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Old 04-25-2012, 04:24 PM   #1
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Default Racers: how do you prepare your buggy for bad weather (rain, mud, ...)?

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Old 04-25-2012, 04:30 PM   #2
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dont run did that not worth the headache if you are spray a product dry lube etc that will help with protection also bubble your receivere some close off their bodies
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Dont if you can avoid it,

Otherwise lots of WD-40 or some simular type of oil. Seal the RX box as best you can and hope for the best.

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Old 04-25-2012, 05:43 PM   #4
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I put a cover over mine and load it in the truck! Id have to be in the final at the worlds to run in the rain etc.
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Old 04-25-2012, 05:49 PM   #5
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I stay home and drink beer. Not worth running my stuff in the rain.
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Old 04-25-2012, 06:14 PM   #6
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I race in almost all weather!

I use lots of Pledge. Spray it over everything, then blow it off with compressed air. It leaves a waxy coating, so you can just knock the mud off instead of having to scrape it off. A few shots of WD 40 or a silicon based lubricant will keep rust to a minimum, if you leave dirt on your car.

If it's actually raining, I may tape the body down. If it's *really* raining, I don't run.
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Old 04-25-2012, 06:24 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by joey91473 View Post
I stay home and drink beer. Not worth running my stuff in the rain.
You took the words out of my mouth lol
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Old 04-25-2012, 06:37 PM   #9
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Put mine away and run someone elses buggy.

Mine won't see rain or mud.

I will just stay home.

I won't even attend if there is a chance of rain.
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Spray liberally in areas like hinge pins, CVDs, etc to repel dirt/debris.

Rebuild all new bearings with this after removing/dissolving the grease they came with.

Spray liberally over solid surfaces like control arms, hubs, wing, tune pipe, exterior of body, shock bodies, inside your wheels!, around fuel lid, etc to keep mud/dirt/clay from clumping.

Other things:
-Double air filter protection with skin, vet wrap, etc.
-Ensure radio box is sealed up (water proof tape around edging of cover)
-Consider brake rotor options and clutch setup
-Rebuild diffs if leaky... dif oil will attract crap. Use Magic Lube or some other lube/sealer on the diff o-rings.


Pretty much no one races in bad weather around here... the turnout is always low (people hate extra effort and it being harsh on equipment), plus it usually does significant damage to the tracks.
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:17 AM   #11
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I agree with everyone who is against it. I pretty much destroyed my entire buggy, clutch, servo's and engine running in Mud at the 2010 Nitro Challenge. Never again. It was an $800 lesson for a 10 minute race and I didnt even finish because of all the mud and rocks that worked their way into my driveline. My clutch and engine were toast from trying to power a 12 pound car. Skip it.
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Old 04-26-2012, 02:01 AM   #12
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Since Im in the UK, we generally end up racing in the wet, even in the summer. Most of our astro tracks hold water, so even if its not raining, the track tends to stay damp for a good while afterwards.

Starting with the receiver. Put it in a balloon with a folded up piece of tissue paper. The balloon stops water getting in, the paper soaks up any condensation.
Put a thin bead of silicone grease or petroleum jelly around the lip of the Rx box and fasten it down, then use some BluTak or engine cleaning putty to block the holes where the cable come into the Rx box.

For the battery box, do the same with the silicone grease and BluTak. Basically you want to stop any water getting into your battery box.

You can smear the grease around the seals of your servos and where the shaft come out of the case too.

Put a water-proof sleeve on your air filter. Nothing will screw your engine quicker than a slug of water through the venturi!

Spray all your bearings/outdrives/hinge pins etc etc with some form of silicone spray (GT85 is a favorite in the UK)

Velcro or tape your shell sides down to the chassis guards and tape a flap of lexan over the fuel hole in the shell. This will lessen the amount of water getting past the shell into the workings of the car.

After each run out, check all your electronics and make sure everything is staying dry.

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Originally Posted by Jaz240 View Post
Skip it.
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I did it once and i'll never do it again!!!

No sir, never again............
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:57 AM   #15
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Same here. Not gonna do it....
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