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Old 10-31-2014, 05:30 PM   #5716
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So I am no gear diff savant. I pulled my rear diff apart last night, to put some 3k in it. It was all gunked up. Black goo. So I cleaned up the parts with orange degreaser (JEP from home depot) and tossed them into a sonic bath of orange degreaser. Meh, honestly the orange degreaser didnt get it done IMO. but I used a brush and cleaned up all of the diff gears. I tried to soak the diff case to get the gunk out of the crevasses, but that was not all that great. How do you guys get the diff housing squeaky clean?

Don't. Q-tip it out and call it good. You'll be into those diffs so much.....kinda like shock oil!
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Old 10-31-2014, 05:37 PM   #5717
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Stickit1 Racing is best option for chassis skin and usually only takes a couple days.

As for diffs and fluid I usually just use a rag and wipe out real good. I don't see any reason for a complete or sonic cleaning of it.

For the cross pins a dab of shoe goo works the best, another option is little dab of CA on pin shafts and slide in.
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Old 10-31-2014, 05:39 PM   #5718
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The stock caps are still going great after 4wks and that's with some hard crashes and tumbles and even one full meat crash into another 413
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ok. I know a guy once that had metal particulates on the oil and it was shredding replacement gears. He had to replace the diff case to get rid of them.
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Old 10-31-2014, 05:40 PM   #5720
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ok, I guess I need to not over think this diff cleaning and just more BRAAAAP
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Old 10-31-2014, 05:41 PM   #5721
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I was sitting here admiring how beautiful the CF chassis is looking and then I thought about the first time out on the track and what all those big nasty rocks are going to do. I have run CF chassis on other vehicles, and on some I ran chassis protectors and on some I did not. CF is actually pretty tough and holds up well on smoother indoor clay tracks. So when I ran outdoor on an abrasive track I ran a protector and indoor I sometimes didn't run one. But I wanted run one on my D413. I couldn't find any specifically made for the D413 at AMain but I do have some Jconcepts clear universal chassis skins. The thing I don't like about the Jconcepts skins are they are tacky and tend to stick to the track when you bottom out or catch a jump wrong. And they leave a lot of residue when it's time to remove it. I started to trim the Jconcepts protector when I glanced up and up in the corner I spotted some old UpgradeRC 1/8 Truggy skins. I bought these skins a long time ago when AMain was blowing them out. The buggy skin is one sheet with several pieces cut out to conform to the buggy body, but I though if I cut a piece in the shape of the D413 chassis and removed it as one piece I could use it as a chassis protector. It actually turned out better than I thought, time will tell how well it will hold up.


UpGradeRC 1/8 truggy skin, I cut out a piece that had a nice design on it in the shape of the D413 chassis.


Here it is on the bottom of the D413 after some trimming. I made sure the individual cutout lines ran parallel to the chassis so they wouldn't catch on the ground.
Looks good!... now you really need to go out and get some dirt on that thing!

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So I am no gear diff savant. I pulled my rear diff apart last night, to put some 3k in it. It was all gunked up. Black goo. So I cleaned up the parts with orange degreaser (JEP from home depot) and tossed them into a sonic bath of orange degreaser. Meh, honestly the orange degreaser didnt get it done IMO. but I used a brush and cleaned up all of the diff gears. I tried to soak the diff case to get the gunk out of the crevasses, but that was not all that great. How do you guys get the diff housing squeaky clean?
Buy a new one!
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I use a couple old under shirts, that way there's no fine fibers from the cloths or towels. I wipe out real good with rag, wipe down gears and then refill
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Looks good!... now you really need to go out and get some dirt on that thing!



Buy a new one!
haha, I was actually think about that, lol.
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VM&P Naphtha from Lowes does a good job of breaking down and dissolving diff oil off of diff parts. Soak it in that for awhile to get the parts shiny clean.
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So I am no gear diff savant. I pulled my rear diff apart last night, to put some 3k in it. It was all gunked up. Black goo. So I cleaned up the parts with orange degreaser (JEP from home depot) and tossed them into a sonic bath of orange degreaser. Meh, honestly the orange degreaser didnt get it done IMO. but I used a brush and cleaned up all of the diff gears. I tried to soak the diff case to get the gunk out of the crevasses, but that was not all that great. How do you guys get the diff housing squeaky clean?
Remember that the shocks/diffs use silicone base oil. Most degreasers are designed to clean petroleum based oils/grease and won't really work well on silicone based oils. I use q-tips, a piece of an old t-shirt wrapped around the end of a screw driver to wipe as much as I can. Compressed air (can or from a compressor) will really get the oil off. The oils turn black from microscopic particles that come from wear on the gears, bearings, etc and it needs to be cleaned out or it works as an abrasive compound causing more wear.
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[QUOTE=Sofa King;13630423]Looks good!... now you really need to go out and get some dirt on that thing!
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Yup, I'll get it on the track this weekend.
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What do you guys (and gals) think looks better with my paint scheme, white or black wheels?







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I guess no one here has driven a losi scte.......they are the most sloppy cars ever and thats what made them so good. They are very forgiving and easy to drive fast.
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The scte is the definition of slop.

I like the white wheels. Black alway look bad to me
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thats different. losi slop is fast slop.
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