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Talking Cost Cutting Tips v.Extreme Cheapskate Edition

So for the budget minded racers, anyone care to share some money saving tips?

My contribution is to save body clips/pins, put a zip tie on em with a piece of fuel tubing and then the ratchet part of another zip tie to secure the fuel tubing. This serves 2 purposes...an easy way to pull off the body clips and in case you lose one on the track, easier to find. Try using colored zip ties and/or fuel tubing for maximum visibility.

I am going to ask if anyone uses something for 1/8 buggy/truggy tire to keep them all stacked nice and neat. The spikes at $12 for a pack can get expensive. Interested to hear what others are using?
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Cut out your own rear mud guards from left over Lexan body scraps. Take your time to make the first set, then you can make copies quick and cheap! Its almost spring, so mud will be present!



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For just 8 dollar you have 100 body clips from Aliexpress, also exhaust rubbers can be found for just 2 dollar per 5 pcs. Screws and other hardware you can buy per 100pcs, going for 50pcs or less may be cheaper but most of the time not that much compared with 100
Hobbyking, Aliexpress and Banggood are also god places to find cheap batteries and tools.

Just do not buy stuff from RC brands if you can find simulair stuf on other markets.

Also own modified engines and mixing own fuel will be very cost saving.
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Originally Posted by Roelof View Post
mixing own fuel will be very cost saving.
What is involved in making your own fuel?
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What is involved in making your own fuel?
that's a whole notha thread!
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Originally Posted by Roelof View Post
For just 8 dollar you have 100 body clips from Aliexpress, also exhaust rubbers can be found for just 2 dollar per 5 pcs. Screws and other hardware you can buy per 100pcs, going for 50pcs or less may be cheaper but most of the time not that much compared with 100
Hobbyking, Aliexpress and Banggood are also god places to find cheap batteries and tools.

Just do not buy stuff from RC brands if you can find simulair stuf on other markets.

Also own modified engines and mixing own fuel will be very cost saving.
Soooo many decently rated tools on Hobbyking. Might have to place an order this week lol
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for balancing tires I use nonhardening model clay. its the same as the clay sold as balancing clay. get it at any craft store and you get 10 times more for half the price and u can choose a color.
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for balancing tires I use nonhardening model clay. its the same as the clay sold as balancing clay. get it at any craft store and you get 10 times more for half the price and u can choose a color.
awesome tip!!!

wasnt too thrilled about paying that much for the aka one.
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Originally Posted by pballer2777 View Post
for balancing tires I use nonhardening model clay. its the same as the clay sold as balancing clay. get it at any craft store and you get 10 times more for half the price and u can choose a color.
Hot glue is even cheaper and works great.
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I use to buy rc tire glue and sometimes had issues ungluing until someone on here recommended Loctite professional liquid to use as glue, holy moly after the last two years gluing 2 sets a day I havnt had 1 tire not 1 time come unglued. I know thereís certain properties that make a rc tire glue affective but Loctite has some incredible stuff with my track record. My buddy runs one of the test tracks for rc and gives me tires and even he is impressed by the stuff. We clean then dremel the top layer off the bead then immediately glue after the dremeling and the little bits Iíve been told actually help the bond cause it heats those little bits up to melt between making an insane bond. Really cool.
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Hot glue is even cheaper and works great.
definitely need to try that!

What are you using to place the wheel on?
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Originally Posted by Matt Piva View Post
I use to buy rc tire glue and sometimes had issues ungluing until someone on here recommended Loctite professional liquid to use as glue, holy moly after the last two years gluing 2 sets a day I havnt had 1 tire not 1 time come unglued. I know thereís certain properties that make a rc tire glue affective but Loctite has some incredible stuff with my track record. My buddy runs one of the test tracks for rc and gives me tires and even he is impressed by the stuff. We clean then dremel the top layer off the bead then immediately glue after the dremeling and the little bits Iíve been told actually help the bond cause it heats those little bits up to melt between making an insane bond. Really cool.
something to look into if one does not want to go through the hassle of re-using their wheels.

Only downside is you have to buy more wheels instead of using them over and over.
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things that aren't meant for rc and are better than the original?
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Originally Posted by pballer2777 View Post
for balancing tires I use nonhardening model clay. its the same as the clay sold as balancing clay. get it at any craft store and you get 10 times more for half the price and u can choose a color.
Try Fun-Tak by locktite.
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i really would like to try the loctite professional liquid, but would still really like to re use my wheels and foams. have you guys tried cutting the rubber off the wheels and saving the foams and then soaking the wheels with the little strips of the tire on it in acetone? that's the current method i use to reuse my wheels and it works great! it just take 12 to 24 hours of soaking and the rubber wheel bond just come right apart. have you guys tried this method on the loctite?
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