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Thoughts on the HPI Baja 5b and the Red Cat Dune Runner

Old 10-26-2011, 12:47 PM
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Looking to getting my 1st 1/5 scale vehicle. I like the looks of both the HPI and Red Cat. I like even better the fact that the Red Cat is 4x4. I have owned several 1/10 and 1/8 trucks from AE, Traxxas, and HPI. What are your thought on the build quality and overall performance of these 2 beats?
Old 10-26-2011, 01:29 PM
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The Baja is lighter partly due to being 2WD. My Dune Runner ran great but couldn't compete on speed with my Baja. This is due the chassis being more beefier. I liked running both but they are definitely different beasts. The Baja has better aftermarket support for upgrades. The Redcat was tough and I never really broke anything on it. It has since been converted to a TT buggy because I screwed up the tank accidentally and had a hard time finding a replacement.
Old 10-26-2011, 03:48 PM
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Thanks for your insight. Not really looking for speed, but a nice overall performer. The price of the Red Cat is also very attractive. As far as after market support. If it's beefy then I can pass on the after market stuff. Thanks again.
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I'd get the HPI, much better quality overall.
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I'd get the HPI, much better quality overall.
I know HPI has good customer service and they do have quality vehicles but in this case both look like solid performers.
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Default RE: Thoughts on the HPI Baja 5b and the Red Cat Dune Runner

I would get the HPI over the Redcat in a heartbeat.
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Hmmm ok. You guys are starting to sway me a bit. Why the HPI?
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Default RE: Thoughts on the HPI Baja 5b and the Red Cat Dune Runner

I will not say why I would not get a Red Cat but I will say why I recommend a HPI. They have great customer service, they are well supported by stock and after market parts. Parts are easy to get! I do think the HPI baja is the number one selling large scale vehicle in the world.

I all so recommend the SS kit and get a good radio. Large scale is much more expensive then smaller scales no matter which one you get.

One thing I recommend getting no matter what you get. A remote kill switch but not all radios are compatible with them. A 25 to 35 or more pound large scale during a run away is a BIG liability not counting the damage to your vehicle. A remote kill switch is the best insurance you can buy!
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Default RE: Thoughts on the HPI Baja 5b and the Red Cat Dune Runner

Anyone have some recent opinions based on actual ownership of the dunerunner and the baja?
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Anyone have some recent opinions based on actual ownership of the dunerunner and the baja?

I thought I did...

Old 12-02-2011, 11:19 AM
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Default RE: Thoughts on the HPI Baja 5b and the Red Cat Dune Runner

was thinking in Late November Recent LOL

Seriously yours works too, should have put anyone else.
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Default RE: Thoughts on the HPI Baja 5b and the Red Cat Dune Runner

I like my redcat MT i will stay with 4wd the baja will break just as easy and you will have more money in the baja my son has the 5b and has broke more stuff than it is worth just my opion

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