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Old 01-26-2009, 11:22 PM
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I am currently living overseas in China and the guy at my LHS if you can call it that will order in a KM Baja for me if I want, for a little less than 400 dollars. I would like to know is it worth it? I have seen the local guy's run but It's a bit older so I think it has a CY engine which might be why it runs good. If I could order one of these with a CY engine do you guys think it would be worth the money? Currently theres a nitro shortage still in china from the olympics and I haven't gotten a gallon of nitro for 6 months, and I would like to get one of these gas cars.
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:36 PM
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Wonder when you move from China how easy parts will be to get?
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:37 PM
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I think its well worth it. If I had an extra 460 dollars laying around I would of had one shipped to my house 6 months ago. $460 shipped is excellent and 400 is awesome! I would get it. It shares parts with the HPI 5B.
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Old 01-27-2009, 02:35 AM
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Yes! very much worth the money, and this comes from someone whos motor failed on the 3rd tank of gas and had to rebuild the topend.. Very fun Buggy..
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Old 01-27-2009, 02:39 AM
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I got the km baja at christmas and it has the new type engine, it is really powerful and easy to start,

and the buggy has great build quality,

ive run about a gallon of fuel through it and i fitted a hpi baja ss pipe which makes good power

the only criticism i have is that the rear tires are soft rubber and wont last on tarmac,

so i fitted hostile hobbies all terrain rear tires

in my opinion the km baja is a great buy [sm=thumbup.gif]
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:48 AM
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Whats the differance in the old and new motors? I got a km baja 3 weeks ago and it seems to run fine,i added a pipe and upgraded the clutch spring.
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Old 01-27-2009, 01:52 PM
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The old type engine split in the center and at the clutch assembly which made it a 3 piece bottom end,

The newer engine splits at the center but at the clutch its cast as part of the casing making it a 2 piece

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Old 01-27-2009, 05:53 PM
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$400 for the km ...good deal

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Wonder when you move from China how easy parts will be to get?
all hpi baja stock & hopup parts fit
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Old 01-27-2009, 06:31 PM
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ORIGINAL: haz

Whats the differance in the old and new motors? I got a km baja 3 weeks ago and it seems to run fine,i added a pipe and upgraded the clutch spring.
The member, Benkie (his posting name is Beckiesbajas) sums up the new KM engine in this thread:

http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_72...50/key_/tm.htm

This is from his drect experience using, rebuilding, upgrading, and running them. His explanations are very good and very in-depth.
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:31 PM
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ORIGINAL: hellya

$400 for the km ...good deal

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Wonder when you move from China how easy parts will be to get?
all hpi baja stock & hopup parts fit
Cool.
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:11 PM
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Well, I just orderd one I hope to have it next week.
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:04 PM
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HERE'S MY KM BAJA AND IT IS DEFINATELY WORTH IT.......$499.00 SHIPPED YOU CANNOT BEAT IT ANYWHERE
(WWW.HEATHOBBY.COM)
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:06 PM
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Default RE: is the KM Baja worth it?

also there is alot more positive feedback on this buggy than there is negative, think long and hard and do youre research. you will end up upgrading whatever you buy regardless.
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:09 PM
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I think he alreay bought his KM a couple of months ago. And since he got it directly in China, I will not be surprised if he was able to haggle the seller down to around as little as $300 USD (This is just a guess, but considering no import fees, 2 or 3 less middlemen, the sales price for buying directly there would have been way cheaper).
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:13 PM
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factory price is about 350
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:18 PM
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No, that is the Factory price that YOU as the seller (or distributor) would pay. What it costs the factory is definitely cheaper, they too want to make money so that is why they have a factory invice price.
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:27 PM
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i pay less than that
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:30 PM
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Default RE: is the KM Baja worth it?

Well, then, there your go, you can negotiate the factory price, so long as the factory actually makes something (i.e. doesnt go neg as compared to what it cost them to actually make it).
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:35 PM
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factory have china market. you can not go to them and ask for 1 unit.
they have to protect their own market too...
try to honda factory and get a deal...
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:41 PM
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No, I was referring to what you, the seller or distributor, does as far as haggling the price with the factory. You in turn tack on your own mark-up, and that is how the market is protected.

Anyways, enough about this buying/selling debate, that is not the original question of this thread. (I also dont want to continue this game of you logging on, posting, then immediately logging off, then logging back on and posting again, posting, logging back off... etc.)
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the sq/km/fs and other rc are helping the hobbiest to stay in the game at realistic price.
look at the pricing... how much you paid a year ago vs. now?

i'd be more appreciative to the new entries... this make the true competition... and the benefits are the consumers..

clone or not clone is not the issue. if you want to stay with one brand, you are free to do so.

you can see all FORD in the race track competing with each other... i'd much preferes to see ford/nissan/toy/bmw/gm all in the same track... this is what i foresee in the near term...
let the competition begin!!!
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ORIGINAL: EngageRC



you can see all FORD in the race track competing with each other... i'd much preferes to see ford/nissan/toy/bmw/gm all in the same track... this is what i foresee in the near term...
let the competition begin!!!
You dont watch much racing do you?
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i watch the F1
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ORIGINAL: EngageRC

factory have china market. you can not go to them and ask for 1 unit.
they have to protect their own market too...
try to honda factory and get a deal...
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who was your supplier?
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Default RE: is the KM Baja worth it?

The fact is ...
the clone or what ever is helping the market to stay healthy.

look at the price for smartech... fg hpi.. how much were they a year ago???
how much are they now???

the KM/SQ FS are all helping to the market. for FG/MCD/RedCat to stay at top.. they are providing superior service and they too... need to face the competion by getting newer stuff to the market or lowering the entry price...

IBM wad dominating the PC market. Until CLONE comes..
And see how much A notebook cost 10 years ago vs. now?

Hyundai was using Mitsubishi as learning ground, and look at them now...

Iphone have is holding strong cos no comparible competion. So, price HIGH and huge profit margin (try it with no contract and no ATT).
the 'iphone alike samsung... and others are entering the same market...
soon... the iphone will come down in pricing ...

let the competion begin (between factories). You are the winner.
Your hard earn money will be well spend on better and supperior quality regardless which way you go...
the newbies will get more experience and improve (look at km01 vs 02).
the brands will lower price and introduce more / new product at faster paste...

You are the true winners here.. The question need to ask are:

why KM can produce a car less than 350.
why not fg?
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