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Old 03-25-2005, 12:33 PM   #1
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What's one thing you do to your car during a rebuild/clean that you know really makes no difference to the car in the slightest but it just doesn't feel right/zen unless you do?

Cover all the under chassis screws with a bit of tape (goes back to the off-road days but still can't help it).

Might pick up some tips while we're at it.
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i tap some of the grphite part(arms, shock tower)
sometimes i tap the whole car without knowing it(just kidding)
it save my wrist from hurting the next day!!!
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i tap some of the grphite part(arms, shock tower)
sometimes i tap the whole car without knowing it(just kidding)
it save my wrist from hurting the next day!!!
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Old 03-25-2005, 03:30 PM   #4
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When I had an on-road car with ballcups I would use those little foam spongy discs under the ballcups. I know they probably didn't make any difference but I felt good about doing it.
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what exaclty do those foams do? ive never used them but see all the tc3s and stuff with them. whats the purpose?
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They help keep dust and dirt out of the ball cups.
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the only thing i do to my car even tho it doesnt make a difference is switch the same type of screw, to a different part of the chassis, Its a habit, but i dont know why, as it doesnt help me any.
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They help keep dust and dirt out of the ball cups.

supposedly less wear. i only do this to my off-roads though
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On the bottom of the chassis when i'm cleaning if the screws have any scratches on them i do change them.. I also put my springs in the dishwasher....not funny if the wife catches me..
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the only thing i do to my car even tho it doesnt make a difference is switch the same type of screw, to a different part of the chassis, Its a habit, but i dont know why, as it doesnt help me any.
i do the exact opposite i place every screw out in the order i got them from and put them back in the exact same hole.

also i like to keep my tyres in the right formation that the came off the car.
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When building or replacing broken parts I HAVE to remove all flashing and smooth the parts perfectly. I know the lil sprigs and mold lines don't really matter but I can't stand to see them. No matter what the instructions say on building diffs, I still put the clear grease in my palm and place the balls in and then roll them around in the lube. I then scoop each ball with my small flat blade screw driver and just a lil bit of extra lube before placing it in the diff pulley/gear. Always the right amount of diff lube!! I too tap all screw holes even if I am pretty sure I will never use the hole! LOL

OH and Green Slime on the shock O-rings!! Now thats Zen!!

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[B]i do the exact opposite i place every screw out in the order i got them from and put them back in the exact same hole
You too, well sort of, shock tower screws have to go back in shock towers, gearbox screws in gearboxes etc etc.
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my old mate from northside days when he was going into a race just before he put the body on he would kiss it IT was SOOO funny and he use to do it each race some thing i will never forget
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I like to test every screw...as far as tightness...after pretty much every run....but that's more for safety and security reasons. I don't have many quirks at all...but if I could, I would re-build my shocks after every run....for some reason, fresh shocks keep my mind at ease....so I know, if there's a problem with the car, at least it isn't the shocks!

I'm always looking for one less thing to worry about!
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errr how about completely stripping it, cleaning every part with motor cleaner, and then putting everything back together and getting it set back up...even if i don't race it till the followign weekend (and i'll be bound to put it back on the setup board before then!).
So far my record stands at just over 3 hours for the whole process still, go through a lot of motor cleaner though

I do follow onebeatuptc3's thing though, I'll move screws around on the chassis so that the screw heads all match in certain sections, ie the 4 front shock tower ones are all the same, and the top deck ones etc etc

Oh and transporting the car too and from the track, despite putting it in a box anyway, I HAVE to put on a set of transport wheels, and remove the pinion from the motor....

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