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Old 05-14-2016, 04:58 PM
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Man, y'all make this sound so complicated! In 1260-ish hours and lotsa oil changes I've never had help or a contraption to drop the lower cowling by myself. Screws at the bottom, pins on the sides; screws out, pull the pins, lower the cowling and pull forward with just two hands, easy peasy, no scratches.
John Bixby
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New Waverly, TX

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Old 05-14-2016, 06:08 PM
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I have a 7A and agree with John in the previous post. I do find it easiest to remove by myself. (Every time someone tries to help it just makes it harder.)

First I fold back and tape all the associated rubber baffling to keep it from catching anywhere. Then I stand on a chair in front and sort of lean over the spinner so I can spread the lower cowl in order to clear the side firewall hinges. Once the hinges are clear I just move it down (back low) until it clears the spinner. Then I just slide it out the front.
Jeff Bloomquist
Sumner, WA

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Old 05-15-2016, 10:38 AM
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Location: Mahomet, Illinois
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I'm guessing that the tail-dragger guys who expound on how easy the lower cowl removal installation is, have likely never tried the same tasks on a nose-dragger. I've done both, and the latter is MUCH more challenging.
Terry Ruprecht
RV-9A Tip-up; IO-320 D2A
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Old 06-30-2017, 01:51 PM
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Location: Fayetteville, GA
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If you have Skybolt fasteners on the firewall then this method will work. I use copper clecos in the Skybolt fasteners.

Tommy Turner
Fayetteville GA
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Old 06-30-2017, 07:39 PM
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Works well

Ron Townson
Okanagan Valley BC, Canada
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