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Forum: Glass Cockpit Yesterday, 08:23 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 810
Posted By JDA_BTR
Me too very happy on the back of the pilot 460

Me too very happy on the back of the pilot 460
Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 07:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 112
Posted By JDA_BTR
Once my wing was in the stand it stayed there...

Once my wing was in the stand it stayed there until I mounted the wings.
Forum: RV-14 05-06-2021, 04:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 398
Posted By JDA_BTR
I used the Vans wiring in the wing and it works...

I used the Vans wiring in the wing and it works fine with no noise so YMMV. The key to this setup is to not ground the light or the nav/strobe at the wingtip. Connect the nav/strobe ground at the...
Forum: RV-10 05-04-2021, 11:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,519
Posted By JDA_BTR
I like the redundancy of a gmc255 but currently...

I like the redundancy of a gmc255 but currently only have one nav unit, a gtn650. It def gets the job done. I think next time Iíll go with the 375 so the xponder is bundled and add a 255 and a gtr20...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-04-2021, 09:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 617
Posted By JDA_BTR
I've got two areas I'm thinking about on my 8. ...

I've got two areas I'm thinking about on my 8. One is a wing connector and another is behind the panel. On the 14 I really liked the plugs for the wing. The fuse plugs were redundant.

Wings: no...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-04-2021, 08:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 617
Posted By JDA_BTR
Here is a fun read full of good...

Here is a fun read full of good ideas:
https://www.te.com/content/dam/te-com/documents/automotive/global/automotive%20power%20distribution_1654390-1.pdf

I like the "battery distribution units"
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-04-2021, 08:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 617
Posted By JDA_BTR
TE makes a series of connectors similar to the...

TE makes a series of connectors similar to the deutsch that I haven't used but seem a little less expensive?
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-04-2021, 07:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 704
Posted By JDA_BTR
I have the bolts and clips to put in thanks. The...

I have the bolts and clips to put in thanks. The aluminum gear legs are quite different so no surprise they are easier to line up. I have the stock steel gear.
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-03-2021, 08:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 704
Posted By JDA_BTR
My problem with doing what you described is that...

My problem with doing what you described is that the wear plate would end up cockeyed and not have correct edge distances. So I compromised to keep edge distances right knowing I could shim later....
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-03-2021, 08:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 704
Posted By JDA_BTR
I have mine all drilled now. What I had to accept...

I have mine all drilled now. What I had to accept was that the gear legs are not true across the front top and bottom and will have some camber. But the bolts are all in the right place and the gear...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-02-2021, 07:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,635
Posted By JDA_BTR
Just a thought but the hassle of getting it out...

Just a thought but the hassle of getting it out is substantial compared to the cost of a new one. Some glue and a little rtv might last many years. Put a few spring clamps around the edge after some...
Forum: RV-14 05-02-2021, 03:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 673
Posted By JDA_BTR
Okay, between posts here and PM offline, I count...

Okay, between posts here and PM offline, I count 5 people besides me with similar problem. So there are plenty of us to make changes and check back with results. The thought is that the autopilot...
Forum: RV-14 05-02-2021, 08:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 673
Posted By JDA_BTR
Elevator very free on mine. I admit the washers...

Elevator very free on mine. I admit the washers werenít stacked right when it came back from the paint shop but corrected as soon as it was home.
Forum: RV-14 05-01-2021, 10:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 673
Posted By JDA_BTR
Yes, and that is what everyone including Garmin...

Yes, and that is what everyone including Garmin tells you to look at when it doesn't work right. It isn't sufficient in all cases. If you are trying to go 85-90 kts on an IFR approach with 20...
Forum: RV-14 05-01-2021, 07:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 673
Posted By JDA_BTR
I wanted to add something else too. In level...

I wanted to add something else too. In level flight the system would give little bumps that was like a little push every now and then. That went away too with backing down the trim speed.
Forum: RV-14 05-01-2021, 07:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 673
Posted By JDA_BTR
Yes Iíll copy it when at the hangar next and post...

