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Old 07-13-2020, 07:56 AM
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Default CMW E-Lift -- My take on lifting for emergency tire repair

Those of us that travel much have all thought about what we need to fix a flat away from home. Of course we all carry the requisite tools, but lifting the airplane is a tricky part. This is my lift solution for those emergency cases. It isn't appropriate for normal everyday maintenance, and I still use a wing jack in the hangar. There are a lot of ways to skin this cat. I think I've seen most of them, but this is what gives me some piece of mind when far from home at that desolate fuel stop that had the cheapest fuel, but looks like you just landed on the face of the moon without a soul in sight.

It consists of a lift shaft, a steel bracket bolted to U-403 via some new CNC solid aluminum spacers, and a steel foot with a thrust bearing in the bottom. The bracket is plugged, top and bottom, to keep terrestrial gunk out while hopefully never in use.





We've made a number of these to spread around and have a few left from the last batch if you're interested here. This only works on round gear legs that use Vans U-403 brake flange, which means 4, 6/6A, 7/7A, 8A, and 9/9A, refer to Vans drawing C2. Pictured is for tricycle gear and we have a different bracket for conventional gear.
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Old 07-13-2020, 08:38 AM
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Default E-Lift

Great idea, order placed.
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Old 07-13-2020, 10:15 AM
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Ordered a set
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Old 07-13-2020, 06:38 PM
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Very clever. Well done!

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Old 07-13-2020, 06:42 PM
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Love it. Simple and effective. Heading to your website now
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Old 07-13-2020, 07:03 PM
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According to your website you are Out of Stock.

Please put me down on your list as 'wanting to purchase' the next time you make a production run.

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Old 07-13-2020, 07:44 PM
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Does not work on the 8? Just the 8A correct?
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Old 07-13-2020, 07:57 PM
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Your website states there is plenty of clearance within Vans standard pressure recovery wheel pants. Have you had an opportunity to test fitment with Vans original one piece wheel pant? Thinking RV-4 application. Looks like a great product! Steve
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Old 07-13-2020, 08:29 PM
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Just an idea but looks like you could thread a short piece of the same threaded rod into the bottom of the axle / flange adapter part and use a floor jack for regular wheel maintenance. The problem with a floor jack has always been no place to support the cradle. But , still great " off the grid" wheel jack idea.
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Old 07-13-2020, 09:43 PM
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Does not work on the 8? Just the 8A correct?
Correct, it will work on the 8A but not the 8.

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Your website states there is plenty of clearance within Vans standard pressure recovery wheel pants. Have you had an opportunity to test fitment with Vans original one piece wheel pant? Thinking RV-4 application. Looks like a great product! Steve
We haven't had an opportunity to test fit the E-Lift with an original one piece wheel pant.
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