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Old 12-16-2020, 06:53 AM
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Default Main Gear Install

I'm having trouble installing my main landing gear leg into the lower gear brace. The tolerances are very small where the pieces mate together. I can't move it the final inch and haven't resorted to more persuasion with my rubber mallet. Has anyone had a similar experience? Any suggestions?
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Old 12-16-2020, 06:59 AM
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Default had to 'encourage' the fit

It has been a couple of years since I installed the landing gear on my 14A.

I did have to encourage the install of the left side more than the right side gear leg into the fuselage fittings. The left side needed a bit of blunt force assistance. I cannot remember now the details of the install other than the fit was tight.
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Old 12-16-2020, 10:52 AM
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I just did mine and had the same difficulty. Saw some posts here where they ground down the edges a bit to allow fit. I gradually took just a bit off with a grinder being careful not to take too much off. Finally got them wedged in. Still very tight and I don’t think I can get them out again. They really seem to lock up in there even before attaching with the plans hardware.
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Old 12-16-2020, 11:09 AM
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Check to see if the powder coat is causing the binding and remove it.
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Old 12-16-2020, 11:47 AM
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As I recalled when I installed mine on my RV-10 (yes, not a -14, but probably very similar construction) the beautiful powder coating on the outside also had a little bit on the inside of the landing gear mount. I sanded that out and generously applied Aeroshell. Slid right in.
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Old 12-16-2020, 12:01 PM
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Yep, definitely some grinding involved. Don't over do it
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Old 12-16-2020, 04:27 PM
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I had to grind off a bit of “tool mark” from the bending process in manufacturing - I think on the right side.
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Old 12-17-2020, 07:55 AM
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I had to remove some of the powder coating.
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Old 12-17-2020, 08:08 AM
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Whatever you do, add a lot of grease on any metal on metal surface so that there is some hope the parts will come apart in the future if needed.

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Old 12-17-2020, 12:07 PM
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Thanks all for you input. I finally got them in after filing down and polishing the gear leg where it meets the lower gear support. Everything was a very tight fit and I doubt I could easily remove the gear again and hope I never need to. I found working the leg fore and aft helped. I also reamed out the bolt holes in the leg and mounting brackets. Had to purchase a set of torque wrench adapters to get to the bolts. Overall, this was bloody challenging, literally.
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- Started Sep19, Aft Fuse complete
- Wings and fuel tanks completed,
- IO390 ordered (Oct20 deliv)
- Hartzell 2-blade composite delivered.
- Currently working on fuselage
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