Protecting RC Car Bodies from Crashes
Today’s RC car bodies are incredibly durable and strong. However, even the most durable of RC car bodies is subject to wear, tear, and breakage. While you cannot completely avoid breaking RC car bodies and other parts, there are some steps you can take to help your radio-controlled vehicle survive everyday obstacles such as trees and curbs.
You don’t have to spend a lot to crash-proof your RC car bodies and parts. One of the most inexpensive things you can do is to utilize thread-locking adhesive. If you are a veteran on the race track, you might notice your fair share of wheels and suspension arms flying off radio-controlled cars. By using thread-locking adhesive on all metal-to-metal connection points, you can prevent those parts from leaving your car body.
One less obvious way to keep your car on the track is to wrap your receiver’s batteries with electrical tape or a zip-tie to keep them securely attached. This is because receiver batteries that are loose can crash your car. When you lose voltage in your receiver, the servos keep the position they were in when the power was lost. The result is a car with no control that can potentially hit an object or fly off the track. This is a very inexpensive but important technique that you can implement easily. Along the same lines, you should also secure the battery connectors in the car’s receiver pack with zip-ties.
Your receiver also has to be protected, especially from vibration and fuel. Some radio-controlled cars have enclosed receiver boxes. If such is the case with your racer, you don’t have to worry about fuel contamination. You still need to shield from vibration and jolts, however, and stuffing foam rubber strips in the box should do the trick. If your car does not have a receiver box, a thick pad of foam under the receiver should work. You can also use a balloon or vinyl cover to keep the fuel out. A balloon may look low-tech, but it is a small price to pay for keeping fuel out.