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Old 03-21-2019, 03:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Tail boom wire threading tricks

Not sure if this topic has been posted in a while, but after a minor crash today, I had to replace my tail boom, and I discovered 2 tricks that make it much easier.

1) Remove the 4 screws where the boom attaches to the frame. Spread the frame apart there. That allows the wires, with their connectors, to easily make the turn and go down to where they meet the other wires and get plugged in. Fishing them through that turn is a major pain with small screwdrivers and skinny pliers. No tools required, once the frame is spread apart a little.

2) I have some silicone lubricant in a bottle (like a small plastic bottle of 3-in-1 oil). Not a spray can. I dripped some inside the tail boom, over a trash can, and let it run down inside the length of the tube, with the excess dripping into the trash can. That allowed the wires to very easily be pushed through the boom from the aft end. A spray can of silicone would work too, but more messy. Or wire pulling lube (which I didn't already have).

Both of these tricks turned replacing the tail boom into just a very easy 10 minute job, start to finish.
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Old 03-22-2019, 03:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have some thin dakron and I tie three lengths of this, one to each wire just behind the bullet. I thread the dakron through the boom then pull each wire in turn through the boom. I also remove the four tail boom screws to spread the frame to get the wires around the bend and through the hole in the frame
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Old 03-24-2019, 10:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The "trick" is to stagger the wires as they go into the boom. Arrange one bullet behind the other, and they push right through with no fuss at all. Reverse holds true for removing them from the boom.

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