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Custom Carbon Fiber Pushrods
Pushrods for R/C Airplanes! This turtorial outlines how to make custom fit, lightweight, and super strong pushrods for your Giant Scale (or smaller!) R/C Airplane.
Items you need.
Here's the list of items you will need:
The first step is to cut the Carbon Rod to length (for your application). Make sure to account for the length of the threads on the Carbon Fiber Pushrod End Connectors (The threads can be cut to length if required).
When cutting the Carbon Rod, make sure to wear eye protection and lung protection (filtered mask). Carbon Fiber dust is nasty, and can do a lot of damage to your health! Use caution!
Make sure you Carbon Rod cuts are square! You can use a hacksaw or a Dremel cut off wheel to easily cut the Carbon Rod.
Sand the Carbon Fiber Rod and CF Pushrod Connector
Prepare the Carbon Fiber Rod by lightly sanding the end of the rod with sandpaper. This will provide some extra grip for the JB Weld. You can also use a small abrasive bit on your Dremel tool to rough up the inside of the Carbon Fiber Pushrod End Connector. Clean both parts with the Acetone for a strong bond.
Mix the JB Weld
Carefully mix up the JB Weld. Make sure to use equal parts of each tube.
Apply the JB Weld to Carbon Rod and CF Pushrod End Connector
Apply the JB Weld to the Carbon Rod and the CF Pushrod End Connector.
Join the CF Pushrod End Connector to the Carbon Rod
Join the Carbon Fiber Pushrod End Connector to the Carbon Fiber Rod. Make sure the Carbon Fiber Rod is fully inserted. Use Acetone to remove any excess JB Weld.
Allow the JB Weld to cure for 24 hours.
Apply Heatshrink Tubing
Apply a Length of Heat Shrink Tubing Pushrod Assembly. The Heat Shrink Tubing will keep dirt, fuel and oil out of the joint. It also looks great.
Shrink the tubing and trim it.
Done! Add a ball link or clevis and you are ready to go!.