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 […]
Foam Trim: When assembling a new set of tires, I trim the foam so that it keeps the bead on the wheel exposed for easy gluing. If you don’t, the foam will get between the tire and wheel and bulge it out slightly. Morgan Jassen – Lompoc, CA For more Pit Tips, check out page 30 […]
A lot of people have speaker boxes in the back of their full-size vehicle and that makes it hard to use that space for anything else when you need it. You can solve that problem by installing Traxxas connectors in line with the speaker wires. They are high flow connectors so they won’t disrupt the […]
Many JR Racing and Futaba radio systems have 8-cell battery trays that can be difficult to remove. Make a grab handle out of a piece of electrical tape, and attach it to the battery tray to make it easier to remove.
Everyone knows you should thread-lock the screws that thread into metal in nitro cars. but what about the screws that hold your wrench tips in place? To keep your wrenches tight and prevent wear to the setscrew and shafts, apply medium-strength thread-lock to the setscrews.