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Old 11-17-2016, 06:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Tony_T View Post
The SV Autopilot harness is replaced when you install the Knobs Kit. The new harness comes in the kit. However, I don't think it is long enough to reach the right panel where you want to install the modules. You could extend it assuming you are handy with wiring. If your plane has the conversion harnesses, that complicates it I think. The modules are not supposed to be compatible with the D-180/SV conversion harnesses but there are a few that have put them in successfully.
I have the conversion harness. It was pretty straightforward.
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Old 11-17-2016, 11:41 PM
PMLviator PMLviator is offline
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So the trim function of the AP panel works in either advanced or simple AP mode. But will the "level" button work in simple AP mode ?
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Old 02-11-2018, 07:59 PM
ben barron ben barron is offline
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Cool Autopilot knob kit...avionics cover removal

I followed the advice of the above, saved up and just purchased the Van's Autopilot knob kit. It will be here next week. Do I need to remove the avionic cover? (I really don't want to no leaks now...)
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Old 02-12-2018, 08:33 AM
John-G John-G is offline
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Ben- It is like most things ... if there is a will there is a way. That said, I think you could perform the necessary steps if you are really careful and have lots patience. However, my vote is make it easier on yourself, bite the bullet and remove the skin covering the avionics bay.

There is a connector that needs to have pins removed/inserted which may be tougher to access and you will be able to do a much better job of dealing with the metal chips if you need to cut the panel yourself.

Also, if memory serves me correctly, the wires for the AP module also go to the AV-50000A interconnect module so you will likely need to remove the SkyView for access so that connector can be installed.
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