How to Build an Electric Kit Car

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How to Build an Electric Kit Car
Building an electric kit car takes more than following the manual. (luxury car - model toy car image by alma_sacra from

Electric kit cars offer an entertaining and educational pastime for children and adults alike. And while putting these kits together can be quite a challenge, they also offer an opportunity to learn how things work and for quality parent child bonding. In any case, when following the instructions that came with your electric kit car, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to ensure the build goes off without a hitch.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Electric car kit
  • Screwdriver
  • Bowls
  • Soap
  • Grease
  • Liquid thread lock
  • Rubber foam
  • Paint

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    Read though the manual that came with your electric car kit. Identify any areas that will be complicated and take note of areas that will require small screws of different types. Sort out all screws and nuts in small bowls and mark them for quicker reference and retrieving. When screwing down parts, take care not to over-tighten. This will prevent thread stripping. You can better avoid this by applying a bit of soap to the screws' threading. This will allow the screws to tighten in place without too much stress on the threads.

  2. 2

    Apply the grease to every moving, turning and spinning gears. Make sure to totally coat parts but don't overdo it. Applying too much can cause it to fling off when first running the electric car.

  3. 3

    Attach the metal parts tightly together. Take care that everything is snug and in place to avoid vibration caused by driving. Vibration in the frame can also cause screws in metal connections to loosen and come undone. To avoid this problem, add a little of the thread lock to the threads and nuts.

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    Measure out all parts that will require a defined or accurate length and size like the shocks and tire rods. Use your ruler to mark the cuts and check twice before making the final cuts. Once you have the parts, confirm their accuracy by dry fitting them into place before securing them.

  5. 5

    Mount the receiver box inside the electric car. Find a location that is flat, smooth and away from the electric motor and moving parts. This prevents interference that can cause glitching. Reception glitch can also be caused by vibration during running. To avoid this, add a little insulation to the receiver box. Cut small pieces of foam rubber and stuff into the receiver box, making sure every thing is snug to dampen vibrations and harsh jolts.

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    Wash all parts you plan on painting with warm soapy water. Washing the parts will remove any oil, grease and dirt that can cause the paint to chip or peel. Make sure you dry the parts completely. Use painter's tape to make sharp lines for racing stripes. Finish the paint job with a clear gloss.

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    Finish the assembly by attaching all the parts to the chassis and body components. Make sure everything is snug and secure to avoid loosening from vibration while running. Loose parts during operation can be damaged or lost during operation. Once the electric car kit is complete, take out to a smooth flat surface. Test drive, learning the abilities and handling of your car. Once satisfied, make any necessary adjustments and clean completely before storing.

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