How’d you like to get all your gear across
the parking lot and into your pit space in one
trip? Pro-Line’s Hauler Bag is the way to do
it. ;is Bad Larry swallows up your RC stu;
with four drawer compartments, zippered
pockets, and elastic loops to organize your
tools. Bungee tie-downs to hold a car or
truck on top of the Hauler along with a
collapsible handle make it easy to guide the
Hauler on its easy-rolling casters.
Feeling the Heat
I’m having trouble with my nitro truck running hot.
Do I need to adjust the carburetor or use a fuel with
If your engine makes good power and seems to run
fine other than running hot (as in consistently more
than 300°F), then chances are its state of tune isn’t
the real issue. But let’s check o; the list: Richen the
mixture by turning the high-end needle counterclockwise an eighth of a turn at a time to see if engine temps
go down without hurting performance. Solved? Great.
If not, other
there’s a big
hole in your
truck’s windshield to allow air to flow over the engine’s heat-sink
head. Cutting out the area behind the engine helps, too, by allowing engine-heated air to escape. With the engine o; and throttle
at neutral, give your truck a shove to confirm it coasts freely. If it
doesn’t, figure out where the resistance is coming from and fix
it. Common culprits are dragging brakes and grass or other junk
wrapped around the axles and/or driveshafts.
Nitro vehicles need plenty of cooling air. Don’t skimp on the
Make sure the brakes aren’t dragging when the
throttle is open.
I tried running my truck’s steel universal joints
dry because they collected so much dirt when
greased. But after a dusty run, they squeak and
chirp, which drives me crazy—and also means
the parts are wearing. Is there a way to lube
exposed parts without collecting dirt?
What you’re looking for is a “dry lube,” such as
Krytech Dry Wax Lubricant. If your hobby store
doesn’t carry it, hit the bike shop for a wax-based chain lube. ;ese products typically use a
mix of para;n wax and PTFE (best known as the
brand name Teflon) in a carrier liquid to provide
lubrication. Shake the stu; up to distribute the
solids (the wax and PTFE), then
apply it to whatever you want
to lube. Let it sit until the carrier
liquid evaporates and you’re
left with a coating of lubrication that is literally dry—and
won’t attract dirt and dust. ;e
downside to dry lubes is they
will likely require more frequent
application, but you’ll probably
find that the cleanliness benefits are worth it.
Dry lube is great for exposed metal parts, such as universal
and CV joints.
Dusty parts wear faster. Too bad dust also loves to stick to oil and grease.