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Old 10-25-2020, 07:00 AM
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Default AFP FM150 vs Avstar on TBolt 390 - Thoughts before I press "Buy"

Greetings, I know this has been discussed, and have read through most of the threads..... I'm an average-intelligence-bear, so always need some 'splaining'.......

So, I'm about to order my engine and am leaning towards the AFP FM150 vs the standard Avstar. I understand the mounting of cables, hoses and snorkel are slightly different, but manageable. I am just wondering before I press send/buy, what are the advantages of the FM150 vs the Avstar? The majority of folks seem to favor the FM150.....

Thoughts greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-25-2020, 07:12 AM
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Are you aware that Van's has the newer version of the IO-390 which includes the FM-200 (also from AFP) as well as induction system and cable routing designed to work with it? Seems to address your concerns....


https://www.vansaircraft.com/2020/07...configuration/
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Old 10-26-2020, 10:10 AM
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Hi Turner,

Thanks for the reply.

Yes, aware of the new Vans engine offer, but have decided to stick with the original design layout since I already have the finish kit, etc.

So many options keep popping up............

Cheers,
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Old 10-26-2020, 11:07 AM
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...what are the advantages of the FM150 vs the Avstar? The majority of folks seem to favor the FM150..
Slightly less carb loss (i.e. a bit more manifold pressure), and a reputation for excellent support.

For example, can you find a service manual for the Avstar? A comprehensive manual will come with your FM150.
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Slightly less carb loss (i.e. a bit more manifold pressure), and a reputation for excellent support.

For example, can you find a service manual for the Avstar? A comprehensive manual will come with your FM150.
Not to mention if the manual is confusing or you just need more help, Don will always pick up the phone. You’re right - the support is outstanding!
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