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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Yesterday, 02:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 436
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ron, Lucky you. Even though it seems like a...

Ron,

Lucky you. Even though it seems like a simple operation I had a hard time drilling that hole.

Good to practice those no flap landings I guess. :D
Forum: RV-7/7A Yesterday, 02:02 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,228
Posted By rapid_ascent
I like Vern's idea of using the master switch alt...

I like Vern's idea of using the master switch alt position as an enable for the stick starter. No extra switch is required then. I just connect it up to the unused terminal on the existing...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-18-2021, 11:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 436
Posted By rapid_ascent
Bob's right. There is supposed to be a safety...

Bob's right. There is supposed to be a safety wire.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2021, 02:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 202
Posted By rapid_ascent
Greg, I'm not sure about these specifics so I'll...

Greg,

I'm not sure about these specifics so I'll ask a couple of questions and share a couple of thoughts.

Are there just 2 wires to the battery pack on the Garmin unit? If not there may be a temp...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2021, 12:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 991
Posted By rapid_ascent
John, I've attached a couple of pics of my oil...

John,

I've attached a couple of pics of my oil cooler. To me it didn't seem like there were many options on where to position the oil cooler to get it to work out well. There are several limitations...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-14-2021, 12:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 136
Posted By rapid_ascent
Be aware that different fuels have different...

Be aware that different fuels have different dielectric constants so the capacitance will change. I know that for 100LL it is twice that for air. I'm not sur e of the specifics for other fuels. My...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-14-2021, 11:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 136
Posted By rapid_ascent
What type of fuel are you using? You might buy a...

What type of fuel are you using? You might buy a multimeter that measures capacitance then you could at least look at that part of the problem. That might help you to isolate what's going on.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-11-2021, 10:07 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,228
Posted By rapid_ascent
I'm curious how much current is required for the...

I'm curious how much current is required for the starter solenoid. I'm still not committed to having the switch yet either. I do think if you need a panel disable switch and another relay that maybe...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-10-2021, 10:14 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,228
Posted By rapid_ascent
I decided to go ahead and wire it up to the pilot...

I decided to go ahead and wire it up to the pilot stick since I didnít want to have to go back in later. I have a terminal block mounted below the seat area where I tie the common stick signals...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2021, 09:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 776
Posted By rapid_ascent
It's not magic. You just need the right tools....

It's not magic. You just need the right tools. Decide which type of connectors you are going to use and then check for the crimper die size requirements. That's all there is too it. Prepping the end...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-08-2021, 09:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,512
Posted By rapid_ascent
Mine is a RV-7A.

Mine is a RV-7A.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-08-2021, 08:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,432
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think most people would drill this countersink...

I think most people would drill this countersink by hand in some way without a microstop countersink. However, just to put out all the options there are microstop cages available that don't have the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-08-2021, 08:12 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,512
Posted By rapid_ascent
Here is a pic of mine. I got the bracket drawing...

Here is a pic of mine. I got the bracket drawing from a fellow VAFer. I modified it slightly. Its a tight fit for sure if you have the larger filters like I do. I ended up doing lots of test bends to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-07-2021, 08:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,018
Posted By rapid_ascent
Actually I think you are envisioning all this...

Actually I think you are envisioning all this incorrectly. If you source alternator can supply 30 amps and your load is only 15 amps there is nothing to limit. The alternator will only supply 15...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-06-2021, 09:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 222
Posted By rapid_ascent
Check the classified section. I think there was...

Check the classified section. I think there was one for sale recently.
Forum: GPS 10-06-2021, 09:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 868
Posted By rapid_ascent
I've only recently started using my ipad while...

I've only recently started using my ipad while flying. I have an ipad pro 9.7" it is an older model. I purchased a Pivot mount for it. First thing I noticed was those polarized sun glasses are not...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-06-2021, 08:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,018
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ed, In the EE world we would say this is "by...

Ed, In the EE world we would say this is "by design". That means you design your system such that it can't be a problem. So if you have an alternator that can only put out 30 amps you would make sure...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-06-2021, 08:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,018
Posted By rapid_ascent
Sorry about the image. I think its just the lack...

