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Old 11-07-2017, 07:34 AM
TS Flightlines TS Flightlines is offline
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Scott, this is one of those never ending debates. OE parts verses aftermarket parts. WE all know MANY RV's, including RV10's, built and flying that are stock. They are safe, reliable aircraft built with the mind set of using what Vans applied to therir prototype aircraft.
There are many RV's that are built and flying with aftermartket parts too. Strictly the option of the builder of course. Many use different engines, avionics, interiors, fuel systems, and yes plumbing systems. Whether these accessories are any more reliable, functional or offer a superior benefit to the aircraft is a never ending debate, and yes some flame wars.

My .02 cents worth is to see what you want out of your plane. Then go see alot of different RV10's. Local fly in's, Sun N Fun, Oshkosh, perhaps even a trip to Vans themselves and see how these planes are the same, and different. Talk to the owners or builders and see why they opted to do what they did. Then compare notes and see if that those options fit in with your ideas.

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Old 11-07-2017, 11:33 AM
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As a fun exercise, if you did every mod and put in every after market part and piece that somebody thought they had to have, your build would cost more and weigh more. A lot more....

This is especially true of the earlier kits. Back in the day, CS props, FI, AP's and fancy interiors where mods....

I would think with the newer kits, more refinement and more factory options make the stock products "need" or beg for fewer after market "upgrades". However, there are some good points brought up in this thread to get you thinking.
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