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Jun 13, 2012, 12:01 PM
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Trim button stuck on DX6i


The "down" elevator trim button on my DX6i is either stuck or doesn't work any more. I can apply up elevator trim (and can hear the beep and see the indicator move), but when I press the down trim button, nothing happens. I haven't had the chance to crack the case open yet, but figured I'd check here first to see if there is any advice. Can you buy a replacement button/switch if it's defective? is it easy to swap out?
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Jun 13, 2012, 12:19 PM
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Most likely a broken trim lever, a fairly common issue on a DX6i. The switches themselves are probably ok. It will be obvious when you open it up and see it yourself. Last time I checked, Horizon refuses to sell the parts, but you can easily make a replacement from thin plywood or a piece of pcb board. IIRC there are also aluminium aftermarket parts available, but I don't have links to suppliers right now.
Jun 13, 2012, 01:39 PM
certified crash instructor
Call hh, they will most likely send you a new black plastic trim tab, they did for me, I broke it twice. Also broke the throttle stick, broke the aileron and elevator gimbal and the flap switch, don't drop the dx6i, especially face first!
Jun 13, 2012, 01:40 PM
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Jun 13, 2012, 04:00 PM
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Great info guys, thanks! I'll try to crack it open tonight and see what the root cause is. Your comments will give me a headstart on troubleshooting (and hopefully repairing) the culprit part.
Jun 13, 2012, 10:12 PM
Radical rc has the machined aluminium trim switches. They are very nice but not cheap. If you can't repair yours, you can move the throttle trim switch over until you get a replacement. It doesn't get used much.
Jun 13, 2012, 10:44 PM
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Originally Posted by asosestrom View Post
Radical rc has the machined aluminium trim switches. They are very nice but not cheap. If you can't repair yours, you can move the throttle trim switch over until you get a replacement. It doesn't get used much.
Sorry, my bad, it's eastrc.org that has the aluminum switches.
Jun 13, 2012, 11:16 PM
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Horizon will send the replacement tabs free of charge. I've replaced all 4 of mine in the past 4 months. The first time I called they only sent 1 but when I called back a month later because another one had broke they sent 3 and I've needed all of them. I think it's good for another year now.

Oh yeah, mine has been dropped face down and upside down several times. I get replacement toggles at Radio Shack since Horizon will not send those out.
Jun 21, 2012, 10:22 AM
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Thanks for the info guys. Upon inspection, one of the arms on the rocker was broken, so it would not push against the switch. I used asosestrom's suggestion, and moved the throttle trim over until I can get a replacement. I emailed Horizon last night, so hopefully I can get a new piece. Works great for now!
Jun 21, 2012, 11:10 AM
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You can also glue a small triangle piece in the corner to reinforce it.

Some have even done this to none broken pieces as preventative measure.

Reinforcement piece in RED added to your pic..
Jun 21, 2012, 04:33 PM
Park Stormer
+1 to the east RC custom tabs.

They look nice on your radio , feel great to "click" (a nice solid motion) and once you upgrade your DX6i you'll never have to worry again. They're seriously worth every penny!
Jun 21, 2012, 06:37 PM
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They do look great but in the event of a user pushing hard on them they could damage the pcb button underneath and why I think they made the OEM trims that way, to give way under pressure and not damage the pcb button. Easier to fix/replace the trim lever than the pcb button.

My Canadian .02$ and someone who's OEM trims haven't broken yet.
Jun 22, 2012, 09:18 AM
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They do look great but in the event of a user pushing hard on them they could damage the pcb button underneath and why I think they made the OEM trims that way, to give way under pressure and not damage the pcb button. Easier to fix/replace the trim lever than the pcb button.

My Canadian .02$ and someone who's OEM trims haven't broken yet.
You're pushing way too hard if your breaking those buttons.

They made them that way because plastic is cheaper than AU
Jun 22, 2012, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by AggressorBLUE View Post
You're pushing way too hard if your breaking those buttons. ...
Sure and some would say the same for the trims BUT I guess the owners not breaking them are the lucky ones since a company would not be making after market trims if there was no problems with them.


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