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Topic: Flightlink g-stick iii users, Help with maintenance please!< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
airtrooper
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Posted: April 26 2017,13:05

I haven't been active at HC for eons, but I've never stopped flying helicopters (more recently in P3D with a Rift). I'm back because I need some help with some "new" controls.

I recently purchased a full set of FlightLink G-Stick III Plus controls second hand. I don't think they've been used in a while and I think they are in need of some TLC.

The cyclic (with centering springs) and the collective seem a little "sticky" in their motion... not as loose and fluid as I'd anticipated. I've never used any G-stick controls before, but I think this is abnormal?

The cyclic in particular has rusty nuts and bolts and I suspect all 3 controls have been stored in less-than-ideal conditions. I feel corrosion inside maybe causing the "stickiness" in their movement. I'm thinking of opening up the cyclic and collective to have a look and perform some basic maintenance... but first... has anyone had any experience doing such and can provide any advice?

Many thanks

Andy


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Shawn
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Posted: May 04 2017,05:24

Seeing as no one with first hand experience is posting. I would imagine if the exterior bolts are rusty you should expect the same inside. It would be easier to give advice if we could see the interior first. From what I have seen online the controls are well built and taking them apart shouldn't be a huge deal. If there are running on bearings trying to oil them and free them up may be an easy option as long as the rust hasn't pitted the ball bearings to badly. Flushing the bearings with a rust remover first might be an option.

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Manilow
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Posted: May 06 2017,10:31

I'd strip it and clean it up.

Just make sure you take lots of close up photos as you go in case something doesn't line up or wires aren't correctly routed after re assembly. Be a #### of a paper weight if things go wrong getting it back together.

Good luck !

Andy


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airtrooper
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Posted: May 06 2017,11:06

Many thanks for the replies guys!

Yup, I think I'm gonna go for it and gingerly take apart the cyclic to start, then the collective afterwards.

First off, I'm having trouble finding replacement countersunk bolts/screws for the exterior. They are tiny and much like hard drive screws, but sourcing them is proving a pain!

Andy


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Posted: May 06 2017,17:45

Vaporust (sp) is a good rust remover, throw the bolts in that for a few hours and you should be able to use them again no problem.

Shawn

Post some pics of the guts, it's always interesting to see how these things are built.
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Posted: July 26 2017,16:44

I just had a spring break in mine. I took it apart and here are 2 photos of the stick.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1FLxkHWazyBcBA91613ptgyI_XUUXc5AFwQ

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1S0JTZX5CoIVj1Zs2QiLh_69zRB_-5FVl3A


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