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Old 01-09-2023, 06:32 PM
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Default Engine options - RV14a

Hard to know exactly when I will need to order an engine but expecting Lycoming to put prices up again this year, standard IO-390 is currently $54,750 USD. Adding in finish kit, propellor and avionics and still have a lot of money to find.

Hopefully by the time I need it I can afford engine but are there any options?, I've seen talk of an angle valve IO-360 which you might be able to get used and rebuilt, you sure won't get a used IO-390-A3B6

I simply don't have the knowledge or skill set to deviate far from what Vans have documented in the kit.

If someone has a thread on this topic, please advise.
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Old 01-09-2023, 10:02 PM
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……(snip) I've seen talk of an angle valve IO-360 which you might be able to get used and rebuilt, you sure won't get a used IO-390-A3B6…….
I think a good healthy AV 360 would be a very viable option. If I’m not mistaken, that’s the engine that Vans has in one of their demonstrator 14’s.
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Old 01-10-2023, 07:40 AM
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Yep - the 210-215hp IO390 is (in my opinion) the Achilles Heal of the RV-14. The plane needs all those extra ponies and this engine is the only good match.

There needs to be new options. Is anyone already installing a 220hp UL520T in their RV-14 project?

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Old 01-10-2023, 08:25 AM
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Yep - the 210-215hp IO390 is (in my opinion) the Achilles Heal of the RV-14. The plane needs all those extra ponies and this engine is the only good match.

There needs to be new options. Is anyone already installing a 220hp UL520T in their RV-14 project?

Carl
Never flown a 14, but struggle to see how 10 HP makes that much difference. Either way, if it is important to you, I am sure Barret's port and polish work will net at least 210 out of an AV 360. $53K is nuts for a 4 cyl engine. Doubt an AV 360 is much lighter than a 390, but really have no idea.
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Old 01-10-2023, 09:58 AM
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I ran a parallel valve 360 with fp prop in mine for 170 hrs. Other than my baggage limited to 60 lbs the airplane performed well. I'm just finishing up changing it out to an angle valve 360.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUE0vJA6vv0
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Old 01-10-2023, 10:00 AM
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I think a good healthy AV 360 would be a very viable option. If Iím not mistaken, thatís the engine that Vans has in one of their demonstrator 14ís.
Having flown the demonstrator 14, I can say without hesitation that if that is the engine in it, it is a very viable option. The plane was very zippy, took off in no time, and climbed like a dream.
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Old 01-10-2023, 10:25 AM
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Would a 360 do it, of course it will as a number of them are flying and perhaps happily. But the question for the owner will be if he/she would ever start wishing to have gone with the more powerful 390 and possibly come to regret the decision.
One thing for sure, the resale value will not be nearly as good. Not that most build to sale but it is some thing to consider.
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Old 01-10-2023, 05:02 PM
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Facing this issue at the moment. Looking at the price list from Vans the 360 that is 200hp is not much cheaper than the standard 390. It also does not say it is for the 14 which makes me think they don't do FWF for it anymore.

There's one UL Power 220T going in, Australian build, hopefully he keeps updating. That engine is very appealing, I don't have exact pricing but believe it is quite a bit cheaper and they may have a FWF kit. Some throttle management to keep speed under control but no great issue there, the bigger issue is support from Vans.
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Old 01-10-2023, 05:16 PM
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Facing this issue at the moment. Looking at the price list from Vans the 360 that is 200hp is not much cheaper than the standard 390. It also does not say it is for the 14 which makes me think they don't do FWF for it anymore.
The firewall forward kit is the same for the 360 angle valve. The angle valve 360 with a front mount governor will work perfectly on the -14. I am just finishing up rebuilding an IO360 C1E6 off of a Seneca. I just needed to change the sump to a front induction.
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ÖÖÖ(snip) I just needed to change the sump to a front induction.
If you donít already have one, Iíll be pulling mine off of my 390 pretty soon and selling it. Itís the standard sump (not cold air) with the forward facing servo mount. Iím replacing it with a Superior Cold air induction, so I wonít be needing it. Itís brand new and will also come with the intake tubes. If itís something you may be interested in, send me a PM. with a reasonable offer.
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