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Old 06-20-2003, 06:38 PM   #1
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I've got a brand new body that is developing cracks around the wheel wells, a couple more big hits and the body will be trashed if I don't do something about it. What are some good ways to fix cracks in bodies around the wheel wells? Some people have told me shoe goo, others have said medical tape, etc. What do you guys think?
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Shoe goo will work as well as anything.
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Old 06-20-2003, 07:02 PM   #3
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You can use Tamiya reinforcement tape.
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Old 06-20-2003, 07:06 PM   #4
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i suggeest tha you dint crash or try changing brand of body

i have found that certain brands of bodys are more prone to cracks i find some tamiya ones to be this way
a brand new body would have to be relly hacked for it to be craked within a few meets of buying it.

also be careful when you cut it out to make the wheel well smooth and not all chunky cut as this can make weak points for cracks
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Accord, try shoo goo and Duratraxx body repair tape but go light with the stuff as it tends to add alot of weight to the body.

HPI bodies are the worst to crack from my experience. To me, protoform is the best bet when buying a body.
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in my experiences trinity is the worst for cracks, protoform was pretty good and losi was definately the best.
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try some shoo goo
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Old 06-20-2003, 10:50 PM   #8
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If you can mount a 3rd body mount in the center of your chassis that sets lined up with the center of the wheelwells, mount this body pin a little lower than the nes on yuor other body mounts so that it doesn'r "float" as much on this mount...... this keepsthe body from buckling in a crash..... the cause of your cracked wheelwell woes......say that 3 tmes fast!!!!
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Old 06-21-2003, 04:24 AM   #9
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One thing I've heard is that drilling a small, 1-2mm hole at the very end of the crack, will stop it spreading for a while.
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Talking Shoe goo is the stuff to use

also if you drill a small hole you have to be super careful on how you drill cause you could actually create many smaller cracks....make sure the bit is sharp and you don't go very slow...also drill against something it just helps re-enforce so the body does not flex
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next time you get a body put fiber glass to the places that you think will break. use shoo goo to glue it down

the fiber glasses used for walls or something. its really thin
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To help stop the cracks from spreading I use a small piece of "100MPH Tape" (a very sticky cloth reingorced tape) as well as drilling a tiny hole at the end of the crack.

Prevention is always better than the cure so as mentioned previously make sure your wheel arches are perfectly smooth after cutting them out. Use a piece of emery cloth to get them super smooth and rounded and you will reduce the chances of this happening.

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Fiberglass mesh tape followed by a thin coat of shoo-goo and your body will last forever....almost!
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Just throw it away and get another....
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Fibreglass tape is the way to go
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