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Pit Tips: Second Life [April]

Pit Tips: Second Life [April]

Second Life: When the pins wear out on my off-road tires, I do not throw them away immediately.  I save in a special box and when I need to make some shakedown runs in my asphalt driveway or I want to do some pavement running, I do not have to burn out my good dirt tires. […]
Nine Easy Go-Fast Mods

Nine Easy Go-Fast Mods

It’s no question – the sensation of speed is one of the most popular aspects of radio control. Racers and bashers may differ in many ways when it comes to how they enjoy their favorite hobby, but they both share their desire for faster acceleration and higher velocity. From cleaning and oiling bearings to installing […]
Pit Tips: Pot Car Stand [March]

Pit Tips: Pot Car Stand [March]

Pot Car Stand: Terra cotta plant pots make great car stands if you are in a pinch, especially when they are turned upside down. Rob Guest – Irvine, CA
Pit Tips: CA Remover [February]

Pit Tips: CA Remover [February]

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 […]
Pit Tips: Loose Screw [January]

Pit Tips: Loose Screw [January]

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 […]
Pit Tip: Chassis Spanx [October 2012]

Pit Tip: Chassis Spanx [October 2012]

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.
Pit Tips: Fluffed Foam [September 2012]

Pit Tips: Fluffed Foam [September 2012]

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
Pit Tips: Stuck Screw [September 2012]

Pit Tips: Stuck Screw [September 2012]

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
Pit Tips: Cool It Down [August 2012]

Pit Tips: Cool It Down [August 2012]

              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 […]
Pit Tips: Easy Turnbuckles [July 2012]

Pit Tips: Easy Turnbuckles [July 2012]

                    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 […]
Pit Tips: Tire Sets [June 2012]

Pit Tips: Tire Sets [June 2012]

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 […]
Pit Tips: Radio ID [May 2012]

Pit Tips: Radio ID [May 2012]

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.
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