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Old 03-03-2002, 05:27 PM   #1
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Post Tips And Tricks

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Old 03-03-2002, 05:35 PM   #2
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Post Softer Chevrons

Chevron-pattern tires provide great traction on soft terrain but can be rough handling on harder terrain. With a hobby knife, make a series of small slits on the treads; this permits the treads to give a little, and you'll have excellent traction regardless of the terrain.
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Old 03-03-2002, 05:37 PM   #3
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Post Preload Keeper

Changing you shock preload usually means a trip back to your pit. Instead, attach a selection of the inserts to your shock tower, and they will be handy when you lose one, or want to change.
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Old 03-03-2002, 05:40 PM   #4
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Post Antenna Retainer

Your antenna's shroud may break in half of become detached from the chassis during a rollover. For extra security, slip a short length of fuel tubing over the antenna, running from it's attachment point to about an inch above where it exits the body.
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Old 03-03-2002, 05:45 PM   #5
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Post Painting Tips

Here is a list of painting tips.

1. Wash the body with soapy water before applying paint.

2. Many thin coats is better then one think coat.

3. Use body scissors for the wheel wells if not the whole car.

4. Always remember to peal off the protective film before applying decals.

5. Make all cuts on you decals as smooth as possible. (not in squares, but circles)

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Old 03-03-2002, 05:47 PM   #6
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Post Arm Assortment

Installing a servo arm with the incorrect spline pattern for your servo can result in a loss of control. Label your spare servo arms by manufacturer so you can tell at a glance which is the correct out of you tool box.
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Old 03-03-2002, 05:51 PM   #7
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Post Dirt Walls

Ever had rocks, dirt, or other stuff get stuff in your car from "bunring out"? Well a simple solution is to cut some spare lexan in to a shape to fit on your chassis behind your front wheels. Then double side tape them into place. Then apply another pair to the rear just infront of your rear wheels onto your chassis. Then your set!
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Old 03-03-2002, 05:55 PM   #8
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Post E-Clip Replacement

Losing an E-clip -- and subsequently your hinge pin -- will surely take you out of the race. If you want to switch to something more secure, try automotive snap rings. It will mean investing in special pliers, but will also mean the difference between ending up on the podium or back in the pits.
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Old 03-03-2002, 05:58 PM   #9
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Post Heat Reduction

You can more efficiently dissipate heat to your chassis, heat sink and mounts by applying heat-sink compund at the motor and engine mounting pinots. the paste-like compound is easy to apply, and a tube only cost a few dollars at Radioshack.
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Old 03-03-2002, 06:04 PM   #10
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Post Stretch Straps

Stretch straps are an excellent way to secure your batteries to you on-road chassis. You can buy elastic straps like these at fabric stores and secure them with standard sewing clasps. They're available in many colors to match your car, too.
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Old 03-03-2002, 06:07 PM   #11
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Post Mini Car Track

The popularity of mini RC cars makes them a natural for indoor racing. You can create a nice track by simply using a garden hose to establish the barriers. The hose is soft enough to protect the RC cars from damage, and walls and furnishings will be protected, too!
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Old 03-03-2002, 06:12 PM   #12
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Post Crashproof Body Mounts

This will work for all Team Associated cars, and some other cars. Purchase 1/4 x 1/2-inch threaded standoffs from Radioshack and attach them, making sure to use Loctite on the screw. Drill a 1/16-inch hole trough the standoff for the body clip, and your done.
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1 The real speed is found in the driver, not the car (thats the hardest lesson to learn)
2 The best racers drive with respect to others
3 Make sure you Drive train rolls smoothly... While racing stock, you can't afford to lose an ounce of HP anywhere
4 Make sure your motors are kept Clean
5 The most helpful speed secrets, are never talked about...
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Old 03-03-2002, 06:17 PM   #14
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Post Loose Antenna Fix

If your antenna tube fits losely in it's holder, drill a small hole in the side of the holder to accept a 1/16-inch setscrew. Slight tension is enough to hold the antenna securley.
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Old 03-03-2002, 06:21 PM   #15
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Post Stay-Stuck Tires

To help glue stick to your plastic rim more effectively, scuff the bonding area with a wire wheel on a rotary tool.
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