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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 02-21-2021, 12:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 558
Posted By SMRacer
Pre terminated RG400

I have been using an ebay vendor named wifi_expert for all my pre constructed and terminated RG400.
Almost any type of termination and any length available in the store.
I had one cable that was...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-07-2021, 10:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 369
Posted By SMRacer
Thanks, but

Appreciate the help and pictures, but I'd still like to see an actual install. I'm not particularly knowledgeable when it comes to engines.

Expand the distance I'm willing to travel to 200 miles...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-05-2021, 11:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,046
Posted By SMRacer
Nice airplane

1. If this is your first build, you are greatly complicating the job. But they're nice upgrades. The fastback really makes the RV8 look great. But you then have a flip-over canopy. That's
one of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-05-2021, 10:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 369
Posted By SMRacer
Raven inverted oil install help

I'm getting ready to install a Raven inverted oil system in my RV8. I'd like to see an actual install in ANY RV. If you have the Raven system and are within 150 miles of Leesburg, VA (KJYO) please...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 02-01-2021, 06:48 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,424
Posted By SMRacer
I'll take...

Rivet/Bolt/Bit gauge $18 shipped and Boelube. $3.5

Advise of preferred payment.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-19-2021, 01:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,769
Posted By SMRacer
No dog in this fight

Just wanted to bring this recent article published in AOPA Pilot to your attention.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-15-2021, 10:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 728
Posted By SMRacer
Vetterman delays

I realize that's probably a source, but recent posts indicate that I might not get a part in a timely manner. It's part of a Vetterman exhaust, but I'm wondering if Vetterman is the sole source, and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-15-2021, 09:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 728
Posted By SMRacer
Where can I find...

Where can I find these exhaust clamps? 1 1/2 inch.
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-11-2021, 08:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 553
Posted By SMRacer
Fairing hinge

The stamping on my RV8 gear leg fairing piano hinge is MS20257-3.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2021, 02:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,175
Posted By SMRacer
Buy it

I don't usually like to get involved in this type of discussion, but...

In 2012 I purchased a flying RV4, and in 2015 I purchased a flying RV8. Over the last 9 years I have learned a lot about RVs,...
Forum: Tools 12-31-2020, 10:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,356
Posted By SMRacer
California Air Tools

Here's the best I've ever (quietly) heard.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-30-2020, 02:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,919
Posted By SMRacer
Advanced Flight Systems

I've had flawless operation with my AFS 5600T for almost 5 years now.

IMO, you should not buy any brand of avionics until AFTER you have talked with Rob Hickman at AFS.
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-26-2020, 09:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 730
Posted By SMRacer
Wrong eyebolt?

I find it hard to believe that these 3/8 threads stripped.

So here's a long shot suggestion. Insure that you have the proper size eyebolt. You could have installed a 5/16-18 bolt (or maybe even...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2020, 01:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,505
Posted By SMRacer
Insurance quote

Just received my 2021 annual renewal quote. (Gallagher)
Liability $155 ($1,000,000/100,000)
Hull $1237 (RV8, $100,000 hull)
Total $1392 (Up from $1250 in 2020, $1050 in 2019)

Pilot: 10,000 hours,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2020, 11:07 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,434
Posted By SMRacer

1. Don't buy Dynon until after you have talked with Rob Hickman at AFS.
2. The knob panel may not be necessary. May be just a duplication of controls
that are on the EFIS (as with my AFS...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-08-2020, 04:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,060
Posted By SMRacer
tail wheel lubricant

I use a very thin coating of synthetic Redline CV2.

Pretty sure that any good grease would work, but strongly feel that TOO MUCH grease and lack of periodic maintenance greatly increases chances of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2020, 08:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,531
Posted By SMRacer
3 strikes

Your occupant specs will lead to CG and gross weight problems in the RV4.

BUT, put your wife in the back seat of an RV4, close the canopy, and then come back in 90 minutes and let her out.

Forum: Electrical Systems 12-01-2020, 10:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 385
Posted By SMRacer
Contact info

Send your email address to:
I'll email you a copy of the wiring diagram.

I have one of these governors if anybody needs one.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-01-2020, 04:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,345
Posted By SMRacer
Doesn't look like much fun

This is a pretty scary SB, especially for those like me who didn't build their RV8, since it doesn't appear to be a simple task.

Since Jay has serial number 80898 and I have 80890, I was not quite...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2020, 08:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,063
Posted By SMRacer
Big feet

So 6' is obviously no problem. And your math is correct. But since a rear seat passenger in a RV8 straddles you like on a motorcycle, you neglect to account for two big feet that will be on each...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-12-2020, 01:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 811
Posted By SMRacer

Is there a trade-up program from the original fuse based ACM to the electronic CB version?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-03-2020, 02:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,092
Posted By SMRacer
Snap button

This is what some have been using:

I used part number C-131 for my rear seat stick attachment. I wouldn't suggest this type of connection for the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2020, 08:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,243
Posted By SMRacer
Cleavland tie downs

If you want to sell the Cleavland tie downs, let me know.
Or perhaps you might be interested in trading for my stainless eye bolts.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-03-2020, 07:57 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 12,447
Posted By SMRacer
From Seattle Avionics web site: The ChartData...

