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Old 04-01-2007, 08:52 PM   #1
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Hey Everyone, im new to the Forums and to Nitro R/C in general and i have a couple questions for everyone. 2 of my friends just recently got Jato's (one was a 2.5 and one was a 3.3) well im buying a Jato3.3 coming up very soon and i wana get everything right.

I noticed with my friends new Jato 3.3 it seems his stock engine is running a little bit too rich, is it good to break in the engine with richened fuel and then lean it a bit after that? or can i lean it right from the start?

How often should i clean and re oil the air filter.

When should i use After Run oil? ( i know its a stupid sounding question, but i have heard a lot of different suggestions)

What parts are going to be burning out on me fast? I plan on buying RPM A arms right away as well as getting a couple "evil blue wire" and 1 or 2 spare glow plugs, and a spur gear.

Anyways thats all i can think of off the top of my head, but any noob R/C information would be much appreciated =)

Thank in advance.

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Old 04-01-2007, 10:13 PM   #2
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i have never owned a traxxas b4 but i would stick to the manual for break in due to warranty reasons but yes the most common way is to stay rich for a few tanks let eveything "seat" then lean out for preformance.there are also other way such as the heat cycling or full throttle break in but for a newb stick to the manual for above stated reason.rpm arms well lets just say that company excists because of traxxas glow plugs are a very good choice and rechargable batts for the car.clean the air filter more often if your running in dusty conditions but you can use common sense on that one if it looks real dirty after a day then clean with nitro fuel and oil or just replace.after run oil is used after the days use or once a week totaly up to you and some fuels already have this in it like backyard basher fuel good luck and have fun
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Old 04-01-2007, 10:22 PM   #3
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i think your spair parts list is excellent. I dont go by the book for the air filter, i clean em as i sees em. if its very dirty, clean it and if it looks ok its probably ok (instructions for my HPIs say to clean them every 5 tanks.) For break-in you could go by the instruction book, or you can follow this link (thanks to Mugenman for posting this ):

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Old 04-02-2007, 12:04 AM   #4
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and here's some awesome reference material for you to look back on. I printed some of these out when I first got going. I learned the spit method long before I ever got a temp gun.
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Old 04-02-2007, 08:41 AM   #5
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I always clean each air filter proir to a session of running. When your are done for the day, drain the fuel from your tank then run the motor until it burns all of the fuel out of the line. Then you can use after run on the motor.

Another thing that you might was to consider is purchasing a tempature gauge. Check the tempature of your engine every few minutes to make sure that you are keeping it in the recomended zone. Leaning it out will make the temps go up, so by keeping it in the zone, you will not cook your engine prematurely.
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Old 04-02-2007, 08:57 AM   #6
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It never hurts to clean the filter more often. I would also recommend installing a fuel filter. Use a good glow igniter that is either a sub-c (I upgraded the battery to a 3300mah) for extended start times. Run out the engine after you are finished for the day, spray down the engine with Nitro-cleaner and then oil. Make sure that the engine is clean around the carb and glowplug.
Always a good idea to have parts on hand. Arms, spur gears, glow plugs, hinge pins, etc. I would also think of maybe an upgraded radio package depening on what comes withit and what your friends have. If you are planning on running with them or in a group,then make sure the xtals are different
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Old 04-02-2007, 02:12 PM   #7
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Haha, yes we already found that out the hard way. Both them had Blue censors and they got all messed up. My car comes in on Thursday and the guy at the store told me that he would switch it to w/e color i wanted and since my friends have red and blue.. ill take w/e eles.

One thing a friend told me about is that in the Traxxes manual it says that only Traxxes makes the 3.3 engine so you should only break in the engine like Traxxes says too. Now, personally if i owed Traxxes i would put that in my manual too...... but...... realistically what is better to do? Should i break it in to factory spec? or should i break it in like the above links say. To me the above links make much more sence in a real motor prospective, but then again, R/C cars might be different and i dont know too much about them yet.

Ok so couple other quick questions:

Run out the engine after you are finished for the day, spray down the engine with Nitro-cleaner and then oil
Im assuming i can get Nitro-cleaner at any Hobby shop, but what kind of oil are you talking about? At my work (kitchen) we spray down our burners with just cooking oil at the end of the night to prevent rush and what not.... is this what you mean?

Make sure that the engine is clean around the carb and glowplug.
Can i get a can of compressed air for this?

Another thing that you might was to consider is purchasing a tempature gauge
Ive read up on on board lcd temp gauges, what kind of price would i be looking into for this? I read up about the spit method and ill prob have to be using that for my break in. If i can't get my hands on a temp gun i don't think i will have any sort of real temping for a while, and i think ill have to use the factory break in since i really don't want to over head my engine.

Anyways thanks so much for the information so far everyone, it has been very helpful
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Old 04-02-2007, 02:41 PM   #8
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The factory settings for the Jato 3.3 are put in the manual for good reason. Follow them properly. Not all engines are the same. Some need to be 4 1/2 turns out and some 3 1/2. You need to follow the manual.

You can use whatever fuel brand that fits your needs. However, you will void the warrenty on the engine if you DON"T use Traxxas Top Fuel. I don't use it because that is my prefferance. As long as you follow what the manual says, you won't have any problems during your break-in.(And yes, lean it out after your 5 tanks are done....but by small incriments at a time)

Just sharing my success with the Jato 3.3, as i have first hand expierience with this model. So good luck and enjoy pure speed!

P.S Canned air will work fine, and the spit method is proven. Warning, use caution when buying VENOM Temp/failsafe....It is very glitchy. Also, he is refering to After-Run oil which you can get really cheap at any hobby store
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