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  1. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Model 1 Kitfox   

    Looks like the door bottoms are different than stock in your finished pictures.  Must have cut out the bottom of the door opining as well??   I was flying my Avid yesterday with 2 guys in it, and we both are about 5-9 and 215 or so.  Widening works!  JImChuk
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  2. TJay added a post in a topic Model 1 Kitfox   

    Once all the bugs are worked out I will do some flight testing. My home brew widening is nothing special

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  3. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Model 1 Kitfox   

    Looks really nice TJay!  When do we get the first flight reports?  I went back and looked for pictures of your build, trying to see how you widened the area around the doors.  Never really did find any.  Must have looked in the wrong place.  JImChuk
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  4. TJay added a topic in Avid fox flyers pics and vids   

    Model 1 Kitfox
    Thought I should snap a few pics before I muddy it all up.

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  5. akflyer added a post in a topic soft brakes?   

    Those are the matco MC-1 masters.  The rebuild kit is around 10 bucks each.  It is really stupid simple to do as well.

    I would pull them apart and clean them up and make sure the rubber "foot" is still attached to the bottom of the piston and that the foot is swiveling like it should.  They are pretty self explanatory when you pull them apart and they will make you scratch your head and wonder how the hell they stop you and give you any pressure at all
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  6. EDMO added a post in a topic soft brakes?   

    TJay,  Matco might help you identify them - rebuild kits are cheap.  I wish I could help since I have sets of Piper, Grove, MC3 and 2 lengths of MC4, but all of them have external reservoirs.   None have been tested.  EDMO
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  7. TJay added a post in a topic soft brakes?   

    No Idea what they are here is a pic.

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  8. EDMO added a post in a topic soft brakes?   

    The MC5 also has the resi on the top - Are these an "improved version"?  Maybe larger bore?   EDMO
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  9. akflyer added a post in a topic soft brakes?   

    What masters do you have?  sounds to me like it time for a "rebuild"  if its the MC1 masters (matco with built in resi) then its pretty easy to pull them apart and look at them.  The little rubber pad on the bottom is barely more than a bad joke and might have come loose from the bottom of the plunger.

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  10. Columbus added a post in a topic Selling aircraft/widow's liability   

    Not an A&P or even close however, I have over the years probably built over 100 motorcycles. When I  say built, I do mean BUILT. I have my own frame jig and at one time had a full machine shop with engine building capabilities. I have been taken to court twice by people who thought they had me (they were stupid or had momentary stupidity with less than stellar results and were quite certain they had a payday coming...One purchaser tried to jump a 9’ chopper over a Dodge Neon)
    ALL I did (on advice of an attorney) was to include on the BOS was to include, “This is an amateur built vehicle and doesn’t not conform to industry standards. There are no warranties either expressed or implied and purchaser accepts full responsibility for this vehicle” should sound somewhat familiar to anyone here.... for good reason.
    It won’t stop some @hole from suing yet it is HIGHLY effective in keeping them from winning.
    The bike is the last one I built- I rode her for 10years before I sold her to buy my Avid

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  11. TJay added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    soft brakes?
    Ok as stubborn as I am its time to ask for some help
    what I have done so far is
    new soft brake pads and bled brakes from the bottom up and again top down and changed the geometry of the pedals 
    definitely have great breaks when they work but this is what I am having.
    When I take my feet completely off the pedals and then put them back on and press the brakes the stopping power is awesome. But when I press the pedals then release  them just a bit then push on them hard I have no brakes at all.  I must let the masters completely come all the way back to work. Is this a sign of masters that need to be rebuilt or still air in the lines? What do you guys think?
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  12. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic HOw to bend the gear   

    I've mentioned this before, and can't remember that I got a real good reason why it wouldn't help.  Why not tie the center of the cabane to the seat truss?  If the cabane can't go down, it can't pull in on the sides.  At least that's how I'm seeing it.   Take it one step further, and if your seat truss is already infilled with steel to stiffen it up, why not connect right to it with a couple of tabs and eliminate the cabane all together?  That's what the bungees pull down on in the standard gear, and if the truss is infilled, it will take a lot of stress.  Shoot me down, but please give me a good reason when you do it?  This doesn't really address the bending of the gear on this particular Kitfox, but it's related to the entire design.  JImChuk
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  13. TJay added a post in a topic HOw to bend the gear   

    You guys ever notice its always the drivers side getting bent. Good chance there all flying in with the nose of the bird a little off to the right.
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  14. akflyer added a post in a topic HOw to bend the gear   

    AS much as this has been discussed and beat on around here it kills me to see another bird bent up due to a well known and well documented design fault.  It seems the "it hasn't happened to me yet so it must be good" mentality can only be overcome by bent birds.

