The RhinoForce S2 is the RC Short Course Truck Self Righting System, I posted my Initial Impressions the other day. Last night, I took some time to sit down and do the assembly of the RhinoForce S2. This will be a smooth process, If You Read the Directions Carefully and follow the diagrams. I will break down the steps in the assembly process based on the included instructions, which are also available to download from Torsional Concepts-Instructions. I will add my comments underneath each one in Italic.
The following tools will make full assembly easier:
Phillips Head Screwdriver(2), 1/4″, Nut Driver 7/16″ or Socket, Pliers, Flathead Screwdriver.
1) Attach latch pin (4) to flip plate (2) using 2 #2 locking screws (3).
The latch pin is a nice snug fit on the flip plate. Start one screw and then start the other. Two Philips head screw drivers will make this step a breeze. Length of time: 2 min
2) Attach latch (7) to base plate (1) using #4 screws (5) with spacers (9) on each side of latch. Use lock nut (6) to fasten the latch.
When assembling, note the direction on the “Stopper” part of the latch in the included illustration, it should be on top on the base plate. The lock nut used is 1/4″. Tighten the nuts to just before they start to bend the tabs on the face plate, this should ensure free and easy movement and not compromise the design. Length of time: 3 min
3) Insert one end of extension spring (8) through hole of latch (7), then extend spring and insert other end through tab hole on base plate (1).
This was a little tricky for me. I was afraid I would break the spring trying to get the ends to bend into place. In the end, I went for it and the spring held nicely and I wondered why I even worried in the first place. I did end up using pliers for this step. Length of time: 5 min
4) Slide one end of springs (10R and 10L) under the raised bar on base plate (1). Slide other end of springs under raised bar on flip plate (2). Slide flip plate between tabs of base plate and insert the .25-20×5″ screw (11) through all components. Use provided nut (not shown) to secure assembly.
This where I started getting cocky and only glancing at the assembly illustrations and this is the wrong time to get cocky. Read the directions carefully. Look at the pictures and if you lay yours out exactly as shown in the illustrations the Left Torsion Springs will be the bottom 4 and the Right Torsion Springs will be the top 4. I set it up wrong twice before I realized my mistake. Once I was on the right track, things went smoothly. I set the Aluminum Plates up on some tire foams I had kicking around, in order to ensure a level working surface. The nut for the long flathead screw that goes through all the components is 7/16″. Length of time 12 min (Because I got sloppy).
5) Attach servo (12, not provided in S2 kit) to the servo tabs on the base plate. Use supplied screws and lock nuts RFS2-SK00-0 (not shown) to fasten servo. Servo horn should be on spring side of the assembly.
This was very simple. Select a servo horn, attach it to your servo and attach the servo to the base plate. The nuts in the Servo nut and bolt kit are 1/4″. Once again, that little bit of fear I had bend the spring earlier was creeping in again, but this time it didn’t phase me as I was now gaining real confidence in the product. The little servo linkage is tougher than it looks. Bend away and find the sweet spot on your previously centered servo. This linkage activates the latch. Length of time 6 min
The assembly took about 28- 30 minutes and all the pieces fit great together. I did end up using the online instructions more then the paper copy, simply because I can enlarge it on the computer and see small details. The next step of my plan is to install this onto an Integy Rollcage, I will get back to you and let you know how it went.
The RhinoForce S2, retails for $69.99 and can be purchased at Torsional Concepts.