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Old 01-10-2019, 05:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Toobuilder View Post
But if the -3 is like the -4 and Rocket and features the central keel, then you are going to have almost no room for your feet once you add the -8 gear towers. At least the -8 has the center of the floor free and its still intrusive.
So switch to one-piece gear, requiring outboard structure only.
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:04 AM
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Certainly an option. My neighbor had an RV-4 converted to a nosewheel and it featured a Grove style spring gear for the mains. Worked just fine.
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Old 01-10-2019, 10:13 AM
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Background: built/flew an RV-8 for 400 hours, then built/flew an RV-3B for 300 hours. Based on that experience I much prefer the RV-3/4 rod landing gear. Somehow it feels better, is more forgiving, and frankly I like the swept back looks as well.

The structure required in the fuselage for -8 style gear would be considerable and I can't imagine how it could be retrofitted with proper strength integrity without a boatload of heavy structure.

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Old 01-10-2019, 11:31 AM
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I agree with the 'Rod Gear' crowd. I built an RV-8, my wife has an RV-4. I fly them both.
I wish my RV-8 had the rod gear, the landing and ground handling are better, and I could "MAN SPREAD" in comfort on those long flights.. without those gear towers taking up leg room and generally being in the way when I work around the consoles and panel.
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