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09-23-2018 07:40 PM  77 days agoPost 1
jasonrusso

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I've been flying the 700n with the YS 91 SR with Hatori pipe for 5 years without issue. A month ago, the pipe loosened up (flange was tight). I put new bolts in, got 2 flights and it loosened up again. Put new bolts in again, first flight loosened up!!!

What's the deal? I don't think it's the pipe, maybe engine bearings causing a vibration? The engine runs well.

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09-23-2018 08:38 PM  77 days agoPost 2
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Buy some Dynalock washers. They will not become loose. I use them on all muffler bolts and other high vibration applications. Below is a link to some washers at Microfastners. There also is a brand called Nord-Lock available online and on Amazon. I’ve used both brands.

https://www.microfasteners.com/dynalock-washers.html

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09-23-2018 10:42 PM  77 days agoPost 3
jasonrusso

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Buy some Dynalock washers.
3mm? Any idea where I can find the silicone spacers in the hatori pipe? The fell out when the pipe got loose.

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09-24-2018 12:31 AM  77 days agoPost 4
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09-24-2018 01:31 AM  77 days agoPost 5
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Another directions... Make certain the mating surfaces between the exhaust and the muffler are really flat. At times in the past, when I've had a muffler that loosens up, I've found that the "ears" of the muffler have distorted or worn enough that there isn't a very flat mating surface to the engine. By ears I'm mean the area nearest the mounting bolts. Similarly the outer edges of the engine exhaust can wear and not mate evenly with the muffler.

The solution has been to take some wet/dry paper mounted to a gauge block and re-level both the muffler and engine exhaust mounting port.

Errr... now that I think about it, did you mean the 4 screws that mount the muffler to the flange or the two screw that mount the muffler to the engine. I'm about to confuse myself.

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09-24-2018 02:32 AM  77 days agoPost 6
jasonrusso

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wjvail
Another directions... Make certain the mating surfaces between the exhaust and the muffler are really flat. At times in the past, when I've had a muffler that loosens up, I've found that the "ears" of the muffler have distorted or worn enough that there isn't a very flat mating surface to the engine. By ears I'm mean the area nearest the mounting bolts. Similarly the outer edges of the engine exhaust can wear and not mate evenly with the muffler.

The solution has been to take some wet/dry paper mounted to a gauge block and re-level both the muffler and engine mounting port.

Errr... now that I think about it, did you mean the 4 screws that mount the muffler to the flange or the two screw that mount the muffler to the engine. I'm about to confuse myself.
Yes, that is not the case here. The flange mounts to the engine, that is still tight. It's the pipe that is falling off.

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09-24-2018 08:25 PM  76 days agoPost 7
ticedoff8

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Check out Grand RC for Hatori parts
http://grandrc.com/advanced_search_....x=0&search.y=0

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09-24-2018 09:20 PM  76 days agoPost 8
balsapro

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Just throwing this out there... If the engine has been in service for a while you might check the rear bearing if its going bad and creating some bad vibes could cause the pipe to loosen.

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09-25-2018 02:53 AM  76 days agoPost 9
wjvail

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jasonrusso
Yes, that is not the case here. The flange mounts to the engine, that is still tight. It's the pipe that is falling off.
I see now. Try replacing the two large o-rings. They are something of a consumable. If you've been flying a lot and have a lot of time on the muffler you may need to refurbish it. I'd begin by replacing the rubber parts and since you're at it, I'd look at replacing the little aluminium spacers that go in the silicone grommets.

I know - it's a muffler and doesn't have any moving parts. Still, Hatori 2-piece mufflers need freshening-up occasionally.

"Well, nothing bad can happen now."

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09-25-2018 03:04 AM  76 days agoPost 10
jasonrusso

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jasonrusso
Yes, that is not the case here. The flange mounts to the engine, that is still tight. It's the pipe that is falling off.
I see now. Try replacing the two large o-rings. They are something of a consumable. If you've been flying a lot and have a lot of time on the muffler you may need to refurbish it. I'd begin by replacing the rubber parts and since you're at it, I'd look at replacing the little aluminium spacers that go in the silicone grommets.

I know - it's a muffler and doesn't have any moving parts. Still, Hatori 2-piece mufflers need freshening-up occasionally.
I already ordered 2 parts kits from China. It comes with all the grommets, orings, etc.

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09-26-2018 06:14 AM  75 days agoPost 11
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Please post if you find a solution to this problem.

"Well, nothing bad can happen now."

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09-26-2018 11:15 AM  75 days agoPost 12
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Well, the Chinese guy I was ordering the parts kit from cancelled the order. I really don't want to have to buy a whole new pipe because the silicone and aluminum spacers are gone.

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