View Full Version : Shortened my Sticks

10-18-2009, 11:45 PM
So i was programming some new numbers in my TX.. and as i was moving around my sticks i realized, i never once, in the three years ive been flying ever even thought about lowering the sticks. Since ive built and have been trying to dial in my new rex500 ive been experimenting with negative expos and such looking for the right "feeling".. so i dropped both sticks to the base. The set screw is now kind of flush with the crown and its an entirely new feeling on my thumbs. I took her up about 15 minutes ago and man!!! now THATS what ive been missing.. that thing flew like i never dreamed. It was so tight. Im not sure i can really articulate what it is that happened, but i somehow felt, i dunno, more 'connected' to the bird.. This strange feeling of confidence arose and i swear if it was day time i might have gone for my first invert right then and there. anyway, it really made my night, and i cant believe all this time something that small wouldve made such a major change.

10-18-2009, 11:55 PM
Hey thats cool flip. It allows you to input more movement with a shorter throw. I also fly that way. I have also found that when the gimbals are sharp, the cyclic gymbal will try to roll off the thumb in a stirring action like piro flips. So it may seem weird but I sanded the spikes on the gimbal down a bit so they wouldnt want to hold so much. So now they give just a little on my thumb. It lets me do piro flips without the gimbal rolling off of my thumb. I am a pinch flyer but I put more pressure on my thumbs. Either way, its that small things that all add up to your own perfect setup. :thumbup:

10-19-2009, 12:11 AM
with longer sticks it feels like there is more expo, as you have to move the stick more to get the desired movement. I also fly with the gimbals all the way down. I have my Tx so personalised for me (stick tension and height) that when I use anyone else's it feels really weird and uncomfortable.
I like running a fairly stiff rudder stick so I dont un-intentionally make any rudder inputs when playing with the elevator (mode 1)

10-19-2009, 03:35 AM
Have to agree with you on the short sticks. And i also tighting up the rudder to stop any un wanted inputs. it does feel very differant to fly but now im used to it i couldnt fly any other way..

10-19-2009, 11:21 AM
A while back I shortened the sticks (brought them in to lowest setting, tightened the gimbals fully, and put stick toppers on (thumbs), and its been much better. A little getting used to it, but much better.

10-19-2009, 12:08 PM
I setup my TX with the left stick .1000" shorter than the right stick. Just feels better to me that way. I have them measured so I can transfer to other TXs. A little OCD for sure. :lol:

lightning rc
10-19-2009, 01:35 PM
I cut/sanded about 5mm off the bottom of my sticks on my JR 9X11 a very long time ago as my little thumbs seemed to be stretching all the time , when I fly other peoples heli's now it just dont seem right , im glad I done this and will do so on my next radio.

My sticks are so short that I also had to trim the inner spindle as they were sticking through the tops of the sticks.

10-19-2009, 01:52 PM
well i fly pinch on my cyclic stick and thumb on my throttle stick, so its a but weird but my cyclic stick is about 1/4 longer than my throttle....

love the feeling though. :)

10-19-2009, 04:45 PM
yeah, i really liked the feeling of the tip being rounded off a bit.. was so used to that hollow barbed metal feeling.. i might go in there and file those down a little bit myself..

Tail boom
10-19-2009, 08:27 PM

I am a thumber and had to lower my sticks all the way down. Only then my thumbs lie on the stick ends correctly to have a connected, controlled and precise input.



10-19-2009, 10:56 PM
i too experimented with lowering my sticks tonight..was flying the msr...i and i deff noticded a more connected feeling with the sticks lowered all the way and i toss that thing around like it owes me money :YeaBaby:...i really wanna do some testing with my bigger helis tomm... but that will have to wait till sunday :roll:...