. Futaba is pretty expensive but very well worth it, not sure on flysky, supposedly they are pretty good if you jailbreak or mod them according to @evssv, spectrum is meh because it has this B's called avc which is a stability control that in my opinion is a total waste of time and interfears with the kill switch, I have a Airtronics/Sanwa mx5/mxV, I like it, plenty of range and settings, picked mine up used for $50 shipped. On the spur gear, the stock spur gears are ass and is a normal occurrence for it to melt of strip out, so for like $5 I'd get me a hostile spur gear, sum would go with steel but I like a weak point so it can strip out if there's a problem rather than damaging the transmission or something. If that makes sense.
 

dougstar

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Check ur steering end points so you can get max steering (not over steer) adjust it till the turnbuckles almost touch the lower arms(y)
I stripped my spur a few weeks back i through on a steel spur, that wont happen in a hurry again get a kill switch. I also bought a clone dominator was cheap works well.......not sure how long it wil last i have flipped my baja a few time with no issues yet. New radio i woiuld ..... do some research get a new one the stock gear always sux. Get a bigger wallet不
 

mark35

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Wow that was a long read.. Lol
The cause of the pinion falling off and the spur melting will more than likely be down to bad bearings mate.
As for the rest,
Charge your battery
Get a killswitch
Adjust your endpoints.
Sorted
 

NewHPIGuy

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Wow that was a long read.. Lol
The cause of the pinion falling off and the spur melting will more than likely be down to bad bearings mate.
As for the rest,
Charge your battery
Get a killswitch
Adjust your endpoints.
Sorted
I know and I do apologize. It's just that I got pretty excited running it and I wanted to give you guys as much detailed info as possible so that in turn you guys can give me detailed info.

I'll try to cut back next time.
Get a bigger wallet不
LOL I definitely gotta look into that part.
His wheelies most likely cuz he has a ddm dominator pipe which is galaxies better the (no offense) shitty pipe that u have, that's probably why it wheelies and has more power. Ddm dominator pipes kinda expensive, 170 for the v2. You might be able to find a used one, there is clones of it, I'm not sure if they are any good, I've heard that they are just as good performance wise but the material is crappy, but I do not know as I've never owned one or really looked in to it, I'm sure someone on here could tell ya! Also this hobby as your learning is very expensive, so try not to be surprised when a tiny little part costs like $50 bucks lol. Sucks that you had to learn that a kill switch is very necessary the hard way, was there and bad damage? Hope not! Also if you can, i would look into getting a new remote/radio/transmitter because the stock ones aren't great. Theres many options like Futabas, spectrum, Sanwa/Airtronics, flysky, ect. Futaba is pretty expensive but very well worth it, not sure on flysky, supposedly they are pretty good if you jailbreak or mod them according to @evssv, spectrum is meh because it has this B's called avc which is a stability control that in my opinion is a total waste of time and interfears with the kill switch, I have a Airtronics/Sanwa mx5/mxV, I like it, plenty of range and settings, picked mine up used for $50 shipped. On the spur gear, the stock spur gears are ass and is a normal occurrence for it to melt of strip out, so for like $5 I'd get me a hostile spur gear, sum would go with steel but I like a weak point so it can strip out if there's a problem rather than damaging the transmission or something. If that makes sense.
Holy smokes, I didn't even think that he had modded parts. I thought it was all stock, to be honest. I'll stick to the pipe I have now until I'm ready to upgrade. Or at least my wallet can handle the impact, lol.

Yeah, a new radio might have to do. Honestly, I'm gonna stick with simple. I've seen some of those LCD types that cost nearly $400, YIKES! I might look into what you have. Maybe something that has 4chs? Steering, Throttle, Kill Switch and an extra for future proofing? (lights? lol)

Thanks for the tips!
 
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Z.hb71

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Holy smokes, I didn't even think that he had modded parts. I thought it was all stock, to be honest. I'll stick to the pipe I have now until I'm ready to upgrade. Or at least my wallet can handle the impact, lol.

Yeah, a new radio might have to do. Honestly, I'm gonna stick with simple. I've seen some of those LCD types that cost nearly $400, YIKES! I might look into what you have. Maybe something that has 4chs? Steering, Throttle, Kill Switch and an extra for future proofing? (lights? lol)

Thanks for the tips!
on the radio, yeah they are very expensive, I would get one with a screen because they have alot more adjustments (for the future when u learn how to use em and get more advanced), not that doesn't always mean it will be expensive, mine has a lcd but it cost me $50 as I've said, just depends on which models, make, features, and how old it is. we can help find u a good one fir cheap, whats ur price range on it? you don't really need more than 3 channels but if u want 4, go ahead, just know sometimes they are more expensive sadly, I wouldn't do lights on a 1/5 only becuase they don't last long, if you roll or hit something they will most likely break.
 
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