If the oil-filled shocks on your Losi Mini-T leak all the time, seal the shock bottoms with silicone glue. Fill the shock bodies until the oil reaches the threads; then apply a dab of silicone glue to the seals before you thread the pieces together. The silicone will act as thread-lock and prevent the seals from loosening.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.