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Forum: RV-8/8A 07-17-2022, 10:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 471
Posted By gear1
Extra adjustment hole

Doug,

Had the same problem with my RV8. Short legs (actually short all over). Added a hole 1" further aft on the adjustment tube, problem solved.:)

Will you be at OSH? we can compare notes....
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-07-2022, 08:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 739
Posted By gear1
Pitot Mast Install

RV8Bill,
I installed the Dynon Pitot Tube mast exactly as you are planning on the outside of the rib adjacent to the bell crank.. I did not want to do another inspection panel, but there is enough...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2022, 05:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,246
Posted By gear1
IO 360 M1

I have an IO 360 M1 engine built by Aerosport Power that I removed due to high oil consumption (and because I really wanted a Lycoming Thunderbolt engine). About 1800 SMOH, compressions 78/80, oil...
Forum: RV-10 02-14-2022, 06:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,675
Posted By gear1
Tools for adjusting lean of peak

As Ironflight pointed out, when leaning all cylinders must peak at very nearly the same fuel flow to be able to run successfully Lean of Peak. The minimum instrumentation required is Fuel Flow and...
Forum: Reviews 02-10-2022, 09:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,304
Posted By gear1
Lycoming

Hello, Art and Vlad,
Good questions, both. My reason for changing the engine was that it was using an increasing amount of oil as time went on. It started out after a rebuild 1800 hours ago at...
Forum: Reviews 02-08-2022, 07:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,304
Posted By gear1
Shout out to Lycoming

When my old engine was nearing overhaul, I decided to purchase a new engine for my RV8. I looked at several shops for the new engine, and settled upon the Lycoming-built Thunderbolt parallel valve...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-31-2021, 04:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,178
Posted By gear1
Toe out or toe in?

Hi, Moe,

Mel beat me to it:), but here is an expanded explanation:

You are entirely correct that in racing cars, toe out is desirable to make the turn in more aggressive. The reason for this is...
Forum: Tools 12-04-2021, 12:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,399
Posted By gear1
Safety cable

The short (5 ) nose that I have has worked for everything I have needed for the installation of my new Thunderbolt engine. The system made the safetying of the prop bolts much easier (and less...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-27-2021, 07:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,813
Posted By gear1
P-mag on Right

The impulse drive for the magneto retards the timing to near zero advance, the same as the P-Mag. This allows you to start with both ignitions on.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-27-2021, 06:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,813
Posted By gear1
P-mag on Right

Magneto Left, P-Mag Right is the normal configuration for a Lycoming engine.

For dual mags, the left mag is impulse, right fixed.

I'm going to put dual P-mags on my new Thunderbolt IO360M1A. Much...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-17-2021, 06:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,845
Posted By gear1
Backuup Battery replacement

Good call, Carl,

I have replaced the 1.2 AH battery twice in the 10 years. The backup battery is charged through a Schottky Diode. An ignition power switch powers the diode, facilitating checking...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-16-2021, 06:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,845
Posted By gear1
Smile backup battery

I installed my ElectroAir ignition backup battery in that location. I mounted it on the inside wall of the "box" so that I could remove the cover to maintain the battery, and to keep it off the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-27-2021, 07:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,234
Posted By gear1
Steering Arm play

Wingnut,

To eliminate the play, and to provide a better bearing surface for the steering arm, I bought a 1/2" ID by 1.5" OD bronze washer from McMaster-Carr. I then counter-bored the washer to a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2021, 05:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,989
Posted By gear1
Scat tube inlets

Received today the flanges from Larry. They are very nicely done! Thanks, Larry!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2021, 07:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,170
Posted By gear1
Congratulations

Doug:
Congratulations to you and your wonderful family on your first type rating. It is certainly the hardest; others will come too. The type rating is a Master's degree in aviation; the ATP the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-05-2021, 07:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,460
Posted By gear1
RV8 canopy faring

Three tricks I found useful in building the windshield fairing for my RV8:
1. Watch the Van's video on building the fairing on the RV14. It details the project very well, just on a wider fuselage. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-28-2021, 07:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,989
Posted By gear1
Scat tube inlets

Would like to purchase two flanges. PM Sent
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-21-2020, 08:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,295
Posted By gear1
Smile AOA tubing through conduit

I did exactly what you are describing on my RV8. The only difference was that I used 3/16" (-3) aluminum tubing so as to take up less space in the conduit. I also lubricated the conduit with a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-05-2020, 10:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,348
Posted By gear1
Accessory Section Temperatures

I, too, have always been curious about accessory section temperatures. So, when I installed my HDX based panel, I installed a temperature probe on the firewall, just below the midpoint vertically. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2020, 06:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 929
Posted By gear1
Prop Governer Leak

The same problem occurred with my Hartzell governor after about 690 hours. Turns out there is a service bulletin, HC-SC-60-365, which calls for replacement of the original "O" ring with a new...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2019, 07:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,897
Posted By gear1
Anti-Splat Bearing Mod Pirep

Our RV8 main wheels were converted by Anti-Splat two years ago when I got tired of the mess on the wheels and brakes from the horrible stock felt shields. After over 300 hours and 400 landings, the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2019, 07:25 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 30,251
Posted By gear1
Anti-Splat ball bearing conversion