Yes Iíll copy it when at the hangar next and post it. Iíve chased this a while and my requests to Garmin for a troubleshooting guide or how to work thru a/p optimizations were referred back to ďknown...
Forum: RV-14 05-01-2021, 05:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 673
Posted By JDA_BTR
Garmin G3X, Trim and Autopilot

After some troubleshooting I've made some changes to the auto-trim and wanted to report on it.

What I found was that with the recommended autopilot settings for my G3X system, when slowing down and...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-01-2021, 04:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 369
Posted By JDA_BTR
That's where I'm at now. I pulled the gear...

That's where I'm at now. I pulled the gear pieces off after drilling them all, and am now doing the bottom skins. I'll put the gear pieces back on later.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2021, 11:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,524
Posted By JDA_BTR
Yes thatís correct. Switches per dwg then config...

Yes thatís correct. Switches per dwg then config as you like.
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-01-2021, 10:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 369
Posted By JDA_BTR
Gotcha... I'm going to get them opened up before...

Gotcha... I'm going to get them opened up before I rivet the pieces on
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2021, 09:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,524
Posted By JDA_BTR
It is pretty flexible. I have two switches. One...

It is pretty flexible. I have two switches. One is light on/off. You could setup to have wig-wag based on speed with one switch. I like to pick my wig-wag, so I have a separate switch. With...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-01-2021, 08:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 369
Posted By JDA_BTR
Iíll review that thanks. Iím doing a slow build...

Iíll review that thanks. Iím doing a slow build but not putting the gear on until later. The holes for the gear have been drilled. I think these skin holes have to be big enough for the 1/4 bolt head...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-30-2021, 05:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 369
Posted By JDA_BTR
Gear bolt access

I'm installing the lower fwd fuse skins, and the instructions dont mention opening the holes for the AN4 bolts to be put in outboard, but the plans call it out. Isn't now the right time to open up...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-29-2021, 10:56 PM
Replies: 409
Views: 143,964
Posted By JDA_BTR
Yes Walt, you are correct; turning off auto-trim...

Yes Walt, you are correct; turning off auto-trim allows manual trim while autopilot engaged. Since I suspect a problem with the auto-trim; it would be nice to be able to turn the auto trim on and...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-29-2021, 08:26 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,561
Posted By JDA_BTR
I have an 18 inch flexible extension that takes...

I have an 18 inch flexible extension that takes screwdriver bits and I use it for most screw tasks with Wera bits that fit right. Keeps the drill out of the corners.

Reading with interest wonder if...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-28-2021, 07:54 AM
Replies: 409
Views: 143,964
Posted By JDA_BTR
On vertical track my pitch seems to wander...

On vertical track my pitch seems to wander around. Awesome up and down for general alt changes just on a GS it walks when I donít want it to. Would like to TS without reboot reload
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-28-2021, 06:37 AM
Replies: 409
Views: 143,964
Posted By JDA_BTR
I wish I could turn off the auto trim function in...

I wish I could turn off the auto trim function in flight. I suspect it is a problem in some regimes. Activating Manual trim with autopilot engaged and auto trim enabled disconnects autopilot. This...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-28-2021, 04:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,000
Posted By JDA_BTR
Good thread... For a small fee that is very...

Good thread... For a small fee that is very worth it, SteinAir will produce a schematic of the pin to pin connections for everything in your plane or panel and save you the hassle of sorting through...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2021, 09:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 662
Posted By JDA_BTR
When I bought my HF pneumatic riveter for pop...

When I bought my HF pneumatic riveter for pop rivets it was terrible and pulled maybe 10 rivets before it broke. Threw it away. But I did get from the back of the manual for it the best drawing...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-25-2021, 05:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 704
Posted By JDA_BTR
Landing Gear Puzzle - RV-8

RV-8 slow build. Lining up to drill the gear holes. I can't sweep the legs aft enough to make the leading edges inboard and outboard all line up on the same plane while being able to maintain...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-25-2021, 08:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,354
Posted By JDA_BTR
I'd like to make a new set of wires for my two...

