Sportwerks Recoil Manual
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1/14-Scale RTR Touring Car
Assembly and Operation Manual
Specifications
Scale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1/14
Length. . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.5 in.
(292mm)
Width. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.25 in.
(133mm)
Wheelbase. . . . . . . . . . 7.375 in.
(187mm)
Weight. . . . . . . . . . . . . 23.5 oz.
(794 g)
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Table of Contents
Introduction
Introduction........................................................................................ 2
Warranty Period.................................................................................. 3
Limited Warranty................................................................................ 3
Damage Limits.................................................................................... 3
Safety Precautions.............................................................................. 3
Questions, Assistance, and Repairs.................................................... 3
Inspection or Repairs.......................................................................... 4
Warranty Inspection and Repairs........................................................ 4
Non-Warranty Repairs........................................................................ 4
Safety, Precautions, and Warnings..................................................... 5
Additional Warranty Information......................................................... 5
Tools You Will Find Handy.................................................................. 6
About the Radio System..................................................................... 6
The Transmitter................................................................................... 6
The Electronic Speed Control (ESC)and Receiver (RX)...................... 7
Steering Rate...................................................................................... 8
Setting the Gear Mesh........................................................................ 9
Changing the Spur Gear.................................................................... 10
Slipper Adjustment........................................................................... 11
Chassis Tuning Tips.......................................................................... 11
Camber............................................................................................. 11
Toe-In/Out......................................................................................... 12
Battery Placement............................................................................. 12
Service and Maintenance.................................................................. 12
Cleaning............................................................................................ 12
Motor Maintenance........................................................................... 12
Shocks.............................................................................................. 13
Thank you for choosing the Sportwerks® Recoil™. Your Recoil comes
complete with a Sportwerks 2-channel AM radio system, Sportwerks all in
one Electronic Speed Control/ receiver and a high performance E-370 racing
motor. Although your Recoil is an entry-level model, it does require some
basic mechanical ability. Parental supervision for drivers under the age of 12
is recommended. This manual contains basic instructions for operating and
maintaining your new Recoil. It’s important to read the instructions in this
manual in order to operate your vehicle correctly and avoid damage. Please
take a moment to look them over before running your new model. ®
Warranty Period
Damage Limits
Horizon Hobby, Inc., (Horizon) warranties that the Products purchased (the
“Product”) will be free from defects in materials and workmanship at the
date of purchase by the Purchaser.
HORIZON SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOSS OF PROFITS OR PRODUCTION OR
COMMERCIAL LOSS IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE PRODUCT,
WHETHER SUCH CLAIM IS BASED IN CONTRACT, WARRANTY,
NEGLIGENCE, OR STRICT LIABILITY. Further, in no event shall the liability
of Horizon exceed the individual price of the Product on which liability
is asserted. As Horizon has no control over use, setup, final assembly,
modification or misuse, no liability shall be assumed nor accepted for any
resulting damage or injury. By the act of use, setup or assembly, the user
accepts all resulting liability.
Limited Warranty
(a) This warranty is limited to the original Purchaser ("Purchaser") and is
not transferable. REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT AS PROVIDED UNDER THIS
WARRANTY IS THE EXCLUSIVE REMEDY OF THE PURCHASER. This
warranty covers only those Products purchased from an authorized Horizon
dealer. Third party transactions are not covered by this warranty. Proof of
purchase is required for warranty claims. Further, Horizon reserves the right
to change or modify this warranty without notice and disclaims all other
warranties, express or implied.
(b) Limitations- HORIZON MAKES NO WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION,
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, ABOUT NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY
OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OF THE PRODUCT. THE
PURCHASER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THEY ALONE HAVE DETERMINED
THAT THE PRODUCT WILL SUITABLY MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE
PURCHASER’S INTENDED USE.
