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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2018, 08:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,072
Posted By Rupester
Bjorn is spot-on with his comments. I shimmed up...

Bjorn is spot-on with his comments. I shimmed up the front edge of the canopy skin to assure it wouldn't snag the fwd fuse skin, as much as 0.040 to 0.050 in the center, and then less toward the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-13-2018, 05:29 PM
Replies: 281
Views: 46,587
Posted By Rupester
In retrospect ....

.... were I to build another one, I would definitely build a rotisserie. Over the entire built it is both a timesaver and a backsaver. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-13-2018, 05:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,562
Posted By Rupester
If you tour the Columbia River basin, in addition...

If you tour the Columbia River basin, in addition to Multnomah Falls don't miss the excellent tours of the Bonneville dam and the fish hatchery, just upriver a short drive. In many ways Bonneville...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 05-25-2018, 12:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,497
Posted By Rupester
So are you saying you wouldn't accept a 40RPM...

So are you saying you wouldn't accept a 40RPM idle increase between normal rich and full lean?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-25-2018, 08:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,803
Posted By Rupester
Nicely done repair! Thanks for posting .... we...

Nicely done repair! Thanks for posting .... we all hope we'll never need this information, but it could happen any flying day at any time.
For comparison purposes, a Bonanza driver in my...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 05-25-2018, 08:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,497
Posted By Rupester
I had exactly the same problem when I first...

I had exactly the same problem when I first started mine. I was amazed at how much adjustment it took to get the idle condition properly leaned. I also quickly learned that all taxi and ground ops...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-12-2018, 08:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,018
Posted By Rupester
Interesting. That makes sense to me, but my...

Interesting. That makes sense to me, but my system has been operating fine this way for 400 hrs, and none of the devices on the main bus will energize until I turn the master on. In fact, I leave...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-12-2018, 03:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,018
Posted By Rupester
Master solenoid wiring

I noticed today that most of the "standard" wiring diagrams for the master solenoid (aka battery contactor) show the main bus/avionics feed coming off the same terminal as the heavy starter feed....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2018, 07:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,923
Posted By Rupester
Another $0.02 worth ....

Switchbox works great and support from Phillip is absolutely top notch. Anytime I've emailed a question to him, I get an answer within a matter of hours.
Forum: COMM 04-14-2018, 10:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,677
Posted By Rupester
Yes.... putting the Echo UAT behind the baggage...

Yes.... putting the Echo UAT behind the baggage bulkhead is an obvious alternative. I have (had, perhaps?) a desire to keep all my avionics up front, for ease of servicing and troubleshooting. ...
Forum: COMM 04-10-2018, 09:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,677
Posted By Rupester
I have an Echo UAT to be installed in the next...

I have an Echo UAT to be installed in the next month (by moi) and I'm wrestling with the antenna location. Uavionics calls for 3' mininum separation from either xponder or comm antennas, which...
Forum: COMM 04-09-2018, 07:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,677
Posted By Rupester
Greg ..... does your UAT mfgr recommend 1 meter...

Greg ..... does your UAT mfgr recommend 1 meter (or 3') between the ADS-B antenna and any others? It seems your separation from the comm antennas is well short of that. Also, which ADS-B box do you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2018, 03:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,726
Posted By Rupester
welcome aboard!!!! :)

welcome aboard!!!! :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2018, 10:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,908
Posted By Rupester
My Aerosport/Superior IO-320 D2A is similar... ...

My Aerosport/Superior IO-320 D2A is similar... 1/2 to 1 qt in 31 hours.... been that way for 4+ years now.
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-01-2018, 08:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,399
Posted By Rupester
FanTAStic! So VERY happy for you! I look...

FanTAStic! So VERY happy for you! I look forward to any and all reports from you during Phase I. Even more, I look forward to seeing you at our local IL fly-in eateries!
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-30-2018, 10:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,154
Posted By Rupester
I have a Superior IO-320 with Precision (Bendix)...

