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T-REX 450 › How do I convert an Align DFC head to EFL?
02-19-2014 03:32 PM  3 years agoPost 1
matthewcornell

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Amherst, MA

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I am changing my old Sport v1 to FBL, but I want an EFL-style head and not a DFC one. Ideally I'd like an Align brand setup. Align has apparently stopped making those types of heads, but someone shared the brilliant idea of buying the DFC conversion kit along with the follower arms and such to get what I want. I wanted to ask those who've done this what specific Align parts they used.

Here's what I think I need:

o [AGNH45162] 450DFC Main Rotor Head Upgrade Set - $50 (lowest eBay prices I found: $44 shipped from US; $40 shipped from China)
o [AGNH45113QA] 450FL Mixing Base Assembly - $23
o [AGNH45115A] 450FL Linkage Ball A Set (2) - $5
o [AGNH45116] 450FL Linkage Rod Set (2) - $5
o <reuse Sport main shaft, spindle, and head bearings>

Total: $73-$83, which is less expensive than the ~$100 that the Align EFL-style head is available for on the net (very few places), e.g., ALIGN 450 FBL Head Only [H45109H] ( http://grandrc.com/p5315/ALIGN-450-...oduct_info.html ), and which might be stronger due to the DFC's beefier grip arms.

Below are some pics of the idea, using KDE parts, from https://rc.runryder.com/helicopter/t716598p1 .

The other approach I could take is getting one of the many Tarot heads out there (I've found at least three different head versions and two different spindle ones), but I'm a little turned off by the confusing variety, lack of specs, possible Align incompatibilities (I'd like to use my supply of main shafts, spindles, and bearings), and and relative lack of US availability, including parts.

I'd love to hear your thoughts!

http://www.helifreak.com/attachment...=1&d=1392815761

http://www.helifreak.com/attachment...=1&d=1392815761

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02-20-2014 01:54 AM  3 years agoPost 2
knightofcarnage

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Why are you converting? Which DFC fairy tail are you afraid of?

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02-20-2014 03:27 AM  3 years agoPost 3
nobato1

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fairy tail?

if the guy wants to change, help him or stay off the thread

the amount of kool aid some drink is asstounding

nuff of that crap

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02-20-2014 03:41 AM  3 years agoPost 4
dkshema

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Cedar Rapids, IA

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Grand RC...450 EFL Head only, $120. 16 in stock...

http://grandrc.com/p5316/450-PRO-3G...oduct_info.html

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Dave

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02-20-2014 04:12 AM  3 years agoPost 5
drdot

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So. California, Orange County.

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fwiw..
While I have mixed feelings about clones....The Tarot head works very well, can be had for about 25$....

John.

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02-22-2014 02:27 AM  3 years agoPost 6
Applejack

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Chesapeake, VA - USA

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Hey man, I converted mine to fbl. I used the KDE head, standard align grips, Trex 600 cyclic links. They are thicker than the align 450 links and STRONG. If youd like a complete parts list Ill be glad to send what I used. Below are the part numbers.

H60161-Main-Blade-Linkage-Rod

H50054 500 Ball Link

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02-24-2014 12:05 AM  3 years agoPost 7
matthewcornell

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Amherst, MA

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Thanks for your replies. Re: DFC disadvantages over EFL, I've read lots of places that DFC causes much more servo damage. Maybe that's not true, but I'm going for the EFL either way.

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02-25-2014 02:35 AM  3 years agoPost 8
gwong

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Langley, British Columbia, Canada

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I have the Pro V2 FBL (non DFC) Align part no. H45117 unfortunately the hole for the head button stripped on me therefore instead of paying $30.00 bucks for a new one...the KDE Direct replacement is better and it's on clearance...see link.

http://kdedirect.com/TREX450PMRHFBV2.html

Hope this helps,

Cheers,

Gord.

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