Top Ten Tools for Indoor Racing - ProTek RC
How was your summer racing season? We hope it was a good one, whether that means notching class wins, bumping out of the B-Main, or just finally getting consistent enough to go a full heat without tapping the boards more than once or twice. But, of course, the best way to keep progressing is to keep racing, and as RC competition moves indoors, now is a great time to make sure your tool game is up to snuff. We’ve selected ten ProTek RC tools to help you tune and maintain your machine easily, accurately, and conveniently as your racing program continues through fall and winter. Add these tools to your pit bag, and you’ll be ready for action with the bench gear you need to win.
ProTek RC TruTorque SL Metric Hex Driver Set
Hex drivers are absolutely essential for RCers of any level, whether you’re a racer or fun-runner. As a racer, you probably already have a set—but why not upgrade for the indoor season? If your drivers’ tips are looking worn, or you’d just like a more premium set of tools, adding a set of TruTorque SL Drivers will instantly improve your wrenching experience. The 20mm machined aluminum handles are knurled for grip, hollowed out for lightness, and the tip sizes are laser-etched in three locations, so you’ll always grab the correct driver. The precision tips are made of high-speed steel for long life and perfect fit, and if you ever do wear out a tip, replacements are available, so you don’t need to replace the entire driver. Also available in standard sizes (0.05, 1/16, 5/64, and 3/32”), item no. PTK-8418.
ProTek RC Magnetic Pit Mat and Magnetic Screw Catcher
Toting a full-size magnetic pit mat to the track isn’t very practical or convenient, so ProTek offers the right-sized 10” x 11” mat as the perfect, portable way to add magnetic-mat convenience to your pit space. Screws won’t scatter, and the bright white vinyl cover makes it easy to see what you’re wrenching on. There’s even a 0-260mm scale to help you measure hardware and a bearing-size guide for 5x8 to 15x21mm bearings. The Pit Mat pairs perfectly with the ProTek Screw Catcher, which features the same magnetic material and adds a foam divider that creates eight 54x54mm compartments to keep hardware and parts organized as you work.
ProTek RC 2-Way Automatic Wire Cutter/Stripper
Have you ever stripped wires just for fun? You might start with this tool. Just insert the wire into the jaws to the mark that shows the amount of insulation you want to be removed, then squeeze—the tool grabs the insulation and strips it off in one motion. There’s also a cutting jaw to easily snip wires to size, and the tension-setting knob on the back of the tool lets you adjust the stripping jaws to grab gently for soft silicone wire or bite more firmly to strip plastic-coated wires.
ProTek RC Aluminum Turnbuckle Wrench Set
You’re not still fumbling around with the stamped turnbuckle wrench that came with your kit, are you? You deserve much better—every racer does. ProTek’s aluminum turnbuckle wrench set is the way to go. The machined aluminum jaws fit precisely, and the 45-degree jaw angle means you’ll always be able to get a good pull on the turnbuckle. And unlike thin stamped wrenches, the ProTek tool’s thick aluminum stock won’t slide off the turnbuckle flats even if you need to engage the turnbuckle at an angle. So, treat yourself to the 4-piece set to cover every car and truck in your fleet (and any kits you build in the future), or get the wrenches individually: choose 5.5x 6mm, 4x5mm, 3.5x3.7mm, or 3x3.2mm.
ProTek RC Carbon Fiber Soldering Jig
This simple jig is incredibly versatile and super portable—it’s just under 3” square. The spring-loaded jig uses aluminum clamp-posts to hold any RC wire gauge, and there are two pairs of posts, so it’s easy to line up two wires for splicing. The rectangular opening holds Deans (“T-style”), XT60, and other plugs with similar dimensions for easy soldering, and the round holes grab bullet connectors securely. Rubber feet keep the jig from sliding, and carbon-fiber construction makes it solid and durable. This jig is a must-have for convenient soldering.
ProTek RC TruTorque Shock Shaft Pliers
Everyone knows shock shafts must be free of scratches and gouges, or else your shocks will leak. So how do you hold the shafts tight enough to screw the rod ends on without damaging the shaft finish? TruTorque Shock Shaft Pliers are the answer. The front-hinge design amplifies clamping power to hold the shaft tightly, yet the jaws will never scratch because the aluminum tool is softer than the steel shaft. Two openings cover all shaft sizes used by 1/10 and 1/8 scale vehicles, but that’s just the beginning of what this tool can do. There are also two large openings for 1/10 and 1/8 scale shock bodies and caps, and the built-in pivot-ball tool effortlessly installs and removes pivot balls from shock caps and rod ends without marring. So, you’ll never fear damaging a shock shaft, pivot ball, or rod-end again!
ProTek RC Aluminum LED Pit Light
Some tracks have plenty of lighting in the pits. Other tracks … not so much. ProTek’s folding pit light is the easy way to brighten up your space with 28 high-power LEDs and get all the glow you need to work comfortably. Five brightness settings and three color-temperature modes let you customize the rotating head’s light output to suit conditions and your preference, and you won’t need an extra outlet to fire it up. The pit light runs on 6-15 volts of DC power from a USB plug, LiPo battery, or your power supply via the included USB and bullet-plug adapters. The pit light is built to last with aluminum construction for years of use at home and at the track.
ProTek RC TruTemp Infrared Thermometer
Temp guns aren’t just for nitro guys—electric racers also need accurate temperature data, and the TruTemp Infrared Thermometer delivers high accuracy in a compact, lightweight unit. Is your gearing too tall, or do you have room to go up a tooth? Your motor’s temperature will tell you. Is your soldering iron up to temp—or cool enough to put away? Shoot it with the TruTemp, and you’ll know for sure, with all the data on a crisp LCD display. The TruTemp is also perfect for checking track and tire temperature, speed control and servo heating, and french-fry freshness (very important). The TruTemp runs on two AAA batteries, saves your maximum and minimum recorded temperatures, and conserves power with its auto-off function.
ProTek RC Metric Nut Driver Set
Every racer owns a set of hex drivers. Unfortunately, way too many racers do not own a set of nut drivers—they’re the guys hassling with a tiny 4-way wrench whenever they need to turn a nut. ProTek’s 4-wrench set is equipped with precision 5, 5.5, 7, and 8mm sockets for a no-slip fit on shock-mounting nuts, wheel nuts, and any other nuts you encounter. Premium construction features steel tips with an attractive and corrosion-resistant bronze finish, and the sockets are deep to swallow extra-long screws. The 20mm aluminum handles are knurled for grip, hollowed for lightness, and the socket size is etched-in for easy identification—a must-have for race-worthy wrenching.
ProTek RC Aluminum Camber & Ride Height Gauges
Success on the track requires a precise car setup, and a high-quality set of accurate gauges makes all the difference. ProTek’s camber and ride-height gauges are built for convenience, precision, and lasting service with machined aluminum construction and high-contrast engraved markings. The camber gauge is compatible with 1/12, 1/10, and 1/8 scale cars (max tire height, 4.6 in. / 117mm), and the ride height gauge is offered in two versions to suit on-road cars (3-20mm) and off-road models (13-45mm).