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CH Yoke: elastic bands vs springs?

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Hello all,

following forum's advice I recently got a CH Yoke to substitute my previous Saitek.

Although I feel the Saitek looked much better, I have to agree that overall CH provides smoother movements, due to its different internal design.
I am reading in forums ll over the place that people have been experimenting with modifications on CH yoke to make it less hard to push/pull, at the expenses of even less centering force (elastic bands instead of metal springs).
My questions for you expert simmers or real pilots:
1) is it desirable to have self-cantering yoke in flight sim, or does it get in the way with realism?
2) how does the yoke in a real GA plane (C172, Cherokee, etc) feel like in terms of self-cantering?
3) if you have tried the above mod, could you comment on your experience between original springs and elastic bands in CH yoke?
many thanks!!

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I have had 2 CH-products yokes, and 1 Saitek in the last 10 years.


My findings are:


I wish I had just bought a premium yoke to start with, as I've killed both the CH ones with use and mods.


The Elastic band conversion on the CH is good - but be prepared to change the bands occasionally.


The saitek feels more solid, although I agree with the CH smoothness being better.


I'd give both yokes a 6/10.


My next investment will be a premium yoke I think.

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