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Old 11-01-2007, 09:03 AM
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I broke my rear shock tower on my old Losi GTX and can't find a replacement for it so I am going to have someone make one for me. My question is what material should it be made out of? Steel? Aluminum? Other metal? How thick?

I'm also going to be doing the front one so the truck isn't off balance.
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Old 11-01-2007, 09:30 AM
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carbon fiber? graphite? prob not steel too heavy.
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Old 11-01-2007, 10:38 AM
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6061 Aluminum[&o]
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Old 11-01-2007, 07:56 PM
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I think the ones that were on there were made of graphite but i want something that is stronger and won't break or bend.
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Old 11-02-2007, 06:35 AM
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7075 aluminum or titanium maby. good luck machining the ti tho.
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id say carbon fiber...get scrap sheets of it from somewhere then machine it
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My cousin bought a aluminum tower and it kept bending as it took hard hits. Eventually yo will stress it out enough and it will break. I would go with carbon fiber.
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Old 11-02-2007, 03:16 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'll see what I can get my hands on and I'll probably make a couple extra shock towers to have as back-ups.
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Aluminum is your best bet. Is the tower a 2D type of design or is it molded?
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It is flat and about 1/4 inch or 5/8 inch thick. I didn't measure the thickness, but i think it should be easy to do.
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