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Forum: Electrical Systems 10-30-2021, 10:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 490
Posted By sf3543
I used Visio and saved it as a pdf

I used Visio and saved it as a pdf
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-30-2021, 08:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 490
Posted By sf3543
Fred I recently did an installation very similar...

Fred
I recently did an installation very similar to yours, except there were two SX involved. See the attached wiring diagram. Maybe it will help.
I'm also in SAT (5C1) so let me know if you need any...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-20-2021, 07:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 621
Posted By sf3543
Roll your own relay systems for flaps and trim

A lot of builders that I talk with do not understand how to make the flap and trim systems work in their planes, especially when using multi-function grips like the Infinity and others.
Relay decks...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-26-2021, 12:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,076
Posted By sf3543
I would just get a new skin and rebuild your...

I would just get a new skin and rebuild your elevator with the existing skeleton.
Your builder friend should be able to help you do that.
I have done it before and its just a little time...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2021, 08:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 726
Posted By sf3543
I just hit the end of the hinge pin with a...

I just hit the end of the hinge pin with a hammer. Lay the hinge pin on the flat part of a vice or something and hit the pin to make a little burr about 1/8" from the end. If you bend the pin, just...
Forum: RV-3 09-04-2021, 06:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 624
Posted By sf3543
Hereís how I did mine

I used a metal flange and a spacer to allow for the fiberglass thickness and blind riveted the fairing on.
Forum: Reviews 09-03-2021, 08:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 873
Posted By sf3543
TS Flightlines

Just wanted to put a plug in for TS Flightlines and Tom Swearingen.
I recently took on the job of working on a RANs S-19 and it included doing a complete rubber change on the ROTAX 912 ULS. I...
Forum: COMM 08-31-2021, 06:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 694
Posted By sf3543
Thanks for the suggestions. I checked the BNCs...

Thanks for the suggestions.
I checked the BNCs and antenna to make sure they were working using a test radio.
So, I decided to tear into the wiring at the radio and found a real mess inside the D-SUB...
Forum: COMM 08-31-2021, 08:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 694
Posted By sf3543
Becker radio question

I have a plane with a Becker AR 4201 radio that receives extremely well but doesn't transmit worth a darn. Very weak and garbled. I've checked out the basics, antenna, headset and plugs. Checked the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-06-2021, 05:45 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 19,883
Posted By sf3543
I'll add a few comments based on a bunch of...

I'll add a few comments based on a bunch of installations I have done over the years. For the record, I have installed six VPX systems and a bunch of ICB systems, which include regular ICBs as well...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-22-2021, 08:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,767
Posted By sf3543
I had exactly the same issue on new brakes but it...

I had exactly the same issue on new brakes but it didn't seem to affect brake effectiveness. It was a loud moaning kind of sound, I figured it was the pads dragging slightly.
I lubed the pins,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-17-2021, 09:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,469
Posted By sf3543
Thanks guys! Mike had the closest to what I was...

Thanks guys!
Mike had the closest to what I was looking for.
It was a table just like that but also referenced some of the hoses and elbows right to the auto part number.
The owner wants rubber so no...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-16-2021, 10:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,469
Posted By sf3543
Rotax hose replacement

A few years back, someone provided a table of ROTAX hoses, coolant, etc, for the 5 year change and the part numbers for replacement types you can get locally from O'Reillys, etc.
I've searched to no...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-09-2021, 03:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,279
Posted By sf3543
I have worked on lots of planes where the builder...

I have worked on lots of planes where the builder installed remote boxes behind the panel that were almost impossible to access because they didn't consider the skin that was going to be installed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2021, 02:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,423
Posted By sf3543
Originally I didnít notice it was the Superior...

Originally I didnít notice it was the Superior sump.
Since the OP is from out of country, I called Superior Product Support and they said those are 1/4 x 20 bolts. ( As pazmanflyer said before I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2021, 08:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,423
Posted By sf3543
Parts manual site

The titan parts manual can be found here.

http://www.continental.aero/titan/documentation.aspx

If you can't find those particular bolts, call them and they will tell you which ones are correct for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-07-2021, 06:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,989
Posted By sf3543
If you are concerned that your resistor is bad or...

