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Old 04-30-2007, 11:20 AM   #1
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Hello and Greetings,

I wanted to introduce myself and ask a couple of newbie questions about nitro engines.

I recently purchased an HPI Savage X RTR. This is my first nitro truck. I have experience (racing as well), with electric on-road (Team Associated RC-10) and off-road (Kyosho Lazer ZX-R). It has been many years since I raced and messed around with my R/C stuff.

In part, the lack of tracks in and around the Toronto area. Also, the time and amount of batteries packs I had to prolong driving. For this reason, I have decided to explore the world of nitro, which brings me to my questions...

Could I use a cordless drill to start the engine? So far, I have read a couple of ways to break-in a new engine. What is the accepted way to break-in a new engine? If I decide to replace my stock brakes, stock steering servo and stock tuned muffler, what are recommended replacements?

I realize, these are a lot of newbie questions, however, please be patient as I am new to the nitro world. I have done a search. I wanted specific answers.


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Old 04-30-2007, 03:04 PM   #2
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Yes a drill will work to start the engine, just use the provided starter shaft. However I believe the included unit is made so it won't damage the engine if it gets flooded, but the cordless drill might if you try to crank it when its flooded. But as long as you make sure the engine isn't flooded and if it is you don't crank it too hard, it should be fine.

For break in, I'd do whatever the manual tells you to do, there are other ways to do it but for that type of engine the manufacturer's method will probably work fine.

As for the brakes etc., I'm not sure since I've never owned a Savage, but I'm sure someone knows here.

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Old 04-30-2007, 03:10 PM   #3
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i have a hpi polished tuned pipe on mine and it rips...for the servo use a high torqe one and for brakes try crazy nut racing
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Old 04-30-2007, 03:24 PM   #4
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Engine break-in

Here is a link for breaking-in a new nitro engine :
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Old 04-30-2007, 03:32 PM   #5
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to make things less complicated I would just follow the manufacturers recomendation for break in... therefore if something does go wrong you will have a much better chance of getting it rectified instaed of using someones preferred method for break in... once you are more comfortable with your tuning abilites then I would say you could try the "other" methods that are out there... Heat cycle, etc...

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Old 04-30-2007, 04:42 PM   #6
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I'll 3rd that..follow the directions as close as possible....Have a blast with it. It will give you that goose bumpy feelin' every time you drive it...
Read the instructions from front to back and then have them handy when you are doing the break in..for referrance....patience is the key with break in...don't rush it or you won't be happy with the performance of the truck in the long run.
I too had a few electrics back in the day about 1985 or abouts...and we used to talk about having a gas(nitro) powered RC car....The recent Nitro RC boom has made this hobby more accessable to alot of people and I for one am extactic about welcome back and enjoy your new truck.

did it come with a Nimh reciever pack???if not buy one and like the other guy said grab a better steering servo for it....I use the Hitec 645 MG for my steers and a JR racing HS servo for my throttle and breaks....
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Old 05-02-2007, 01:58 PM   #7
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As far as a steering servo goes..use a Hitec-5955 TG. The muggy is really heavy..which is what i have that servo in and it turns real quik with so much torque..nothing can stop that thing. Also on my savage I put the TeamLosi supersize Muggy shocks on it and it just floats around like no tomorrow...i highly recomend getting that set-up for your savage. Also iif your looking for a track check out my signature right below this reply!!
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Old 05-02-2007, 10:39 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Monkey
Here is a link for breaking-in a new nitro engine :
Thanks for the artical Monkey that was good
thats the method i'll be using on my new XUT.

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Old 05-03-2007, 12:14 AM   #9
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I purchased a Nimh hump pack, charger and a stock on/off switch to accommodate on board charging of the hump pack. I also purchased these street tire and wheel set...

Breaking-in will be this weekend

Thanks for everyone's advice

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Old 05-03-2007, 09:38 AM   #10
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I personally find most stock brakes are all that I need. if you can do a nosie do you need it to brake harder?

most stock steering servos suck. a good pipe makes a huge difference in power and the most informative tuning guide I have ever seen is at it has break in to advanced tuning methods, with and without using a temp gun.
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