Enjoy your first kit! Take your time and get it
together right, and you’ll be rewarded with
peak performance and the confidence of
knowing every nut, bolt, and gear of your
machine. Remember to save the manual so
that you can identify spare parts later. And
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A light coat of gear grease is all you need to keep tranny gears spinning smoothly.
STEP 8. EASY ON THE GREASE
Greasing the gears in your transmissions will keep them running
smoothly and make them last longer, but don’t overdo it. A thin film
is all you need. A “dot” of grease on each gear should be enough;
turn the gears and the grease will be evenly distributed. Exception: If
you’re building a rock crawler or trail truck, don’t be shy about using
plenty of grease on the ring and pinion gears in the axles. ;ese parts
don’t turn very fast, but they do have to handle a ton of torque—more
grease is better.
You’ll have to repeat
some steps a few
times to build identical
shocks, two sets of
steering hubs, two or
three di;erentials, etc.
To shorten assembly
time and streamline the
build process, it helps
to lay out all the parts in
the order that they will
be put together, like an
assembly line. ;is will
reduce the chances
of mixing up similar
parts or goofing up the
order of parts.
Here, the four shocks are lined
up with their correct shafts and
bladders for a goof-free build.