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Old 07-11-2017, 09:58 AM
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New to rc boats. Acquired a vintage hobbico hustler. Looking for some advise on hopping it up some. Thinking a bigger carb, tuned pipe, & maybe a different prop. Can't seem to find much info on these. Are parts still available for these?
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Old 07-11-2017, 10:41 AM
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Welcome to the forum!!

Think the hustler went out of production in the late 1990's. At the time it was a very inexpensive gasser and one of only a few RTRs on the market.
As for hopping it up some - it has several weaknesses in its design - most notably the hull which is made of ABS plastic - it lacks rigidity and strength. I would be mindful that this boat was a high 20's to possibly 30mph boat when new. 20 years of age will not have improved things. Pushing the boat too hard could well see major failure in the hull.
I would consider a carb upgrade as the original one may well have gum issues by now. Tuned pipe would be a bit of a waste as the original stock motor probably lacks the porting to see any appreciable benefit from the use of a tuned pipe. Trying other props is always a way to find more speed - though perhaps at the expense of acceleration or similar.
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Old 07-12-2017, 07:15 AM
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Thanks for the info! Any idea where I might be able to find parts? Haven't got a response back from hobbico if anything is still available.
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Old 07-17-2017, 11:54 PM
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You wont have much luck finding direct Hustler parts but for things like carbs etc there are plenty of options.
Welcome to Zippkits! has very good prices
www.bonzisports.com has a bit of variety.
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One of these? Vacuum-formed ABS hull so the strakes are rounded. It has an old weedeater engine so some parts are available at small engine shops.
The last one I saw was at a local hobby shop a few years ago and I was surprised to see it then. Weedie hop-up parts aren't around like they used to be after the Zenoah's hit the market. Just get it going and enjoy it for what it is.
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