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.
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.