Log In

Pit Tips

Pit Tips

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.

Ads after 2 posts

Traxxas T-Maxx Awards
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.

Ads after 2 posts

Sticky screw

Sticky screw

If you need to insert a screw in a hard-to-reach area on the chassis and there isn’t any room to hold the screw with your fingers while you thread it in, apply a little grease to the tip of the screwdriver. The grease will make the screw stick to the tip of screwdriver long enough for you to insert the screw into the hole and start tightening.
Perfect paint coat every time

Perfect paint coat every time

Before you paint your Lexan body, place the can of paint in hot water for around 5 minutes. To prep the body, warm it up with a heat gun for 30 seconds, but be careful not to place the tip of the heat gun too close—the body only needs to be slightly warm. The warm paint will stick to the warm body better and dry more quickly. Apply several light coats of paint, and you’ll have a perfectly painted body.

Ads after 2 posts

Perfect fit throttle trigger

Perfect fit throttle trigger

Install a 1-inch length of fuel tubing on your radio’s throttle trigger to provide a tighter fit with your finger.

Improved air-filter seal

Improved air-filter seal

To prevent dirt and grit from sneaking past the endcaps of your air filter, smear grease on the caps to seal them against the foam element.

Ads after 2 posts

Freely spinning Micro-T tranny

Freely spinning Micro-T tranny

If your Micro-T’s transmission feels like it’s bound up, try loosening the screws that secure the gearbox halves together. The screws should be snug, not super tight.

Universal starter box

Universal starter box

You can make a universal starter box by attaching a thin “L” bracket to one side of the starter-wheel opening on the starter-box platform. The bracket will fit through the flywheel opening in the chassis and lock onto the vehicle. No need for starter-box pegs!

Terrence Webster
Oceanside, CA

Ads after 2 posts

Cranked-up camber

Cranked-up camber

If you run your Team Associated L4O on a very small track, you might need more right front camber than the stock suspension allows. To get more camber, file down the two upper-arm pieces so the turnbuckle can be threaded in farther. James Day
Dover, DE
Measure accurately

Measure accurately

To accurately measure shock and turnbuckle lengths, spring preload, tire diameters and other critical components, you need an inexpensive set of calipers. They're also great for measuring the lengths of screws.
RC Car Action © 2016
WordPress Video Lightbox
click me