(c) Purchaser Remedy- Horizon's sole obligation hereunder shall be .
that Horizon will, at its option, (i) repair or (ii) replace, any Product
determined by Horizon to be defective. In the event of a defect, these .
are the Purchaser's exclusive remedies. Horizon reserves the right to .
inspect any and all equipment involved in a warranty claim. Repair or
replacement decisions are at the sole discretion of Horizon. This warranty
does not cover cosmetic damage or damage due to acts of God, accident,
misuse, abuse, negligence, commercial use, or modification of or to any
part of the Product. This warranty does not cover damage due to improper
installation, operation, maintenance, or attempted repair by anyone other
than Horizon. Return of any goods by Purchaser must be approved in writing
by Horizon before shipment.
If you as the Purchaser or user are not prepared to accept the liability
associated with the use of this Product, you are advised to return this
Product immediately in new and unused condition to the place of purchase.
Law: These Terms are governed by Illinois law (without regard to conflict of
law principals).
Safety Precautions
This is a sophisticated hobby Product and not a toy. It must be operated
with caution and common sense and requires some basic mechanical ability. Failure to operate this Product in a safe and responsible manner could result
in injury or damage to the Product or other property. This Product is not
intended for use by children without direct adult supervision. The Product
manual contains instructions for safety, operation and maintenance. It is
essential to read and follow all the instructions and warnings in the manual,
prior to assembly, setup or use, in order to operate correctly and avoid
damage or injury.
Questions, Assistance, and Repairs
Your local hobby store and/or place of purchase cannot provide warranty
support or repair. Once assembly, setup or use of the Product has been
started, you must contact Horizon directly. This will enable Horizon to better
answer your questions and service you in the event that you may need
any assistance. For questions or assistance, please direct your email to
productsupport@horizonhobby.com, or call 877.504.0233 toll free to speak
to a service technician.
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Inspection or Repairs
Non-Warranty Repairs
If this Product needs to be inspected or repaired, please call for a Return
Merchandise Authorization (RMA). Pack the Product securely using a
shipping carton. Please note that original boxes may be included, but are not
designed to withstand the rigors of shipping without additional protection. Ship via a carrier that provides tracking and insurance for lost or damaged
parcels, as Horizon is not responsible for merchandise until it arrives and
is accepted at our facility. A Service Repair Request is available at www.
horizonhobby.com on the “Support” tab. If you do not have internet access,
please include a letter with your complete name, street address, email
address and phone number where you can be reached during business days,
your RMA number, a list of the included items, method of payment for any
non-warranty expenses and a brief summary of the problem. Your original
sales receipt must also be included for warranty consideration. Be sure your
name, address, and RMA number are clearly written on the outside of the
shipping carton.
Should your repair not be covered by warranty the repair will be completed
and payment will be required without notification or estimate of the expense
unless the expense exceeds 50% of the retail purchase cost. By submitting
the item for repair you are agreeing to payment of the repair without
notification. Repair estimates are available upon request. You must include
this request with your repair. Non-warranty repair estimates will be billed
a minimum of ½ hour of labor. In addition you will be billed for return
freight. Please advise us of your preferred method of payment. Horizon
accepts money orders and cashiers checks, as well as Visa, MasterCard,
American Express, and Discover cards. If you choose to pay by credit card,
please include your credit card number and expiration date. Any repair left
unpaid or unclaimed after 90 days will be considered abandoned and will be
disposed of accordingly. Please note: non-warranty repair is only available on
electronics and model engines.
Warranty Inspection and Repairs
To receive warranty service, you must include your original sales receipt
verifying the proof-of-purchase date. Provided warranty conditions have
been met, your Product will be repaired or replaced free of charge. Repair or
replacement decisions are at the sole discretion of Horizon Hobby.
Electronics and engines requiring inspection or repair should be shipped to
the following address:
Horizon Service Center.
4105 Fieldstone Road.
Champaign, Illinois 61822
All other Products requiring warranty inspection or repair should be shipped
to the following address:
Horizon Product Support.
4105 Fieldstone Road.
Champaign, Illinois 61822
Please call 877-504-0233 with any questions or concerns regarding this
product or warranty.
