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Old 11-16-2005, 07:49 AM   #1
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Default Tape -vs- battery brace "To tweak or not to tweak is the question"

I have a X-ray05 with the battery brace,, a local racer told that it might better to use tape because of tweak.

I can't relate because I bought the car second hand and it came the brace. Tape is too much of a pain in the rear but is it worth it?
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I can't stand taping, to me it is a waste of time. The brace is so much easier.

Therefore it is the battery brace for me.
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Hey Dawg...I run the strap also..I hate the tape..LOL If you do run the strap make sure you shim the stand offs for the battery strap so the strap doesn't pull down to snug onto the cell and cause a possiable tweak.
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I have a X-ray05 with the battery brace,, a local racer told that it might better to use tape because of tweak.

I can't relate because I bought the car second hand and it came the brace. Tape is too much of a pain in the rear but is it worth it?
It most certianly does make a difference. This is why you will see 99% of the factory drivers using tape even though its a little more work I use the the black strapping tape made popular in oval because one piece last the entire race day! I strap my first pack in and then peel back the tape for each battery change; pretty darn simple Having the best possible car means work

Now who has my tape!!!!
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Old 11-16-2005, 09:10 AM   #5
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When i ran an Xray i loved tape and will start using it now on my yokomo.

However Tape is way over priced
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i like the tape with the funky colors...
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If you can use tape, use it. Just try one time to run one pack with brace and the next with tape and you'll notice the difference. Several people around here have tested and it's clearly noticable that the car behaves better with taped batteries.
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neither, screws......
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Old 11-16-2005, 09:33 AM   #9
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It is true, running tape, my car spins out on both left and right corners, lol.

As for tape, office stationers, buy the packing tape, clear re-inforced with nylon chord, but don't get the one that just has lines of tape, get the one which criss-crosses, far cheaper than the fancy Trick-Bits stuff.
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However Tape is way over priced
First...I always use tape.Any brace that pulls up or applies upward pressure will cause tweak.
I have seen cases in hard crashes,batteries come out when the brace is used.
I have NEVER had a set of batteries eject themselves from my car.Make sure you round the slots for the tape in the chassis so in a crash,it doesn't cut the tape.

I use 3M strapping tape from Home Depot,$2.50 a roll.(Very strong stuff)
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Carry on like that and you'll finish before you start
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Taping is better.

Kyle is correct, it will tweak the car slightly and adds weight to the car.

However, there is one other factor to consider here....the lazy factor.

I am lazy at club races so I use the brace . If I was racing a big race then I would use 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.
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just my observations...

in the last 2 weeks i've seen

2 batteries ejected from a pro 4...

and a crash hard enough to rip the carbon out between the tape and the cell...

in the last half year i've probably seen 6-8 tape ejections...

me? been using the batt strap with zero tweak and no ejections to date.

on a side, i think both are perfectly good methods of securing a battery, use what you prefer =p...
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