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Top 5 Must Have RC Car Accessories

RC cars are one of the hottest hobbies going but to keep your vehicle in top condition you need to have a stock of standard equipment to maintain your car. There are also great RC car accessories that can add to the experience and get you up and running more easily.

You don’t want to be left on the sidelines because you can’t get your vehicle started or perform a quick maintenance on the spot. Here are the top five accessories every RC enthusiast should check out.

Starter Boxes

Sometimes using the pull-start on your RC nitro car can be a real pain in the a$$ and you may need some help starting your engines? Starter boxes can make it a lot easier and give you the boost needed to break in your new RC vehicle or just make the starting process easier.

The starter box will eliminate the need to pull-start your RC nitro car. Some car models are more difficult than others to pull start and having a starter box removes the problem and gets your vehicle going in no time.

RC Tools

Just like any high performance pit team you need to have some specialized tools to help you keep your vehicle in top form. Some of the tools I recommend to have in addition to your standard tool box are listed here:

  • Magnetic Balancer: reduce wear and tear on your RC vehicle by ensuring that rotating parts are properly balanced. Ideal for balancing new tires before hitting the road.
  • Gear Puller: avoid stripping the set screws by using a gear puller.
  • Temperature Gauge: test the temperature while tuning your engine without risking a burn.
  • Glow Plug Wrench: makes the necessary task of changing glow plugs easier and quicker.
  • Tool Pouch: keep all your tools handy and organized to make pit stops and tuning an easier task.

Glow Plugs

You would be very disappointed if all you needed was another glow plug to get your car back on the track and you didn't have a spare, and it's isn't terribly expensive to have some spares on hand. It's not uncommon for new plugs to be faulty, so having a small kit that includes a glow plug igniter, charger, spare glow plugs and a glow plug wrench is a very good idea so that you can make a change on the course instead of ending the fun.

Fuel

If you’re going to drive a nitro car you’re going to need good quality nitro fuel. The fuel used for RC nitro cars is specially designed so you get optimum performance out of your vehicle. Be sure you read your owner’s manual to see what fuel and combination of synthetic and castor oils are recommended for your particular R/C vehicle.

To make fueling easier you can select a fuel filler bottle that fits your needs. Several sizes are available and they are equipped with long, angled tips to speed up the refueling process and prevent spills.

Always keep your fuel tightly capped since moisture will quickly be absorbed from the air and ruin the fuel. You might also consider including a fuel cleaner and rags in your stash to clean up any spills and drips.

Air Filter Oil

Treating your nitro car’s air filter with special air filter oil will improve the ability of the filter to keep out dust and dirt while also extending the life of your car’s engine. Over or under oiling the filter will affect the performance and possibly damage the engine. Only use the oil specified for your type of filter since using the wrong oil can disintegrate the filter.

Be sure to let your oiled air filter dry for up to half an hour before installing it to avoid the excess oil from choking the system. Carry pre-oiled filters for changes rather than using a recently oiled filter or dry filter.

These are a few of the recommend RC car accessories you should be sure to keep with you when racing or just playing around with your RC vehicle. You will find many more products that are designed to help you fix or add on to your vehicle by shopping online or at your local hobby shop.