Home > VansAirForceForums

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

Keep VAF Going
w/a Donation

VAF on Twitter:

Go Back   VAF Forums > Model Specific > RV-8/8A
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-28-2015, 05:45 PM
Jerry Kinman Jerry Kinman is offline
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Fort Worth area
Posts: 121
Default Rear Rudder Pedals


I would love to have a copy of those drawings with the dimensions and descriptions of the individual components. I have Van's add-on pedal kit and have been trying to re-engineer something better. That looks like the perfect solution.

My email address is
RV-8 N88GK Sold
RV-9A Slider, N188GK Project, now flying, O-320-B1A, Catto 3 Blade NLE, G3X Touch System
Restored Taylorcraft BC12-65
Exempt but proud contributor
Jerry Kinman, VAF 170
Keller, TX (T67)
Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2015, 07:51 PM
rockbottom rockbottom is offline
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Fayetteville, GA
Posts: 59

Please add me to the list. Yours is a very neat solution. Thanks in advance!

J. Baker
Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2015, 07:57 PM
RV8_Cat1's Avatar
RV8_Cat1 RV8_Cat1 is offline
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Des Allemands, Louisiana
Posts: 53

Craig, I too would like to be added to your list. I have the Van's rear seat pedals and I'm not very impressed with them.
Chris Triche
Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2015, 08:00 PM
RV8_Cat1's Avatar
RV8_Cat1 RV8_Cat1 is offline
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Des Allemands, Louisiana
Posts: 53
Default Pedals

Forgot to include my email.
Chris Triche
Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2015, 10:56 PM
John RV8 John RV8 is offline
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Watauga, TX
Posts: 169
Default Drawings


If you would be so kind as to add me to the list of folks to email the drawings of your rudder pedal design I would greatly appreciate it.
My email is goodrv8 at

I guess I did not look at you plane close enough when we met at the Pine Bluff formation clinic.


John Goodloe
RV-8. N6279G
Pay in November
Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 01:47 AM
CMW CMW is offline
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Livermore, CA
Posts: 172
Default My Solution

I started with a setup very similar to Craig's but my legs are too long to comfortably use the pedals. So I went back to try and improve the stock setup. Here's a few pictures of what I did.

The first thing I changed was the idler arm. I moved the attachment to the rear pedal push rod up 2" to get the same mechanical advantage as the front pedals.

Then next thing I changed was the diameter of the push rods. I increased the diameter from 3/8" to 1/2" to increase the stiffness and reduce the chance of buckling.

The third change was to get rid of the snap bushing that is used for the push rod guide and changed it to a plastic spherical bearing. This got rid of any slop and binding the stock set up had. The picture of the bracket above was the prototype and has been changed slightly to better match the stock geometry.

The last modification I made is one that I think makes this set up (modified or stock) much more effective. I added a folding shelf that can be used to fill in the foot wells when there is a pilot in the rear seat. The shelf attaches to floor at the rear of the foot well and folds up so the foot well appears stock. When it is needed, it can be easily pulled up and automatically locks in the up position by dropping a leg down into the crotch of the foot well. When not needed, it is pulled up slightly and the leg is folded back and the shelf drops back into the foot well. The shelf greatly improves the ergonomics of the stock set up and I think makes the pedals more comfortable to use.

Here's a short video of the shelf.

I can make any of these parts for anyone interested. Just PM or email me.
RV-8 Wings
Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 06:50 AM
g zero g zero is offline
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: palm coast fl.
Posts: 1,083
Default Rudder

Chris , that set up looks pretty nice . Keeps feet off the rudder when not needed .
N 666 TA
First Flight 2-3-2015 🚀
Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 11:24 AM
cdmiller's Avatar
cdmiller cdmiller is offline
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Battle Ground, Washington
Posts: 138
Default Craig, I would like to have your drawings


I like your rear peddle design. Great solution! I would love to have your drawings. Thank you.

Dan Miller

Cdmiller131 at
Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2015, 10:25 PM
RGGrant64 RGGrant64 is offline
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: El Paso, TX
Posts: 21


I also like your design and would like a set of drawings.

Thank you.


Phase 1 complete.
Enjoying flying around Carson Valley and Tahoe
Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2015, 10:44 AM
Tag Tag is offline
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Phoenix, AZ and Senoia, GA
Posts: 111
Default Rear pedals


Could you please include me to your list? Thanks.
Reply With Quote

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 04:37 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.