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Old 08-25-2022, 03:39 PM
8MikeXray 8MikeXray is offline
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Posts: 124
Default Rear Bent Sticks Available

Anyone interested in rear bent sticks for the RV8? 2.125 offset
Below are the prototype’s, 4 sticks available HREW steel $80 each plus shipping. Please send PM.

If there’s enough interest and I can get at least 10 pre orders I will do a production run made out of 4130. $130 each plus shipping

Also I am considering manufacturing 4130 bent front sticks as well. Let me know if anyone is interested in a high-quality bent front stick.

In the past I was bending stock van front sticks. This is no longer feasible as the wall thickness is too thin to get a high-quality bend. I have found that .049 is the thinnest wall I can use to get a perfect bend.

Please be patient with me as I’m doing this on the side and do not check my VAF page daily.


The sticks are made from 4130 chrome moly aircraft tubing, the same material that Van’s uses for their sticks. The only difference is the need to use a thicker wall tubing in order to perform the bend without kinking the tube. This adds a few ounces of weight to the stick assembly.

The tubes are bent using an industrial hydraulic tubing bender with a custom die and fixtures. Then the pivot hole is bored using a dimensional fixture. The 1/2” pivot tube and the pushrod attach bracket are then professionally TIG welded to the tube. Finally the 3/16 hole for the push rod connection and pivot are bored and reamed to final size.

The stick will come to you bare 4130 and after you cut and fit your grip you can finish it in the product of your choice.

From the center of the pivot point to the beginning of the lower bend is aprox 5 inches which is the top edge of the seat cushion.

Bend offset is approximately 3”.

The quality and strength of my sticks (.058) are far superior to stock sticks (.040)

Bent front and rear sticks are available

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Mike C
RV-8 IO-390-EXP

Last edited by 8MikeXray : 10-25-2022 at 03:52 AM. Reason: Update
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