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Forum: Northwest Today, 05:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 90
Posted By Toobuilder
Are you looking for experience with the efii...

Are you looking for experience with the efii "brand", or electronic fuel injection in general?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-14-2019, 11:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 330
Posted By Toobuilder
Agree that a mechanical gage should be plumbed it...

Agree that a mechanical gage should be plumbed it to see if it agrees with the electric. THEN start troublehooting the engine.
Forum: Rocket 09-09-2019, 11:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 518
Posted By Toobuilder
To the OP- keep in mind that the canopy height is...

To the OP- keep in mind that the canopy height is somewhat builder specific. Mine is pretty low.

Concerning the engine/prop - Rockets have a unique blade twist (the "J" blade) compared to the run...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 09-07-2019, 04:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 920
Posted By Toobuilder
We do Vegas a bunch and have been using VGT for...

We do Vegas a bunch and have been using VGT for the last few years. That said, we stay downtown so it's an easy Uber ride.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-30-2019, 08:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 382
Posted By Toobuilder
Thumbs up Option 1 worked! Thanks!

Option 1 worked!

Thanks!
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-29-2019, 10:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 382
Posted By Toobuilder
Question Help! Foreflight "Stuck" on Binders Page

I have a full size iPad for my wife and a mini for me up front. The full size unit has somehow found the Documents > Binders function and I can't navigate back out. No problem on the mini, as the...
Forum: Rocket 08-28-2019, 01:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,139
Posted By Toobuilder
Concerning the canopy- In my case I have a stout...

Concerning the canopy- In my case I have a stout locking prop rod which holds the canopy securely open. Since I have EFI, there's none of that typical high power hot start nonsense. It just starts...
Forum: Rocket 08-26-2019, 02:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,139
Posted By Toobuilder
Did another 1.5 today. Put together a short clip...

Did another 1.5 today. Put together a short clip of my fuel quick turn and how the SDS EFI handles a heatsoak event. Flawless:

https://youtu.be/Je0-Apg5JdM

Oil consumption is coming down though I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2019, 12:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,332
Posted By Toobuilder
Ignition timing should be set to make maximum...

Ignition timing should be set to make maximum power. Cooling should be designed to remove heat from the engine. Hobbling the engine with retarded timing to reduce power so that it will cool...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2019, 08:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,010
Posted By Toobuilder
I'm on photobucket and just can't seem to find...

I'm on photobucket and just can't seem to find the "IMG" code that allows imbedded images in the board. Seems like all the other options are there but every time I try the IMG code it gives me a...
Forum: Rocket 08-25-2019, 09:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,139
Posted By Toobuilder
Mark -I'm with all new fairings, but the leg...

Mark -I'm with all new fairings, but the leg fairing alignment is a holdover from the prior configuration. So, I'm not sure if "optimal". I plan to do an oil streak or yarn test to see if they are...
Forum: Rocket 08-25-2019, 12:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,139
Posted By Toobuilder
Thanks Gents. Flew over to IYK this am to put...

Thanks Gents.

Flew over to IYK this am to put more time on the engine. Had a nice visit with Axel ant then put the SDS EFI to the test with a thoroughly heat soaked engine start. OAT was already...
Forum: Rocket 08-24-2019, 12:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,139
Posted By Toobuilder
Rocket Return to Flight

Just completed a proper test flight on the Rocket one week shy of 3 years since last flight. No major issues. Was most worried about keeping new cylinders cool enough for break in (August, So Cal...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2019, 07:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,794
Posted By Toobuilder
No. Just no.

No. Just no.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2019, 10:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,794
Posted By Toobuilder
Just keep in mind that keeping oil "on" the cam...

Just keep in mind that keeping oil "on" the cam is different than creating the hydrodynamic wedge of oil that keeps the lifters "off" the lobes of the cam. One is an anti corrosion technique and the...
Forum: RV-14 08-16-2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 975
Posted By Toobuilder
Thanks Marvin for the clarification. I've never...