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Safety, Precautions, and Warnings
Additional Warranty Information
As the user of this product, you are solely responsible for operating it in a
manner that does not endanger yourself and others or result in damage to
the product or the property of others.
This Sportwerks model and the electronics in it have been factory .
assembled and thoroughly checked at the time of shipment and as such
is only warranted against original factory defects in materials and/or
workmanship. Under no circumstances will any of the electronics be
considered under warranty that have been disassembled or any part of the
model that has been used for a purpose or in a fashion other than it was
originally intended or designed.
Carefully follow the directions and warnings for this and any optional support
equipment (chargers, rechargeable battery packs, etc.) that you use.
This model is controlled by a radio signal that is subject to interference .
from many sources outside your control. This interference can cause
momentary loss of control so it is necessary to always keep a safe distance
in all directions around your model, as this margin will help to avoid
collisions or injury.
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Always operate your model in an open area away from cars, .
traffic, or people.
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Avoid operating your model in the street where injury or damage .
can occur.
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Never operate the model out into the street or populated areas for
any reason.
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Never operate your model with low transmitter batteries.
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Carefully follow the directions and warnings for this and any .
optional support equipment (chargers, rechargeable battery packs,
etc.) that you use.
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Keep all chemicals, small parts and anything electrical out of the
reach of children.
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Moisture causes damage to electronics. Avoid water exposure to all
equipment not specifically designed and protected for this purpose.
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A division of Horizon Hobby Inc..
www.sportwerksrc.com
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Tools You Will Find Handy
About the Radio System
In Addition to the tools included in this kit, you will find the following items
useful when performing maintenance or repair to your Recoil.
The following is an overview of the operation of the Sportwerks radio system
and it’s various functions and adjustments. Since your Recoil operates on a
radio signal you control, it’s important you read and understand about all of
these functions and adjustments before driving.
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1.5mm quality tip Allen driver
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2.5mm quality tip Allen driver
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5mm nut driver
The Transmitter
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5.5mm nut driver
Steering Wheel: Controls direction (left/right) of the model.
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#1 Phillips head screwdriver
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7mm open end wrench for slipper adjustment
Throttle Trigger: Controls speed and direction (forward/reverse) .
of the model.
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Soft bristle brush for cleaning
Antenna: Transmits signal to the model.
On/Off Switch: Turns the power on for transmitter operation.
Indicator Lights: Green (top) light indicates adequate battery power. Red
light (bottom) indicates signal strength.
ST. Trim: Adjusts the “hands off” direction of the model.
TH. Trim: Adjust the motor speed to stop at neutral.
Steering Rate: Adjust the amount the front wheel moves when turned .
left or right.
ST. REV: Reverses the function of the steering when the wheel is turned .
left or right.
TH. REV: Reverses the function of the Speed Control when pulled back or
pushed forward.
Bottom Cover & Battery Tray: Covers and holds the batteries powering .
the transmitter.
Transmitter Crystal: Determines frequency/channel you transmit on. The
receiver must have a matching frequency/channel to operate.
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The Electronic Speed Control (ESC) and Receiver (Rx)
Steering Port: Where the steering servo plugs in.
Crystal: Determines which channel it will receive
Antenna Wire: Receives the signal from the transmitter
On/Off switch: Powers the ESC/Receiver
Battery Lead: Connects to the battery pack for power
Motor Leads: Connect to the wire leads from the motor
Resetting the ESC
The ESC comes factory pre-set and
ready for use. If for some reason you
should need to re-set the ESC, use the
following instructions:
Turn on the transmitter and ESC. Press the set-up button – the RED and
GREEN LED’s will come on.
Pull the throttle trigger all the way
back (full speed) and press the set-up
button once – only the GREEN LED will
come on.
Push the trigger full forward (brake/reverse) and push the set-up button once
– only the RED LED will come on.
Let the throttle trigger return to the
neutral (center) position and press the
set-up button once more to save the
program and exit set-up mode – only
the GREEN LED will be on.
