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Old 03-28-2006, 01:36 PM   #1
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I know a lot of people (me included) like to keep their chassis scratch free.

Is there any sort of clear laminant available for this purpose?

What kind of market is their for a product like this? How many of you would spend 5-10 dollars for a chassis scratch protector.
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Old 03-28-2006, 01:40 PM   #2
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I haven't seen any...but I bet it would probably be a good seller...I'm sure you can custom cut some vinyl to lay on the chassis. Personally, I kind of like the scratches. "Victory scars" lol
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Old 03-28-2006, 09:26 PM   #3
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I haven't seen any...but I bet it would probably be a good seller...I'm sure you can custom cut some vinyl to lay on the chassis. Personally, I kind of like the scratches. "Victory scars" lol
interesting, any other opinions?
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Old 03-28-2006, 10:00 PM   #4
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Associated used to make a clear protective film for the bottom of chassis'. I'm pretty sure its still around.
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Old 03-29-2006, 04:31 PM   #5
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ASSOCIATED CHASSIS PROTECTIVE SHEET

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Old 03-29-2006, 08:29 PM   #6
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How thick/durable is this sheet? I imagine it will eventually wear...
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Old 03-29-2006, 09:22 PM   #7
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I've only been racing for a short time, but I managed to do a really great job of scratching up the bottom of my chassis. I even finished one race on three wheels, just so that I could finish 2nd. The first time I saw the scratches, quite a number of expletives flew out of my mouth. But after that, I pretty much accepted the fact that chassis scratches are just another part of life - right behind death and taxes.

A "chassis guard" is a great idea. It probably would have minimized the amount of damage to the bottom of my car.

BTW - Front ride height is 5.5mm - rear is 6.0mm
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The assocaited laminate sheet is about 1mm thick, its more like teflon. It will wear, but it takes a long time to get through it. I have a sheet of it still, but I won't use it. Its good for some things, but not nitro racing.
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Old 03-30-2006, 02:06 AM   #9
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I like mine to have smooth scratches underneath the chassis
Looks cool
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Old 03-30-2006, 02:09 AM   #10
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[QUOTE=Front ride height is 5.5mm - rear is 6.0mm[/QUOTE]

Same as mine
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I tried some clear sheeting from a Snow Ski shop that was made for snow boards. It was thick and I even tried it double layered but in the end it was a waste of time and money.
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Are the sheets heavy enough to change performance of the car?
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We experimented with ABS and, some really thick vinyl I had from my graphics shop, and gave up. It gets chewed through so quickly, it's pointless...
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Conceptually, with a 3mm chassis, a 1mm aluminum chassis guard would do the trick - but it would have to come that way. You can buy 4mm chassis, so the extra 1mm shouldn't be a big deal.

I wonder how that 7075 aluminum holds up. Quite a number of aftermaket companies offer it as chassis replacement. I'm sure it's not completely scratch free, but it must be better than what we're using now. Anybody got a 7075 chassis?

Does anybody know the long term impact of chassis scratches? If it's purely cosmetic, then it really seems futile to try and prevent scratching.

I was flipping through a magazine recently and saw that a few people painted the bottom of their chassis. It looked real nice, but I'm not sure how long it would last. Maybe you could just paint your chassis after every race?
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Scratching your chassis is just a part of racing no need wasting your money on something that will not last just remember your not racing on carpet.
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