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 [...]
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.
Larry Demarco >> Chicago, IL
If you’re looking for a little extra engine-cranking power, replace the NiMH batteries in your starter box with high-capacity LiPo batteries. You’ll need to invest in a Li-poly charger to charge the batteries, but it is well worth the cost because the batteries provide more voltage, and they do not discharge when not in use. Just remember to disconnect the batteries before storing the starter box.
After tires, inserts and rims are all glued together, there often isn’t a way to tell your various combos apart. When you finish putting a set together, write the insert’s firmness, the tire’s compound and the offset of the rim on each rim. This is a 53-compound tire with a medium insert on a 2mm offset rim.