Notes
A: If the receiver does not receive a
signal from the Transmitter, the ESC
will not enter the program mode.
B: While in program mode the motor
will not run.
C: If the set-up button is not pressed
for 20 seconds while in the program mode, the ESC will exit the
program mode and the data will be
restored to default settings.
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Steering Rate
Your Transmitter is equipped with a steering rate control on the top of the
radio just above the steering wheel. This advanced feature, usually found
only on competition-type radios, allows you to adjust the amount the front
tires move when you turn the steering wheel. This is really helpful when
you are on slick, as well as high traction, surfaces. If your Recoil turns too
sharply and/or spins out easily, try turning the steering rate down by rotating
the knob counterclockwise (to the left). For sharper or additional steering, try
turning the knob clockwise (to the right). • Recoil
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Setting the Gear Mesh
Proper gear mesh is important to the performance of your vehicle. If the
mesh it too loose it will cause the spur gear to fail (strip); if set too tight it
will decrease speed and cause the motor to overheat.
To set the gear mesh, loosen the motor screws and insert a small piece of
paper between the two gears.
Push the gears together and re-tighten the screws. Finally remove the paper;
the gear should be able to rock back and forth slightly.
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Changing the Spur Gear
If you're replacing the spur gear with one of a different size (number of
teeth), you must first loosen (do not remove) the two screws that secure
the motor and slide it back slightly. Next remove the 6 Phillip’s head screws
that support the upper deck, followed by the 2 smaller screws that secure
the upper bearing retainer. Then remove the 6 screws that secure the upper
gearbox housing. Lift the slipper/spur gear assembly from the chassis. Gearing Tips
A smaller pinion gear (less teeth) will
give you more acceleration but less top
speed.
A larger pinion gear (more teeth) will
give you higher top speeds but less
acceleration.
A larger spur gear (more teeth) will
give you more acceleration but less top
speed.
A smaller spur gear (less teeth) will
give you higher top speeds but less
acceleration.
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Remove the center drive cup, and the 4mm locknut from the slipper shaft as
well as the remaining slipper parts and gear. After changing the spur gear,
reassemble and see section above for Setting the Gear Mesh. You also need
to adjust the slipper setting as described elsewhere.
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Slipper Adjustment
Chassis Tuning Tips
The Recoil is equipped with an adjustable slipper device that offers both
traction control and protection for the gear differentials. The slipper is
primarily used to absorb sudden impacts to the drivetrain when using more
powerful motors and/or battery packs. In addition it can be used to limit
the amount of wheel spin when running on an extremely slick surface. Adjustment is made by turning the 3mm nut clockwise (to the right) to
reduce the slip, or counterclockwise (to the left) to increase the slip. To
check your setting, place the Recoil on the ground. As you push the car
backwards allowing it to roll freely, punch the throttle. The slipper should slip
no more then an inch or two as it accelerates. With the included motor and
battery is should slip just a little.
The Recoil has several adjustments available to you for tuning the
performance to your needs. Although there are multiple shock positions
and camber link locations provided, we have built this model with the best
overall settings. The following are simple adjustments and easily maintained
settings for proper operation and performance. It is advised when making
any adjustment you do so in small increments and always check for other
parts of the chassis that are affected.
Camber
Camber is the angle of the tires to the racing surface when viewed from the
front or rear of the vehicle. Negative camber means the wheel leans inward
and with positive camber the wheel leans outward.
The best setting range is between 0 and 1 degrees negative camber. More
negative camber in the front will result in a more aggressive feel, increasing
steering on corner entry. More negative camber in the rear will decrease
side bite and increase steering. Camber can be adjusted by lengthening
or shortening the threaded turnbuckles. Many dealers sell inexpensive
adjustment tools for measuring camber.
