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Kit VS. Roller [What To Purchase]

Kit VS. Roller [What To Purchase]

When the topic of discussion pops up about buying a kit or a roller, typically, you’re dealing with an upper-end vehicle and the clientele has some pretty good knowledge about what they’re getting themselves into.  Granted, this really only applies to the 1/8-scale off-road market, but it’s still a valid topic.  Ultimately, it boils down […]
How To Troubleshoot A Nitro Engine [Clutch]

How To Troubleshoot A Nitro Engine [Clutch]

Clutch: As a last line of defense against troublesome engines, always maintain your vehicles clutch system.  Even when all of the above items check out, a broken or worn-out clutch shoes, gritty clutch bearings and grease inside the clutch bell.  In general, if you remove the clutch bell and it looks like a bomb went […]

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How To Troubleshoot A Nitro Engine [Carburetor]

How To Troubleshoot A Nitro Engine [Carburetor]

Optimal Universal Needle Settings One of the more common questions from inexperienced nitro guys you’ll find on RC message boards is this: what is the perfect needle setting for my particular engine? Unfortunately, no such optimal needle setting exists.  Needle settings will vary widely depending on many factors, including your local weather, altitude, humidity, fuel […]
How To Troubleshoot A Nitro Engine [Pipe/Gaskets]

How To Troubleshoot A Nitro Engine [Pipe/Gaskets]

Pipe/Gaskets: Check your tuned pipe for leaks by disassembling it and pulling it off of the engine.  A tight seal between the engine exhaust gasket and the header is vital.  Check the header/pipe gasket as well.  If either of these rubber gaskets is torn, replace it,  Exhaust leaks cause tuning problems every time. Carburetor (Click […]

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How To Troubleshoot A Nitro Engine [Glow Plugs/Igniters]

How To Troubleshoot A Nitro Engine [Glow Plugs/Igniters]

It’s Running…Right? When all else fails, ask an experienced nitro guy to check your equipment.  There’s no replacement for experience, and as you tune more engines, you’ll become familiar with problem signals and their causes.  Just remember-an engine needs fuel, air and a spark to run properly.  Keep those three components healthy, and your engine […]
How To Troubleshoot A Nitro Engine [Air Filter]

How To Troubleshoot A Nitro Engine [Air Filter]

Air Leaks? Years ago, manufacturing tolerances weren’t as tight as they are now, and air leaks that cause finicky engine performance were common then.  This isn’t the case as often now.  You can protect against and prevent air leaks by sealing the carburetor (Lucky7 Air Seal works perfectly), but don’t automatically assume that your tuning […]

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Pit Envy – 8 Cool Tools To Make Your Racing Buddies Jealous [Mini Voltmeter]

Wrap-Up Racing is all about preparation and having the right tools to deal with any situation.  Expanding the scope of your toolbox can save your race day when you find yourself in a bind and can also help keep your vehicle running smooth and fast. Mini Voltmeter: Maker Shed $7.99 It is impossible to get […]

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Pit Envy – 8 Cool Tools To Make Your Racing Buddies Jealous [Microlight]

Pit Envy – 8 Cool Tools To Make Your Racing Buddies Jealous [Microlight]

Inova Microlight: $7.99 LED lights are great when trying to find a stray part or while inspecting your ride in low-light conditions.  There are many brands on the market, but the Inova Microlight is perfect for the RC racer’s toolbox. It is small enough to fit on a key chain or in a toolbox drawer, […]
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