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Article by Hunter Wick

It's no secret that rc car bodies wear out. There are ways to extend the life of your body, though. Normally, the first part of a lexan body to wear out are the holes where the body posts go through. To prevent this, you can use plastic washers on the body posts to help disperse the load put on the surrounding areas of the body. While this will work to some extent, the holes in the body will give way eventually, regardless of what is done to prevent it. This article will explain how to utilize an old racer's tip on how to solve this problem, prolonging the life of your rc's body.

So, what is the tip? First of all, don't use body clips anymore. Instead, Velcro will be used to secure the body onto the chassis. The basic idea behind this tip was originally to help racers save weight by the lack of body clips, but has now become more of a way to help bashers squeeze a little more life out of their body. This tip is still utilized by racers, but can also be very helpful for bashers trying to save their RC's body. I applied this technique to my Traxxas Bandit with its old, worn out body.

The biggest question about any tip is "does it work?" Fortunately, I am able to say "yes" to that question without a doubt. I used 3M Velcro available at Target Department Stores, sold for about $4 per yard. This is by far some of the strongest Velcro I have ever used, making it perfect for this application. I was able to pick up the whole vehicle from the body alone, and the Velcro held without signs of even straining. Below are pictures on how I applied the Velcro. Hopefully this tip will help you extend the life of your body, at least until your budget allows for a new one.

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