You get a Losi 5IVE-T or HPI baja under your tree this year?
So undoubtedly there were many lucky men and women this holiday season who received the gift of all gifts…. a 1/5 large scale R/C car or truck from HPI Racing, Losi or one of the other manufactures. Well if this is you, CONGRATULATIONS! You must have been real good to get this gift. So let us help you by giving you some simple directions on what to do next.
For the Losi 5IVE-T customers start with Step 1.. For the HPI Baja owners skip to Step 2.
Step 1. Losi 5IVE-T Bulletin
The very first thing you want to do is confirm you are not one of the people with some short screws in your chassis that Losi has made us aware of. Check into that HERE.
Step 2. Setup and Break-In
Now lets get you started on the basics.
For the Losi 5IVE-T owners you can watch a 5 part series by TeamFastEddy :
Or you can watch the official Horizon Setup video for the Losi 5IVE-T:
TeamFastEddy also has a 7 part series on setup of a HPI Baja 5T which is also going to be good for the HPI Baja 5b, 5sc or SS:
Step 3. Run it!
Enough youtube…. Go run it!
Step 4. Turn off radio and breathe
That was fun right? I am sure you will agree, it’s like no other R/C you have ever driven. So now what you ask? Well now the fun really begins, because it’s now time to clean, adjust and maintain. You ask what’s so fun about all that? Oh well I skipped one thing…MODIFICATION. Yep, maintenance and repairs are very minimal on large scale so you will find yourself doing more modification than anything else. Billet parts, suspension upgrades, cosmetic bolt-ons, custom paint, body upgrades and the most important….ENGINE upgrades and tuned pipes. Yes, the HPI Baja and the Losi 5IVE-T are fast cars for their size and weight. But most owners of these fine vehicles will find themselves upgrading to at least a tuned pipe.
Currently the most in demand pipe for the Losi 5IVE-T is the Bartalone pipe found HERE.
As for a HPI baja pipe, this platform has been out for many years so your choices are endless, you can browse them all HERE.
Or you can go ALL OUT and get the motor of all motors. The BZM 28.5cc engine found HERE. It’s 8+HP is enough to grab anyones attention. Check out the video tab on that page and enjoy.
Step 5. Protect it
That’s right. Dont spend thousands of dollars on your new R/C and not protect the engine and its vital parts. Here are some suggestions.
Both HPI Baja and Losi 5IVE-T owners will appreciate this part, its the most sold aftermarket part in the history of large scale R/C. Outerwears Pull Start Filter.
Dont forget to protect the other chassis parts on the Losi 5IVE-T, check out some of the option by TeamChase HERE.
Step 6. Make it yours
There are a TON of aftermarket goodies made for the HPI Baja 5b, 5t, 5sc and SS that will really separate your car or truck from the rest. Check out the thousands of parts listed HERE.
For the Losi 5IVE-T owners looking to upgrade and modify their new truck with hopups etc, your choices are a bit more limited at the moment but you can check out the growing list of items HERE. Look for quality items like the Craftwerks-RC light pods and the DarkSoul clutch carrier.
Step 7. Emerse and educate yourself
Watch hundreds upon hundreds of instructional videos, action videos, event coverage, question & answers and so much more. At www.RCLargeScale.com
Step 8. Enjoy
The last and final recommend step. Just enjoy it. Use it, dont be afraid to take these large cars and trucks to the next level. They are big and overbuilt for a reason…so you can GO BIG! Keep an eye here on LSN for tips, reviews and event coverage. We hope to see you soon at one of the many event throughout the year. Welcome to the club.