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Pit Tips

Easy-to-make diff ball container

Easy-to-make diff ball container

A short piece of fuel tubing with a screw on each end makes a perfect container to store 5/64 to 3/32-inch diff balls. Squeeze some diff fluid inside the tubing before you insert the diff balls, and then you’ll be able to squeeze out one lubed diff ball at a time for easier diff building.
Greasy plug

Greasy plug

Installing a new glow plug can be a real pain if the gasket keeps falling off. To hold the gasket in place, dab a tiny bit of grease or a drop of after-run oil onto the gasket.
Photocopy first

Photocopy first

Before you tackle a complex decaling job, photocopy the decal sheet, and you'll easily be able to test-fit the duplicate decals without messing up the real thing.
Less mess

Less mess

Sanding graphite parts can make a real mess, and it isn't healthy to breathe in the particles. You should always wear a mask, but you can cut down on the mess by sanding the parts while holding them under running water. The water will carry away the graphite powder and prevent it from getting on your hands and traveling through the air. Mike Herpen
Tabernacle,
Cheap and convenient pit caddy

Cheap and convenient pit caddy

Small plastic tool caddies like the one shown here are perfect for hauling your nitro support gear from the pits to the track. Most tool caddies have two or three compartments to store your glow-plug igniter, temp gun, shaft starter or EZ-Start, fuel bottle, tools, extra glow plugs and more. I picked up my caddy at the local hardware store for less than $4.
Sticky slipper

Sticky slipper

To prevent the slipper pads from falling off of the spur gear when you mount them, use a glue stick to run a small line of adhesive around the pads. The glue is strong enough to hold everything in place, but it isn't permanent. Apply the glue only to the side of the slipper pad that goes against the pad mount.
Kyle Jarratt Arroyo, CA
Multiple-model memory simplified

Multiple-model memory simplified

If your radio has multiple-model memory, but only has a number to represent each model, it’s easy to forget which model belongs to each number. A strip of masking tape stuck to the back or bottom of the radio is perfect for making model-memory notes. Or, you can put number decals on your cars to match the memory settings.

Easier ball-diff building

Easier ball-diff building

Tired of dropping those tiny differential balls? Use the tube of diff grease to pick up the balls. Just squeeze a dab out onto the tip, and use the sticky stuff to pick up each diff ball and put it into its hole in the diff gear.David Andrews - Ripon, UK
Paper-clip body clips

Paper-clip body clips

Lose your body clip while you were out bashing? No problem. Make one out of paper clips. Cut the clips down to size with wire cutters, and then bend them into the shape of the body clip. If you want, you can get fancy and use colored paper clips.
Reach out and touch your pit man

Reach out and touch your pit man

To clean your air filter at the track, just pour some fuel into a bowl and soak the filter. Rinse out the filter to release the fuel and dirt; it should be clean. The filter will not dry completely because of the lube in the fuel, but it will be ready for relubing shortly after you’ve cleaned it. Only use this tip outdoors, and do not leave the fuel unattended.

More secure preload adjusters

More secure preload adjusters

Threaded-body shocks are very cool and easy to adjust, but the preload collars on some of those shocks have a tendency to drift and change the preload setting while you?re driving. Install preload clips above the knurled preload adjusters to prevent the collars from moving and changing your settings.
Heat-resistant body

Heat-resistant body

Some nitro vehicles have tightly fitting bodies that rub against the tuned pipe. The pipe?s extreme heat can melt or deform the body. To prevent this from happening, stick a couple of layers of aluminum tape on the body in the area of the pipe.
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