C5engineer.. You have what I want... Do I understand you right, you have a Avid bush gear that you modified to fit the double shockmonster dampers... Right? What is the lengt required to install those dampers? Did you get the shockmonster dampers from Kitfox? If so... how much...?
Nice to see I'm not the only one thinking about what could be done about the Avid landing gear - I guess everyone how have done a hard landing think about it... There are several solutions on the market that we could get inspiration from. The Just Aircraft Super STOL give a real "badass" look but also requires major modifications. From a putting the forces in the right place this is probably the best solution (Layman's opinion...) KitFox have a STi Shock Monster landing gear that I find exactly right (would be easy to adapt as well) with double dampers that efficiently reduce the size of the package (but not the price...) See Trent Palmer's video below from 4 minutes (it should start at the right time) where he explain this modification, and other, to his KitFox. And do see all his videos, they are great. This kit is less expensive that the kit Beringer below, but still why more that we would dare to tell our wife...
An alternative is the French Beringer solution (that is just as expensive as it looks) here mounted on a Savage that is pretty close to our planes.
Another idea comes from the (French) manufacturer of the "Petit Avion", similar to ours with folding wings. It is a tricycle so you need to imagine the gear "the other way around". It would requires more modifications as what we have on the sides they have in the middle but for anyone doing rebuild this concept could be an option.
Time for another film.... The French taildragger brotherhood is arranging a yearly fly-in. I had never been there before but will absolutely come back... I obviously brougt my cameras and have just finished the film. I hope you enjoy it
Sure... but I'm not convinced it will help you as I'm in the metric world and you in the imperial world... I used 3 steel tubes to increase the diameter of the axis to 15 mm. Inner diameter 13 mm, external diameter 15 mm, length of each tube 20 mm. there is no added value of having 3 tubes but the longest they had was 20 mm.. and the alternative was ordering several meters of uncut tube... The new wheel need to be sitting 2 cm from the inner side to be centered. 1 brass tube with inner diameter 15 mm, external 20 mm and 20 mm in length. The shorter brass tube next to the nut is of the same initial dimensions and cut down to the appropriate length to get a snug fit. Hope this helps! And about the modification and the wheel itself... So far I have only landed on grass strips so it still looks like new. But to be very honest I had almost forgotten about it, it just sit there and does it job. It was much HARDER to forget the Maule wheel if you see what I mean...
Hi TSoftware, note also the recent post http://www.avidfoxflyers.com/index.php?/topic/4922-time-for-a-new-tailwheel/ I would not be too concerned about slightly raising the tail. I can't see the entire spring on your photo but it look rather short and with a 5 in wheel you might currently be lower than many others. True, if you have shopping chart wheel on the main gear... well... I do agree with previous comments, pneumatic is definitely the way to go. So is double spring...
We don't all have the same experience. I'm using an iPad 3 powered through a 2 amp converter (had to go through several before finding one that didn't generate too much static..) If I start with the iPad fully charged it will stay charged without any problems, nor does it over heat (when fully chaged and given 2 amp it appears that the battery is working less and therefore not heating much). However, extende use of gps and navigation program (AirNavigation Pro) will keep it warm and if it is mounted in direct sunlight it can get too hot an power down. I have fresh air comming trough a tube to the back of the iPad support to keep it cool. During my 2 weeks this summer with 90 dehrees and merciless sun I never had any issues.
Agree, time to get rid of that solid Maule ! The funny thing is that when many complain about the Maule tailwheel assembly it has always worked great for me. No unwanted releases while still releasing when I want it to (like when parking in the hangar. Maybe the geometry is optimum on my setup but it has always been stable during taxi etc. But it is soo damn stiff (and heavy!)… So I wanted to keep the Maule single arm fork and only replace the wheel with a pneumatic Matco wheel for $74.15 http://www.matcomfg.com/TAILWHEELASSY6PNEUMATIC-idv-3006-6.html and the matching tube and tire for $18.42 http://www.matcomfg.com/TIRETUBE6x24PRTUBE90DegSTEM-idv-3097-38.html This is the setup as used in the Matco tailwheel assembly http://www.matcomfg.com/TAILWHEEL6PNEUMATIC-idv-3373-69.html For our European friends: With VAT and shipping, minus the EU AircraftSpruce 10% anniversary discount, it final bill was 130 Euros…
The wheel and tire are really nice, there is no doubt on the quality here. And it is much lighter… The Maule wheel is 1490 g while the Matco wheel is only 700. Counting also the material used to fit the Matco wheel the difference is 750g / 1.63 lbs !
I used some “adaption” and brass tubes rapidly delivered from my favorite online bearing supplier to make the Matco wheel fit to the Maule fork.
I’ll put it in the plane this weekend and let you know how it works out.
Richard, thank you for your kind words. I didn't know about the LAA Rally but looked it up on the web, looks fantastic. Would be a great adventure to go there - and provide material to another film.... Fred
Some users are reporting difficulties accessing the file (particularly when using mobile device like a tablet) the workaround is to go through this link: http://avidsimonini.blogspot.fr/2016/11/old-dreams-never-die_20.html