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RKURRLE 03-25-2017 10:41 AM

RV-8 quickbuild Service Bulletin 16-12-16
If your center section is missing the bolts, how are you getting access to put the bolts in? I read Van's suggestion of putting 1 inch holes - but that seems like it would be very difficult to put the nuts on and tighten through those 1 inch holes. Looking for alternatives.

Bob Kurrle
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cfiidon 03-25-2017 12:40 PM

No Holes Required

Review all the posts in the original thread, especially Luke's post #21:

I used his method.
1. Loosen the rudder pedals
2. Remove the control column sliding it forward (make note of hardware for re-assembly)
3. I used a Rigid See-Snake camera to light and view inside the center section
4. I used the Aircraft Tool Supply nut/washer holding tool but you could fashion something on your own
5. I used a box end wrench taped to a rigid aluminum tube.

The inside 8 bolts are "easy". The outer four more difficult but do-able. The first six took me 6 hours. The second six took me three. I did it alone.

Plan on acetaminophen and a massage afterward.


RKURRLE 03-26-2017 06:52 AM

Thanks for the "no holes" suggestion. Sounds like a winner without cutting holes and fabricating patches. I will schedule my massage and stock up on ibuprofen!
Bob :

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