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Mark C. 06-07-2015 09:55 PM

RV Bits Main Gear installation fairings
 
Looking for pictures and ideas how they installed "RV Bits" gear fairings. Final stages of my 9A build. Thanks,

Mark C.
IO 360 Mattituck
Catto-Tri
All Dynon Instru.

bruceh 06-07-2015 11:53 PM

I used the Van's fairings, but they are similar (probably not as nice as the RV bits version).

Photos of my installation here.

I had to trim them down a bit (got rid of the rough edges) and bonded them to the wheel pants.

Rupester 06-08-2015 06:45 AM

Mark .... are you talking gear leg fairings or intersection fairings?

219PB 06-08-2015 08:06 AM

spring loaded access covers
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by bruceh (Post 989053)
I used the Van's fairings, but they are similar (probably not as nice as the RV bits version).

Photos of my installation here.

I had to trim them down a bit (got rid of the rough edges) and bonded them to the wheel pants.

Bruce<

Where did you get the 1" spring loaded access covers for your tire valve stem on the main gear?

Mark C. 06-08-2015 09:52 AM

On the gear leg, top and bottom. I want to use screws and nutplates to hold everything together. I have seen builders have cracks at the mold spot to the wheel covers after many landings.. Mark C.

mikehoover 06-09-2015 07:33 AM

Here's my journal entry for installing those and a couple of photos. Hope it will help some.
http://www.aclog.com/rv-9a/index.php?c=5#1195

bruceh 06-09-2015 12:50 PM

Access doors are from Aircraft Spruce

CAMLOC ACCESS DOORS FOR WHEEL (KM713-16-064)

Mark C. 06-09-2015 11:02 PM

Mike, very nice pictures and write up.. After a couple of years flying still no cracks?? By the way when you centered the "fairings" to the belly of the aircraft and wheel pant, did you have the wings on? Mark C.

Rupester 06-10-2015 05:11 AM

I fiberglassed the lower intersection fairings to the front half of the wheelpant. It makes removal fast and easy. No cracks after 2.5 years. the upper intersection fairings look much like Mike's ....I used platenuts in all but one location (on each side) where I used a keyed rivnut.
I'll have to look for pics ....

mikehoover 06-10-2015 05:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark C. (Post 989594)
Mike, very nice pictures and write up.. After a couple of years flying still no cracks?? By the way when you centered the "fairings" to the belly of the aircraft and wheel pant, did you have the wings on? Mark C.

No cracks so far. I did have my wings on and flew without the fairings for a while. It was a pain to install the wheel pants and gear leg fairings with the wings on. It'd be much easier to install them without the wings in the way.


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