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Old 08-20-2018, 11:51 AM
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Default My SB 14-12-06 experience

So, during our condition inspection I checked the bearing bracket brace for cracks, as usual... and there it was. A big ol' horizontal crack. Nuts!

So, for whoever at Van's designed this particular part of the airplane... I'm really sorry for all the bad things I said. Heat of battle and all that, you know. I'm sure it's simple to install all this stuff while the airplane is being built, and you never imagined some wheezing, sweating, chubby old guy would have to spend a couple hours contorted into a VERY uncomfortable position to drill it out and replace it.

I don't know how widespread these cracks are, but it was pretty impressive and I'm glad I was checking it every year per the SB.
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Old 08-20-2018, 12:38 PM
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Yeah, it was a pain, but actually easier than I anticipated to remove the old rivets and bracket. It helped that I had the rear window out for replacement.
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Old 08-20-2018, 12:49 PM
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Like you, I have not replaced, but instead do inspection annually on this SB.

Is it possible to post a picture of the actual crack so I know better what to look for?
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Old 08-20-2018, 01:11 PM
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Sure, I'll get a couple of pics when I'm at the hangar again tonight (assuming I'm not on this "emergency" work call for the rest of my natural life). The location is pretty much exactly as shown in the SB, opposite side I think. In the last couple of inspections I'd used a borescope to get a close up look; this year I didn't need it. I found it on the right side... it was pretty obvious.
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Old 08-21-2018, 02:58 PM
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Does fuel tank need to be removed to drill out old parts and install new flap bracket SB? I have split baggage floor and 2-pc rear bulkhead.
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Old 08-21-2018, 10:24 PM
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Itís been awhile since I did it, but I did pull my tank when I did the mod. I also split the baggage floor and bulkhead when I had the tank out. Even if you can do it with the tank in it is certainly easier with the tank out of the way.
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