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Old 06-24-2010, 08:27 AM   #31
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little old of a thread i see.


I support the balloon user's.....i wont pay 5$ for mfg boots anymore.
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Old 06-24-2010, 08:35 AM   #32
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Surgical gloves cut fingers off put over shock springs and all. Use knife cut very small x at bottom after putting over shock. Fasten at top with twist tie. tie-wrap or 1/4 wide strip of scotch electrical tape. protects the complete shock. I can get 3 heats and main before i change them. Will not bind up movement even if they would become damaged during race. Easy and cheap!!
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Old 06-24-2010, 08:45 AM   #33
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I know that people did not support the idea of shrink wrap. However what about the cloth shock covers?

They keep the dirt out and add air.. Not to mention let you have full compression...
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Old 06-24-2010, 01:23 PM   #34
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I use ballons myself....I think somebody said something about the ones that they make animals out of.They work great and stay on notches on my losi shocks very well.
I think they are like a buck fifty for about 100 or so.....me likey
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Old 06-24-2010, 02:21 PM   #35
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If you use the right ballons they will not affect the droop. And if your gonna poke some holes in it your just defeating the purpose of having them in the first place, to keep dirt out. I have been using the balloons that TKO sells and recently found the same ones on ebay. They are not your regular party ballons you get at the dollar store they are 260 qualatex and are very durable.
Can some one Show me some of these Q260 Balloons on Ebay i can not find any in Black for under 11.00 Shipped for a 100.
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Old 12-27-2010, 12:39 PM   #36
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I realize this thread is somewhat old, but I just noticed it and wanted to add a little something.

I've been using 260Q balloons as shock boots for about 3 years now but I do it a little different so they have smoother action and less bunching on compression! I pinch the balloon with my thumb and forefinger about an inch or so from the end. I hold the open end over the tip of my air compressor nozzle and inflate a small portion of the balloon as big as it can get.

The inflated area stays stretched when you let the air out and the part below where you pinch stays nice and tight to the shock end! I get 4+ shock boots out of each balloon!

For those that were making a big deal out of not getting full compression....if at any point during your race your shocks become fully compressed, you aren't going very fast because your chassis is dragging on the ground

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Old 12-27-2010, 12:45 PM   #37
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Good idea HyperB5, I'll try the smaller balloons again with your tip and see how it goes.
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Thanks!

there's a little trial and error till you find your right size but it works great.
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I realize this thread is somewhat old, but I just noticed it and wanted to add a little something.

I've been using 260Q balloons as shock boots for about 3 years now but I do it a little different so they have smoother action and less bunching on compression! I pinch the balloon with my thumb and forefinger about an inch or so from the end. I hold the open end over the tip of my air compressor nozzle and inflate a small portion of the balloon as big as it can get.

The inflated area stays stretched when you let the air out and the part below where you pinch stays nice and tight to the shock end! I get 4+ shock boots out of each balloon!

For those that were making a big deal out of not getting full compression....if at any point during your race your shocks become fully compressed, you aren't going very fast because your chassis is dragging on the ground

I know this is a bit of a necro-post but I like your style and want more info. You say you can get 4 shock boots out of each balloon but I was wondering what held up the ones without the lip. I just ordered some 260Q balloons and I have used cheaper ones from Party City (they tore on the first run). When I install them, the rolled end fits the slot to hold the boot on but I haven't tried using the rest of the balloon. So even without the rolled end, they will stay up on the shock?
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these fit nice and tight over the shaft, no leaks, no rips , they clean the shaft as it moves and last as long as you have the car. absolutely 0 maintenance.

they fit almost all shocks out today and are even tighter on the 4 and 5mm shafts.

http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...k-Dust-Cover-4

money well spent and they look cool too.
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned running dirt shields instead of shock boots.
You can run some trick carbon stuff like this; http://www.xtremercracing.com/Store_...ue&SnipID=6773


http://www.redrc.net/2010/05/de-raci...8t-mud-guards/

Or just get a sheet of thick lexan and cut you own out for the front and rear.
For me they are better than shock boots as you keep the crud off the a-arms as well.
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Old 04-09-2011, 06:22 PM   #42
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Great thread! I absolutely hate paying 8 bucks for stupid rubber boots. I just don't understand why it has to be so expensive. Same goes for air filter oil. Hard to catch a break anywhere in this hobby, you have to get creative to stretch that $$$$

Tires is another thing that ticks me off, one set of those stupid things is the same price as a real tire on my wifes real car
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these fit nice and tight over the shaft, no leaks, no rips , they clean the shaft as it moves and last as long as you have the car. absolutely 0 maintenance.

they fit almost all shocks out today and are even tighter on the 4 and 5mm shafts.

http://www.amainhobbies.com/product_...k-Dust-Cover-4

money well spent and they look cool too.

IMO these dont work as well as you say, Ive ran them on my Jammin Back in the day and they would Fill up with debris and cause further wear on the shaft. I Also tried them on my Losi shocks and again didn't like how they "caught" a bunch of debris and caused premature wear on the shafts.
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Not a fan of the wiper style boots. Never seemed to work properly for me, even on the shocks they were designed for.
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I feel like a tool... lol... I run the DE Racing mud guards on the rear, regular losi boots all around and lycra/fabric spring covers. Total overkill, but, I never ever need new boots.
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