Thanks Marvin for the clarification. I've never seen RV-14 baffles and just assumed they were continuing with the same deficiency as legacy models. Good to see that they have addressed this.
Forum: RV-14 08-16-2019, 09:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 975
Posted By Toobuilder
The fix is simple - bypass ducts on #2 and #3 to...

The fix is simple - bypass ducts on #2 and #3 to fix the zero fin depth issue.

LOTS of threads here on the subject.
Forum: ADS-B 08-15-2019, 10:30 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,698
Posted By Toobuilder
A guy I worked with was one of these early...

A guy I worked with was one of these early adopters of the FA offering. A normally well reasoned, highly intelligent individual, he quickly got sucked into the conspiracy theory vortex. Every...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-12-2019, 09:25 PM
Replies: 309
Views: 55,672
Posted By Toobuilder
If you are in fact cruising at 25 degrees advance...

If you are in fact cruising at 25 degrees advance as your baseline, then activating the LOP feature will show you 5+ knots increase in speed, a 5-10 increase in CHT (which will help, because you will...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-04-2019, 06:22 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 17,823
Posted By Toobuilder
An updated Rocket with a TSIO550 that can do 225+...

An updated Rocket with a TSIO550 that can do 225+ KTAS is the ticket. Give me a comfortable, fast tandem with LONG legs and my wife and I are IN!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2019, 08:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,382
Posted By Toobuilder
After the servo repair, but before you grind on...

After the servo repair, but before you grind on the starter any more (and wipe away ALL lube on the cam), make sure you perform an injector flow test. This will exercise the fuel system and verify...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-03-2019, 06:01 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 17,177
Posted By Toobuilder
The SDS covers come with new hardware.

The SDS covers come with new hardware.
Forum: Rocket 07-31-2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,267
Posted By Toobuilder
Just renewed my policy after a 3 year rebuild. ...

Just renewed my policy after a 3 year rebuild. Given all the talk of skyrocketing rates I was expecting the worst. Given that, I'm:

PP-SEL
1300 TT
900 TW
340 MM

$700 Liability only
I've been with...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-30-2019, 08:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 656
Posted By Toobuilder
Concerning heat/fire issues with the conventional...

Concerning heat/fire issues with the conventional hose placement - the hoses are most certainly going to have firesleeve protection, so that takes case of the IR off the pipes which is going to be...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-29-2019, 03:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 656
Posted By Toobuilder
Some random thoughts in no particular order: The...

Some random thoughts in no particular order:

The closer you keep the plumbing to the "typical" RV, the less rework you will have to do down the road.

EFI is essentially unaffected by heat, so...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-27-2019, 09:42 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 20,125
Posted By Toobuilder
Is the System 32 actually flying, or is it still...

Is the System 32 actually flying, or is it still vaporware?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-27-2019, 09:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,741
Posted By Toobuilder
Interesting development with Lyc tied to the hip...

Interesting development with Lyc tied to the hip via TCDS with unique advance schedules for each engine type. It won't be long before the "proprietary" advance map is common knowledge and we can see...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-27-2019, 02:27 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 20,125
Posted By Toobuilder
To be fair though, there is some confusion about...

To be fair though, there is some confusion about "programability". Some believe that the curve shift offered on the Pmag qualifies, but it's not the same as the SDS stuff. It's a grey area we need...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-27-2019, 02:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,741
Posted By Toobuilder
If by "starting", you mean engine start, the MP...

If by "starting", you mean engine start, the MP line has little to do with that. All ignitions need to have a "start retard" mode to prevent kickback. This typically is sensed by low RPM or a...
Forum: GPS 07-26-2019, 08:28 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 39,405
Posted By Toobuilder
Will the GNX 375 control a GTR 20 through the...

Will the GNX 375 control a GTR 20 through the touch screen?
Forum: Rocket 07-25-2019, 08:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,673
Posted By Toobuilder
4 months late Mike?!!! You are slipping!

4 months late Mike?!!!

