CA Remover: Gluing tires can be a messy process and CA glue can find its way into places it is not supposed to. I keep a bottle of CA neutralizer on hand when gluing tires. If I get flue in an area that I am not supposed to, I can neutralize it quickly before it […]
Loose Screw: It can be tedious to bolt check a car between every run. After I rebuild my cars and trucks, I put a small line with a silver marker from the head of the bolt and onto the chassis. If a screw starts to come loose, the line will look disjointed, and I will […]
I use a pair of worn-out pantyhose for a chassis cover. The nylon fits snugly over the chassis, keeps most of the dirt out, and allows the heat from the motor and ESC to escape. Gerry Glenn Latham, NY See more pit tips in the October issue of RC Car Action.
Tire foam inserts have a tendency to come out of the package with a crease in them. I have found that putting them in the dryer for a few minutes gets rid of the creases, and gets them back to their original shape. It also makes trimming them easier, too. Rob Langone ›› Clarksville, TN
When I have a socket-head screw that is stripped out, I take a rotary tool with a cutoff wheel and make a small slot on the head of the screw. Then, I can use a flat-head screwdriver to remove the screw. Manny Thompson ›› Escondido, CA
Cool It Down: I always keep a fan in my toolbox. This helps me cool down my motor between runs quickly and it’s also nice to have on hand to keep myself cool during the heat of the summer. Chris Tompkins – La Quinta, CA For more Pit […]
Easy Turnbuckles: Turnbuckles are notoriously hard to turn. I put a dab of lip balm on the threads of the turnbuckle before screwing the ball cups onto them. This makes it easier to lengthen or shorten the links for faster camber changes. Alex Maroni – Newport […]
Tire Sets: I have boxes full of tires and it can be difficult to keep track of them. I make sure to zip-tie the sets together before storage so it is easy to retrieve the set at a later date. Mark Nelson – Titusville, FL For more Pit Tips, check out page 2o in this […]
Radio ID: Many racers use the same brand of transmitter at my track. Therefore I wrap a colored hair tie around my transmitter so I can find it easily in a crowd. Julian Dayal – College Park, MD For more Pit Tips, check out page 24 in this month’s issue of RC Car Action.
Silver Back: I like to use pearl and candy colors for my paint schemes. I’ve found that using silver and gold paint as a backing color makes the colors brighter and richer. Mike Starkey – Zanesville, OH For more Pit Tips, check out page 26 in this month’s issue of RC Car Action.
Even Wear: Tires on a 4WD car or truck will wear unevenly if left on the same corner of the car for too long. If you run the same compound tread for all four tires, rotate your tires to get more life from them. Matt Weinstein – Black Forrest, CO For more Pit Tips, check […]
Keep It Cool: The cooling head on a nitro motor will work better if it is clean, so I use a pipe cleaner to clean the dirt out of the fins as part of my weekly maintenance. Paul Hun – Columbia, SC For more Pit Tips, check out page 28 in this month’s issue of […]