Monday, September 24, 2018

Thread Assist

Thread Assist

If your self-tapping screws don’t tap into plastic parts so well, scrape them across a bar of soap first. The soap will lubricate the threads and help them to glide into the plastic. Just remember to go slowly and do …

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Glow Igniter Grip

Glow Igniter Grip

If your glow igniter has lost its ability to grip the plug, it’s probably because its inner tabs have lost their shape. Using a soldering iron, put a small drop of solder on each of the tabs. After you’ve done …

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A Cure for Bearing Slop

A Cure for Bearing Slop

Over time, a composite bearing carrier may loosen its grip and allow the bearing to fall out and end your day of fun. Aluminum tape, such as the kind used for ductwork in the home, can cure the problem. Cut …

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Runaway Prevention

Runaway Prevention

A runaway nitro vehicle is a heart-stopper. Play it safe and take the necessary precautions to avoid this situation. Here are two options for a throttle-return setup. The idea is to have the throttle pulled shut mechanically if receiver power …

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Baja Window Clasp

Baja Window Clasp

The clips that secure aftermarket Baja 5B windows to the roll cage tend to come off during a collision, and can cause the windows to break. Drill a hole through the clip that’s large enough to fit over the head …

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Trial-&-Error Painting Exercise

Trial and Error Painting Exercise

When you paint your next body, you may want to try something new. You don’t want to start spraying a new body without first practicing a little. Cut sections of clear plastic 2-litre bottles and use them to experiment with …

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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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