You are slipping!
Forum: Rocket 07-25-2019, 08:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 415
Posted By Toobuilder
The Rocket props have a unique twist in the blade...

The Rocket props have a unique twist in the blade (J blade?) Due to the higher cruise speed. Aztruck props will cost you many knots.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-23-2019, 09:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 477
Posted By Toobuilder
To add to Mike's answer, the rear facing numbers...

To add to Mike's answer, the rear facing numbers line up with the TOP of the case.
Forum: Rocket 07-20-2019, 10:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 656
Posted By Toobuilder
I pull a vacuum on the top of the reservoir, the...

I pull a vacuum on the top of the reservoir, the bleeder line in a can of fluid. Crack the bleeder line and it will suck a solid slug of fluid in seconds. Takes a bit to set up, but the bleed...
Forum: Rocket 07-15-2019, 08:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,193
Posted By Toobuilder
Yep. In a Rocket, the third bounce takes out the...

Yep. In a Rocket, the third bounce takes out the prop. Easy to land, but early in the game you NEVER try to "save" a botched one.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2019, 05:54 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,032
Posted By Toobuilder
This is, has been and looks to continue to be a...

This is, has been and looks to continue to be a "buyers market". This IS the crash you are looking for. Despite the high end dreamers you see on BS and TaP, Rockets are not mainstream and their...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2019, 06:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 648
Posted By Toobuilder
Build and install bypass ducts for #2 and 3,...

Build and install bypass ducts for #2 and 3, rework (bend/tweak) the intercylinder baffles so they actually fit, then seal them with speed tape and RTV, seal EVERY gap in the baffles with speed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2019, 06:37 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,032
Posted By Toobuilder
You might get lucky. A neighbor recently...

You might get lucky. A neighbor recently purchased a nicely done HR-2 project that was 99% knocked together (it was even painted) for about $10k, and combined that with a low time 540 from a ground...
Forum: Rocket 07-12-2019, 09:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,193
Posted By Toobuilder
Not to be flippant, but you only need to know two...

Not to be flippant, but you only need to know two things with a Rocket :

1. Go easy on the brakes

2. If the landing isn't perfect, go around.
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-12-2019, 06:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 439
Posted By Toobuilder
Have you opened it up and looked at the brushes...

Have you opened it up and looked at the brushes and com? I just put new brushes in mine and cleaned the com. The brushes were still good but showed a bunch of wear for the 350 hours I had on it. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2019, 10:01 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,032
Posted By Toobuilder
The SDS EFI solution is not an issue. Arguably...

The SDS EFI solution is not an issue. Arguably it's no more complex than a typical FI system, just "different". If you can read Sikorsky tech pubs, you can install SDS EFI.

Also, if you think you...
Forum: Rocket 07-11-2019, 07:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,193
Posted By Toobuilder
No kidding. The Rocket has nearly a 200 knot...

No kidding. The Rocket has nearly a 200 knot spread between stall and Vne. That's some real "utility" the Husky can't touch.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2019, 01:56 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,032
Posted By Toobuilder
There is more to the 8 vs Rocket debate than...

There is more to the 8 vs Rocket debate than performance. They are vastly different ergonomicly. I (and my wife) strongly prefer the Rocket but again, YOU need seat time. Don't make a "paper"...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2019, 09:53 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,032
Posted By Toobuilder
Plenty of debate on the -8 vs Rocket on this...

Plenty of debate on the -8 vs Rocket on this site, but there really is no substitute for seat time in both. Suggest you fly a Rocket first though. The -8 is so good that you might just think...
Forum: Rocket 07-11-2019, 07:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,193
Posted By Toobuilder
Congrats indeed. Hope you like it as much as I...

Congrats indeed. Hope you like it as much as I like mine. Only downside is it will ruin you for pretty much every other airplane.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-09-2019, 08:55 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,922
Posted By Toobuilder
The intakes are hand layups of carbon over...

