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Old 12-20-2005, 12:29 PM   #16
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body post #5 ... it really extends the life of the front fenders...
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body post #5 ... it really extends the life of the front fenders...
Can you be more specific? Why is it better? A link / picture perhaps?
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A quick fix at the track is shoe goo and your shirt tag. This works good for fixing wheel wells and bumpers to get you through the day.
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Old 12-20-2005, 12:43 PM   #19
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Can you be more specific? Why is it better? A link / picture perhaps?
don't have a camera to take a pic right now...

but basically on my FT TC4 i use the third hole of the shock tower mount to put a 5th body post. by doing this it prevents the hood of the body to fold up on impact... this also keeps the fenders from flexing enough to crack thus saving fenders. you need to hit the car pretty hard to cause cracks...
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Old 12-20-2005, 01:54 PM   #20
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I don't understand how Shoe goo will help since it's flexible. Wouldn't it be better to use some real fiberglass epoxy (no clue what it's called), so that when it dries, it's hard like fiberglass?
When you have a good layer of shoegoo on a body, that section is more likely to bend (curve) than it is to fold(a line and crack) when hit. Well, atleast unless you hit REAL HARD anyways...

Make sure there are no choppy cuts or serrations along any edge of the body cause those will easily tear and extend in a crash. Carve your own foam bumpers out of EPP foam that rides right up against the body, so the body doesn't fold at the front wheel wells in a frontal collision.
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That Tamiya stuff looks like duck tape.
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Old 12-20-2005, 02:29 PM   #22
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The best reinforcement method I have seen is someone taking this mesh tape, (the kind taht is used to put at the bottom of flower pots to hold in dirt, but let through water) and sticking it over the crack, or wherever. He then used Shoe Goo and put a good layer of that over the tape. When it was done, the thing was very hard, and obviously not going to break, even in a hard crash. Over all, it worked really well!

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I generally use fibreglass tape, put some just above the front wheels, as I've found that under cornering the shell lowers and rubs the tyres. By doing this it prevents the paint coming off.

Your best would be to add some tape on the next shell where the ld one broke.
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the fibreglass mesh tape and shoe goo works the best in my experience,
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Prolly the two best ways i have seen is using battery strapping tape, then a layer of super glue, then sho go over it.. this is a crack fix. No more breaking..

the other is get some teflon tap.. its great for fenders.. and since it is teflon if the wheel hits it its so smooth it wont effect the car.. This stuff is very sticky, works exeptionally well.. i use the teflon now.. but i put it on before the body cracks, its not a after crack fix..
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