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    RE: Saito - Pro FG 14 Tips and tricks only!!!

    The FG-36 one that will fit all the Saito gas engines is also back ordered at Horizon in the USA
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    RE: Saito - Pro FG 14 Tips and tricks only!!!

    The C&H universal type hose clamp sensor mount works on all engnes with round crankcases behind the hub...The magnet locations vary greatly, so there is no way to make a sensor mount that works with engines that have square or flat surfaces to mount the stock sensor...
    Kinda makes one think it might be a way to force purchasers to use only high priced factory ignitions...$200 + for an ignition is ridiculous....Any ignition worth it's salt should be warranteed for at least 2 years...You could replace a whole lot of ignitions for $200 and still be ahead of the game...Unless some dope can't read instructions and uses the wrong voltage... What do people not understand about 6.0000000 ?
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    RE: Saito - Pro FG 14 Tips and tricks only!!!

    Thanks. I think I'll try the HK Hall sensor when I get it. If that doesn't work, I guess I'll have to look at an ignition from CH Ignitions. It's a pity CH does not handle inquiries and sales online. I assume they are doing pretty well with their US customer base.

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    RE: Saito - Pro FG 14 Tips and tricks only!!!

    You can PM TKG or bcchi here on RCU or you can
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    RE: Saito - Pro FG 14 Tips and tricks only!!!


    ORIGINAL: MercerAUST

    Thanks. I think I'll try the HK Hall sensor when I get it. If that doesn't work, I guess I'll have to look at an ignition from CH Ignitions. It's a pity CH does not handle inquiries and sales online. I assume they are doing pretty well with their US customer base.
    We tried online and too many people ordered the wrong. That caused 2x as much work to get the what they needed. We like to talk to customers so we can get them the right stuff the first time.
    What part do you send out when some one order a "cap for the small 14mm plug"???
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    RE: Saito - Pro FG 14 Tips and tricks only!!!

    Would you recommend the FG-14 for a .46 sized drop-in replacement? I'm building a Baron that is designed to run on electrics or twin .46 engines. I started down the electric path, but the battery cost, weight and recharge time is going to kill me. I thought about putting a pair if FG-14's in it. I think the 20's may be too big.
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    RE: Saito - Pro FG 14 Tips and tricks only!!!

    It is going to be heavy and fast with the FG-14 engines
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    RE: Saito - Pro FG 14 Tips and tricks only!!!

    actually, it will be over a pound lighter with these engines (excluding fuel) than it would be with the electric motors and batteries... I would need (2) 5S-5000 batteries for a decent flight time. Those, combined with the motors, get pretty heavy.

    About the "fast" part.. I'll probably go with 3-blade props to get a little more torque and less speed.
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    RE: Saito - Pro FG 14 Tips and tricks only!!!

    my cap keeps slipping off the spark plug in flight. I used the wire clip that came with the engine but that does nothing to stop the cap slipping off the spark plug. anyone else have this problem?
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    RE: Saito - Pro FG 14 Tips and tricks only!!!

    Yes, that retainer wire spring deal can be a little flakey. Study it some and see what you can do to tighten it up?
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    RE: Saito - Pro FG 14 Tips and tricks only!!!

    Can you put a small hose clamp on it? Mine kept slipping on my RCGF 26cc and thats all it took. After that it has never come loose.
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    RE: Saito - Pro FG 14 Tips and tricks only!!!

    I've done a ton of measuring, checking weights, etc... it looks like twin FG-14's are the way to go for my project. I just hate the $900 bill!
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    RE: Saito - Pro FG 14 Tips and tricks only!!!

    I wired the cap so it cant slide back. it should work!
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    RE: Saito - Pro FG 14 Tips and tricks only!!!

    There is no room for a hose clamp, and the cap is so small a hose clamp wouldn't work anyway...
    Bill won't like me saying this, (too much work for what he can sell them for) but the C&H push and turn plug cap is VERY good..But must be used with a Rimfire or Chinese clone 1/4-32 spark plug....
    The Saito spark plug has a groove around the bottom that the spring fits into...I have seen only 1 Saito ignition, so keep this in mind....Best setup would be a complete RC EXL ignition, sensor and all....The hub is keyed. Only way to use the stock flat sensor mount is move the magnet in the hub...Don't know if Bill is working on a replacement...
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    RE: Saito - Pro FG 14 Tips and tricks only!!!


