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transmitter upgrade

edl

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Thinking of upgrading transmitter and receiver my 2 choices are Spektrum or Futaba 4 channel, do servos need to match or can you mix? I have a killer bee switch installed and heard some people say killer bee not compatible with Spektrum any thoughts?

Thanks
 

G-Man

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Thinking of upgrading transmitter and receiver my 2 choices are Spektrum or Futaba 4 channel, do servos need to match or can you mix? I have a killer bee switch installed and heard some people say killer bee not compatible with Spektrum any thoughts?

Thanks
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I am a Futaba all the way kind of guy. There is no better radio system for 5th scales IMO. Even the cheaper models are great. I have a middle of the road 4PLS and love it so much. I have telemetry receivers in both of my 5th scales. Nice having one radio for both

Oh and to answer the mix and match servos etc. it does not matter as long as they are quality. I have a Futaba RX a Spektrum for steering and Savox throttle servo
 

edl

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Thanks G-Man kinda leaning toward the Futaba doesn't seem to as finicky as the Spektrum
 

G-Man

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Thanks G-Man kinda leaning toward the Futaba doesn't seem to as finicky as the Spektrum
I tried a Flysky 4 channel it4s. It was glitchy, the rx received interference from either the coil or the spark plug. I had 3 run aways that day, It would function fine not running then 5 minutes into running it I was reaching for the killswitch toggle. Full throttle.. I can get at least a football field range from the Futaba and it has yet to glitch
 

edl

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If I want to use this radio with other trucks do I need to buy a Futaba receiver for each one?
 

designed2survive

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If I want to use this radio with other trucks do I need to buy a Futaba receiver for each one?

Yes but the Futaba is worth it. Reliability and great range!

The other option will be to unplug the RX and move it to the other truck.
 

G-Man

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If I want to use this radio with other trucks do I need to buy a Futaba receiver for each one?
Yes each rc will need a futaba receiver that is compatible with the specific radio. Not all Futaba receivers work with every radio.
 

edl

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I bought the Futaba 4PLS, this transmitter is amazing, but the instructions are a little overwhelming just trying to figure out the basics does anyone else have this transmitter?
 

G-Man

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I bought the Futaba 4PLS, this transmitter is amazing, but the instructions are a little overwhelming just trying to figure out the basics does anyone else have this transmitter?

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Yes Sir!! That's the one I use. It is awesome. You are better off just playing with the radio settings etc rather than the manual it get confusing and overwhelming. It never really does tell you how to set up more than one rc. So I went to youtube. Even there the one had the instructions wrong. The middle slide switch has to be to the left to change or add models. The video had the switch slid to the right which is the run position. Any questions just ask...
 

edl

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That is Cool, yes you are correct it is very overwhelming I just want to get the basic set-up then add as I go along, I have the killer bee cut off should I add to a open channel & what is the switch on the handle grip do, thinking I would use that if I can figure it out.
 

G-Man

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That is Cool, yes you are correct it is very overwhelming I just want to get the basic set-up then add as I go along, I have the killer bee cut off should I add to a open channel & what is the switch on the handle grip do, thinking I would use that if I can figure it out.
Hey Thanks Man!! Did the wrap one day waiting on RC parts. I have the Superbee killswitch plugged into channel 3 on the RX. Then I have the push button on the grip near my thumb to use for that channel. You can go through the menu and turn off all the other switch functions if you won't use them. It has been the best upgrade I have. Good luck. Any other questions feel free to ask.
 

G-Man

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Go to menu 2, click on the SW/DIAL, now scroll down to SW1 (which is the switch by left thumb holding controller) use the + or - button to scroll to CH3 will be displayed next to SW1. By putting ch3 in there, that assigns channel 3 to that switch. You can assign ch3 to any of the other switches in this list also if you do not want to use that particular switch, I use that switch because it is the closest to my thumb in a panic will be easy to kill the engine. I do not use the failsafe option to apply the brakes so I am no help there if you wanted to use that function. I never felt the need to apply the brakes, it slows down fast enough for me just turning off the engine. Now you are good to go by plugging your super bee into the channel 3 on your receiver. Let me know how it works for you!!
 

edl

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When I first stated it up it was revving very high and had very little brakes I adjusted the throttle trim way back to get it to idle then I had to adjust the collars on the linkage for the correct setting I then zeroed out the throttle trim and after a few more collar adjustments it was back to normal, what I am wondering if I could have done those adjustments through the radio settings instead of adjusting the linkage collars-thanks again.
 

G-Man

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When I first stated it up it was revving very high and had very little brakes I adjusted the throttle trim way back to get it to idle then I had to adjust the collars on the linkage for the correct setting I then zeroed out the throttle trim and after a few more collar adjustments it was back to normal, what I am wondering if I could have done those adjustments through the radio settings instead of adjusting the linkage collars-thanks again.
IMO You did it the correct way. The way you did it you can set the trims to zero and just adjust the end points for both of your servos and be done. I like to leave a little slack between my collars and the arms the push. Especially the brake arm. I leave it to where th washer and spring are about .5-1mm away from the arm. That ensures the brakes are not dragging, yet allows the servo and linkage to do their job. To answer your question yes the trim could have been used, but then you are relying on your servo for the engine to run. That engine is made to run just sitting there, the servo just tells it when to go Braaaapp
 

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