Sunday, December 17, 2017

Glow-Wire Saver

Glow Wire Saver

The wire from your EZ Start-equipped engine is at risk of being damaged during a roll-over. Protect it with a section of shrink tubing in the area that’s most exposed. Tip by Flyboy 107

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Antenna-Tube Splicing

Antenna Tube Splicing

Save the pieces of all those snapped antenna tubes to create new ones by splicing two sections together. Use an X-Acto knife to cut identical notches in one end of each tube section, as shown. Secure the spliced area by …

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EZ-Disconnect, EZ Connectors

EZ-Disconnect, EZ Connectors

Traxxas EZ connectors fit snugly for great conductivity, but disconnecting them isn’t easy. Put a little petroleum jelly on the tabs to allow the plugs to come apart more easily without compromising the connection. Tip by Blake Terra

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Baja Tire Mounting

Baja Tire Mounting

Baja 5B tires are among the most difficult to stretch over their rims. Use a technique similar to that used to mount full-size tires, but instead of a machine, you’ll use the flat handle of a spoon. Insert the handle …

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Shrink-Tubing Tip

Shrink-Tubing Tip

When you solder bullet connectors, you can put shrinktubing over the joint when the solder has cooled. If the size of tubing that’s closest to what you need is a very snug fit even before shrinking, try this: most shrink-tubing …

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Small Receiver Security

Small Receiver Security

Certain razors for women (e.g., the Schick Intuition) have spare blades that come in a plastic case that’s the perfect size to hold most small receivers. Cut a slot for the antenna wire and the servo leads, and mount the …

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Easy Window Tinting

Easy Window Tinting

Auto-parts stores usually sell fairly inexpensive rolls of window- tinting film for full-size vehicles, and it works very well on our RC windows, too. Cut a paper template for every window you want to tint, and use it to mark …

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Super Strong Bodyclip Holder

Super Strong Bodyclip Holder

You can find inexpensive, strong, neodymium disc magnets online at sites such as kjmagnetics.com. They are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and strengths and have many uses, including keeping track of you body clips. Duct tape a disc …

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Make Mudguards

Make Mudguards

Mudguards help to keep the rear axles free of dirt and debris, and they’re increasingly popular with truggy and buggy drivers. If you have an old 1/8- scale buggy wing, its ends may make perfect guards. Carefully cut the ends …

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Marker Beats Memory

Marker Beats Memory

If you need to remove your receiver, it can be tough to trace the servo leads so that you’ll remember which channel each lead goes to. Use a permanent marker to put tick marks on the leads: one tick for …

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Receiver Protection

Receiver Protection

Water is the enemy of your electronic components, and many receiver boxes are not considered waterproof. Kitchen plastic wrap works well to keep moisture out. If your box is large enough, you can put a layer of foam around the …

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Table Protection

Table Protection

If you like to watch TV in the family room or spread out in the kitchen while you wrench on your cars, you risk dropping your tools on nice tables, and that can have certain repercussions. Yoga mats are inexpensive, …

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Padded Thumbscrews

Padded Thumbscrews

If your car uses screws to hold the battery strap in place, it can be tough to make quick battery changes. Put a small section of fuel tubing over the screw heads, and you will be able to grip the …

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Hex Tool Revival

Many hex tools that see constant use tend to get rounded off at the tip. This causes the tool to slip and may strip out hex heads. Using a cut-off disc and a Dremel tool, you can renew the tips …

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Neatness Matters

Neatness Matters

Excess servo leads can look messy and may get tangled with moving parts. Wrap them around a screwdriver to make tight little spring-like coils that look cool and keep them out of harm’s way. Tip by Toby Kearns

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