I'd like to make a new set of wires for my two PMAGs just to have the lengths right. I've got 165 hours on them without any problems but I suppose problems are eventually going to arise. I'd be...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-22-2021, 05:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 453
Posted By JDA_BTR
What kit has the tailwheel?

I have the whole tailwheel assembly that came with the fuse kit but I canít locate the wheel on hand or in the inventory. Canít remember having a wheel. Does it come in the finishing kit or is it a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-21-2021, 10:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 346
Posted By JDA_BTR
On mine it sets -3 rivets at 60 and -4 at 90 PSI....

On mine it sets -3 rivets at 60 and -4 at 90 PSI. I am sure that all the air is bled out and it is setup correctly. I have the thick black hose and it flexes significantly when activated, so I...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-21-2021, 07:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,000
Posted By JDA_BTR
I did the fuse harness for my RV14 on a board in...

I did the fuse harness for my RV14 on a board in the house. It was convenient and tidy. But I had the benefit of the excellent drawing that showed all the proper lengths for everything and it was...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-17-2021, 10:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 595
Posted By JDA_BTR
Fastback Canopy

What is the best way to sequence paint on the fastback canopy? I don't think the canopy can bond to a painted surface, but it seems hard to paint the canopy once the bubble is on. Also, once the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-17-2021, 10:56 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 251
Posted By JDA_BTR
VPX/PPS and aft battery

Considering doing a VPX-Pro and PPS installation in my new RV8; didn't do it in my RV14 but seems like it could be good.

Aft battery: has anyone done with with a PPS? I suppose the battery cable...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-17-2021, 10:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,293
Posted By JDA_BTR
I would plan on fishing and if it all comes...

I would plan on fishing and if it all comes through then all the better. Expect the worst and enjoy the better. When I started my RV14 they didn't even have a fuse kit yet..... it all worked out. ...
Forum: RV-14 04-14-2021, 10:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 601
Posted By JDA_BTR
Iím always adding something I didnít know I...

Iím always adding something I didnít know I needed but now canít live without. I like when my friends see the duckbill pliers and wonder why they didnít have that already.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-13-2021, 06:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,177
Posted By JDA_BTR
There are a lot of posts here about how to remove...

There are a lot of posts here about how to remove rivets and some practice on scrap is smart. If you are careful and use great technique you can go back in the 3/32 rivets just like the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-11-2021, 08:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 294
Posted By JDA_BTR
Bushing for manual aileron trim

I'm putting together the manual aileron trim, and there is a .437 snap bushing with a nominal 1/4 diameter that needs to be opened out to 5/16. Vans says use a Dremel; the snap bushing scoffs at the...
Forum: RV-14 04-10-2021, 07:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,509
Posted By JDA_BTR
When you mount a new tire you can't get the two...

When you mount a new tire you can't get the two halves of the split rim together so there is a tool with two laminated boards that allow the tire to be compressed on the rim to get a new tire...
Forum: RV-14 04-09-2021, 12:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,509
Posted By JDA_BTR
165 hours so far. The oring kit has orings for...

165 hours so far. The oring kit has orings for two tires and one valve stem. I didnít bother the valve stem so my second kit now has two of those.

The trick in breaking the bead with the vice is to...
Forum: RV-14 04-08-2021, 09:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,509
Posted By JDA_BTR
Berenger Update - 2 years in

I've had the Beringer wheels/brakes for two years, and I changed a tire for the first time today. It really wasn't hard with the tool they sell, and went on/off pretty easy.

The brakes have been...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-30-2021, 07:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,212
Posted By JDA_BTR
On the 14 it is really easy to mount a tabs plate...

On the 14 it is really easy to mount a tabs plate on the aft side of the right firewall with a through bolt to the other side where the normal ground bolt and connection is made. The wire runs to...
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 03-29-2021, 05:15 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 8,551
Posted By JDA_BTR
Good video - likely to be a classic.

Good video - likely to be a classic.
Forum: RV-14 03-23-2021, 09:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,064
Posted By JDA_BTR
I had sticker shock at the price of the harness...

