Stock RC cars may look cool and run fine right out of the box, but there’s something special about fully customising an RC car and making it your own. Let’s face it, stock is boring. There’s nothing better than tricking out your RC car with performance RC car parts and putting your own stamp on it with stickers or even a custom paint job.
Prepare for Breakages
While customisation options for RC cars are virtually endless and customising them the way you want is a tonne of fun, RC car parts also wear out and need replaced just like parts for regular cars. Everyone knows that nothing lasts forever, and the same rings true for RC cars. No matter how much you pay for an RC car, due to the torque in both gas-powered rc cars and any decent nitro RC vehicle chances are it’s going to need new tyres, batteries, and other parts from time to time.
I know not everyone feels the need to customise their RC cars like I do, but parts do break or wear out, depending on perfomance of the rc vehicle be it electric, nitro or gas powered. Therefore, car parts replecement is very vital for optimum operation.
For instance, with RC car parts you can fix virtually everything on your car, such as broken transmitters, worn out tyres, scratches and nicks, shocks, and much more.
Finding the right parts is in most cases often a breeze and most parts also are rather inexpensive, so there’s no reason to be sidelined from fun RC action. With the right parts, you can be back out on the track hitting jumps or screaming down the street in no time at all.
Unfortunately, many first-time RC car owners or casual enthusiasts don’t think about the spare parts they may need. Knowing this, here’s a list of 5 RC car parts you absolutely must have in order to minimise your downtime and maximise your fun!
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Not only do tyres wear out and need to be replaced from time to time, but having a variety of tyres for your RC car can also enable it to perform like a champ in a wide variety of terrains and conditions.
For example, many RC monster truck or large off-road buggy owners choose to have an extra set of tyres like the Proline Trencher SC 2.2 /3.0” M2 tyres for increased traction and control or to replace their current tyres when they run out of tread.
In the end, tyres are an inexpensive investment that can provide your RC car with improved performance or simply allow you to keep enjoying your RC car when the original tyres have seen better days.
There’s nothing worse than grabbing your RC car, taking it out to the track or your favorite spot, and the battery dying less than five minutes into some serious fun!
I’d thoroughly recommend that every RC car owner should have more than one battery charged and ready to go. By doing so, you’ll be able to avoid frustration and enjoy much longer sessions with your RC car.
Best of all, high-performance batteries, such as the Racer’s Edge 7.2V 500mAh 6 Cell MiMH RC Battery Pack, are relatively inexpensive, allowing you to receive an immediate performance boost when needed or simply keep your RC car running strong for even longer.
3. Body Covers
The body of an RC car may not have as much to do with its performance as say the tyres or battery, but many RC car owners, myself included, enjoy frequently customising the appearance of their RC cars and keeping things interesting by having a couple of different body covers on hand.
Of course, this is purely cosmetic, but having a cool, custom-looking RC car can increase your overall enjoyment when taking it out for a spin.
For example, if you have a Traxxas car the Traxxas 5511R Jato 3.3 Prographix Body is an awesome body cover that lets you completley change the look of yor existign car.
Suspension RC car parts encompass a wide range of parts from shock towers and A arms all the way to the actual shocks themselves, and because they are constantly being used, suspension parts on RC cars are subject to quite a bit of wear and tear.
For some cars, the suspension parts may hold up for hours upon hours of abuse. Other cars may have suspension parts that wear out more quickly or are prone to breaking. However, since you never know when suspension parts will break or wear out, you should research forums and pay special attention to the maintenance needs of your specific suspension system.
For instance, many RC cars utilise oil-filled shocks. Although the performance benefits provided by oil-filled shocks are undisputed, the oil must be replaced or topped off from time to time.
If your shock oil is low and you take your RC car out to the track or launch it off of a rock while playing around with it in your backyard, you will run the risk of breaking the tie rods or other important parts.
Therefore, having shock oil for your RC car, such as HPI Racing 86956 Pro Silicone Shock Oil, is necessary for the performance and longevity of its suspension. Unlike petroleum-based shock oils that are affected by temperature changes, pure silicone shock oil is not affected by temperature changes and can provide consistent shock dampening all day long.
5. Ball Cups
Whether you have a 1/40 scale RC car that you enjoy having fun with or a 1/8 scale racing model, the ball cups will need to be constantly replaced.
The ball cups of an RC car may break or loosen up over time, causing the ball ends to pop out. In either case, a problem with your car’s ball cups will temporarily put your car out of action. Since ball cups are part of an RC car’s steering system, they are a critical mechanical part.
On the bright side, ball cups are fairly inexpensive, so there’s no excuse for not having an extra pair or two on hand.
In addition to being inexpensive, ball cups, like those found in the Team Losi Rod End/Ball Cup Set, are pretty easy to install, making their replacement a relatively quick fix once you know what you’re doing.
The Right RC Car Parts are so Important!
RC cars are a blast, but due to the beating they take, parts often break or wear out. While it’s nearly impossible to have extra RC car parts for every single part on your car, having extras of the parts mentioned here which are quite often the most common that need replacing, will help keep your RC car jumping triples and tearing up the terrain with no problems at all.