WHILE USING RC CARS
RC hobbyists always want to have a great experience with their new RC
car or truck. Therefore they are always on a look out for special tips.
One needs to go through the owner's manuals thoroughly. Although it
is more tempting to skip this step, but this is probably the single
most important thing that one can do. In order to prevent any injury
or damage to ones lovingly purchased a ultra high performance nitro
vehicle, just because if little ignorance of not going through the user’s
manual is not really advisable. If one is making a significant investment
in a finely engineered nitro RC vehicle the best way to protect it is
by reading through the instructions.
Prepping and painting the body comes in next. If RC car or truck comes
with a body that needs to be painted, then prepping and painting is
something that needs to be taken care of as well. Initial break in of
the engine should be done with the body shell off anyway in order to
insure maximum cooling to the engine. It is important to put the body
aside such that it would not get oily or dirty. If body is kept clean
then prepping will be easier later when it is getting ready to paint.
The color or scheme you use to paint it can be as unique as ones individual
choice. The body shell acts as armor to protect your expensive engine
and radio gear during use.
Gluing the tires to the wheels is very important. Many RC nitro cars
and trucks require the tires to be glued to the wheels. This is something
that some people try to skip, but it is very highly recommended that
this should be done while the tires and wheels are clean. Once they
get dirty, it will be very hard to glue them properly. This is a simple
step to ensure that all of the power will be transmitted to the ground
instead of resulting in slippage between the rubber tire and wheel.
The tires should be glued to the wheels using hobby grade cyanoacrylate
(CA) glue. Super Glue is a CA glue, but it is not usually recommended
using this type of CA glue. Hobby grade CA glue works better and can
be easily found at a local hobby or arts/crafts supply store.
Foam air filter needs to be oiled properly before starting engine as
it is usually shipped dry to keep everything clean. Oiling ensures
that dirt will stick to the oil and be trapped in the foam filter element.
Running without the oil will result in inefficient filtering of the
air. Oiling can be done simply by just placing several drops of light
oil on the foam filter element. Gently pressing it down several times
to help distribute the oil evenly through out the foam element. If
too much oil is accidentally spilled on the filter, it can be squeezed
by simply by a paper towel or rag. This will help squeeze out excess
oil into the rag or paper towel. Using a thick oil or grease, will
simply plug up filter and restrict air flow to engine there by reducing
power. It would probably be best to use an oil specifically designed
for air filter use.
Engine should be run with air cleaner installed. The air filter prevents
harmful dirt and foreign objects from getting into your engine and destroying
it. At those astronomical engine speeds of 40,000 RPM, dirt quickly
ruins the engine. Periodically, as the foam filter gets plugged with
dirt one should remove it from the engine and clean it with household
dish washing liquid, Simple Green degreaser, or some other degreaser.
Gasoline or other strong solvents as these could damage your filter.
All engine break-in recommendations should be followed as given in the
owner's manual. First time running of a nitro engine largely determines
how long the engine will last and how much power the engine will produce.
The engine should never be run full throttle during break in. Being
extra gentle during break in will be rewarded with longer engine life
and maximum power later. Lastly the limited slip differential(s) should
be checked and adjusted if needed.
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