Thursday, August 16, 2018

Keep your Foams Dry

Keep Your Foams Dry

When you clean your tires, avoid letting water get into your wheels and the foam inserts, or it may throw off the wheel’s balance and possibly damage the insert. Stick tape over the vent hole in the wheel before you …

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Bearing Removal

Bearing Removal

Here’s an easy way to get bearings out of recessed or one-sided places such as certain transmissions. Use an air compressor and its blower nozzle attachment; put the tip of the nozzle into the center of the bearing, and give …

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Setup Reference Sheets

Setup Reference Sheets

Sometimes, there’s simply too much to remember when you’re setting up your RC vehicle—suspension settings, ESC settings, motor settings and more. Make copies of the setup information and procedures for every car or truck, and place it in a plastic …

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Sleeve Removal

Sleeve Removal

When you replace a worn piston and sleeve, removing the sleeve can be the toughest part of the job. Use a large zip-tie to help pry it loose. With the piston at the bottom of its stroke, insert the flat …

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Refreshing Hardware

Refreshing Hardware

Maybe it’s time to freshen your breath and organize your loose hardware. Eclipse gum comes in handy little cups with lids. This “free” multi-use container can hold all those extra screws, nuts and bolts or can be filled with your …

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DIY Binding Plug

DIY Binding Plug

If you have some dead servos try this: cut off the lead, leaving 1 inch or so of wire. Cut the center (red) wire close to the plug, and spice the two outside wires together. Make a couple of them …

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Micro-T Clip Grip

Micro-T Clip Grip

The Micro-T’s body clips are nearly impossible to grip when you need to remove them. They are even too small to use the traditional cable tie as a way to grab them. Instead, use a short length of twine attached …

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Give Water the Boot

Give Water the Boot

Many RC boats have a hole in the hatch for the antenna. This hole is a prime spot for water to enter the hull. A Traxxas driveshaft dust boot from rebuild kit no. 5129 is ideal to seal the antenna …

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No-Drip Oil Dropper

No Drip Oil Dropper

Inexpensive drug-store eye-dropper bottles are perfect for the application of after-run oil. The dropper will allow you to know just how much oil you applied, and there won’t be any oily mess. Tip by J. David

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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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