Whether you are racing on indoor clay or asphalt, rubber-tire traction can be one of the main keys to winning. Liquid Wrench (in the yellow can) makes an excellent yet inexpensive tire-traction compound. Just spray liberally onto the tires or onto a towel, rub in, and wait. By the time they call your heat, your rubber tires will be nice and sticky, and the large quantity allows for many race days.
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RCcarStars is now proud to distribute the RC industries #1 Pit Station from Racecraft USA......
Racecraft USA is extremely proud to introduce the RaceCraft USA “COMMAND MODULE”!
The “COMMAND MODULE” is an easy to carry pit solution that enables you to maximize your pit space as well as organizing your pit tools and accessories. The entire unit is made of .100 aluminum from a local vendor that is strong enough to be sturdy and light enough to be easily mobile with a folded footprint of 4’x18”. The upper/top section has slotted holes running along the entire length to fit any shop light 4’ or smaller which is also sized to fit a 1/8 scale truggy with the wheels on. No assembly or disassembly required, simply lay it down with the topside facing downward and then unfold the two sides and flip it over and you’re done!
You can also order our accessory holders that we have coined the name, “G BLOCKS”. These G BLOCKS will hold and organize your pit tools, headsets, shocks, cell phone and other accessories you want off your table by inserting the G BLOCKS with our unique side-hanging mounting system into the COMMAND MODULE. The G Blocks utilized the slotted vertical sections within the COMMAND MODULE that allow you to mount the G BLOCKS at the height you wish in addition to the ability to slide the G BLOCKS into any location on the side-panels of the COMMAND MODULE.
The first run of the COMMAND MODULES are now available now for purchase. And we are also taking pre-orders at this time for the next batch that should be available in time for the holiday season. The G BLOCKS will be available before the end of November and we will be taking and filling orders at that time.
The COMMAND MODULE is sold as one unit and the G BLOCKS can be added to the order separately. The light is the only item not available for purchase at this time, but we recommend you purchase any 4 foot or smaller LED light for maximum durability.
To order today or for more information, please head-over to the RaceCraft USA Facebook page and message us your order or questions.
Here at our shop in Southern California, we are always ask by customers and other racers, "what do you do to get your gears and bearings to last so long?". Our response, is always the same, "to make your RC cars last and perform at the ultimate levels, whether you are a racer or basher you must be religious on your RC maintenance program and use only quality proven lubes and grease". For years, well before we were even sponsored by CowRC to support our race program, we used CowRC Maintenance products. While the market is filled with both quality and sub-par economical lubes and greases, (and believe me when we say we’ve tried most of them) CowRC's product-line really performs at a higher-level than most.
What we mean by that, is after hours, weeks and months of use in the extreme condition that RC bashers and racers put their RC cars and trucks through, CowRC products always tended to outperform the competition.
For example: CowRC Udder Butter was tested by us and others in extreme temperature variations. Here on the West Coast, morning temperatures on race-days can be in the low 40's in the morning and track temperatures can be well above 120 degrees by noon and when you couple that with the high-performance motors and ESCs blasting out huge AMPs of power through a drivetrain, very quickly you can have failures in bearings, diffs and transmission gearing. CowRC's Udder Butter grease is not only waterproof and does not break down in water but it also tends to have very little "throw-off" on Ring-Diff Gears and other transmission parts resulting in the lube actually staying on the parts even at high velocities. This results in extended life of your gearing in addition to very limited issues of with gearing failures cause by excessive heat and abuse caused by the elements and terrain.
Below you will see some examples of my personal Axial Wraith's Rear Axles and Ring Gears after three months of U4RC rock racing and some scaling. You can see in the pictures, that the CowRC Udder Butter is still on the ring gear and axles. In fact, the final picture of the axles is after we cleaned them off with CowRC Moo-Clean. You can see the wear is almost non-existent and the axles where they insert into the differential is almost like new!!! This is a great example of the CowRC product line and why we use them.
Some additional products we use for extended life and performance are the Moo-Kleen (for parts cleaning and removal of grease and grime) and Moo-Slick Silicone Lubricant, that we use after every race/bashing/scaling session. Again in the picture below, after 3 months of use, the stock Axial Bearings that came in the kits look and spin like new. And because we religiously at least lube with Moo-Slick after every race or session, we have been able to get a years worth of use, even out of stock bearings because of our maintenance ritual and use of the CowRC performance lubes and cleaners.
