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Old 12-03-2008, 01:53 PM   #1
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Ive been seeing a lot on those clutch shoe tools and watched a video to see exactly what they do. Ive never had a problem getting my clutch shoes on or off with my fingers and from the video I saw, it looks like the tool takes longer to use and makes it more difficult than it needs to be. I'm new to the nitro scene so could my shoes/springs be worn, causing them to be removed easily? I just got my car used off of ebay and havent run it yet.
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Old 12-03-2008, 02:05 PM   #2
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i would say your springs are weak if you can take them off that easily.. the tool works well for getting the spring around the collet and in its proper place. imo it is wa easier then doing it by hand
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Old 12-03-2008, 02:19 PM   #3
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When I started out, I immediately bought one of those duratrax "tools" and discovered that if you have opposable thumbs and a screwdriver, you can remove the clutch shoes just as easy if not easier... As a matter of fact, the durtrax POS broke before I even got a single clutch shoe off.
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The screwdriver thing works just fine, but it scratches the hell out of everything. The sportworks tool works great, its cheep, and it lasts for years
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+1 on the sportwerks going on 2 years and the tip is replaceable.
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Old 12-03-2008, 04:00 PM   #6
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Thanks for the pointers guys. I had planned on getting a new clutch before running the car so when I do I'll try that screwdriver thing for a little while. Thanks for warning me about the duratrax tool. sounds like everything they make is crap
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I use the Dynamite clutch tool, very easy to use!
http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...ProdID=DYN3046

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I like the duratrax tool. Takes the springs and shoes of my x6 with ease. A whole lot easier than a screwdriver.
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I use the Losi tool, haven't stabbed my finger since I got it.
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I use the Losi tool, haven't stabbed my finger since I got it.
+1 on the losi ...works good lasts a long time ...and comes with an extra...um refill in the bag ...so the first time you break it ...you've got a spare
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a tool slow's me down....im Wicked fast with 2 small flat heads.....and how are you scratching anything ?
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a tool slow's me down....im Wicked fast with 2 small flat heads.....and how are you scratching anything ?
You may not, but I scratch my clutch nut, and I've scratched some shoes, but I have short fat fingers....I need a tool for everything
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+1 on the losi ...works good lasts a long time ...and comes with an extra...um refill in the bag ...so the first time you break it ...you've got a spare

Break it....Losi.....Losi.....break it..... funny how those two things go together so often
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I use the Dynamite clutch tool, very easy to use!
http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...ProdID=DYN3046

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I personally use the sportwerks tool. Very good tool, easy to use, cheap and lasts a long time. The sportwerks tool is the same as the dynamite one in that link just the sportwerks one has a blue handle. I think I payed like $12 for mine though.
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