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Old 06-18-2022, 09:39 AM
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All the previous threads are 2016 or earlier that I saw. I just completed the big cut and fear it may have not been done accurately as the canopy is not fitting the frame as it did before. So just in case, any ideas on replacements other than VANS?

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Old 06-18-2022, 11:03 AM
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Old 06-18-2022, 11:30 AM
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As Joe mentioned, pictures will tell a lot more, but as I recall the big cut is only the preliminary step and lots of small cuts and tweaking is still there to get it to fit. Unless something is really amiss, I would not judge it based on the big cut
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Old 06-18-2022, 11:56 AM
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The canopy fit is one of those things I found to be difficult to get right. I don't think there is any guarantee another canopy will be any better. I would try and make it work; I found the fiberglass fairings around the canopy can make up for a lot of "errors". And if you use sikaflex to attach the canopy and windscreen, even more poor fitting can be made to work. JMHO
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Old 06-18-2022, 12:46 PM
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Attached are some photos. The frame appeared to fit well (whatever that means). The curvature along the middle of the canopy frame was great, though the canopy at forward bow was about 1.5 inches high.

I thought cutting it would allow it to relax and come down. I emailed Vans who suggested the same thing. I made multiple adjustments, drew a reference line 3/32 from the frame forward bow and made the cut. It appears I nave have cut it too short. I have room in the back to slide the frame aft. If I do that, the gap gets larger in the front. If I set the front at 3/32 and clamp the canopy down, it rises about 1.5 inches in the back. Frustrating to say the least.

I do not have pictures after the cut. I’ll take those when I get home.

Appreciate the help
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Old 06-18-2022, 02:32 PM
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It is too short. If I line up the hole (canopy latch), I do not get the edge distance. Sliding the frame forward to get the edge distance along the forward edge, the gap in the front or rear depending on what I clamp gets worse.

If I slide the frame forward, it appears it would fit better. Not sure WTH I did, but itís cattywompus. That would explain why I have extra on the windshield
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Old 06-18-2022, 02:35 PM
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Old 06-18-2022, 02:44 PM
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Joe,
Take a drive down to Tripp City, OH and talk to Jeff Rogers (owner of Airplane Plastics). Heís a very nice and helpful guy and can probably help you to save your canopy. If not they have ďblemsĒ if you only need the aft part, or front part. If so, you will need to deal with Vans on the purchase, but Iíve done that over the phone - twice. Youíll pay 2/3 of the canopy full price, but if Jeff isnít busy, maybe he can trim it for you. I donít want to speak for him, but he helped me out that way. Call first and bring your canopy and frame and they can put it in the mold to see how it lines up. They use the same mold for the RV6, 7, & 9 whether itís a tipper or slider. You might be able to make what you have fit.
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Old 06-18-2022, 05:14 PM
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Great idea. Iíll make a call Monday AM.
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Old 06-18-2022, 05:21 PM
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Joe,
Take a drive down to Tripp City, OH and talk to Jeff Rogers (owner of Airplane Plastics). He’s a very nice and helpful guy and can probably help you to save your canopy. If not they have “blems” if you only need the aft part, or front part. If so, you will need to deal with Vans on the purchase, but I’ve done that over the phone - twice. You’ll pay 2/3 of the canopy full price, but if Jeff isn’t busy, maybe he can trim it for you. I don’t want to speak for him, but he helped me out that way. Call first and bring your canopy and frame and they can put it in the mold to see how it lines up. They use the same mold for the RV6, 7, & 9 whether it’s a tipper or slider. You might be able to make what you have fit.
That's as good as it gets. Same state! I agree. Jeff is good people. He helped me get the tint I wanted. SC-15 is awesome. Serious UV blocking.

It looks like you may have made the "Big Cut" in the wrong place. Good news is you have plenty for the windshield. I'm no expert but check out my Kitplanes articles. They may help a little.
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