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How To: Tune a Nitro Engine – Carb Tech Secrets Revealed!

How To: Tune a Nitro Engine – Carb Tech Secrets Revealed!

By far the steepest learning curve for a nitro rookie is learning how to tune a carburetor. It can be awkward at first, but with a little effort, you’ll get it and never forget how to do it. Before we start adjusting needle valves, let’s consider the role of the carburetor and how it works. […]
How To: Spend Wisely! Eleven Tools Totally Worth the Money

How To: Spend Wisely! Eleven Tools Totally Worth the Money

The RC car industry is full of innovative products—many of which are geared toward wrenching-oriented tasks. Over the years, many tools and accessories have been developed with RC use in mind, and others although non-RC specific, lend themselves extremely well to RC use. Some RC tools are a bit expensive. While some may scoff at […]
How To: Slash 4×4 Low-CG Conversion

How To: Slash 4×4 Low-CG Conversion

Words by Devon Stewart Low center of gravity, high-performance handling Low center of gravity = tougher to top over.  That about sums it up, and that’s why a low center of gravity (CG for short) is essential to anything and anyone that doesn’t want to tip over.  That goes for linebackers, ocean liners, hockey players, […]
How To: Clean and maintain your brushless motor

How To: Clean and maintain your brushless motor

Eleven steps for best performance One of the benefits of brushless motors is that they require very little maintenance, but they should be inspected regularly and cleaned to provide optimum performance. This article details the steps you should take to keep your motor in tiptop shape, as well as provides tips on how to make […]
HOW TO: Transmitter Steering Setup

HOW TO: Transmitter Steering Setup

Because you’re probably doing it wrong. Whether your radio is a pro pistol or an econo model, the steering system is its most adjusted feature. Basic radios only offer steering trim and servo-reversing, but many RTR radios also include dual-rate steering, and popular sport-level computer radios offer adjustable endpoints, exponential and subtrims in addition to […]
RC Car Action - RC Cars & Trucks | HOW TO: 20 Minute Nitro Engine Tune-Up

HOW TO: 20 Minute Nitro Engine Tune-Up

PHOTOS PETE HALL Spend a little time now to save a lot of time later. The weather is starting to warm up across the U.S., and that means it’s almost time to head outdoors for nitro season! Get ready to spend some time doing some pre-run maintenance if you’ve been storing your rig all winter […]
How To: Build Shocks Like A Pro

How To: Build Shocks Like A Pro

PHOTOS HOPE McCALL CERTAIN SKILLS IN RC separate the pros from the Joes. One such task definitely is building shocks. Eventually, you will have to rebuild the shocks on your RTR, or you’ll have to build them for a kit. How well you perform this task will directly impact how well your vehicle performs on […]
How To: Rebuild Your Car [June Preview]

How To: Rebuild Your Car [June Preview]

Fix it right every time Words Jay Kennedy Repairing and rebuilding your RC car or truck is something we all have to do at some point.  Erich is always telling me, “You’re not having fun until you break something.” In the event that you do end up breaking you car, you might find that it’s […]
HOW TO: Go Fast, Save Cash!

HOW TO: Go Fast, Save Cash!

Everyone wants to save money these days, but they still want to tear up the track. Believe it or not, simple maintenance of your race vehicle can allow you to do just that. Off-road vehicles such as nitro buggies and truggies take a lot of abuse on the track and that abuse will cause wear […]
How To: Break In A Nitro Motor [May Preview]

How To: Break In A Nitro Motor [May Preview]

How To Break In A Nitro Motor – Use The Track – Tested Bess Method By Lito Reyes If you’re a nitro-head like most of us at RC Car Action, there’s one thing you absolutely can’t avoid—breaking in your engine. A lot of mills have come through our offices and needless to say, we’ve heard […]
How To: Apply Decals Like A Pro [VIDEO]

How To: Apply Decals Like A Pro [VIDEO]

Applying decals is a finishing-touch that has nothing to do with function, but is still extremely important. Unlike many RC tasks, decal work is a “one and done” process which cannot be reversed, so it is important to apply decals correctly the first time. A well-decorated body not only looks good, but it can help […]
How To: Keep Your Brushless Motor Cool

How To: Keep Your Brushless Motor Cool

Heat is the enemy Here’s a fact: a cool motor is a happy motor (unless it isn’t being run). With the efficiency of brushless motors and higher LiPo battery capacities, run times in the 20-minute range aren’t uncommon. But during extended runs, heat build-up can affect your motor’s performance, or at worst, cause total system […]
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