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davidhesketh421
12-28-2003, 07:20 PM
Hi,
Does anyone know if it is possible to adjust the spring loading on the X45 joystick as mine is rather stiff and the movement is a little sticky. This is making it difficult to fly! Thanx

davidhesketh421
12-28-2003, 07:20 PM
Hi,
Does anyone know if it is possible to adjust the spring loading on the X45 joystick as mine is rather stiff and the movement is a little sticky. This is making it difficult to fly! Thanx

lil_labbit
12-28-2003, 07:30 PM
Unlike the throttle of the X45 (which has a button on the bottom to adjust friction) - the stick sadly has not -
You CAN use a little tie-wrap to pull the spring at the bottom together some - that will help

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Tully__
12-29-2003, 12:36 AM
For the "sticky" problem:

<UL TYPE=SQUARE><LI>Rub a little candle wax on the cone & cup assembly at the base of the stick; OR
<LI>Use a very tiny amount of SILICON based lubricant (NOT mineral oil) on the cone/cup; OR
<LI>Make a washer out of plasticised card (cereal packets are good) to go between the cup & cone.
[/list]

For the spring tension, I found that curing the sticky problem was enough, but a couple of other options are:

<UL TYPE=SQUARE><LI>Compress the spring using cable ties (those plastic nylon zip tighten things used by electrician and electronics techs); OR
<LI>Replace the spring with one intended for a Cyborg stick.
[/list]

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BaldieJr
12-29-2003, 07:06 AM
Remove the screws on the side of the grip and split the bottom part of it. Don't take it completely apart. Pull the grip up so that you can slide the spring up. Remove the spring like you would a key on a keychain. Reasemble.

You'll have a feather-touch stick that will not stand up on its own, but with practice, you'll love it.

I'm not responsible for any damage you do.

commie1
12-29-2003, 10:14 AM
Or you could just buy a Cougar instead.

It's your call.

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adlabs6
12-29-2003, 10:51 AM
A springless stick?? http://www.geocities.com/adlabs6/B/bin/1/surprised.gif

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BaldieJr
12-29-2003, 01:12 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by adlabs6:
A springless stick?? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Be Sure!

If I ever get over to the machine shop and get new aluminum gimbals to replace the plastic ones, I should have the worlds best stick for under $150. Of course, I'll put all the mods into my signature and claim my superiority.

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davidhesketh421
12-29-2003, 04:56 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions - tried the candle wax thing and that works great! The simple things are usually the best. What a great forum - 6 replies in less than 24 hours, think I'll have to keep comming back for more.

davidhesketh421
12-30-2003, 05:09 AM
Oh, forgot to thank Adlabs6 for the great X45 profile and user manual - this has saved me a lot of time and effort! Thanks