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Old 11-22-2007, 12:46 AM   #1
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Default A "How to . . ." Perfect Battery Slot Bevels!

I know there are plenty of your A. R. types out there like me who wish BMI would do all the chassis prep work for us. Well, I don't know how to machine a slot for your battery tape to sit in, but I have found a way to get your battery slot bevels looking like a machine did them. They're actually not even bevels, but perfectly radiused copings for the battery to rest in!

I used my Mi3 chassis for this demo, but the concept applies universally.
Here we go . . .


Step 1:


Locate a grinding stone at your big box store similar to the one in the pictures. The important thing here is to match the sanding drum as closely as possible in diameter to the size of your cells. I have no idea where I bought the one in the pics, but I measured it for y'all. . . 1" diameter X 1" long.

Step 2:

Use a respirator and work in a well ventilated area to protect your lungs. This process will produce a lot of carbon fiber dust.

Step 3:

Set your chassis on a flat solid surface wtih a papertowel underneath (to catch the CF dust and allow easy disposal periodically). Keep several more on hand to use as you throw them away. I used 6; 1 per slot. Lay the drum in a battery slot (Make sure the countersunk holes on your chassis are facing down) and begin sliding it back and forth from one end of the slot to the other. The picture shows how I found it the easiest to hold the drum. Be sure to complete the stroke to both ends to ensure you bevel the entire length evenly. Begin with light pressure to make sure the drum doesn't slide out and scratch the surrounding CF. As the bevel begins to form, increase the pressure to speed up the process. Just be careful to not go too far. It is much easier to get the CF off the chassis than it is to get it back on!

Step 4:

Periodically remove the sanding drum and brush away the dust to perform a test fit of an individual cell in the slot. You will be checking how far down into the chassis the battery is sitting. You obviously want the batteries flush with the bottom of your chassis, without hanging down.

Step 5:

Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the remaining battery slots.

Step 6:


Throw away all the contaminated materials, rinse off your grinding drum and chassis with water, and then take a cold shower; both to keep the CF dust from getting into your pores, and because your new chassis will be looking smokin!
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Old 11-22-2007, 01:27 AM   #2
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Good instructions. I'll try it next time. Sure beats filing.
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Old 11-22-2007, 01:28 AM   #3
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thats a good read! great work!
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Old 11-22-2007, 07:08 AM   #4
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I think I speak for all of us 'A. R's. when I say THANK YOU SIR!!!

Happy Thanksgiving Andrew!
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Old 11-22-2007, 09:22 AM   #5
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Great instructions .

I measured my cells and to my surprise they were all different but close enough to not matter much just be careful so the smaller diameter cells don't droop too much under your car.

These are approx i measured a couple cells at different points on the cans, some had double shrink on them so it isn't scientific.

IB4200 = 23mm
epower 4200 = 22.75mm
grepow 4200 = 23.1mm
ep4200=22.9mm
ib1400 (2/3a for mini) = 16.8mm
elite 1500 (2/3a for mini) = 16.75mm
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Old 11-22-2007, 10:15 AM   #6
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you can increase your safety by wearing rubber gloves and putting wet paper towels under the chassis while sanding....this will collect the dust better, allowing some to stick tho the wetness....
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Old 11-22-2007, 11:41 AM   #7
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You just won 'tech post of the year' award!
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Old 11-22-2007, 12:58 PM   #8
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excellent post... now i need a new cf battery tray for my losi.
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Old 11-22-2007, 01:02 PM   #9
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don't feed the monster......

good read AWD.....
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Old 11-22-2007, 09:30 PM   #10
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excellent writing. Take the focus out of which chassis-to-get n battery wars for a mo
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cool very good

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Old 11-22-2007, 09:47 PM   #12
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ANDREEEEEEW...!

YOU ARE A "ROCK STAR"...!

When are you coming back up to Omaha??
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lol

y'all crack me up!

Todd, did Marker put you up to calling me a rock star? If so its "Superstar!"

I am hoping to be back this year for the Carpet Challenge in March pending Roar's decision on the "other" race going on around then.
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thanks for the tip! great instructions!
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how did you make the ends look like,the end of bones. or hourglass shaped. i need to do this to my gen x, my packs are 2 weeks old,and they look like they are 2 years old.

The Mi3 battery slots come precut like that, all he did was bevel them. Great job buy the way I will be trying this on my car.

Weird, how did I answer roadkills question before he asked it?
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