How to PICK AND MoUNt A tRAIL tRUCK BoDY
MARK THE POSTS
Once you are happy with the position of the body, use a marker to
indicate the centers of the body posts. This will show you where
to make your mounting holes after you remove the body from the
chassis. Make sure your marks are right on the center of the posts.
With the body aligned, indicate the center of the body posts with a marker.
REAM THE HOLES
Now you need to ream out the holes for the
body posts so the body can be attached.
If you are using a ream that has hole sizes
marked on the side, measure the post size
before reaming so you know where you have
to stop. For example, if your post measures
5mm in diameter, then you stop reaming
when the 5mm line reaches the body.
If you don’t have marks on your ream,
make a hole that is slightly smaller than the
size of the body post. Place the body on one
of the posts so you can get an idea of how
much more you have to go. Remove a small
amount, then try it again and repeat until the
body slides over the post. Once you have one
post hole perfect, place the ream in the hole
and mark a line on the edge of the ream along
the edge of the Lexan. Then you can quickly
ream the rest of the holes using that line as
your stopping point.
Some body reams have lines
on them to show you the sizes
of the hole it will make.
If your ream doesn’t have marks on it, make one hole to the correct size, then place the ream
back in the hole and mark it along the outside of the Lexan so you know where to stop.
SET THE HEIGHT
Once the body has been positioned left to right and front to back, it’s
time to set the height. There’s no right or wrong here; set the body
to the height that looks good to you. If you’re going low, you may
have to cut the body slightly to make room for chassis parts, such as
the bumper mounts or frame rales. On my Traxxas TRX- 4 the rear
bumper and bumper mount stick out past the body, making it difficult
to get it to sit properly. I’m ditching the rear bumper, so in the end
it doesn’t matter; if I were going to keep the bumper mount I would
simply cut the body out around that area.
When getting the body to the right height on the chassis you may run into parts that
interfere with it. You may have to trim the body to clear these parts.