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Where can I get a replacement head and grips for my HDX450? Here's the deal, HDX grips are slightly different than Align, and the head may be different. One of my grips was damaged so I checked the Helidirect site for replacement grips. They've upgraded the HDX450 to V4 which has a different head and grips with a 4MM spindle, which by the way is not exactly the same length as the Align spindle, so I have read on RR. I bought the grips and head but it turns out they were manufactured or designed wrong and will only except the thrust bearing into the grips in the wrong order (i.e. the larger ID thrust bearing is supposed to be at the blade side), but it won't assemble that way due to the outside diameters of the bearing and the lip machined into the grip. I have a thread about this on the Helidirect section.
I think my alternatives are to buy the Align head and grip set which will run me around $80, or look to see if there are other manufactures I can use. I've been happy with HDX and quality, so this isn't a "you get what you pay for" thread. The HDX head and grips would have cost me around $40 and they are being returned. Looking for decent/known quality that will work without breaking the bank.
must have been a downdraft