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Old Mar 19, 2007, 10:25 AM
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Motor Upgrade for Flyzone Cessna 182???

As the title says, I'm trying to find a more powerful non-brushless option for my Flyzone Cessna 182. It comes with a 380 size motor, but it's just not powerful enough. Anyone know of another option for this plane?

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Old Mar 20, 2007, 08:41 AM
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Nobody has any info for me on this? Am I in the wrong forum?
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Old Mar 20, 2007, 09:27 AM
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If you want more power without brushless, add a cell (nicad or nimh) or move to 3s lipo and prop down accordingly. Or, change the gear ratio and re-prop if it is not direct drive. You may need a lipo saver to plug into the ESC so you don't draw the battery too far down. Hope that helps!

Plenty of brushless motors that will give it more oomph for little money... check RCHotdeals and Grayson Hobbies for some package (motor/ESC) deals that are affordable.
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Old Mar 22, 2007, 03:26 PM
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Unfortunately, going brushless is not an option on this bird. The motor is rubber-banded to a plastic cradle. Yes, it's held on by rubberbands... imagine my suprise when I saw that design!

Anyway, I just want to get a more powerful motor. There's no room for an extra battery cell. Someone must've figured something out for this plane! Someone please help??????

My motor is shot due to a hard crash into a pole... lol! I need to replace it anyway....
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Old Mar 30, 2007, 10:53 AM
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I have the same plane. . . and the same complaint.

The thread titled "New Product - Hobbico® FlyZone Cessna 182 Skylane RTF" discusses swapping the ESC to get some more power. I'm going to try it.

Also, I found some pictures of one converted to brushless and steerable nose grear in the planes for sale on RCUniverse.

I'm still learning to fly and and I could have avoided several crashes if I had some more power to pull through wind gusts.

Good Luck
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Old Mar 30, 2007, 01:53 PM
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If you want to stay with brushed power, the simplest change would be to use a Venom motor. Its a high efficiency motor that is very popular with the PZ J3 Cub and SuperDecathlon flyers. http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXHUM8&P=7

I would try modifying the plane to take one of the inexpensive TowerPro outrunner brushless motors. E-flite makes a great mounting system. One piece attaches to the firewall and creates "stick" mount. The other piece mounts a flanged motor to the stick.
http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...rodID=EFLM1915
http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...rodID=EFLM1916
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Old Nov 23, 2007, 10:11 PM
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I would try modifying the plane to take one of the inexpensive TowerPro outrunner brushless motors. E-flite makes a great mounting system. One piece attaches to the firewall and creates "stick" mount. The other piece mounts a flanged motor to the stick.
http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...rodID=EFLM1915
http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...rodID=EFLM1916
This is high-quality advice. Thanks!
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Old Nov 23, 2007, 11:50 PM
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I'm going to try a slo-max in mine along with a Pixie esc and a Berg rx.
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Old Dec 10, 2007, 05:41 PM
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This is my set up for my hobbico cessna 182 skylane:


Motor: e-flite 450 outrunner 890 kv

esc: phoenix 25 A

Battery: 3 cell- 2100mah

prop : apc 9 x6 EP


Results: With this set up, the flyzone cessna flies awsome !!!. The motor pulls 16 A - 165 watts at full throttle compared to 8A - 83 watts with the stock set up, which is not enough for a 1.25 lb plane.
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Old Dec 21, 2007, 12:53 PM
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how did you accomplish this setup? was everything a drop in replacement?
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Old Dec 21, 2007, 10:38 PM
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I did some calculations before doing the upgrade. The stock cessna 182 weights about 1,25 lb and the stock 380 motor provides only 78 to 84 watts of power at full throttle, which is not enough for a 1.25 lb-plane.
You have to give it full throttle to maintain level flight and it is not fun.

As a rule of thumb, a motor should provide 135 to 165 watts of power to make a 1.25 lb- model fly and meet your expectations. So, the E-flite 450 size outrunner motor powered by a 3 cell-lipo with an APC 9x6 EP prop is the right choice for me. This motor can be pushed from 118 watts to 200watts. With this set up, my wattmeter reads about 165 watts at full throttle, which is good enough for me to fly the cessna. I can cruise at half throttle and fly for about 14 to 17 minutes. But, if I push it a little bit to impress my buddy, the flight time will be around 9 to 12 minutes. Usually, I land the plane before the BEC shuts off the motor.

I had to enlarge the battery bay so that any rectangular shape-3 cell lipo pack can fit in. Also, the 450 size-brushless motor is mounted on a Eflite stick mount, which is attached to the firewall.
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I went the e-flite park 400 970Kv. You can seem my post here, #170
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...12#post9314247

Haven't flown her yet, hoping I got enough power.
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I've got one for sale on the elec airplane section...just posted it today.

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I picked up an Ultrfly Frio E 10/10 and an Apollo 12 speed control from Tower on Clearance. I removed the stock mount and installed the new motor using some spacers to get the clearance just right, enlarged the battery bay to fit a Flightpower 1345 mah 3 cell lipo. I'm running an APC 8x6 e prop.The motor mods along with my steerable nose gear mod makes this a totally different plane. The cool part about the modifications is the plane looks stock, but the performance is worlds better.
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Old Oct 04, 2009, 08:22 AM
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Unfortunately, going brushless is not an option on this bird. The motor is rubber-banded to a plastic cradle. Yes, it's held on by rubberbands... imagine my suprise when I saw that design!

Anyway, I just want to get a more powerful motor. There's no room for an extra battery cell. Someone must've figured something out for this plane! Someone please help??????

My motor is shot due to a hard crash into a pole... lol! I need to replace it anyway....
Are we talking about the same plane. I have a brand new FZ Cessna 182. It comes stock with a brushless motor designed to run on a 3W lipo battery. Sorry, I don't have any suggestions for motor upgrades. Mine flies just fine with the stock motor.
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