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Old 03-16-2020, 01:01 PM
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Default Quick drain oil plug

For those that have put a quick drain on an IO-390... Love it, hate it? Which one did you use?

I got 92 hours on my plane and itís about time for condition inspection #1. Plus I havenít spent any money at ACS in at least 2 months. Iím overdue.
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Old 03-16-2020, 01:43 PM
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Love it. Really worth it, makes oil changes a breeze.

Be sure to put it on front left port on the IO-390 (don't try to install it on the back). Assuming you're FF is by the book, it will clear everything there.

I got this one, nice quality and installs in about a minute:

https://shop.vansaircraft.com/cgi-bi...duct=oil-drain

Note that if you don't let the oil drain completely out and close the valve you'll get a false impression it's leaking. In these cases, I used a q-tip to get any excess out of the tip after closing, but it's not an issue if you give it plenty of time to drain empty.
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Old 03-16-2020, 02:21 PM
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Very much a worthwhile thing to have. I have a feeling that this $10 part is $81 because the liability insurance is astronomical, and they donít sell that many of them, and it will last you forever. You may have to replace an O-ring far into the future, but thatís only a nickel.
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Old 03-16-2020, 03:07 PM
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Here's another option: http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...d.php?t=177598

I have one but have not yet installed it. I will do it on the next change I guess.
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Old 03-16-2020, 05:48 PM
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I like mine - left front....
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Old 03-16-2020, 06:20 PM
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Support Saf-air if you can. They stand behind their products. I mentioned that mine came with a small nick that I had to dress to stem a minuscule drip (while visiting their booth at OSH). The owner (canít recall his name) handed me a new one. Instant customer for life.
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Old 03-16-2020, 07:14 PM
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I should have specified which type plug, not which drain hole. My bad. Also, for the conventional gear -14 the front left drain is really the only choice for normal oil changes.

The one Vans sells looks just like the Saf-Air sold by another common seller and itís $10 less. The Fumoto T202N can be found for around $35 but it doesnít have the cool-looking anodized coating. More shopping to do I guess...
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Old 03-17-2020, 07:12 AM
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I have the Saf-Air and it works great, put a length of hose over it when you drain and the mess goes right into your container.
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Old 03-17-2020, 07:52 AM
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The quick drain on the Rocket is on the left front. Do most of you lift the tail during a oil change or does sump design make that unnecessary?
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Old 03-17-2020, 09:21 AM
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Thanks all. Yes, left front and I lift the tail to get as much out as possible. This time Iíll be able to use my tail lift and save my back
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