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Friday, February 3, 2023

RCD Staff

Servo Talks

How To: Servo Talks

  Control of the throttle and steering of an RC car are crucial to anyone’s enjoyment of the hobby, whether they are a racer or not. This month we’re going to take a closer look at some of the different options you can find in today’s servo …

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Reader-Submitted Crawler Competition Course

Last month, one of our Facebook followers, Eric Bresnahan, reached out to us to share pictures of the competition course he has set up in Southington, Connecticut for 1.9 and 2.2 crawlers. Eric is proud of the course, which is …

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Easy RC Transponder Quick Swap

Transponder Quick Swap

If you race two classes and have only one transponder, you’re constantly taking it from one car to the other. You can save time and effort by using a Micro Deans plug on the unit and in each vehicle. Use …

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Keep RC grease off your hands

Keep 'Em Clean

RC maintenance can be messy; oil and grease often get everywhere. Keep your hands clean with inexpensive, disposable rubber or latex gloves. Keep them in your pit box and on your workbench. Tip by Doug Wilson

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Tire-Cleaning Unit

Tire Cleaning Unit

A simple solution to your dirty-tire woes is to take an empty plastic jug such as an antifreeze container and cut the side out as shown. Fill it with water and scrub away the crud. Tip by Bud Baker

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Budget Wings

Budget Wings

So much of what we buy these days comes in blister packs. Many of these packs have a back panel that is basically a flat sheet of clear plastic. If you run a body with a rear wing—a stadium truck, …

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Neatly Wrapped

Neatly Wrapped

Messy wiring. We all hate it. You can zip-tie it, but that may look hack. Head to the “Shack” and pick up some spiral cable wrap. This can be used for as few as two or three servo leads or …

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Bottom Dead Center—BDC

Bottom Dead Center - BDC

When you’ve finished running your nitro engine for the day, or when you want it to cool down before you run it again, you must make sure that the piston is at BDC—at the bottom of its stroke. To find …

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Body-Clip Pull Ring

Body Clip Pull Ring

There are many ways to simplify body-clip removal. Here’s one that has never been submitted before. You’ll need a section of 3/4-inch diameter rubber tubing. Cut 3mm sections to make rings. Attach one to each clip, and you now have …

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Eliminate Body Rattle

Eliminate Body Rattle

A rattling body makes your car sound cheap, and It can cause premature wear around the post holes. As a quick fix, find one of your sister’s hair bands, and stretch it from one body post to the other underneath …

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Preload Spacers

Preload Spacers

Spare plastic shock-preload clips tend to vanish without leaving a forwarding address. Measure your shock body’s outside diameter, and buy rubber tubing that has an inside diameter that’s close to the size of the shock body. Cut several sections in …

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Fuel-Filter Flow

Fuel Filter Flow

Your fuel filter has to be cleaned periodically, so you have to remove it from your vehicle, but it must be reinstalled in the proper direction—the direction of flow. To make it easy to tell immediately which way it goes …

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Alligator Connections

Alligator Connections

If your charger has alligator clips to connect it to the battery, it can be difficult to use them on Deans connectors. Use pliers to crimp the teeth flat on one side of the clip. It should then be able …

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Clean Glue Bottle Tip

Clean Glue Bottle Tip

Tired of getting ready to glue tires and finding that the tip of the glue bottle is sealed with hardened glue? Remove the tip and drop it into a small container filled with acetone. Let it soak overnight and then …

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Tighter Trigger Grip

Tighter Trigger Grip

Throttle and brake are much easier to control when you tighten the grip around your trigger finger. Use a small piece of foam and a section of shrink tubing as shown to reduce the space on the trigger itself. Add …

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