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  1. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic 3/4" axle   

    How about these? LINK

    I also have the Grove gear. I chose to add a second set of axles to the inside of the gear legs to mount my skis on.

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  2. Twister added a post in a topic Traveling to Alaska   

    THANK y'all for the goldmine of info on going to AK!

    I still don't have my Kitfox yet, but my plan is to trailer it in an enclosed trailer. Just talked to the factory--the trailer has to be 8.5 wide. Anyone know where I can get one built strong without being robbed?

    I guess you'd say this is a big item on my "bucket" list too. I'll read and re-read all the comment before I ask any questions, but will welcome additional commentary and a report of how the trip actually went for the dad/son trip.

    I have a 1990 Mitsubishi Fuso FG (a 3-ton dual-wheel truck with a 109" wheelbase and a 3.3 liter turbo diesel with a custom "camper" attached to the frame) as a tow vehicle. It also has an 8-ton winch and a roof rack integrated with the custom bumper by Chappelle I'm going to rent a trailer to test the fuel consumption; it gets 14-15 mpg without the trailer, but I don't know what penalty the trailer will exact. Does anyone in the unfrozen north know how the Fuso has worked up there? Back east it's used for tiny dump trucks and snowplows.

    Thanks again!

    I'm selling my "old" rig, a 2006 Outfitter Apex 9.5 with lots of extras and a 2005 F250 HD XLT Super-Duty FX Off-Road 4x4 with Bilstein/Helwig suspension (2" lift) and air-suspension bags with compressor and tank with in-cab controls to finance my aircraft. I'll pay a $100 finder's fee to anyone who sends me the buyer.
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  3. larr added a topic in Technical tasks   

    3/4" axle
    Any ideas for the thickness and type of steel to make 3/4" axles out of. I had the Grove gear and axles, and now need the standard type. I will be on ski's so plan to tap threads in the inner diameter. Is 4130 3/4"x .120 adequate?

    Thanks,
    larry
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  4. EDMO added a post in a topic Elevator trim   

    Those wires come in different thicknesses, not cheap when you have to buy the housing - I am going to use them - the fitting (bolt with hole that swivels) like goes on a carb will help to keep the end from breaking, as will good alignment.
    I have seen a single or dual spring setup that is supposed to stop the flutter if wire breaks - will look for it.
    I have an electric unit for sale.
    ED in MO
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  5. EDMO added a post in a topic KITFOX 1 FOR SALE   

    The 5 was the first one that you could put a "real" airplane engine in - if you like mags and have lots of $$$$.
    Actually, they are probably as cheap as a 912.
    Did you order the ED Downs book? You should read it.
    ED in MO
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  6. EDMO added a post in a topic Anyone seen this tail mod before?   

    ventral, pectral, - Just like fishes! Had forgotton my biology classes.
    So easy to forget the the Admirals were the first "Fathers of American Aviation" CAA/FAA Wish it had been Henry Ford.
    Well, looks like a vertical, underslung strake to me - whatever. My welder thinks I am senile because I keep calling fairleads "cable guides" - well, I am not a sailor either!
    Thanks,
    ED in MO
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  7. Twister added a post in a topic KITFOX 1 FOR SALE   

    I did talk with the seller a few times--very nice guy--but decided against it. Maybe he still has it. If you can't find his number I may still have it somewhere.

    I had a nice long talk with the Kitfox factory today, and it looks like I'm headed in the direction of a KF4 with a 912 engine--if I can find one basic enough to fit my "budget." I would like to get a 5 if I can afford it. I'm now pretty much confining my search in that direction, but I'll still appreciate comments and suggestions.
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  8. Twister added a post in a topic DC7   


    Thanks . . . sounds right to me.
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  9. larr added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Elevator trim
    Apart from electric, how is your trim tab actualed? Mine has a single wire like the original, but the wire was frequently breaking at the tab and at the handle. Due to the freqeunt breaking, I modified the handle and trim tab horn and have been more problem free. My buddy just experienced elevator flutter when his trim tab actuator broke. This is exactly what I experienced in the past. I am re- wondering if there is a better system than a single piano wire?

    Thanks for your ideas,
    larry
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  10. akflyer added a post in a topic Anyone seen this tail mod before?   



    I dont have one. I borrowed one from Jack AK (that I need to take back to him) for a pattern, but it wont fit my plane asn the bottom of mine has some extra stringers to take the big hump out of the bottom of the plane. I will have to make my own now.

