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Old 11-16-2005, 12:02 PM   #16
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Apparently, RCAmerica is out of them as well. Oh well, more tape.

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Old 11-16-2005, 12:11 PM   #17
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Just out of curiosity, why does everyone pay so much for this special tape? Why not just use industrial strength strapping tape?

I've been wanting to get some nice tape from speedtech, but only because of the bling bling colors.

Other than that I've been using strapping tape for a couple weeks (rool cost me 3 bucks) and I have yet to have an ejection problem. Taken some pretty hard newbie rolling board hit collisions as well.

Just curious if this is taboo.. are my cells in danger?
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Old 11-16-2005, 12:16 PM   #18
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the high-dollar tape has more nylon cords and sometimes a stronger adhesive thus making the strap more secure and robust in collisions. Used correctly high-end tape can also last more runs before needing to be replaced. i've heard of a single piece lasting 2-3 race days if kept in good condition.
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Old 11-16-2005, 12:35 PM   #19
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Deans and Nexus Racing have the good tape IMHO. I can use a 12 inch strip for a good while. It is very narrow, black, and extremely tacky and strong. Never had a battery come out, but I have had a few packs break or get bent. When I was using the battery strap, it was much easier to eject a pack from the car.
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http://www.darksidems.com/viewproducts.php?partnum=202

"The Best Dam Battery Tape Period!"

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Old 11-16-2005, 02:17 PM   #21
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Just started using tape first time tonight. Bought 2 rolls of 55m Filament tape are 1.48 a roll ($2.50) I thought it was good. The tape did snap twice in 3 runs but never using it before it was bound to be badly put in, also the slots which it goes through are razor sharp. i did feel a small handling difference and Ill continue to do it now as it looks pretty good and they dont move around as much.
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The tape did snap twice in 3 runs but never using it before it was bound to be badly put in, also the slots which it goes through are razor sharp.
Round off those edges.If you don't,you will continue to cut your tape. (even under the most minor of crashes.)
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Just finished filing it this second. Will be racing it a week on saturday, hopefully Ill have more lucky with the tape . Also, is the tape being tight better than having the tape pushing properly onto the batteries e.g, in the grooves
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I like the Xenon tape from Speedtech. Like others have said, the cheap stuff does work just fine. But it looses it's adhesion after a few runs and you have to replace it. I use one strip of the black Xenon for a whole day, or more. It's expensive, but it lasts longer. Plus it looks good.
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I use 3 strips of tape for each pack and toss it after 1 run.
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Old 11-16-2005, 07:22 PM   #26
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Also, is the tape being tight better than having the tape pushing properly onto the batteries e.g, in the grooves
Tight.Don't push it into the grooves.
At the most,you should only need 2 pieces of tape.
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I will use TAPE cause it looks like a PRO...beside, I like tape because............there are no place in this planet still selling that battery brace kit for 05....damn it.
Try www.teammaximus.com

Give Heath a call. I know he has atleast one in stock, and alot of other xray parts.
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Old 11-16-2005, 08:38 PM   #28
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Just curious, are you guys that have had battery ejections while using the brace using the plastic guides on the chassis. I have never had a pack eject from the car with the strap.
You have me thinking about this, I am going to have to try it with tape and see if there is a difference.
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Old 11-16-2005, 08:45 PM   #29
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I bought tape one day at office depot for $5 and it seems to work. I have no doubt though those $12 ones probably work better.
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I used tape for the first time on my Cyclone the other day. I hate it compared to using a battery strap. I never had problems with my 04 Xray with the battery straps causing it to tweak. But I have had problems with my Pro4 and tweak and I use a battery strap. I might give the tape with the Pro4 a go.

I dont like the fact that tape tears the labels on the cells. Any tips to avoid this apart from reheat shrinking the cells?

I want to make myself a battery strap for my cyclone (from black nylon). Make it very thin with bits that hang off the side of the strap to stop the cells from ejecting. This way you dont need to clamp the cells in.
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