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Old 06-09-2004, 03:43 PM   #1
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Default Xtray T1R SHOCK assembly issues

Is it me, or are the shocks in this kit a pain in the a$$ to assemble?

1. I have broken one of the smaller e-clips while trying to finish the 4th shock shaft assembly

2. I can not get the shock ball ends to twist on the shaft. I am using the best tools i can...but the shaft keeps turn in the plyers!

3. On one shock...same issue as #2....i cant even get the end to thread!

Are there any tricks to this?

Where can i get a replacement small e-clip? Will Xray send some to me?

Thanks for the help....
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Old 06-09-2004, 03:53 PM   #2
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I've never experienced your #1 problem, but for the others try pre-threading with a screw. And then use something like Losi white grease. That should make it easier.
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Old 06-09-2004, 04:14 PM   #3
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Like c-lyon said, use grease, or any oil for that matter, and also try to grab the last thread or so on the shock shaft with the wire cutting portion of your plyers so you get the most grip.....I also dont care much for the design of the plastic xray shocks.....
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Old 06-09-2004, 04:38 PM   #4
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Well....


Heat was the biggest friend today. I used my heat gun to heat up the plastic end piece, and it screwed right on!

The clip is still broken, and the plastic parts that you first install on the top of the shaft dont seem to come off...so i hope they will hold until i can get a replacement clip.

Thanks guys.

PS: I am not too happy with the shocks either!

PSS: Is it me or do the shafts come out further than the springs go? There is some extra "play" when the shock shaft is fully extended (not installed)
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yeah, most shocks are like that.

you have to allow for some moverment for when you install them on the car etc.
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Old 06-09-2004, 05:41 PM   #6
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Where can i get a replacement small e-clip? Will Xray send some to me?
In your kit, you should be able to find a bag of bits that are often lost or missing. You should be able to find some extra e-clips there.
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ok..i will look..

In the meantime, will it be an issue with the e-clip is not installed?
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I've never had any of the problems you are having. As for the extra length, part of that is for the adjustability of the shock pistons.
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I just finished putting together the FK and the same problem. I ended up scratching the shafts. So now I leak oil. Other than that though it's a sweet car to assemble.
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One thing I have found EXTREMELY helpful when building shocks is a brass Duratrax shock assembly shaft holder tool. This tool is like a brass coin with part of the inside machined out so that the shock shaft will go inside. You then clamp down on it with lock-jaw pliers and screw it in. Brass is very soft and will not scratch your shafts. As well, even if it does slip, it will just leave a brass mark on the shaft that can be wiped off.

http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXD572&P=ML

It looks like Tower is out of these until mid-June, but the picture at least shows you how it all goes together.

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ok..i will look..

In the meantime, will it be an issue with the e-clip is not installed?
did you mean the one on top of the piston or the one below? anyway, im guessing its the one on top. of course its gonna be a problem, the piston moves up and down, although its a tight fit, at some point that small round thing will pry loose from the shaft. try looking at the emergency kit (as they call it) ur bound to see some e clips there.

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I just finished putting together the FK and the same problem. I ended up scratching the shafts. So now I leak oil. Other than that though it's a sweet car to assemble.
try using ae green slime, i used it on my FOC's shocks and its great, no leaks so far.

oh, i remember, i think it was soviet who suggested this, try using a peice of leather when u hold the shaft with pliers or a vice grip, the general idea is not to scratch the shaft right, well if you use a piece of leather to wrap it before clamping it with the pliers or a vice grip it wont get the dreaded scratches.

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