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08-21-2007, 08:24 PM
I just got in my second Ion-X2 conversion kit. I wanted to share this one with everyone by means of a photo build thread. If you have an Ion you can see what is involved with the X2 conversion. It is really an easy mod to do. I don't have the instruction for the conversion yet but this is how I did my last one. Should help you guys out with conversions untill the manuals are done.

The first part will cover disassembly. My conversion donor is a backup airframe that will be my #1 machine when done. It was a 2 stage setup so if you are converting from a single stage setup there may be some minor differences.

The second part will cover the assembly steps.

Here is the donor before work starts.

08-21-2007, 08:27 PM
Here is all that is included in the conversion kit. Mine will be setup for an actro motor with an 11.3:1 ratio for a 12s setup.

08-21-2007, 08:31 PM
Remove the battery mounts and standoffs on both sides of the heli.

These parts will not be needed any longer.

08-21-2007, 08:36 PM
Next remove the boom and boom supports from the frame.

08-21-2007, 08:39 PM
Remove the Landing gear and lower baseplate.

The lower baseplate is optional on the X2 conversion. I choose not to run them.

08-21-2007, 08:46 PM
Next remove the maingear assembly, mainshaft with the swash and all other head parts. Remove the split collars from inside the frames also.

08-21-2007, 08:49 PM
Remove the aileron and pitch bellcranks and servo wheels. Also remove the elevator servo wheel and linkage.

08-21-2007, 08:54 PM
Remove the 3 cyclic servos.

08-21-2007, 08:57 PM
Remove the rudder servo if installed. Mine was already removed.
Remove the rudder servo mount.

08-21-2007, 09:02 PM
Remove the tail boom holder halves from inside the frames.

08-21-2007, 09:04 PM
Remove the front and rear landing gear brackets. The front C channel should have all of the bolts out of it with the front landing gear bracket removed.
Remove the fron C channel.

08-21-2007, 09:12 PM
Remove the anti-rotation bracket.

08-21-2007, 09:15 PM
Remove the upper and lower mainshaft bearing blocks.

08-21-2007, 09:20 PM
Remove the motor mount for the 2 stage motors at this point. Mine was already removed on this airframe along with the seconday gear.
Next remove the secondary gear and bearing blocks along with the upper pinion.

08-21-2007, 09:23 PM
Now remove the rear C channel.

08-21-2007, 09:25 PM
Now remove the pitch bellcrank that is in the middle of the frames.

08-21-2007, 09:29 PM
Now split the 2 frame sides. Remove all the standoffs and spacers from the frames. The frames will not be reused on the X2.

08-21-2007, 09:33 PM
At this point we are pretty much done with all the dis-assembly. Take this time to check over all your parts. Lube your bearings or replace them as needed. It wont be this easy to do untill.........you know. Clean everything up and we will get ready to start the assembly.

08-21-2007, 09:40 PM
Before assembly starts you will need to install some PIM nuts in your rear C channel. The holes will need to be enlarged to fit the pim nuts. My first conversion kit needed the front and rear channel pim nuts added but this latest conversion kit has a new front channel with the pim nuts already installed. Only the rear channel pim nuts needed to be installed on this conversion.
I used an 11/64 drill bit with a drill press. The nuts can be pressed into the channels with a good size pair of pliers and a little force.

The last pic shows what your channels should look like when all the pim nuts are installed.

08-22-2007, 05:14 PM
I am going to start the assembly with the left side frame. The right side frame has the mount for the rudder servo on it. See the first pic.

First install the rear upper spacer to the left frame half.

Next install the rear channel on the left side frame.

08-22-2007, 05:17 PM
Next install the upper and lower mainshaft bearing blocks to the left frame half.

08-22-2007, 05:20 PM
Now install the spacer between the bearing blocks. It is attached with the pivot for the bellcrank.

08-22-2007, 05:31 PM
Next install the upper pinion bearing block. Position it so the bearing is facing down. The carbon plates with the numbers on them will line up the bearing block so you have a perfect gear mesh to the maingear. The plates will only go on one way.

08-22-2007, 05:42 PM
No we will install the gyro mount C channel, the upper C channel and the front C channel. These channel bolts will also be holding on the battery tray.

Gyro channe has the flat side facing up. Upper channel has the flat side facing down. The front channel has the flat side facing back.

The battery tray has a small raised section on the lower right side of it. This will butt up to the main frame. See the pics for orientation.

Last pic show all 3 channels and the battery tray installed to the left frame half.

08-22-2007, 09:04 PM
Now install the last C channel. The small lower one in the front. The flat side will face up. It will only go on one way.