Pit Tips

Easy De-Chrome

If you want your tires to stick securely to chrome rims, you must thoroughly remove the rims’ shiny surfaces (unless you have the latest Pro-Line chrome rims). Use an eye dropper or a rolled scrap of Lexan to funnel a little lacquer thinner around the rim. This will soften the chrome plating enough for you to wipe it away. Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area.
Oct 28, 2010 Comments
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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.
Oct 27, 2010 Comments
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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.
Oct 26, 2010 Comments
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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.
Oct 26, 2010 Comments
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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,
Oct 25, 2010 Comments
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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.
Oct 24, 2010 Comments
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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
Oct 23, 2010 Comments
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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.

Oct 22, 2010 Comments
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