View Full Version : Looking for an alternative landing gear
11-08-2010, 09:06 AM
Hello everyone I am running a stock trex 450 sport and I am looking for a wider landing gear to use on my sport and I wondered if you had any suggestions. I am still pretty green at flying but I do not want to use training gear. I am also looking for something to raise the tail so that it is out of the grass. Any suggestions would be helpful!! Thanks
11-08-2010, 10:14 AM
You can use any landing gear you want, you just need to drill new holes that line up to the frame. T-Rex 500 gear would work well.
11-08-2010, 11:10 AM
+1 on the Trex 500 gear... I have it on my Pro and love it: keeps the tail off the grass, makes the heli more stable when landing and in flight (it's 60g vs 25g of the Pro one-piece gear) and - in my opinion - looks even nicer than the original (the heli seems bigger).
PS: I just swapped the black skids for white ones (skid pipes remained the same, black), as I found the all-black gear wasn't helping at all with orientation..
11-08-2010, 12:42 PM
I like the look of the above heli... LOOK UP>>:thumbup:
11-08-2010, 02:52 PM
If you are like me and just working on hovering, I would stay away from the grass. If you are low and don't come down straight, the grass has a tendency to grab the landing gear and tip the heli over. I tend still "skate" a bit and have had one tip over because I was off the cement and in the grass. If you want to fly over grass, the training gear might be a better choice.
Just my 2 cents worth. :)
11-08-2010, 06:49 PM
Thanks for the replies!! I am going to give the Trex 500 landing gear a try. I would love to fly on concrete but i am having troubles finding a place to fly. Parks are a bit more common in Vancouver BC. Not a lot of big open parking lots I could get away with flying in.
11-08-2010, 07:04 PM
500 gear here also. Check my album for some more photos. They will break in a hard crash. I started using the 500 Gorilla gear. They are more flexable, but sag a little on the rear strut. So far that's not a problem other than the chopper want's to drift backwards a little bit on take-off. And I hope I don't jinx myself, but no crash with the Gorilla gear yet!:wow2:
I also shortened the skid pipes up about 1-1/2" using a tubing cutter. And you'll have to slot the mounting holes a little bit.
11-08-2010, 07:20 PM
Mount the new skids with small or thin zip ties, no drilling needed, plus the zip ties will break off and avoid breaking the frame/skids, and there are no screws to tear out.
11-08-2010, 08:18 PM
Remove your stock landing gear struts and turn them around. Push the skids back as far as you can and use the rubber sleeves on the back end. Works great. A tip given to me by Rick at Heliproz. Whenever possible stay off of the grass. If you have to use grass bring the collective up until you think it is getting light and then give a firm quick bump up on the collective to hop up a few feet. That instant when you break ground is when you can have trouble.
11-08-2010, 08:28 PM
I love my 600 size gear. Looks totally boss, won't tip over, and it makes a great handle so I can carry my DX6i and heli in one hand at the same time.
11-09-2010, 01:33 AM
Anyone have a picture of 450,500,600 gear side by side?
11-09-2010, 01:40 AM
Again on the subject of black vs white struts: with an all-black gear, I found that even at short distance the skids and struts visually merge and at some angles they really mess with your orientation (well, with mine for sure...).
If you look at the pic below, the gear makes you think the heli is banking left, when it's actually perfectly straight and level:
11-09-2010, 01:51 AM
I used the 500 landing gear worked great with tail much higher. Also makes the 450 look like a bigger helli. Here in Surrey, BC. I use school yards after hours because they are fenced and vacant. Parks in Vancouver can have pedestrian traffic so would suggest spotter.
11-09-2010, 02:02 AM
The 500 gear puts the 450 2.25 inches of the deck and that is the same for 600. So for my 500 and 600 I used the 3d gear and they are much wider and 3 inches of the deck. With the longer skids I set the back skid out farther and this helps when landing. The back tip of skids touch down first and force tail up - and saves the tail and my shivering wallet.
11-09-2010, 08:27 AM
Suresharp do you have a pic?