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Old 03-05-2007, 03:51 PM   #1
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I am just after some advice on what servo will work in my 12L4.Currently i run a hs 56 but this wont last long. None of my LHS have anything that fits so i will have to order off the net and i dont want to get something that wont fit.I dont need anything super fast as i am struggling with the twitchy 12 as it is . Somethimg with metal gears that doesnt cost a fortune would be good.
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HS-56 is a micro heli servo and won't last long in the 1/12.

Futaba 9650, JR 3650, and KO 949 are the most popular. However a good 1/12 servo is not cheap. Hitec makes a cheap mini servo but I've never been a fan of their servos.
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Airtronics 94145...

cant go wrong with Airtronics quality...
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cant go wrong with Airtronics quality...
...only if they still made it. That servo was discontinued a long time ago.
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Thanks for the update...shows how long it's been since I bought a micro servo...

Sorry for the mis-information...
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Old 03-07-2007, 11:13 AM   #6
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Try a JR 3550. Small and fast, fairly cheap
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Airtronics 94145...

cant go wrong with Airtronics quality...
It's been replaced by the smaller, and stronger Digital 94761 servo.
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I am new to 1/12 - but I would assume for a beginner a servo with a .14 to .11 time to 60 would be ok?

I am looking at a Hitec HS-225bb. Then when I get a bit better and want more speed then I can get into the $100 servos.

Sound like a good plan?

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I am new to 1/12 - but I would assume for a beginner a servo with a .14 to .11 time to 60 would be ok?

I am looking at a Hitec HS-225bb. Then when I get a bit better and want more speed then I can get into the $100 servos.

Sound like a good plan?

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I'd recommend that you save your money and buy a good servo instead. Cheap servos don't center well and this can be very frustrating and will make your learning curve steeper. There are great servos available for less than $100. the JR 3550 I mentioned is $62, so is the Futaba 9602, both very desirable servos. As a beginner you don't need a fast servo, so don't worry about that. I usually slow down the servo speed on my transmitter anyway
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ko propo and Airtronics are very good and popular servos.
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I feel a good servo is one of the single best investments you can make in any class of racing. 1/12 is especially important when it comes to precision since the wheelbase is so short. As already mentioned, the learning curve does become steeper with sub par equipment. If the servo doesn't center precisely, you won't be able to line up for the next turn without wandering all over the track as well as into the paths of other vehicles. I run a Futaba 9650 which is a great digital servo for only $55.
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The only servos that fit in an L4 and allow the servo output shaft to be perfectly centered are the Airtronic 94145, Futaba 9602 and 9650

I run an Airtronics 94761 and I have used JR 3550 servos. With the 94761 you need to drill and countersink one new hole to get it to line up. The JR servo needs two new holes to get it to line up perfectly.
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I ran a Hitech 225BB in my L4 last year, no problems at all with strength, speed, glitching or reliability. The only thing I will say is that occasionally the trim wandered a click or 2 on my radio and I have heard other Hitech users say the same thing, occasionally the cheaper Hitech's don't center acurately. I've just upgraded to a KO 949, didn't really need to, but it was at a price I couldn't pass up, GO RC Champ!!!
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9602 all the way - simply the best. Buy, fit (drops in, no mods needed), steer, forget. It's the only servo I know that I have never heard anyone say "it just failed." Accidents, yes; unexplained failures, no. HTH

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