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Old 01-17-2014, 05:35 AM   #16
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I'll probably get flamed for this but... Why don't all of you who hate threading ball cups just buy a RH and LH 3mm tap with a holder and start enjoying the whole build? It'll cost you maybe $10 and last a lifetime.
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Old 01-17-2014, 05:49 AM   #17
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Building a new kit is usually fun for me. The only time it isn't is when I come across a step that requires a special tool that I don't have. Like my first 1/8th onroad car (Picco Integra) that has about a dozen outside snap rings and requires a set of snap ring pliers. Caused my build to be placed on hold while I drove all over town looking for a set.

And of course after that, the whole build got placed on hold for a defective two speed shaft. Had to wait a few days for Paris to send me a replacement.
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:04 AM   #18
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Dubro sells a tool that makes threading links/ball cups onto threaded rods a lot easier. Here is a link on their website http://shop.dubro.com/p/e-z-threader-qty-pkg-1
Bought one of those a long time ago. They don't fit all ball ends but it has come in handy.

Shocks aren't bad once you get used to some of the tricks in getting them right.


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Old 01-17-2014, 08:16 AM   #19
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Nothing really worth hating on building a new kit. If I would have to pick something, I would agree with waiting for the glue to dry on the chassis "I'm ready to build"
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:19 AM   #20
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Been using this Square RC ball end tool for a while



Can't imagine buying a car that wasn't fun to build, pretty much my favorite part of this hobby
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:29 AM   #21
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My favourite build of all time was an HPI Micro RS4 because the bodies were partially trimmed (wheel wells cut), the body mounting holes were drilled and stickers were die-cut. Plus the kit was so darn cool (loved the adjustable body mounts) and it just looked amazing when completed. I was really bummed that HPI didn't respond to Xray's M18 challenge.

Anyway, I guess trimming and mounting bodies would be my most disliked aspect of kit building but I wouldn't use the word hate.
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:51 AM   #22
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I hate doing the diffs.
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Old 01-17-2014, 09:02 AM   #23
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I hate when parts don't fit.
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I've mounted probably 100 bodies over the years, and probably only liked the way 2 or 3 actually end up fitting.
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Old 01-17-2014, 09:47 AM   #25
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I hate when parts don't fit.
Even though I love their cars handling characteristics, I think Team Associated is most guilty of this. My last B4 buggy had a deformed trans case and I needed to machine ten thousandths off of the spacer so it wouldn't pinch the bearings, my TC6 needed work with a drill press, shims, and expoy filler to have equal chassis flex in both directions, AE gear diffs seem to need a wearing-in phase, plastic parts always seem to have small issues....

Maybe I should just switch to Schumacher but I have thousands of dollars in AE gear, so it would be kinda expensive. I just have gotten over the fact that no AE car I buy will be competitive until it has its quirks worked out.
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Old 01-17-2014, 10:07 AM   #26
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don't you guys tap your ball cups?
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Old 01-17-2014, 10:10 AM   #27
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don't you guys tap your ball cups?
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Old 01-17-2014, 11:08 AM   #28
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I'll probably get flamed for this but... Why don't all of you who hate threading ball cups just buy a RH and LH 3mm tap with a holder and start enjoying the whole build? It'll cost you maybe $10 and last a lifetime.
For me it's not the threading that irritates me, it's getting all the turnbuckles exactly the same length or prescribe length. Threading is easy a little lip balm or assembly grease and it' done.
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Old 01-17-2014, 11:16 AM   #29
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I skip chassis prep. It is time consuming and tedious.
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Old 01-17-2014, 11:26 AM   #30
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Why do worry about exact length of turnbuckles. As long as you have the same # of threads showing on each side its fine. Do the final adjustment once its on the car.
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