– Julian Wong
for HpiSavageX46.wordpress.com.

If you’re looking out for suspension mods for your HPI Savage X, and opt for other options than the HPI Savage X Big Bore Shocks, some of the immediate options that you’d look out for would be “Piggy-Back Shocks” by Integy or Thunder Tiger. If you you’d like to know what Piggy-Back Shocks are, and look like, have a look at these pictures.

HPI Savage X Modifications : Big Bore Shocks

HPI Savage X Modifications : Big Bore Shocks - I use them on my HPI Savage X, and find them great. The shock casing is very bash resistant. I've had several bad crashes but have yet to dent these.. unlike shocks I've had on other cars from other makes, i.e. Kyosho. Also, I find the shock pistons very easy to replace. I've since replaced both of my front titanium-nitride coated pistons.

HPI Savage X Modifications : Piggy Back Shocks

HPI Savage X Modifications : Piggy Back Shocks

“They look very cool!” you must be thinking… However, there has been nothing but negative talk on the use of piggy-back shocks in RC. RC411.com (click to read) and RCTech.net (click to read) discussions on piggy-back shocks conclude that while the “piggy-back” shock oil reservoirs hold extra oil to keep shock oil temperatures down in full-size vehicles, the shocks in RC models sized at 1/10, 1/8 and even 1/5 don’t even come nearly as hot to benefit from the piggy-back reservoirs. There is NO performance benefit. Various users have even described the Integy-made Piggy-Back shocks for the Savage X as a “load of crap” and a “waste of time”. As such, they seem to be just added weight, and additional items to replace after a bad crash.

What’s left then? Well… there is a growing number of Savage X enthusiasts who recommend LST Shocks from the Team LOSI LST 1/8 XXL Monster Truck. If size is a factor, these shocks are sure to put a stop to any second thoughts. They are HUGE! Just to refill a set of 4 shocks would take two WHOLE bottles of shock oil. Take a look…

LST Shocks Conversion on HPI Savage X

LST Shocks Conversion on HPI Savage X

Apparently, they offer great shock dampening, and are even more responsive than those on the Traxxas Revo 3.3 – which is not surprising as the LST is a much larger truck. Choose your springs wisely though., or you may lose the ability to wheelie.

To fit these HUGE shocks on your Savage X, you’ll need a shock mount conversion kit. Some of the popular ones are from Fast Lane Machine or FLM for short (www.fastlanemachine.net), and Innovative-RC (www.innovative-rc.co.uk). Be sure to check those out. While the kits aren’t expensive at all.. just remember one common concept.. “The Bigger they are, the Harder they Fall”, on your pocket, in this case..

I’m going to leave you with a video on Savage X Mods and Reinforcements.. This Savage X enthusiast did the LST Suspension conversion, improvised base-plate protector, suspension arm shaft protectors, and a strong alloy bumper support.

– Julian Wong
for HpiSavageX46.wordpress.com.

 

 

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