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Old 01-14-2019, 08:18 AM
Renzo Corvetta Renzo Corvetta is offline
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Default Landing gear

I have a question to all fellow builders with a tricycle gear model (A).

I am in the process of assembling my landing gear. After tightening to prescribed torque values the four bolts (two each side) "squeezing" the landing gear leg (U-01401) between the steel brackets (U-01402 and U-01403) I still see a gap. Actually, I can even peek to the shanks of the bolts between bracket and bearing surface. It feels strange but the apparently is correct that way.
Can you comfort me? Did you observe the same picture on yours?

PS: I tried to load a picture to this thread but I could not manage it. Too stupid?
Renzo Corvetta
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Old 01-14-2019, 08:57 AM
Logan Logan is offline
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Hi, Renzo,

We have a gap in ours, too, between the brackets. I assume that this ensures that the gear leg is properly squeezed between the brackets. If the brackets were touching, then some of the clamping force would be "wasted" on the brackets pushing against each other.

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Old 01-14-2019, 10:10 AM
rvbuilder2002 rvbuilder2002 is offline
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A gap is normal for the reason that Logan mentioned.
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Old 01-14-2019, 07:58 PM
salto salto is offline
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The gap is normal so as not to create a stress point on the spring steel.
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