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Old Aug 09, 2011, 12:49 PM
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Baja 260S with Castle Creations Mamba Monster Conversion Kit

HobbyKing had the aformentioned 5B "clone" (if you will) for a low price and just about free shipping. Since I live in Washington State, where HK's USA warehouse is located, it was delivered in one day- yay me!

Though it comes with a 26cc weedwacker type gas/petrol engine, I planned to convert this using Castle Creations super small (sarcasm) Mamba Monster conversion kit with V2 ESC.

Here is the unboxing (sort of) the 260S. I guess I'll call this part one.

I am ordering some goodies;

So far have;

RPM front suspension arms
RPM rear suspension arms
GH Black Alloy Front Hub Set
Castle Creations/Mamba Full Electric Conversion Kit w/ v2 ESC for HPI Baja 5B/5T/5SC
Hyperion G3 Vx 5000 Mah 7S 25.9V 35C/65C
Tarmac Buster M Compound
Hitec HS-805MG

On order:

Dark Soul Front & Rear Axle Extenders


Looking to source:

PhatDad-RC 5mm 300m Series 5mm Dowel-Pin Cross-Over Dogbones
and Drive Cups



As I move forward and order more goodies for her will certainly update.


8.22.2011 Update: Castle Creations this weekend sent out a recall notice on several of their high amp ESC, including the Mamba XL ver 2 that came with my E conversion kit.

However, I probably can move forward with the project since I still need to remove the gas engine et all, and can install all other conversion parts sans the ESC. So hopefully more pics and progress to come.

11.02.2011 Update: FINALLY got confirmation that CC is sending me a brand new XL2 ESC. Hopefully the issue in the previous two or three are in the past.
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Old Aug 09, 2011, 01:04 PM
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I'm reporting pic #6 to the moderators...for excessive awesomeness.

I've wanted a 5B since they came out. Good to know you can get something like it for a lot less money.
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Old Aug 22, 2011, 10:52 AM
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Project on hold

Castle Creations this weekend sent out a recall notice on several of their high amp ESC, including the Mamba XL ver 2 that came with my E conversion kit.

However, I probably can move forward with the project since I still need to remove the gas engine et all, and can install all other conversion parts sans the ESC. So hopefully more pics and progress to come.
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Old Aug 23, 2011, 09:27 AM
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looking forward to seeing how this turns out!
keep the pictures comming
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Old Dec 06, 2011, 08:05 AM
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Did you even ruin it as a gasser for at least a few runs?

I ask cause other than hobbykings reviews I can't find nice threads on this buggy.

(new to the site and still looking around to see if I find more, only found a thread where it started good, but turned into a HPI is better and clones are no good typical 1/5 buggy clone thread)
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Old Dec 09, 2011, 09:33 AM
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Mothra35, I never did run as gasser. All HPI branded parts I've bought along with aftermarket of various brands "fit to a T." I will probably just sell the engine.
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Old Jan 29, 2012, 10:47 PM
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So how's this project coming along? Anything from Castle as of yet? I hope you have your ESC back & your build is going well.

If you don't mind, where did you source the Electric conversion kit for this car & what came with it? (ESC, Motor, Pinion, Bracket, etc...?) any pictures of the conversion kit?

Cheers,
Brian
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