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One-Handed Wheel/Adapter for Futaba 4PX/4PM/7PX

Old 11-19-2021, 11:10 AM
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I'm interested in either completely replacing the wheel, or adding an adapter, so as to allow one-handed driving when running my crawlers...but also retain two-handed ability when running FE boats & off-road race vehicles. I've seen the aluminum "clamp-style" adapters, which require the steering wheel foam to be removed, and then the adapter clamps into the wheel (in place of the foam). This is NOT what I'm interested in getting, as I want to retain the foam.

What I'm looking for is either a replacement wheel that has a built-in 'one-handed' lever (which also has the standard wheel foam)...or, an adapter that gets added behind the stock wheel. Do either/both of these exist? And, if so, can anyone lead me to where I can buy? I've searched the best I can and, so far, I've come up (no pun intended) empty-handed. Any guidance will be appreciated.
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Old 11-19-2021, 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Panther6834
I'm interested in either completely replacing the wheel, or adding an adapter, so as to allow one-handed driving when running my crawlers...but also retain two-handed ability when running FE boats & off-road race vehicles. I've seen the aluminum "clamp-style" adapters, which require the steering wheel foam to be removed, and then the adapter clamps into the wheel (in place of the foam). This is NOT what I'm interested in getting, as I want to retain the foam.

What I'm looking for is either a replacement wheel that has a built-in 'one-handed' lever (which also has the standard wheel foam)...or, an adapter that gets added behind the stock wheel. Do either/both of these exist? And, if so, can anyone lead me to where I can buy? I've searched the best I can and, so far, I've come up (no pun intended) empty-handed. Any guidance will be appreciated.
Are you interested in the diy screw into the foam? You get the lever action and keep the foam too.
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Are you interested in the diy screw into the foam? You get the lever action and keep the foam too.
If it screws into the foam, which I assume means it also damages the foam, then no.
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Originally Posted by Panther6834
If it screws into the foam, which I assume means it also damages the foam, then no.
Yea it will have a M3 sized hole through it but screws into the plastic wheel.
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Originally Posted by Xrayray
Yea it will have a M3 sized hole through it but screws into the plastic wheel.
Not interested. No damage to anything.
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Originally Posted by Panther6834
Not interested. No damage to anything.
Yep gotcha. I have seen those plastic levers that go under the wheel, just the brand escapes me.
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I've also been looking because I've got one hand available & I haven't had much luck.




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Originally Posted by Xrayray
Yep gotcha. I have seen those plastic levers that go under the wheel, just the brand escapes me.
Exactly I remember seeing something I-don't-know-how-many-months-ago...might have even been more then a year ago...and now I can't find it, or even anything similar. Best I can remember, it showed you to remove the screw holding the wheel on, pull off the wheel, place the one-hand "adapter" into the Tx wheel "stub", place the wheel into the "adapter", and screw everything back in place.

At the time, I thought such was 'ridiculous', and that is never have any need to use a one-handed control 'device'. I saw several using one, such as Joe of Exocaged, but the only reason they needed one was because they were using their other hand to hold the camera/phone while filming. Since I use a GoPro on a forehead mount, again, I thought the one-handed control idea was dumb. Move forward a year, and I'm planning out a 4WS rig...but, instead of using the traditional 4WS 'mixing', I'm seriously considering completely independent control of the rear steering, using a dial on my 7PX. To do this properly, I'd need to be using one hand for throttle & front steering, while using the other hand to operate the dial controlling the rear steering. And, thus, is the reason for needing such an adapter.
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While I don't want anything that would damage the foam and/or wheel, a thumb steering adapter that clamps into the foam would be doable. I could easily attach it when needing one-handed control, and remove it once done crawling.
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Curious as to whether you’ve considered using a stick radio for this level of control of front and rear steering simultaneously? Would open up some opportunities for mixes and steering modes too.

I did have a look on shapeways and there are a couple of designs on there. One to suit spektrum (maybe you could modify the design to mount to Futaba) and one universal, although it wasn’t clear to me if the universal would meet your needs about not interfering with the foam.
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