Originally Posted by racer x 1
does anyone have any building tips they would like to share?
I’ve made a step by step building post for a Swedish RC car forum. Maybe you can find some useful tips in this shortened English (not my native language – sorry) version. You can find additional pics here>
The centre and side shocks are very easy to assemble. You can rub the o-rings with AE “green Slime” for even better sealing.
Place a sheet of 600-800 grit wet/dry sand paper on a flat surface. Place the rings on the sand paper and using your fingers and sand the shine off the rings. Make sure they're clean and free of any debris before you put your diff together.
The AW Grease DG2 is intended to be used on the diff balls. I was a bit suspicious about this silvery goo but it seems to work OK.
Check that the thrust bearing plates drops down into place by just a light tap on the opposite side of the axle against the table.
Mount both wheels on the axle, tighten the diff nut until the spur gear is very hard to turn with your thumb when simultaneously holding both tires firmly with your hands. Adjust from that when you do your first track tests.
I had to adjust the chassis plate holes for the ball link holder in order to have them 100% aligned (use a hobby knife).
Put pressure on the ball holder sides when tightening the screws the first time in order to straighten everything up.
If you did this right the side shock axle shouldn’t have more than very slight play in its groove.
Bevel the hole for the side spring for a smoother spring action.
Be very careful to get the rear pod parallel with the chassi plate – robk has a good post (#209)
how to achieve this.
This is how the caster plate should be mounted – manual is incorrect!
I cut the thumb screw threads down to about half for faster and easier battery changes.
Wiring should be clean and be careful that rear pod movement is not obstructed by your motor cables.
Check that the chassis/wiring goes free from the body as well.
I shortened the front part of the body so it’s now better protected inside of the bumper/wing
The F1-09 is a very nice kit and there’s really no big issues building it. I hope we can share more building and set up tips in this thread – Good Luck with your new car!