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This is the Hpi Nitrostar k4.6 2.9hp engine on my Hpi Savage X 4.6. I’ve also installed an aluminium tuned exhaust that gives it a more thrilling sound than stock. As some of you have remarked on my stock exhaust, yes, this one looks even MORE like a dildo.

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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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Radio Controlled cars definitely bring lots of weekend fun and enjoyment. However, buying your first RC car can be quite tricky business. Generally speaking, no one wills to spend too heavily on something they are not sure of. Back in my day, I recall countless hours I spent glazing over catalogues and popular RC car magazines like RC Car Action and RC Driver.

Entry Level RC Electric Buggy

Entry Level RC Electric Buggy

If your consideration is largely price-influenced, the good news is that nowadays, through economies of scale, the prices of Nitro RC cars have come down so low that you can even purchase a Ready-to-Run Nitro RC Car for just US$159.99 – that’s barely more than the cheapest Hobby-Grade RTR Electric RC Car! So then, if was no longer a matter of cost, here are some points you may want to think about to help guide you to your decision:

Entry Level Nitro RC Road Car

Entry Level Nitro RC Road Car

Speed – If speed is important to you, a low-end Nitro RC car would definitely outrun an Electric RC car of similar price which comes with a 550-motor at best. But for a taller budget, i.e. US$300 or more, today’s Electric cars come with “Brushless Motors” that when mated with a powerful Lithium Polymer Battery, can rival or even out-do a Nitro car of the same class.

RC Engine Maintenance | RC Air Filter Maintenance

RC Engine Maintenance | RC Air Filter Maintenance

Ease of Maintenance – Nitro RC Cars require systematic engine break-in procedures, regular air filter and engine maintenance – just like a real car. Due to their averagely higher speed, you will also break more parts in unfortunate crashes, which require time and additional money to replace. Electric Cars on the other hand, are Charge, Plug & Play. Higher end ones may require you to do some form of motor break-in as well. Both require you to do routine suspension maintenance and dirt-removal.

Running Time – With an Electric Car, each battery lasts between 10-25 minutes. Your total running time is limited to the number of battery packs you have. Keep in mind though, that a single battery pack takes 1-8 hours to charge, depending on the specifications of the battery charger you have. Most RC enthusiasts purchase third-party batteries and chargers that offer faster charging, better running time, better performance, and functions that support charging of multiple battery packs simultaneously – of course these options do not come cheap. With a Nitro Car, each tankful of fuel lasts 15-30 minutes, depending on tank size, terrain, and your driving style. Your running time would be limited to the amount of fuel you have on tap.

Electric RC Lipo Battery Charger

Electric RC Lipo Battery Charger

Cost of Operation – In addition to a Nitro Car RTR, you will usually need to purchase a glow-starter, batteries for the radio transmitter, air filter oil, simple toolkit and of course, glow fuel. If you are planning on buying your Nitro Car RTR online, you will also need to find a local supplier for glow fuel first, as glow fuel is banned from air-freight. All these could add on a good US$50 to your order – a considerable added expense, still excluding first-timer part-breakage-replacements, if you are planning to get a low-end Nitro Car. Whereas, an Electric Car RTR usually includes a battery and charger. You will only need to purchase batteries for your radio transmitter, and a toolkit and you are all set. In the long term, you are likely to look for better performance, and Electric Cars require a different charger for each battery type, i.e. NiCd, NiMH, LIPO. If you are using brushless motors with LIPOs, you will suffer as much part-replacement costs as a Nitro Car. Hence, it’s usually said that Nitro Cars are costlier upfront, but cheaper in the long run, and Electric Cars the opposite.

Sound & Accoustics – Nothing beats an Nitro-engine-powered RC. Brushless Motors may come close. If you are out for sound and on-looker appeal, you are sure to attract attention with your Nitro RC Car. Electric Cars are generally not noise makers – but that’s a plus if you’d like to have some fun while others are sleep.

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 RC blog at https://hpisavagex46.wordpress.com.