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#1 Richard James Lewis

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 07:29 PM

Just a quickie…

I’ve noticed recently that there have been a few people who are having issues with their V2 gimbal alignment.

I can understand a gimbal needing a service now and again, change the bearings etc, but should gimbals like this be going off axis? I can understand heavy use and an occasional whack could take its toll, but I have heard a few people on the forum, and probably 5 or so individual operators I know describe problems after a few years of use.
Would a service of anther manufacturers gimbal include the need to re align? Is this just the nature of the beast?

I've had mine in its current form for about 6 months now, no issues so far.
I just don’t like the prospect of having to have it all re aligned in the not too distant future.

I only worry as I’ve not really heard of problems from users with other manufacturers gimbals. Possibly because these issues are quickly dealt with quickly by PRO, XCS etc and no one says anymore?

I'd like to hear from any V2 owners who have had their gimbals for a few years, and see if they are having issues with 180 static balance.

Looking forward to hearing responses, and not a possible mk-v slanging match.

Best,

Rick.

Edited by Richard J Lewis, 02 June 2009 - 07:30 PM.

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#2 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 09:20 PM

Just a quickie…

I’ve noticed recently that there have been a few people who are having issues with their V2 gimbal alignment.

I can understand a gimbal needing a service now and again, change the bearings etc, but should gimbals like this be going off axis? I can understand heavy use and an occasional whack could take its toll, but I have heard a few people on the forum, and probably 5 or so individual operators I know describe problems after a few years of use.
Would a service of anther manufacturers gimbal include the need to re align? Is this just the nature of the beast?



I had a V2 gimbal for a while... I don't now.

The gimbal requires shims to operate properly.

I was not impressed
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Posted 06 June 2009 - 04:06 PM

My gimbal isn't shimmed, I've seen it dismantled, but that's beside the point.
Shimmed or not shimmed should make no difference to the final products performance or have any real impact on the longevity of its alignment.

Anyone have any input regarding this?

Cheers,

Rick.
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#4 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 08:09 PM

My gimbal isn't shimmed, I've seen it dismantled, but that's beside the point.
Shimmed or not shimmed should make no difference to the final products performance or have any real impact on the longevity of its alignment.

Anyone have any input regarding this?

Cheers,

Rick.



You miss the point. In order for the gimbal to operate correctly it needs to be shimmed, that shim is to correct alignment defects.

Performance and alignment are incorrect without the shim, the gimbal was incorrectly designed.
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#5 Richard James Lewis

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 07:17 AM

Thanks Eric, but my real question is in the need to re align these gimbals.

Apart from a big knock, why would these gimbals be going off axis? Is this something that happens to all flavours of gimbal over time? Part of the wear and tear of things?
I can't see it being down to shimming, if it's solid, which these gimbals are...
I reiterate, my gimbal isn’t shimmed to high heaven anyway!

Any V2 users with any input?

Cheers,

Rick.
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#6 JobScholtze

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Posted 07 June 2009 - 12:05 PM

Got it almost 2 years. Beats the hell out of it, but its still ok. Dynamic balance is still there. I hope it keeps going, or i have to take a good search where to get it serviced. For many reasons <_<
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