Sorry about the image. I think its just the lack of resolution.

Mine is mostly like the Z13/20K, Dual Bus (Main and Endurance).
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-05-2021, 10:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,018
Posted By rapid_ascent
Here is a screenshot of my schematic. Mostly it...

Here is a screenshot of my schematic. Mostly it came directly from Bob K. schematics. I have dual B&C alternators and regulators.

I have dual switches, but the switchover will be automatic as others...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-02-2021, 08:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 448
Posted By rapid_ascent
Terry, The information that is in the Section 5...

Terry,

The information that is in the Section 5 table is exactly what I was looking for. I have the wrong parts somehow. I actually didn't notice that the hole in the bearing wasn't the right size...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-02-2021, 06:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 448
Posted By rapid_ascent
Rod End Bearings ???

I think I have the wrong rod end bearings installed on my F-665 pushrod. The drawing calls out M3414 but the parts I have installed are marked CM-4. Does anyone know what the width of the bearing...
Forum: Primers 10-02-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 493
Posted By rapid_ascent
Make sure you are putting the paint through a...

Make sure you are putting the paint through a filter when you put it in a cup. I bought a box of filters from HF. That has helped a lot with clogging.
Forum: GPS 10-01-2021, 04:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 549
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think you were referring to my pic. I think all...

I think you were referring to my pic. I think all the screws are in place, but I pulled the harness out of a box to respond to the thread. Its going to be redone for a 650xi any way. After spending...
Forum: RV-10 10-01-2021, 04:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 675
Posted By rapid_ascent
I'm not sure about the 540 but on the 360 and my...

I'm not sure about the 540 but on the 360 and my 370 the extension can't be too long. My engine came with a longer extension, 2" I think and I had to buy a shorter one so that it would work with my...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-01-2021, 04:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,045
Posted By rapid_ascent
The tool that Walt recommends is the do it all...

The tool that Walt recommends is the do it all tool and it is the most expensive. It is also probably the simplest way to get quality crimps. They can be found on Ebay for much less than the retail...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-30-2021, 06:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 430
Posted By rapid_ascent
You should contact SteinAir they sometimes have...

You should contact SteinAir they sometimes have those misc. pieces available.
Forum: GPS 09-30-2021, 02:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 549
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ron, Yes if you remove the two screws then you...

Ron,

Yes if you remove the two screws then you can remove the connector from the backing plate. Before you do that I would caution you that is probably the easy part. I haven't tried this, but it...
Forum: RV-14 09-29-2021, 08:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,276
Posted By rapid_ascent
I don't have a grinder. I do use a fine #M wheel...

I don't have a grinder. I do use a fine #M wheel for deburring sometimes, but I have an arbor adapter that I use in my drill press. I forget where I got it from though.

A general comment on...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-22-2021, 02:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 575
Posted By rapid_ascent
I have both and I use both. With my hand squeezer...

I have both and I use both. With my hand squeezer I have a hard time squeezing a 4 rivet. I think I have more control with my hand squeezer. The had squeezer is lighter and for me generally easier to...
Forum: Safety 09-22-2021, 02:39 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,322
Posted By rapid_ascent
I have progressives and I have had them for a...

I have progressives and I have had them for a long time. My vision sounds similar to yours. I now have good distance vision and my reading is not that good. I know you said you tried progressives but...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-20-2021, 05:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 593
Posted By rapid_ascent
Allen, I mounted mine in the aft fuselage on the...

Allen, I mounted mine in the aft fuselage on the bracket that Vans sells. There is a little bit of wiring but the CAN bus goes back there anyway.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-20-2021, 07:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,882
Posted By rapid_ascent
I have a small CDI torque wrench like many...

I have a small CDI torque wrench like many builders here. I don't remember which model, but you want to have one that can go down to below 20 in-lbs and up to 60-70 in-lbs at a minimum. I think mine...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-16-2021, 08:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 685
Posted By rapid_ascent
I suspect the power is "diode ORed". That would...

