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Official HPI Baja 5 Thread (5T, 5B, 5B SS)

Old 01-30-2009, 10:44 AM
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i guess DS is making more spur gears that will be compatible with it
It will work with any spur stock or after market. Now the pinion is a different story as it has a bigger hole in it for the larger screw. The larger screw cures the pinion bolt breaking problem.
Old 01-30-2009, 12:57 PM
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I would like to see a Baja Gallery...[8D]
Old 01-30-2009, 01:27 PM
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Default RE: Official HPI Baja 5 Thread (5T, 5B, 5B SS)

Why not just post pictures here.
Old 01-30-2009, 01:35 PM
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Default RE: Official HPI Baja 5 Thread (5T, 5B, 5B SS)

Here are a couple pictures of my Turtle clutch set up and Turtle HD Tranny plate installed.
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Old 01-30-2009, 10:15 PM
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Did some more work on my 5B SS today. About at a stopping point till I get up some more money for the items I want to finish phase one.
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Old 01-30-2009, 11:13 PM
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Default RE: Official HPI Baja 5 Thread (5T, 5B, 5B SS)

Looks good.
Old 01-30-2009, 11:15 PM
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Ordered a Turtle HD front chassis brace today.
Old 01-30-2009, 11:23 PM
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Default RE: Official HPI Baja 5 Thread (5T, 5B, 5B SS)

Nice I want to get around to picking up those but I always go with something else.

I have the DS rear wheel extenders and the GbE engine mount on its way from DDM as of this morning.
Old 01-30-2009, 11:37 PM
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Default RE: Official HPI Baja 5 Thread (5T, 5B, 5B SS)

What shock oil are people running? Wicked please post pictures of your 5B if you will.
Old 01-30-2009, 11:43 PM
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Default RE: Official HPI Baja 5 Thread (5T, 5B, 5B SS)

Sure, heres some.













pic was with the stock body that I painted.



This was one I played with on PS

Old 01-31-2009, 12:04 AM
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Default RE: Official HPI Baja 5 Thread (5T, 5B, 5B SS)

Very nice! What weight shock oil are you running?
Old 01-31-2009, 12:07 AM
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Default RE: Official HPI Baja 5 Thread (5T, 5B, 5B SS)

Right now its just what came with the kit. I think its 5 in the rear and 40 up front. However, I do need thinker in the rear.
Old 01-31-2009, 12:11 AM
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Default RE: Official HPI Baja 5 Thread (5T, 5B, 5B SS)

Yes that is what comes in the SS kit and I think I am going to get some 20 or 25 to put in the rear as I think 5 is just to light.
Old 01-31-2009, 12:17 AM
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Default RE: Official HPI Baja 5 Thread (5T, 5B, 5B SS)

5 wasn't bad but with the pipe and bumper and the extra alloy parts it just dosn't cut it anymore.
Old 02-01-2009, 04:43 PM
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Default RE: Official HPI Baja 5 Thread (5T, 5B, 5B SS)

You guys make me want the 5b also
How do you like that pipe????
Old 02-01-2009, 04:55 PM
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Default RE: Official HPI Baja 5 Thread (5T, 5B, 5B SS)

I have been trying to figure out for the past two weeks what exhaust to run. According to some dyno charts I have seen the DDM side Dominator makes the most HP. Was wondering how the side pipes hold up during crashes. My second choice is the DDM rear Dominator that does not rank as good as the side Dominator but still has fairly good numbers. But I have read to much about problems with it as far as getting messed up in crashes, problems mounting it and it melting the plastic parts.

How do the side pipes hold up in crashes?
Old 02-03-2009, 03:38 PM
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Default RE: Official HPI Baja 5 Thread (5T, 5B, 5B SS)

Depends which side pipe. If you crash with a side dom, it will get scratched to hell, but it won't get badly damaged unless it gets hit hard by a rock. The side mielke is very difficult to damage, you can roll the car over and over and it never touches the dirt, HOWEVER, it's the thinnest weakest pipe in general (but it's less than half the weight of the others), and can be dented by large rocks. The GBE pipe is a great pipe but again it's not indestructible.

Side pipes are no worse protected than rear pipes, which are subject to bad damage from rear landings off jumps, and can often take your engine casing with them.