    Oh, its a ventral fin


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  11. akflyer added a post in a topic New Home for N844RS   



    Holy cripes! For that price it would pay for me to drive down and get one! Unless you have one custom built like you did, the door opening is a couple inches too narrow to get the plane in. That is a pretty sweet deal!


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  12. EDMO added a post in a topic New Home for N844RS   

    I really want one - but dont tell my wife yet!
    ED in MO
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  13. Russ. added a post in a topic New Home for N844RS   


    Hi Guys And Girl.
    The trailer is built by Rock City Trailers, located in my town of Herkimer, NY. Unit has Luan interior, L.E.D. lights, 2 vents on roof, side door passenger side, duel axel with elec. brakes, and interior lights. Sides and roof are 1" sq. steel tubing, 16" on center. Roof 12" on center. Alum.
    ext. sides and roof. Floor 3/4" ply. Main frame 2" X 4" steel tubing. I wanted it light and it weighs 1000# empty. I don't plan on hauling cars or
    snowmobiles, as I winter in Fl. Will try to post interior pics, but time is short as I leave for Fl. Wed. am. Price with tax $3200.00 Hope this helps.
    Russ.
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  14. lv2plyguitar added a post in a topic Bush gear   

    Roger, 10 4, Over and Out. I've been calling Brett all day with no answer.
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  15. BryceKat added a post in a topic New Home for N844RS   

    Russ,
    Nice trailer!!!! How bout some inside pics w/ AVid installed? What was the cost? I would love to have one of these, I tow mine to the field .5 mile away with factory towbar. I keep it in my workshop, so i would gain valuable workspace if my Avid was tucked away. Bryce
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  16. EDMO added a post in a topic Anyone seen this tail mod before?   

    Leni, Do you have the fin (strake?) that goes under the tail for floats? Not sure what it is called - not a swimmer! I have one for the KF1 - Wont need it for my cropduster.
    ED in MO
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  17. akflyer added a post in a topic Tail Wheel Options   



    I am not sure if you had the 1.5" or 1.25" spring. You should be able to bolt a 1.5" on there reguardless. The only issue will be the spring arch and keeping your tailwheel geometry right. I had to re-arch mine in a 12 ton press after a couple years of banging it around. I would check Stoddards and see if they have a 2 leaf sring for a cub laying around in the used parts section. Worst case there would be having to cut one down to the right length and re-arching it.


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  18. EDMO added a post in a topic Opinions on fabric   

    Twister,
    You were in Turkey while I was flying in Germany - A friend of mine was USAF in Turkey at that time, and said that Gary Powers and the U-2s, were flying out of there. Ever see them?
    ED in MO
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  19. akflyer added a post in a topic Bush gear   



    I asked the same thing and have not gotten a responce from Brett. I was going to do the same thing you are thinking of and mod it myself. Let us know if you hear from them before I do.


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  20. lv2plyguitar added a post in a topic Bush gear   

    I would be interested to know if I can order the cross brace with the springs only as I already have the 74" wide landing gear.

    Does anybody know if that works?

    Thanks
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  21. EDMO added a post in a topic Bush gear   

    What are the dimensions and GW on your Grove gear? What is axle bolt pattern?
    Someone might be looking for one.
    Is this the one or two piece gear?
    ED in MO
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  22. lv2plyguitar added a post in a topic Tail Wheel Options   


    Just ordered the 8" wheel. Thanks for the info.

    I just watched a video online. The chains are only an extension of the spring. I had the maule tail wheel with two springs from rudder to wheel with no chains.

    So is the width of the leaf spring standard for tail draggers?

    Thanks
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  23. EDMO added a post in a topic KITFOX 1 FOR SALE   

    The phone number listed in the ad in Aviator Bulletin is: Peter (510) 915-0654 CA.
    Please, Let the AvidFoxflyers know if you are going to sell the grayhead or parts.
    And, in case someone has forgotten, I have a 90% KF1 copy frame and parts for sale here in Missouri. Cheap.
    ED in MO
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  24. akflyer added a post in a topic Tail Wheel Options   


    http://www.matcomfg.com/TAILWHEEL8PNEUWIDE-idv-3690-69.html

    I normally buy straight from Matco. Very nice people and they ship quick!

    The chains and springs from the rudder to the tail wheel steering arms.

    You can probably find one local in Atown at stoddards or reeves. A truck spring shop should be able to make you one too.


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  25. akflyer added a post in a topic New Home for N844RS   

    Nice trailer Russ! Who was the manufacture? Any inside pics? did you have tie down points installed inside for the wheels or are you doing that yourself? One day I plan on having a trailer like this so I can drag my bird down south and fly around with some of you guys.


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