By Mike Garrison
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Majority of the major chassis manufacturers offer a variety of shock pistons with different size holes in them for tuning your suspension. In addition, most of them offer blank pistons with no holes. These are designed for you to drill your own holes and configurations that may not be available already pre-drilled. In order to drill a shock piston, you need the right size drill bits. I had the opportunity to try out the Racer’s Edge Shock Piston Drill Bit Set for this week’s Thursday Testimonials product review.
Racers Edge - Shock Piston Drill Bit Set (0.9, 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3mm)
RCE7062 | $14.99
Racer’s Edge offers two different sets, and for the shock pistons I was working on I needed the smaller size bit set. The larger set includes 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, and 1.7mm bits, but I was looking for a 1.2mm to drill my blank shock pistons for my Tekno RC EB410 buggy.
The carry case is nice and helps to hold the drill bits in place while bouncing around in your toolbox, and the size identification labels is very handy when dealing with such small size drill bits. When checked with calipers, these bits measure up as they are labeled. Unfortunately, a handle for these bits is not included, and I had to scavenger hunt through the pits to find one to borrow.
After finding a handle I got to work. Drilling shock pistons can be a difficult and tedious task, and these bits are not exactly easy to get started when drilling your holes. They do not have a sharp edge or tip to immediately dig into the piston, so it takes some extra twisting and pushing to get the party started. The flip side is that these drill bits are very durable, as I put some serious pressure down on them in hopes to get them drilling easier, and they withheld the abuse. After drilling each hole, I noticed these bits leave plastic burrs as well, which I then had to go back and clean up with my hobby knife.
- Very durable.
- Includes protective carrying case with sizes labeled.
- Accurately sized drill bits.
- Does not include handle.
- Very difficult to get started drilling into the shock pistons.
- Leaves behind plastic burrs which must be cleaned up after drilling each hole.
The Racers Edge Shock Piston Drill Bit Set measure up to be accurately sized and they are very durable, however, they do require a bit more elbow grease than I had anticipated during and after drilling each of the holes. These bits are the same price and/or only slightly less than some other sets on the market that include a handle as well. While they do require a bit of extra work and are priced a bit high (in my opinion), they did in fact get the job done.
Rating: 3 out of 5