Get Your ride race-readY
We show you how to get your rig ready for battle
by Kevin HetmansKi
They say that races are won or lost in the pits, and that holds true for RC racing as well. Preparation won’t
automatically result in a win, but it will ensure that your vehicle is ready to fight for that win every time you hit
the track. Keep in mind that much of that prep happens not in the pits but on your workbench at home. Here are
a few things to that you can do to your ride to make it race-ready.
A day of racing will result in a car that is covered in dirt, which can hide
some problem areas. Before working on your vehicle, take the time to
clean it to give yourself an unobstructed view of what you’re working
with. After removing the tires and body, give your ride a good spray-down with a cleaner like Dynamite’s Absolute Force and let it sit for a
few minutes to give it time to break down any dirt, oil, or grease. Blow
the cleaner off with a compressor (or wipe it carefully with a rag if you
don’t have a compressor), then give the vehicle a light coat of WD40
and blow it off again to complete your cleaning (the WD40 will make
the car easier to clean next time, prevent corrosion,
and keep all your hingepins and pivot balls operating
smoothly). When using this process to clean, keep the
cleaner away from the center of the vehicle so that the
electronics aren’t exposed to them. You can clean that
area later with a brush and rag. Nitro guys, make sure
that you stay away from the brakes when doing your
cleaning! It’s also a good idea to remove the radio tray,
fuel tank, and engine from the chassis to make cleaning
easier. This list may look like it will take you a long time,
but it won’t take you very much time to get through it.
Now you’re ready to start the real work.
Cleaning your vehicle will make it easier
to identify issues—and it will make for a
cleaner work area.