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I posted this back in 2007 , I posted this at our but is always a good read for gearing

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The majority of cars have two elements of gearing that can be changed, these are the pinion (the gear that attaches to the motor) and the spur, the gear that meshes with the pinion.

The pinion is typically a metal part, however some manufacturers such as GPM and others are now using delrin gears. The spur is always made of a softer material than the pinion, typically nylon or some other type of plastic.

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A couple of ways to install Halo RC LED lights

Hey Guys and Gals,

We have been selling item number TOYZ 701 for a while now and there are a very cool light. There are lots of questions on how to mount them. They photos have info in them :)

I do not have photos for all examples but here are some ways to do it

1) Using TOYZ 741 clear light buckets. You can either paint the back chrome or use the provided chrome decal

2) ream a hole in the body and shoe goo or liquid electrical tape to hold it in place.

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RC FAQs: How To Paint The Water Drop Effect by Squirrel

Ever seen a RC shell where it looks like it had water beads on it but it was actually the paint scheme? And it looked real?  Its actually very easy to do and it uses real water.

By the way, if you try this then please try it on a piece of spare lexan before using. I have used this with pactra and it didn’t work. However, it works great on spaz stix paint.

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RC FAQs: How To Paint A Shell or Body (Squirrel’s Way) by Squirrel

How to paint a RC body

There are many ways on how to paint a shell. There is the tape method which is ok. Personally, I don’t like it as the lines can bleed through and not be crisp. Then there are the masks. If you do these then get the vinyl ones. They are like taping, only they are like stickers and seal better. The third way, and the ones that I prefer, involve using parma masking or Bob Dively masking. For this walk through I will be using Bob. If you want to post a thread on the others then please do! :( We would all like to read it!!!

The liquid masks are a thick liquid that can be airbrushed or brushed onto the inside of a shell. The liquid paste dries and new coats can be applied. Typically you will want to apply 2 to 3 layers. The reason why I prefer Bob over Parma is that the lines come out better and the liquid mask can be applied and used within 7 days. Parma you almost have to use immediately or else it will not be as pliable or easy to work with.

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RC FAQs: How To Clean Your RC by Squirrel


So, you just had fun tearing your RC across the track or your favorite bash site. It’s now filthy and you want to clean it. What to do?

There are some people who are anal about cleaning like I am. There are also those who do want to clean as often as it takes too much time. Cleaning is a choice and it is not mandatory as it is your kit and yours to do what you feel. However, top pros will tear down their kit after every race, or bash period, as it is a good practice to get into. If for nothing else, have a clean RC means that you take care of it, inspect it, and know that when you pull it off the shelf it will work. Cleaning is not just removing dirt off of the chassis. It is inspecting for worn parts, broken or cracked parts, missing parts, and extreme wear.

The following are just the basics and general guidelines. It is up to yourself, the user, to adopt the procedures that you feel is necessary.

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RC FAQ: Nitro After-Run Procedures by Squirrel

After Run Procedure
After run procedure guidelines should be followed for maximum life of the rc engine and also the kit. Following these simple rules always reduces downtime and repair bills as you will keep up with your RC and prevent major damage when you repair things as they happen.

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RC FAQs: Waterproofing and Running in Winter by Squirrel

How to Waterproof and prepare your RC for Fall/ Winter driving

Right around this time of the year kids return to school, the days are not as long, and the temperature starts to drop. Fall is almost here! Most of us just do not want to give up our toys for five months though. We want to run them through the fall and winter. In order to do this we have to prepare them for the rainy and snowy season. This article will show you how to do just that for the following areas:


You will need some special supplies for this. The nice part about them is that they are not at the local hobby store and you will be able to save some cash with the exception of one item. By a simple trip to a retail store and a hardware store you will want the following:

-Silicone Sealant (commonly found in the caulking aisle)
-Plastic Dip (commonly found in the paint aisle)
-Balloons (found in the novelty card aisle)
-Electrical tape (found in the electrical aisle)
-Liquid tape aka scotchguard (found in the electrical aisle)
-Zip ties (found in the electrical aisle)
-An old sock
-Associated’s Green Slime (Found at the local hobby store)

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RC FAQs: How To Remove A Tire From A Rim by Squirrel

How to remove your tires from the rim!

I see this question a lot and thought that I would tackle it. The question is how to remove the tire from the rim and if the tire is salvageable afterwards. If done right, usually you can re-use the tire and the rim as well. Removing is easy to do.

There are no smells associated with the removal however there is a BURN HAZARD. You will want to be very careful of the hot water or temperatures associated in doing this conversion. You could burn your skin on either method. You will want to use a thick pair of rubber gloves and to rest when the temperatures start to get too high for your hands or you.

There are two methods. The first one presented is boiling and the second is baking.

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RC FAQs: How To Glue Tires To Rims by Squirrel

Gluing your tires, without a mess, is something that is commonly learned over time. But, how do you do it where it is a one shot deal?

This is also helpful to the new entrant to RC where kits are now starting to pop up with rims but no tires. Which, can seem odd but it also allows tires that are customized to the track and course that you are running. I just received a Team Magic buggy that was this way and it is considered one of their entry to mid level kits.

The first part of assembling the tires is to feed the foams into the tire. Place the foam inside one corner and then work it around the inside of the tire so that it is flat and even on all sides.

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