I suspect the power is "diode ORed". That would be the normal way of combining two power inputs. The power inputs are applied to the anode of the two diodes and the cathodes are tied together and...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-06-2021, 12:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,546
Posted By rapid_ascent
Bill, Given your results maybe its worth giving...

Bill,

Given your results maybe its worth giving the Dynon converters a try. I'd rather have a solution than another project of rolling my own. I've looked at the Jim Weir circuit and considered it....
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-05-2021, 02:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,546
Posted By rapid_ascent
Does anyone have reports on using the Dynon...

Does anyone have reports on using the Dynon converters? Do they put out a voltage output?
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-05-2021, 12:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 994
Posted By rapid_ascent
I wanted to take a look at my ribs before I...

I wanted to take a look at my ribs before I responded. I have a RV7A slider and I only had to notch the bottom of the ribs. For my panel I have a modular configuration so it looks a little different,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-03-2021, 08:26 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,546
Posted By rapid_ascent
I haven't found a solution yet. I called Vans and...

I haven't found a solution yet. I called Vans and they don't appear to sell anything any longer. I also called Electronics International. The guy there gave me a part number, IMC-V but I couldn't...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-02-2021, 01:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,546
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think Dynon has their own converter from my...

I think Dynon has their own converter from my searches here on VAF. My impression from before was that these converters were not as accurate as the Princeton, but maybe that is incorrect.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-02-2021, 09:30 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,546
Posted By rapid_ascent
It looks like there are more variations of the...

It looks like there are more variations of the "probe" than I realized. Some with internal electronics and some that require an external converter module. Either way my original post is in regards to...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-02-2021, 09:19 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,546
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ok. Then I stand corrected.

Ok. Then I stand corrected.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-02-2021, 09:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,546
Posted By rapid_ascent
Krea, There is a difference between the "probe"...

Krea,

There is a difference between the "probe" and the converter. The probe is a passive capacitor. In the case of the Vans kit is a set a plates. Princeton also makes (or did) make a probe which...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-02-2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,546
Posted By rapid_ascent
Bob, thanks for that info. I'll have to check...

Bob, thanks for that info. I'll have to check with ACS on the 5 point units. I went back and took a closer look and it says special order so they may not have any stock. I'll give them a call though...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-02-2021, 08:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,546
Posted By rapid_ascent
Well that's not good news. :( Anyone have a set...

Well that's not good news. :(

Anyone have a set of the 2 point converters sitting on a shelf somewhere that they aren't planning to use.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-01-2021, 11:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,546
Posted By rapid_ascent
Where to Purchase Princeton Capacitive Converters

I've been trying to figure out where I can buy a set of the 2 point Princeton capacitive fuel sensor converters. ACS is showing the 5 point version, but I don't need those with my G3X system. I've...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-22-2021, 09:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 621
Posted By rapid_ascent
Flow Ezy has 74 micron filter elements. That is...

Flow Ezy has 74 micron filter elements. That is what I have for my pre-filters. I think their filters are similar to Aeromotive, but I'm not sure the elements are interchangable.
Forum: RV-14 08-15-2021, 11:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,357
Posted By rapid_ascent
I made a shelf for my GDL 52R out of 0.062" with...

I made a shelf for my GDL 52R out of 0.062" with angle stiffeners. That was what I had on hand, but I think something around 0.040" is sufficient.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-15-2021, 04:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,176
Posted By rapid_ascent
I've been working on installing my Infinity...

I've been working on installing my Infinity grips. It actually takes more work than you would expect to get this all put together. Some of that is my fault I'm sure but I'm getting close now.

I put...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-12-2021, 01:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,129
Posted By rapid_ascent
I wanted to chime in here on the topic of...

I wanted to chime in here on the topic of building your own hoses. I built my own brake lines from Earls stainless steel material. I feel comfortable with that. They were relatively easy to put...
Forum: Painting your RV 08-09-2021, 01:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,248
Posted By rapid_ascent
I've tried to sequence my painting so I didn't...