I had sticker shock at the price of the harness so I bought materials and did it myself. I saved 700 dollars and lost a month +. Typical homebuilt trade off.
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-22-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 424
Posted By JDA_BTR
Foreword skin sealant

It is time to rivet the forward side skins. Iím to put sealant in the leading edge at the firewall. I think that later on the lower bottom forward skin will go on with the lower skin tucked up under...
Forum: RV-14 03-06-2021, 07:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,230
Posted By JDA_BTR
They mention a "thinner" to clean the tire and a...

They mention a "thinner" to clean the tire and a lubricant "non-oil" to mount the tire on the wheel. What are the products I should find for that. We used soapy water back in the day in the tire...
Forum: RV-14 03-06-2021, 07:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,230
Posted By JDA_BTR
great, thanks

great, thanks
Forum: RV-14 03-06-2021, 06:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,230
Posted By JDA_BTR
Thanks Dan.... anyone have insight on the oring...

Thanks Dan....
anyone have insight on the oring for the valve stem?
Forum: RV-14 03-06-2021, 04:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,230
Posted By JDA_BTR
Yes I have the manual. But I donít know which...

Yes I have the manual. But I donít know which wheel we have on the main. Is it the light 5Ē or the other one? They take different orings
Forum: RV-14 03-06-2021, 08:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,230
Posted By JDA_BTR
Beringer Tire Change

Well it is time for a tire change. I'm trying to get all the kit together to do it.

I think I have the 5" tires, but they show two different types in the manual. One is the "light wheel" and the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-02-2021, 09:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,631
Posted By JDA_BTR
The ACS rivet is different than the vans rivet.

The ACS rivet is different than the vans rivet.
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-28-2021, 07:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 610
Posted By JDA_BTR
I've already got plans for the top... I was...

I've already got plans for the top... I was thinking of the bottom
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-27-2021, 10:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 610
Posted By JDA_BTR
Cherry Rivets at Gear Leg Towers

With big hands and kids all grown up I'm wondering if anyone else has used Cherry rivets instead of solid rivets for the difficult area at the bottom of the gear leg tower. I suppose I could take...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2021, 05:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,292
Posted By JDA_BTR
In general, plan to be home when you have the...

In general, plan to be home when you have the catheter in, and then light duty with no sig lifting for 6 weeks. I can think of tons of things to do when not taking pain meds; on the meds just some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2021, 10:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 433
Posted By JDA_BTR
I got it at Graco

I got it at Graco
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-18-2021, 06:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,742
Posted By JDA_BTR
That is part of my question. Am I going to make...

That is part of my question. Am I going to make new holes in the fuse to pass the wires or are there already places for it? Was thinking of deutsch connectors and not a bulkhead mount but could do...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-17-2021, 04:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,742
Posted By JDA_BTR
Wing root pictures

Thinking through the wing wiring and don't know how the wing root ties into the fuselage for wiring purposes. Does anyone have some pictures that show the wing root at the fuselage?
Forum: Tools 02-13-2021, 01:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 641
Posted By JDA_BTR
Second that on the "don't fill reservoir with...

Second that on the "don't fill reservoir with oil" on the HF puller. Worked better before I messed with it.

I have the generic yellow rotating puller that has 4 different heads for different...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-13-2021, 12:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 429
Posted By JDA_BTR
Two tubes from brake fluid reservoir

Building an RV8. Was wondering why there are two tubes starting at the brake build reservior instead of one from the reservoir with the T above the pedals.

I'm thinking of running hard line instead...
Forum: RV-14 02-08-2021, 06:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,661
Posted By JDA_BTR
I got the SC-15 canopy for my -14 and in 2017 it...

I got the SC-15 canopy for my -14 and in 2017 it cost about 300 more. It is worth every penny. I fly in the southernly sun all the time and never get a sunburn and it cuts down on the heat transfer...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-07-2021, 08:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,208
Posted By JDA_BTR
Thank you all. Which filter? The 40 micron?

Thank you all. Which filter? The 40 micron?
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-06-2021, 09:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,208
Posted By JDA_BTR
I was asking about the 8. I didnít have good...

I was asking about the 8. I didnít have good results with the andair and converted the 14 away from that last year.
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