Storing your foam tires in a sealed plastic bag will prevent them from drying out. After a day of racing, scrub your tires clean with a mild dish detergent and warm water. After they have dried, just place and seal them in a plastic bag. Adding a small amount traction compound to the tires will further prevent them from deteriorating during storage. Duane Pfahler Bellville, OH
To protect your shocks from damage when landing off big jumps, slide 2 to 3mm lengths of silicone fuel line over the shock shafts. The fuel line will prevent the shock pistons from ramming into the bladders inside the shocks.
Many bodies come with overspray film on the outside of the shell. If your new body doesn’t, cover the outside with a single layer of food wrap. Apply a little heat with a hairdryer, and the material will conform to the body for a perfect fit. Josh Thompson Atlanta, GA
The front and rear inboard-mounted shocks on Traxxas trucks can be a pain to remove because of the difficult-to-access shoulder screws that secure them to the tower. To change this, install the shocks with Team Associated?s Monster GT shock-mounting hardware (item no. 25070) instead of the eight shoulder screws that came with the truck. You?ll have to drill the shock-mounting screw holes all the way through the shock tower with a 3mm drill bit (or one of a similar size) so a pair of inboard and outboard shocks can be mounted to the shock tower with a single screw and nut. This mod significantly simplifies shock mounting.
You’ll be able to wrench faster with less wrist fatigue if you add a ratcheting driver to your toolbox. Wera, OFNA, THS Racing and others offer compact drivers that are perfect for RC work. Some even include hex driver tips, or you can buy them separately from OFNA.
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 makes it easier to disconnect them.
A paint can cap is the perfect tool for holding small parts while you clean them. Ream or drill small holes in the cap so dirty solvent can flow off the parts, then spray away. Put a rag or paper towel under the cap to catch the dirty solvent.
Grip tape used for the top of a skateboard deck works perfectly to prevent corner dots from drifting. It provides excellent grip, is self-adhesive and is thin enough so the dome is flush to the ground. Mark Daily Bryan, TX
If your touring car feels a little loose, you can enlarge the surface area of the rear wing with a strip of scrap Lexan. Cut a piece of Lexan that’s the same length as the wing, and attach it to the end of the wing with double-sided tape. Trim the strip’s height to adjust downforce.