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Stay Clear [Top 25 Pit Tips]

Stay Clear [Top 25 Pit Tips]

Stay Clear: Over time, the display on your radio will dull from being in the elements.  You can bring it back to life by lightly rubbing it with a little plastic polish and a rag.  It will look like new when you have finished. Roger Carter – Delray Beach, FL
Clear The Markings [Top 25 Pit Tips]

Clear The Markings [Top 25 Pit Tips]

Clear The Markings: If you’re a racer, chances are you have multiple sets of tires with different compounds.  The problem is that it’s easy to forget what compound is what.  Mark the inside of each wheel with the compound using a marker so you can easily see what you’re grabbing.  You can keep the marker […]

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Clean Hands At The Track [Top 25 Pit Tips]

Clean Hands At The Track [Top 25 Pit Tips]

Clean Hands At The Track: Ever eaten a burger with dirty hands because there’s no bathroom sink around so you can wash up at the track?  Pack some moist towelettes in your pit box, so you’ll be able to clean your hands.  The towels also work great for wiping down your vehicle’s body after a […]
Keeping Warm [Top 25 Pit Tips]

Keeping Warm [Top 25 Pit Tips]

Keeping Warm: I zip-tie a piece of aluminum foil over my nitro motor to keep it warm on cold days.  This is also a good trick when you are breaking in a motor and need to keep temperature in the head while trying to run a rich mixture. Liam Cahill – Salt Lake City, UT

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Easy-To-Remove Deans Connector [Top 25 Pit Tips]

Easy-To-Remove Deans Connector [Top 25 Pit Tips]

Easy-To-Remove Deans Connector: Deans connectors work great, but they can be a pain to pull apart after you’ve run your car or truck.  Slide an O-ring or a 2mm slice of fuel tubing over each of the gold connecting tabs on the male connector so that there is a small gap between the connectors; that […]
Cotton-Swab Grease Applicator [Top 25 Pit Tips]

Cotton-Swab Grease Applicator [Top 25 Pit Tips]

Cotton-Swab Grease Applicator: Use a cotton swab to grease your vehicle’s rotating parts.  A swab will allow you to apply grease lightly and evenly, and you’ll make less mess. Brian Park – Florence, AL

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No-Spill Tank Maintenance [Top 25 Pit Tips]

No-Spill Tank Maintenance [Top 25 Pit Tips]

No-Spill Tank Maintenance: If you have to remove your fuel tank in the pits to make a quick repair on your vehicle and you don’t want to drain the fuel from the tank, attach one end of a fuel line to the pressure-line pick-up and the other to the fuel pick-up.  This will seal the […]
Super-Secure Outdrives [Top 25 Pit Tips]

Super-Secure Outdrives [Top 25 Pit Tips]

Super-Secure Outdrives: It isn’t unusual to lose the drive pins in a buggy’s center CV driveshafts when the setscrew that holds them loosens.  Here’s a way to avoid this: slide heatshrink tubing over the outdrives to prevent the pins from sliding out if the setscrew loosens.  As a further precaution, put heavy-duty liquid thread-lock on […]

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Stay-Put Wheel Nuts [Top 25 Pit Tips]

Stay-Put Wheel Nuts [Top 25 Pit Tips]

Stay-Put Wheel Nuts: Scoring, slotting, or roughing up the ends of your wheel nuts will make them grab onto the rim better and prevent them from coming loose. Joseph Atherton – Sacramento, CA  
Photographic Memory [Top 25 Pit Tips]

Photographic Memory [Top 25 Pit Tips]

Photographic Memory: Don’t sell your old low-megapixel camera on eBay just yet; keep it in the workshop to snap pics of complex parts you might otherwise forget how to reassemble.  It’s also nice to have a non-precious shooter in your pit box for spotting paint jobs or snapping blackmail pics of your buds. Elvis Machado […]

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Radio LCD Protection [Top 25 Pit Tips]

Radio LCD Protection [Top 25 Pit Tips]

RADIO LCD PROTECTION: The clear LCD screen savers for iPods and cell phones work great for protecting your radio’s LCD screen. Just apply the screen saver over the LCD, and trim around the edges with a hobby knife for a custom fit. STEVEN MULLER – DENVER, CO
Mobile Camber Gauge [Top 25 Pit Tips]

Mobile Camber Gauge [Top 25 Pit Tips]

MOBILE CAMBER GAUGE: When I’m at the track, in place of a camber gauge. I use a free angle finder app on my smartphone to make setup changes. CHRIS TRANGSRUD – TEMPE, ARIZONA    
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