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Hydraulic dampers for cyclic

Post by Guest on Wed 23 Apr 2014 - 13:12

What type of dampers or shock-absorbers would be good to use on a cyclic to get that hydraulic feel?

I was looking at RC shocks but I have no idea what they feel like. Are they strong enough to keep the stick where I leave it but not so strong that it takes away from the sensitivity.


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Re: Hydraulic dampers for cyclic

Post by (B/229) Salty on Sat 1 Oct 2016 - 17:55

I use 1:8 Scale RC Buggy dampers. Two dampers on each axis. Feeling is better then spring loaded joystick.

I built myself a floor standing cyclic and added the dampers. For grip I use cheap joystick handle. Ex Blackhawk and active Robinson R44 pilot gave a thumps up for the setup. He´s comments were it feels similar to Robinson R44.

I been looking into the matter and found that Komodo and others use dampers. Cyclic needs a counter weight or counter spring, other wise it falls to lap.


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Post by (B/229) Cib on Sat 1 Oct 2016 - 22:15

I have seen people use motorcycle dampers.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FMOJ1TO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
There is a lot of info in this area of the ED forums
https://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=169671&highlight=damper
There is one particular one that provides link to a collar for attaching springs
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Post by (A/229) Comanchero86 on Sat 1 Oct 2016 - 23:13

Flying the real thing with the force trim off feels like a wet noodle. Without hydraulics on you can feel the feedback of the rotor system through the cyclic. But with hydraulics it feels loose like power steering on a old Chrysler.
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Re: Hydraulic dampers for cyclic

Post by (A/229) Chic on Sun 2 Oct 2016 - 4:43





Komodosim Huey cyclic.  The dampers are very weak so the stick will flop over if left unattended.  Counter weighting shown here stabilizes stick in a cone of @ 5 degrees forward, R and L;  and 2 to 3 degrees aft of center.  This area can of course be modified but this first try setup works for me.

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