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How To Make RC Body Washers

Article by Hunter Wick

Tired of your body post punching through that new, freshly painted rc body of yours? This tip is a simple way to help prevent this from happening, which will extend the life of your RC body. We will show you how to make your own and why they can save you money.

First off, what are body washers? They are normally plastic washers (basically plastic versions of the steel ones that go onto bolts) which are placed under or above the body posts which secure the rc's body. In turn, these washers displace the pressure that is put onto the body during bashing. The use of body washers can allow your body to last much longer than without them, preventing the holes in the body from widening and ultimately ruining your expensive lexan body.

So, how do you make them, and can they be bought? Yes, body washers can be bought from several manufacturers, including Traxxas. I strongly recommend, however, that you make your own, not waste your money on something that you could have made yourself. To make them, I like to start off with a milk jug or something with equivalent thickness of plastic. Take the milk jug and find the largest continuous spot of flat plastic. Now, cut out this part and prepare for cutting the actual washers. For cutting the plastic, I like to use any kind of heavy duty scissors, including kitchen scissors or even a pair of lexan scissors if you have some, but there is no need to go buy any. Use a permanent marker to draw the washers on the plastic. This will act as a guide when cutting. I generally make mine around an inch to an inch and a half in diameter, but this can be altered depending on the application. Next, cut out the washers, following the template that you have drawn. Each single circle of cut plastic will make one side of a washer, so two are needed for each washer. Be sure to take this into account when deciding how many plastic circles you are going to cut out.

Now take two plastic circles and glue them together, using as little glue as possible. It is best to use super glue, but hot glue will also work. Lastly, cut the hole out of the middle which is where the body post will go. Now you are ready to secure them to your body!

Hopefully this article has given you a clear guide to making your own body washers. Now, go out and make your own and save yourself some cash!

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