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02-20-2011 07:21 PM  6 years agoPost 1
mustang67ford

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What is the purpose of skid dampers? I am building my raptor 30 and am wondering if I should get a set. Do these keep from wearing the plastic on the landing skid? My x50 came with them so I put them on but don't know the purpose.

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02-20-2011 07:51 PM  6 years agoPost 2
Helizrule

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They keep the heli from sliding all over ground and do prevent the skids from getting scratched. I personally would never use them as they create what is called a "Dynamic Rollover" If the skids get caught on the ground. It is much better to let the heli slide on the ground as necessary. You NEVER see a full size heli with anything on the skids that prevent the heli from sliding on the ground.

One mile of road will take you one mile. One mile of runway will take you anywhere in the world.

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02-20-2011 08:04 PM  6 years agoPost 3
PAHelinut

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Yep agree 100%. Only time I ever use them is during transport to the field to keep the heli's from wondering around in the car but even that's not necessary.

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02-20-2011 10:27 PM  6 years agoPost 4
mustang67ford

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so I shoult remove the dampers altogether from the x50 and not use them on any other helis?

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02-20-2011 10:47 PM  6 years agoPost 5
Helizrule

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They look great but cause you to buy lots of parts down the line.

One mile of road will take you one mile. One mile of runway will take you anywhere in the world.

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02-21-2011 12:46 PM  6 years agoPost 6
SC Raptorman

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If you fly from asphalt you will need these skid dampers from wearing your skids out on the bottom , if your on grass you will be fine , I personally use them on all my machines .

Oh what a feeling 3D Flying can be
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02-21-2011 01:54 PM  6 years agoPost 7
Swoop

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Lose em, they are an accident waiting to happen.

Unless your doing sliding autos on ashphalt your skids will last quite some time before they wear through.

Chris
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02-22-2011 12:32 AM  6 years agoPost 8
reddragon

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Lose em, they are an accident waiting to happen.
To each his own. Some of us have never had any issues with them. I've flown off of all types of surfaces over the years from grass to dirt to asphalt. They do lift your skids a bit and prevent premature wear.

Wayne - Fly it like you stole it! You're in good hands with Runryder!

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02-22-2011 01:19 AM  6 years agoPost 9
dcbusdriver

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Great for transport and keeping heli from sliding arround when wrenching. I like to remove them when flying to avoid the skids from sticking to the ground if you have any motion at touchdown. Have had a few boom strikes when using them and touching down in an auto with just a slight bit of forward motion causing the heli to come to a quick stop then SMACK goes the boom.

beating the air into submission...........cool!

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02-22-2011 02:37 AM  6 years agoPost 10
Swoop

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sorry to sound so negative, I do appreciate how well they hold the heli on a workbench while your working on it, as well as their no-scratch surface. I like sliding autos, so they don't work for me.

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02-22-2011 05:09 PM  6 years agoPost 11
jschenck

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Take them off for *any* kind of auto, especially unplanned auto's - grass or pavement. If you touch down with any slide at all those skid bumpers will catch and flip your heli. Many times in an emergency auto I get a slide at the end because the headspeed is getting very low. Skid nuts will pop/flip that heli right over.

I do sliding auto's on pavement whenever I get the chance. My skids are worn down to the tubes. if/when they get to the point that I'm not sure if the skid tube will stay on I'll either replace the landing gear or run s screw through them to hold the tubes on. I'm even thinking about smearing JB Weld on the bottom of my skids to create a wear pad, like full size heli's have!

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02-23-2011 12:55 AM  6 years agoPost 12
mustang67ford

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Thanks for the info. Mine are comming off.

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