Pit Tips

Tie-rod protection

This is a great tip for T-Maxx drivers who break a lot of rear turnbuckles. Slide 2-inch pieces of fuel line over the ends of the turnbuckles to cushion the tie rods.
Aug 14, 2010 Comments
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Avoid screw screw-ups

To make sure you don’t mix up the hardware when you take your car or truck apart for maintenance, put the screws back in the parts as you remove them. No more wondering which screw goes where. Logan Schaefer
Kiln, MS
Aug 13, 2010 Comments
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Foam toolbox liners

High-density foam works great for lining your toolbox drawers. The lining will protect your tools, parts, or whatever else you keep in your toolbox during transportation. Cut the foam to size, and install a piece in each compartment. Pick up big sheets of high-density foam at a hardware store or at Wal-Mart for less than $5 per sheet.
Aug 12, 2010 Comments
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Clear your head

To remove the dirt and oil from between the fins of your nitro engine’s cooling head, squirt nitro wash onto a pipe cleaner and feed it through each fin. Pipe cleaners are inexpensive, and you can find them in most craft stores.Ryan Stabel
Linden, MI 
Aug 11, 2010 Comments
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Water, Water, Everywhere

If you use water-based paint in your airbrush, keep one of those sport bottles of water (the ones with the flip-up straws) at your workbench. Modify the straw to fit inside the bottle inlet, and you?ll never have to get up for water again. [email]
Ben Broderick
Aug 10, 2010 Comments
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Longer-lasting tire glue

Store your CA glue in the freezer with the cap on tight, and it will never dry out. The glue will not freeze and will be ready to use the moment you remove it from the freezer.

Jul 29, 2010 Comments
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Lighter, better-handling T-Maxx tires

Jim Lubic from Plano, TX, sent in this great tip for improving the performance of your Maxx truck. The stock Maxx tires work well, but the squared-off edges of the chevron paddles make the truck a little ?tipsy? when cornering at speed and cause the tires to hang up on ruts and cracks. You can make the truck handle better and improve acceleration by cutting off the edges of the chevron paddles as shown. If you modify the paddles on both sides of all four tires, you?ll trim away nearly 2 ounces of rotating mass
Jul 28, 2010 Comments
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Better battery building

If you don’t have a battery jig or are assembling a pack using cells that don’t fit your jig, use an RTV adhesive (Zap-A-Dap-A-Goo, Shoe Goo, Goop, etc.) to glue the cells together before you solder the bars. Wait for the glue to dry completely before you solder, and you’ll have a straight, tight pack that won’t come apart in a crash.

Jul 20, 2010 Comments
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Turnbuckle Locknut

To prevent your turnbuckles from changing length, thread a nut onto the turnbuckle before you install the rod end. When you have the rod end where you want it, just tighten up the nut against it. This will hold everything in place despite the vibration a nitro engine produces.
Jul 11, 2010 Comments
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Keeping with the tires

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
Jul 09, 2010 Comments
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