How to Build an RC Car Frame

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How to Build an RC Car Frame
Photo of two kids playing with RC cars. (Ryan McVay/Lifesize/Getty Images)

For those hobbyists interested in making their own RC car, there are many companies selling the individual parts and components needed to make one. These components are designed to fit with a majority of RC models and make it easier to create an RC model from scratch. Putting together the components requires little more than a selection of screwdrivers, a clean workspace and the building instructions that come with each kit. Building an RC frame can be done in the comfort of your own home in just a few hours.

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Things you need

  • RC chassis
  • Screwdrivers
  • Screws
  • Body tuber
  • Front arms
  • Uprights
  • Springs
  • Washers
  • Damper shafts
  • Gearbox
  • Motor

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  1. 1

    Screw the uprights into the pivot section on the front arms. These allow the front wheels to turn. Screw both the front arms onto either side of the body tuber. Make sure they are fixed to the front end of the body tuber and that the uprights are facing down. If they are facing up, they are on the wrong way.

  2. 2

    Screw the plastic front bumper into the holes on the nose of the body tuber. Make sure the screws are in tight and that the bumper is rigid for maximum protection.

  3. 3

    Insert the damper shafts into the allocated spaces on the front arms. Slide the damper shafts into the spring coils after the shaft has been fed through the first hole on the front arms. Fit the rubber tubing over the exposed end of the damper shafts. Screw into place on the front arms.

  4. 4

    Fit the gearbox onto the chassis by screwing the gearbox onto the fixtures of the chassis at the rear. Fit the motor to the base of the chassis by screwing in the four corner screws into the allocated recess on the chassis. Attach the rear damper coils to the back of the chassis. Screw them into place. Screw the other end of the damper coil to the gearbox.

  5. 5

    Place the body tuber onto the chassis. Screw the tuber into place by driving screws through the ready-made holes on the tuber and chassis.

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