1avidflyer

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  1. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Kitfox 4 rebuild   

    I connected the four pin connectors from the trigger coils to each module and # 2 module worked with both of them but only on coils 3 and 4.  That would indicate to me that the trigger coils are working.  # 1 module never worked with either set of coils, and the third coil I tried only worked with the #3 and 4 coils.  With the third module, I didn't try both four pin connectors, but it worked with # 2 module,  so they should be good.  The numbers I put on everything may not match the manual, I just took some tape and labeled everything so I could make notes that made sense as I tried different combinations of parts.  I did check the trigger coil gaps, and they seem right to me.  JImChuk
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  2. 1avidflyer added a topic in Avid fox flyers pics and vids   

    different way to fly
    Ran across this guy on utube, don't think I'll ever take up that kind of flying, but it is kind of neat in it's own way.  He has a series of videos of a 5 day race he did last year where he flew about 1000 miles out west, and won the race in the process.  In this one he goes up to 15,000' in this paramotor.  Anyway, I thought it was kind of neat. If you get bored, skip ahead to the 9 minute mark, he's back on the way down and goofing around.  JImChuk
     
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  3. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Fuselage and Seat Truss Repair   

    I think Lowell at Highwing will make more of the cabane landing gear.  He recently made me a cabane to fit my Avid Flyer cause the one for the Kitfox is to narrow.  I've talked to him recently, and it seems he is up to making more of these landing gears even though his partner is not working on them anymore.  If you need his contact info, I can get it to you.  Or if you're on the Team Kitfox site, you can PM him there.  I had picked up a Highwing gear a guy had bought for a Kitfox but never used.  JImChuk
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  4. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Kitfox 4 rebuild   

    More testing, and it looks like I have two coils and one module that are not working no matter what combination I tried.  Even tried a different module from a different engine.  Still progress though.  Tomorrow, I'll borrow two different coils and see If I can get back to firing on all 8 plugs.  I'll also check bad module and coils for broken wires.  JImChuk
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  5. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Fuselage and Seat Truss Repair   

    Don't know if you've been reading the other posts, but here are a couple of ways to address the rib tails, and one thing to do to the seat truss once it repaired.  This is with these rib tail repairs, you need to get inside the covering.  Another approach that doesn't involve getting inside is to glue and screw two scabs on, one on each side of the broken rib and sandwich the flaperon hinge between them and the original rib tail.   JImChuk
    PS  if my memory is correct, the top tube in the MK IV seat truss is 5.8" od.  





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  6. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Kitfox 4 rebuild   

    Bit of an update that sheds a different light on things.  Today, I ended up using a timing light, and found that I don't have spark on either side of the two coils that I thought were half bad yesterday.  Funny that I was able to get an rpm reading on the tiny tack, but there was no spark according to the timing light.  Anyway, knowledge is progress.  Like a monkey trying to put different shaped objects in a certain shaped opening.  Now if I can just remember which one's I've tried already.   I did try different plugs on the two that I thought didn't fire last nite,  and also shortened the plug wires by 3/8" at the caps.  Some one said that if the plug wire is bad, it's almost for sure bad at the end where it goes on the plug.  No joy with either of these trys.  JImChuk
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  7. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Kitfox 4 rebuild   

    A couple of months ago, I picked up a 912 that I knew had some ignition issue, but the price was right, and I figured I would try to work it out.  I mounted the engine on a temporary test stand over the last few days, and had it ready to run today.  I didn't have the chokes hooked up, so splashed a bit of gas in the carbs and then put the airfilters back on.  It turned about 1/2 revolution and fired off!  Died almost immediately, but I gave it choke on the carb closest to me, and tried again.  It caught, and stayed running that time.  That was nice to hear!  It went from a possible boat anchor,, to a possible engine to fly behind.  It seems I've sort of found the ignition problem, ran out of daylight before I could try a few more things, but this is what I've found so far.  The bottom spark plugs on #1, #3 cylinders aren't firing.  Both of those plugs fire off the same ignition module, but different coils.  Can a coil be bad on just one side?  and what are the odds of it happening to two coils at the same time?  Going to get some new plugs tomorrow, and I'll try changing the plug wires if the plugs don't do it.  Anyone have an opinion on the coils being half bad?  There  is only one wire coming into them from the module, and a ground wire going out, plus two plug wires..... Thoughts?  The way I isolated the ones that weren't firing was with a tiny tack.  I had one wired up temp. for a tack, and then I hooked up another one and started putting it on one spark plug wire after another.  Showed an rpm on all but the two I mentioned.  Any thoughts?   JImChuk

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  8. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic What's it trying to tell me ?   

    Not trying to hijack the thread, but the 912 on the test stand runs!  At least on one ignition.  I knew there some an issue with the ignition when I got it, now to find out what it was.   I'm happy to hear it making noise anyway.  JImChuk
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  9. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Bringing a Kitfox 1 back to life   

    Hope I'm wrong, but that rib tail looks ugly...  Is that dark area from moisture?  Maybe rot??? Ouch.  If it comes to it, here are two ways to replace the rib tails.  Not that hard for you to make.  These were for an Avid Flyer, but the Kitfox is very similar.   JImChuk


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  10. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic What's it trying to tell me ?   

    Don't really have an answer for you John, but I suppose it has something to do with getting  good and equal fuel distribution between the cylinders.  We both know how with the Jabiru, EGTs can easily be 100 degrees different from one cylinder to the next.  Tilting the carb to try to even things out and such.  If they could have done it well enough with one carb, I'm sure Rotax would have.  I don't really have any experience with the 912s though.  I do have one on a test stand that I'm going to try to fire up today though.  If I can get my butt off this computer that is.... :-)  JIMChuk
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  11. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Kitfox 7 on barnstormers   

    Some would say I have 4 or 5 to many projects now.  And maybe they are right.... Naw, I'll leave this one for some one else.  JImChuk
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  12. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Kitfox 1 questions   

    Terrain ahead. Pull up!  Pull up!  Just curious does Leni always fly sideways????  JImChuk
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  13. 1avidflyer added a topic in For Sale and wanted, you got it, I want it   

    Kitfox 7 on barnstormers
    This just popped up on barnstormers.  To much airplane for me.... but probably a good deal for someone.  No waiting for 6 months or whatever the lead time is.  JImChuk
    KIT FOX SUPER SPORT 7 • $20,000 • AVAILABLE FOR SALE • Partially assembled. Wings, tail feathers covered. Fuselage ready to be covered. Idaho. $20,000 obo • Contact Darrel L. Agenbroad, Owner - located Grand View, ID USA • Telephone: 2085985781 . 2088343077 • Posted September 18, 2018
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  14. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Kitfox 1 questions   

    Like two sardines in a can.  But having fun!  Glad it's working out for you.  JImChuk
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  15. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Bringing a Kitfox 1 back to life   

    The reason for not going with a fixed prop is being able to adjust the prop to where you need it.  The wood prop is great if it's right.  Not so good otherwise.  Did you ever figure out how many of the false ribs you need?  I know I have some of them.  I recently sold a couple of props that would have worked for you but they're gone now.  JImChuk
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