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Old 05-05-2007, 11:33 PM   #1
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Default Which Blade CX2 mods are worth it??

I just bought my Blade CX2 and was wondering what mods are worth it. If anyone has experience with the mods out there, your advise would be great.

Basically, I want to be able to fly my CX2 outside, in calm conditions of course. I'm a little confused on which mods to go with. I've heard the tail boom mod works better for outdoor flying. Then there are all of the aluminum upgrades and so on and so on.....

Can someone please list from experience what the "worth while" mods are and where to purchase them? I appreciate any help.
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I'm pretty new to this but I have gained some knowledge that I would be happy to share because there are things that I need help with too. (Give and take, right?) Anyway, buy ...
EFLH1240 Inner shaft & Aluminum head
EFLH1245 Aluminum lower rotor head
EFLH1246 Aluminum swashplate (not convinced on this one yet)
Fuse Mod! I've been pretty careful with my CX2 but I think that I've fried my 4in1 and at $60 with NO WARRANTY, the fuses should save cash.

***Horizon Hobby's 4in1 warranty is that if you've used it, there is no warranty. OK, maybe a little overboard but they will ask if you've crashed the helicopter (even a chipped blade) and if so, no warranty.

Basically, if you haven't broken the upper and lower heads yet, you will.
And rather than spending lots of $$ on upgraded blade holders, blades, motors, ... save the cash and practice on this one. When you think "you are the man" then buy another heli better suited for outdoor use!
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Definatly the Aluminum Upper rotor head and the inner shaft (i had to replace my plastic one twice)

still in school but at least i can fly my Blade CX2
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I guess the next question would be - which brand for all these aluminum upgrades? Should I go with E Flight or another brand?
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Stay with the e-flite upgrades as there seems to be some complaints about the "other" companies products. The most popular boom kit is from boomtownhobbies.com.

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How about this website, are they any good -

http://www.bladecx2.com/

Where do I get the mods so the blades won't smash together? I'm looking to get better performance outside. Also, do the blade grips work good?

By the way, I fixed the problems that I was having with the gyro. It flys great now. Thanks for all the help
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I have come across that site before but I haven't ordered from them yet. wish I could be of more help. but very glad to hear your gyro troubles are over.


ps that extreme core set looks real nice! all the important bits in one sleek package.

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I'll be the berror of bad new about the Bladecx2.com site just sells Vortex and Lamma parts for a markup. it's not worth your time. stick to E-flight suff or search around these forums for good upgrades for cheap. If your like me you'll grow out of your CX pritty quick so Don't drop to much money in right away.

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good to know, constant! glad to know that before I ordered anything from them.

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I've heard the same about them. Matter of fact someone said the "longer shaft" they advertise measured to be the same as the stock one. Hmmm.. someone got the shaft did't they?? Anyway, I read the blade grips just add weight and weren't any improvement whatsoever. You can always move the servo linkages out one hole lon the arms ike many do, however be prepared for blade clash and down comes your heli! If I were you, I'd only upgrade the inner shaft for now. If you break a hub pin, replace the hub with aluminum. If you find yourself lucky enough to crash tail first like I do (those airplane/ heli eating trees) and break the tail section, then upgrade to the boom kit. Good Luck!

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I'll be the berror of bad new about the Bladecx2.com site just sells Vortex and Lamma parts for a markup. it's not worth your time. stick to E-flight suff or search around these forums for good upgrades for cheap. If your like me you'll grow out of your CX pritty quick so Don't drop to much money in right away.
So they are just selling Vortex and Lamma parts? How is this possible and do you have evidence of this? The videos that they have showing how fast their CX2 is going forward is pretty amazing (compared to stock). So obviously they did something besides installing parts that don't fit.??
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What mod will give me faster forward flight? Also, what will keep the blades from clashing when flying outdoors. I love flying mine outdoors, it's a blast!!

Does Eflight sell every upgrade I need for this? I'm going to the hobby shop tommorrow, can someone please list ALL possible upgrades so I can be ready to choose which ones I want. My lhs is getting a big Eflight shipment in tomorrow so I'd like to have a list. It's way too confusing to sort out all these mods and not get them confused.

Thanks for any help!
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Available E-Flite CX2 mods:
Aluminum Swashplate
Aluminum Lower Rotor Head
Aluminum Upper Rotor Head
Aluminum Upper Bearing Holder with bearing
Aluminum Inner Shaft

That's it for E-Flite.. They are coming out with a boom kit for the CX2 but it's not made by E-flite but rather distributed by Horizon Hobby. IMO, the boomtownhobbies tail boom is just as good, maybe even better. I know their skids are definitely better than the stock brittle ones.

For faster flight you can move the arms out one hole on the servo. As far as aftermarket shafts/ upgrades, it seems to be hit and miss.

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Thanks for that list!

I read somewhere about a mod that reduces the upper and lower blades hitting each other while flying outside.

Do you have a link for it or know anything about this?
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Vortex, Lamma, BCX main drive parts are all interchangable* somewhat. I know because I had the whole drive system of a Vortex on my BCX2. The theory (i've disproven it) is that since the vortex shafts are slightly longer than the BCX shafts you'll get less blade strikes. In reality it dosn't much matter. I've since upgraded to the BCX aluminum inner shaft, But i'm still using vortex lower hub and blade grips.

