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Old 10-06-2019, 08:22 PM
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Retrofitting a RV-12IS fuel tank into an RV-12. Any one thought about it or done it? How difficult and what is involved in removal and replacement?
Extremely Hard to do. I wouldn't recommend it unless you are a skilled builder. If you are interested in all the cool mods on the 12IS I would recommend buying one of those. There are many High schools building New RV12IS's with good supervision that are fine aircraft. Their prices are very competitive.
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Old 10-07-2019, 05:22 AM
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a year before the new tank came out I built a26 gallon tank that fits transverse. can be completely disconnected in 30 minutes and be removed without any more disassembly. it also took a year to build from plywood mock up, finding a capable sheet metal brake, a qualified welder and all the rest that went along with it. it was a project but if I could do it most could.
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Old 10-07-2019, 08:57 AM
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Additionally......

Any different fuel tank design should have design engineering and static or dynamic load testing done, to confirm the integrity of the tank in typical crash scenarios.

The RV-12ULS and iS fuel tank designs have both had testing done to simulate 20 G crash loads.
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Old 10-07-2019, 11:06 AM
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a year before the new tank came out I built a26 gallon tank that fits transverse. can be completely disconnected in 30 minutes and be removed without any more disassembly. it also took a year to build from plywood mock up, finding a capable sheet metal brake, a qualified welder and all the rest that went along with it. it was a project but if I could do it most could.
Have any pics of your tank and its install?
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Old 04-05-2020, 08:50 AM
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Have first four kits legacy 12, building ELSA, working on wings. Looking ahead, would like to upgrade 12 kit with 12iS improvements when possible. On board with ‘last five’ - questioning second landing light option. Understand load issue with ULS but considering for wig-wag operation. And based on nighttime Cessna left wing light experience and seemingly always turning right onto taxiway/runway, how about switching setup with option to also use right light or left light individually? Setup option possible/reasonable - anybody done similar second landing light mods on 12? Advice appreciated.
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Old 04-05-2020, 05:06 PM
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I installed the cockpit handle on the panel using Van's parts. It was pretty simple. It makes getting in and out of the airplane much easier. I highly recommend it.
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