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Old 10-11-2017, 10:03 PM
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The parts are now on the web store list:

12 NOSE FORK CONVERSION ------ 325.00

12 NOSE WHL FAIRING CONVERSION ----- 20.00
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:40 PM
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Everybody send me your old fork which I will be happy to recycle.
Ill even pay for shipping.
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Old 10-12-2017, 11:25 AM
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Thanks, Tony.

Jetguy, if I owned the shipping company Id take you up on that offer!😝
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:55 PM
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Tony, thanks for posting this. I'm motivated to implement the SB preemptively now. That's quite a difference in fork design - looks a lot more beefy.
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Old 10-12-2017, 06:24 PM
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Finished up the fairing conversion today.
The template included with the kit is for match drilling the new brackets for the mounting bolts.



Matching drilling brackets for the doubler rivets:



Dimpling and countersinking done for riveting the doublers, flush on the bottom. Some of the #40 holes are very close to the bend in the brackets and I had to grind some metal from the dimpling die to get those:



In order to make an easy job harder, I used a thin coating of fuel tank sealant between the brackets and the doublers. It looked like an area where moisture and corrosion would be likely:



The fork and fairing conversion completed and fits well, as expected.

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Old 10-12-2017, 09:19 PM
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Tony, I noticed weights on both sides of your nose wheel, did you have a bad shimmy?
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Old 10-13-2017, 09:43 AM
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Shimmy? - You mean like a Cessna? No, the weights are just to balance the nose wheel.
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Old 10-14-2017, 02:14 PM
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Tony,
As always, very helpful and much appreciated!
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I see where Tony has attached his nose wheel balance weights to the rim of the wheel. I chose to place the self-adhesive weights inside of the wheel hub assembly so that centripetal force helps to keep them in place. There are three structural ribs inside the nose wheel that tend to get in the way of accurately placing the weights but it is doable. You can bend a slight curve in the weights so that they fit the inner surface of the wheel hub. I use a HF motorcycle balancing rig for my tire/wheel balancing and it works well.
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Old 10-17-2017, 03:27 PM
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Installed the new heavy duty nose wheel fork. Easy work and no surprises. I used waterproof boat trailer grease on the bushings, new belleville cupped washers and a new bull nut.
Hey Tony!
I see that you replaced the belleville washers and the bull nut. Was this on principle, or did you detect a problem?

I was about to start my upgrade, when I noted that no belleville washers, bull nut, or fork swivel stop machine screws were included in the new kit. My plan is to have my RV-12 down for a short a time as possible. Should I order these? Anything else that I should order before starting that you an think of?

Thanks..........Tom
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