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Caster
The Recoil includes optional caster blocks that allow you to fine tune your
suspension setup. More caster (kingpin leaning back from center) increases
steering mid corner and on exit. Less caster (kingpin more vertical) increases
steering on corner entry but reduces mid corner steering. Toe-In/Out
Toe-in (negative toe) and toe-out (positive toe) refers to the angle of the .
tires as viewed from the top of the vehicle. Toe-in will provide more stability
under acceleration but decreases steering on corner entry. Toe out will
improve steering into corners but not be as stable at speed. The factory
setting is 1 degree out. Toe can be is adjusted by lengthening or shortening
the threaded steering links.
Battery Placement
The battery position in your Recoil can be adjusted by moving the battery to
the forward or rearward position. Moving the battery forward will increase
steering; moving the battery to the rear will increase traction.
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Service and Maintenance
Cleaning
Performance can be hindered if dirt gets in any of the moving suspension
parts. Use compressed air or a soft paintbrush or toothbrush to remove dust
and dirt. Avoid using solvents or chemicals, as they can actually wash dirt
into the bearings or moving parts as well as cause damage to the electronics. Motor Maintenance
After about 15 runs, the motor should be cleaned and brushes inspected
for wear. Proper maintenance will not only increase motor life, it will also
improve performance.
You will first need to remove the motor from the chassis. Disconnect the
bullet connecters from the ESC, then remove the 2 motor retaining screws
and remove the pinion gear.
Remove the brush springs and brushes. Inspect the brushes; if severely
worn or discolored they should be replaced.
Spray the motor thoroughly with a high quality cleaner like DYN5500
Magnum Force Cleaner.
Before re-installing, oil each motor bearing with a drop of quality .
bearing lubricant.
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Shocks
The shocks will need to be rebuilt periodically when the fluid gets .
low or dirty.
Remove the shocks from the vehicle, unscrew the aluminum cap, dump .
the fluid and clean thoroughly.
Refill with silicone shock fluid to the top of the body (the factory setup is .
25 weight oil).
Slowly move the piston up and down to remove air bubbles.
Move the piston to the midway point of the body and install the cap.
Tighten the cap slowly letting excess oil bleed off.
When properly filled the piston can be pushed and should rebound .
about 3/8".
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Troubleshooting Guide
Problem
Things to Check
Remedy
Short run time
Battery not charged/bad
Check/charge battery pack
Motor dirty or brushes worn
Clean/replace
Sluggish action
Motor dirty/brushes worn
Clean/replace
Bind in drivetrain
Remove pinion and check/repair as necessary
Motor/ESC overheated Over-geared
Install smaller pinion gear
Doesn’t operate
Transmitter battery low
Replace AA batteries
Transmitter not on
Turn on
ESC not on
Receiver not on
Battery
Make sure battery is charged
Poor range/glitches
Transmitter batteries low
Check/ replace
Transmitter antenna loose
Check/tighten
Battery pack not charged
Charge and retry
Receiver antenna cut/worn
Check/send in for repair
Motor dirty/worn brushes
Check/clean or repair
Loose plugs or wires
Check all plugs and wires
If upgrading your Recoil with a faster motor or a higher performance
battery pack it may be necessary to
change the battery connector to one
capable of carrying a higher current
load. Consult your local hobby
dealer for a replacement option.
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Please see your favorite retailer or visit
our web site .
(www.SportwerksRC.com) .
to find the latest in new replacement
and option parts releases for your
Recoil.
