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Old 06-13-2018, 06:49 PM
vetterman vetterman is offline
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The intent of the original question was directed at A models whereas the nose gear A frame and exhaust pipes occupy much of the exit area-plugging up the exit area. By moving the pipes outward which is only @ 4 inches it opens up that crowded area. The redesign of the current crossover system for vertical sump setups reduces both crossover bends from 105 degrees to 90 degrees. Simple to do during fabricating a system.
One more note of interest. The turndowns offered as an option for the RV-8 only do to the tunnel design and exhaust pulsing on it.
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Old 06-14-2018, 07:10 AM
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Originally Posted by dtw_rv6 View Post
Would it capture the intent of your design if I were to shell out the existing outlet bump? That would eliminate the large flat area on my exit plug. Or are you implying that the exhaust tubes need to be much further apart (as in straight down from the cylinder ports)? My glasswork isn't necessarily pretty, but I'm working on it. The real issue for me would be custom exhaust fabrication.

However, now that I'm thinking of it, that might make for a very clean exit path for the cooling air -- straight back and down.
Larry and I think so too.

It's not really a design, but rather a concept. If developed further, yes, I would shrink the inlet scoop body as much as possible, and remove all of the outlet "coal shovel", leaving the least possible bump fairing for the nose gear.

Originally Posted by vetterman View Post
One more note of interest. The turndowns offered as an option for the RV-8 only do to the tunnel design and exhaust pulsing on it.
That would be another case of your design desires being compromised by stock airframe considerations. Swapping the aluminum ramp for a one piece SS ramp, then damping the backside of the ramp and the first belly panel allows a slash cut tailpipe. Best way to damp the rearmost rivet in the floor stiffener (the one that cracks the skin) is to drill a .25" hole in the floor just above it and inject a small blob of Firebarrier 2000 into the enclosed space.
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Old 07-11-2018, 07:17 AM
Pittsartist Pittsartist is offline
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Originally Posted by Zazoos View Post
Vetterman Crossover Exhaust on an 0320 with a 0360 scoop. In the following 3 pictures you can see the exhaust tips point towards one another. The closer the tips point towards one another the greater clearance I have at the exit from cowling. The picture with the tips furthest apart have about 1/2 inch clearance to the cowling at the exit.

I was thinking the exhaust would point more straight back. Am I missing something or does this look correct?

I appreciate the input.

Here's my aircraft - I0-320 with Vetterman x over. (the centre pipe is the Christian "overboard" pipe)

[IMG]_MG_0715 by WIGY TV, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Old 08-05-2018, 02:13 PM
dtw_rv6 dtw_rv6 is offline
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Okay, finally getting around to making my prior plug a little better. I haven't downloaded my EFIS data for hard data comparison, but I am definitely feeling a difference in climb performance with the plug I made versus without. This modification should cut down on the frontal area drag also.


I just started on the actual modification today. I ran out of water and time today, so I'll do layups tomorrow night. Hopefully it won't be 100F outside then

Cut the existing cowl:

Inside view:

Roughing in the formers:

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