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Old 05-02-2020, 08:59 PM
bryanj58 bryanj58 is offline
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Default What?s missing from the kit

What?s missing from the kit(RV9), and how much more is it going to cost me?

I know the engine, avionics, tools, And paint are missing. What else?

Should I plan on $2000, $10,000 or more in additional cost?

The reason I?m questioning the cost is because a Rans S21 kit comes in around $50k. So my assumption is the S21 is a more complete kit, am I wrong?

I?m sure this has been covered in so other thread, but I?ve not found it.
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Old 05-02-2020, 09:07 PM
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Default Welcome to VAF

Bryan, welcome aboard the good ship VAF.

Interior upholstery is a biggie if you want to go all out $$$.

Yes, the Rans S-21 is surprisingly complete---more so than our RV 10 was.
Mike Starkey
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Rv-10, N210LM.

Flying as of 12/4/2010

Phase 1 done, 2/4/2011

Sold after 240+ wonderful hours of flight.

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Old 05-02-2020, 09:22 PM
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Default Costing

Here is a recent thread that has some good discussion on total costing, it is for a RV-7, so similar to -9.
Paul vS (yes I'm also a Van)
Building RV-6A #22320 O-320 FP. Wings and tail complete, working on fuselage
Flying my Aeroprakt A-22 STOL and the aero club's RV-9A while I build
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Old 05-03-2020, 01:56 AM
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Default Firewall forward items

The Firewall forward parts are missing from the kit cost on van's website, though depending how you want to think about it, you could consider it part of engine installation. Depending if you go FP or CS prop, the cost for this ranges from about $4k to $5.5k (I've been pricing this up recently).

One experienced builder once said to me the costs are roughly 1/3rd Structure (Kit), 1/3rd Engine & Prop, and 1/3rd for everything else (interior, avionics etc)
RV-9, Empennage and Wings about done, Fuselage started.
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