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02-05-2010 07:52 PM  8 years agoPost 1
Elgreco

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Do you have to really take apart the heli and check the bearings on the shafts, spindles etc ?
Is there an easier way or things to look for without doing that ?

I HATE building and rebuilding..

Just wondering...

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02-05-2010 08:07 PM  8 years agoPost 2
FlaG8r

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I wouldn't worry about it until you get some side effects. The bearings on the feathering shaft you can check by how much play you have up and down on your blades. In order to check if a bearing is notchy you'll have to take it apart and check by putting a load on it with your finger or with the feathering spindle. Same goes for the main shaft bearings.

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02-06-2010 01:18 AM  8 years agoPost 3
djrformcar

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I've had some luck checking the spindle bearing by removing the blades and turning the bolt going into the spindle. If it feels notchy then I take it apart farther.
The mains are best checked without the main shaft in, just as FlaG8r stated, put your finger and the bearing and turn the inner race to feel for notchiness.
The key is some pressure or side load, a free running bearing will not always show a bad bearing.

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02-06-2010 01:22 AM  8 years agoPost 4
Steff Giguere

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Unfortunately for most you have to remove to check. Do it after you crash, because you have to rebuild anyway. I know Elgreco you don't crash often enough, this could be an excuse for you to crash on purpose and let us all see and have fun. Therefore next time you fly and want to crash, just to check you bearings, let us know ahead of time so we could come and watch.

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02-06-2010 02:02 AM  8 years agoPost 5
djrformcar

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^^ Now that's a buddy! Willing to give up there own time in support of a friend. I just wish I didn't live so far away that I could come over and watch too! Hey wait a minute, that would mean I'd have to live in snow country again, never mind your on your own.

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02-06-2010 02:47 AM  8 years agoPost 6
Steff Giguere

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djrformcar, Elgreco is a flying buddy and he knows I'm kidding. But you could come ans visit the snow capital on Canada just for a few days it you want. Hopefully that Elgreco will wait for you to crash.

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02-06-2010 04:25 AM  8 years agoPost 7
Elgreco

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lol....

I REEEEALLY hate the building/repairing/maintaining process of the hobby.

I just want to fly

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02-06-2010 05:49 AM  8 years agoPost 8
djrformcar

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Easy guys, I'd be there for one of my buddies, I'm not trying to be mean or any negative vibes here.
And if I were to go to the Great White North, you probably wouldn't have to wait to long to see me crash!
I Lived in Michigan for seven years Nebraska for seventeen years and Colorado for two, I have done my time in snow country!
Sorry if I ruffled and feelings my fellow flyer's.

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02-06-2010 06:55 AM  8 years agoPost 9
Aaron29

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I HATE building and rebuilding
I REEEEALLY hate the building/repairing/maintaining process of the hobby.
LOL wrong hobby bro. Stick with the sim maybe?

Or get rich and hire a pit crew.

I say this only half in jest. Maintenance is a REAL part of this hobby. Might be time to accept this or if you can't, move on.

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02-06-2010 01:28 PM  8 years agoPost 10
Elgreco

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LOL, I am not saying, I do it because I have to, but it doesn't mean I have to like it right ?

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02-06-2010 01:49 PM  8 years agoPost 11
Smok

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...but if you liked building/maintenance, then doing it would be sooooo much easier

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02-06-2010 02:05 PM  8 years agoPost 12
Aaron29

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I guess if you enjoying the flying enough to put up with the maintenance, you'll be OK.

Personally, I LOVE the maintenance part of the hobby. The only time I don't is when it keeps me from flying. But if I get to maintain the heli on MY time I think it's fun.

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02-06-2010 04:56 PM  8 years agoPost 13
Elgreco

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The main problem I have with all the maintenance is that I have a 3,5 and 7 year old(s) at home.
Which means on a typical night, it would be almost 8:30 if I am lucky so they calm down, go to sleep, finish homework (older one) etc.

By that time, if I start something at 9 in the evening, I have to commit, don't want too many things laying around unfinished, so I either have to have the energy to work on them or really free time which makes all that hard.

Weekend ? Forget it, with all the activities and work(I do work a bit on Saturdays, have my own business) I try to devote time purely for flying...

Maybe when I retire(long way to go) I will enjoy that part of the hobby assuming I will have more time to spend at it

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02-07-2010 08:16 AM  8 years agoPost 14
Jgatorman

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I just put the shaft inside of the bearing and put a little side pressure on it while rotating the shaft. This alows me to feel the slightest damage.

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