I have a Superior IO-320 with Precision (Bendix) FI. For the mixture cable, I first used the firewall location indicated by Vans on the plans (on the pilot side). It did not work well at all. After...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-20-2018, 10:08 AM
Replies: 946
Views: 459,768
Posted By Rupester
dwranda, you are a hearty soul! I found 20F was...

dwranda, you are a hearty soul! I found 20F was my lower limit for working in unheated space .... my upper body was fine, but the floor was seemingly 20F lower than that.... my feet became...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-06-2018, 09:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 465
Posted By Rupester
I fully agree with bkervaski. One of my goals...

I fully agree with bkervaski. One of my goals throughout the build was to get all my rivets to be as perfect as the QB rivets. :)
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-04-2018, 08:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,140
Posted By Rupester
I recall substantial adjustment and multiple...

I recall substantial adjustment and multiple assembly points of the stick-control assembly that affected L-R bias on the sticks. My pilot stick is perfectly vertical, but I ran out patience in the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-16-2017, 07:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 863
Posted By Rupester
Have not seen that, but have a couple of builders...

Have not seen that, but have a couple of builders fab new "taller" side skins for the tip up .... to achieve the same result.
Forum: Fiberglass 12-16-2017, 07:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,994
Posted By Rupester
The closet turned out to be bigger than we...

The closet turned out to be bigger than we realized. ;)
Forum: Fiberglass 12-15-2017, 05:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,994
Posted By Rupester
That's an LOL moment if I ever saw one. :D:D:D:D

That's an LOL moment if I ever saw one. :D:D:D:D
Forum: Reviews 12-15-2017, 05:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,781
Posted By Rupester
Top notch!

A few weeks ago, they repaired my Sport EFIS same day they received it and shipped it back overnight express. They had it back in my hands 42 hrs after I took it to the post office.
The needed...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-15-2017, 08:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,995
Posted By Rupester
The GRT EFIS installation manual just happens to...

The GRT EFIS installation manual just happens to have a MP-RPM-%power chart for an O-320. It's used to set up the EFIS for display of % power. I don't have access to my install manual at present,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-11-2017, 09:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 729
Posted By Rupester
Also, know that there is an idle mixture...

Also, know that there is an idle mixture adjustment on the throttle side of the servo ... Generally adjusted to achieve a 40 RPM rise at idle-lean setting. That made a huge difference on mine for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2017, 01:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 820
Posted By Rupester
Same goes for me. :)

Same goes for me. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-06-2017, 11:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,470
Posted By Rupester
Good on ya, man. MANY kudos for taking him up. ...

Good on ya, man. MANY kudos for taking him up. And as you say, pretty soon they will all be gone. :(
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2017, 02:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,308
Posted By Rupester
More than one per day for 21 yrs!

Looking at old copies of the RVator, the oldest “RVs Flying” counter I show is February '97 and it shows 1556 RVs flying. (Later that year, the counter showed 1704 in the August '97 issue.) With...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2017, 02:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,308
Posted By Rupester
BIG place in GA history.....

These total production numbers came from wikipedia:

Navions - 2,634
Cessna 170s - 5,174
Stinson 108s - 5,260
Ercoupes - 5,685
J-3 Cubs - 19,388
Bonanzas - 17,000 (all variations, all years '47 -...
Forum: RV-14 12-01-2017, 11:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,190
Posted By Rupester
Yep .... we all understand, especially the...

Yep .... we all understand, especially the shipping part. The good news is that even with all the crimpers and specialty tools, wire, connectors, fittings, switches, etc; the total cost of wiring is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2017, 03:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,712
Posted By Rupester
The ones I bought from Vans in 2012 were a...

The ones I bought from Vans in 2012 were a terrible fit. I returned them and bought the RV Bits version. They were a MUCH better fit and required almost no modifications. YMMV.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-29-2017, 08:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 784
Posted By Rupester
Wow! I had never seen this Vans "General...

Wow! I had never seen this Vans "General Instructions" manual before! The plans and 'structions on my Nine came with no such handy-manual. I'd have killed for something like this during my build! ...
Forum: Reviews 11-25-2017, 05:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,396
Posted By Rupester
I agree with Widget. Picking GRT for my EFIS...