I've tried to sequence my painting so I didn't paint the AN hardware. I did have a big masking job before I painted my interior though. Certain things I delayed installing so that they wouldn't be...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-08-2021, 05:30 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 564
Posted By rapid_ascent
Sensenich 3 Blade Prop.

I was browsing the Vans online store the other day and I realized they now have listed the 3 blade Sensenich composite prop for the IO-360 and etc. I had spoken to Sensenich a month or so ago and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-02-2021, 08:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,954
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think you may need to do the flare first then...

I think you may need to do the flare first then the bend. If you try to do it the other way around you will need the length of the sleeve plus the thickness of your flaring tool to be less than you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2021, 09:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,301
Posted By rapid_ascent
Michael, This is one of those things that can be...

Michael,

This is one of those things that can be seem worse in your mind than it is in actuality. Sometimes we have a plan and when things don't work out the way we planned it is difficult to get...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-30-2021, 08:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,455
Posted By rapid_ascent
1) The GTX-335 w/ GPS is a good solution. Garmin...

1) The GTX-335 w/ GPS is a good solution. Garmin sells a package with the antenna. I think its around $3,000. The GPS antenna mounts on the top so it can "see" the satellites. The transponder antenna...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-28-2021, 08:36 PM
Replies: 966
Views: 799,927
Posted By rapid_ascent
Nice Red. What color and paint is that?

Nice Red. What color and paint is that?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-28-2021, 04:02 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 10,008
Posted By rapid_ascent
Just to chime in on the supply side issues. The...

Just to chime in on the supply side issues. The company that I work for is seeing lead-times on some parts that used to be 12 weeks go to 52 weeks for these specialized ICs. How do we keep the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2021, 10:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 858
Posted By rapid_ascent
I haven't heard of anyone doing anything like...

I haven't heard of anyone doing anything like this, but it could be done. Generally there are enough buttons/switches on the grip to assign them to the needed dedicated functions.

Most of the stick...
Forum: Painting your RV 07-26-2021, 01:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 687
Posted By rapid_ascent
I use a HF gun for shooting my Akzo primer and it...

I use a HF gun for shooting my Akzo primer and it works fine for that. I decided to buy a better gun for spraying the Jetflex WR on top of the primer.

Part of the problem with the HF gun is the tip...
Forum: ADS-B 07-23-2021, 01:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,771
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think the process of updating any software...

I think the process of updating any software should always be taken with the view that some complications could arise. At times these complications may mean that certain items are not operational...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-21-2021, 12:20 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,763
Posted By rapid_ascent
Terry, I have the EFII boost pump and I managed...

Terry,

I have the EFII boost pump and I managed to get it all under the doghouse with a post filter. I didn't want to have to extend the cover forward. It did take a little work to get it all to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-19-2021, 11:53 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 38,794
Posted By rapid_ascent
I got my sticks back from the welder. They were...

I got my sticks back from the welder. They were kinda a mess with some of the powder coating melting a little, but I got them cleaned up. I opened up the wiring hole to 1/2". Now they are ready for...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-15-2021, 10:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,863
Posted By rapid_ascent
I'm in the process of installing platenuts and...

I'm in the process of installing platenuts and I'll use and hex socket head screws. I wouldn't say they will be impossible to reach, but I realize access panels may be a good idea.
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-14-2021, 08:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,863
Posted By rapid_ascent
I added my GEA24 to the forward ribs. I think...

I added my GEA24 to the forward ribs. I think I'll put the GDL-52R on a shelf behind the PFD. That seems like a good location.

I'm wondering everyone's experience with installing the access panels...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2021, 02:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,124
Posted By rapid_ascent
No experience with Aeroquip Socketless but I did...

No experience with Aeroquip Socketless but I did use Earl's system for my braided brake lines. Still on the bench, but it was an easy system to work with once you get it figured out.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-12-2021, 10:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 657
Posted By rapid_ascent
You can attach two RS-232 inputs to one RS-232...

You can attach two RS-232 inputs to one RS-232 output, but not vice versa. The complication is that the two input devices must be able to accept the same message format. Check the formats before you...
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