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Old 12-11-2014, 02:27 PM
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Default Jacking up an RV-6...

There was a thread a while back on how to jack up an RV-4. I struggled with that on my RV-4, and also now on my RV-6.

My buddy is pretty smart and he devised an easy jack that I think will work on most RV's. Below are photos.

It is very rugged and works well. If anyone is interested in one, PM me and I will get you contact info.







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Old 12-11-2014, 02:32 PM
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That looks great. Can you PM me some details and approximate price? I have an RV-7.
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Old 12-11-2014, 04:08 PM
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I like simple solutions! Can you get under the axle with a completely flat tire?
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I like simple solutions! Can you get under the axle with a completely flat tire?
Don't know. Next time I have the pant off I will let the air out of the tire and see.
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Old 12-11-2014, 05:18 PM
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Very clever, however, if your using solid aluminum brake lines, there should be a loop there to prevent the line from stress fractures as the gear flexes and calipers move. This lift would not work for me as it would crush my lines.
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Old 12-11-2014, 06:06 PM
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Yes, the brake line coil would be a problem and if anyone jostled the plane while it was on the jack, there is enough flexibility in the gear leg that is still on the ground to allow the supported gear leg to either slip off the jack or tip it sideways.

It is a clever idea and should be a viable option if customized for a particular plane. I would want a wider base on the floor to stabilize it but may have to fire up the MIG welder and try something similar. Thanks for the idea!
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Old 12-11-2014, 07:04 PM
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would this work on a 9A?
if so, i'd like one!
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Grabbed a couple of photos of the jack I use with the RV-6. This idea was stolen from a VAF thread a few years back. A U-bolt is permanently attached to the gear leg just inboard of the wheel pant mount to prevent the cable from sliding up the gear leg.



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Might pay to make the right-angle bend a little less than 90 deg so the support leg is slightly over-centre when the jack is in position. This would increase the stability of the jack.
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Old 01-05-2015, 09:19 AM
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whats the measurement of the vertical piece of square tube? I like this and will fab something up for my 9A.
Although Sam's stand is really nifty as well, i dont fancy permanently mounting a bolt to the leg.

Sam, do you just leave the ubolt fastened on or is it actually welded to the gear leg?


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There was a thread a while back on how to jack up an RV-4. I struggled with that on my RV-4, and also now on my RV-6.

My buddy is pretty smart and he devised an easy jack that I think will work on most RV's. Below are photos.

It is very rugged and works well. If anyone is interested in one, PM me and I will get you contact info.







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