One final item to discuss in this post is "how much grease is best?" We are always in the school of thought that to much grease can cause drag on drivetrains and because CowRC's Udder Butter has good adherence properties along with a formula that truly lubricates at all temperatures and RPMs, you don't need much. In the example below, we just cover the teeth on the ring and pinion in the differential and wipe off the excess. That is all that is needed whether you had Heavy Duty 8 scale ring and pinions or stock pot-metal ring and pinions.
Here's a tip for you, It should be noted that most failures of ring and pinions are not caused by the lube failing, but the lack of proper shimming on the pinion on the ring gear. So always try and eliminate the slop without making it to tight against the ring gear.
As always, we hope you found this article helpful and if you are already an expert at RC maintenance, share this post with a friend that is just starting out or learning to wrench on their own RC cars and trucks.
For the last year, RCcarStars has been testing various manufacturer's shock and differential oils. We have tested many major brands while racing short course, 1/10 scale buggies, 1/8 scale buggies, U4RC Rock Racing rc cars and scalers. We tested most major brands, such as Associated, Losi, Pit Bull, PT Racing and Mugen.
At this time we are happy to announce that based upon or testing both indoors and outside at heats upwards of 115 degrees, the brand that we are most impressed with is PT RC Racing Shock & Diff Oils.
During our testing we identified (6) six factors in determining what shock and diff oils are truly the best value for the money.
The (6) factors we used were as follows:
So first off, PT RC RACING OIL has what we believe is the largest selection of oils and at increments of 50 CST, it's tough to find and better selection. Cost was on the mid to high end of oils per bottle. What really impressed us, was the performance and durability testing both indoors and outside (off-road).
During testing the shock and diff oils felt good and true to Weight/CST listed on bottle, both in various shock and diff configurations. And as temperatures changed (increased) we did notice some minor changes in viscosity but never more than what felt like a 50cst to 100cst change. Other manufacturer's oils would have quite the noticeable difference in viscosity dropping during temperature increases. At temperatures indoors that tended to stay more constant, the performance was right on the money and the shock and diff oils could have easily lasted a few more days of indoor racing if needed. We tend to change shock oils out every race day,
And finally we used 150cst in our scale SCX10's during crawling outings and the oil was perfect in that the "pack" was very light, just enough to slow shock piston when traversing rocks.
Now these factors were tested in everyday race and crawling sessions and by no means was it perfect at all times, and other oils had their good points too. But what we really found with most other manufactures, is that once you get above a 40WT/650cst, that the viscosities seemed to vary most of the time to a much higher viscosity than the bottle stated. (or at least it felt like it) And durability for shocks and diff oils not changed regularly tended to feel like they broke down faster in some of the different brands.
So what the final word based up all this testing? We are happy to announce that PT RC Racing Shock & Diff Oils will be our primary oils for all work on customer's RC cars and trucks (unless another brand is requested). RCcarStars gives PT RC Racing a thumbs-up rating and we are now happy to share the same oils we use in our RCs with our customers!!!
We are proud to announce the RCcarStars is now carrying Moo-Slick and Moo-Kleen CowRC products. CowRC is know for the world's best RC Pit Mats, Parts Trays, Performance Aerosols, Gear Lubes, Tire Glues, Thread Lock and RC maintenance products. They have been creating superior performance related maintenance products for the industry since 2008 and they pride themselves as being made in the USA.
RCcarStars have been religiously using CowRC lubricants, cleaners and lubes ever since we viewed Jang's (Ultimate RC Video Reviews) on the CowRC Moo-Slick. We were tired of using products like WD-40 and other lubricants that really did not work well for our RC racing and bashing ventures. After we viewed the video we picked some Moo-Slick and Moo-Kleen and we were amazed on how well our bearings would perform and the extended life the lubricants added to just about everything we used it on in the pits. Since that time, we have added CowRC pit mats and parts trays to our home shop and pits maintenance, And as new products have been introduced like Udder Butter, we started including them in our U4RC rigs and crawlers for differentials and axles to help with lubrication and waterproofing.
In closing we cannot be happier with our new support from CowRC for business and we look forward to providing our customers an outlet to find CowRC Moo-Slick Locally in San Diego County. We look forward to spreading the word about the "Real Maintenance King's" product line for the racer, basher, crawler or just the RC hobbyist.
We are including Jang's UltimateRC video review from 2010, so you can see real tests performed with CowRC's Moo-Slick, that got us started years ago. Hopefully you will see why CowRC in leading the RC industry in RC maintenance now and into the future.
RCcarStars technicians are always happy to provide our customers and fans with tips and tricks on maintaining your RC cars and trucks.