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Old 10-19-2011, 05:12 PM   #1
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Default Starting engine without starter Box.

Hi all,
Might sound like a stupid question but I picked up a nitro tourer and don't have a starter box yet and I'm Keen as to drive it. Now I have been thinking of a way to start it. Anyone have any ideas? I'm thinking maybe put a hex bit in a drill and put it into the screw on the end of the flywheel and turn it over like that?

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get the box or you might get hurt trying to start it.

the engine rotates counter clockwise, so trying to drill start the screw will just unscrew your clutch(unless if the screw is somehow seized in there).
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Default It may sound silly but it works!

I have started an rc car in the early 80's with a bicycle wheel, turn the bike upside down, have somebody hand pedal to spin the rear wheel, while the wheel is spinning you can then bump the flywheel against the tire! just make sure it is spinning in the forward position, the best will be an on-road bike so the tire will be narrow enough to pass through the chassis and hit the flywheel.
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You can try an electric toy car's wheel against the flywheel. Make sure the toy car has a locked diff or spool.....
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Haha a bike tire might give that a go. Got a road bike set up on a trainer at home should work good.
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The cheapest way is getting a 2nd hand airplane starter motor with a rubber starting wheel. The motor can be found for 20 bucks and a fresh wheel for just 10 bucks or even less.

Connect it to your car battery and push it against the flywheel.

Otherwise, if you look arround on Ebay you can find a used starting box for not that much....
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just have patience and get a starter box before your get hurt or end up spending more $ because you messed something up!
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