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Old 08-19-2007, 10:45 PM
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Default Saito question

Did (or does) Saito make a black engine with silver/chrome valve covers? I have only seen the "Golden Knights" with the gold valve covers but I saw one for sale recently that was described as new/never run with chrome covers. Just curious.

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Old 08-19-2007, 10:58 PM
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Default RE: Saito question

Look here. It appears they do.

http://www.horizonhobby.com/Stores/P...=E&BrandId=SAI
Old 08-19-2007, 11:15 PM
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Default RE: Saito question

Thanks Don41,
However, it's late and I am probably just bleary eyed, but I still don't see a black engine with chrome valve covers. I looked on the Horizon website before I posted the question and didn't see it then either. Am I missing something?
Old 08-20-2007, 12:04 AM
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Default RE: Saito question

TLRoliff,


You are missing nothing...

Saito currently doesn't, as far as I know, make anything but the standard and the Golden Night finishes.

If you want black with chromium plated valve covers, you can buy the standard valve covers and install them on a Golden Night...
...Or just paint a standard engine (without the valve covers) flat black...
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Default RE: Saito question

Years ago, there were a few black cased Saito engines that came with non gold plated looking valve covers, but it has been a while.

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Old 08-20-2007, 02:18 AM
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I saw one once, but it's an awful long time ago...
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Default RE: Saito question

Thanks everyone. I was just was concerned that it might not really be "new in box" if they never made one with silver covers! The person selling it says he bought it "years ago" so it is probably legit. Any thing I should know about that would be a reason not to buy an older Saito? This will be the first one I have owned.

Thanks again.
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Default RE: Saito question

The first 80's and 150's had very high compression ratio.

Some had a low lift cam. They are easy to spot as the valve lifter guides do not protrude much above the cam box.

You don't say what size it is?
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Default RE: Saito question

w8ye,
It's a 150 so please explain further if you can. I have not seen photos or the actual engine so I can't see the lifter guides etc.
At the risk of sounding un-informed, I assume you are saying these are bad things?

Thanks alot for your help!
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Default RE: Saito question

T-L-Roliff,


Not necessarily bad, but you will have to stay away from 15-30% nitro fuels that most people now use in their four-stroke engines.

Fuel with 5% nitro is good, but more will make this engine detonate, back-fire and throw its prop... You definitely don't want to be there when this happens...
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Sorry. I just took another look and it seems I was seeing things (:-)

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Default RE: Saito question

All the 150's have the high lift cam but the very first ones had a very high compression ratio. They made a lot of power but were prone to backfire unless you kept them rich and used lower nitro fuels.
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How can you determine if you have an "early" engine? I just acquired a ner-run 150 and now I want to make sure I'm using the right fuel...
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If it has an "A" stamped on top of the right mounting lug, it is an early engine
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Default RE: Saito question

Here is an early high compression 1.50 with the chrome rocker covers. My daughter bought this one for me for Christmas in 1990 or 91. This guy can put a chicken stick over in your neighbors yard in a heart beat. I love it though.
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Default RE: Saito question


ORIGINAL: w8ye

All the 150's have the high lift cam but the very first ones had a very high compression ratio. They made a lot of power but were prone to backfire unless you kept them rich and used lower nitro fuels.

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That is back when they ran well on 0% nitro fuel.

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