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Old 08-01-2004, 02:24 PM   #1
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Default Anyone ever try making their own chassis?

I was wondering if anyone ever tried to make their own chassis out of a piece of carbon fiber or fiber glass? I saw some older racing trucks use the fiberglass sheet to make a flat chassis, so i was wondering if anyone has tried it with an onroad car.
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Old 08-01-2004, 02:35 PM   #2
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Yup tried a couple of times on my old RS4 Sport. First chassis was aluminum and the second one was made out of 1/8" G10 fiberglass. It isn't an easy thing to do when you don't have the right tools to do it. I used a hack saw and files for the aluminum one and a coping saw for the fiberglass. If you do use fiberglass or carbon, be sure to wear a good mask and have really good ventilation. The fibers from both a really bad for your lungs.
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Old 08-01-2004, 04:17 PM   #3
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Customized chassis.. have you seen this mid-motored TC3?!.. It has been tested in the tracks but unfortunately it still not out for consumers or r/c enthusiast... check the link and look at the customized chassis.


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i hope that mid motored tc3 chassis is relesed to the public i would get it quick, its such a better layout weight transfer wise, team associated should have made the chassis like that from the start
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Old 08-01-2004, 05:29 PM   #5
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although its been developed by an r/c enthusiast TC3 is still competetived as it was..
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Old 08-01-2004, 05:43 PM   #6
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think abou the Team Losi Street Weapon, it was mid motored, how good did it do, nobody I know still run it, the TC3 I feel will be the same case, you don't see many mid motored cars, in fact, I'll say any shaft drived 4wd sedans that are mid motored have not done well enough to get to the pro level, if R&D at Associated didn't do it, and none of their drivers do, it isn't good
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Old 08-01-2004, 09:59 PM   #7
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I've made one. If you use carbon fiber, you can cut it with a dremel. I used a 3mm thick piece, and cut it with a diamond coated cutting wheel.
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Ya, I tried cutting out a copy of a chassis on one of my older cars, then tweaking it a bit, but when I went to fit the upper deck, none of the wholes lined up, lol
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A long time ago, when I used to run the HPI...I made a custom upper deck using CF sheet and it turned out pretty well...It took me a while to make everything work out OK...But it did help performance wise..lowering the CG ! But result was not drastic! I had fun doing it tho...

I had to make a piece out of cardboard first and keep redesigning it untill it looks good and make everything fit perfectly...then traced the cardboard onto CF sheet and had it cut. It's very time consuming...
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I've made quite a few custom parts for my cars over the years as well as for my other hobby (fighting robots) and here's the method i've found that works best for me and achieves the cleanest results.

Start by measuring everything and make a hand sketch. Draw it up in a CAD program (I use AutoCAD 2000), then print it out in 1:1 scale on sticker paper (available at art supply stores). Then just stick it to the CF sheet and cut around the lines. I use a dremel with a cutoff disk to get the cuts close, then use a belt sander or dremel sanding drum for the final shape.

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lol, you need to understand that there are a lot of people out there who dont know CAD
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I have cut plenty of carbon fibre chassis over the years.

This is my latest Yoke SD.
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I have cut plenty of carbon fibre chassis over the years.

This is my latest Yoke SD.
Looks good from that view, what did you use to cut it? A dremel or other tools I may have in my garage? Or did you go high tech with a CNC Mill?
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I have cut plenty of carbon fibre chassis over the years.

This is my latest Yoke SD.

whoooaaa!! that's a great car!!..
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Old 10-09-2010, 01:25 PM   #15
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tried making one a long time ago
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