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How To Video For Making Custom Links

Discussion in 'Mods, Paint & Fabrication' started by Dribble, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. bbwolf

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    ANd, if you, like me like to "show" your truck, you can take some alum polish, cover it well, put the line in a drill, and sit down while it spins. Do it a few time per piece and you will have a few shiny links. Use brasso for brass. Depending on where you live, "Mothers", or a can called "never dull" works great.
     
  2. redovermind

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    Thanks for the vid dribble. This is super easy to do. Just take your time and it will all come together . Everyone should do it. And the are super strong.


    I got my 4 lowers done. Have not done uppers yet. When I do I'll post up a pic
     
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    i have measured the honcho upper and lower links eye to eye
    upper links are 115mm
    lower links are 125mm

    here are mine
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  4. J4wd

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    Nice job on the links I'm going to get the stuff to make me some .thanks man
     
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    Nice how to Dribble :) I wanted to add that if you were to draw the line all the way around you tubbing before you cut it . It will make it easier to make a perfect cut on the first try.
    and if you were to use one of these style tubbing cutters vs the handy dremel . you will get perfect cuts every time . (edit ...lol just realized hessian44 used one for his links )
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    overall awesome tutorial .
    I also plan to use RPM brand ball joints on my rig . as rpm has an indestructible reputation .
    . RPM Short Heavy Duty Traxxas Style Tie Rod Ends 12 80472 Black Ball Links | eBay
     
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    Does anyone have any idiea on a front 4 link mount that keeps the servo there and is cheap? Or will the servo stay with only the two mounts off the axal housing?
     
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    the servo plat works with 2 screws just as well as it does with 3
     
  8. TJWrangler01

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    thanks! I will be changing that real quickly!
     
  9. Knightmare89

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    I know this is an older post and I was curious as to how these links were still performing after some abuse. I was also curious if anyone has thought about sealing them to keep water out, I would think a small piece of self sealing heat shrink would be a good addition. I think i'll get the stuff and build mine this weekend
     
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    they are very tough the weakest part is the plastic piece. if u break one of them replace it with rpm ends. ( optionally u could use the rpm ends for the original build but have to get the metal part from traxxas separate. )
     
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    Since I madeal this video I am still running the same links to this date with no issues. They work great and its been a couple years now I think.
     
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    Me too. Been running these links since the original posting of the how to. Still perfect.


    And waterproofing them is just silly. Nothing there.
     
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    You can bend it with pliers pretty easily if you heat it first.
     
  14. Y2daT

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    Bumping this to the top
     
  15. the_law_man01

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    Awesome vid and thread! I priced the all-thread (can get steal(?) and brass) and tubing (also aluminum or brass) at the local hardware today. The medal bits will run me about $5-$10 USD per truck as I intend to do the 4 links front/rear and tie rod and steering link.

    I can also get a 6x32 so I'll probably use that to do the kids' 1/18 MT and SC trucks especially since I'm putting MT wheels/tires on the SC since the oldest would rather run through mud and trails.

    What's everyone's thoughts on using the brass all-thread as opposed to steal? With RCs I wouldn't think it would make much difference. I think the tarnish you would get on the brass would look cool on a trail rig.
     
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    other then weight difference i do not see a problem .. brass is fairly tough.
    for smaller links rc4wd has several different ball ends to choose from ... some are for 4-40 rod or m3 all thread
     
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    Yea it makes no difference what you use for the links. Use what's cheaper or better looking to you.
     
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    Use a propane torch.
     

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