Thanks! Now waiting on my prop, then make some noise. Still have to install the wings and tail, rig and do the W&B before calling the FAA inspector. Will change the brakes and wheels this winter to a better setup. Will keep the original gear, though. Brakes worked good, but a PITA to work on and I like standard disc setups better. Without the wings on the dang thing is lightweight. Expecting in the low 400#'s.
Its not listed on the AW cert, operating limitations, or on the tail placard, maybe on some placards, but it is in the paperwork that was originally filed with the FAA when it was first issued the AW cert. Its also on the weight and balance sheet that is carried in the aircraft or should be. And it does require FAA's blessing. One can't just say "now the gross weight is xxxx " and go about their merry way. And we are talking about experimentals and not certified aircraft. And yes one can assign whatever gross weight they choose but they have to do it when the AW cert is applied for. And some inspectors will want to see factory approval if it is a manufactured kit and not plans built, not all but some will. There is a paperwork trail to change the gross weight after it is a legal aircraft. And has nothing to do with the safety factor which could be involved. FSDO's are beginning to tighten up on paperwork snaffles. I am done!
If it was a licensed aircraft, whatever the gross weight listed at the time of the AW inspection is what it is. I don't believe that can be changed legally without FAA approval. And good luck with getting their approval.
Thing is, somebody with engineering sense came up with the design for a reason. Since kit makers like to boast about lightweight kits, it would seem logical that there is a reason for the excess tubes in the mount. Since I am not a aeronautical engineer, I'll take their design.
Lately here in the country we have been on full African mode. For you city guys, that means, deep in Africa every morning when the sun comes up, a gazelle knows he must outrun the fastest lion or get eaten. Every morning when the sun comes up a lion knows he must outrun the slowest gazelle or starve. Point is that it doesn't matter if you are a lion or a gazelle, when the sun comes up, your butt better be moving!