"Words are not enough to describe this genius device"
"Sure Start turned up today and it works perfectly. Over 150 degrees in less than five minutes
on my Alpha S852. Thanks mate, much appreciated"
"Does what it says on the tin, arrived today pre heat engine temp 26c in 5 mins 91c in 8 min 104 degrees celsius. Got me thinking dude make a even bigger one so can go over me tea mug in the winter!"
"Mine also arrived this morning......tried it already....excellent bit of kit, cheers dude"
"Used it last night at A1 for my RB's first start of the evening. Went from 75f to 140f in 5 minutes exactly, running from a freshly charged 12v gel cell. The primed engine fired up on the first quick flick of the starter motor and started ticking over straight away, no worries. I continued to use the Sure Start before each heat and was amazed at how easily my engine started"
"Excellent product which makes engine starting a breeze, and if it extends the life of my RB, all the better!!"
"This has got to be one of my best investments since I started playing with these beasts , I was heating my alpha up to around the 160 mark before each heat and it was starting effortlessly"
"Mine arrived today, and already tested it - BRILLIANT, a pit box essential IMO"
"I have to say that the pre-heater is absolutely marvellous. I used it before all the heats and the final today. My new Alpha engine, still with loads of pinch, was an absolute dream to start. You have a cracking device there and I wish you all the best with it."
cannot praise this product highly enough. I have been using it since getting
it to start my engines track-side with a newly broken in Alpha.
Always fires perfectly after 5 minutes with 1 element lit. Straight on the track and up to temperature. Bought a second Alpha recently for a backup to my main one and using the RC Sure Start to help break it in. I set the RCSS to 2 elements, plonked in on the engine for 5 mins 30 seconds, glow plug on the engine and a few seconds to get the fuel in the engine then it lit up straight away. No mess, no fuss, no worries and best of all, no need for a heat gun to melt plastics with my rushing around!
For reference the engine was at 160F on the plug after the 5 mins which was perfect"
"Finally got round to putting finger to keyboard in support and recommendation of the RC Sure-start.
Dragged my truggy out for a day's racing at A1racing, Grantham last Sunday (21st November). It was a cold, muggy morning and the Hyper St /Picco.28 hadn't been run or even started since early this year. Set up my pit table, starter box and plonked the St on top. Put the Sure-start delux onto the cylinder head, switched onto low setting and went off to race my electric SC truck heat, marshalled the following and returned to a warmed through engine. second LED was out, indicating correct temp (180'F?) Primed it, glo-stick on and press down onto starter. It fired immediately and settled into a nice steady idle.
Quick blatt to clear the after-run, onto the grid and off it went - never stalled or faltered like it used to -absolutely pleased as punch. One of my buggy racing friends was having 'issues' with his .21 engine. Despite plugs and priming, and wearing a new groove in his starter wheel it wouldn't run. Sure-start on, set to high for 3 minutes - started straight away, he'll be contacting you when his finances allow! What can I say? - the whole start up procedure has been turned from an anxious, cursed ritual into an almost press and go procedure. The RC Sure-start has just made Nitro nicer... "
Sure-Start review from Nemo/ Agama driver Brennan Ralls.
while back John Bennett of RC Sure start sent me an engine pre heater to test,
promote & give him some feed back.
To be honest its an area I have never really bothered on although for years I have seen guys with hot air guns trying to warm up the engine heads, for me that just looked to much hard work to be fun.
With the onset of winter now was a great oppertunity to put the Sure Start to the test & with its simple design seemed a cracking bit of kit. Its designed using power from a 12volt battery or lipo & the heat source is achieved from a 12 volt bulb. All this is contained in a neat tube with a small fan which has two functions, firstly to keep the important bits cool, the second too tranfers the heat down to the whole engine head reaching all those hard to get area's . The Sure Start comes in various colours & sizes to suit your needs in preference & different engine head sizes. With many features such as single or dual element heat, fuse protection & on/off switch, auto cut off when to hot, the large range in voltage inputs compared to others on the market means many voltages will work without damaging the unit making it a very durable to the abuse RC racers will put it through.
When using what could be simpler than to just fit over the engine head, turn on & wait 5 minutes. After this the head will soon be to the point of being hot enough to be uncomfortable to hold. If you do not have a temp gun the old fasion spit test at this point showed it evaporating so around the 60 deg C mark. Different weather conditions will alter the heat up speed but generally a 3-4 minute burst is enough to get the engine temp up enough to fire up with ease.
You can leave it running for longer but normally 5 minutes works for everyone.
For me being an old dog definately learnt some new tricks. It was simple to use but more importantely quicker to get the engine running without causing undue wear when cold starting, literally no need to prime the engine as the heat seemed to just draw the fuel through with the engine firing into life on the first touch of the start box.
Totally converted to this form of starting an engine in the winter or cold & in my view a must for my pit box.
Thanks to John for this great bit of kit.
Bren The full review can be found on PirateRC
manager Chris Doughty thoughts
on his first use of the Sure-Start pre-heater
I used the RC
Sure-Start at the weekend, VERY
impressed! Cold day outside, heated the engine
5-10 minutes before my race, car started first bump
on the box and went straight to a stable idle.
Its NEVER done that before!
I'll be using it all the time, even in the warmer
Multiple World Championship finalist and Pre Worlds winner Mark Green's experiences using the Sure-Start pre-heater
is now part off my engine set up, its
operation is perfect which helps me get the best out
off my Novarossi engines.
It makes starting
on cold days so easy and the running
in process is really great with better performance at the
end of it. The ease of use and the fit on the cyl heads
makes for an easy product to use and keeps your
engines in top condition for longer.
driver and French national champion Jerome Sartel's
new engine breakin experience with the Sure-Start
Dear guys, now
Run-in procedure is becoming a game
since I use my RC sure start! With that tool, you don't
need any screw driver or other crazy things to unlock
your engine. Especially in the winter time!
The RC sure start makes your engine hot in a few
minutes giving you so much facilities to start it!
By heating it makes it impossible to damage your conrod
or your crankshaft! So, do like me, obtain your own
RC sure start!! ;-)
.. Enjoy your run! Jerome "the pink panther" Sartel.
2011 British On-road 200mm Champion Joe Kerry
From the first
time I used the RC Sure-Start I knew
it was a great product. Since using it my engines have
started perfectly every time and it is now just part of
my routine at the track.
The RC Sure-Start makes it so effortless to start up
in cold conditions and it definitely improves your
engine life. I now use it even in the warmer
The RC Sure-Start has been an important part in
helping me win the 2011 on-road 200mm British