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Old Aug 26, 2013, 04:21 AM
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Strong stick spring tension?

Hey guys, as I read on here a little while ago some like strong stick spring tension on the tx. Is this specifically good for dlg, or any soaring?
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Old Aug 26, 2013, 06:13 AM
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I run it on all my gliders,

I find it really helps me to be smooth and accurate. Note that I am a thumbs-on-top flyer and that I have very large hands.

When I give my Tx to someone else to fly, they usually give it back pretty quickly.

Of interest, the place I bought the heavy springs from said they are intended for pattern flyers, to give more accurate control and reduce unintentional cross-controlling.

Try it and see, it's a cheap mod and easily reversed.

Ken
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Old Aug 26, 2013, 06:51 AM
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I run it on all my gliders,

I find it really helps me to be smooth and accurate. Note that I am a thumbs-on-top flyer and that I have very large hands.

When I give my Tx to someone else to fly, they usually give it back pretty quickly.

Of interest, the place I bought the heavy springs from said they are intended for pattern flyers, to give more accurate control and reduce unintentional cross-controlling.

Try it and see, it's a cheap mod and easily reversed.

Ken


I also tightened mine up (after reading the same post), and I like it allot better. But my stock springs only go so far, especially on the one stick.

Is there a site to get heavier springs for a variety of radios, or do I have to go through Spektrum (H.H.) for my dx6i?
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Old Aug 26, 2013, 06:59 AM
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My spring tention is as soft as possible on my dx7s, when you are relaxed enough you can make small movements and use the full resolution of the sticks!

Before I throw my plane in the air I'm looking around me, control my breath (like freediving the other hobby) and if I am relaxed and standing strong than I throw my plane.

Just try it, the mindset is way more important than the tention on your sticks!

And the other thing is: its an hobby not a sport ;-)
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Old Aug 26, 2013, 08:43 AM
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Hey guys, as I read on here a little while ago some like strong stick spring tension on the tx. Is this specifically good for dlg, or any soaring?
Personally I like strong spring tension for every type of flying. Why? Because I like the tactile feedback I get for center with the strong springs. It takes a little getting use to but once you do, you never go back to soft springs.
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Old Aug 26, 2013, 08:45 AM
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Radio south R/C has the stiffer springs. That's where I got all of mine from.
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Old Aug 26, 2013, 10:13 AM
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I need some stronger springs for my 9303. Every radio I get I immediately crank up the spring tension to the max.
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Old Aug 26, 2013, 10:40 AM
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Radio south R/C has the stiffer springs. That's where I got all of mine from.

Thanx.
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Old Aug 26, 2013, 02:14 PM
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Ok, thanks guys, I'll try it.
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Old Aug 26, 2013, 08:21 PM
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Hey guys, as I read on here a little while ago some like strong stick spring tension on the tx.
And shorten the sticks all the way too!
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Old Aug 26, 2013, 09:21 PM
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And shorten the sticks all the way too!
+1000

Shorten and stiffen the springs, remove expo on all my sailplanes.
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Old Aug 26, 2013, 10:09 PM
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If you can't easily tell where the sticks are being held by feel, you can't be sure of the input being given to the sailplane. And if you can't be sure of the input given to the sailplane, you can't read the air very well while giving input to the sailplane...

Stiff springs give the tactile feedback that aids in knowing and controlling the stick position - even when walking and moving around.

Also with very soft spring settings, long sticks may have enough inertia to move the sticks slightly during the throw. Or if one uses a thumb to hold the flap stick up during launch, it is easy to unknowingly put in a bit of rudder by accident.

Gerald
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Old Aug 27, 2013, 01:40 AM
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I'm going to have a dedicated tx for sailplanes, so if I customize it with strong springs and maybe shorter sticks, is that going to stuff with my thumbs/brain when I go to fly my helis with another tx?
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Old Aug 27, 2013, 01:49 AM
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Ha ha ha, wow, I just unscrewed the right stick knob off my DX6i and tried it for rudder & elevator and it actually feels pretty good like that - a lot more feel and I can feel much more spring tension that way.
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Old Aug 27, 2013, 09:58 AM
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How could you fly a heli without the stick tension cranked all the way up? I never could.
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