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DLA Engines

Discussion in 'Giant / Scale RC General Discussions' started by stangflyer, May 16, 2015.

  1. stangflyer

    stangflyer I like 'em "BIG"!

    I'm always looking to do something different. That being said, DLA Engines have not really been noted as one of the best brands out there. Or so I had been told. Apparently however, DLA has stepped up their quality and workmanship on their complete line of motors. Many now coming with a 3 year warranty. My DLE's have been great. Unfortunately DLE does not offer a mid sized four cylinder. And no one can deny the awesomeness of the 3W motors. But I really want to try a 128cc four cylinder in a 100cc plane.

    Anyone ever have any experience or knowledge of the DLA line of motors? I found some videos on YouTube and was actually pretty impressed. Turning a 29x10 Bolly at 6900 is pretty cool to me.

    Good, bad or indifferent I would like to hear some views, opinions and real world experience from those that have used them or are still using them. Just good ole' fashioned discussing with first hand experience.

  2. mndless

    mndless Don't know a thing..

    Interested as well...
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  3. Lots on the rumor mill with DLA. We have a few sellers in AU for the engines. I have seen the 33 or there 35cc engine running. From all accounts it sounds and runs well. Im kinda interetsed in their inline twin 64cc for a warbird or reno racer.
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  4. A little heads up on the DLA...... TailDraggerRC had one of the 116's, a 2 holer. It lasted about 4 gallons, If I remember what he said about that. Lower end rod knock. That was before or after his 2 GP 123 fiasco's. Feel free to ask him, Rob.

    I have seen 1 DLA 128 run, and it just happened to be Joe Lewis's engine. I think he pressed the crank shaft apart, changed the junk lower end bearings, and then pressed it all back together with some good, HQ needle bearings, and then welded the crank together, so that it wouldn't twist.

    My 2 pennies worth...... DLA..... You get what you pay for. Much like DLE, EME etc.....
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  5. Agreed to some extent. I believe it comes down to local support and warrenty. Im happy to pay top dollar for an engine if its supported locally and i can have issues fixed. But on the flip side im happy to save a few 100 and go with an alternative and live with the 1 year basic warrenty but understanding thats what I'm paying for.
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  6. stangflyer

    stangflyer I like 'em "BIG"!

    Hmm....good info. Chris. Thanks.... I think I actually read something about what you mentioned with the weak bottom end. I believe I read that very exact issue was supposed to have been addressed. Also to include that fix throughout the entire motor line up. Again, what I was told. Don't know that for fact. That is why I am asking. Granted you get what you pay for, but from what I have found so far, (maybe I have just been one really lucky fool)..... all four of my least expensive motors have run and continue to run just as good and as dependable as my high dollar German motors. As for longevity? Ah, that "could" be another question to ponder huh? LOL.

    Come on guys.....looking for input here. Don't force me to spend 2200.00 for a 3dub 112. LOL
  7. 49dimes

    49dimes Damn I'm hungry

    Had a DLA 112 and it ate itself first run. Only paid like 400 for it. What a waste of 400 dollars. Now....That in no way means they are not good engines now. Had a certain 110 shiny motor and it ended up in the same place as the DLA. The 3 premier China engines have stepped up their game and have better engines now. DLA is part of the 3. And what ever happened to that engine manufacturer that had engines that looked like DA's but yellow reed housings??? And Rob....Those Germans.....They too are using DLA engines to make Hybrids like the DA's
    If I had the money I would try them. Because none of these engines are really cheap when your talking your own hard kept cash.
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  8. stangflyer

    stangflyer I like 'em "BIG"!

    Ain't that the truth? I could just spend the extra 700 dead Washingtons and buy a 3dub, but as I said.... I want to do something different. Besides, the "BIG ONE" has already been slated with a 3w 220CS.
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  9. Now that there is funny!

    Oh wait, we're not on that other site anymore. Carry on
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  10. 49dimes

    49dimes Damn I'm hungry

    Alrighty then......Had a V2 MLD 70 that set NIB for 3 years. Traded it. Impulse buy cuz I only paid 339.00 to the door. They now sell for 499.00+shipping. The DA 70 I have now is what is replacing the MLD. Came real close to getting an EME 70 and still might. I am finding the 50 to 70cc airframes the "all around best" for what I do and "can" do. Transporting , Field assembly etc....
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