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Old 09-29-2011, 09:54 AM   #21 (permalink)
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And... it looks like it'll even work on the front frame joint too, which I'll check when I get mine.
Definitely let us know. That is where I want one.
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Old 09-30-2011, 11:32 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Definitely let us know. That is where I want one.
Ok, got my brace from KDE today and installed it. Now I see why everybody raves about KDE - super super nicely made and fitting part. They even send it with a set of correctly sized bolts to replace the originals (which are the wrong sizes for the KDE brace).
Only took about 15 mins. I did it on the floor with the heli laid over on its side, so it's a very easy retrofit.

It will not fit on the front unfortunately, the ears on the back are machined precisely to fit around the frames in the back. They have a slant back there where in the front they're squared off and further forward. Oh well.

But it adds a huge amount of strength back there. When you take the gear loose without it, the frames just flap. But with the brace installed, it's suddenly built like a truck. Should be a lot firmer in a hard landing..

I definitely recommend it (though the V2 kit probably has the part from Align in the OP)....

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Old 10-02-2011, 09:08 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Now another one for the front and i'll order a set.

Align is really looking at copying all of KDE's upgrades.
I expect a 3rd bearing block and longer mainshaft in a while..
Speaking of that, I'm still wondering why neither align nor KDE have made a similar brace for the front. The back is now built like a truck on mine with the KDE brace, seems like you can make one for the front by just taking the ears for the boom support bolts off. Same with the Align part.

Then the entire bottom structure would be super strong just like it is on the nitro.

BTW, I can confirm that the KDE part does clear with the Align 5200mah batts. It's a close fit, but the batts do clear the crossmember even with the velcro straps around them. I was kind of worried about this because I have the huge batteries....

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or just build the whole bottom piece out of aluminum
https://www.helifreak.com/showpost.p...8&postcount=25

make the whole bottom frame a lot stiffer
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