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Old 06-20-2019, 08:06 AM
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Default New engine mount and nose gear option for RV-7A/9A kits

Van's has announced availability of a new option for the RV-7A and RV-9A, which allows builders to choose to install a new engine mount and nose gear leg design based on the RV-14A/RV-10, should they wish. The original design mount and leg remains available to order. More detailed information about this option is available in the announcement on the Van's web site.

For aircraft owners who might wish to retrofit the new mount and gear system to an existing airplane, we have published a document describing the new system and the various potential issues and complexities involved in a retrofit project. That document also includes some details and results related to the change on the factoryís RV-9A demonstrator aircraft, which has been flying with the new mount/gear system in place since earlier this year. This information can be found in Service Letter 19-04-30 on the Vanís Aircraft web site.

People interested in seeing the new mount and gear in-person can come by the Vanís Aircraft booth during the AirVenture in Oshkosh in July. We'll have a QB fuselage there with the new mount and gear attached.
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Old 06-20-2019, 08:28 AM
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Question Great news!

This modification remedies one of the biggest weaknesses I see in the 7/9A airframe.

Louvers for additional cooling and now an improved nose gear. What are you guys working on and will you bring it to OSH?
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Old 06-20-2019, 08:58 AM
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Excellent!

This remedies a long-term issue with the 9A, whether you want to call it perceived or real. Thanks for listening to the unwashed masses and doing something about it.
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Old 06-20-2019, 09:08 AM
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OK VAF community-

I am at the mounting the cowl phase (engine is hung and mostly plumbed), but this looks very appealing. I am fortunate enough to be less than an hour from Vans so I could run down and grab it in less than an hours drive.

Thinking I should add a little time/money/complexity to the build and do this now.

I know ultimately up to me, but thoughts?
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Old 06-20-2019, 09:41 AM
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Default New nose gear

Wow. Perfect timing. Just getting ready to start the notor mount.
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Old 06-20-2019, 10:21 AM
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Hey All-

Just talked to the fine folks at Vans. Looks like it is $2999 for the kit and they are gearing up for them now so should be available for retro fitting kits soon.

I think for $3K and a month or two of delayed build time I am going to keep my standard Canadian nose wheel/mount at least for now.
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Old 06-20-2019, 11:43 AM
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Just talked to Vans as well. If you have a recent finish kit and exchange your engine mount and nose leg the price only goes down to $2245. Would love to do this upgrade but I don't think the value added will be worth another 2500 or so with shipping. Also was told the lead time is 1 to 2 months.
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Old 06-20-2019, 11:56 AM
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I figure $3K is 1/83 of my RV10 build cost
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Old 06-20-2019, 12:02 PM
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I still have my mount and gear leg in the box from Vans. Perfect timing if I want to do the upgrade, but that is a lot of money. Iíll really have to think about this one.
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I see what you did there.

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Hey All-

Just talked to the fine folks at Vans. Looks like it is $2999 for the kit and they are gearing up for them now so should be available for retro fitting kits soon.
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