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12-03-2007 02:05 AM  10 years agoPost 1
turbocivic4

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I used to fly everyday, but I havnt flown in 3 years with my raptor 30. I just ordered a new transmitter battery, what should I service on my raptor30 its been sitting for 3 years. Honestly I forget how to setup a lot of it, I think I should replace all my sticky pads for my gyro and what not. I never changed my bearings in this thing, should I dismantle and relearn what I forgot by servicing this thing?

I was really into flying before I dont know what brought me out of it but this is sitting in my room staring me in the face for years. I remember at one time I was goin to build a fury I was so into it

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12-03-2007 02:09 AM  10 years agoPost 2
deafheliflyer

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hi

Take it all apart, lubricate all bearings/replace.. Check for frayed or unsmoothness.. Make sure all electronics work.... Preflight... Re-set up everything... and pray that your engine starts right up (smiles)

Welcome back to flying.. Its an awesome hobby!!

Crash-Prone and overcoming it!!!

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12-03-2007 02:12 AM  10 years agoPost 3
george0079

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should I dismantle and relearn what I forgot by servicing this thing?
That's what I would do. Start with something easy like the engine. It will all come back to you pretty quick.

Then I would move on to the tail. And do the head last.

By the time you're done, you should be ready to sell it and buy a Trex 600N Just kidding

Hell... I can fix that.
Uh oh..
Nope.
It's ***ked!!!
RE-KIT!!!!!

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12-03-2007 02:12 AM  10 years agoPost 4
jschenck

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if it were me: change all the fuel lines, take a good look at the belt, replace the RX battery and carefully look at ALL the wires to make sure none have any black or green corrosion. Replace the glow plug.

Is this a V1 or V2 Raptor? There is a relativly cheap and simple upgrade for the tail hub which makes it far less likely to fly apart. It's a $6 part #PV0499. If you have a V1 Raptor you'll also need to replace the tail grips and bearing, another $20 or so for PV0200 and PV0148.

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12-03-2007 04:52 PM  10 years agoPost 5
MooneyDriver

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Pull the crankcase cover off the motor and have a look for rust in there!

Hey man, why does my lipo get bigger every time I charge it?

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01-18-2008 08:05 AM  9 years agoPost 6
turbocivic4

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Dam looks like my throttle is frozen!! I cant even move the linkage It was a brand new irvine 39, I just let it sit for over 2 1/2 years, wth was I thinking, omg I should have fired it up periodically? Time just went by too fast.

Is this likely too rust and do I have to overhaul engine if rust is present?

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01-18-2008 05:00 PM  9 years agoPost 7
tadawson

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Most likely due to old dried up oil residue - I had an old K&B .61 that was this way after more like 20 years of non use. I soaked the carb in glow fuel overnight, and all was well . . . give it a try!

- Tim

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01-18-2008 05:19 PM  9 years agoPost 8
Futura57

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Spray some WD40 or other penetrating oil into the carb barrel and wait half hour, it should free up. Do the same in the cylinder head. Irvine 39s are ABC, not ringed as I recall. The piston might be a little stuck too.

Engine rusting could be a real risk, specifically the main bearing. Its worth changing, especially if you previously used high nitro fuel and didn't add after run oil. Strip that engine down and overhaul it. If the bearing goes you'll end up having to replace the engine otherwise. It depends whether you are prepared to spend the time or spend the money.

Good luck

Hardware eventually fails - Software eventually works!

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01-18-2008 05:35 PM  9 years agoPost 9
Pink Panther

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When I started I had no idea how these things were put together. I just wanted to go fly one. I bought a heli' off ebay and worked out how to start it. I am totally self-taught and can now fly but, it cost me an arm and a leg in repairs.

I never appreciated how wonderfully 'put-to-gether' these machines are until I had my first smash. I would advise anyone new to the hobby,and who hasn't built their machine from scratch, to strip their model right down. See and understand every bit, it helps no end in learning to fly your heli'.

You have an advantage, you have flown so, it will come back very quickly. I found a very informative site:

http://www.raptortechnique.com/

Anything you're not sure about should be covered here.

Good luck!

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01-18-2008 05:56 PM  9 years agoPost 10
tadawson

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Spray some WD40 or other penetrating oil into the carb barrel and wait half hour, it should free up.
On my K&B, I tried that, and it didn't do squat . . . it needed the soak, but it can't hurt to try this first. But if you don't have WD-40, and DO have glow fuel, don't waste your time getting the WD-40 . . . glow fuel dissolves the remains of itself very well! WD-40 tends to evaporate quickly enough that (at least for me) it never got the job done . . .

- Tim

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01-19-2008 12:49 AM  9 years agoPost 11
bigdad390

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I went through the same thing last March, I had not flown for at least 12 years. The engine was froze, the carb was froze, etc. I kept dripping fuel in the carb and through the glow plug hole. Finally got the engine loosened up. Used 3 in 1 oil on all pivot points and all bearings. Cycled RX and TX batteries by charging then constantly moving tx stick while watching tv till dead then recharging. Once the batteries lasted 3 + hours, I went flying. Got me hooked again. Over the last 9 months, I bought 3 new helis, 2 engines, batteries and a DX7.

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