How to Install Headlights in an RC Car

Do you want your car to stand out from the crowd? There are several solutions to this! Make it special and easy to spot at night by installing some headlights! This is one of the most popular upgrades which you can put on your car, but it does require some patience and skill.

A fully functional system can be done by using LED technology. Your car will be no doubt cooler, but this is not only a visually pleasing upgrade, but it is also important if you are racing in low-light conditions, such as at night or in a fog.

You’ll find all the necessary stuff at your local hobby shop. Its staff should be able to guide you in buying the most appropriate equipment. You have to buy a LED kit and AA batteries, and you also need some tools, such as an electric drill, ¼ inch drill bit, scissors, double-sided tape, and foil tape.

First and foremost, positioning of the headlights is really important in this process because it will affect the lighting your car will receive and also the balance and control of your car. It is important that you check your car’s instruction manual to see where they would fit. Next, you need to drill 1¼ holes in the places where you want to mount your lights. The number of holes depends on the number of LED lights you will install. Some LED kits have both headlights, brake lights, and running lights, so you should draw one hole for each LED you install.

Place the headlight outer mounting braces into the holes by inserting them from the outside of the body shell. The LED kit should have a battery compartment, where you need to insert the two batteries. After you have connected them, turn on the system. Now the lower mounting brace should slide down onto each of the wires. Next, insert the LED from inside the body shell, then slide the other brace through the outer mounting brace until it snaps.

Now you need to mount the battery compartment into the body shell. For that, you should use some double-sided tape to place it preferably in the center of the body shell. Also, cut some foil tape to secure the LED’s wires to the body. Affix them well into position and stick them to the inside of the body shell.

For this operation to work, you may need to disassemble some pieces of your car. Make sure you check your instruction manual if you’re not familiar with this process. Check if the lights work. Now it’s time to put them to the test! Take your car for a spin in low-light conditions and see your newest upgrade at work.


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