Introduction

Replacing the top case on your DJI Phantom drone requires removing all four propellors and threading the magnetometer cable through a small hole in the lower case. You may also need to transfer the GPS board to the replacement top case.

Press down on battery door release tab to flip the battery door open. Press down on battery door release tab to flip the battery door open. Press down on battery door release tab to flip the battery door open.
  • Press down on battery door release tab to flip the battery door open.

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Pull out the battery pack. Avoid pulling on the battery wires, excess stress may break the wires, damage the power connectors, or crack the internal solder joints. Avoid pulling on the battery wires, excess stress may break the wires, damage the power connectors, or crack the internal solder joints.
  • Pull out the battery pack.

  • Avoid pulling on the battery wires, excess stress may break the wires, damage the power connectors, or crack the internal solder joints.

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Pull the two halves of the XT60 power connector apart. It's a tight fit, so be careful not to hit your drone or yank on the cables when it releases!
  • Pull the two halves of the XT60 power connector apart.

    • It's a tight fit, so be careful not to hit your drone or yank on the cables when it releases!

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Silver-topped propeller collets unscrew counter-clockwise Black-topped propeller collets unscrew clockwise
  • Silver-topped propeller collets unscrew counter-clockwise

  • Black-topped propeller collets unscrew clockwise

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For propellors with silver collets: Use a 12 mm wrench or socket to loosen silver collets in the counter-clockwise direction. Once free, unscrew and remove the collet. Once free, unscrew and remove the collet.
  • For propellors with silver collets: Use a 12 mm wrench or socket to loosen silver collets in the counter-clockwise direction.

  • Once free, unscrew and remove the collet.

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For propellors with black collets: Use a 12 mm wrench or socket to loosen black collets in the clockwise direction. Once free, unscrew and remove the collet. Once free, unscrew and remove the collet.
  • For propellors with black collets: Use a 12 mm wrench or socket to loosen black collets in the clockwise direction.

  • Once free, unscrew and remove the collet.

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Gently press down the motor shaft and lift the propeller up to remove it. Gently press down the motor shaft and lift the propeller up to remove it. Gently press down the motor shaft and lift the propeller up to remove it.
  • Gently press down the motor shaft and lift the propeller up to remove it.

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After removing all four propellors, flip the drone over. Remove the following screws from the underside of the drone: Twelve 2.0 mm hex screws
  • After removing all four propellors, flip the drone over.

  • Remove the following screws from the underside of the drone:

    • Twelve 2.0 mm hex screws

    • Four Phillips #0 screws

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Loosen the cable from the plastic landing gear. Unplug the magnetometer molex connector. Unplug the magnetometer molex connector.
  • Loosen the cable from the plastic landing gear.

  • Unplug the magnetometer molex connector.

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Lift up on the top portion of the shell and set it on its side. Do not attempt to fully remove the case. The GPS and Magnetometer cables connect the top shell to the rest of the Phantom, be careful not to stress or break these cables. Do not attempt to fully remove the case. The GPS and Magnetometer cables connect the top shell to the rest of the Phantom, be careful not to stress or break these cables.
  • Lift up on the top portion of the shell and set it on its side.

  • Do not attempt to fully remove the case. The GPS and Magnetometer cables connect the top shell to the rest of the Phantom, be careful not to stress or break these cables.

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Lift the GPS cable molex connector up out of its socket on the main board. Lift the GPS cable molex connector up out of its socket on the main board.
  • Lift the GPS cable molex connector up out of its socket on the main board.

On the Phantom FCP40 (essentially a Phantom 1), the GPS cable connects directly to the Naza controller box, not to the board as shown here. Also the compass (magnetometer) is connected to the main board, not the GPS unit in the top shell, so you don't need to remove it to remove the top shell.

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Gently pull the slack of the magnetometer cable through the case bottom shell. The case top shell should now have enough slack to work on the interior of the Phantom. The case top shell should now have enough slack to work on the interior of the Phantom.
  • Gently pull the slack of the magnetometer cable through the case bottom shell.

  • The case top shell should now have enough slack to work on the interior of the Phantom.

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Twist the magnetometer cable as shown to prepare for passing it through the case bottom shell. Twist the magnetometer cable as shown to prepare for passing it through the case bottom shell. Twist the magnetometer cable as shown to prepare for passing it through the case bottom shell.
  • Twist the magnetometer cable as shown to prepare for passing it through the case bottom shell.

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Gently push the twisted magnetometer cable and molex connector through the hole in the case bottom shell. Gently push the twisted magnetometer cable and molex connector through the hole in the case bottom shell. Gently push the twisted magnetometer cable and molex connector through the hole in the case bottom shell.
  • Gently push the twisted magnetometer cable and molex connector through the hole in the case bottom shell.

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Remove the case top shell from the bottom shell. If your new case top shell did not come with a GPS module, you may need to transfer the old one. To do so, gently peel off the large, gray adhesive label and transfer it to the new shell.
  • Remove the case top shell from the bottom shell.

  • If your new case top shell did not come with a GPS module, you may need to transfer the old one. To do so, gently peel off the large, gray adhesive label and transfer it to the new shell.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Thanks for all the steps which are very helpful. Could you please let us know what toos is needed to remove the GPS module from the top shell?

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