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Parts List
SWK6000
SWK6002
SWK6004
SWK6006
SWK6008
SWK6010
SWK6012
SWK6014
SWK6016
SWK6018
SWK6020
SWK6022
SKW6024
SWK6026
SWK6028
SWK6030
SWK6032
SWK6034
SWK6036
SWK6038
SWK6040
SWK6042
SWK6044
SWK6046
SWK6048
SWK6050
SWK6052
SWK6054
SWK6056
SWK6058
SWK6060
SWK6062
1/14 Mazda 6 Body (Clear)
1/14 Mazda 6 Body (Blue)
1/14 Mazda 6 Body (Black)
A-Spec Pre-Glued Tires (4)
Bumpers/Body Post Hinge Pin Mounts
Shock Molded Parts
Shock Set Assembled (4)
Shock Shafts & Caps
Spring Set Shock Rebuild Kit (4)
Suspension Set
Front/Rear Diff Set
Drive Shaft/Slipper Unit
Chassis Support Bag
Shock Towers Steering Rack/ Servo Saver Set Main Chassis
Upper Deck/Stiffener
Tie Rod Set
Ball End Set
Ball Stud Set
King Pin/Bushing Set
Hinge Pin Set
Dogbones / Outdrives
Bearing Set
Hardware Bag
Hex Nuts/ E-Clips/ Washers
Foam Bumper/Body Washers
Body Clips (10) Black
Pinion Gear 12T
Spur Gear 58T
14.99
20.99
20.99
10.99
4.99
3.99
3.99
13.99
9.99
1.99
2.99
3.99
9.99
16.99
5.99
2.99
6.99
19.99
4.99
1.99
1.99
5.99
5.99
2.99
11.99
17.99
2.99
2.99
1.99
2.99
2.99
2.99
Parts List
SWK6201
SWK6202
SWK6203
SWK6204
SWK6205
SWK6206
SWK6210
SWK6212
SWK6214
SWK6216
Crystal Set, 26.995 CH 1
Crystal Set, 27.045 CH 2
Crystal Set, 27.095 CH 3
Crystal Set, 27.145 CH 4
Crystal Set, 27.195 CH 5
Crystal Set, 26.255 CH 6
S-25 Mini Servo ESC/Receiver
E-370 Motor
1100mAh NiMH 7.2V Battery Pack
5.99
5.99
5.99
5.99
5.99
5.99
24.99
44.99
14.99
34.99
Option Parts
SWK6900
SWK6902
SWK6904
SWK6906
SWK6908
SWK6910
SWK6912
SWK6914
SWK6916
SWK6920
Foam Tire Set (4) 35 Pink
Foam Tire Set (4) 40 Magenta
Foam Tire Set (4) 45 Purple
XLR 8 Motor
Speed Gear Set
Turnbuckle Set
CV Driveshaft Set
C-Hubs 8- and 10-degree
Steering Rack Bearing Set
Aluminum Body Shock Set
21.99
21.99
21.99
31.99
8.99
9.99
15.99
6.99
7.99
19.99
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6016
6012
6016
6012
6016
6014
6020
6016
6012
6020
6012
6012
6020
6018
6012
6012
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6056
6008
6058
6052
6056
6008
6054
6052
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6052
6208
6060
6214
6054 6052
6000
6201
6202
6203
6204
6205
6206
6052
6032
6032
6036
6052
6028
6052
6032
6212
6052
6040
6042
6038
6032
6040
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6052
6028
6052
6028
6042
6032
6052
6052
6048
6028
6026
6052
6032
6052
6030
6040
6028
6052
6028 6036
6210
6010
6038
6042
6052 6032
6028
6052
6010
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6058
6008
6058
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6042
6022
6046
6044
6022
6040
6048
6014
6054
6042
6038
6044
6042
6022
6050
6006
6054
Recoil • 21
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6210
6032
6032
6032
6032
6032
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6024
6024
6024
6024
6024
6024
6024
6024
6024
6024
6024
6024
6024
6024
6024
6024
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6026
6026
6026
6026
6026
6026
6026
6026
6026
6026
6026
6026
6026
6026
6026
6026
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6026
6026
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6056
6058
6052
6042
6052
6028
6052
6008
6030
6042
6052
6054
6028
6008
6052
6040
6048
6038
6040
6042
6048
6050
6050
6216
6022
6006
6046
6022
6042
6054
6022
6014
6046
6054
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Maintenance Notes
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Tuning Notes
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© 2007 Horizon Hobby, Inc..
4105 Fieldstone Road.
Champaign, Illinois 61822.
(877) 504-0233
www.horizonhobby.com
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