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Old 04-30-2018, 11:32 PM
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Default Nose gear leg fairing

Looking for some good pix of the nose gear leg fairing installed. I have done the initial cut as it is marked on the fairing and it looks like it is leaving more of a gap that needs to. Also, I am not clear how much forward it should be mounted. There are markings to use as guide but on the first look it appear to be too forward.
Would be great to see some pix of an install to see the finish product
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Old 05-01-2018, 05:28 AM
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I just installed mine and used the factory cut lines and the factory marks for the #12 holes at the top and the #19 (I think) holes at the bottom for the bolts into the nutplates and everything lined up pretty well with the wheel pant. Not sure what you mean by too far fwd? I will try and post a couple pics later today.
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Old 05-01-2018, 08:13 AM
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I just installed mine and used the factory cut lines and the factory marks for the #12 holes at the top and the #19 (I think) holes at the bottom for the bolts into the nutplates and everything lined up pretty well with the wheel pant. Not sure what you mean by too far fwd? I will try and post a couple pics later today.
Thank you Chris.

When I line up the upper and lower bolt holes location per plan, I have more than 1/8" gap between the fairing and the wheel pants. Considering that I still need to clean sand the bottom part, the gap will only get bigger.
How much gap do you have between the wheel pants and the fairing?
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The nose wheel fairing has to be installed, and then turned to the L & R travel stops to see what amount of clearance is actually required.
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Scott,

Is it okay to delay the nose wheel fairing install and leave the aluminum cowl bottom close-out off for initial flight tests?

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Old 05-01-2018, 08:38 AM
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There should be on flight characteristics problems.
Nose fairing on would reduce drag a measurable amount and possibly help with engine cooling if your initial testing is in hot weather.
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Thanks!

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I tried to upload some photos of my nose gear fairing, but Tinypics failed me today.

I cut to the plans, and then ended up trimming a bit more. As Scott indicated, the geometry of the gear closes up the gap at the extremes of the turn and you need the clearance.

Regarding flying, I flew off much of my Phase I without gear leg fairings - adding fiberglass as I finished it. However, I did install the close out on the bottom cowl as I was concerned about the cowl edge flapping/vibratingand wanted the sniffle drain supported.
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However, I did install the close out on the bottom cowl as I was concerned about the cowl edge flapping/vibratingand wanted the sniffle drain supported.
I agree, the close out should be installed for flight.
I forgot that it is not in two pieces like the RV-10, and was thinking Bill was just talking about the fwd portion.
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Thanks all for chiming in. I have noticed on the nose wheel pants that more clearance is needed for the L&R turns then straight and would imagine the same would apply for the gear fairing. Just trying to get the cleanest look without interference.

Second question that I have been wondering... since I don't have the cowl installed yet (way to go to get to that portion yet), has anyone created/installed an upper intersection fairing for the nose gear or the aluminum part gives it a very clean look?
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