If you are concerned that your resistor is bad or don't know how to tell what it is, just use an ohm meter to check it.
You might consider replacing that wire run if your readings are...
Forum: RV-3 06-01-2021, 10:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 640
Posted By sf3543
I also used Oregon Areo and had the same...

I also used Oregon Areo and had the same experience as Paul. Very good.
There are two things I would do different.
I would make the half barrel bottom of the seat a separate piece to fill in that...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-18-2021, 09:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,889
Posted By sf3543
As with everything else, there are pluses and...

As with everything else, there are pluses and minuses.
I have rebuilt planes and built them from the kits and both are really satisfying, so that's not the issue.
Let's say you get your old plane...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-26-2021, 07:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,856
Posted By sf3543
Corrected my previous post. Drill #35 to tap #6...

Corrected my previous post.
Drill #35 to tap #6 screw threads, not #28.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-26-2021, 11:27 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,856
Posted By sf3543
I have installed quite a few canopies on RVs over...

I have installed quite a few canopies on RVs over the years. At least a dozen or more. So far none have cracked.
I have never used sikaflex but have always drilled the canopy and either used rivets...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 04-23-2021, 11:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,245
Posted By sf3543
The May Kitplanes magazine had an article about...

The May Kitplanes magazine had an article about the future of homebuilding. It included an interview with Rian Johnson, from VANs, where he advocated "something called LPA, or Light Personal...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-04-2021, 10:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,480
Posted By sf3543
Putting a flat edge on a hinge pin creates a very...

Putting a flat edge on a hinge pin creates a very long drill bit that you can chuck into a drill and ream the hinge, in place, in order to make inserting the final hinge pin easier.
Pointing the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-29-2021, 09:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,035
Posted By sf3543
I'd use a pop rivet and fill in the hole. But, if...

I'd use a pop rivet and fill in the hole.
But, if you decide to try riveting a solid rivet, use a soft rivet.
It would be a rivet without the divot in the middle of the rivet head and much easier to...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-27-2021, 10:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,312
Posted By sf3543
Fred I had the same problem on my RV8 based out...

Fred
I had the same problem on my RV8 based out of 5C1, which is in the same low service area you are in.
Give me a call and Iíll tell you how I got it to work correctly and get a good PAPR.
Might...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-23-2021, 04:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 720
Posted By sf3543
I hook up my 12v source directly to the battery...

I hook up my 12v source directly to the battery to work on avionics. Just turn on the master and everything works fine.
Just make sure you are putting in enough amps to run everything you are using...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-10-2021, 10:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 59,770
Posted By sf3543
No, I haven't worked on a 10 or 14 yet so I...

No, I haven't worked on a 10 or 14 yet so I haven't made one. However, I can send you the Word doc for the RV7 checklist and you can probably modify it pretty easily to fit the RV14.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-10-2021, 09:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 59,770
Posted By sf3543
Here's a couple examples of what I use

Here a couple of the checklists I use. I have one for most RV models.
The front page gives the general information and I use the picture to identify any exterior scratches, dings, etc before I even...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-21-2021, 09:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,934
Posted By sf3543
Yep you are seeing obstacle alerts. On the ground...

Yep you are seeing obstacle alerts. On the ground I see a lot of vertical lines but in the air they basically go away since you are above them. At first I thought the screen was acting up. In...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2021, 01:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,034
Posted By sf3543
DIY Towbar

If you want a DIY tow bar, you can build this with parts from HD or LOWEs in a couple hours.
Basic pieces are 8' of 1/8 x 1.5" aluminum angle and a gate hinge.
For attaching the gate hinge to the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-20-2021, 09:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,934
Posted By sf3543
NYTOM - "My Sport SX is preforming better than...

NYTOM - "My Sport SX is preforming better than new and even has some new features."

