How To: Install Upgrade RCs Vehicle Wrap for the Losi 5IVE-T
How To: Install an Upgrade RC Vehicle Wrap on yourLosi 5IVE-T
Beinga 1/5scalejunkie,whenthenewshit thatLosiwas
releasing the 5IVE-T, I knew I had to have one! Lucky for me, Losi caught wind that I had won a few 1/5scale Nationals and decided they would let me do the first test drive and review on it for RC DriverMagazine. Its a pretty wicked truck and responds really well to upgrades, but the one thing I couldnt getover was the lack of color choices with the body; white front and black rear or black front and white rear.Thats about your only choiceeven the factory wrap is the exact same on both trucks.
During the test run, Adam Drake showed up with his truck and it just happened to be outfitted with acustom wrap from Upgrade RC. So as soon as I got home, I made the call over to them to request acustom wrap and today I will be installing it!
Items Needed:A Lexan body you need to remove the stickers fromHeat gun (or hair dryer)Hobby knife2.5mm hex wrenchGoo Gone (found at most hardware stores)Windex (found at most grocery stores)Some clean clothsUpgrade RC Vehicle Wrap (or similar)
The first step is to remove the body from the truck and clean any dirt or mud off of it. This just keeps things
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a little less messy when youre removing the stickers.
sufficiently cleaned the body, take your heat gun or hair dryer and start applying heat to the sticker. Its bestto apply the heat back and forth instead of on one spot at a time. I also suggest keeping the bodyconnected to the cage during this step. It makes the panels much easier to work with.
After about 5-6 seconds of applying the heat, pick away at one corner of the sticker and start peeling.Depending on the stickers used, it might all come up at one time or not. For larger stickers, try applying theheat to one section, peel, then re-apply heat to the middle section, peel, etc. BE CAREFUL! The heatgun/hair dryer will make the plastic and sticker really hot. Its quite possible you could burn your fingers soplease take caution when doing this.
Once all of the stickers have been removed, you can use your 2.5mm hex wrench and remove all of thebody panels. Keep track of the screws and inner/outer body washers.
Spray the Goo Gone on your clean cloth and buff out the body. Youll want to focus on any residue leftbehind from removing the stickers. This stuff works great so it shouldnt take much elbow grease. Onceyoure done with that, you can either wash the body panels in soap and water or use Windex to clean
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them. This second step is a must as the Goo Gone will leave the body panels a bit oily. Oily panels andnew
stickery stickers do not like each other.
Apply your Upgrade RC Vehicle Wrap to the body panels on the truck. Unlike taking the off, its easier to dothis step with the panels OFF the truck. Use your heat gun/hair dryer to soften up the wrap so that it moldsaround corners and complex areas.
Now reattach the body panels. Dont forget to use the inner/outer body washers from step 4. The innerwashers are directional so make sure you get them back on the right way. Double check the wrap in thecomplex areas and on the edges. Make sure it is stuck the body. If not, heat it up and press it down!
In the case of the Losi 5IVE-T, a body wrap is a cheaper alternative than purchasing $250 worth of clearbody panels that need to be painted (another additional cost). In addition, since the Lexan is uber-thickand reinforced by the cage, the chances of you actually needing a fresh body are probably rare. In about 2hours I transformed my 5IVE-T from stock to killer-custom, and I love it!
Links:Losi, www.Losi.comUpgrade RC, www.Upgrade-RC.com
Dont forget to check out the review on the Losi 5IVE-T truck!
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