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Old 04-05-2009, 11:27 AM   #16
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The OP indicated that he was considering getting a Losi TC. Hence, no included body, and the need for a body reamer. A reamer is a way better tool to use than a pair of scissors (and safer as well, since it is more controllable). Good luck making the holes for the TC wing with a pair of scissors.

A Dynamite reamer is about $17, but the Hudy is better for about $33 at Stormer. The Axial one is $9.99 at Stormer.
You can do it with a pair of scissors just don't go for the big ones. (I actually do the wing holes with a drill bit in a pin vice, but that is slower than the scissors). About control what can I say? Some people race cars using aero radios because they flew planes before they drove cars, it's just a problem of what you like to use. The reamer is just not a necessity, as I said. It is useful, no question about it, but not necessary.

I have been racing for about 14 years now and as I said, don't have a reamer and a number of other tools I can do very well without. Sure you can go out and splash on an infinite number of tools but soon find out that more than half are not necessary.
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I actually thinking back to 99 and I use to use an X-acto knife to make body holes
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Old 04-05-2009, 11:49 AM   #18
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Yep, that's another good alternative to buying a reamer.
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Cool thread, I would love to see some of the tools some of you have.

Like Pit lights, tool setups and such. This is my current setup.


I am cleaning out my garage next week, hanging some cabinets and installing a few more outlets to get my little RC setup going. My wife was kind enough to let me use the back room to have a temp setup. I can't wait to get everything in the garage.

I am an electrician, so I would imagine that I would have most of the tools that I need. However, it seems that sometimes I run into situations where I am told that " you really need this tool to tune your car" and I don't have it.

For an example, being a basher, I have most of the usual/needed tools. I don't have things like a droop gauge, camber gauge or anything like it. I don't get that techy when I driving my Tamiya TLT through mud.

It seems like the TC needs more fine tuning IMHO. But, it also seems that I don't need to worry about it too much, since I'm a beginner.
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Three most important tools. Visa Mastercard and Amex. It's always better if you can use someone elses though.
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LOL. I love it. That is sooooo true with this hobby/sport
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a QUALITY set of allen drivers.
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I've been racing for 10 years and NEVER owned a body reamer, A dremel does fine. It is nice to have it a tight squeeze. Don't think it's a must though.
the dremel is nice but it makes a bit of a hash of the holes when you try and widen them.

A better option would be a power screw driver with a wood boring spade bit that's a little larger than the bodypost. Look for the ones that have the hex shank.
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Any pit light recommendations?
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Any pit light recommendations?
This would be my suggestion!

http://www.acehardware.com/product/i...Id=36781298593
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I think a hot glue gun and some extra sticks is a good thing to have. And some 5 Min epoxy, if that was not previously mentioned.

Zip ties

And some fiberglass rod, from a cheap wal-mart kite. You would be amazed what you can fix with zip ties, fiberglass and some glue in a pinch.
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Looks good, I'd like to see a few more. I hate when I buy stuff and then another option pops up.
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I think a hot glue gun and some extra sticks is a good thing to have. And some 5 Min epoxy, if that was not previously mentioned.

Zip ties

And some fiberglass rod, from a cheap wal-mart kite. You would be amazed what you can fix with zip ties, fiberglass and some glue in a pinch.
I got a hot glue gun too and tons of zip ties. This is great. Turning out that I have most of what I need.

The second set of items I don't have. i might have to check that out.
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Any pit light recommendations?
Lots of people use that Tensor clone of this light: http://www.ottlite.com/p-62-classic-task-lamp.aspx

Others use these:
http://www.ottlite.com/p-64-deskpro-task-lamp.aspx
(Ottlite has a 2 for 1 deal on the black ones right now... 2 for $49.99 - see their main web page)

Also, don't forget a Dremel and a) a cut-off wheel b) Sanding drum c) a couple of grinding stones.

For off-road, a good cordless, low-speed screwdriver will save a lot of time, since a lot of the screws go into plastic and are longer than screws used in on-road.
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Nice find. i am snagging these up tonight
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