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What Tools Do You Need In Your RC Tool Kit? When it comes to maintaining your RC vehicles, it is important that you have the right tools. Having the right tools for the job can make the difference between being able to repair your vehicles and having them become a complete pile of junk. By understanding some of the basic radio controlled hobby tools, you will be prepared to repair whatever malfunctions your RC vehicles encounter.

Different Types of Wrenches Needed

One of the first things to understand in the way of radio controlled hobby tools is the different types of wrenches used in the repair of RC vehicles. One of the most commonly used wrenches in the RC hobby is the Allen wrench. This type of wrench is used to loosen and remove bolts that have a recessed octagonal head that the wrench fits into. Bolts requiring an Allen wrench are usually used to permanently hold pieces together like the frame of a vehicle.

Another type of Allen wrench that is used in the RC hobby world is the ball Allen wrench. These wrenches are used where the fast removal of a bolt needing an Allen wrench is required. Ball Allen wrenches are used on hard to reach screws that may require an entry angle of up to 25 degrees off of the center. All in all, these wrenches are designed to help you quickly remove hard to reach bolts that require an Allen wrench.

The next type of wrench you will need is a hex wrench. A hex wrench is designed to remove bolts that have a six-sided recessed head. These types of bolts are commonly seen on RC throttle linkages and on RC helicopter blades. Available in both standard and metric sizes, hex wrenches are often considered one of the most essential tools for any RC hobbyist.

Screwdrivers Needed for RC Car Repairs

As with anything, screwdrivers will be needed by anyone doing RC car repairs. The two most common screwdrivers used in RC car repairs are the Phillips and flathead screwdrivers. Phillips screwdrivers are used to remove screws that have an X shaped head and flathead screwdrivers are used to remove screws with an I shaped head. If you don't buy any other tools, you must purchase a good set of flathead and Phillips screwdrivers in order to do even the most basic maintenance to your RC vehicles.

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A Soldering Iron is Needed

On top of needing a good set of screwdrivers, it is recommended that you put a soldering iron in your tool kit. A good soldering iron is needed for things like soldering wires to your vehicle's circuit board and to the motor. Sometimes wires will come loose when racing, especially if you do a lot of off-road racing or crawling. A soldering iron can also be used to fix shorts that may develop in your vehicle's RC transmitter and receiver.

Other Helpful Tools

In addition to a good soldering iron, it can be helpful to include a ball cup installation tool in your kit. This tool looks like a type of pliers and is used for getting ball joints to fit together when you have to work on your RC vehicle's suspension.

On top of a ball cup installation tool, it is a good idea to include a nut spinner in your tool box. This tool will make it much easier to remove wheel nuts with a nut spinner than with a regular wrench.

Another helpful tool to have in your tool box is a reamer. This tool is designed to help you punch holes that you may need in new body parts when installing them on your RC vehicle.

Besides needing a reamer in your tool box, you will often need an exhaust spring tool in your tool kit. This tool is designed to help you remove and secure the springs that hold the exhaust header to a gas or nitro fueled RC engine.

Another helpful tool to consider placing in your tool kit is a setup board. This board helps you to be able to set the toe and camber of your RC car's wheels and ensures that you have an accurate setting that meets the manufacturer's specifications.

On top of needing a setup board, it is recommended that you include a ride height gauge in your tool box. This tool will help you to see the exact height from the ground to the bottom of your RC car. This is helpful in making sure that you will be able to clear any small obstacles that may be littering the area where you want to race your vehicle.

Finally you will need to include a set of standard and metric wrenches in your tool kit along with a crescent wrench. These tools will help you to remove and install bolts and nuts that the other tools in your kit can't handle. All in all, these tools form the backbone of your RC tool kit.

Now that you have a better idea of all of the radio controlled hobby tools available, you are able to put together a tool kit with everything you need. Regardless of if you are at the track or at home, you will be able to get back into running very quickly by using the tools mentioned above.

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