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Old 09-16-2017, 05:52 AM
TShort TShort is online now
 
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I'm planning to replace the starter during the panel rebuild this winter - currently have the Skytec -LS, and was planning to swap to the -NL.

Does anyone have experience with the B&C starter? Is it a drop in replacement? How is it performancewise? Any weight benefit? (I can't seem to find weight specs on their web site)

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Old 09-16-2017, 06:29 AM
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I'm planning to replace the starter during the panel rebuild this winter - currently have the Skytec -LS, and was planning to swap to the -NL.

Does anyone have experience with the B&C starter? Is it a drop in replacement? How is it performancewise? Any weight benefit? (I can't seem to find weight specs on their web site)

Thanks
I replaced the broken Skytec Lightweight starter on my RV-8 with the B&C starter.

In my case it wasn't a drop in replacement. I had to modify my snorkel and buy a different mixture lever with a greater offset in order to clear the starter. With my Bendix FI it was a tight fit.

Performance comparison? In my experiemce the B&C spins the prop on the first attempt and spins it faster. Starts great. The SkyTec required 2-3 bumps before it would turn.

No weight benefit in my case. I think I gained a pound. For me it was worth it.

Call B&C. I think you'll be impressed with their customer service. I am.
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Old 09-16-2017, 06:42 AM
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Although I am not flying yet, the customer service at B&C is second to none...highly recommended.
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Old 09-16-2017, 01:17 PM
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Thanks for the replies.

I've no doubt B&C is a great company ... have read lots of positive reviews.

I know the -NL starter is used by lots of the -10 owners, but haven't heard reviews of the B&C unit.

If it requires redo of baffles, etc or other stuff, it's a no go for me (too many other projects, and the panel will be work enough) ... but if it is a drop in fit and is a better unit I might consider it.
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Old 09-16-2017, 01:45 PM
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The B&C starter is a drop in for an RV-10 with no change - I've used them in 2 RV-10s.
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Old 09-16-2017, 03:54 PM
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Years ago I gave up on my LS starter after nearly leaving me stranded with a approaching tornado. I replace it with a B&C and never looked back. The B&C has never let me down.
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Old 09-16-2017, 06:27 PM
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I asked the same question some number of years ago. On this forum there seemed to be a strong leaning toward Skytec. When I asked on another type club builders forum I received some very informative responses. I think the most convincing was the high-time builder who indicated he installed the B&C on his new engine and new aircraft. The engine was removed at TBO and overhauled with the B&C just bolted back on the engine. At that time he had put something like 400 hours on his overhauled engine and the B&C was still going strong with something in excess of 2800 hours since new, and never touched other than removal and re-installation when the engine was overhauled.

BTW the reason I was asking this same question was because I had sold my brand new Skytec 149LS starter to an RV8 pilot who was stranded at our field on a Sunday morning when his Skytec broke. It was the typical break - a crack in the aluminum nose casting. I've since seen several that have gone this same way.

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Old 09-16-2017, 08:01 PM
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FWIW - I started with a B7C unit in 1994 & at 2000 replaced engine. Contacted B&C re refurbish & after some pictures & questions they said it was good to continue without any work. It now has 2300 + hrs & still going strong
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