HorizonRC.com How-To: How-To Maintain Your Boat’s Flex Shaft


RC boating is easier than ever to get into, thanks to quality RTR boats from Pro Boat. These boats all come out of the boxes with the hulls completed, electronics installed, engine mounted and radio system ready to go. One step that is left up to the end-user, however, is to grease the flex shaft. While this may seem like a daunting task, it is actually quite easy for just about anyone to complete. The process has been broken down into a few simple steps to demonstrate how to lube the flex shaft on a Pro Boat Formula FASTech Brushless boat, however, these steps should be relatively similar for just about any boat you might own. Questions? Comments? Feel free to e-mail us at Editors@HorizonRC.com For more information please visit the links below: www.horizonhobby.com www.proboatmodels.com If you like our videos check out our podcast, the R every Thursday at www.horizonhobby.com Horizon Hobby is now on Facebook! Visit us at www.facebook.com

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    • bestamerica
    • December 14, 2012
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    what country make this boat,,,
    which one is better boat,,,
    traxxas villain EX or formula boat

    • peroxidal
    • December 14, 2012
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    a callot?

    • 6BOOST
    • December 14, 2012
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    Do you not have correctly sized spanners in the USA lol. Gret video tho, I have just ordered your grease, thanks for taking the time to make this video.

    • rccarfreak0011
    • December 14, 2012
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    I want to buy one of these and change the look for my dad. He has the real version. All i would have to do is remove the decals and put vinyl strips on. Does anybody know for sure?

    • HorizonRCdotCom
    • December 15, 2012
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    Depends on the boat. On the FASTech here those are decals I believe.

    • rccarfreak0011
    • December 15, 2012
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    I have a question about the boat…..are the decals just a sticker over a white paint??? or are they painted on.

    • ChrissibabyUK
    • December 15, 2012
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    This video is a real good help to keep one`s  boat in a good condition. Thank you!

    • HorizonRCdotCom
    • December 15, 2012
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    Something is bound up and causing excessive friction.

    • lancer2589
    • December 15, 2012
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    My retaining nut became sizzling hot within 30 seconds and the boat could not propel itself again until it cooled off. Is this a major sign of me needing to grease the flex shaft? And what grease should I use?

    • barto249
    • December 15, 2012
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    the FASTech.

    • HorizonRCdotCom
    • December 15, 2012
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    What boat are you using?

    • barto249
    • December 15, 2012
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    then how could i fix this??

    • HorizonRCdotCom
    • December 15, 2012
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    it needs to have a little play for tolerance otherwise it could/will bind up and cause issues down the road

    • barto249
    • December 15, 2012
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    when i put it all back together my prop did not have and “wiggle” room when i tried to move it back and fourth… is this bad, if so how do I fix it?

    • 721069
    • December 15, 2012
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    never wanna have a dry shaft!!!

    • sterworks
    • December 15, 2012
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    That is a huge esc! How many amps is that because me and my airplane buddies are running 30-40 amp escs. An esc and motor like that would literally rip the plane to pieces in the air

    • eweegeewa
    • December 15, 2012
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    So, this step took you 8 minutes . I see
    One thing you should do also before you grease the shaft is wipe the rust and old grease off it. This is more important than you might think

    You should go back and re-do this video. It takes the viewer too much time to watch it.

    One more tip is this: Instead of touching the grease with your fingers, just squirt some onto a right angle. Then place the shaft in the grease and twist it.

    • HorizonRCdotCom
    • December 15, 2012
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    No it is not.

    • sailrjim
    • December 15, 2012
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    so the prop angle isn’t adjustable?

    • HorizonRCdotCom
    • December 15, 2012
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    The prop angle is fixed and the height of the prop is adjusted via another plate. None of your settings change when performing this maintenance. If you look at 1:57 there are 2 screws on either side of the mounting plate. THOSE are the screws that adjust your prop height, not the one removed at 2:14.

    • sailrjim
    • December 15, 2012
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    you have to remove the strut to lube the shaft and then you still don’t get to the solid shaft. Each time you lube it, you lose your strut setting. THAT is mickey mouse. If you know how most shaft systems work, you would know this is not a good setup.

    • HorizonRCdotCom
    • December 15, 2012
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    How exactly is this a “mickey mouse” setup? It’s pretty simple and really user friendly.

    • sailrjim
    • December 15, 2012
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    what a pain in the butt! I had no idea proboat used such a mickey mouse setup.

    • HorizonRCdotCom
    • December 15, 2012
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    No, I’d say for every few hours of running you should do this.

    • QuebecoisSti
    • December 15, 2012
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    is it recommended to do that every time the boat goes for a ride ?

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