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Old 08-07-2010, 09:16 AM
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I was wondering if anyone had tried to use strapping tape to secure their batteries inside their off road buggies. I'm thinking along the mindset of not using the battery hold down trays or plastic straps. Since strapping tape is very strong and cheap, I dont mind lashing on a fresh layer to keep my batteries. I'm going to try this idea in my TRF 511, since there's a 'fun' race coming up and there is no minimum weight.

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I've used strapping tape on my Lazer ZX-5 FS. Double strap it and you should have no problems. My tape was barely scuffed under the chassis. The FS didn't have an undertray. If you use yours, you'll have additional security.

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Don't see why it shouldn't work. Have you thought about using some 1" wide velcro for bsckup up?

I use it in building or re-building lipo packs to hold cells together. Does a great job for that.
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Originally Posted by SpeedTech View Post
I've used strapping tape on my Lazer ZX-5 FS. Double strap it and you should have no problems. My tape was barely scuffed under the chassis. The FS didn't have an undertray. If you use yours, you'll have additional security.

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Thats what i'm talking about since its very hard for strapping tape to snap, tear or fizzle out. I just dont want to deal with snap pins or any extra plastic parts. I'm experimenting with micro electrics and see how light and compact i can make the TRF 511 can be
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15+ years ago, strapping tape was the normal way to mount batteries in virtually every on-road car and most all 4wd cars. Especially so if it was carbon fiber plate chassis design.
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Simplicity at its best. I remember those pan oval cars which required strapping tape for batteries. I'm not sure why some battery boxes are just over engineered parts, and IMHO just adds weight. Thanks for all the opinions everyone. Will 'delete' the battery tray from my TRF511 and see how easier it is to maintain and work over the car
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Originally Posted by trx-1racer View Post
15+ years ago, strapping tape was the normal way to mount batteries in virtually every on-road car and most all 4wd cars. Especially so if it was carbon fiber plate chassis design.
+1. I remember those days well. I think I still have some of the tape I used lying around.
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Originally Posted by BigBellyCat View Post
Simplicity at its best. I remember those pan oval cars which required strapping tape for batteries. I'm not sure why some battery boxes are just over engineered parts, and IMHO just adds weight. Thanks for all the opinions everyone. Will 'delete' the battery tray from my TRF511 and see how easier it is to maintain and work over the car
I supposed strapping tape is simpler, but the one thing I hate about pan cars is that I need to use strapping tape to hold in the battery. Maybe that's just because I'm fumble fingered and it takes me multiple minutes (2-3) to correctly tape in a battery, whereas in my cars that have trays I can have the battery installed in seconds (certainly under a minute).
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On road conditions the tape will last for several runs, but in off road by using dual layers of tape, i can still secure the batteries but need fresh tape since it always collects dirt and grit.
I'm loving this simple system now, no more battery trays or post and body pins to deal with.
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I love my velcro straps with a battery tray. Super tough & reusable. I can have the battery changed out in 30 seconds.
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