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Old 06-25-2020, 09:02 AM
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Default Manual to Electric Flap Conversion

Hi all, looking to add electric flaps. I did not build though. How hard is this conversion? I will be buying the full kit with new weldment.

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Old 06-25-2020, 11:23 AM
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Hi all, looking to add electric flaps. I did not build though. How hard is this conversion? I will be buying the full kit with new weldment.

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With the full kit, you should be able to follow the same install for a 7. Look up some 7 builders logs.

This is not a complicated task..... And you can sell your manual weldment and all manual parts here on =VAF=.
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Here are the notes from my manual to electric conversion on the RV-6:

http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/journal/fuse7.html#flaps



As far as difficulty goes, it is a straight-forward conversion for an RV builder. A non-builder, however, probably will not have the riveting tools and skills needed for the conversion.
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I believe Van offered a retrofit kit back when the electric flaps became available. There are some people out there that would be interested in your old manual weldment and parts.
I personally prefer the manual setup which I fitted to my-7, lighter and simpler. Also allows easier access to baggage compartment in flight.
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Old 06-25-2020, 03:13 PM
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Sam, you are correct. I have no riveting tools. I was afraid of that.
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Old 06-25-2020, 03:56 PM
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Why convert? Manual flaps are good aren?t they?
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Old 06-26-2020, 08:10 AM
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The same reason Sam did. My passengers are wider than the seat. It will just make life easier. Yes, the current ones work perfectly.
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Old 06-26-2020, 08:14 AM
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Sam, you are correct. I have no riveting tools. I was afraid of that.
Substitute Cherrymax pop rivets and save yourself the trouble. Alternately, find a local builder to take care of the riveting. It shouldn't be a big job.
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Old 06-26-2020, 08:40 AM
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The best upgrade i ever did to my -6 was electric flaps. I used the the manual flap weldment and welded the supplied bracket on after cutting it off extra length per the plans. I no longer catch a pax under the chin with an elbow anymore.
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Eric,
I have all the riveting tools, etc needed. I can help you with it. Give me a call.
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