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Old 12-27-2004, 10:06 PM   #1
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for the assoc unobtanium shock shafts, can/should they be polished if they have lost their luster, but are not sticking/leaking ?

is the unobtanium just a coating that would be removed by polishing the shaft?
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Old 12-28-2004, 02:23 AM   #2
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I just wonder what TA means with Unobtanium

http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-uno1.htm *hint*
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unobtanium is a metal, so it is not just a coating they put on it. However, I doubt seriously that associated actually uses pure unobtanium to make these things. probably some kind of alloy they came up with. i wouldnt polish them if you arent having problems
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Old 12-28-2004, 10:38 AM   #5
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I use unobtanium shock shafts on all the AE shocks I build and have never had any trouble with them. Very strong. Never brokeone. Never bent one.

They come in a matt finish, but I have never found it necessary to do anything with them. Just assemble them as they come. And leave them.

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thanks guys,

i am rebuilding my car due to changing layout and gonna build up from scratch, and the shocks had a satin kinda look to them, never had any problems so im not gonna do anything to them, just change the oil and clean them up some...

maybe a rebuild, who knows

thanks again!

It woulda sucks to polish them up only to have that cause a problem...
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Unobtanium is just AE's word for TICN coating. TICN stands for Titanium Carbon Nitride. The coating is about .001 thick and is extremly hard. I wouldn't polish them because chances are you wouldn't be able to polish it off anyway. They should last a while but if you feel they are scored just replace them.
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D_Ames is correct... It's a TiCN coating... but you can polish it with a diamond compound and felt (according to the manufacture). I'm doing some testing for BMI with that coating on some 1/12 parts and I deal with the coater daily...lol... Just my $.02.....
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I know RPM makes Unobtanium shafts too. I've tried them on my B4. Does anyone know if they are different than the AE ones? The length is the same.
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Old 12-28-2004, 04:36 PM   #10
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unobtanium is a metal that is descibed 50 times lighter than aluminum and 50 times stronger than steel. Its fairly cheap you could get a sheet of it about .030 thick big enough to make a chassis for about 30 bucks. Call your local machine shop and they can get it or order it.
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Yeah...maybe you should send that in to Mythbusters...I'm sure they'd have a good time with it...

Oakley used to make grips and sunglasses out of "Unobtanium" in the 80's...it used to be some sort of plastic.

You really a Pro Mod guy? What are you doing in the electric forum? I figure you out to be hanging out with the nitro guys.


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unobtanium is a metal that is descibed 50 times lighter than aluminum and 50 times stronger than steel. Its fairly cheap you could get a sheet of it about .030 thick big enough to make a chassis for about 30 bucks. Call your local machine shop and they can get it or order it.
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haha nah not gotta pro mod YET...we used to have a car that coulda been pro mod but sold it so i would concentrate on school first..lol mechanical enineering is gonna be good to know while im messing with rc cars....

oh yeah..PUT A WING ON THAT FOCUS ARE YOU CRAZY!?!?! that vette we had was basically a pro stock car with a 63 vette body..i couldnt imagine what it would do with that much movement at 190mph..luckily it never did though
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You saw the video, huh? LOL

Trust me -- that was a fluke deal. I ran through a 50' trail of oil on the LH side of the lane. If it moved around 1/10th that much on a normal run, I'd be putting wings everywhere...it's usually "on a string".

That Vette looks badass...
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thanks...the ONLY time i switched lanes was a oil field about 60' it was wild car was completely sideways and back straight right in the groove in the other lane in about... .00000000001 seconds. Thats pretty cool that little bitty motor runnin 8.30's you runnin 1 turbo or 2?
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