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SCRAP LEXAN STONE SHIELD DON­ALD RYMER AUBURN, CA

Save those Lexan scraps from your next body trim­ming job—they can be used to make stone shields to pro­tect your rock rig’s rear axle. Cut and bend to shape, then line it up with shock, sway­bar, or trail­ing-arm screws to mark and drill the mount­ing holes.

Leave It On “Loosen”

Have you ever grabbed your power driver to loosen a screw, only to strip it be­cause you for­got to check the driver’s di­rec­tion set­ting? Al­ways switch your driver to “Loosen” af­ter a bench ses­sion so that the next time you for­get to check it, the worst that can hap­pen is you loosen a screw you meant to tighten—no harm done.

Hot Stuff

If you’re us­ing a clip-on heat sink, spread a thin layer of ther­mal paste or grease onto it be­fore mount­ing. The paste will fill any gaps be­tween the mo­tor and heat sink to help it cool more ef­fi­ciently. You can buy ther­mal paste on­line and at DIY elec­tron­ics stores.

HANDS-FREE TRAIL LIGHT

Sure, your trail rig is loaded with LEDS for night run­ning, but how well can you see where you’re walk­ing? Strap a light­weight flash­light to your trans­mit­ter so that you can hike safely while you keep your hands on the ra­dio. A foam block cut to shape can help with aim­ing the light.

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