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Old 02-08-2007, 04:16 PM   #1
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Hey guys I wanna know how to extend links on a tlt.
i know i need 4/40 all thread or something...
Can someone give me links to everything i will need?

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Old 02-08-2007, 04:26 PM   #2
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4-40 All thread(threaded rod)
Dubro Rod ends
3/16 automotive brake line

just sleeve the broake line over the allthread
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Old 02-08-2007, 04:54 PM   #3
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Where can you find 4-40 all thread? I have had no need for it, but where can you get it? I searched lowes and the depot with no luck and just went with 6-32.
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Old 02-08-2007, 07:40 PM   #4
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I order from Tower, they have it in 2 and 12 packs for about 2-8 bucks. Comes in 12" Lengths. Just make sure to get fully threaded rod.
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Old 02-08-2007, 10:31 PM   #5
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Your LHS should have. Hobby Town here has it!
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Old 02-08-2007, 10:36 PM   #6
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Lowes or home depot 8/32 or 6/32 threaded rod for a couple bucks sleeve the 8/32 with 1/4'' brakeline works great with jato/revo ball ends or 6/32 and sleeve it with aluminum tubing from you LHS you can use your stock TLT ball ends too...
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Old 02-08-2007, 10:49 PM   #7
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4/40? why so small?

IMHO,I think it kindly defeats the purpose of running a heavy duty rod end if you run itty bitty hardware. For lower links 8/32 minimum,they take all the abuse. For a 2.2 lightweight,6/32 might be O.K. but personally,I wouldn't.

I sleeve my all thread with 1/4" brake line. The lowers though,they get 1/4" line then sleeve that with 5/16" line. Sleeving the lowers makes them allot stronger. Thats where all your abuse is and the weight is down low,so it's all good IMO.
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Old 02-08-2007, 11:07 PM   #8
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I think the 8/32 is overkill, I run 6/32 on my TLT, have been running it uncovered for about 4 weeks now, I will be covering it, I have just been lazy. But 6/32 will bend only slightly when abused and not covered, so covered in .049 Walled Aluminum tube, I can't see bending it easily.

I might be wrong, I am building a 1/6th Scale right now and used the same links, but covered, I guess I'll see just what kinda abuse they will take.

4-40 is a little small though, I do agree, I run it as steering links and used it to stretch my Venom Mini-Giant, but it's a little small for 1/10 scale or larger.
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Old 02-08-2007, 11:13 PM   #9
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There are two nice write ups on the tech page on how to do it.

http://www.rccrawler.com/tech.htm


When I ran links, I used 6/32 threaded rod sleeved in carbon fiber.
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Whats up....I use 1/4 in by .49 wall tube, tapped with 4mm and used 4mm socket cap screw. I hope that helps someone.
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Old 02-09-2007, 09:40 AM   #11
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4/40 has been sufficient for my 2.2 rig so far. I sleeve it w/ 3/16" x .035 aluminum tubing. Last time I made new lower links I added barrels from Paper-Mate stick pens over the aluminum tubing:
The hard plastic pen barrels make them nice and slick, plus they rotate on the 3/16" tubing for even more slipperyness.
They've held up fine for me so far w/ the 4/40 all-thread. For a 2.2 they should be plenty strong. You guys building the bigger rigs would probably be better off w/ 8/32, brake line, and bigger rod ends...
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The ink pen barrel idea,thats interesting......I like it.
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