RC Beginner Series – Tools and Owner’s Manual

Team Associated

RC Beginner Series

Welcome to the first installment of the RC Beginner Series!  Each month I will feature a new topic to help those starting out in the hobby and also lend a few new tips to the seasoned hobbyist.  Be sure to check out the unboxing video where I introduce the car I’ll be using throughout the series and also lists all the monthly topics: Beginner Series Unboxing – Team Associated ProRally Brushless RTR

Many times my videos and tutorials leave behind the beginners that may have just entered the hobby of radio control.  Many new enthusiasts have entered the hobby with the passing holiday season and what a good time to start the RC Beginner Series!

Throughout the series, we will touch on topics that target the newbie in the hobby that’s looking for good advice and expertise to make their experience even better.

Tools of the trade and “reading” the owner’s manual

Today’s topic goes over some tools that you’ll need and the owner’s manual basics.  No you shouldn’t throw it out!  View the video below and read on to get all the great info.

Owner’s Manual

An owner’s manual is usually included with every hobby grade RC and provides great information throughout the ownership of that vehicle. Here’s some info they typically provide:

  • Safety information including electronics and battery (if included) usage
  • Exploded views to aid in disassembly and reassembly
  • Part numbers for parts that may need to be replaced
  • Option parts offered by the maker
  • Warranty information

Pro Tip:  Use your owner’s manual as a working guide.  If you make a change like pinion size, shock fluid weight or simply moving the position of a shock, notate it in the manual to help the tuning of your vehicle.

Tools of the Trade

The right tools for the job come into play in the RC world too.  Although the complimentary tools included with most RTR’s (ready-to-run) are nice, they don’t typically last and will end up doing damage to the hardware on the vehicle. Here’s some recommended tools to get you started the right way:

  • Cross wrench – a staple in anyone’s tool box and is usually included with your 1/10 scale RTR. If not included, get them here:  amzn.to/2jHTWx9



Pro Tip:  If this is the hobby for you, pick up a dedicated set of professional grade tools to last a lifetime for about the same money as a multiple piece kit:

MIP Metric Hex Wrench Set:  amzn.to/2kIFVRC
MIP SAE Hex Wrench Set:  amzn.to/2jkUE4X


Each month The RCNetwork will be featuring a new topic for those starting out in the RC hobby and lend a few tips to seasoned hobbyists.  Be sure to check out all the posts in our RC Beginner Series.

RC Beginner Series Topics

Jan. –  Tools needed for your new RTR/Using your Owners Manual
Feb. – Battery Safety/Lipo rules/Battery Choices
Mar. – Ride Height Adjustment/Shock Collars
Apr. – Trims and Dual Rate on your Radio
MayClean Your RC – Compressed Air
Jun. – Changing your Pinion/Gear Mesh
JulyAdjusting Body Height
Aug. – Adjusting Turnbuckles – Camber/Toe
Sept. – Inspecting Bearings/Free Driveline
Oct. – Adjusting Slipper Clutch
Nov. – Inspecting Suspension/Free Suspension
Dec. – Shock positions


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  1. Great info here for any one looking to get more into this amazing hobby!! Great work Rich!

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