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High country Wide gear

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 High country built me a set of his gear and I couldn't be happier with it. Its 7 and a half feet wide and around four inches up over the stock. Twenty two inches wider at the brake backing plate .The quality is top notch and the handling is great .I even landed on a plowed field cross grain and the gear soaked it up .most importantly I was able to seal up the old bungee hole in the bottom of the plane. I covered mine and made up some streamlined bungee covers. At 1400.00 the price was great too.(plus shipping)  I ran it all the way down our runway on the mains right on the centerline. so I think the alignment is perfect. Here are a couple pictures

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A couple more pics .

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Dyno I have the same gear but have yet use it because I'm building my plane ,did it affect your speed? Also did you make the bungee covers, they look great ,jbird

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I did make the bungee covers .they are fabric over lexan former attached with velcro.awesome gear here is the before and after.six inches higher at the spinner.

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That looks like a big improvement, might have to put on the to do list

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Fly it 50-60 hrs then go back to stock it sucks! I am going back to the wide gear real soon and can't wait! Love your bird!!

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Fly it 50-60 hrs then go back to stock it sucks! I am going back to the wide gear real soon and can't wait! Love your bird!!

How about specifics Joey?

EDMO

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Now that's good looking landing gear! phone number email address please.....

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thanks its a whole new plane on the ground.i did the dual caliper mod at the same time.sure stops better too.

Nukapoint..the gear was made by high country on this site.

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Looking good Mike glad to hear its working out for you. Any chance we could get some details w pics on the bungee fairings and the brake mod. 

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Sure thing ,ill try to remember to get some today.

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:beerchug: Looks great! Give us details on the rest of the plane. Is it stretched? Soob engine? Horse power? Any extra weight on the tail? I notice you have the rad quite far back. Copper pipes to run coolant back and forth? 

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Its not stretched , subaru ,100 hp, the rudder has maybe three or four pounds of bobs, and yes copper pipes to the rad .it seems to cool well.

high country.here are some pics of the strut covers and the matco dual caliper plate .

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Mike,

That looks awesome! I love the wide stance!

The bar welded across the top of the "V" is an interesting idea...it is definitely a good way to limit the outward force being transferred onto the mounts and lower tubes of the fuselage.

Did you toe in or out or neutral?

In level flight or three point stance?

I was always under the impression you needed a little toe in, but a guy at our airport just fixed his tracking problems by using toe out in level flight...so now I'm not sure!

Anyway, great work! I still love that paint job!

Ron

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I think toed in slightly when at three point stance.i think the stock was toed out on the left side which made it a little twitchy ,it goes straight now

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One of the arguments against being toed in is if you are starting to ground loop, the wheel on the outside of the turn naturally wants to steer it more into the ground loop, whereas in toed out, the wheel is trying to steer out of the ground loop. Lots of arguments I suppose both ways, but straight or slightly toed out seems to make sense to me. Jim Chuk

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Agreed, Jim.

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been off line for a while, looks like I need to get caught up :)

 

I've heard arguments both ways so to keep it simple and let the final user do what they want via tweeking the axles I set all my gears straight ahead. In fact when I weld them on I have a piece of tubing going from inside one across and into the other while they are bolted into a jig that holds the legs just as they would be when installed into the plane. I will see if I have any pictures of doing this. then just for kicks they are cross squared before welding. As for my personal gear I have just left it square and have never had any issues with it. 

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straight it is then .flew again today and just am amazed at the handling .the increased height is already allowing me to land close to 10 mph slower as I can flare harder and not hit tail first like I use to in three points at that speed .

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That was the biggest advantage I found as well.

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Looks great Mike.  Your plane just keeps getting better.  I am in total agreement that the wider / taller gear is sure nice for off airport flying.

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Thanks randy .im having a blast with my new suspension. Found this little track today thats usually under water near spotted bear usfs strip.it was rough but the gear soaked it up.

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