Pit Tips

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 [...]

Jul 05, 2013 Comments
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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 [...]

Jun 27, 2013 Comments
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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. [...]

Jun 21, 2013 Comments
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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 [...]

Jun 07, 2013 Comments
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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 [...]

May 24, 2013 Comments
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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 [...]

May 23, 2013 Comments
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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 [...]

May 15, 2013 Comments
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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 [...]

May 10, 2013 Comments
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