Tip of the Week: 11/18/2012 Shock Mount Reminder

A Sharpie brand permanent marker should be in every RC toolbox. Another great use for one is during suspension work. Often we work on one side of the suspension at a time, but sometimes we have to tear into both sides and get a big repair done quickly. Usually, everything goes well until we go…

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Tip of the Week: 11/11/2012 Emergency Lighting

This is another one of those tips that seems odd, but if you do it, you’ll eventually be very glad you did. Tap lights can be found at many dollar stores, so pick up two. Attach one under your workbench at home and the other under your portable pit table (f you have one). You’ll…

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Tip of the Week: 11/4/2012 Screen Protector

If you’re racing outdoors, the screens on your expensive equipment can easily get ruined. Screen protector sheets for electronic devices such as phones and game systems can be trimmed to fit the screens on your RC gear. Best of all, these screen protectors be sometimes be found on the cheap in dollar type stores.

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Tip of the Week: 10/28/2012 Easy Body Post Locating

Mounting a pre-painted that doesn’t have the body post holes either cutout or dimple marks for your specific RC truck can be a challenge. If you get it wrong, you’re new body will be ruined. To make seeing where the body holes need to be placed, place a light under the body after you have…

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Tip of the Week: 10/21/2012 LiPo Box

We recommend storing LiPo batteries in the same specialty “LiPo¬†sacks” used for charging. A lot of people want extra piece of mind for long-term unattended storage, and for that, we recommend placing LiPo packs in LiPo sacks, as described, and then placing the sack in a steel cash box. The heavier gauge steel the better….

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Tip of the Week: 10/14/2012 Receiver Protection

As 3- and 4-channel (and even 5-channel) receivers are fairly common these days, most receivers have empty slots on race trucks. To keep dirt and, more importantly, mud and water out while racing, cover the empty slots with a strip of electrical tape. Racers don’t need fully waterproof electronics, but running on a muddy track…

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Tip of the Week: 10/7/2012 Clean Screws

It’s no mystery that dirt gets packed into the screws on the bottom of the chassis. Sometimes they are completely filled and there’s no way a screwdriver or hex driver can be inserted and sometimes there’s a little bit of debris that doesn’t allow the driver to properly seat in the screw and this can…

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Tip of the Week: 9/30/2012 Always Ready Bind Clip

Place a bind clip on your key ring so you always have one handy. Someday–maybe soon or maybe a while from now–you will thank RC Truck Stop for this tip. Every now and then a 2.4GHz mysteriously needs to be rebound. When this rare event occurs you are almost always guaranteed¬†to be out “in the…

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Tip of the Week: 9/22/2012 Better Parts Bin

If you use small parts bins, you will love this tip! I got this tip a couple years ago from a Team Associated driver and thought is was brilliant. To make your compartmentalized storage bins actually capable of keeping small parts in the different compartments, fit the lids with craft foam. The foam is sold…

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Tip of the Week: 9/16/2012 Big Decals Made Easy

Have you ever put a sticker on your RC truck’s body only to take a look at your work and be disappointed by the crooked results? Peeling the sticker off and reapplying it means the sticker will probably lose its stick. The solution is to use glass cleaner. Simply lightly spray the back of large…

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Tip of the Week: 9/9/2012 Duck Tape Mud Flaps

Sometimes we have to race our truggies and 4WD short course trucks in less than ideal conditions such as mud. When the track is muddy or even just a little too wet, the rear suspension and rear driveshafts will get caked in gunk thanks to the spinning front tires. This quickly throws parts out a…

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Tip of the Week: 9/2/2012 Manual Binder

A lot of RC’ers have an ever growing collection of manuals. Many instructions get stored in old kit boxes or under workbenches or in a slew of other inconvenient places. A far better idea is to get a large 3-ring binder to store all of your manuals. An even better idea for racers is to…

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Tip of the Week: 8/26/2012 Body Repair

A good number of frugal veteran RC’ers may be familiar with this tip already, but it is still very much worth sharing–especially with the popularity of short course racing. When a body cracks (and short course bodies love to crack), take a small piece of drywall joint tape and secure it to the inside of…

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Tip of the Week: 8/19/2012 WD-40 Pretreat

RC can get dirty. Odds are the more fun you’re having the dirtier things are getting. Whether you’re about to hit a muddy trail with your scaler or about to tear up the track with your truggy, a healthy spray of the easy-to-find lubricant WD-40 can make cleanup much easier and increase performance. Spraying the…

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Tip of the Week: 8/12/2012 Tight Grip

Most radios are fitted with a foam or rubber grip over the steering wheel. These can slip and when that happens driving control can be severely compromised. An easy fix is to use a small amount–just a dab really–of silicone glue between the grip and wheel. The silicone glue will hold the grip tight to…

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