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Old 05-26-2013, 12:42 PM   #1
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Default Shell question

Is it 'generally' the case that the softer the shell, the less durable it is ?

Do hard shells survive better in crashes ?

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Old 05-26-2013, 01:21 PM   #2
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Can go either way.

In my experience the regular weight shells tend to crack (front arches is a common place), lightweight shells tend to get bent out of shape a bit more easily.

Neither seems to last any longer for me.
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Old 05-26-2013, 01:24 PM   #3
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None survive hard crashes all that well, but you can help extend the life of a shell with a generous layer of shoe goo in the wheel wells and all of the front. To lessen rear body tucks and the damage from them, smear a thick layer of shoe goo in the back corners and in the wing struts. Some people embed drywall tape in the shoegoo.

In my experience, the prettier the paint job, the shorter the life span. Regardless of lightweight vs regular or any other preventative measures I might have tried. The ugliest shells always seem to last the longest.

Smooth wheel well edges will maximize the strength there too. You don't want any jagged cut lines. They will be a weak point where cracks start.
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Use it till you can't look at anymore then get rid of it.
None of them last longer than others indoor on carpet, but I can make 1 body last all season outdoors for some reason
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Old 05-26-2013, 07:43 PM   #5
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I get about a month or more out of my indoor bodies. I use lightweight exclusively I try not to use shoe goo as I don't want to add the weight. I round every corner and make sure everything is smooth, which really seems to help.
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