I agree with Widget. Picking GRT for my EFIS displays was one my better choices. I have been happy with their products and services since Day 1.
A few weeks ago I had the first minor issue with...
Forum: Tools 11-15-2017, 03:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,145
Posted By Rupester
You get your choice of rotary grind stones, with...

You get your choice of rotary grind stones, with or without pilot tip. ( I paid about as much for shipping as I did the stone!)

http://www.permagrit.com/index.php?cPath=69_88
Forum: Tools 11-15-2017, 11:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,145
Posted By Rupester
I second that. Also, make sure you have the...

I second that. Also, make sure you have the right type and angle of cone-shaped stone when it comes to countersinking the plexi. I got my 100 degree stone from Permagrit and it's perfect for that...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-15-2017, 11:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,489
Posted By Rupester
I got my 160HP IO-320 from Aerosport Power in...

I got my 160HP IO-320 from Aerosport Power in 2009, and it has been a wonderful performer in the five years I've been flying. I opted for Slick mag on the left and Lightspeed EI on the right, to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2017, 11:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,512
Posted By Rupester
Zackly! Once again, Dan hits the rivet on the...

Zackly! Once again, Dan hits the rivet on the head. :)

I must say, I've never looked at post counts. I come here to a) get help with specific issues, and b) to offer help in areas where I can. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2017, 10:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 696
Posted By Rupester
You're probably recalling Dan C's builders blog,...

You're probably recalling Dan C's builders blog, one of the very first out there. It was indeed a treasure chest of info for neophyte builders. ( It was a big factor in my decision to build an RV.) ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-12-2017, 09:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,669
Posted By Rupester
Tried LPS early on .... found it gets sticky....

Tried LPS early on .... found it gets sticky. Ugh. Tried lite oil; that seemed to be messy. Settled on the stick version of Boelube; works perfectly. Now on each removal I wipe them off with a rag,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2017, 09:26 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,909
Posted By Rupester
Early on I too struggled with AD4 rivets, despite...

Early on I too struggled with AD4 rivets, despite no problems with 3s. I referred to these very forums waaaaaaay back then, and was told to increase the pressure off my compressor. I goosed it up...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2017, 09:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,910
Posted By Rupester
I built the intake, filter, and alt air exactly...

I built the intake, filter, and alt air exactly as the Sam James 'structions called it out. (vertical intake FI). Yes, it is an alternate intake path, but as pointed out above it does not bypass the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-12-2017, 08:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,103
Posted By Rupester
That task seems a looooooong time ago and I don't...

That task seems a looooooong time ago and I don't remember the precise details. But BillL's description recalls much, if not most of what I did. I can say I too found it nearly impossible to drill...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2017, 07:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 691
Posted By Rupester
This is kind of the ultimate travel tool kit.......

This is kind of the ultimate travel tool kit.... pick and choose as ye see fit. :)

- Toolkit
X Spark Plug sockets (auto and aviation sizes); flex handle
X one new LSEI plug (NGK BR8ES)
X one used...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2017, 05:09 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 16,765
Posted By Rupester
This is a very valid point. I am not instrument...

This is a very valid point. I am not instrument rated; VFR only. Also pretty conservative in the conditions I will fly in. For six years and 3 BFRs no CFI asked me to do simulated instrument work,...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-07-2017, 04:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,754
Posted By Rupester
Decision will fall to the OP, clearly. But he...

Decision will fall to the OP, clearly. But he certainly can't go wrong by choosing GRT. They have a great product with top notch factory support. :)
Forum: Reviews 11-06-2017, 04:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,059
Posted By Rupester
Agreed. The best there is. They're superbly...

Agreed. The best there is. They're superbly knowledgable, seemingly always available, and ever-cheerful. My decision to buy all my Garmin gear from Stein was likely the best decision I made...
Forum: RV-10 11-06-2017, 08:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,145
Posted By Rupester
All my Milspec fasteners were fixed type, not...

All my Milspec fasteners were fixed type, not floating. They are, nevertheless, adjustable for depth.
I did NOT use all the fasteners in my kit. I recall I had 4 left over. (They must be buried in...
Forum: RV-10 11-04-2017, 03:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,145
Posted By Rupester
Not trying to sound like a smart a**, but I...

