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MartySantic 10-10-2021 11:07 PM

Notification 15-10-01 - Flap Handle Spring
 
Has anyone cut 1/2" off the flap handle spring to lower the required thumb pressure? Did it help or should I look for another spring?

Sclookout 10-11-2021 08:06 AM

solution
 
Good solution

magiccarpet 10-11-2021 08:51 AM

I did shorten the spring according to the notice during the build. So I cannot compare the thumb force to the original KAI. But operational wise the thumb force seems to be quite ok. The handle can be released with ease but still requires some gentle force. To me it‘s perfect like that.

DaveWelch 10-11-2021 01:23 PM

Flap spring and knob
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by MartySantic (Post 1561181)
Has anyone cut 1/2" off the flap handle spring to lower the required thumb pressure? Did it help or should I look for another spring?

I also wound enough thick tape (rescue tape) into the gap just below the top of the flap “push button” to mostly fill the gap. Did this after “biting” my hand (web of skin between index finger and thumb) between the flap button and flap bar. You’ll only make that mistake once 😫

rvbuilder2002 10-11-2021 02:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DaveWelch (Post 1561311)
I also wound enough thick tape (rescue tape) into the gap just below the top of the flap “push button” to mostly fill the gap. Did this after “biting” my hand (web of skin between index finger and thumb) between the flap button and flap bar. You’ll only make that mistake once 😫

In case anyone else ever wants to alleviate the possibility of getting pinched, the button part was redesigned many years ago to do away with the gap that causes the pinch point and it it very inexpensive to buy.

ChuckC 10-11-2021 05:29 PM

I did cut off 1/2" of the spring and it really helped. And, I installed the new button Scott referred too - pinch be gone! Both changes highly recommended and relatively easy to do.

DaveWelch 10-11-2021 06:54 PM

Thanks for the reminder Scott!

gasman 10-11-2021 07:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rvbuilder2002 (Post 1561316)
In case anyone else ever wants to alleviate the possibility of getting pinched, the button part was redesigned many years ago to do away with the gap that causes the pinch point and it it very inexpensive to buy.

I just filled in the area with https://rectorseal.com/epoxy-putty-group/ and belt sanded it down to match the smaller diameter 18 years ago.... only pinched me once!!.... RV6A manual flaps.

RFSchaller 10-11-2021 10:54 PM

I drilled out the end of a rubber bicycle grip and slipped it on the flap handle. I’ve never been pinched by the button.

bbsdad 10-12-2021 12:40 AM

Found a nice motorcycle hand grip on Amazon. Same diameter and has anchor pins in the rite place. Just drilled the cap to fit. EZY pzy. Bonus looks great and no pinching.

PD


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