Wheelies are spectacular to watch. “Wheelies” are when you lift the front wheel or wheels of your vehicle off the ground on a high-speed get-go. Movies make a great deal about movies, and this is commonly associated with muscle cars, monster trucks, scrambler bikes and other over-powered vehicles. If you can’t drive or ride a bike, don’t own a muscle car or monster truck you can still have your share of wheelie action cut out for you – on a much smaller scale, with high-powered RC cars and trucks. There are plenty of RC fanatics around the world who occupy themselves with wheelies, performing the longest wheelie, and building RC models around wheelie-ing, like HPI’s Wheely King.

HPI Wheely King RTR | Get more Wheelies with Wheely King

HPI Wheely King RTR | Get more Wheelies with Wheely King

In order to have great fun doing wheelies with your RC vehicle, here are 7 tips that will help you get more wheelies, better wheelies, and more fun wheelie-ing!

Hpi Savage X | How to Do Wheelies With Your RC Car or Truck?

Screenshot of my Hpi Savage X | How to Do Wheelies With Your RC Car or Truck?

  1. “Have Lots of Power!” – Full-size vehicles that achieve wheelies effortlessly share one thing in common – a high Power-to-Weight Ratio (PWR). The average road car weighs 2 tonnes, has a horsepower rating of 130 bhp, and has a PWR of 130/2 = 65bhp : 1 tonne. In comparison, the typical souped-up Dodge Charger has a PWR of 390 bhp : 1 tonne. Thankfully, hobby rc cars usually have a similarly high PWR! For example, my enhanced Hpi Savage X 4.6 has a horsepower rating of 3.1 bhp, at a weight of about 4.8 kg, or 0.0048 tonnes – that’s a whopping 645 bhp to 1 tonne! All Nitro-engine RC vehicles are well-powered. For electric ones, go for high-torque motors, or the latest, high-voltage brushless motors. Forget the “joke” $20-100 entry-level ones. Decent ones will cost you at least $119.95 – i.e.,the for a Duratrax Evader EXB.
  2. “High C.G. Helps” – Have you ever seen a Lamborghini do a wheelie? Probably you never will to do its low-riding chassis, for a low, stable centre of gravity. If you are planning on an RC vehicle for good wheelie action, I recommend you ditch the drag-racers, road sedans and drift cars in favor of monster trucks, stadium trucks, short course trucks and buggies – in that order of decreasing ground clearance.
  3. “The Right Surface” – Wheelies are most easily-achieved on high-traction surfaces like tarmac or carpet. However, if you own a High C.G. RC vehicle, like the HPI Savage X, the Losi MGT, Traxxas T-Maxx – wheelies on any surface is a piece-of-cake.

    Traxxas Jato 3.3 Wheelie

    Traxxas Jato 3.3 Wheelie

  4. “Back to Front” – If you are operating an electric car or truck, or a nitro one with a reverse gear, first reverse, then immediately accelerate. This will most definitely give you a no-brainer wheelie, as the sudden shift in momentum from backward to forward will cause a front lift. Take heed though… this method may burn your transmission out over time.
  5. “Tighten the Slip” – Tighten your slipper clutch. Your slipper clutch will tend to loosen on a sudden burst of drive torque, when you suddenly floor the accelerator – but you want that sudden torque burst to wheelie, so tighten to reduce slipping.
  6. “Sag Your Ass” – If your shocks are set too stiff, your car will have too much road-holding. Remove some of your suspension travel clips, and use a lower weight of shock oil – I recommend 20-35 wt maximum. This allows your RC vehicle to arch back on hard throttle bursts.
  7. “Use Wheelie Bars” – If your RC car or truck is absolutely powerful, you might experience unintentional back-flips occuring during your wheelies. Wheelie bars remedy this potentially embarrassing problem by putting a limit on how high your front wheels can tilt.

About the author: Julian Wong, aged 26, married and self-employed actively trades stocks and forex, and runs several internet marketing programs. His favorite outdoor past-time is off-road RC cars, and he is a proud owner of a Kyosho Inferno and a HPI Savage X 4.6 – both running on Nitro. If you are interested in RC modification, RC videos, and RC racing, or want to be informed of coupon promotions and RC special deals online, do check out his link RC blog at https://hpisavagex46.wordpress.com .


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