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Old 05-07-2017, 11:26 AM
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Default Modification Suggestions

Looking for a good list of modification suggestions for the 10. Just received the tail kit and will be ordering the QB Wings and Fuselage. I know I want to add rudder trim, some people posting about the dual motors for elevator trim, better locks on the doors, etc. Basically looking for a list of mods to consider before that part gets built a certain way, like the rudder. It's easier to add in the trim before riveting that skin on. All 10 mods appreciated, not just for the empennage. I like to plan ahead. Appreciate all suggestions. Thanks.
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Old 05-07-2017, 11:51 AM
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This is going to be an exhaustive thread!

There are many mods, for sure. I will have to say that each mod you make will increase the build time, possibly by a lot.

That being said, I opted for several. I did th ER fuel tanks, planearound third door latch (which should be mandatory), showplanes cowl and induction, aerosport overhead console, EFII dual system aerosport vent valvle and NAca vents...just to start....
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Old 05-07-2017, 12:28 PM
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Check out Tim Olson's page. He has an extensive list of suggested improvements and options.

http://www.myrv10.com
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Old 05-07-2017, 02:28 PM
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Plane Around center door latch, and wheel pants mount spacer. I consider these two option to fall into the "Safety" side of things, not just something nice to have.

Rudder trim.

Matco front axle.

Door pull down straps.

Front shoulder harness hanger on ceiling.

Split tunnel front top cover, and tunnel side access hatches.

No fancy paint job on lower half of wheel pants.

Rudder pedal long bolts, master cylinder return springs.

Good luck with your build
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Old 05-07-2017, 06:07 PM
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Matco Brakes!

Step tube bushings

Trim cable mounts

Cee Bailey windows

Gear leg stiffeners
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Old 05-07-2017, 06:52 PM
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Here's my 2 cents:
Highly recommended--MATCO nose wheel NW511.25, MATCO front axel,machined main gear axel extensions, PlaneAround main gear fairing spacer brackets, and PlaneAround center door latch.

IMO everything else is a "nice to have" and really gets into the subjective taste of the individual builder (and I have plenty of mods). IOW almost all of the potential mods are not necessary despite the passion that some builders attach to them. There's nothing wrong with these mods, it's just they aren't essential to building a nice RV.
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Old 05-07-2017, 06:57 PM
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Probably the only mod I consider required is the machined main gear axle extender. Lots of the other mods are nice to have, but I don't consider them required. The Matco nose wheel mods are nice, the center door latch is nice, etc, but I don't consider them safety of flight issues as some do.

The bottom cowl lower hinges are easy to replace with 063" aluminum plates with either Camlock type fasteners or screws and nutplates.
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Old 05-07-2017, 07:14 PM
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Probably the only mod I consider required is the machined main gear axle extender. Lots of the other mods are nice to have, but I don't consider them required. .
Another option it to send the main gear fairing back to Van's for credit and buy the fairings from James Aircraft. It takes a little work to fit them up but the eliminate the "wide body" issue that requires the extender. Considering they are still full recovery pants but with less frontal area, I assume there is some drag reduction.

Of interest, I hear third hand rumor that Van's is not happy with the wheel pant extension either - and that they might go to a different design. Others might have a better pipe than I into the Van's rumor mill.

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Old 05-08-2017, 06:02 AM
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Instead of buying premachined wheel pant supports I made mine out of aluminum hex bar like this

https://www.mcmaster.com/#aluminum-hex-bars/=17jah7e

I do not remember the exact size (around 1 inch) but all I did was cut to length, drill, tap.
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Old 05-08-2017, 10:19 AM
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Default Great ideas

Great ideas, thank you and keep them coming. I am making my list. At this point, I'm not 100% sure what some of them are, but I'll get there. Thank you for your input. Doesn't have to be mission critical. I added headset holders in my 14 like Van's did. Stupid little thing, but I really like having them there out of the way when not using them and out of sight.
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