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Old 12-29-2019, 12:43 PM
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I just ordered an RV8 tail kit last Friday. I finished an RV6 in 1997, the only thing that was pre punched was the wing skins. I'm looking forward to building a kit that is pre punched. I'm going to take my time to build since I have my RV6 to fly while building. I'm also planning all the changes that I want to make before I build it. The big changes are sky designs landing gear, a James cowl, and I want to make it easy to get behind the instrument panel to work on it.
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Old 12-30-2019, 06:09 AM
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If I was going to build another -8, one thing I'd definitely do is the gear tower access panel mod
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Old 12-30-2019, 08:57 AM
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I just did a search for the gear leg mod, I'm going to do it when I get to it. Thanks for the information.
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Old 12-30-2019, 09:19 AM
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Note that there are a couple different schools of thought on the tower modification. Some people open up the area between the lower two lightening holes and add a oval cover over the while thing. I went with the option of cutting the interior face into three sections, making the entire center portion of the tower the removable access cover. Attachment is handled simply by adding doublers at the top and bottom joints, and turning the -4 rivet holes along the angles into screw attachment holes.

Some relevant posts from my build log:
https://rv.squawk1200.net/2015/05/04...-modification/
https://rv.squawk1200.net/2015/05/18...ower-assembly/

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Old 12-30-2019, 10:52 AM
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I just ordered an RV8 tail kit last Friday. I finished an RV6 in 1997, the only thing that was pre punched was the wing skins. I'm looking forward to building a kit that is pre punched. I'm going to take my time to build since I have my RV6 to fly while building. I'm also planning all the changes that I want to make before I build it. The big changes are sky designs landing gear, a James cowl, and I want to make it easy to get behind the instrument panel to work on it.
If you are planning to put 1 or more 10in EFIS displays in, panel access is a none issues. I have access through the luggage compartment that I've never once opened. From the panel, it's 6 screws and one plug to take out the display and you can access everything.

Thinks I like:

- Tuckey Tanks - or some combination for long range
- Grove Airfoil gear
- Aveo Engineering Zip Tips
- Tower mod
- I'm partial to horizontal intake and the smooth stock cowl
- Upgraded rear pedals - can't imagine using what Vans sells.
- Show plane fast back (slider or tip over), but love the stock 8, too.

I'm sure there are others, but these come to mine.
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Old 12-30-2019, 06:51 PM
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If you are planning to put 1 or more 10in EFIS displays in, panel access is a none issues. I have access through the luggage compartment that I've never once opened. From the panel, it's 6 screws and one plug to take out the display and you can access everything.

Thinks I like:

- Tuckey Tanks - or some combination for long range
- Grove Airfoil gear
- Aveo Engineering Zip Tips
- Tower mod
- I'm partial to vertical intake and the smooth stock cowl
- Upgraded rear pedals - can't imagine using what Vans sells.
- Show plane fast back (slider or tip over), but love the stock 8, too.

I'm sure there are others, but these come to mine.
Yes, I'd definitely add the Hotel Whiskey extended range tanks. They only get you about an hour of flight, but for many of my x-countries, that's the difference between one stop and no stops, not to mention you can tanker cheap fuel and save a few bucks
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Old 12-30-2019, 07:02 PM
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I'm going to look into the Hotel Whiskey or Tuckey tanks. I did just find out that my tail kit will be here Saturday. I just finished setting up my shop and ordered some more tools. I still have my tools from my RV6 build but I needed more Clecos, some #30 and #40 drill bits, and other assorted misc tools about $400 worth.
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Old 01-06-2020, 05:21 PM
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I just got my RV8 tail kit today. I inventoried it and laid out the parts to start. It is much nicer having it pre punched, I built my RV6 before most parts were pre punched.
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Now just imagine all these RV-14 builders who will never know the joy of match drilling...
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I just got my RV8 tail kit today. I inventoried it and laid out the parts to start. It is much nicer having it pre punched, I built my RV6 before most parts were pre punched.
Enjoy. 8 is awesome but I always loved flying the RV6.
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