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Old 04-19-2015, 01:36 PM   #61
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Re: New HPI Baja 5B SS. What upgrades needed first?

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DDM is all well and good, quality products, great selection. The issue I have found is the cost, shipping charges, and duty as it crosses the border. Makes DDM pretty much out of reach if you're on a budget. 99% of all the up-grades I have on my 5B have all been from Aliexpress. Now before you go and freak out "OMFG!!!!!! Ordered from CHINA!!!!!!" I have saved nearly $3000.00 ordering from them. Yes they are KM parts, but are not that different from HPI parts. Priced out on DDM my 5B would have set me back nearly 5 grand. Yes that's $5000.00! I bash the crap outta my 5B, I run it on-road, and race it. I have run into no issues with the parts I got from China. Yes I wait a little longer than from the US, and no I do not order during the Chinese New Year, but I do not pay shipping charges or duty as it comes into Canada. I deal almost solely with the Golden Vehicle Import and Export Co. and they have excellent customer service. They pay attention to previous orders and will contact you if you make a mistake on your order before they fill it. I accidentally ordered 5T tyres for my 5B, they noticed that and suggested a suitable replacement. Honestly, I can say I am a customer for life. Sorry DDM, but shipping charges, duty fees, and more expensive products that are virtually identical have priced you out of my reach. The money I save through China, will allow me to call on OBR when it comes time to up-grade to the psychotic performance of a 9.4hp widowmaker. If you're made of money and don't mind spending it like water, by all means go with DDM, if you're on a budget check out GVI&E Co.
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Re: New HPI Baja 5B SS. What upgrades needed first?

I don't pay any duty on orders from DDM either as it is not due on that type of item, don't pay any taxes if the orders are kept small also.

But you are right, the shipping is pretty steep and probably 50% of KM stuff is pretty much identical. Stuff like solid pieces of metal etc.
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