What new features are you seeing?
Thanks
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-13-2021, 02:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,580
Posted By sf3543
That's correct

That's correct
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-13-2021, 09:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,580
Posted By sf3543
Strip a piece of wire back about 1/2Ē , fray out...

Strip a piece of wire back about 1/2Ē , fray out the strands to flatten the wire, and stick it in the screw mounting hole of the fairing from the back.
Insert the screw as normal and it should screw...
Forum: ADS-B 02-11-2021, 10:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,508
Posted By sf3543
I have done several of that specific installs and...

I have done several of that specific installs and they work well, since the 430W supplies the WAAS GPS data input for the ADS-B.
The 430W may need to have the software upgraded to get the "ADS-B+"...
Forum: GPS 02-08-2021, 04:43 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 10,254
Posted By sf3543
When mounting GPS antennas, remember that they do...

When mounting GPS antennas, remember that they do not only look straight up to see satellites but also look at angles to pick up satellites closer to the horizon. So you don't want to shade the areas...
Forum: RV-3 02-03-2021, 09:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,106
Posted By sf3543
I'm assuming you haven't yet bought any...

I'm assuming you haven't yet bought any instruments, since you said proposed.
So, Everything you have, except radio and TXP, is available in one EFIS package and uses a lot less space. For example,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-02-2021, 06:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,039
Posted By sf3543
If you want to make it easier to do, try this...

If you want to make it easier to do, try this method.
Lay out a piece of plastic large enough to make your lay up.
Make a template of the piece you want to lay up and trace it onto the plastic.
Cut...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-26-2021, 09:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 931
Posted By sf3543
Call VANs with the serial number of your RV8 and...

Call VANs with the serial number of your RV8 and they will tell you which parts will fit your age kit.
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-26-2021, 09:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 994
Posted By sf3543
use a longer cotter pin

use a longer cotter pin
Forum: RV-14 01-19-2021, 08:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,633
Posted By sf3543
You'd be surprised how many times I have found...

You'd be surprised how many times I have found the wrong size nut plate installed or where the threaded part got squeezed by the riveter.
If it is the incorrect size then drill it out and replace...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-18-2021, 10:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,540
Posted By sf3543
You can purchase the ones that do not have the...

You can purchase the ones that do not have the adhesive on the bottom.
I like to:
Rough up the bottom of the squares on a piece of sand paper.
Rough up the spot where you are planning to put it with...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-18-2021, 09:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,254
Posted By sf3543
How do you intend to attach the fairing to the...

How do you intend to attach the fairing to the rudder? With rivets or screws?
If you want to make it removeable you have to plan for that in the rudder horn area.
As for the rectangular area, I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2021, 02:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,558
Posted By sf3543
Things to ponder

It used to be that you had to build an RV if you wanted one, but that is no longer the case. There are plenty out there for sale, depending on which one you want and the condition you are willing to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-10-2021, 06:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,147
Posted By sf3543
Iíve built several ECI engines and all have been...

Iíve built several ECI engines and all have been great.

A buddy has a 340 on his RV7 and the head on #2 cyl broke loose from the cylinder in flight.
After that, I was talking to a Carbon Cub guy and...
Forum: ADS-B 01-03-2021, 10:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,566
Posted By sf3543
You can mount everything inside the wingtip. Just...

You can mount everything inside the wingtip.
Just build a mounting bracket or two to hold the antennas. A little spacing is always good. The echo can mount directly to the side of the rib
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-03-2021, 10:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,436
Posted By sf3543
Chad Just got some Bendix mags back from the shop...

Chad
Just got some Bendix mags back from the shop for their 500 hr inspection/OH.

Done by:
www.aircraftignitionservices.com
in Honey Grove, TX which is NE of Dallas. Very nice folks to work...
Forum: ADS-B 01-02-2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,524
Posted By sf3543
I had similar issues with passing the PAPR so I...

