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04-27-2013 02:42 AM  5 years agoPost 1
Matt Wheeler

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Broke down and made the transition to 2.4 craze. The 9Z just has a solidness and smoothness that the 14 doesn't. But telemetry and upgradeable technology convinced me to drink the cool aide. The 9Z has been a great radio for nearly 10years well minus a 4year hiatus but it fired right up when I needed it. I miss the few extra points on the thrl and pit curves as I'm not a governor guy I still use curves and cyclic mixes to control head speed. I did swap the stick ends though just for a little nod to the old ways.

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04-27-2013 04:04 AM  5 years agoPost 2
Dr.Ben

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The thing that is so mind boggling about the Z is that even 20 solid years since its first release, its software is still more innovative and versatile than that of many of the radios on the market today. The original software engineers were forward, outside of the box thinking to an almost imaginable degree.

Ben Minor

Peak Aircraft/Team Minicopter Team Futaba Team Kontronik USA

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04-27-2013 04:22 AM  5 years agoPost 3
Matt Wheeler

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Fort Benning GA

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Hooah on the Z. I had a 9V then ATX Stylus (liked it but not quite right) that led the 10X (was the must have radio in So Cal IMAC) hated that radio for all of hype 9V had better software and the RX's did not always last with current we were passing through them. So back to Futaba and the 9Z and then WC2. I started on a futaba in 1975 at the age of 4 and they have always been good to me.

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04-28-2013 05:03 AM  5 years agoPost 4
Four Stroker

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Atlanta

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I still have my 9V in perfect working order.

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04-29-2013 06:18 PM  5 years agoPost 5
fastrc1

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I will never rid myself of my 9Z. NEVERRRRRRRR!!!! I've done three things to it. Changed the pack to a LIpo and added a screen protector n FASST module. That's it.

Eaton

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05-01-2013 02:56 AM  5 years agoPost 6
Matt Wheeler

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Fort Benning GA

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I won't lie my 9z is still flying my IMAC birds. The point mixes make it easy to trim a bird out in all flight modes. I think I will get the module for it though.

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05-02-2013 04:51 PM  5 years agoPost 7
MartyH

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USA

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I sold my WC2 10 years ago when I quit flying IMAC so I'd never be tempted to fly competition any more. I replaced it with the module version of the 10CHP and still use that. Futaba makes great gear and the WC2 was a monster.

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06-22-2013 04:31 AM  5 years agoPost 8
Jay Cotty

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Maryland USA

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Fastrc1, were did you buy your Lipo pack for the WC2? I want to change my radio pack as well and wont eveeeerrrrr get rid of my WC2 great radio!!! Oh! BTW how does the radio works with the conversion to FASSS?

Fly it like you stold it! AMA #17239

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06-22-2013 05:46 AM  5 years agoPost 9
raptorapture

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Singapore

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9Z vs 14SG
I've also kept my 9Z and upgraded to 14SG. Did anyone notice the gimbals are a bit stuck whenever you try to first move them on the 14SG. I have that issue on mine. I think I only noticed and was bothered because I switched to the 8FG first and it did not have that issue or at least very little. Have loosened the tension but couldn't get a reasonable level of resistance with a smooth starting motion.

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06-25-2013 11:48 AM  5 years agoPost 10
chicagoslick

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Indiana, USA

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I too notice that the sticks are not as nice or responsive as the 8FG...I have both. (I used to have a 9MZ and still think those sticks were the best ever built.)

I am a thumb flyer and can really notice the diferrence in the stick movement between the 14 and the 8. I have already disassembled twice to get the sticks just right. I usually set the sticks at the lightest tension or close to it and they work great, but I have not been able to get there on the 14 yet.

good luck...

Chicagoslick

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06-25-2013 02:06 PM  5 years agoPost 11
Four Stroker

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Atlanta

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Sticking Sticks

Futaba radios hold the pots in place with some green goo. It can reliquify and get into the pot shaft bearing - especially on old radios. But your 14 has surface mount pots ? If it has a plain bushing at one end of the gimbal, try some plastic safe silicone grease. Also grease the centering pivot. Hitec servo grease is perfect. Grease the throttle drag as well.

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06-25-2013 04:41 PM  5 years agoPost 12
raptorapture

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Singapore

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Four Stroker - Thanks for the silicon grease update. Will try to source and see how it goes. Hadn't thought of all those places to grease, only the slide/throttle drag. I'm guessing they all collectively (pi) add up. Cheers.

chicagoslick - Really appreciate your feedback, thought I might be a bit off on my own as nobody responded on a thread I started to try and solve this. It really shows up for thumbs which I'm also a user

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