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Forum: Electrical Systems Yesterday, 04:29 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,566
Posted By smithflys23
Itís a rear mounted battery, and the battery...

Itís a rear mounted battery, and the battery negative is attached to the frame of the battery tray. I donít have a picture. I intend to correct this, and ground it on one of the airframe angles. I...
Forum: Electrical Systems Yesterday, 04:00 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,566
Posted By smithflys23
Correct. Actually, I have to fix the rear...

Correct.
Actually, I have to fix the rear battery ground as well. One of the ďProsĒ ground the battery on the frame of the battery box, instead of on the airframe itself.
Thanks, Carl.
Forum: Electrical Systems Yesterday, 03:57 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,566
Posted By smithflys23
Itís a flying airplane, so it would be a pain,...

Itís a flying airplane, so it would be a pain, but possible.
Forum: Electrical Systems Yesterday, 03:27 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,566
Posted By smithflys23
Ok, now that We’ve established A good place to...

Ok, now that We’ve established A good place to ground the engine case, what about the firewall ground? I don’t have a dedicated ground bar on the firewall. Mine is grounded on the engine mount, which...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Yesterday, 03:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,645
Posted By smithflys23
Thatís kind of what I was thinking. Thanks!

Thatís kind of what I was thinking. Thanks!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Yesterday, 12:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,645
Posted By smithflys23
Baffling question

I am having a cooling issue with #2. I took a look at my baffling today, and I came up with a few questions. Should there be RTV along the front of the cylinders (see pic)? It seems to me that air...
Forum: Electrical Systems Yesterday, 12:39 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,566
Posted By smithflys23
Is this the spot you were referring too? I'm not...

Is this the spot you were referring too?

I'm not sure why the pics attached sideways.

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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-04-2021, 07:26 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,645
Posted By smithflys23
I have blast tubes on my magnetos. In your...

I have blast tubes on my magnetos. In your opinion, they are unnecessary. Is this the general consensus? I'm wondering if I am giving up valuable cooling air.
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-02-2021, 11:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,107
Posted By smithflys23
I have Classic Aero seats. I remove the bottom...

I have Classic Aero seats. I remove the bottom seat cushion and use a Strong Seat pack. I think itís a 304. This set up works fine for me.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-29-2021, 01:03 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,566
Posted By smithflys23
Thanks for the feedback. Iíll look at remediating...

Thanks for the feedback. Iíll look at remediating this.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-29-2021, 11:08 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,566
Posted By smithflys23
Engine ground

My starter is grounded to the engine case.

While on the topic of engine grounding....
Hereís what mine looks like. The airframe ground is attached to the engine mount. Is this acceptable?

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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-26-2021, 10:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 530
Posted By smithflys23
My oil breather drains onto the exhaust. I...

My oil breather drains onto the exhaust. I suspect that a drip of engine oil could cause this.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-24-2021, 06:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 911
Posted By smithflys23
Ok. Good to know. Thank you. Still waiting on a...

Ok. Good to know. Thank you.
Still waiting on a shipping confirmation from Vans.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-24-2021, 05:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 911
Posted By smithflys23
Iím interested to read your results. Oddly...

Iím interested to read your results. Oddly enough, my #2 is my problem.

Also, Iíd be curious to hear about your instal. The plans call for drilling holes while bonding them to the upper cowl. Iím...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-23-2021, 05:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,187
Posted By smithflys23
Cool pics. What type of mount and camera are you...

Cool pics.
What type of mount and camera are you using?
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-23-2021, 09:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 911
Posted By smithflys23
Having just ordered these, they can be a little...

Having just ordered these, they can be a little tricky to find on the Vans store.
The actual part name from the plans is ďcowl 8 inlet leftĒ and right respectively. They are a little pricey At $43...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-22-2021, 12:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 513
Posted By smithflys23
Leave the tail wheel attached. Once you remove...

Leave the tail wheel attached. Once you remove the front bolt, You can use the tail wheel as leverage to twist the spring while pulling it out. There is some good information on flyboyaccesories...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-19-2021, 03:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 911
Posted By smithflys23
Good information. Thanks Iím wondering if there...

Good information. Thanks

Iím wondering if there is a number associated. For instance, I could expect to see a 10-15 degree temp reduction?
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-19-2021, 12:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 911
Posted By smithflys23
Cowling inlet ducts affect on cooling?

The upper cowl of my -8 does not have them installed, and I am experiencing high CHT's on #2 in the climb. I am wondering what kind of temp decrease I might experience if I go back and install them....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-19-2021, 10:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 73,264
Posted By smithflys23
Thanks. I need to match drill a hole for an AN4...