    ORIGINAL: Antique

    There is no room for a hose clamp, and the cap is so small a hose clamp wouldn't work anyway...
    Bill won't like me saying this, (too much work for what he can sell them for) but the C&H push and turn plug cap is VERY good..But must be used with a Rimfire or Chinese clone 1/4-32 spark plug....
    The Saito spark plug has a groove around the bottom that the spring fits into...I have seen only 1 Saito ignition, so keep this in mind....Best setup would be a complete RC EXL ignition, sensor and all....The hub is keyed. Only way to use the stock flat sensor mount is move the magnet in the hub...Don't know if Bill is working on a replacement...
    Bill has already been there and done that. He developed complete kits for all the Saito gas engines last year this time. He devised a sensor mount that works for all four engines and is lower profile than even the FG-14 sensor. The sensor mounts with the stock sensor mounting screws and places the pick up at the the 28 degree point. His system sells for less than half what the complete Saito system does. If you blow a sensor because the plug comes off, a new one is less than $5.

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    RE: Saito - Pro FG 14 Tips and tricks only!!!


    ORIGINAL: KLF1292

    The mount that comes with the FG-14 has two mounting positions. The shortest position appears to entend the carb past the back of the mount so you have to "carve" out and through a portion of the firewall for the carb to fit through. Is this correct? If so, I would likely need to make sure that the hole in the firewall is slightly larger than and not touching the carb to reduce potential damaging effects of vibration.
    The two different mounting positions are there to try and accomodate the different firewall placements that can be found throughout the range of airplanes intended for the engine. When you cut the firewall hole you need to leave about a 2mm space around the carb.

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    RE: Saito - Pro FG 14 Tips and tricks only!!!


    ORIGINAL: MercerAUST

    After 4 months waiting for a part from the Australian distributor (carby body), I finally got mySaito FG-14back into my H9 Pulse 60. I crashed it 4 months ago when the spark plug cable touched the throttle push rod and caused a brown out on landing approach. Luckily, the aircraft was repairable. The brass screw on the carby body where the high speed needle screws in was broken off in the crash and needed a replacement carby body. The sensor also snapped off from the holding bracket, but I glued this back on.

    I rerouted the spark plug lead, fixed a carbon rod insert into the push rod and put rubber on everything to try and prevent a repeat of the 'brown out'. I was told at the strip that carbon is a conductor! Hopefully, now that nothing can touch, I won't have the same problem anyway.

    I got the engine tuned and had one flight and everything seemed OK. The sensor then broke where I glued it and thatwas that! I won't risk glueing it back up again.

    It seems that you can't buy a replacement sensor for theDFG-14, but have to buy the whole ignition unit (cost of $221). Pete from HH previously said he could send me an older unit/cable, but never came through.

    I don't want to pay $221 just for the sensor, nor do I want to wait another 4 months for the partto become available. Can anyone advise if I can just buy a different/cheaper ignition unit? I recently bought a Chinese (RCG) 26cc two stroke and am thinking that perhaps I can just use this ignition system on the Saito? The sensor unit will certainly fit onto the Saito (however the connection to the ignition module is different to the Saito making it difficult to just use the sensor) although the spark plug cap is too big (I can probably modify this). I ask because a replacement chinese ignition system is only $26 with fast delivery.
    Mercer,

    I still have the sensor sitting on my desk. I never received any shipping information from you ... I need to know where to send it.

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    RE: Saito - Pro FG 14 Tips and tricks only!!!

    I just ordered 2 of these for my Baron project.... wish me luck!
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    RE: Saito - Pro FG 14 Tips and tricks only!!!

    Pete: I put my address in my email response to your first offer. I'm obviously very keen for the part, and grateful for your offer, and my address is below (I'll delete after a few days):

    41 Mockridge Crescent
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    RE: Saito - Pro FG 14 Tips and tricks only!!!

    Are you guys hearing anything about the need to manage heat on these motors? Mine will be inside nacells on the wings.
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    RE: Saito - Pro FG 14 Tips and tricks only!!!

    They must not be any more sensitive to heat than a regular Saito 82 for they do not come standard with the aluminum motor mount?
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    RE: Saito - Pro FG 14 Tips and tricks only!!!

    I think they do come with the aluminum mounts... I know the manual suggests using mounts to aid in heat dispersal.
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    RE: Saito - Pro FG 14 Tips and tricks only!!!

    The manual says the FG-14 and FG-20 come with a mount but there is nothing on the Horizon web site that says they come with a mount

    The price of the FG-14 mount is $27.23 and it weighs 4.4 oz but I've never seen a picutre of it on the horizon site.

    I have two FG-20's and they didn't come with a mount. but my FG-36 did.
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    RE: Saito - Pro FG 14 Tips and tricks only!!!

    Hmmm.... guess I'll find out in a day or two!
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    RE: Saito - Pro FG 14 Tips and tricks only!!!

    Let us know?
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