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07-23-2006 04:17 AM  14 years ago
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Futaba 14mz stick tension
I know the 14mz is a great radio, but I cannot get use to how easy the stick are and having difficulty adjusting and I tend to over control.
I have adjusted the stick tension as much as allows on back of transmitter.

Is there a way to increase the tension any more?
Does futaba offer stronger spings?

I like to have the feel of a 9zhp or 9Chp, since I am use to them.

Any suggestion?
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07-23-2006 04:22 AM  14 years ago
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let me know if you find the solution. I'm afraid to screw those screws more in and break something.


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07-23-2006 04:22 AM  14 years ago
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Not implying anything, but are you sure you were tightening and not loosening?West Valley Heli Club
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07-23-2006 04:26 AM  14 years ago
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Look here. The only problem is that you have to send you TX in to them to change them for you. A buddy of mine told me they said if he did it it would void his warranty. That is crap

http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bi...p?&I=LXAEM7&P=7
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07-23-2006 05:13 AM  14 years ago
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I'm turning them clockwise, as the manual stated.

Here is what the manual says:

Page 17,

Adjustment of Stick Lever Tension
You can adjust the tension of stick-levers.
●Stick Tension(J4)
(Mode 1/2)
●Stick Tension(J3)
(Mode 1)
●Retaining
Force (J3)
(Mode 2)
●Retaining Force (J2)
(Mode 1)
●Stick
Tension
(J1)
(Mode 1/2)
●Stick Tension(J2)
(Mode 2)


[Adjustment of tension]
Adjustment of Throttle Stick (Ratchet System)
You can also choose either airplane ratchet
system or helicopter-touch.
1. Open the dust protection cap on the back
of the transmitter that is covering the hole for
throttle stick adjustment.
2. Use the attached 1.5mm hexagonal wrench
(inside stylus) to turn the adjustment screw
and set it as you prefer. Turning the screw
clockwise increases the tension.
For airplanes: Adjust the screw on the left.
For helicopters: Adjust the screw on the right.
In changing the setting from airplane to
helicopter (or heli to airplane);
1. Turn the screw counter-clockwise until the
throttle stick moves freely, and turn the screw
clockwise to adjust it to the tension you
prefer.
*This transmitter has two ratchet plates, one for airplane and
the other one for helicopter. If you tighten both screws, you
won't able to achieve the adjustment that you need because
of the overlap of those two adjustments.
*If you want to change the setting from airplane to helicopter
(or from helicopter to airplane), turn counterclockwise until
the throttle stick moves freely. Then turn the screw for the
helicopter until you get the tension force you like.
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07-23-2006 05:25 AM  14 years ago
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Oh ok. Nevermind then.West Valley Heli Club
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07-23-2006 01:55 PM  14 years ago
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Do you know if these will fit the 14mz or all futaba radios?
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07-23-2006 03:05 PM  14 years ago
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From Towers tite
FITS: Fits all airplane Futaba series transmitter

COMMENTS: Modification of your transmitter in any manner voids the transmitter'
warranty. For spring installation into a transmitter while under
warranty, please send the radio to the Futaba Service Center.
If Futaba is not performing the installation for you, Futaba can
not guarantee the workmanship of the installation. Therefore, Futaba
is not liable in any manner for any damage done to the transmitter as
a result of the installation of these springs.
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07-23-2006 05:07 PM  14 years ago
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I read that verbage to mean that you can do it yourself, but if you screw it up and damage the transmitter, then don't expect it to be covered under warranty. Nothing unreasonable there.

For the less mechanically adept, you ought to send it in. It's not the easiest task to accomplish, and if you slip and drop a spring, it's a PITA to get it back up from the bowels of the transmitter.

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07-23-2006 05:19 PM  14 years ago
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I think it's pretty reasonable myself considering the cost of the radio. Something to keep in mind is ESD when opening up the transmitter and touching things inside. Your body always carries a static charge and when you touch a IC it can damage the card. It can not work all together or have minor "gremlins" that show up when the blue moon aligns with the sun and the temp is just right. It really is a pain to troubleshoot after that sort of problem. If you have the $$$$ for a two thousand dollar radio I would just send it in. Radio south has a good turnaround and I believe they are an authorized Futaba service center. I know they are for JR. Please correct me if I'm wrong. 2 grand versus 80 bucks????In God we trust, everyone else we monitor.
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07-23-2006 11:14 PM  14 years ago
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Why not just wear an antistatic wrist strap?

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07-23-2006 11:23 PM  14 years ago
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just take the back off and hook the next coil of the spring over the lug......then adjust the screws again as the tension will probably be too much......piece of cake.Smoke me a kipper, i'll be back for breakfast
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07-23-2006 11:47 PM  14 years ago
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Anti static strap..... Well that too... So knock it out and let us know how it works out. I know about it and to be honest...... 2 grand worth the radio..... I'm not pulling the back off if there is a possibility the thing will be out of waranty. It would be my luck and something would happen that you could never imagine and I would have a 2 grand paper weight.In God we trust, everyone else we monitor.
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08-01-2006 01:48 AM  14 years ago
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Upgrading or replacing the orginal stick tension springs on the Futaba 14mz with stronger springs was pretty easy. You must have patience!

**** Please use Anti static precautions!! ****

I called Futaba Service and they sold me these springs.

Part number HSP79241 Description : 8M00F17002 ST-52 Spring HD @ 0.85 cents each. and they also told me that

these: http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bi...p?&I=LXAEM7&P=7

that are listed in the tower catalog will not work.

Removing the existing springs were easy by just unhooking the one end and using a paper clip that is straighten out and make a small hook on one end, hook the spring and lift it out of the transmitter.

Replacing: The easies way I found is to push the spring over the end of needle nose pliers. This way it makes the far end easier to hook on to the plastic retainer. Then with the paper clip stretch the other end over the other plastic retainer and use your finger nail to clip it in place. Not tooo hard but have a piece of foam rubber or pillow to lay you radio face down on and take your time.

They now feel tighter with more feel.
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