I've even put instructions on this very forum:http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=14419

Oh, and as for speed, it can be increased by moving the linkage out 1 or 2 holes. I can reach about 15MPH with mine in a gym. (usualy results in a crash though)

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So they are just selling Vortex and Lamma parts? How is this possible and do you have evidence of this? The videos that they have showing how fast their CX2 is going forward is pretty amazing (compared to stock). So obviously they did something besides installing parts that don't fit.??

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Originally Posted by constantCrash View Post
Vortex, Lamma, BCX main drive parts are all interchangable* somewhat. I know because I had the whole drive system of a Vortex on my BCX2. The theory (i've disproven it) is that since the vortex shafts are slightly longer than the BCX shafts you'll get less blade strikes. In reality it dosn't much matter. I've since upgraded to the BCX aluminum inner shaft, But i'm still using vortex lower hub and blade grips.

I've even put instructions on this very forum:http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=14419

Oh, and as for speed, it can be increased by moving the linkage out 1 or 2 holes. I can reach about 15MPH with mine in a gym. (usualy results in a crash though)
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to sound like I didn't believe you.:o So, I can't upgrade to all of the Eflight aluminum parts if I do the bending blades mod?
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Yes you can use the E-flite aluminum parts and the folding blade grips together. However, I would advise against the grips as it seems there is a lot of stability issues when using them. If you really want to make your blades fold, there is a way to do it using the stock plastic inner part of a blade and then modifying your blades to bolt on. To me it's seems like too much effort for so little gained. If you crash you risk breaking a blade with or without the grips. I'd rather put a $1 blade (or several:< ) back on and away I go. Good Luck!

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no harm no fowel. online text looses a lot of connotation that we normaly get with spoken word.

Anyway, correct, following my method, you cannot use the aluminum swash or lower hub. However, you might be able to use the Lama upgraded lower hub: http://www.helidirect.com/product_in...oducts_id=1557

You are stuck with the plastic swash though. Just remember that you'll probably out grow this heli pritty quick and these mods dont actualy improve the performace at all. The only reason i did it to mine was that i was going through 1-2 blades per battery. but now I hardly ever crash. so I question the worth of any of it.

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I'm sorry, I didn't mean to sound like I didn't believe you.:o So, I can't upgrade to all of the Eflight aluminum parts if I do the bending blades mod?

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Originally Posted by constantCrash View Post
no harm no fowel. online text looses a lot of connotation that we normaly get with spoken word.

Anyway, correct, following my method, you cannot use the aluminum swash or lower hub. However, you might be able to use the Lama upgraded lower hub: http://www.helidirect.com/product_in...oducts_id=1557

You are stuck with the plastic swash though. Just remember that you'll probably out grow this heli pritty quick and these mods dont actualy improve the performace at all. The only reason i did it to mine was that i was going through 1-2 blades per battery. but now I hardly ever crash. so I question the worth of any of it.
Honestly, even if I outgrow the CX2, I will still want to keep it for fun. This thing is cool and I don't see any reason that I can't keep enjoying it even when I get a new better heli.
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Where can I get an upgraded fly bar? I see people with them, but can't seem to find any.
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Just wanted to pipe in here for the record...

I have Jamie's boom from Boomtownhobbies.com on my CX2, as well as a gang of Microheli parts.

I went with the Microheli parts due to the silver anodizing. Everyone's freakin got blue... I'm sick of blue anodizing! So I picked up the swashplate, the lower rotor head, the upper rotor head, and the bearing cup, all silver.

The Microheli parts, in my opinion, have a better finish to them, and seem better machined than the E-flite alum parts. They also perform exceedingly well. I haven't had any issues with any of the Microheli upgrades, though I did avoid the blade grips. My CX2 flies like an indoor fiend, and I love zooming around the house with it. I haven't broken anything on it in months, and would recommend the Microheli parts I installed in a heartbeat! They're absolutely great.

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Well I just picked up every aluminum upgrade from Eflight possible for the CX2 and installed it all in about 25 minutes.

The thing flies great! The Blue Aluminum looks really good too. I've got the boomtown hobbies tail and skids coming tomorrow (hopefully).

I'll let you all know how it all goes.
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HeliG, you mentioned a fuse mod earlier for the 4in1. How benificial is the fuse mod, and how would i do it?

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There is 2 mods that can be done. I think the fuselage mod HeliG might be referring to is cutting the canopy window and folding it down to direct the rotor wash over the 4-in-1. The other mod is to remove the case from the 4-in-1 and drill holes in the top and sides to allow more cooling. It seems these mods came about during the first CX as it's 4-in-1 didn't seem to tolerate heat too well. From what I understand, the CX2 doesn't exhibit the same problems as the 4-in-1 was supposedly updated when they went to the 2.4ghz frequency.

Here is a link to some of those mods and a couple repair ideas too!
http://www.dacaur.com/bladecxhelp.html

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that was a very interesting site. that cf blade is pretty intense!

what i was thinking of was using an actual fuse to protect the 4in1 from frying in the event of a crash. i have since found more information on this elsewhere (posted by SSG Scott in the following: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=494197).

i am still interested in whether what HeliG (or anyone else) did was the same mod or not, and if so, how did he specifically go about it? for example, what Amp fuse should be used?

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