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Old 09-11-2021, 05:45 PM
WJaviation WJaviation is offline
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Default Timming Canopy help. (Pics)

]Iím curious how much trimming if any was required to trim your canopy.

Ive got my canopy up on the frame and aligned as absolutely as well as i can get it and it appears that i will have to trim at least 1/8th inch off the bottom of the canopy on BOTH sides where it meets the frame in order to satisfy the instructions.

Ive read posts in the past were folks left the canopy mostly untrimmed with left and right sides resting on the frame.

Cutting a full 1/8th off both sides FEELS very excessive, like I'm missing something or doing it incorrectly. Iím hoping that i simply am aligning my canopy incorrectly somehow and donít actually need to make cuts like this.

Could my canopy frame simply be bent in some strange way that Iím not seeing? Or is 1/8th inch trimming normal to get the canopy to fit the way it's intended?
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Old 09-11-2021, 06:22 PM
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I'm just one data point, but my canopy fit nicely and needed no trimming.
I also found that, on all the fiberglass parts (tail cone, cowling, wheel fairings, etc), the trim line was just about perfect for final fitting of those parts.
I'd double (triple?!) check whenever anything doesn't fit per plans.
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Old 09-18-2021, 09:12 AM
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Normal. I had to sand down the right side 1/8th, maybe a little more. The left side less than 1/16th.
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Old 09-18-2021, 02:43 PM
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I had to trim quite a bit on the sides to get the called-for 1/8th inch clearance with the canopy in a relaxed state.

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Old 09-22-2021, 02:36 PM
JwWright57 JwWright57 is offline
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Originally Posted by AeroDog View Post
I had to trim quite a bit on the sides to get the called-for 1/8th inch clearance with the canopy in a relaxed state.

Same here my canopy required a bit of trimming
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