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Old 01-05-2015, 03:20 PM
rv8gibbo rv8gibbo is offline
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Default Canopy hitting forward top skin.

Hi Guys, I've seen a post similar to this before but I going to double check if It's ok to cut the aft most section of the top skin completely off to stop the canopy frame from hitting the skin? Also what should be the gap between the roll bar and canopy frame when the frame is completely closed?

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Old 01-05-2015, 03:57 PM
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akarmy akarmy is offline
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Yep, chop away. Many of us have done just that and trimmed that forward skin back to clear. The fiberglass strip will cover that area later on when you finish up the canopy. As for how close to match the roll bar to slider frame? A range of alignments will work out just fine. I've seen them very tight on some planes, on mine it worked out a bit farther apart and it worked just fine. I have about 1/2 inch between the bars (which is about the outer limit I think) I did need to support the glass / carbon when laying it over the top so as not to sag down into that gap, but once the strip is in place it's all sealed up nicely. Just work on getting the frame to slide in place nicely and the latch to operate correctly and you should be good to go.

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Old 01-05-2015, 04:02 PM
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Default Your cut line looks good

+1 for "chop away" using your cut line. I did the same on mine.
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Old 01-14-2015, 01:03 AM
rv8gibbo rv8gibbo is offline
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Great thanks guys I'm gonna go ahead and chop away!
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Old 01-14-2015, 10:59 AM
Kato's 8 Kato's 8 is offline
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I cut along that same line and like how it turned out.

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Old 01-14-2015, 09:00 PM
BonitaRV8 BonitaRV8 is offline
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I just put a big radius on the corner.
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