Thanks.
I need to match drill a hole for an AN4 bolt. I believe that is a 1/4 hole. Would I drill 7/32, then ream to 1/4?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-19-2021, 10:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 73,264
Posted By smithflys23
Broken links

Does anyone have a current chart for AN bolts and the corresponding drill/reamer sizes?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2021, 07:02 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 19,738
Posted By smithflys23
Is it safe to say, that if you donít have the...

Is it safe to say, that if you donít have the eyebrows this could be the source of high CHTs?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2021, 02:32 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 19,738
Posted By smithflys23
Iíd like to second this request!

Iíd like to second this request!
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 04-18-2021, 12:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,879
Posted By smithflys23
Exactly what I do with MCO. They always Jack you...

Exactly what I do with MCO. They always Jack you around, so I climb above and cancel flight following if they start vectoring.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-15-2021, 05:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,516
Posted By smithflys23
New method?

I decided to give this a try, and it worked well for me today. Itís a lift for dirt bikes that I bought from Amazon. It has plenty of vertical lift to get the cowl all the way up. I used a pool...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-12-2021, 01:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,472
Posted By smithflys23
Day tripper

I see that tie downs are encouraged, but is that a requirement of youíre only going for the day? Weather is supposed to be beautiful tomorrow, and I donít have tie downs, only chocks.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-06-2021, 01:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,208
Posted By smithflys23
You could try one of these for your aft baggage....

You could try one of these for your aft baggage. You can customize the weight based on volume.

https://ads.midwayusa.com/product/1008486043
Forum: Propellers 03-31-2021, 05:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,416
Posted By smithflys23
I had the Sensenich GA. Its a great looking prop,...

I had the Sensenich GA. Its a great looking prop, and performs well. The Sensenich pitch pins make adjustments relatively easy. From what I understand about the WW GA, making adjustments can be...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-28-2021, 07:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,385
Posted By smithflys23
Good to hear. Iím going to order one tomorrow.

Good to hear. Iím going to order one tomorrow.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-28-2021, 06:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,385
Posted By smithflys23
Iím hopeful that a Rescue Bit will work. Iím...

Iím hopeful that a Rescue Bit will work. Iím going to order one tomorrow.

https://the-original-rescue-bit.myshopify.com/
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-27-2021, 05:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,385
Posted By smithflys23
Iím starting to see a recurring theme. Carbide...

Iím starting to see a recurring theme. Carbide burr tool, then perhaps a carbide left hand bit.
Thanks!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-27-2021, 04:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,385
Posted By smithflys23
I thought about this being the easiest solution,...

I thought about this being the easiest solution, but Iím not sure itís in a nut plate.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-27-2021, 04:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,385
Posted By smithflys23
I already planned on using a Dremel to at least...

I already planned on using a Dremel to at least clean up the jagged edge. So maybe a small burr would do it.

It was a #1 size easy out, and it snapped pretty easily like what you seemed to have...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-27-2021, 04:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,385
Posted By smithflys23
Thanks for the suggestion. Iíll take a look...

Thanks for the suggestion. Iíll take a look around for a left hand bit.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-27-2021, 04:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,385
Posted By smithflys23
Thanks for the suggestion. I didnít realize you...

Thanks for the suggestion. I didnít realize you could use Google to search VAF.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-27-2021, 01:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,385
Posted By smithflys23
I broke the Easy Out. Now what?

I tried a search, but the search function would not allow me to include "out" so I did not find anything useful.

I was trying to remove a broken screw from my rear rudder pedal bracket, and the Easy...
Forum: RV-10 03-22-2021, 08:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,585
Posted By smithflys23
I get this on the same side of my -8. I think it...

I get this on the same side of my -8. I think it may be the occasional drop from the brake reservoir after going upside down.
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-16-2021, 11:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,691
Posted By smithflys23
Mainly just thinking out loud. The first thing...

Mainly just thinking out loud. The first thing that came to mind was additional weight vs stock. Then I thought maybe the winglet would affect lift at the wingtip in such a way that could add...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-16-2021, 08:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,902
Posted By smithflys23
I read all the things you did, and watched the...

I read all the things you did, and watched the videos.
My head exploded also. I’m still trying to wrap my brain around this. Espescially the short, down low local flights. Also, what to do for...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-16-2021, 07:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,691
Posted By smithflys23
Thatís a great looking -8! Are there any G...

Thatís a great looking -8!
Are there any G limitations with those wingtips?
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-14-2021, 05:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,407
Posted By smithflys23
Definitely not that kind of ground loop.

Definitely not that kind of ground loop.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-14-2021, 05:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,407
Posted By smithflys23
Thanks, Alan.

Thanks, Alan.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-10-2021, 08:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,407
Posted By smithflys23
How is your battery grounded? Do you have the...

How is your battery grounded?
Do you have the multi voltage Aeroleds? Allegedly they are ďnoisierĒ that the single voltage. Aeroled offers an upgrade program for these lights.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-09-2021, 02:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,407
Posted By smithflys23
I believe my connections are good, but definitely...

