Pit Tips

Fuel-tubing head protector

Zip-ties work fine to protect your engine’s cooling head, but there’s a better method, Run fuel tubing around the top of the cooling head as shown, and secure it with zip-ties. It looks better and will offer more protection.
Aug 13, 2009 Comments
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No-crimp servo wires

Most sealed radio boxes have an opening through which the servo wires go, but on some models, the opening is so small that the wires get crimped when you close the radio-box lid. To remedy this, enlarge the opening with a hobby knife or a Dremel tool with a rotary sanding bit.
Aug 12, 2009 Comments
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Convenient Charge Jack

You can make a convenient charge jack by soldering a male battery connector to your receiver battery pack. Solder the positive and negative leads from the connector to the corresponding positive and negative leads on the wires on the receiver or directly to the cells.
Aug 11, 2009 Comments
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Trash It

Nitro vehicles can get really messy after a day of racing, and tossing a dirty car in your trunk or back seat can leave permanent stains on the carpet and upholstery. Place your car or truck in a garbage bag after you?ve finished racing for the day. The garbage bag will prevent dirt, oil and other grime from spilling out in your car. Eight-gallon bags fit everything from for 1?10 trucks to 1?8 buggies; use 13-gallon bags for larger monster trucks and truggies.
Aug 10, 2009 Comments
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No more E-clips

Instead of relying only on E-clips to keep your car’s hingepins in place, add a 4-40 setscrew for extra security. To do this, drill a hole in the arm mount or hub carrier (whichever part has more ‘meat’) so the setscrew will intersect the hingepin bore, and drill the hole slightly smaller than the setscrew so it will thread properly. Next, grind a flat spot on the hingepin where the setscrew pinches it, and assemble the parts so the setscrew tightens against the flat. No more lost hingepins!
Jun 12, 2009 Comments
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No more E-clips

Instead of relying only on E-clips to keep your car’s hingepins in place, add a 4-40 setscrew for extra security. To do this, drill a hole in the arm mount or hub carrier (whichever part has more ‘meat’) so the setscrew will intersect the hingepin bore, and drill the hole slightly smaller than the setscrew so it will thread properly. Next, grind a flat spot on the hingepin where the setscrew pinches it, and assemble the parts so the setscrew tightens against the flat. No more lost hingepins!
Jun 12, 2009 Comments
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Cover me! I’m going in!

To make shock coverings (usually a balloon or finger from a latex glove) easier to install, wrap your spring in electrician’s tape, leaving about a 3-inch tab hanging off the bottom of it. Now, with the tape in place, the shock covering will easily slide over the spring. Once the shock covering is in the proper position, just pull the tab and the tape will unravel off the spring, and the covering will stay in place. Brad King
Allison Park, PA
May 02, 2009 Comments
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Receiver Pack Strap

The 4-cell receiver battery-pack holders that often come with nitro kits work fine, but AA cells can pop out of the holder during hard running. If a cell pops loose, it can cause a loss of signal. To prevent this, wrap electrical tape around the battery pack. The tape will hold the pack securely in place even during the hardest driving, but it will still be easy to remove.
Keith Quill
Buffalo, NY
Apr 30, 2009 Comments
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