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12-27-2008 11:33 PM  8 years agoPost 1
Buster0825

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I am working on installing the struts for the tail boom for my Raven .50 and the instructions (step 39) tell you to use two M3x16 Socket Cap Screws but the will not fit since the gas tank is larger then the stock one. The tank that came with the kit is the 500cc fuel tank. What size socket cap screw should be used for installing the struts with the larger tank? Thank you in advance for your help.

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12-28-2008 04:49 AM  8 years agoPost 2
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I made that same mistake when I built mine, they neglect to tell you to insert the bolt from the tank side out for mounting the struts. I ended up splitting the frame and removing the tank then using a another nut in place of the spacer. tightened it to the frame and leaving enough to add the strut and another nut when you get to that part of the build. plus it allows me to remove the struts and replace them alot easier.

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12-28-2008 05:35 AM  8 years agoPost 3
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That sort of stinks because it would take a lot of work to undo everything that is put together to put in the cap screw from the tank side. I was thinking I would goto my local hobby store and pick up a smaller cap screw and do it the way they tell you in the instructions. I was thinking maybe a m3x7 or so would work. I have noticed that the instructions for this are not very clear at all.

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12-28-2008 06:59 AM  8 years agoPost 4
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yeah they left a few things up to you to figure out, but heck thats what makes 'em fun! Actually I thought splitting the frame halfs was going to be a bugger, but it turned out to only be a few bolts to get one half out. I just did not want the threaded portion of the bolt running the chance of scarring a hole in the tank after time being exposed to it in such a confined space. If you can fit the nut and a wrench to hold it in the tiny groove in the tank from the bottom, then that would save you any trouble(as long as it does not touch the tank itself). I ended up pulling the motor after installing also, because the lower muffler bolt did not clear the frame, I advise you if you havent yet to slide that bolt in the engine before installing in the heli. Heck now, I'm confident I can rip this thing apart if needed in a heartbeat, no sweat. I have about 20 tanks through it and not a lick of trouble. And it flies like a dream.

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