From Seattle Avionics web site:
The ChartData that goes live this Thursday is planned to be released this Tuesday. The delay is due to work required for an additional FAA certification that Seattle...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 10-15-2020, 04:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,685
Posted By SMRacer
Here's a tip for all of you

When Covid-19 came around, I saw that the service industry absorbed the majority of the hit. These are hard working people who aren't making tons of money. I decided then that I wasn't tipping...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-02-2020, 09:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,820
Posted By SMRacer
Apparently you've never been stranded anywhere...

Apparently you've never been stranded anywhere with an aircraft that won't start.
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-02-2020, 04:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,820
Posted By SMRacer

Buttons on the stick are logically reserved for inflight functions, and especially valuable for formation flying. A start switch does not meet that criteria.

If you add an additional switch and...
Forum: RV-3 10-02-2020, 03:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,987
Posted By SMRacer
Double trouble

I have the Van's senders with a single red cube.

You'll get general information from the Van's senders, but not accuracy that would make me confident to land with 5 gallons of fuel on board. When K...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-30-2020, 09:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,898
Posted By SMRacer

Hey Vlad, make sure you check your ELT before every flight. ;)
Forum: Propellers 09-24-2020, 11:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,796
Posted By SMRacer

Read the entire thread and went through a search, but I still need to "ask Mel".

In January 2021 I am scheduled to take my RV8 to Spartanburg, SC to have it converted by AFP from carb to FI, plus...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2020, 07:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,014
Posted By SMRacer
Don't handcuff yourself

If you put overly restrictive criteria on options with regard to purchase of an RV8, you'll likely never find one.

First, 180 HP is plenty. You won't be disappointed.
Second, well, there is no...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-11-2020, 03:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,169
Posted By SMRacer
Sealed wheel bearings

Anti Splat did the main gear about a year ago. (And I get 75 landings a year)
Absolutely no problems.

I've purchased many Anti Splat upgrades over the years and am very happy with all of them.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2020, 12:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,483
Posted By SMRacer
Be careful

Smoking is addictive, so be very cautious. I'm about to buy my 4th 55 gallon drum of smoke oil.

Regarding price: This is the current best priced 55 gal drum that I can...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 09-09-2020, 09:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,104
Posted By SMRacer

1. Take the online course for WDC SFRA operations. Do your homework.
2. If rated, file IFR into Leesburg or Manassas. Makes nav in SFRA easier.
3. Consider Winchester(KOKV)as an alternative, and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-09-2020, 07:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,806
Posted By SMRacer
Lessons learned

So when you don't have a hangar full of diagnostic equipment, you take the next best path. You start swapping parts to see what resolves the problem.

So we had a dead plug or very weak spark on the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-07-2020, 10:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,806
Posted By SMRacer

Installed a NEW mag today. Fortunately I had one on the shelf
The problem appears to be resolved. I will know for sure when I test run the engine tomorrow.

Yeah, I hate mags. Would love to switch...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-07-2020, 09:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,761
Posted By SMRacer
RV8 vs. Decathlon

I owned both at the same time and flew 20 hours in the RV for every 1 hour in the Decathlon. I used the Decathlon for dual aerobatic instruction.

The Decathlon is similar in pitch feel to the RV8,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-06-2020, 11:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,806
Posted By SMRacer
Thanks everyone for the advice. So to recap: ...

Thanks everyone for the advice.
So to recap: Actions thus far,
Test run showed an EGT drop in #3 cylinder when LSI turned off.
I removed the #3 plug and installed a new plug. No change.
I switched...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-06-2020, 07:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,806
Posted By SMRacer

Yes, I changed to a known good plug. And then I swapped two plugs from different cylinders. I also confirmed that my engine analyzer showing a problem with #3 was actually #3.

Do the internal...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-06-2020, 06:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,806
Posted By SMRacer
Spark plug misfire

Excessive RPM drop on mag check (Mag on left, LSI on right) reveals #3 plug not firing based on EGT drop when LSI is shut down.

Numerous swapping of components have me concluding that it is indeed...
Forum: Texas (North) 08-06-2020, 11:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,225
Posted By SMRacer
I will concede that your experience may...

I will concede that your experience may vary....BUT...
I used a gray two part epoxy (brand no longer available) and lightly sprinkled black and white flakes. The flakes camouflage irregularities in...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-02-2020, 02:18 PM
Replies: 730
Views: 820,902
Posted By SMRacer
RV8 Panel

Has anyone installed an AFS 5600 EFIS with a Garmin 650 (or Avidyne IFD440) directly below the EFIS in an unmodified RV8 panel?

