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#1 Matt Sheldon

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 06:22 PM

Looking for opinions on how much tape is typically used to mount side air dams on a wing car body? I have always fully taped the side of the body to mount the air dams, but have recently seen some above average drivers that only had a strip along the bottom (though they used a staple in the rear and at the nose where I do not use any).

 

All my stuff is flexi wing, Grp F or Grp 12, none of that big boy stuff.

 

Thank you in advance


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Posted 12 August 2019 - 06:48 PM

I have always taped full side, but others use 1/2 in wide and it works very well, as for staples haven't used them in years although 15 years ago that was almost everything mounted that way. In Group F its all about the weight.


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Posted 13 August 2019 - 05:50 AM

At a race recently I was treated to a lesson on body mounting by a couple of champion racers. They gave me a number of tips on this topic.

In general, using that special transfer tape, they put it down the entire side of the body, then apply the body to the side dam.

Having mounted my own based on experience, I have used various widths of the transfer tape in the same way, usually with 1/2" tape. However, they are using a much wider tape. When I did mine I needed to apply additional tape to the higher portion of the body over the rear wheels where a long time ago we would have used a staple.

about 3 months ago we had 1 or 2 threads going about cutting measuring and winging bodies. I will try to dig those up. There were some really good ideas and methods documented there.

The other bit of advice everyone throws in the ring is also good... Get a body that has been done professionally, and examine, measure, and duplicate what they have done. That's the slot racer way.

As an aside, I weighed my winged bodies and they came in around 9g. Joe "Chubby" Salzman told me they should now come in closer to 6g. And FWIW, I am running OMB and potentially H12, not that "Big Boy Stuff".
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Posted 13 August 2019 - 09:00 AM

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 11:36 AM

Thank you Mike & Bill.


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Posted 16 October 2019 - 06:00 PM

Whatever side gets the tape applied (body or wing), leave the d/sided tape backing in place. Mark off area(s) where pin holes will go (avoid these) then get a hole punch and remove as much material as makes sense to you

Then apply.

Out of interest, collect all the waste discs and you can use these for chassis packers - or weigh them to see how much you have achieved




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