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Thursday, July 25, 2024

Team Associated Factory Team T4.2 Build – Body, Wheels and Tires

The Build – Part 7
The final step in the Factory Team T4.2 build is the wheels, tires and body. For this step we’ll be using a full set of Proline’s Hole Shot T’s in their soft M3 compound. We will also be mounting the Proline’s Bulldog body painted up by none other than Larry over at Kustom RC Graphics.

Build Notes:
We’ll be gluing up some tires, so I would suggest getting some tire-gluing bands and a good CA glue. I’ll be using Proline’s glue and LeadFinger Racing tire bands.

Team Associated Factory Team T4.2 Build Step 118
Team Associated Factory Team T4.2 Build Step 118
We start this tire-mounting process by first cleaning the tires to remove any oils or releasing agent left on the tires. We also cut a thin strip of the insert off to allow the tires to mesh better on the wheels. Turn the insert inside-out and cut a strip as shown. Not everyone does this, but I like to just because it makes mounting easier.

Team Associated Factory Team T4.2 Build Step 119
Team Associated Factory Team T4.2 Build Step 119
Fit the insert into the tire and wrap the tire around the wheels. Wrap your tire-gluing band around the tire and make sure the tire bead is pressed into the wheel channel. Using your glue (and a glue tip similar to CompetitionX’s Gloo Toobs), pull the tire back slighly and apply the glue. You’ll want to do all the tires on one side, then set them aside to dry (approximately 30 minutes for a good set). Flip the tires, move the tire-band to the other side of the tire and finish gluing the opposite side.

Team Associated Factory Team T4.2 Build Step 120
Team Associated Factory Team T4.2 Build Step 120
Once the glue has dried, you can mount the tires to the Factory Team T4.2 using the 8-32 wheel nut.

Team Associated Factory Team T4.2 Build Step 121
Team Associated Factory Team T4.2 Build Step 121
Don’t forget the wing shims…you’ll want to add these to help raise the rear of the body for a better fit. Note the orientation of the shims front-to-back.

Team Associated Factory Team T4.2 Build Step 122
Team Associated Factory Team T4.2 Build Step 122
Finally, drop your freshly painted body onto the body mounts and secure with the body clips.

And there you have it, a complete build of the Factory Team T4.2! Thanks for following along and I hope you enjoyed the build!

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