Originally Posted by smokes
Just had a thought about the flybar bladestrike problem. Rather than extend the shaft to put the bar further from the lower rotor, why not just shorten the flybar to reduce the chance of it hitting? To compensate for the shorter length you could add a small extra weight to the ends. I have a spare so I might just give it a go.
And give it a go I did. Removed the flybar and extracted the two arms from the hub by twisting each one in a vice and pulling the hub away from it. Cut each arm an inch from the end away from the weights, roughened it up a bit with a file then glued it back into the hub with epoxy.
I tried it first without adding extra weights and it still flies fine, but now there's an extra inch of gap between the flybar and the lower blades. No more blade strikes for me. Well, not yet anyway