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Old 06-16-2009, 06:55 AM   #31
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I usually give the car a good once over with simple green, lube, and a tooth brush after every race or practice day. Inspect for any cracked or bent parts and unusual slop. Check bearings.

After every 2 or 3 club race or practice days, I break the car down completely to the last bolt and soak parts in simple green and relube all the parts with wd-40. Keeps the car from squeaking too. I usually check and change diff and shock oil at this point.

If it is a big race, I usually do a complete breakdown and rebuild prior to the race.

I find wrenching on my car at home relaxing. Through on a little TV while I am working on my car and all my worries seem to just go away.
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Old 06-16-2009, 08:35 AM   #32
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I do it after every race day. Pull the engine and pipe, electronics tray, fuel tank and center diff. I clean the engine with non-chlorinated brake cleaner, pull the clutch bell, inspect the bearings, sand the bell, file the shoes. I clean the electronics carefully with simple green on a shop towel. Then simple green the entire car and blow it off. I've sort of stopped using WD40. I use Maxima SC1 after it's all clean, let that sit for 30 seconds and then wipe off with a rag. Put the car back together and replace bearings and fuel line if necessary.
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Maxima Racing Oils SC1 is bad ass. Its made specifically to shine plastic and repel dirt for MotoX. It really saves a lot of time when cleaning. It also smells good (like grape candy) so the wife and kids dont bother me when I spray it in the house.

I try and not use water on the buggy roller. I clean the body, tires, wing, and fuel tank with soap and water. I use denatured alcohol to break up the oil/dirt on the roller. A lot of scrubbing with toothbrushes and paintbrushes a lot of blasting it with high pressure air from a good air compressor (maybe even more important a good air blower nozzle) and a nice coating of SC1 to bring that showroom shine back.

Shocks and diffs I rebuild them before important races or after a gallon or 2. If the boots arent torn and the diffs dont leak the fluid inside stays pretty consistent for a while.

Clutch bearings I do about every 2 hours of track time or before important mains. Clutches usually last me a couple gallons or more (carbon shoes).
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I don't race regularly, but I take out the motor, electronics, fuel tank, and transmission (AE MGT converted to forward only) after every race day.

I take apart the diffs and suspension only if something breaks/wears out. Last time I did I decided to finally put diff oil in (first real, i.e. not traxxas, nitro truck) never got around to checking them, as it wasn't running for about a year. After 1 1/2 gallons, they looked like new. Loaded them up with oil, and will check again in another gallon.
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complete tear down every time my cars get run, including freshening every bearing
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After every race or track practice. blow off efter race,........FULL cleaning at end of day as if it came out of the box!!!
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I do it after every race day. Pull the engine and pipe, electronics tray, fuel tank and center diff. I clean the engine with non-chlorinated brake cleaner, pull the clutch bell, inspect the bearings, sand the bell, file the shoes. I clean the electronics carefully with simple green on a shop towel. Then simple green the entire car and blow it off. I've sort of stopped using WD40. I use Maxima SC1 after it's all clean, let that sit for 30 seconds and then wipe off with a rag. Put the car back together and replace bearings and fuel line if necessary.
thanks for the tip on the maxima sc1
gonna have to give that a try
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