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RC Glossary


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Pilot Shaft --

Refers to the end of the crankshaft that the flywheel and clutch assembly attaches to. There are 2 basic types of pilot shafts used for RC engines - the standard (fully threaded) pilot shaft and the smooth ground pilot shaft (a.k.a. an SG - Smooth Ground, or IPS - Integrated Pilot Shaft). The standard pilot shaft often requires a sleeve or screw on pilot shaft for clutch mounting, while the smooth ground styles readily accept clutches. The later tends to reduce vibration compared to standard shafts, and is currently the industry standard for nitro engines.
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