Align trekker 800 lemon
For anyone even thinking of buying this lemon beware. It's a stretched 700 that has numerous issues. I have 30 or so flights on it and here's the scoop.
1. The OWB block is made of cheap aluminum. Not only did the OWB slip but the threads that hold the main gear stripped out on tightening! To make matters worse, the freakin replacement part (90.00) also had the threads stripped. Had to spring for 50.00 and buy the quality KDE replacement.
2. The stock white gears (mainly the main) started disintegrating due to the added torque of the pinion. The front TT and rear TT developed slop. Now keep in mind that Align has been offering " upgraded gears" at a COST! So to be clear, they identify a problem in their design but want to bang you even more money to correct their flaw....lol. Now mind you this is a 1800.00 kit!
3. The 700 sized head and dampers can't handle the loads. I and others have gone through several sets of dampers with less than 50 flights! This should NOT be a PM item period. KDE is working on anew head as I type.
There is motor bog but I didn't expect scorpion performance. Now what kills me is that I have been reading how Align now (realizing the fact that you can't just stretch a 700 into an 800) is clamping that this is a CAMERA platform! Not so Charlie, the orig. marketing said camera/ 3d dfc performance. Even says it on my canopy.....lol.
Before you think about buying this thing, read the threads on other forums. I'm not just one disgruntled customer. There are others with exactly the same issues. There's a reason why the trekker 800 sales are dismal. Oh, I forgot. You can't stick small 700 size skids on an 800 either unless you want to use up the inventory of the 700. For 1800.00 we should expect more. I should have listened to my friend and got a Diablo or TDR. Buyer beware!