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« on: March 19, 2011, 09:48:46 PM »
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Hi all!

You can see my intro and buying experience here:
http://www.rcindia.org/rc-people/hey-all!-tassem-from-bangalore/

First Run:
http://www.rcindia.org/cars/hpi-savage-x-4-6-first-drive/

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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2011, 09:53:01 PM »
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The first mod was more of a tweak than anything. The body clips were a pain and was starting to cause slight blistering on my fingers. Plus they're so small to grab and remove. Lastly, they're so easy to lose!

The perfect way to tackle all of this in one go at zero cost!

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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2011, 09:59:12 PM »
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One thing that irritated me was the careless omission of a proper underbody skidplate. While the front and rear skidplates do extend underneath, there is a gaping area that leaves the brakes and 4WD shaft open to damage.

While I can buy one that is specifically designed for the savage, there's no fun in that. Plus its expensive. I wanted to get a proper full underbody skidplate fabricated. Today being a saturday meant that most shops nearby were closed.

So as a temporary measure, a laptop HDD tray and some zip ties did the trick. Looks quite good if I may say so myself. The cut outs may cause stuff to snag, but it still offers a lof of protection compared to nothing being there in the first place.

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This is the best so far!

The Big Block Savage pops wheelies on demand as long as your on tarmac or short grass. The thing about wheelies is that for somebody like me who's still just getting the hang of it, things are very difficult. I managed to flip the car over several times and the battle wounds can be seen on the body shell.

So the smartest thing to do was to get a wheelie bar. But again, why do it the easy way. A poor 'ol car donated its rear end for the Savage's wellbeing. It was a pretty straightforward graft. For those of you wondering if the zip ties will hold up - trust me, they will. I can grab and lift the car using the wheelie bar and it still wont budge. I haven't been able to test it yet though. That's reserved for tomorrow. But the angle is just perfect and I'm sure it will do a great job.

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When I bought HID upgrades for my car, they came in a cool looking case. At the time I wondered if I will ever find a cool enough job for this li'l case.

Well, now I did! An HPI Racing Decal adorns the lid for that pro look Wink

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This li'l fella did not give up his rear without a fight. So the Savage showed him who's Boss!

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Nice job.Liked the temporary skidplate.Didn't the savage have an included wheelie bar?(Or HPI might give it just for the savage flux HP)
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« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2011, 09:30:41 AM »
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Only flux has a wheelies bar, no savage nitro
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@Gandhar: Himank is right. The Savage X does not include a wheelie bar in the provided accessories.. But this one works great. I can carry a wheelie as long as I'm on level ground/tarmac. On uneven dirt roads I cannot carry a wheelie but the car will not flip over. So it's good!
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Good job there on the DIY, buddy. Look forward to see you sometime.
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Hey Thanks! I'm working on a 2mm all aluminum under-body skid-plate now. I've never tried 3D designing so its taking a lot of time to work out a design. But I'm gonna keep at it till I have some success.

I also want to get an exhaust extension so that it exits out the back of the truck. I've found a place who can get it done. Will try and see if it messes with my tune. Fingers crossed!

We'll surely meet up sometime. Do you visit bangalore often?
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Gud luk keep at it..
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good stuff.. one lil word of advice though...

the wheelie bar needs to bve very straight and very firm. if it moves even a lil bit. while trying wheelies, the savage will get into high speed wobbles and tumble over... and you dont want that to happen....

and i might try to get a plate like that made Tongue
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Hey ShutterX,

The Wheelie bar has no play whatsoever. It doesn't even budge. However since its attached to the guard it does flex.

To be honest with you, I put it there so that it doesn't flip over under hard acceleration. The ability to carry wheelies is just a bonus Wink

And hey about the plate, wait for a while. I'm working on a design that's going to be milled out of 2.5mm aluminum. Its going to extend the entire length of the underbody. If it works out well I can have one sent to you as well.

Lots of plans! Wink
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ok thats cool.. i wait. and anyways i need a new steering servo. mine is fried.. any idea where i can get one?
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Model Art in Forum has a compatible 125oz servo.. forgot the brand. It was some 1800 bucks..

edit: oops, i just saw that you're not based out of bangalore Cheesy Well you can try rcdhamaka I guess. I'm not sure if they have it though.
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i am looking for 150+ thats the min for getting real performance from the savage.. the thing is bloody heavy... i have sourced the hi tech servos 12kg/cm on 6 v power... costs 3000! need to find it cheaper...
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I know what you mean. But I don't think you can get them any cheaper here. A friend of mine will be returning from the US in two months. I've asked him to get me a pair. Frankly its almost the same to get it here than have it shipped.
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i see it on rotor.. for 2250.. id buy it for that price.. any idea of that site? should i go for it?
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The price seems good. I've never bought from them though. Just check with them if its in stock before you place an order. Some of these companies have a long wait period!
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thats the issue... pay less but wait longer... or pay 600 more and get it instantly... which do you think is better?
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Instant of course! Skip the weekend movie plans and you're even Wink
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haha. i get the hint. honestly... makes more sense... waiting, staying at home when the courier gets there... major pain in the butt...

skip movie plans it is then! Tongue
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