Show your Turnigy 9X some love with sexy new gimbals.
The Turnigy 9X transmitter is one of the truly great bargains in RC. It’s well built, versatile, upgradeable, and best of all it is cheap. The down side of that economical design is that one or two of its components can be nagging reminders of just how cheap it really is and for me it’s the gimbals. Mind you they’re still pretty darned good and certainly adequate for most flying, but they do lack the precision and silky movement you find in higher end units.
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Unfortunately there aren’t any direct-replacement gimbal upgrades available that simply ‘bolt on’ however, the lovely gimbals for the Aurora 9 transmitter come fairly close and with a bit of coaxing you can make them look and work as though Turnigy installed them at the factory.
Gimbal Wiring Notes
- The old gimbal wiring doesn’t change – do not remove it unless you intend to replace the wiring with new leads.
- Each gimbal has two potentiometers with 3 leads each. Make a note of which wires go to either side of each pot and which wire goes to the center lead of the pots (the wiper lead).
- Before you cut any wires or remove the old gimbals take close-up photos of the wires where they attach to the gimbal potentiometers.
- Cut the gimbal wires as close to the gimbal pots as possible – the point where they are soldered to pot terminals is perfect.
- Once you’ve installed the new gimbals in the case you can re-attach the old gimbal wires to the new pots.
- Strip and tin the ends of the old gimbal wires.
- Remove the wiring from the new gimbals by carefully desoldering them.
NOTE: When attaching the old gimbal wire to the new gimbals I discovered that I had to reverse the leads that attach to the ‘outside’ terminals of the pots as the Aurora potentiometers were electrically reversed from the Turnigy pots. The center wire however, still goes to the center terminal of the pots (the wiper terminal).
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