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11-20-2011 12:41 PM  6 years agoPost 1
strat1960s

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Holy Poop! I've got another cracker clutch! These things are fragile! I didn't even have a hot start this time.

Due to the amount of time before movers pack my gear away, ordering a new clutch will need to wait until we get to the States. I don't know what caused the clutch to crack this time. Last week when I flew I was sure everything was lined up and smooth as can be. I could easily spin the clutch by hand. When I went to the field this morning I could still move the clutch, but noticed a little drag on certain parts.

I actually looked down into the clutch assembly and spun the clutch around. Found a nice big ugly crack! POOP!

In stead of calling my heli the Radikal, I'm thinking of calling it the Clutchinator or clutch eater. Hmm. I little disappointed.

When I get to the states, I will try to find someone that can help me figure out the clutch and the gyro.

I always have fun. Some times are more fun than others.

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11-20-2011 03:20 PM  6 years agoPost 2
RM3

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sounds like your getting another "free" replacement from Century.

I went though two myself. my guess is the metal is a bit too brittle at that flex point. Maybe Century needs to do a better job of annealing it...

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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11-20-2011 08:16 PM  6 years agoPost 3
strat1960s

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I mean no disrespect when I say this, I am not looking for a free clutch. I'll go through my parts box, I think I have a clutch and clutch bell. My thing is that if I'm not setting something up right, I'd like to figure it out so I'm not replacing clutches every couple of flights.
I may need to order the heavy duty clutch and bell, but these things shouldn't be cracking after a few flights.
Hmmmm?

Ted

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11-24-2011 05:44 PM  6 years agoPost 4
Pistol Pete

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Friend was flying his yesterday and engine stop in mid air. Landed safely.

Brought it by my house wondering and a quick inspection with a mirror and flashlight concluded what I suspected after remembering reading this post. We could see the crack.

Seems to me that the small holes (spanner wrench holes) are too close to spring relief holes...if Im stating that correctly. Just a guess.

Not sure if its a common issue or not. Interested as well.

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11-24-2011 05:55 PM  6 years agoPost 5
Billme

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I'm sure Century will take care of both of you.....

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11-24-2011 08:09 PM  6 years agoPost 6
strat1960s

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I just got done reading King Cobra Heli's rant about Century.
Here's how I see it.....
The problems I have had that were due to manufacture error were taken care of promptly by Century.
The problems I have had that were due to my not knowing is taking a little longer.
Just a little more time and I'll be in the States where I can sit down with other Radikal owners and we can figure this out.
I'm not counting on Century to replace my clutch. I'll order the heavy duty clutch and bell and we'll see if that gets things going the right way.

Ted

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11-24-2011 09:24 PM  6 years agoPost 7
Pistol Pete

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double post...oops.

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11-24-2011 09:27 PM  6 years agoPost 8
Pistol Pete

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Thanks Bill. I'll pass info to him.

FWIW...his was/is the heavy duty one.

Time for goble-goble. Enjoy folks.

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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11-25-2011 12:16 AM  6 years agoPost 9
strat1960s

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Mine was the standard clutch and bell. I am not sure if I'm not running high enough RPMs. Someone mentioned that too low of RPMs can cause clutches to go. At this point I am planning to replace the clutch with a heavy duty clutch and then look at the RPMs. It's hard to use the sky tach while flying...........

Ted

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