Just so that everyone has the opportunity that may not be on face book. We are collecting funds for a 3D scan of the Apex engine. This allows a digital representation of the engine for modeling and fitment purposes. If you would like a copy if the file it is $100 until we get 20 people to pitch in. We currently have 14 people signed up. If it goes over 20 people the cost will continue to come down as more pitch in. The cost is $2000. That includes the shipping both ways. Thomas Hauklien volunteered to send one of his engines out to do this. It is currently enroute to the vender.
Hello all, Just a short update here. The Skytrax gearbox has been doing great during flight testing with only a few refinements that will be added to the production boxes like a sight level gauge snd slightly larger sump area. IF you didnt follow the Stol drag a few months back Steve Henry posted the second fastest time behind the 680hp turbine powered plane they call draco. In parrelel to Steves testing Thomas Hauklien of edge performance in Norway will start Dyno testing with a Turbo charged Apex. The goal is to get some 300hp sustained runs with and without the clutch and tear it down as nd measure and inspect parts.
As far as the weight question. There are so many weight numbers. Like fire wall forward installed weight or engine and drive weight so im going to assume that when you say"final weight" your asking the weight with everything on it istalled on the plane. Mine come out to about 160 lbs. Thats with carbs exhaust bottles radiator ready to fly. So if your familiar with the weights of the 912 it is about 15 lbs heavier.
257 degrees is a lot hotter than Ive ever seen on my oil. If I remember currectly it runs 10 to 20 degrees hotter than the coolant. I would check your plumbing to your oil cooler. The yamaha oil cooler seems to do a pretty good job. No flight reports on the new Apex gearbox yet. I have switched gear manufactures and I awaiting another set of gears to test the clutch. The first set that the clutch was tested with showed no visual wear except on the sprag races. The hardness was no where near what I specified. The new gear shop, hardening shop and grinding shop are locally and I can check up on and control quality standards a lot easier.
I couldnt answer that question. Maybe jim hensel knows this. But until someone really figures out the 2011-2017 wire harness I think I would use the 2006-2010. The wiring and accesories are completely different between these group of years. Part of why the hp increase maybe because of power valves in the exaust which I cant imagine us using. I dont think anyone has even started looking at the later model harness. The good news with redrive options is the cases are the same so if someone ever tackles it we should have a drive