The only pipes that are well protected are the X-can, the stock SS and the RDLogics, but none of those is a true performance choice.

As for the dyno figures for the side dom, I have run side by side with my mielke against a side dom, and my car was much snappier. The dom had a bit more on the top end though. Given the choice based solely on performance, I'd have taken the mielke, and so would the dom owner.

I was really skeptical about the X-can, but then I tried one on a hard tuned 23cc, and that thing absolutely ripped top to bottom with a medium spacer. I was shocked. It's actually a great performer, looks very good, makes a nice sound and is totally protected. Not to mention you can make it look even more awesome and quieten it down with a pair of carbon dominator silencers.

I'd seriously recomend you pick up an X-can until you decide which of the expensive pipes you want.
Old 02-03-2009, 09:30 PM
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mielke peaks a 2.29 @11234rpm(on the 23) ,rear dom peaks [email protected], side dom peaks [email protected], xcan [email protected] yes these numbers are for the 23cc but they will show you where the pipe makes power. the side dom produced the most torque, followed by rear dom, xcan, and mielke.
Old 02-04-2009, 09:16 AM
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Default RE: Official HPI Baja 5 Thread (5T, 5B, 5B SS)

Foxy???
You say the the X-can is a good choice
All I am going to do is bash my 5T
Is that a good pipe and some what quiet???
How is it with the silencers on it???
Old 02-04-2009, 09:53 AM
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Default RE: Official HPI Baja 5 Thread (5T, 5B, 5B SS)

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mielke peaks a 2.29 @11234rpm(on the 23) ,rear dom peaks [email protected], side dom peaks [email protected], xcan [email protected] yes these numbers are for the 23cc but they will show you where the pipe makes power. the side dom produced the most torque, followed by rear dom, xcan, and mielke.
These figures mean absolutely nothing. Try the pipes, you'll see for yourself. The difference on top is noticably favouring the dom, but the mielke is snappier on the bottom and pretty much equal on the mid. I've run them side by side, I KNOW.

monsterbrad, the X-can is absolutely NOT quiet, but it's a good pipe, very snappy response, good on the top. With silencers it will become MUCH quieter, but will lose a bit of power. Remember, it's a bottom end pipe, don't expect massive top end torque, it won't diappoint for bashing, I guarantee it. All the Baja pipes are a compromise, there's not one that doesn't have a disadvantage. X-can makes good power though, and has the least disadvantages (except PITA to assemble/disassemble, needs liberal loctiting).
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Foxy
Which pipe do you say to get then?
I have been in the hobby for 19yrs so I am no newb by any means.
I am looking for something that has good power and is not super noisy???
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so I was wondering ....are the side dom pipes not good on the low end????



Thanks

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Old 02-04-2009, 05:20 PM
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Default RE: Official HPI Baja 5 Thread (5T, 5B, 5B SS)

If you ask 50 5B owners more then likely You will get at least 30 different opinions. I have found with nitro a lot has to do with personal preference, driving style and so on. I just wish I could afford to buy 4 or five different exhaust systems where I could be my own judge.

As far as dyno test they are a good guide line but not the bottom line. Being I was a motorcycle mechanic for over 35 years I have a lot of experience with dynos. I would set a motorcycle for peak performance on the dyno then take it out and ride it and many but not all the time you would have to make adjustments which would contradict the dyno.[X(]

Wonder if they will ever make a exhuast for 1/5 scale with a cut out like they used when I did my short time go kart racing years ago. On two strokes they would have a lever that you would pull once you had the engine wound out and it was like hitting another gear. It was like taking off the pipe while running and putting on another one. Going from a torque pipe to a top end pipe. [X(]
Old 02-04-2009, 06:46 PM
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Default RE: Official HPI Baja 5 Thread (5T, 5B, 5B SS)

Side doms are good on the bottom end. Great all round pipe, no doubt about it.
Old 02-05-2009, 12:21 AM
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I had the meilke side pipe on my baja and that pipe ripped .only bad thing about it was it was a very soft alloy if you landed hard on the side the pipe would be bent .Other then that it was a awesome pipe . I see they came out with one that shoots out the rear now. I also ran the x-can and loved that little box it was a real screamer also .Plus its looks cool Any pipe you get is going to perform just get what you like anything is better then stock.

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