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Below we have provided you with The Best R/C Video Tutorials which can be found online today.

We did this so you would have a One Stop Video Shop resource for all the best methods and techniques to look after your R/C vehicle. Sure there are a lot of video to be found online, but we have saved you from all the searching and sifting through hundreds of videos and brought you what we consider to be the best of the best.

If there is something you are looking for and it isn't here please let us know and we will track down the best video and post it up here for your reference.

Basic Training On Nitro Powered Radio Controlled Cars, Buggies and Trucks - Full Series.

These videos are the complete basic introduction to nitro radio controlled vehicles. The segments included are vehicle preparation, pull starter usage and replacement, nitro engine break in, nitro engine tuning, nitro r/c maintenance and cleaning, and r/c driving tips.

How To Prepare Your R/C Nitro Vehicle

Even though a lot of Ready-To-Run (RTR) radio controlled cars are meant to basically go straight out of the box, that isn't necessarily true. There are a number of things you really need to do before you hit the track and start laying rubber. RTR means you don't have much to do in the way of contstruction, but there are some key things you MUST DO before you get started.

Read the manual!

Now I know this one might be a little obvious, but it is very surprising how many people don't bother reading any kind of manual when getting a new product. Personally I read any manual that I receive with any product because there could be (and usual is) ipmortant information I need to know before I ge started. A good example is the location of transportation locks or screws that are put in place for some items so they don't move around and get damaged during transportation. So yes I know you are excited and want to get your new R/C car on the road, but trust me, you should read the manual and watch any videos they may recommend just so you are fully prepared before you start. If you have purchased a second-hand vehicle it's a good idea to do some research online and see if you can find a users manual on the manufacturers website, or even a video which someone has made about that car.

Overall visual inspection

Time to check everything and make sure there have been no breakages during the manufacture and packaging of your vehicle. It doens't happen often, but sometimes you can receive the wrong car, body, controller, battery and other parts. Get your manual and/or packing list and check everything is correct. If not you will have to get in contact with the supplier

Time to go over your R/C vehicle like you would if it were a normal car.

Tire inspection

In most RTR packages the tyres are already preglued onto the rims. It's still a good idea to check all your tires and make sure the glue had held, if not then glue or reglue the tires and make leave for the glue to set before using. It's also a good idea to make sure the tires are balanced as specified in the user manual.

Check the suspension

To prevent your R/C car from bouncing all over the place giving you a more stabil drive over rough terrain, manufacturers install oil-filled shocks. The oil prevents the shocks from compressing and rebounding too quickly giving a much smoother ride. Your RTR vehicle should be supplied with prefilled shocks but you should check to make sure. Eventually you may want to invetigate alternative oils you can use to give your car better handing in differing terrain situations.

Check for loose screws

Your car has probably been on a long journey to get to your door, they also may not have been fully tightened during manufacture, so it's a good idea to inspect them all and give them a tweak just to be certain everything is nice and tight.

Charge all batteries

Read and follow the recommended charging methods for your battery pack(s). You will get a lot better performance for a lot longer if you use fully charged batteries.

Nitro Fuel fuel settings

If you have a Nitro R/C car then you need to check the engine needle settings. Once again refer to the manual for the manufacturer's recommended settings. If this is your first nitro vehicle it is best to use the manufacturers recommended settings during break-in and until you are more familiar with your R/C.

Final car assembly and check

Check the manual again and do any final assembly and preparation necessary. This can include things like installation of battery pack, mounting the antenna, installing the body onto the vehicle (you may want to break-in a nitro engine without the body on it, there is a seperate video on engine break-in), and adding fuel (when ading nitro be very careful and make sure you are in a well ventilated area).

Some essentials that you won't find in the box

Basically your RTR R/C vehicle comes with everything you need to get started, but there are some recommended essentials that you may need to purchase seperately. Things like Nitro fuel and Nitro Starter Kits (for bump starts) for your nitro engine. Like a lot of things these days, batteries are rarely included so it's a good idea to get yourself a good set that are rechargable, in the long run you will save a fortune. Some other non-essential but nice-to-have options include a peak charger and a fail safe device.

Final Important Tips

YOU MUST break-in your nitro engine

When it comes to nitro engines they really aren't ready-to-run. Each nitro car has specific engine break-in requirements. Refer to the manufaturers manual will provide specific recommended break-in instructions for your vehicle. In most cases you will need to run your nitro engine at varying engine speeds, whilst avoiding the top speed, for at least the first 3 to 5 tanks of fuel You also need to be careful not to let the engine get too hot and also let it cool down completely while you do the engine break-in.

Get a Nitro Starter Kit

You can purchase items separately or get a kit with the most used extras such as a fuel bottle, glow wrench, extra battery pack. Kit contents vary by manufacturer.

Be safe!

Congratulaions for reading this far, it shows you are keen to get started but also do it the right way. Just like any mechanical device, your R/C car comes with it's own unique features where it's a good idea to take some timeto read and understand any safety tips and precautions provided by the manufacturer. It doesn't matter if your vehicle is electric or nitro, they are fast, complex, and can be dangerous if mishandled.

Here's a handy list of items I've mentioned above with links:

How to Properly Break-In your R/C Nitro Engine

This video covers the proper technique to use when first breaking in your nitro engine before you hit the track or dirt. It is very important you do this or you could risk damaging your nitro engine.

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As you can see a lot of these videos are created by Redcat Racing and we thank them for providing some of the best R/C Training available online today.