Pit Tips

Pin those Powerholes

Instead of gluing powerpole connectors together with CA, just use a roll pin to prevent the halves from sliding apart. You?ll be able to easily separate the halves for individual replacement, and it?s just one less thing to superglue your fingers to.
Jan 16, 2009 Comments
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Manual Minder

Being organized is always a good thing, so every time you get a new RC car, three-hole punch the instruction manual and put it in a three-ring binder. Do the same to any supplemental sheets (such as parts lists). If you race, photocopy your setup sheets, and put them in a separate section of the binder.
Mark Ward
Orange Park, FL
Nov 09, 2008 Comments
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Longer-lasting off-road tires

Rotating your 4WD off-road buggy or truck’s tires after every two or three runs will make them last longer. Use a permanent marker to indicate the left front (L/F), right front (R/F), left rear (L/R) and right rear (R/R) tires. This will make keeping track of the tires much easier. Also, pay attention to how the tires are wearing, and adjust the camber to promote even tire wear across the tires’ contact patch. If the tires wear more on the inside, reduce the negative camber (make the turnbuckles longer). If they wear more on the outside, do the opposite by reducing the length of the turnbuckles, which increases negative camber.

Mark Hendrix
Atlanta, GA

Sep 25, 2008 Comments
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Keychain wrench

Ever had to walk back to the pits for your kit’s 4-way wrench so you could tighten a loose wheel or adjust your slipper clutch? You’ll always have the tool handy if you drill a small hole near the center of your 4-way wrench and add it to your key chain. Now, whenever you have a wheel come loose, you won’t have to search for a wrench.

Frank Parks
Charlotte, NC

Sep 25, 2008 Comments
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Mud-free tires

Before a race, apply a light coat of cooking spray on your off-road tires to make them easier to clean after a race. The mud and dirt will be much easier to clean off.

Josh Nelson
Las Vegas, NV

Sep 24, 2008 Comments
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Make your own under-body lighting

You can make an inexpensive under-body lighting kit with a couple of LED lights (available at RadioShack or any electronics store) and a clear straw. Cut the straw to the desired length, and glue the LEDs to each end of the straw with Shoe-Goo. Wire the LEDs in parallel, and then solder a receiver connector to the wires. Glue the straw to the body, and plug the connector into the receiver’s battery port to activate the lights.

Larry DeMarco
Clarksville, TN

Jun 10, 2008 Comments
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Better-fitting bumper

If your touring car’s stock bumper does not reach the inside of the body, attach weather stripping to the bumper to fill the gap between the bumper and the body. This will prevent the body from deflecting at high speeds as well as cracks from developing on it.

Christian Salvon
San Diego, CA

Apr 23, 2008 Comments
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LST2 & Muggy 17mm wheel adapter

Jason Stevenson>>Alberta, Canada Team Losi LST2 and Muggy owners can install standard 17mm wheels by replacing the truck’s stock 22mm hubs with HPI Hellfire or Losi 8ight 17mm hubs. Use the stock setscrews to secure the drive pins that come with the hubs.

Mar 13, 2008 Comments
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