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10-11-2010 06:01 PM  8 years agoPost 1
brushless paul

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Which header tank fits best, guys? Sorry for all the questions??

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10-11-2010 06:57 PM  8 years agoPost 2
Dewane

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Most everybody just zip ties the standard 2 ounce header tank to the side brace in between the two rubber grommets, its held and worked fine on mine.

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10-11-2010 07:35 PM  8 years agoPost 3
kc8qpu

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I have been flying mine all year and have never put a header tank on it yet. No problems here yet. I would try it without a header tank first.

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10-11-2010 09:40 PM  8 years agoPost 4
sonnyhad

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Yeah, what he said!! No really, if you don't have an OS motor, you probably don't need a head tank.

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10-11-2010 09:55 PM  8 years agoPost 5
krazee

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So what is the header tank for. I am new to helies also.
I am using a OS engine.

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10-11-2010 10:03 PM  8 years agoPost 6
tadawson

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To trap air bubbles in the fuel system, to keep them from causing you a flameout, mainly. It also gives a bit more fuel, as well as a much more easily seen indicator of when you are about out . . .

Other than those who are obsessed with weight, myself, I can't think of a good reason to *not* use one . . .

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10-12-2010 03:43 AM  8 years agoPost 7
honda411

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it will also help from overleaning your engine. As the fuel in the tank gets lower, the engine gets leaner and leaner. It will probably be a bit rich at first on full tank, then you will notice a bit more RPM later

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10-12-2010 04:12 AM  8 years agoPost 8
sonnyhad

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Yep for some reason, OS motors seem to sense the fuel pressure in the tank. When you use a header tank, it is drawing the fuel from the header first, so it senses that it has a full tank almost through the entire flight. Don't ask me how it does it, but it does.

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10-12-2010 04:17 PM  8 years agoPost 9
tadawson

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It's simply that the OS carb/fuel system is quite crude compared to the YS. YS, using a pressurized tank (via the crankcase) puts enough pressure into the tank to overcome any level/attitude issues, and then the regulator evens out the feed even more. On OS, it's muffler pressure and prayer, pretty much . . . .

Air can still be a factor in both, though . . .

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10-12-2010 04:42 PM  8 years agoPost 10
jrb600n

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I switched to a fuel magnet. Solves all the problems and you can eliminate one more thing from your bird. Just fill the tank after flight to rid exhaust fumes and keep some fuel in the tank so the felt does not go dry.

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10-13-2010 01:05 AM  8 years agoPost 11
honda411

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jrb600n: do you know how long the fuel magnets will last for, or have you had any go bad even though you keep fuel in them? I was gonna buy one but wasnt sure if there were any eventual problems with them. thx

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10-13-2010 01:29 AM  8 years agoPost 12
jrb600n

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I always expel exhaust after flight by filling the tank and keep at least a half a tank of fuel so the foam does not dry out. After a year I checked the foam and it was perfectly fine. I replaced it anyway. I think a three pack of foam is like $6. These things are great. Never a hick up and it will suck your tank dry. I was still hovering with no visible fuel in the tank with no change in RPM.

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10-13-2010 10:37 PM  8 years agoPost 13
honda411

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wow, thats awesome. maybe i will consider getting one. I run a header tank, but im sure it still helps prevent any air bubbles getting into that also. thanks

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10-13-2010 10:41 PM  8 years agoPost 14
jrb600n

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Yeah. I don't want to turn this into a pro or anti header tank thread. My friend who is way better a pilot than me still uses one and I can't get him to ditch it, but to me it's one less thing strapped to the heli. Looks better without it as well IMHO

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10-13-2010 11:59 PM  8 years agoPost 15
van-man-123

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any header tank will fit your heli with a long bolt and a few spacers if you are just learing to fly it will do no harm to fit one as it will help stop the engine leaning when it comes near the end of the tank , till you get used to engine tuning just make sure that the out let on the header tank is in line with the needle valve on the engine

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10-15-2010 04:03 AM  8 years agoPost 16
az_heliguy

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here is where i mounted my header tank. i dont run one on a ys, but do on os.

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10-16-2010 01:26 PM  8 years agoPost 17
krazee

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The problem i have is flooding my engine. If i hook up hose from tank and don't get the starter on in 30sec it hydro locks my engine. I have to take glow plug out and shoot all fuel out and start over.
Do you think the header tank will fix this problem.

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10-16-2010 03:10 PM  8 years agoPost 18
az_heliguy

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krazee - it might or might not. what motor are you running?

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10-16-2010 05:42 PM  8 years agoPost 19
tadawson

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Easier yet, just put a clip on the line, and don't open it until you are starting. A header won't change gravity - if the main tank is high enough to cause flooding, it will flow through the header as well, and do the same thing. Think of the header as a really wide piece of fuel tubing . . .

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10-16-2010 06:22 PM  8 years agoPost 20
kc8qpu

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Definitely put a clip on it. Mine will also gravity feed the carb unless I clip the line going into the carb.

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