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Cut, Trim, Sand, and Buff – Dremeling Basics

Cut, Trim, Sand, and Buff – Dremeling Basics

Choosing and using a rotary tool There was a time when I did not own a rotary tool. I had to cut bolts with a hack saw, and I used a Swiss Army knife to trim Lexan bodies. Then one day I bought a Dremel tool, and the Dark Ages officially came to an end. […]
Pit Tip: Bottom Out

Pit Tip: Bottom Out

I paint some Liquid Paper on the bottom of my short course chassis before I run my truck.  This allows me to see if the truck is bottoming out over jumps and lets me know if I need to make suspension change. Federic Cry – Drummondville, QC Canada

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6 Easy Fixes for when you forget to mark body post holes

6 Easy Fixes for when you forget to mark body post holes

Imagine that you just finished laying down a cool paint job or you just received a custom painted shell from a pro painter; with either scenario you’ve spent a lot of time or money on a new look for your ride. All seems to be going well, until you go to drop the body on […]
Easy DIY Car Rack, Plus more tips from the latest issue!

Easy DIY Car Rack, Plus more tips from the latest issue!

Here’s a car rack that’s easy on the eyes and the budget. All you need is 48 x 8″ pre-finished shelf and two 48 x 5/8″ dowels.  Cut the dowels in 8″ lengths and paint them to match the shelf.  Use a 5/8″ spade but to drill holes for the dowels.  Space the holes 5.5″ […]

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How To: Get the most out of your brushless motor!

How To: Get the most out of your brushless motor!

How to understand brushless timing Brushless motors have completely taken over racing, and pretty much everyone has switched to brushless. Most racers are hitting tracks with sensored 17.5 brushless setups, but  unlike their brushed 27-turn “stock” predecessors, these motors allow you to change the motor’s timing. The only problem is that motor timing is still […]
Tip Of The Week: Easy Wheel Balancer

Tip Of The Week: Easy Wheel Balancer

Make a quick and easy wheel balancer out of a worn-out wheel hub and axle, and then add a set of new bearings.  I like to use ceramic bearings because they are super smooth for balancing. Summited by Christopher Perkins, Houma, LA Do YOU have a Pit Tip for us? Share it now! You can […]

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How To: Tune a Nitro Engine – Carb Tech Secrets Revealed!

How To: Tune a Nitro Engine – Carb Tech Secrets Revealed!

By far the steepest learning curve for a nitro rookie is learning how to tune a carburetor. It can be awkward at first, but with a little effort, you’ll get it and never forget how to do it. Before we start adjusting needle valves, let’s consider the role of the carburetor and how it works. […]
How To: Clean and maintain your brushless motor

How To: Clean and maintain your brushless motor

Eleven steps for best performance One of the benefits of brushless motors is that they require very little maintenance, but they should be inspected regularly and cleaned to provide optimum performance. This article details the steps you should take to keep your motor in tiptop shape, as well as provides tips on how to make […]

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HOW TO: Transmitter Steering Setup

HOW TO: Transmitter Steering Setup

Because you’re probably doing it wrong. Whether your radio is a pro pistol or an econo model, the steering system is its most adjusted feature. Basic radios only offer steering trim and servo-reversing, but many RTR radios also include dual-rate steering, and popular sport-level computer radios offer adjustable endpoints, exponential and subtrims in addition to […]
Tip Of The Week: Energy Shot Shock Guards

Tip Of The Week: Energy Shot Shock Guards

I have found that empty energy shot bottles make great shock protectors for off-road vehicles.  I cut the bottles in half lengthwise and drill a small hole through the neck of the bottle.  Then I use the lower shock mounting screw to attach it to the control arm.  This keeps my shocks cleaner and also […]

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Pit Tips: Transmitter Bag On The Cheap [July Issue]

Pit Tips: Transmitter Bag On The Cheap [July Issue]

A padded fabric lunch bag can double as a transmitter bag.  Most have a pocket for an icepack that can be used for spare AA batteries or an extra receiver, Bouns: you can also use the bag to carry lunch. To check out all the Pit Tips from the July issue, view page 24 or […]

HOW TO: 20 Minute Nitro Engine Tune-Up

PHOTOS PETE HALL Spend a little time now to save a lot of time later. The weather is starting to warm up across the U.S., and that means it’s almost time to head outdoors for nitro season! Get ready to spend some time doing some pre-run maintenance if you’ve been storing your rig all winter […]
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