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  15. akflyer added a post in a topic HOw to bend the gear   

    your right on how this design bends the gear and fuse.  with the direct pull from side to side it does not distribute the load.  Again, this has been beat to death on other "gear threads" and a quick search on gear design will give you more reading and engineering than you can shake a stick at.  Sure, you can beef something up to the point it wont fail, but that will just transfer the shock loads to another part of the airframe and do even more damage.  Putting lipstick on a pig does not make said pig a good date.. Without changing the design of the cabane vee and dropping the center point down your still putting way too much stress on the fuse and will be bending legs and fuse sides.

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  16. flywise added a post in a topic Avid flyer fiberglass molds for sale on barnstormers   

    I've forwarded this info to Mark.....
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  17. Buckchop added a post in a topic HOw to bend the gear   

    Well just wondering. Seams that would help, cause as one bends and not the other bends the distance becomes more from front to rear leg, not saying its the cure just may help give strengh, i c even stock gear with a brace sometimes, so if she bottomed out and bent gear does it look like the left gear bent, pulled the center thro the spring mayb pulled right longeron towards the left and bent the support tube also that goes from left to right? The one right under the fuseloge? Or is that tube made that way? 
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  18. TSoftware added a topic in KitFox General Forum   

    Murle Williams Latch Instructions / Pictures
    I was working on my doors for my 2008 SS Kit today and noted that my door latches don't look like anything in my 2008 manual or the current manual.
    During my research, I noted two things, one is that the new build manual uses screws instead of rivets, but too late for that, I have already drilled the first door, so on to rivets for me....all 56 per door.
    The latches that I have appear to be the Murle Williams latches, but can't seem to find any good pictures of them mounted or instructions of how they are supposed to be mounted.
    If I don't get any answers here, I guess that I can try and give Murle a call next week, but am hoping someone here can assist.
    It is probably simple, but I am just not seeing it and there doesn't seem to be any good way to mount it with the limited door gap around the frame.
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  19. Avid Randy added a post in a topic Avid flyer fiberglass molds for sale on barnstormers   

    Hopefully if Mark from Avid doesn't have these....he sees this post or ad.  Would be Awesome to see the Magnum come back too!
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  20. 1avidflyer added a topic in For Sale and wanted, you got it, I want it   

    Avid flyer fiberglass molds for sale on barnstormers
    I saw these on Barnstormers today.  All the molds for the Magnum.  He also is selling the round Avid cowl molds and the Avid ultralight molds.  JImChuk
    MAGNUM MOLDS • $3,200 • AVAILABLE FOR SALE • 24 magnum molds great condition, call dan murphy 218-391-5755 • Contact Ryan P. Murphy, Friend of Owner - located Two Harbors, MN USA • Telephone: 218-343-5431 • Posted May 12, 2018
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  21. akflyer added a post in a topic HOw to bend the gear   

    putting a brace front to back does not do anything to keep it from bending inwards.  The issue is the geometry and the spring bottoming out too easy and things going metal to metal.  Its been beat to death and engineered from hell to high water. 

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  22. EDMO added a post in a topic Polishing scratches out of windshield   

    No Thanks!  I made an "A" in that class and QUICKLY RETIRED from Plexi-Polishing!  ;<)  EDMO
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  23. Yamma-Fox added a post in a topic Polishing scratches out of windshield   

    Holy crap Ed!    Your like a plexiglass polishing Ninja!!!
    Man, you're hired!   I'm sending ya all my plexi off my plane....    and a couple snowmo helmet face shields too!!

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  24. EDMO added a post in a topic Polishing scratches out of windshield   

    More info on ACS micro-polishing kit - We were given a 1/4" thick piece of about 3" x 8" plexiglass which had been rough-sawed - We filed and scraped the edges and then started with the kit - The final outcome had to be SQUARE and good enough looking thru both vertical edges of the 3" wide sides to read a newspaper with no scratches showing.  EDMO 
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