The intakes are hand layups of carbon over tooling foam. I added the rings and inner ducts after the main plenum was complete. Kind of a kludge, actually. I changed directions a few times before I...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-09-2019, 06:36 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,922
Posted By Toobuilder
Thanks. Let's hope it cools as well in the real...

Thanks. Let's hope it cools as well in the real world as it does in my mind! :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2019, 06:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,398
Posted By Toobuilder
My experience with Lightspeed is stellar. They...

My experience with Lightspeed is stellar. They warrantied a 14 year old set of Zulus that had batteries leak and destroy the box. Repaired at no charge! I'm a fan.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-09-2019, 06:10 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,067
Posted By Toobuilder
Did I miss it in the thread, but what does the...

Did I miss it in the thread, but what does the suction screen look like?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2019, 02:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,293
Posted By Toobuilder
The "drag reduction" claim needs data to...

The "drag reduction" claim needs data to confirm.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-09-2019, 02:04 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,922
Posted By Toobuilder
Finally have the engine "flight ready", and since...

Finally have the engine "flight ready", and since it's never going to be this clean again I figured I'd post pictures. This shows the hinge installation well. Takes about 10 seconds to get the lid...
Forum: RV-10 07-02-2019, 08:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 678
Posted By Toobuilder
I use self adhesive weatherstripping from the...

I use self adhesive weatherstripping from the aviation department of the big box stores. Comes in all widths and thicknesses. Just did it to my Rocket tonight, in fact.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-28-2019, 11:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,369
Posted By Toobuilder
If the prop pulls stiff on all 4 cylinders then...

If the prop pulls stiff on all 4 cylinders then the condition cleared itself or there is a significant induction leak. Boot, or more likely a dried out gasket. If it's the gasket then you might...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-27-2019, 03:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,369
Posted By Toobuilder
With enough RPM even a weak cylinder will...

With enough RPM even a weak cylinder will generate enough compression to fire. Could be as simple as a chunk of carbon holding the valve off the seat. A compression test will pinpoint the source of...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-27-2019, 03:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,369
Posted By Toobuilder
Stuck valve or broken ring lands. Pull the prop...

Stuck valve or broken ring lands. Pull the prop through by hand and I'll bet one cylinder is soft.

Do you have the jumpers in the Pmags?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-18-2019, 01:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,675
Posted By Toobuilder
Sure more advance means more CHT, just like more...

Sure more advance means more CHT, just like more throttle means more CHT. That's not to say more CHT is "bad" so long as the engine is running at best power for conditions. Said another way, yes,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-18-2019, 10:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,675
Posted By Toobuilder
True, but the byproduct of LOP ops is...

True, but the byproduct of LOP ops is significantly cooler CHT. Even in the RV-8 I struggle to keep the temps warm enough. In this case the added heat from more power (optimum advance) should be...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-17-2019, 10:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,675
Posted By Toobuilder
Yours is a tough question to answer because...

Yours is a tough question to answer because "optimal" IS subjective. Two nearly universal truths I've found:
1. Best power at LOP is very "peaky", but is unlikely to hurt the engine if even...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-17-2019, 06:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,675
Posted By Toobuilder
I can't talk to the "other" reports, but I can...

I can't talk to the "other" reports, but I can say that the ability to adjust timing "on the fly" is almost exclusively limited to the SDS products. I have that product and have repeatedly...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-17-2019, 03:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,675
Posted By Toobuilder
It's the mixture setting that defines the power. ...

It's the mixture setting that defines the power. That's why peak or LOP is considered "economy" operation. That said, the best timing is that which provides the most work for a given mixture. The...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-16-2019, 06:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,675
Posted By Toobuilder
Yes. pulling timing back when rich and low costs...

Yes. pulling timing back when rich and low costs you very little power in exchange for more detonation margin. It's a good bargain in my book.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-16-2019, 10:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,078
Posted By Toobuilder
A 150W stick on sump heater has served me well...

A 150W stick on sump heater has served me well for years. About $30 from Amazon
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