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RC Engine Reassembly

Now that your engine has been fully dismantled, it's time to replace any worn parts. In my engine all that was required was a new piston and sleeve. Yours may differ. If your engine failed...

RC Engine Teardown

You'll eventually run into an engine that just flat won't run anymore, and if it has a fair bit of sentimental value and/or is expensive to replace, rebuilding it is a viable option. Here's how to do that...

Mod Your Transmitter For LiPo

This article will give you a step by step guide on how to easily modify your existing transmitter to use a LiPo battery

How To Create Gate Markers For Crawling

Gate markers are a commonly used item in competition rock crawling, but few just-for-fun crawler guys even know about them or what they are used for. In competition crawling events, they are used to mark where checkpoints are...

How To Make Body Washers

Tired of your body post punching through that new, freshly painted rc body of yours? This tip is a simple way to help prevent this from happening, which will extend the life of your RC body.

How To Cut Tire Foams

For those who don't know, tire foams are pieces of circular foam that fit into the tire to give it support since most RC tires aren't pneumatic, or filled with air. This is a step by step guide...

How To Store RC Tires

People that are new to the RC hobby may not realize how big of deal it is to store your tires correctly, especially if you are planning on decent performance from them. This article will show you a couple different ways...

How To Store Your RC Car

Storing your car - what's the big deal? What could hurt it while it just sits there, not even being driven? Well, a lot of things can happen to your RC car while it is in storage.

RC Powertrains 104

rc powertrains 104

Four strokes are significantly more complex. They have all the parts of a two stroke, but on top of that, they have at least two valves in the cylinder head, rocker arms, pushrods, and a camshaft driven off the crankshaft.

Crawler Suspension 101

rc rock crawler

Crawlers are all about being able to flex on the rocks. This is what is known as suspension articulation and it's really what makes a crawler a crawler. For the crawler to flex like this, however, the correct...

Battery Charge History Log

lipo battery

You may be wondering what the heck I'm even talking about, but I promise you I'm not completely crazy! A battery cycle log is a history of charges and discharges with detailed information on how long...

Building An RC For A Novice

novice rc car

Sometimes it isn't all about being so powerful with that new brushless motor system or big block nitro engine that your vehicle flips over on its lid at the touch of the throttle. Sometimes, it's all about...

Installing Jato Drive Shafts

jato drive shafts

It's no doubt that running your Rustler on a 3s LiPo and a high performance brushless combo is a whole lot of fun. But, this can bring with it some unwanted and annoying drive train failures with the stock drive shafts.

Imex Street Burner Tires Review

rc tires

Tires are expensive - it's a fact. Whether they are real full size tires on your 1:1 car or tires on your RC, they can cost you an arm and a leg. There are some budget options out there, though, so don't worry...

Advanced Guide To RC Transmitters

rc car

Have you ever wondered just exactly how your thumb's movements are translated into burnouts? It's a pretty simple process, which this article should explain. The main component in action is radio waves. They're everywhere...

Toy Grade vs. Hobby Grade RC

rc car

Many people who are getting into the hobby or are just wondering what the RC hobby is all about aren't even quite sure what the difference is between toy and hobby grade RCs. This article will explain the primary differences...

Turnigy Lipo Battery Review

turnigy lipo battery

Everyone's "going LiPo" nowadays, but it's just too expensive for you, right? Wrong! Buying from budget places like HobbyKing, which is where this battery is from, can allow you to stretch your budget...

RPM Camber Links Review

camber links

I love my Traxxas Rustler VXL to death, but in all honesty it does have its fair amount of weak points. One of these is the camber links.

Traxxas Ultra Shocks Review

traxxas shocks

I have owned several Traxxas vehicles and never used these exact shocks, so I thought it would be appropriate to put these through a thorough and rigorous test as I do with all my test products.

Aluminum Transmission Casing Review

golden horizon transmission casing

Everyone likes a little bit of bling on their RC, right? The Golden Horizon aluminum transmission casing for the Traxxas Rustler, Bandit, Stampede and 2wd Slash does just that, and more.

EXI Digital Servo Review

exi servo

Buuuuzzzzzzzz. buuuzzzz. Don't worry, there isn't a bee hovering in your ear, but rather one noisy servo. This is what this servo from sounds like almost constantly. While this can be annoying when sitting on the workbench...

BSD Infrared Thermometer Review

bsd thermometer

Everyone who is into RC needs a no-touch thermometer. At one point or another just about everyone has burned up an electric motor or maybe even damaged a nitro engine. One of the best ways to prevent this, however, is to...

Preparing Your RC For Transmitter Use

rc transmitters

The radio is a pretty important part of your rc car. It is the method through which we control it, the interface between man and machine. Like the rest of the car, there's some tinkering to be done, and it can be a bit daunting...

How To Jump Your RC

battery plug review

I think everyone is aware of the fact that jumping your RC can end in one costly repair bill, but if you know how to jump it correctly, it can be one of the most enjoyable things you can do with your RC car...