Originally Posted by MVPILOT
Thank you for your sharing your experience. The mechanic asked me to learn what the proper break-out force is for my 2020 RV-12 S-LSA Where can I get this information?
For an SLSA RV-12 to me maintained in a legal manner, it must have the maintenance manual available to any mechanic doing work on it.
SLSA maintenance manuals are aircraft specific (it gets identified with the aircrafts N# / Serial #). The reason for this, is that any modification or design change that gets incorporated into the airplane is required to have the related documentation added to the back of the manual and is then considered a permanent part of the aircrafts maint. records.
You should have gotten one with the aircraft. If you do not have one, I suggest you contact Van's and get one so you can reestablish meeting this regulatory requirement.
In the maintenance manual, you will find that it specifies that the KAI (Kit Assembly Instructions) are considered an integral part of the maintenance manual. The maint. manual refers to them for a lot of maint. and service data (including the proper adjustment of the nose fork break-out force).
If you do not have a copy of the KAI, I recommend you get that from Van's as well (make sure they know which version of the airplane you need it for... 12ULS or 12iS)
It is these two documents that your mechanic should be using to reference service info, not you asking for him on an internet forum (can be very hit and miss whether you will get the proper information or not.....).
I see in another post that this is an RV-12iS. If you are the original purchaser, when it was delivered to you, the airplane would have come with a maint. manual and a copy of the KAI on a USB thumb drive.
The later post where someone gave you the proper adjustment value, is correct, but unless your mechanic knows how to properly measure that value, that information is worthless. I suggest referencing the maint. documentation.