Originally Posted by Wiskey
I'm a little disappointed.
I fly this thing all the time, and I always thought the head looked a little "Clunky" - so I upgraded to the aluminum center part, Aluminum grips, Microheli swash-plate (helps eliminate slop too), and Aluminum main-shaft.
After 2 flights the main-shaft is bent, and though the grips lasted much longer, the bearings eventually blew out in them, and the part that holds the ball bent.
I expected much better longevity, I hate to go back to the clunky looking stock head, especially after I spent so much to get a much cooler looking one, but the stock one I never had any problems with.
Do any of you guys with this aluminum stuff have the same results?
Wow. Do you crash a lot without hitting TH?
Aluminum parts weren't designed to make a heli crash-proof. In fact, plastic parts often fare better in a hard crash. Hence, why you typically don't see a lot of aluminum on beginner helis. I have MH's full-metal-head & swash. The MH hub is tighter than the plastic one, and it uses higher-durometer dampers. The aluminum shaft spins much truer than the stock hollow c/f shaft, however it bends easily in a crash. My MH grips were defective. The screw hole is further out on one than the other by a few thousandths of an inch - just enough to throw everything out of balance. The MH swash is much better than the stocker.
I am currently using the MH hub, swash, and their new solid c/f mainshaft. I went back to my 'B' grips with Boca bearings. After a few hundred flights, the bearings are still slop-free.