I had similar issues with passing the PAPR so I called uAvionix and spoke to David Wagner, who is the Echo guru.
After some checking, he determined that although my airport was right next to a big...
Forum: ADS-B 01-02-2021, 08:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,566
Posted By sf3543
Echo in the wing tip

David Wagner is the EchoUAT guru at uAvionix and he sent me a picture of an installation of the entire EchoUAT in the wingtip of an RV.
I cant find the picture but if you call uAvionix and ask for...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-30-2020, 06:00 PM
Replies: 761
Views: 897,403
Posted By sf3543
Sport SX The older legacy model

Sport SX
The older legacy model
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-25-2020, 08:52 AM
Replies: 761
Views: 897,403
Posted By sf3543
Thanks Randy. As for the lettering, the white...

Thanks Randy.

As for the lettering, the white lettering on the sub-panels isn't vinyl.
The panels are painted destroyer gray and a guy on my field engraved the lettering with his laser engraver,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-23-2020, 09:46 PM
Replies: 761
Views: 897,403
Posted By sf3543
Just finished a rewire and new panel on a new to...

Just finished a rewire and new panel on a new to me RV8
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-23-2020, 08:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,825
Posted By sf3543
Make a cardboard box the same size as your radios...

Make a cardboard box the same size as your radios but cut it short enough to fit between the panels.
You could also make a styrofoam plug the same cross section to fit and then trace around it on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2020, 08:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 849
Posted By sf3543
Check your PMs

Check your PMs
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2020, 07:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 849
Posted By sf3543
Which airport near San Antonio?

Which airport near San Antonio?
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-12-2020, 10:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,367
Posted By sf3543
What has worked for me.... Purchase adhesive...

What has worked for me....
Purchase adhesive backed weather stripping shaped, in the cross section, like a hollow letter D. Adhesive is on the flat side. Lowes and HD has it and it comes double wide...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-10-2020, 10:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,280
Posted By sf3543
I use that solution occasionally and it works...

I use that solution occasionally and it works well. Although, I use a standard flat nut and a lock washer instead of a thin fiber nut since it has a flatter surface.
Also works well mounting stuff...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-06-2020, 01:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,561
Posted By sf3543
If you donít have the idler arm than you just...

If you donít have the idler arm than you just need to get slack in the cable enough to slide it in the S tube. Under tension the cable wonít slide in that tube.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-05-2020, 06:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,561
Posted By sf3543
Disconnect the rudder cable from the idler arm on...

Disconnect the rudder cable from the idler arm on the rear of the gear tower. This will allow you to pull the cable through the S shaped tubing on the rudder pedal and slightly adjust pedal angle on...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-04-2020, 06:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,020
Posted By sf3543
Dynon's drawing shows the tip being wired to to...

Dynon's drawing shows the tip being wired to to the sleeve because the sleeve is the ground and it is common to the radio.
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-20-2020, 06:49 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 13,197
Posted By sf3543
Just cleco one hole and maybe clamp the pieces...

Just cleco one hole and maybe clamp the pieces together.
Stick in a rivet and make sure 1 1/2 times the rivet diameter is sticking out the back side.
Its that easy.
Forum: GPS 09-16-2020, 05:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,500
Posted By sf3543
The major difference to me between the two is...

The major difference to me between the two is that the 660 is supported, has a larger viewing screen, is in color and brighter.
I changed out several and the new gizmo mount fit in the same hole and...
Forum: COMM 09-14-2020, 10:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,870
Posted By sf3543
The knob is actually in the way of the new screen...

The knob is actually in the way of the new screen so you can either take it off or youíll have to hold it back to get the new faceplate in place. Other than that itís straightforward. You can do it...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-12-2020, 07:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,550
Posted By sf3543
I also do the riblets, however I just bond them...

I also do the riblets, however I just bond them in with JB Weld. Much easier.
If you do that though, make sure you rough up the areas being bonded and they will never come apart.
Forum: COMM 09-12-2020, 07:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,870
Posted By sf3543
Steinair sells replacement faceplates for the...

Steinair sells replacement faceplates for the SL40. The narrow plastic piece that you view the frequencies through.
They are just stick on pieces.
Hold on to your hat for the price! They are about...
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