Pit Tips

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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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
May 24, 2010 Comments
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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.
Aug 23, 2009 Comments
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Slotted Savage

It can be a real pain to get the radio box lid on and off an HPI Savage because the front shock tower is partially in the way. Use a rotary tool with a cut-off wheel to slot the two front holes on the radio box lid; that will make it much easier to remove and install.
Aug 21, 2009 Comments
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