Any install problems with panel space? Or depth/obstructions behind...
Forum: RV-4 08-02-2020, 11:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,633
Posted By SMRacer
RV4 with passengers

I clearly remember my first passenger flight in my RV4. Unless you have lots of TANDEM tailwheel time I would advise a managed increase of rear seat weight. The RV4 with a passenger is a much...
Forum: RV-14 07-05-2020, 11:08 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,123
Posted By SMRacer
Left side, right side

I feel that I am significantly less coordinated on my left side than my right. So when I moved to the left seat in the airline I sometime wondered if I'd ever have a good landing again. But in...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-28-2020, 11:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,328
Posted By SMRacer
Esthetics with functionality

Center the 10 inch HDX on the panel and get rid of everything else. (Except the radio and I think you'd be better off with the Dynon SV-Panel Com) That will leave plenty of room on the main panel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2020, 10:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,019
Posted By SMRacer
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-27-2020, 09:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,556
Posted By SMRacer
You do not need the GPS-2020 if you have the...

You do not need the GPS-2020 if you have the Garmin GPS 175. The Garmin can supply the signal for ADSB out. But you would still need a GPS source for the AFS. You could however, get by with a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2020, 03:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,407
Posted By SMRacer
I have an iPad mini 5 with 16GB storage. I use...

I have an iPad mini 5 with 16GB storage. I use Seattle Avionics FlyQ EFB and download data for 7 states (unless I'm planning a longer Xcountry). Data storage used for the App and the 7 states takes...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-18-2020, 06:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,656
Posted By SMRacer
Customer Service

Call Rob Hickman at AFS.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2020, 03:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,693
Posted By SMRacer
Formation mirrors

One of the downsides of formation in an RV8 is the roll bar. This mirror may be great if you are the lead, but would create an even bigger problem with forward vision if you are wing (or forward...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2020, 09:33 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,354
Posted By SMRacer
Formation flight review

My flight review is due by the end of July and I'm hopeful that things will change by then. However, if they don't...

I fly formation flights regularly with a pilot who is a CFI. Would it be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2020, 12:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,165
Posted By SMRacer
Mechanics and inspections

8 years ago I purchased a flying RV4. Back then there wasn't nearly as many second owners of experimentals. Getting a condition inspection or pre-buy then could be a problem since many A&Ps didn't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2020, 07:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,048
Posted By SMRacer
Check this out

If the torque tube is 1 1/2 inches I may be able to help with the arm that attaches to the tube.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-28-2020, 06:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 895
Posted By SMRacer

Colored smoke in a piston looks possible, but requires an additional injector closer to exhaust exit.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-24-2020, 10:05 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,013
Posted By SMRacer
Flo Fast

I have used 15 gallon Flo Fast containers and hand pump for racing and turf equipment. Now I use it for aircraft refueling. Works well on a low wing aircraft. The pump has a grounding cable that...
Forum: Autopilots 04-16-2020, 03:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 525
Posted By SMRacer

The ones I have are for 1 1/2 inch. But 1 3/4 are available on the site I referenced.

Free, if you can use the 1 1/2.
Forum: Autopilots 04-16-2020, 02:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 525
Posted By SMRacer

Will these work?

I have one of the short ones that I can send you.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-13-2020, 11:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,015
Posted By SMRacer
I installed my autopilot in 2015 when I converted...

I installed my autopilot in 2015 when I converted to AFS glass. The Dynon servos included a wing mount roll servo mounting kit. Didn't want to go there. So I looked into the fuselage mount. Tru...
Forum: Reviews 04-10-2020, 08:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 292,807
Posted By SMRacer
New subscribers only

I've used FLYQ for about 7 years now. Mostly because it was inexpensive. But it has gotten better every year. It doesn't have all the gimmicks that ForeFlight has, but it is a good solid easy to...
Forum: COMM 04-08-2020, 04:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,223
Posted By SMRacer
Dynon SV Com

I installed the Dynon radio about two months ago. Mine is in a AFS 5600 system and the functions work well. It is even more functional in a Skyview system. I like, and use, the buttons.

One thing...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-06-2020, 10:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,679
Posted By SMRacer
Adding components to AFS panel

I just added a Garmin GPS 175 to my AFS 5600 panel. The panel has the Advanced Control Module so adding the Garmin was as simple as cutting a hole in the panel and plugging in the harness. Then...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2020, 06:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,343
Posted By SMRacer
Be very careful

Notice that they say they will not seek any enforcement actions. They apparently have not extended the term of the document or inspection. So technically you will be proceeding forward after...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-22-2020, 12:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,517
Posted By SMRacer
G Limits over aerobatic gross weight

We are all familiar with "gross weight" and G limits BELOW "aerobatic gross weight". Are there any published G limits for weights between aerobatic gross weight and gross weight?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2020, 03:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,827
Posted By SMRacer
Ipad vs. Ipad Mini

Don't confuse the iPad with the iPad Mini.
The iPad 2, 3 and 1st generation iPad Mini are all ineligible and excluded from upgrading to iOS 10.
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