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,
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.
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
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.
Tired of dropping those tiny differential balls? Use the tube of diff grease to pick up the balls. Just squeeze a dab out onto the tip, and use the sticky stuff to pick up each diff ball and put it into its hole in the diff gear.David Andrews - Ripon, UK
Lose your body clip while you were out bashing? No problem. Make one out of paper clips. Cut the clips down to size with wire cutters, and then bend them into the shape of the body clip. If you want, you can get fancy and use colored paper clips.
To clean your air filter at the track, just pour some fuel into a bowl and soak the filter. Rinse out the filter to release the fuel and dirt; it should be clean. The filter will not dry completely because of the lube in the fuel, but it will be ready for relubing shortly after you’ve cleaned it. Only use this tip outdoors, and do not leave the fuel unattended.
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.
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.
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.
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.