Gentlemen,
Our RV8 main wheels were converted by Anti-Splat two years ago when I got tired of the mess on the wheels and brakes from the horrible stock felt shields. After over 300 hours and 400...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2019, 08:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 817
Posted By gear1
Thank you, Mike

Mike,

This is just what I needed, and AC Spruce has it in stock. I ordered one of the pens this morning. Thank you for your prompt reply!:)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-16-2019, 10:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 817
Posted By gear1
Alodine prep for paint on repair panels

A couple of days ago, Wirejock started an excellent and most informative thread on the use of Alumiprep 33 and Alodine for treating assembled parts prior to painting. I have another preparation to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2018, 05:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,149
Posted By gear1
Smoke Oil

Hi, Boo,

I've been using Lottman Oil Company in Byers, Colorado. They have an agriculture oil called Trailblazer Super Smoke Oil 19. A 55 gallon drum cost me $325.00 plus $100 shipping to Pagosa...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-17-2018, 07:01 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 23,234
Posted By gear1
Red face Submerged pump

Alan and all,

Neat system, Alan! Five years ago I decided to “roll my own” system using a submerged pump. The pump will fail if it is run dry. I do not know exactly how long I let it run after it...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-08-2018, 02:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,619
Posted By gear1
P-Mag with ElectroAir ignitions

Our RV8 has an IO360 M1A with 9.0:1 pistons and an ElecrtoAir ignition on the right, and a P-mag on the left. The combination has been working very well. The engine originally had a Slick magneto on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2018, 04:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,247
Posted By gear1
fuel pump failure mode followup

Gentlemen,

Thank you all for your most useful comments on problems with and changing out Lycoming fuel pumps.

I used the technique of safety wire to hold up the plunger, and setting the #1 cylinder...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2018, 08:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,630
Posted By gear1
Good experience with NGK plugs

I originally had extended nose Tempest plugs in my IO 360, so I searched for an extended nose auto plug when I converted the bottom plugs to automotive. The plugs I found were for a Porsche 911, the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2018, 08:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,247
Posted By gear1
Thanks!

Thanks all, for the great explanations, and the Tempest video. Good stuff. Now on to the replacement.....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2018, 05:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,247
Posted By gear1
Fuel pump failure mode

Our RV8 has IO360M1A and a Tempest Fuel Pump #L15473. When cleaning up the aircraft yesterday after a long cross country I found a trail of gasoline dye behind the fuel pump drain tube. As a check,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2018, 04:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,982
Posted By gear1
varying fuel flow

If the red cube is upstream of the pump it would be normal to have fluctuating fuel flow. The engine driven fuel pump has an intermittent draw, in that the cam operated lever is pushed against the...
Forum: RV-14 12-15-2017, 05:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,894
Posted By gear1
Creating Electrical diagam

I was not aware of the neat programs available when I did my new Dynon HDX based panel, including ADSB in and out. However I do know how to use spreadsheets, so I used ExCel to create a plan.

On...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2017, 09:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,425
Posted By gear1
Thanks!

Thanks everyone for your kind replies! I have a better idea of what I am up against now.

For those who have converted from the Van's steel legs to the Grove gear, are there any mechanical issues...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2017, 03:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,425
Posted By gear1
Help -Grove landing gear on RV8

A question for those who have gone before:

Will the standard Van's gear leg fairings fit over the non-airfoil Grove aluminum gear legs? I am replacing the standard van's steel gear legs with the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2017, 06:12 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 23,543
Posted By gear1
Flying song

"Zero to 60 in 5" by Pablo Cruise the original 5 minute version.

Nice gentle taxi, take off and cruise around the clouds, building up to acrobatics. How about a snap roll culminating in a spin at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2016, 06:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,125
Posted By gear1
P-mag sparkplugs

I replaced the extended nose Tempest plugs with auto plugs when I installed the P-mag; at first I used the standard NGK plug used by everyone else, but then I discovered an extended nose plug used in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2016, 06:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,614
Posted By gear1
#4 cylinder warm

Thanks, Dan, Larry and Mark, for your suggestions. I have daydreamed up some air directors to put more air on the exhaust side of #4. I'll report the results.....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2016, 02:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,614
Posted By gear1
#4 cylinder cooling

I recently completed an oil cooler airflow control door on my RV8, and immediately noted a reduction in #4 cylinder head temperature when the door is closed in flight. The oil cooler is mounted in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-10-2016, 09:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,847
Posted By gear1
Timken seal #473237

An update to my post 2014:

I have been using the Timken Wheel Bearing Seal #473237 in place of my felt seals for over a year now, and 200 hours of flight time. No problems to this point with the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2016, 08:39 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 17,104
Posted By gear1
Round Engine Lament

Supposedly written by a Navy Corsair or Hellcat Pilot on transition to Jet aircraft:

DEDICATED TO ALL THOSE WHO
FLEW BEHIND ROUND ENGINES

We gotta get rid of those turbines, they're ruining...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2015, 07:16 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 14,741
Posted By gear1
LOP operation

