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Old 08-04-2017, 11:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question How old is a Trex 550e?

Local guy says he bought this about 3-4 years ago... would it be older? Don't know how the version iterations have gone.Wondering if it'd be a good buy or not. He's asking $650


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I have a similar one in my collection (pre-DFC, now upgraded to a Compass head).

I got is used in a trade from a friend probably, about six years ago. I think he had it for over a year before I got it.

Heavy and a bit hard on batteries, but a steady, reliable aircraft. Quite good for its time.
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Old 08-05-2017, 10:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Trex 550e V2 circa late 2011. Prices have really dropped on all helis...could probably offer ~$500ish for the package. It looks to be in good condition, but all stock - no aftermarket upgrades. Needs to be tidy-up a little. Would not go much higher - but it's nice that it will be RTF for you.

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$650 seems like a lot to me for a 7 year old heli, even with a DX6i Tx included.

There was an identical Trex 550 V2 in the classified's here listed for $375 that sold recently: https://www.helifreak.com/showthread...&highlight=550
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Old 08-05-2017, 06:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Default How old is a Trex 550e?

I bought that heli you linked Grumpy. Got it for $275 with no FBL.

There are a few Trex 550s still available in the classifieds. One guy had two of them for $600.

The extras pictured in the original post really aren't worth much. Dx6i is $50, Phoenix $50. Doubt the batteries are any good
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I purchased a T-Rex 550 v1 combo kit from Amain for $695.79 back in April 2011. That purchase price included not only the combo kit, but also included the 10mm Trueblood tripod style swash leveler, and a few other misc. items. Even with about $300 worth of KDE upgrades and in good flying condition, the best I was able to get for the airframe and blades (without any electronics) was $240 in Sept 2014.
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I just bought one used. 550e V2. Tell you what...Iíve had a couple crashes and parts are dang near impossible to find. Looks like Align dropped it off the list. I need servo arms for the tail, a swash, swash follower arms...nothing! And all the part sites have this heli listed...but the parts are fir a flybar heli. Iím listing what I have left. Try to sell it as a part donater and buy something else.
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And with that straight cut gear Iíd say itís a V1...
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I just bought one used. 550e V2. Tell you what...Iíve had a couple crashes and parts are dang near impossible to find. Looks like Align dropped it off the list. I need servo arms for the tail, a swash, swash follower arms...nothing! And all the part sites have this heli listed...but the parts are fir a flybar heli. Iím listing what I have left. Try to sell it as a part donater and buy something else.



All those parts are still available. i could link eBay listings from reputable sellers.
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Indeed I stand corrected...it is a v1, but not because of the main gear, but it has the metal tail pushrod, older motor (smooth can), and separate swash driver from the head block. Also harder to see, is the tail box on the v1 has a standoff in the rear instead of formed, the tail grips have only one radial bearing each and the oneway is without a radial bearing also.

Not that it matters since the OP is awol.
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Mine was a fully stock v1 got it from a buddy at a homie price. It came with stock and mavrikk blades, stock and helidirect canopy, stock and kde one way with main gears, a microbeast, stock and kde motor, brand new servos, and 4 lipos.

Since then the only v1 part left is the tail box and tail gears. Still v1 tail gears unstripped lol.
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Old 10-03-2017, 10:23 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I sold my old Trex 550 V3 for $550. It had every piece of KDE on it including the motor. Every single metal upgrade from Align, All the black gears, Carbon boom, Everything ! It was SO clean.
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I agree with others, the sim, and dx6i not worth much at all. i never cared for the DX6I myself but know folks who flew with them for a while.
The lipos i would never trust.. so i would offer maybe $450-500 if you really like it.. i have a older trex600E and i converted it to FBL at least that one is FBL already. i love mine
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