VansAirForceForums  
Home > VansAirForceForums

-POSTING RULES
-Advertise in here!
- Today's Posts | Insert Pics

Keep VAF Going
Donate methods

Point your
camera app here
to donate fast.

  #1  
Old 07-05-2022, 10:43 AM
Ed_Wischmeyer's Avatar
Ed_Wischmeyer Ed_Wischmeyer is offline
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Savannah, GA
Posts: 1,721
Default Steel wire rudder lock

My RV-9A came with the standard upside down U steel wire rudder lock that goes through the rudder stop and the bellcrank. The wire also was threaded through a red ribbon.

In an episode that makes no sense, all that blew off the rudder last year, and with Oshkosh coming up, I need to replace the wire.

Where does one get four inches of such wire? Steel, yes, but I don't even know what to ask for or where to ask.

In other "news," in addition to order parts to fix one fuel cap, I've ordered a spare.

Thanks!

Ed
__________________
RV-9A at KSAV (Savannah, GA; dual G3X Touch with autopilot, GTN650, GTX330ES, GDL52 ADSB-In)
Previously RV-4, RV-8, RV-8A, AirCam, Cessna 175
ATP CFII PhD, so I have no excuses when I screw up
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-05-2022, 10:53 AM
Bruce's Avatar
Bruce Bruce is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Anywhere, USA
Posts: 1,246
Default

Ed
I would go to local hardware store.
Probably make you buy 1 foot so you will have 3
By the time you are done.

Put other 2 in emergency kit.

Will need swag tool to finish them.

Boomer
__________________
Bruce (BOOMER) Pauley
Kathy (KAT) Pauley

RV 7A--"MISS MARIE"--- N177WD (SOLD FLYING)72742
VAF #582-----------------EAA LIFETIME MEMBER
EX -KC-135A -------------BOOM OPERATOR #3633
VAN'S FLIGHT------------#6930

RETIRED————————-Enjoying life

See you in OSHKOSH


http://www.mykitlog.com/users/index....ley&project=84


=VAF= 2006-2022 DUES PAID
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-05-2022, 11:21 AM
Ed_Wischmeyer's Avatar
Ed_Wischmeyer Ed_Wischmeyer is offline
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Savannah, GA
Posts: 1,721
Default

Local hardware store has 3/32 and 5/16.

Last time I asked, they didn't have any.

That was too easy...

Ed
__________________
RV-9A at KSAV (Savannah, GA; dual G3X Touch with autopilot, GTN650, GTX330ES, GDL52 ADSB-In)
Previously RV-4, RV-8, RV-8A, AirCam, Cessna 175
ATP CFII PhD, so I have no excuses when I screw up
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-05-2022, 12:26 PM
koupster's Avatar
koupster koupster is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: SLC, UT (KBTF)
Posts: 350
Default

Ed,

My choice would be the 5/16th rod stock.
You may chose to put a small angle bend in the horizontal section of the upside down U. That can allow some flex in the horizontal portion, preventing the bending of the legs.
If you loop that red ribbon through the tail tie down after installing the device, it's much less likely to blow away.
__________________
Cheers, David
RV-6A - KBTF
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-05-2022, 12:59 PM
terrye terrye is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Posts: 998
Default Steel wire rudder lock

Lots of examples of the steel wire rudder lock failing in a big blow (what...does that ever happen at Osh?).
I'm going to make padded plates that go on each side of the rudder counterbalance horn at the top with a small tab that goes through the gap between the rudder and the VS. A pip pin or ball lock pin goes through the tab on the outside of the plates to lock the rudder in place.
__________________
Terry Edwards
RV-9A (Fuselage)
2021/2022 VAF Contribution Sent
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-05-2022, 01:33 PM
edclee's Avatar
edclee edclee is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Lancaster, SC
Posts: 282
Default Rudder Lock, a Better Solution

Here is what I made for my RV-9A. Works the best of any solution I have tried or seen. Trim to get an exact fit for your plane. Drop 10-32 screws into the holes and it works a charm. I fabricated a 1" pvc pipe to hold the stick in the back, left position to hold ailerons and elevator.
Ed
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG-1894.jpg
Views:	162
Size:	112.2 KB
ID:	27786  Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG-1895.jpg
Views:	149
Size:	105.0 KB
ID:	27787  Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG-1896.jpg
Views:	153
Size:	104.0 KB
ID:	27788  
__________________
Sonex/Corvair 2016 Finished, Sold 2020
RV-9A 2005 Purchased
IO-320 160 hp
Exempt but happily paid for 2022
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 07-06-2022, 06:07 AM
FLY6 FLY6 is offline
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Burlington On. Ca
Posts: 193
Default Hobby shop

Might want to look for some stock at a hobby shop that sell to the radio control plane and car people. That’s where I got mine.
__________________
Al Grant
Flying RV6, O-320, 160hp
Burlington, On
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-06-2022, 10:28 AM
Ed_Wischmeyer's Avatar
Ed_Wischmeyer Ed_Wischmeyer is offline
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Savannah, GA
Posts: 1,721
Default

Most places that advertised "wire" really meant braided cable. I found 3/16 steel rod at Home Depot and will try that.

First step will be to clean off all the grease! And I hope it won't rust.
__________________
RV-9A at KSAV (Savannah, GA; dual G3X Touch with autopilot, GTN650, GTX330ES, GDL52 ADSB-In)
Previously RV-4, RV-8, RV-8A, AirCam, Cessna 175
ATP CFII PhD, so I have no excuses when I screw up
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 07-06-2022, 10:44 AM
PerfTech's Avatar
PerfTech PerfTech is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Redlands, Ca.
Posts: 1,550
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ed_Wischmeyer View Post
My RV-9A came with the standard upside down U steel wire rudder lock that goes through the rudder stop and the bellcrank. The wire also was threaded through a red ribbon.

In an episode that makes no sense, all that blew off the rudder last year, and with Oshkosh coming up, I need to replace the wire.

Where does one get four inches of such wire? Steel, yes, but I don't even know what to ask for or where to ask.

In other "news," in addition to order parts to fix one fuel cap, I've ordered a spare.

Thanks!

Ed
---Hi! Ed
You may want to consider a real solution like our "Ultimate Gust Lock" that will
protect all the surfaces, and controls on your aircraft. Go to AntiSplatAero.com,
and have a look them as well as our other products. Thanks, Allan
__________________
Allan Nimmo
AntiSplatAero.com
Innovative Aircraft Safety
Products, Tools & Services
Info@AntiSplatAero.com
Southern California (KREI)
RV-9A / Edge-540
(909) 824-1020
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 07-06-2022, 11:36 AM
SeanB's Avatar
SeanB SeanB is offline
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Colorado Springs
Posts: 664
Default OSH?

Allan,

Will you be at OSH? A friend of mine just puchased a gust lock from you. Looks nice, he says it works well. I may be ready to purchase.

Thanks,
__________________
SEAN BLAIR V7
Colorado Springs, CO
https://eaabuilderslog.org/?blprojec...&listcat=&sid=
2021 VAF SUPPORTER
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:30 PM.


The VAFForums come to you courtesy Delta Romeo, LLC. By viewing and participating in them you agree to build your plane using standardized methods and practices and to fly it safely and in accordance with the laws governing the country you are located in.