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Old 11-14-2012, 11:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm getting some pretty intense vibrations that are pretty much always there while the engine is running. Even at idle, the fuel in the tank is jumping around, and i can feel the vibrations on the skids with my hand. The heli even wants to slide off the table like a vibrating cell phone. I also have a very twitchy tail that I am guessing is a result of the vibrations. So first off, If it's even vibrating at an idle, I can rule out everything else but the engine, right?

Now I just need to figure out why it's vibrating. I don't think it's bearings, as I have the Magnum center-glide bushing installed, which is very smooth, and my front bearing is nice and smooth. Nothing is broken, so I guess something is out of balance. So what should I look for when hunting down engine vibes?

Am I wasting my time? I don't really know if it's normal to have all these vibrations

btw, this is a Fury 55 with an Align/O.S. 55 engine
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Lets hope we get an answer, as I am seeing the exact same issues. I can't tell if it is the clutch system or play in the head. I changed out the main shaft, and from looking at the one that came in the kit, the one way bearing has left teeth marks in the shaft, and having heard that there are a bunch of mainshafts that aren't hardened, I feel like that might be one of them.

However after changing out the shaft, there is noticeable play front to back but not side to side, so now I'm looking at the head/main shaft interface. The dowel pin is inserted correctly, and I have tightened down the clamp screws as much as I feel comfortable with for fear of stripping the threads, but the head/shaft still has play.

I'll try to talk with MA tomorrow and pass along anything I find out here.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah I've still got the vibration. And my tail doesn't like it. I'm afraid the tail servo is gonna burn out. I also don't know if it's in the clutch/fan assembly or somewhere else. I'm thinking about balancing and dial indicating the fan hub; unfortunately, I don't have a dial indicator.

Let me know if you find anything out.

p.s. I'm almost positive my vibration is not part of the main gear/main shaft assembly or anything past the motor in the drive train. I know because my heli is vibrating even when idling, and none of the drivetrain other than the engine, clutch, and fan are moving then.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Have you checked the bearing in the engine?
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Old 11-29-2012, 02:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yep... The front bearing is nice and smooth. I use the Magnum center glide bearing on the rear... Very smooth.
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Old 11-30-2012, 02:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I had a bad vibration after a crash due to a bad boom support, just the epoxy in the end came loose. This allows the tail to wiggle all over even when the drivetrain is not moving just engine vibration may be making it wag around some and shake the whole machine.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:17 PM   #7 (permalink)
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So I just pulled out the engine today to see what was going on, and I was going to attempt to balance the fan and hub. Upon doing so I realized that my fan was way out of balance. It really wanted to keep falling to one weighted spot. I don't know if this is poor quality control from Min Air, but it's surprising for sure. So basically I used a nice sharp drill bit and carved little dimples on the heavy side of the fan to balance it out. I checked the balance with my true-spin balancer from Dubro, and it worked quite well. You can just see two of the dimples (there are three) in this picture.



I put it back together, waited a couple hours for the loc-tite and RTV to dry, and took it into the garage to let it idle. Before it vibrated like crazy, but now it is much better. It still vibrates a little, but it is noticeably better. I'm hoping now the tail jittering will calm down, or even go away completely, that is really my ultimate aim for getting rid of the vibrations. I also don't want any screws wiggling loose. I will see in a couple days when I have time to fly it outside and see if it is noticeably better in the air. I'm hoping it will be!
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:30 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Well I have had a little time to fly it, and realized I never updated this thread. It was better I think, but definitely not cured. The tail still seemed a bit jittery, which was a bit disappointing. I really want to get rid of that completely. I'm afraid the tail servo is going to be overworked and burn out.
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