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Old 11-30-2001, 03:41 PM   #361
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did you try beding or reshaping it with a larger channel locks? Then file or dremel off any high spots or areas. The problem is if the axel is too far out of whack, when you force the bearing over that, there's a good chance that the bearing can get damaged. So I'd try to get it back to as close to original as possible or dremmel it till the bearing comes off and buy a new axle.
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Old 11-30-2001, 08:57 PM   #362
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The main problem I've been having is thet upper bumper brace. I feel that something a little more flexible would be more beneficial. A good hit to the front would just snap the graphite. It isn't so much a problem as I just glue it back together and just run it some more.
A flexible upper bumper support would not be a good idea. Effectively what you have on the car is the upper brace and the front tongue of the chassis (through the bumper) is taking impact loads together in a crash. According to the laws of physics the "stiffer" piece will take more loading (Imagine you have a piece of paper and pencil placed in parallel, if you compress the two together lengthwise, the pencil will take all the load).

What you are doing by using a flexible upper brace is transferring more loads to the chassis plate...... although this is quite stong....... it will cost a lot more to replace!

The upper brace problem can be improved by stiffening it even more!

What I've done on my car is use a piece of Printed Circuit Board (PCB) which you can buy from an electronics store (This stuff is made from fibreglass). Use the original graphite brace as a guide and cut out another upper brace with the PCB. Do not cut the centre holes. Use a two part epoxy to glue the two pieces together (PCB on bottom so you still see the graphite!)

This will increase the stength of the brace signifcantly. After having gone through two pieces of the original brace this modified piece is holding out very well.... not a crack in sight!!
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Old 11-30-2001, 10:27 PM   #363
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dtm, what about stacking two stock upper braces and CA them together? Do you feel they would help from breaking the stock single brace??
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Old 11-30-2001, 11:06 PM   #364
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Same effect... just a little more expensive (PCB is cheap!). I have a friend who is doing this and has the same results.

You also have to add a spacer to the bottom of the front posts to raise it and use longer screws to compensate for the increased thickness (x4).
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Old 11-30-2001, 11:07 PM   #365
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Also using 2 part epoxy will be better than CA because you can scratch the contact surfaces and get a better bond..... it is also less messy!
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Old 12-02-2001, 09:28 AM   #366
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Old 12-02-2001, 03:36 PM   #367
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Hehe..hey Buster. I don't really hide . You just found me is all. How's it going?
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Old 12-02-2001, 05:47 PM   #368
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Old 12-02-2001, 06:01 PM   #369
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Dave, Not much going on here, just whippin butt with the good'ole T1 !!! ;o)

RCCadet, I could arrange that. I like to only use CC, but give me a call and we can work something out.

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I can not take order's via email, you must call me directly. Sorry, but I am at home when I check email, so I can not guarantee what I have at the shop and what was just sold 5 minutes before you.

When you call, I can pull the parts as I am on the phone with you. This will guarantee that you will get everything you ask for. I am sure you can understand.

Dave, UPS has really been slow here lately, so I sent the package overnight just to make sure you get your stuff in time. Give me a buzz if you have any problems.
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Old 12-02-2001, 06:06 PM   #370
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LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dave, I would rather be a "rookie" than a "hacker" !!! LOL!!!!

Errr, I guess if I keep posting I will turn into a "hacker" also huh? ;o)
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Woohoo...I didn't even realize that my status had changed. What I want to know is how many posts it would take to become a Factory team guy on this message board...LOL

For all you that don't know, Buster is the Shiznit for anything XRAY. You need parts, he's got em and he'll get em to ya. He'll even happily BS with you if you're paying for the phone bill....lol. Thanks for all your great help so far Buster. (I didn't get paid to say that either)
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So should I make the check out to "Dave Kurschner" ??? LOL!!!
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Default upper brace.

The graphite itself is a little suspect in my opinion. I will try the trimming of the bumper. I need a new chassis at this point as the one I have has splintered badly. Also got a new parts in like the roll bridge, and front upper arm holders.

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I was wondering if anyone has used the kydex with a kink placed in it. Would look something like this


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to reduce sheer stress to upper mount points and to not crush the bumper.
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Buster - This is the 21st century. Direct Deposit my friend.
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