David,

Thank you for republishing the "Red Box" table. It is a valuable tool to stay out of trouble. LOP operation in my RV8 increases range by about 25% and only costs 5-7 KTAS at 11,000 to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-15-2015, 04:35 PM
Replies: 368
Views: 217,127
Posted By gear1
Cool Made the 200 KT club

On a recent trip from Pagosa Springs, CO to McKinney TX we showed 222 KTS ground speed. Mixture was 40 degrees LOP, 6.7 GPH, 2400 rpm and airspeed was 162 KTAS. The 566 NM trip took 3 hours 33...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2015, 06:35 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 10,133
Posted By gear1
Nice Touch

Especially nice are the "T-28" exhaust stripes! (But was that not VT5 at Saufley?)
Congratulations on completing the task!:D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2015, 07:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,032
Posted By gear1
RVs at Reno

Jason Rovey (SARL race 76) won two heats at 234+ mph. It appears that this makes him the fastest RV8, supplanting John Huft.:eek:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2015, 06:21 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,197
Posted By gear1
Oops

Bob, you are right! Serves me right for posting when I should be sleeping...:o
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2015, 09:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,197
Posted By gear1
Fixed pitch can be faster

The reason that a FP prop can be faster than a CS is that it will allow the engine to overspeed at top end. This is not necessarily a good thing, as most Lycoming O/IO 360 engines are designed to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-08-2015, 07:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,453
Posted By gear1
Nice to have rear rudder pedals

My wife Marcie and I do quite a bit of cross country together visiting grandkids. Marcie decided to take a "Pinch Hitter" course in case the old guy in the front has a problem. Having the rear pedals...
Forum: Safety 07-31-2015, 03:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,096
Posted By gear1
Aircraft

Don,

I was flying my favorite aircraft of all - RV8!
Forum: Safety 07-31-2015, 02:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,096
Posted By gear1
Filed NASA report

We departed OSH IFR from Runway 27 on Wednesday 22 July. We were cleared to 3000' and directed to contact Milwaukee Departure. Just as we were passed to Milwaukee departure and passing 1800' guess...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2015, 07:29 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 34,063
Posted By gear1
We're in

John Vander Horck (RV12 under construction) and I will be there! :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2015, 03:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,960
Posted By gear1
Thumbs up Ameri-King Service pirep

This thread has caused me to become concerned about Ameri-King service; our airplane is fitted with an AK-451-23. Then the unit failed the "g" switch test during the condition inspection last month....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-11-2015, 04:00 PM
Replies: 423
Views: 120,303
Posted By gear1
RV annual condition checklist

Hello, Brian,

Could you also send a copy to me at dogring@verizon.net?

Thank you!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2015, 06:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,297
Posted By gear1
Thanks

Thanks, Jesse! :o
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2015, 07:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,297
Posted By gear1
Approachfaststack vs vertical power

What is the difference between the Vertical power system and the approachfastack? I've just begun the design of a new Skyview based panel to replace my current FD180 based panel, and looking for...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-28-2015, 01:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 32,321
Posted By gear1
Rear Rudder Pedals

Ron and Steve,

I have not discovered how to post the drawings with sufficient size to be readable on VAF. So what I have done is created PDF files of the individual parts and assemblies that can be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-26-2015, 09:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,821
Posted By gear1
Help with purchasing an RV-6

We need some advice from RV6 builders/owners. A friend of mine is considering the purchase of an RV6. Could any of you provide a list of things to look for as both plusses and minuses and gotchas...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-25-2015, 08:25 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 32,321
Posted By gear1
Rudder peda pivot

Glenn,

The rudder pedal pivots are 1/4" nylon snap grommets which accept the 1/4" studs projecting from thr bottom tube of the rudder pedal. The outboard pivots are mounted in an aluminum plug that...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-25-2015, 03:20 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 32,321
Posted By gear1
Rear Rudder Pedal Photos

Here are some photos of the pedals that I built for our...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-24-2015, 05:36 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 32,321
Posted By gear1
Rear rudder pedals

James,

I just realized that I have not taken photos of the rear rudder pedals that CookieMonster mentioned above. :( I will take photos tomorrow and post them for you.
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-24-2015, 03:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,731
Posted By gear1
O2 bottle mount

Michael,

Search keyword "oxygen" and poster "gear1" and you will see how I mounted mine in the baggage compartment. I set the mounting cradles adjacent to the baggage floor stiffeners so that no...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2014, 05:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,316
Posted By gear1
Build on!

I am pleased for you that Van's told you to "build on!" It is wonderful to have the resources of both Van's Aircraft and Van's Airforce.:D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,316
Posted By gear1
Holes too near notch

I marked all of the holes locations before drilling and found that the two holes adjacent to the notches had insufficient edge distance. I called Van's, and they advised not to drill and rivet these...
Forum: Safety 11-16-2014, 07:02 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 19,847
Posted By gear1
Red face Thoughts and clarifications

Van's Air Force is a great resource! Just reading all of the posts on this thread is a huge learning experience. Just to clarify a few points:
Al: I will try 60 degrees of bank on my next test;...
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