Latrax Alias

Not the fastest in town, but nonetheless - a class of its own!

tuning and maintenance tips:

- to improve reliability, use sealed bearings, e.g. from Boca
- for improved performance and long flight times, use 0820-15 motors and stock battery
- for the ultimate in performance, use 0820-17 motors and 480mah mylipo batteries
- inspect frequently if props are spinning freely. If you notice additional resistance, fix the problem before flying again, or it might create motor damage
- if the pinions or gears are worn, replace them
- take out the bearings, put them on a pencil tip, test them by rolling over a finger
- go off the throttle early when/before crashing
- use dry lube (sold for bicycles) on the gears, e.g. Muc-Off
- stay away from sand, thats a gear killer!

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Comments

  • Avatar
    brian

    I must agree 110% on the maintanence of the drive system making a huge difference on both performance and longevity of your motors. Also if using the quad for shooting aerial video, keep things smooth is absolute necessity! The replacement 11 tooth nylon pinion gears that you sell in addition to your motors are a very small maintanence investment that provides large returns for the diligence. Basically if the quad has much drivetrain noise, its time to maintain.
    As for Boca Bearings, (they got some cool stuff dont they!?) I've been using their stuff for so many different hobbies for years. From RC helis to fishing reels, even Yo-Yo's ! The upgrade from stock bearings to their sealed variety is huge. Stock bearings suck brand new. Too much radial play and slop, not to mention lousy tolerance and fit on the gear shaft.
    My big question.... Does the additional expense of the ceramic bearings make a big difference??? How much more noticeable is the ceramic bearing over other bearings???
    For those that are especially perfectionists, try going all out and balancing your props too! Amazingly you tap out additional performance and smooth flight.
    Are there any prop upgrades or have anyone tried another prop or pitch?

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    Benedikt Haak

    I used both bearings, and I didnt notice a difference in performance. The proclaimed advantage of the ceramic ones is their longevity. I never replaced one of the standard Boca bearings, they work just great. Im not aware of any other props that fit and provide an advantage.

  • Avatar
    brian

    I must agree 110% on the maintanence of the drive system making a huge difference on both performance and longevity of your motors. Also if using the quad for shooting aerial video, keep things smooth is absolute necessity! The replacement 11 tooth nylon pinion gears that you sell in addition to your motors are a very small maintanence investment that provides large returns for the diligence. Basically if the quad has much drivetrain noise, its time to maintain.
    As for Boca Bearings, (they got some cool stuff dont they!?) I've been using their stuff for so many different hobbies for years. From RC helis to fishing reels, even Yo-Yo's ! The upgrade from stock bearings to their sealed variety is huge. Stock bearings in these craft just plain suck, even when brand new! Too much radial play and slop, not to mention lousy tolerance and fit on the gear shaft.
    My big question.... Does the additional expense of the ceramic bearings make a big difference??? How much more noticeable is the ceramic bearing over other bearings???
    For those that are especially perfectionists, try going all out and balancing your props too! Amazingly you tap out additional performance and smooth flight.
    Are there any prop upgrades or have anyone tried another prop or pitch?

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