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- N-Tune Tuning Dials
RC Hardware has come up with a small yet incredibly helpful device
that will be sure to please new and old tuners alike, the N-Tune dial.
This device is so simple and helpful, we have to wonder why engine manufactures
don’t install it as standard equipment. Let’s face it, the
whole “look at your needles like a clock face and tune an hour
at a time” idea can be tough for some to grasp. At the very least,
it is sometimes hard to keep track of where your needles were at before
you started playing with them, especially if you are having a hard time
tuning an engine.
On most engines the dial can be taken out of the package, installed and ready to go to work in less than a minute. If you remove the needle, you should first “seat the needle” for future reference. Rotate the needle clockwise and count the rounds until a slight to medium resistance is felt, (seated). Write down the number of turns it took to "seat" the needle to make resetting it easier when reinstalling the needle.
To use the N-Tune dial properly, the high speed needle requires some type of reference point. Most needles have a black or grayish coating. Use a hobby knife and scratch off the coating to expose the silver (metal) finish. Make the reference point about 1/16" long, at one end of the screw driver slot. This may be done with the needle inside the housing, however, removing the needle allows for better access to the bottom of the slot and usually produces better results. You could also use some paint or a Dremel/file to make a mark on the needle face. Whatever you do, the reference point should be well defined. We used a small drop of white paint to mark our needle.
Unscrew the set screw enough to allow the N-Tune dial to slip over
the needle housing. Reinstall the needle and return it to the original
setting. With the dial and needle in place, tighten the set screw.
Needles with plastic thumb knobs will have to be adjusted with the screw driver slot once the N-Tune dial is installed. The knob is not accessible inside the dial and can no longer be used. It's not a big deal but you are forced to use a screwdriver for tuning.
After we had our engine tuned and running its best, we loosened the set screw and spun the dial so the needle reference point at our white mark was at zero. You could really spin this to any number or for that matter, not spin it at all. We set it at zero as it was an easy number to remember and from that point on, we could always go back to zero if our needles got goofed. Zero will be our “good tune” setting, or a “baseline” for any future adjustments. The dial has two set screw positions, if the set screw is not accessible in a certain dial position, it can be moved to the opposite side. Simple and smart!
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We at BYT consider ourselves pretty decent engine tuners. The original
thought of something like a "tuning aid" was not overly exciting.
However after using it on our Racer’s Edge .32, we have added
a dial to our EPIC .18 and will be getting them for the rest of our
Do they make one for your nitro engine? Here are a few engines that N-Tune Dials are available for: Associated, Cen, Collari, Duratrax, Dynamite, EPIC, Fantom, HPI, Losi, Megatech, Novarossi, O.S., Ofna, Omega, Picco, RB products, Rex, S/H, Sirio, SportWerks, Team Orion, Thunder Tiger, Top, XTM
here to check out the RC Hardware web site and trick out your engine
with a functional, flashy N-Tune tuning dial!