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    engine heater

    Has anybody had any experience with the "Nitro Quick Heat" engine heaters?
    Do they actually work? I guess it's a sleeve that goes around your engine to warm it up before 1st start.
    Thinking about getting one but not sure. Any help?
    Thanks!

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    RE: engine heater

    No need, just use a hair dryer. You really only need to preheat engines with super high compression, and strong pinch.
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    RE: engine heater

    I love um. I have a good buddy who's on this forum. Who makes
    Um. U don't have to stand there and hold it over your motor.
    U put it on and keep wrench n on ur other trucks. And in
    5min. Ur motor is warm and ready to fire up. Great for those
    Cold mornings. I get one. And he sells them at a great price too.

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    RE: engine heater

    If your motors hard to start when cold just loosen the glow plug a little.
    This will bleed off some compression until its running and then simply tighten.


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    RE: engine heater

    every time you cold start a motor you put extreme stress on your internal parts ie.bearings,con rod ,wrist pin and piston.
    If you want your motor to last and keep its compression longer  you NEED to preheat your motor in cooler temps.
    loosening the golw plug is NOT the answer.
    ask ANY pro mechanic or engine modifier and they;ll tell you they use a engine heater!

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    RE: engine heater

    I used one of Pigpen's heaters, they work great..hooked it up to a bump box battery, and instant heat...don't need to have a generator. just 12v.dc
    Preheating is the way to go...good quality too. Thanks Pigpen

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    RE: engine heater

    I keep my RC trucks in my house, so if I'm going to run outside when its cooler out I just get them filled up and primed in the house so they pop off right away outside. They dont even have a chance to cool off.

    I have never needed to heat an engine to get it started. Brand new or otherwise. I see no reason for an engine heater. Sounds like snake oil to me.

    Even if its 45Β°F outside, I can usually get an engine to fire just fine. Below that and it sits inside the house for 10 minutes. thats just me though.
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    RE: engine heater

    Maybe "race" motors are tighter or maybe being in SoCalif keeps them a little looser being 70 degrees in the winter.

    Even my 1:1 classic diesel truck doesn't need the block heater to start here.

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    RE: engine heater

    thanks for the advice guys!
    I think I'm gonna get one cuz when we race
    (depending on the season) it gets pretty cold here.
    I've got a slammin' JPX.21 that I don't want to ruin.

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    RE: engine heater

    engine heaters are awesome....
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    RE: engine heater

    in my old inferno 10 i had an OS12 that was on its8 th or 9 th gallon before i sold it and never once did preheat the engine and it never gave me any issues.

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    RE: engine heater


    ORIGINAL: pigpen1

    every time you cold start a motor you put extreme stress on your internal parts ie.bearings,con rod ,wrist pin and piston.
    If you want your motor to last and keep its compression longerΒ* you NEED to preheat your motor in cooler temps.
    loosening the golw plug is NOT the answer.
    ask ANY pro mechanic or engine modifier and they;ll tell you they use a engine heater!
    I disagree. Just store the car inside. It's not difficult and they don't make a mess if you don't let them. When you're ready to run, get it primed and ready to start indoors, head outside, pop the ignitor on and give it a couple yanks. Bam. Running.


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    RE: engine heater

    you dont race do you 378 or know how an engine works do you!

    ORIGINAL: 378


    ORIGINAL: pigpen1

    every time you cold start a motor you put extreme stress on your internal parts ie.bearings,con rod ,wrist pin and piston.
    If you want your motor to last and keep its compression longer you NEED to preheat your motor in cooler temps.
    loosening the golw plug is NOT the answer.
    ask ANY pro mechanic or engine modifier and they;ll tell you they use a engine heater!
    I disagree. Just store the car inside. It's not difficult and they don't make a mess if you don't let them. When you're ready to run, get it primed and ready to start indoors, head outside, pop the ignitor on and give it a couple yanks. Bam. Running.


    No need for a block heater with our RCs.

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    RE: engine heater

    WTH? ^ I run nitro, were its at or below freezing for 60% of the year. I've never used an engine heater, i just do exactly as 378 said. My motors run great.
    How does this have to do with 'knowing how an engine works"? You remind me of how I used to talk when I was 13 years old, acting like I knew everything. You have 4 posts on this forum. If you want people to like you in the future, then play nice.
    Anyways I agree with 378. i just get them ready inside and fire them up as soon as Iget outside. Once they are running wrap them in foil and your good to go. the engine doesnt know the difference between winter and summer, or atleast not in my experience.
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    RE: engine heater

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    RE: engine heater

    well guys even though the racing season has ended here I got a "Nitro Quick Heat" engine heater anyway.
    ....I gotta tell ya....
    It's never been so easy to get my truggy started!
    I can see the advantage now.
    Thanks to Pennsystudios!


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