I believe my connections are good, but definitely something to check.
I think Iíve got a battery or engine grounding issue that I need to address.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-04-2021, 06:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,407
Posted By smithflys23
Iíll be sure to check. Like you said, this is...

Iíll be sure to check. Like you said, this is easy.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-04-2021, 03:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 865
Posted By smithflys23
This is very true. The wire lengths may be too...

This is very true. The wire lengths may be too long also.

This is also true. I find the wiring to be simple, but confusing due to the number of wires, and different wiring colors.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-04-2021, 03:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,407
Posted By smithflys23
Bob, thanks again! Iím going to have to take a...

Bob, thanks again!

Iím going to have to take a look at what Iíve got under the cowling. As this conversation has evolved, Iíve been become more suspicious of some of the big ticket items. IE, the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-04-2021, 12:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,407
Posted By smithflys23
Before I flew today, I did another quick test....

Before I flew today, I did another quick test.
With the engine running, and the alternator off, the noise disappears. Alternator on, it returns.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-04-2021, 05:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,407
Posted By smithflys23
When I saw how the battery was grounded, I...

When I saw how the battery was grounded, I thought this may be an issue.

The forest of tabs is as you describe. Although itís on the panel aft of the actual firewall. Iíll have to see what is...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-04-2021, 05:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,407
Posted By smithflys23
These are Aeroled nav/strobes, so there are 3...

These are Aeroled nav/strobes, so there are 3 wires. Power for the nav, power for the strobe, a sync, and a ground.

Iíll have to look into the B lead. I think this connects to the VPX.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-04-2021, 05:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,407
Posted By smithflys23
I believe I checked this, but I will look again....

I believe I checked this, but I will look again. Thank you
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-03-2021, 08:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,407
Posted By smithflys23
Thanks. Iíll take a look at that.

Thanks. Iíll take a look at that.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-03-2021, 07:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,407
Posted By smithflys23
Thanks for the reply, Bob. The strobes are...

Thanks for the reply, Bob.

The strobes are grounded with a separate unshielded wire running to each light. It runs along side the shielded 3 conductor wire that powers the lights.

FWIW, the...
Forum: Propellers 03-03-2021, 04:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,339
Posted By smithflys23
Now Iím confused. How can I tell which hub I...

Now Iím confused. How can I tell which hub I have? Itís not listed on my invoice.
Also, do I have the ďold styleĒ spinner? Will one of the pointier new style spinners work with my hub?



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Forum: Electrical Systems 03-03-2021, 01:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,407
Posted By smithflys23
Thanks for the reply, Ken. Iím new to tracking...

Thanks for the reply, Ken.
Iím new to tracking down electrical gremlins, so The things you mention are things I know little about. I can certainly do some research in an effort to educate myself....
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-03-2021, 11:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,407
Posted By smithflys23
Chasing a ground loop

I have been plagued with strobe noise ever since my -8 was wired by one of the "pro's". I have Aeroled multi voltage nav/strobes. I recently rewired my strobes hoping to eliminate the pulsing I hear...
Forum: RV-4 03-02-2021, 10:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,653
Posted By smithflys23
This is an interesting thread. Iím new to CS prop...

This is an interesting thread. Iím new to CS prop operation, and I was told that the power lever, should never be forward of the prop lever. Iím learning some things after reading this thread, and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-25-2021, 08:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,056
Posted By smithflys23
Acro valve

Since Grove was mentioned....

Is anyone using the Grove Acro valve on the stock Vans reservoir? Iím wondering if one of the size options is compatible.
Forum: Propellers 02-24-2021, 06:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,339
Posted By smithflys23
This is important. I was set to order one prop,...

This is important.
I was set to order one prop, but after talking to WW and explaining what my typical day of flying was like, they recommended the 74HRT. WW has many options, are really good about...
Forum: Propellers 02-24-2021, 02:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,339
Posted By smithflys23
I have the 2 blade 74HRT, and I love it! Good to...

I have the 2 blade 74HRT, and I love it!
Good to hear the 3 blade is equally as impressive.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-18-2021, 07:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 639
Posted By smithflys23
Check out this thread....

Check out this thread.

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=191392

Iím going to be switching to Nordlock washers next time I change tires.
Forum: Safety 02-18-2021, 03:16 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,394
Posted By smithflys23
Thanks for the info!

Thanks for the info!
Forum: Safety 02-18-2021, 12:22 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,394
Posted By smithflys23
What torque value do you recommend when using...

What torque value do you recommend when using Nordlock washers for both the brake calipers, and the axel nut wheel pant bolt?
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-13-2021, 05:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,040
Posted By smithflys23
Here is what I ended up with. I appreciate all...

Here is what I ended up with.

I appreciate all of the replies!

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