Reusing tungsten cube weights

GhostDriver Tuesday, 4/6/2021

I don't know if anyone could use this tip, but I figured I'd put it out there anyway.

If you're a builder on a budget like me then you know that tungsten cubes can get expensive. So early on in modding cars I thought of this to help me reuse them over and over again.

I simply wrap them in a small piece of 3M masking tape and then gorilla glue them in. So when I get my builds back I can simply pull them out with needle nose pliers and use them again. If glue gets on the actual weight just lightly file it off since tungsten is pretty durable.

Make sure to wrap the weight good and use plenty of gorilla glue. Of course you can use this with any type of weight. But since tungsten is more expensive this may be more adventageous for those who use it.

I hope this helps someone!!



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CrazyEights 4/6/21

That's actually a pretty interesting tip. Thanks.

I've thought about trying some strong double sided tape.


  • That may work initially but I would still use some type of strong adhesive. Sometimes cars go crashing off the track. Unless it’s some super strong commercial type tape. — GhostDriver
  • 3m vhb double sided is supposed to be the strongest there is. — CrazyEights
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SpyDude 4/6/21

You can find the Gorilla Glue in the hair products aisle at Home Depot. :p


  • Yeah that wasn’t a good situation at all...smh — GhostDriver
  • One of my friends' fiance works at H-D ........ someone asked where the Gorilla Glue was. With a completely straight face, he deadpanned, "Hair products are on Aisle Fifteen." — SpyDude
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SpyDude 5/9/21

E6000 works well to keep weights in place in the car, and is flexible enough to allow you to pull weights and wheelsets back out if need be. It's what I've been using on all my cars so far.

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Mattman213 5/10/21

E6000 or ShoeGoo will allow you to glue them super secure and then remove down the road with ease.  Itll peel off the chassis/body and the cubes with very little work but if you don't mess with it, it'll glue them as snug as if you jb welded them in.  Love the stuff.

Matt


  • I've never heard of this E6000 stuff before. Sounds interesting! The way you and SpyDude describe its properties, it sounds like you may not need to use JB Weld at all. (?) — G4DiecastRacing
  • Only use it on stuff that doesnt need to be rigid so NO axles. Ive used to to glue the weight down and have even used to to glue the body to the chassis on mods where I couldnt use the posts with screws but still wanted to be able to remove the body down the road. It takes on a rubbery property when dry unlike epoxy and JB weld — Mattman213
  • G4DR: you can find it at Michael’s or your local craft store. — SpyDude
  • https://www.michaels.com/e6000-craft-adhesive/10192536.html — SpyDude
  • I have used it on the axles, but then I also make sure there’s a piece of plastic pressing down on top of the axles as well so they don’t pop out of the channel. Seems to work pretty well, and definitely none of the mess if you overshoot superglue. E6000 blobs onto the spot and stays there.... superglue runs all over the place, even the gels. — SpyDude
  • Thank you for sharing your tips guys! I love learning new things! :D — G4DiecastRacing
  • G4DR: That’s why we’re here .... because we all love racing. — SpyDude
  • DONT every EVER superglue axles in place. Period. JB weld or similar takes longer but also isnt as likely to run to the wheels and ruin everything. I used to use it to tack the wheels in place for early testing and ruined my fair share even with the smallest dab. No more for me thanks lol — Mattman213
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RLoRacing 5/10/21

I may not be the best here for advice... but R-Lo racing secret: I hold my weight in with clay for easy transfer. 


  • I do similar for testing but never racing as Ive had weight come loose in transit and during abrupt stops at the end of the track before. — Mattman213
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