Not trying to sound like a smart a**, but I followed the instructions that came with my MIlspec kit and had no problems. IIRC, I center drilled 1/8" Center holes in the .050 strip at each fastener...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2017, 01:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,958
Posted By Rupester
I concur with lr172. I have 370 hrs on mine and...

I concur with lr172. I have 370 hrs on mine and it looks like the day I installed it.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-01-2017, 01:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,657
Posted By Rupester
Hugest congrats to you! That experience is a...

Hugest congrats to you! That experience is a thrill only homebuilders can understand. :D:D:D:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2017, 08:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,445
Posted By Rupester
I hear ya, dudes .... I hear ya. I was regularly...

I hear ya, dudes .... I hear ya. I was regularly sore as h*ll from all the contorting when I was building my bird. But it was 11 long years ago that I started the build. Now - in my "advancing...
Forum: Reviews 10-28-2017, 10:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 837
Posted By Rupester
Follow-up

I sent the unit out Thursday afternoon at 3:45PM. The repaired PFD was delivered to my door this morning (Saturday) at 9:30AM. That's just under 42 hrs total time. (Credit also goes to USPS for...
Forum: Reviews 10-27-2017, 05:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 837
Posted By Rupester
BIG shout-out to GRT!!!!

Yesterday my GRT PFD (pilot side) would not boot up. First problem in 5+ years of flying. I called GRT; they said to assure the unit had solid power and ground. If that checked out OK, ship it to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2017, 05:22 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,039
Posted By Rupester
Good reminder ...

This thread is a good reminder - and a way to educate the uneducated. Propblast etiquette was never mentioned or taught by my otherwise excellent original flight instructor. I had never thought...
Forum: COMM 09-13-2017, 09:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,414
Posted By Rupester
Interesting how common this issue turns out to...

Interesting how common this issue turns out to be. Til now I had never seen or heard of the "problem". I have to think my system has been doing this from the get-go, just never noticed before.
Forum: COMM 09-11-2017, 08:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,414
Posted By Rupester
Thanks for the info Bevan .... very interesting. ...

Thanks for the info Bevan .... very interesting. I too have GRT gear - 4000 Engine Monitor and dual Sport displays. For comm I use an SL-30. What you say makes sense (.... well, as much sense as...
Forum: COMM 09-11-2017, 06:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,414
Posted By Rupester
PTT causes EGT displays to change ... ???

The other day I noticed for the first time that when transmitted on the comm frequency, the EGTs all changed. Huh? When I let up on the PTT button, all the EGTs returned to their former temps. I...
Forum: RV-10 08-20-2017, 01:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,465
Posted By Rupester
A bit of Phillips History? (pun intended)

Early in my engineering career I was told by a wisened old dude that Phillips screws were explicitly designed to "torque out", i.e. have a slipping point to limit the amount of torque that could be...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-17-2017, 12:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,055
Posted By Rupester
What's the "normal" voltage drop across the...

What's the "normal" voltage drop across the master solenoid? ( In general, I would assume close to zero.)
.... how about it's current consumption?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-16-2017, 03:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,055
Posted By Rupester
Master Solenoid issue?

My mysterious varying low voltage problem has returned. Argggghhh.

Today I began by checking voltage at several points:
At EFIS#1 per the GRT display, master on - 11.4V (Hmmmm.)
Across the...
Forum: Midwest 06-25-2017, 02:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 875
Posted By Rupester
I fly into VLL to see my daughter on a fairly...

I fly into VLL to see my daughter on a fairly regular basis. As indicated, it is hard to spot till you get close. If you need a rental car, Enterprise's office is immediately adjacent to the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-12-2017, 12:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,142
Posted By Rupester
Not sure about speed impact, but Rejex is the...

Not sure about speed impact, but Rejex is the greatest stuff ever for making easy bug removal. I use it on leading edges and all the "buggy" surfaces on the RV, and all my cars. GREAT stuff!:D
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