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About akflyer

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  1. akflyer added a post in a topic Where to buy split oilite bronze bushings   

     highlight the link then right click it and it should give you an option to open it.  Took me right to the page.
    try this link for the bushings
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  2. akflyer added a post in a topic Airdale's Bush Gear   

    I used a 10" vice.  I have also done it with a pipe clamp but you should really use 2 of them and its sketchy at best   I need to come up with a way to change these out without risking your life with flying springs.
    Thinking maybe 2 slotted plates with all thread on each side to slip over the collars and then use the all thread to compress the spring.  Should be a pretty easy tool to make.

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  3. akflyer added a post in a topic Rotax tach question!   

    there has also been documented issues with the rotax signal wire coming off the stator.  Best thing one can do is just use a tiny tach or at least have one as back up for when the rotax tach / signal stop working.
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  4. akflyer added a post in a topic YAMAHA Genesis (RX-1) install in Kitfox 5   

    the easiest way I came up with for the mount fab.  Make a jig that the mount bolts to, and that the prop flange bolts to all in one.  Unbolt the old engine and bolt the new engine to either the firewall of the prop flange and block the engine up.  Figure out how to fill in the blanks.  This will put the prop in the right spot on the cowling versus firewall for minimal if any cowling modifications. 
    Look up the thread I did on the 912 mount.

    Gives you an idea of what I am talking about.  I started with a 582 mount that gave me the firewall pattern.  Then I bolted the 582 and gear box to it so I could locate the exact prop location.  Pull the 582 and the mount and start filling in the blanks.  The first jig sucks.  The one you make to locate everything wont let you weld it out without having parts move around as you weld them so I ended up with 2 jigs.  One to tack everything in place and one to bolt all the hard points into to keep it immobile when welding.  After I welded it out I did a semi stress relief by heating up all the weld areas and heat effected zones and then wrapping it in insulation and let it slowly cool.  The result was a mount that did not wiggle when the bolts were pulled out of the jig.

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  5. akflyer added a post in a topic Rotax tach question!   

    never trust a rotax tac.  They are also well known for putting dream o meters in the snowmachines.  When a stock 600 says its doing 130 you know its lying   Ive been on hard pack and dream o meter said I was doing 126 but the GPS said I was doing 97.  The tacs seem to be just about as accurate.  Most poor performing avids and kit fox can be traced to bad tac readings. 

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  6. akflyer added a post in a topic motor mount?   

    you will have to make some serious mods to the mount.  Firewall mount locations are way different on a KF versus Avids.
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  7. akflyer added a post in a topic Bush gear topic reopened   

    I have drawn up a much better one that will take most of the stress off the lower longerons, I just have not yet sent the patterns and plate off to the water jetter to get it cut out.  I am not too crazy about sending them out the door till I get a little time beating the crap out of them on my plane, not just flying off pavement or a grass strip then saying hey fellers, buy my awesome bush gear..

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  8. akflyer added a post in a topic Melted piston from overheat due to coolant loss- repair plan?   

    If the valve is installed upside down (flipped over) it can also hit the piston.  Yes , I have seen this more than once in the snogo shop.  Sucks mr, I feel your pain.
    It is kind of hard to tell from your pic, need a better one from the Id if you can but I am thinking the valve was in upside down.
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  9. akflyer added a post in a topic Why is this here??   

    It's fun to play with getting out prospecting and my daughter loves to dig for "pirate treasure"  The hardest part is getting her to not grab the pan and dump it when she wants to see what kind of treasure we found
    Anything that gets the kids outdoors to spend time with me is good in my book.. maybe one day it will turn into something more than a hobby.  There are a few items that I am working on designing / producing that are not commercially available.  Testing and tuning if fun for me and building prototypes gets me going!
    When the weather is raining and winds blowing and I can't fly I may as well do something constructive to get out of the house

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  10. akflyer added a post in a topic Melted piston from overheat due to coolant loss- repair plan?   

    If the cylinder is not scored to deep then you should be able to hone and put in a new piston.  Make sure you measure ring gap etc to make sure all is well in the jug.
    I do all my break ins at the house with the plane tied down.  If it trys to get too hot either shut down and let it cool off then restart the break in where you left off, OR I use the garden hose with a fine mist spraying on the rads to keep the temps where I want them.  When I do it with the plane tied down I can stay outside the cockpit and keep an eye on the engine just to make sure all is OK during break in. 
    If you have a good nozzle, you can put a VERY fine mist on the rads that dries almost immediately and wont be running back on the plane or prop.
    Sorry you had a burn down on the break in.. My first 582 puked on me when I did not get the RV oil cavity fully bled and the brass gear melted down on me.  Lesson hard learned!  I watch fluid levels like a hawk now on rebuilds or new engines during break in.

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  11. akflyer added a post in a topic Why is this here??   

    right on.. we are the misfits here.  we all tend to think out of the box at times.. ok, most of the time.. hahahaha.  Thats what makes this site what it is and what keeps me going!  Thanks for the kind words mr!

    uhhh, im out of the pan and full in the fire at this point trying to get out of this one with anything less than 3rd degree burns over 100% of my body.. there is no next gal.. also found out that AK does not recognize prenups so the I guess its going to be on pay as needed basis from now on!  if it flys floats or f$%ks its cheaper to rent right   hahahaha

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  12. akflyer added a post in a topic Avid on ebay   

    Post away, we love the rough stuff! 

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  13. akflyer added a post in a topic Why is this here??   

    Awesome!  And thanks for the $ mr!  You guys rock!!

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  14. akflyer added a topic in Searching for gold   

    Why is this here??
    Well, as most of you know, I have an issue with heavy handed moderators editing out content on a vendor who is not "supporting the forum"  Recently I made a post on another site stating the AWESOME customer service I got from a small mom and pop mining supply place.  When I say AWESOME I do mean awesome.. I was tempted to ask the gal if she was married or not Low and behold, a moderator came by and edited out the name of the business as they were not and advertiser on their site.  Pissed me off so here we are.  If anyone has any issues with me expanding the forum and opening it up to another passion of mine ( I am talking about the contributing members that we have on here) speak up and I will gladly refund your money, after all, I have promised that this is our site, not just mine.
    Not sure if others will join in here but who knows, maybe we can generate more pilots as we all know that a person crazy enough to chase gold probly would love a plane to get out into the remote areas that are untouched to find some.. what better way to get a guy and his gold pan into the back country than with an avid or kitfox!

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  15. akflyer added a post in a topic Avid on ebay   

    I've seen it in person. I have spent time in Alaska. I haven't lived there but have spent a lot of time there. I'm not shocked with rough looking airplanes that are mechanically sound.  I think my comment was misconstrued but I didn't go into a lot of details. Not against VW engines. I have beat on a couple myself.
    It would have been more helpful to state up front that you have laid eyes on this bird and have first hand knowledge of it.. My bad for assuming that your statement was based off the photos that the rest of us saw!  Sorry fer being kind of a dick.

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