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Pit Tip: Stay-Put Slipper Clutch Pads

Pit Tip: Stay-Put Slipper Clutch Pads

If you’re having a hard time keeping your slipper clutch’s pads in place as you stack the pressure plates, pads, and spur gear, just grab a glue stick out of the junk drawer. The glue will hold the pads in place as you build, but releases easily and cleans up with water when it’s time […]
How To Rebuild Your 3-Gear Transmission

How To Rebuild Your 3-Gear Transmission

On race day, you only have one goal: to go as fast as possible and to lay down the quickest lap times. As you try to accomplish this, one of the major factors that contributes to your success is your transmission. If your motor is the heart of your car, your transmission is the soul […]

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How To Build, Tune, and Maintain Gear Differentials

How To Build, Tune, and Maintain Gear Differentials

Gear differentials have been the norm in 1/8-scale cars for quite a while, but it has only been since the release of short course trucks that they’ve found their way into many RTR and race-level 1/10-scale cars and trucks. A gear diff requires little maintenance and is very durable, which is why they have become […]
PIT TIP: Stash Spare Clips With Your TX

PIT TIP: Stash Spare Clips With Your TX

Bend a piece of scrap lexan or plastic packaging to shape as shown, and attach it to the back of your transmitter with servo tape. Slip a bunch of clips onto the strip, and you’ll always have spares. Submit your Pit Tips! Email your ideas to PitTips@airage.com, post them to our Facebook page, or Tweet […]

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Pit Tip: Bottom Out

Pit Tip: Bottom Out

I paint some Liquid Paper on the bottom of my short course chassis before I run my truck.  This allows me to see if the truck is bottoming out over jumps and lets me know if I need to make suspension change. Federic Cry – Drummondville, QC Canada
Pit Tips: Works Like Magic! [June]

Pit Tips: Works Like Magic! [June]

Works Like Magic: When body and chassis parts get really dirty, I use a Mr.Clean Magic Eraser to get them looking new again.  This works particularly well for 1/8-scale wings where dirt can get crammed into the corners and scratches. Kerry Burch – Charlotte, NC   To view all the Pit Tips from the June issue […]

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Pit Tips: Second Life [April]

Pit Tips: Second Life [April]

Second Life: When the pins wear out on my off-road tires, I do not throw them away immediately.  I save in a special box and when I need to make some shakedown runs in my asphalt driveway or I want to do some pavement running, I do not have to burn out my good dirt tires. […]
Pit Tips: Pot Car Stand [March]

Pit Tips: Pot Car Stand [March]

Pot Car Stand: Terra cotta plant pots make great car stands if you are in a pinch, especially when they are turned upside down. Rob Guest – Irvine, CA

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