I use a Kershaw multi-tool with locking needle nose pliers. They have a little groove ground in them on one side parallel with the handles that allows gripping of shafts nicely. I use it for quite a few things in RC. Mostly to remove the shock on my Rev.4 to replace batteries. Regular pliers, and needle nose don't seem to get the same grip. You really want 'designer' pliers? Vise-grip are you listening?
Speed Merchant Rev7, Tekin, TQ Racing (wire), Team Tamale
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