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    Torx screw conversion?

    Anyone try using torx head screws? Very widely used in the automotive world why not the R/C hobby.
    I did see an ad in RC Car Action with Robinson Racing is using them for set screws which I think is a great idea after I stripped one once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forrest View Post
    Anyone try using torx head screws? Very widely used in the automotive world why not the R/C hobby.
    I did see an ad in RC Car Action with Robinson Racing is using them for set screws which I think is a great idea after I stripped one once.
    I just got a set of the Robinson Torx screws and a Hudy T6 driver, i'm anxious to try them because I too have had problems with hex screws stripping and/or breaking off driver tips. The biggest problem i have is some pinion screws seem like SAE size not metric.

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    Never seen a full kit to convert to Torx, admittedly, I am not a fan of them.

    Quote Originally Posted by dgechrgr469 View Post
    I just got a set of the Robinson Torx screws and a Hudy T6 driver, i'm anxious to try them because I too have had problems with hex screws stripping and/or breaking off driver tips. The biggest problem i have is some pinion screws seem like SAE size not metric.

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    The best thing you can do to not strip hex screws is to get a good set of drivers. I have a good set of hand drivers and a good set of 1/4" bit drivers (for electric screw drivers), I do a lot of wrenching and rarely have a hex strip on me.

    I simply do not understand why there are still RC companies that use SAE hardware instead of metric. But, like you, I have Robinson pinions that take SAE and not metric grub screws. To keep my confusion down to a minimum on this, I have purged my collection of set screws so that the black ones are metric and the stainless ones are SAE.
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    Thing is worth Torx screws is you are limited to the types of drivers you can use.... A get set of Tony's 12.9 heat treated screws and decent drivers = no stripped heads.

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