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Inspire 1 - Replace One Motor or All Four

Discussion in 'Inspire 1 Help' started by Kris Farruggia, Aug 16, 2016.

  1. Kris Farruggia

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    Hi,

    As a result of a recent "crash" (i.e. very small incident tipping over) I've determined that I need to replace at least one motor. I'm currently flying Inspire V.1 though I have upgraded to the X5 camera. Aside from this one incident I've never had any issues with three of the four motors.

    My questions are these:

    1) When replacing motors is it OK to replace a single motor? Or are these like car tires in that it's usually better to replace them in either pairs or all four at once?

    2) I know the Inspire Pro ships with a more powerful motors... Assuming I might be able to get away with replacing a single motor or even a pair; if I'm replacing motors at all is there really that much benefit to upgrading to the more powerful motors?

    To replace all four motors with the more powerful motors from the pro I've been quoted $450…

    Thanks!

    KFarruggia
     
  2. Arciere

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    Hi Kris, I had a similar experience with a V.1 during my 4th flight from new, and had to replace two motors that suffered some scratch and dings on the rotors. Never had any problems since that small incident. My opinion is YES, you can replace a single motor as they are brushless, and NO, I wouldn't replace the motors with the 410KV version if you are not planning to replace the ESC for each single motor. I would stay with the original V.1 configuration, save money and have fun.
     
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  3. Kris Farruggia

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    Thanks so much for the reply! Yeah I think replacing a single motor without the upgrade will be significantly less expensive. Eventually I'd love to upgrade them all but that will have to wait until an end of life really.

    Overall that brings up another question...
    Assuming no crashes and what have you...what's the typical expected life for these motors?

    And speaking of crashes...
    Has anyone been able to find a decently affordable but comprehensive insurance provider for their Inspire?
     
  4. Arciere

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    Hi, "end of life" for a brushless motor is something really far and away in the future unless something obstruct the motor from spinning: avoid landing on sand and dusty surfaces and take care of the motors air intake while travelling outdoor ....there are so many other components that can fail before the motor: ESC, battery, IMU....I currently have more than 80 hrs flights on my inspire and I just try to check it regularly on the main things that in my opinion can fail, like propeller mounts, propeller, camera mount rubber vibration absorbers....Sometimes have experienced "compass error" and "IMU error" with consequent loss of GPS guidance, with everything updated to the latest SW release, so some kind of trouble is always behind the next corner. I try to concentrate on things I can visually check, rather than those I can't prevent from failing. Carefully inspect the bird before every flight, always check the props and mounts, at least if something goes wrong you can always tell "I have done my best to check everything before taking off"..... If you start thinking about the (many) things that can fail while flying, just keep the bird in your bedroom. I have changed the prop mounts with an alu version, which are very tight and (apparently) safe, and I prefer to install new props every 10 hours or so. I often fly on water, so have installed a pair of Waterbuoy and a "Mayday" system with an Opale parachute. But it's more on the personal "peace of mind" side of the story. Just fly safe and don't go beyond what you feel it's your current limit as a pilot, you can't 100% prevent shit from happening anyway at some stage.
     

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  5. Kris Farruggia

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    All great advice...thanks!

    The waterbuoy is interesting! Do you have a photo by chance of that mounted on the bird?


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  6. Arciere

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    Here we go, one on each side of the bird IMG_20160817_1519007.jpg But it's useless if you don't install a parachute system it would crash into small pieces anyway
     
  7. Kris Farruggia

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    Wow that's pretty slick! Are those pretty pricey?
    And which parachute system do you use? I've seen a few of these but they've all seemed bulky and improbable :)


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  8. Arciere

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    Spent about $130 for the two pair (4 waterbuoys). Check marsparachutes.com for the parachute+Mayday automatic deployment system. There is a specific kit for the Inspire.