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Old 01-15-2009, 10:54 AM   #31
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I just use the homies compressor and a coule of other little tricks to get it clean..after dirt is removed I give the car a liberal coat of WD40 and then wipe it down with a towel...I also check for any additional dirt I may have missed...normally my cars come out pretty darn clean
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:26 PM   #32
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No dishwasher. It took 1 tank of fuel (8/9mins) to get that dirty and 5/6 (whiskey hampered or aided) hours to disassemble and clean.

I use a silicon based spray, instead of Pledge, on the car. It makes normal clean up a breeze. This was the first and last time the 6 will get that bad and the spray made it pretty easy to clean.

The threaded shocks were the biggest hassle. Just another reason I don't like them, hard to clean the nooks and crannies.
I noticed that you changed the tires/wheels in the 'after' picture. Is there anything else in the 'after' picture that is 'new' and not just 'cleaned'? It almost looks as if it is a new chassis. I can hardly see any drive train wear. If not, damn definitely a good cleaning job.
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I always remove engine and electronics. Then I take the chassis outside and give it a good rinsing with the waterhose. Then blow the water off with the air compressor. Once dry spray the whole chassis with wd-40 and let it sit for 3-5 minutes. Then blow all the excess off with the air compressor. My rigs are always clean and never have maintenance related failures.

Here's a few shots to show what it looks like when I'm finished:

The first pic is where I forgot to blow the excess wd-40 off...lol




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How do you do the dishwashing method. Can someone explain step by step??
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Old 01-15-2009, 09:48 PM   #36
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How do you do the dishwashing method. Can someone explain step by step??
I think they said it somewhere on the first page.
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Do you guys use dish washer detergent when washing it in the dishwasher?
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this is wat i was told, keep in mind ive NEVER done it. if you plan to do this i would recommend switching ALL screws to stainless steel, since they dont rust.

1.Take the electronics/motor out.
2.Stick the car on the top rack
3.Put on rinse cycle(was told you can do any cycle)
4.If its not clean enough, stick it in longer, but if its to your satisfaction, blow it off with a/c and then spray ALL screws with wd 40 or they WILL rust over time, Also blow off ALL bearings and re-oil them.
5.Clean the motor and electronics then install in car.
6.Take it to the track, race, and repeat


WARNING: DO THIS WHEN THE WIFE ISN'T HOME, OR YOU WILL DIE
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Those who tried it...does it dry on it's own in the washing machine?
How hot water can it be used?
What about the screws...as "losi_racer" said?
does water go in the diff cases?
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Those who tried it...does it dry on it's own in the washing machine?
How hot water can it be used?
What about the screws...as "losi_racer" said?
does water go in the diff cases?

stainless steel doesnt rust, so its a good upgrade if your going to wash it with pure water. and water shouldnt go in the diff case, if you have the gasket in the case nothing should get n or out
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I avoid using water anytime I clean my cars. You will NOT get all of it out and will ruin bearings and turn your hinge pins into rusty nails. If the car is extremely dirty, I tear it down completely and clean everything. Most of the time I use a brush to wipe it down.


For those that have used water / dishwasher, pull your car apart and inspect it for rust ( hinge pins, diffs, screws, etc..).
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Seems the dishwasher method seems to be a bigger hassle if you have to re-oil every bearing in your car (which means you have to take the car apart anyway).

I have two different cleaning routines, one where I take the engine and radiotray off, clean the car (WD40, toothbrush and cloth), check for problems and reassemble. The other is where I take almost everything apart and 'detail' the car.

I do the first routine after every race day and the second (more elaborate)routine every three or four races.
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this is wat i was told, keep in mind ive NEVER done it. if you plan to do this i would recommend switching ALL screws to stainless steel, since they dont rust.

1.Take the electronics/motor out.
2.Stick the car on the top rack
3.Put on rinse cycle(was told you can do any cycle)
4.If its not clean enough, stick it in longer, but if its to your satisfaction, blow it off with a/c and then spray ALL screws with wd 40 or they WILL rust over time, Also blow off ALL bearings and re-oil them.
5.Clean the motor and electronics then install in car.
6.Take it to the track, race, and repeat


WARNING: DO THIS WHEN THE WIFE ISN'T HOME, OR YOU WILL DIE
I did this once a few years ago...I had to buy a new dishwasher, my Ol' Lady would give me the "DIE YOU ROTTEN..." Look every time she opened the washer..It would maker this GRRRIIITTTTY Noise when you slid the tray out...I ran that sucker 100+ times, and the grit was still in the slides...anyway..I just pull the Engine an electronics, blow it /Brush it off, I use fantastic cleaner and air, takes about 20 minutes afer a race day to get it clean, Every three races..Complete tear down and rebuild anyway...
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I use to be really picky about my trucks always being spotless......

Now I just leave them dirty, I take them a part every once in a while to clean.
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