Pit Tips

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.
Jul 10, 2010 Comments
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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.
Jul 07, 2010 Comments
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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.
Jun 17, 2010 Comments
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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.

Jun 15, 2010 Comments
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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.

Jun 14, 2010 Comments
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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.
Jun 13, 2010 Comments
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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.

Jun 05, 2010 Comments
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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

May 25, 2010 Comments
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