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Old 08-02-2019, 10:35 PM
LeonardWestermeyer LeonardWestermeyer is offline
 
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Default Pictures of New Gear Kit

Hi all,

Here’s a link to some photos of the new Nose Gear Kit for the RV-7A. I’ve included photos of all the accessories included, drawings, etc. Also a picture of the parts laid together with the donuts in place.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/q1z8DSJJgxMkHbm1A

There’s a lot more engineering involved here than in the original gear, so the cost begins to be justified.

Hope this helps the undecided.

Leonard Westermeyer
RV-7A “almost” completed.

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Old 08-02-2019, 11:49 PM
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Thank you Leonard!

Very nice looking mount. Anxious to get my hands on mine!

One question- what is the blue (alu?) bolt for?
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Old 08-03-2019, 05:15 AM
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Hi all,

Here’s a link to some photos of the new Nose Gear Kit for the RV-7A. I’ve included photos of all the accessories included, drawings, etc. Also a picture of the parts laid together with the donuts in place.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/q1z8DSJJgxMkHbm1A

There’s a lot more engineering involved here than in the original gear, so the cost begins to be justified.

Hope this helps the undecided.

Leonard Westermeyer
RV-7A “almost” completed.

Gee that's a vast improvement to the weak original design. Top job Vans, they obviously know the A models need 'attention'
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Old 08-03-2019, 07:53 AM
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Hi all,

Here’s a link to some photos of the new Nose Gear Kit for the RV-7A. I’ve included photos of all the accessories included, drawings, etc. Also a picture of the parts laid together with the donuts in place.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/q1z8DSJJgxMkHbm1A

There’s a lot more engineering involved here than in the original gear, so the cost begins to be justified.

Hope this helps the undecided.

Leonard Westermeyer
RV-7A “almost” completed.
Thanks for posting the pics Leonard, there is a lot more parts to it than I thought.
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Old 08-03-2019, 07:54 AM
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Hi all,

Here’s a link to some photos of the new Nose Gear Kit for the RV-7A. I’ve included photos of all the accessories included, drawings, etc. Also a picture of the parts laid together with the donuts in place.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/q1z8DSJJgxMkHbm1A

There’s a lot more engineering involved here than in the original gear, so the cost begins to be justified.

Hope this helps the undecided.

Leonard Westermeyer
RV-7A “almost” completed.
Thanks for posting the pics Leonard, there is a lot more parts to it than I thought.
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Old 08-03-2019, 10:39 AM
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Andy,

I intend to go with the newer solution. The original design was revised at some point to give more clearance to the nose fork. Since you have a low serial number, if you do not yet have the parts for SB 07-11-09 then the upgrade is a no-brainer. A lot of people believe in some of the aftermarket solutions for the original nose gear design, I haven't seen one that I would install.
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Old 08-03-2019, 11:03 PM
LeonardWestermeyer LeonardWestermeyer is offline
 
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Default Axle Improvement on New Nose Gear

In answer to Dan Reed’s question about the blue aluminum part shown in the photos of the new Nose Gear Kit, I have investigated and have some really good news to report!

As you probably know, one of the problems which contributed to the failures of the original Nose Gear was the difficulty in the adjustment of the axle torque. The conical bearings were adjusted with the same bolt which torqued the wheel in the fork. If this bearing torque was incorrect or was affected by a rough landing or uneven landing surfaces, it could cause the bearings to freeze up and provoke the collapse of the gear.

Currently there are two solutions to this problem. One offered by the Anti Splat company for $234 which replaces the conical bearings with sealed ball bearings and includes a spacer between the bearings to permit the axle to be tightened to the fork without affecting the bearing operation.

The other solution is offered by Matco, the manufacturers of the wheel, and for $80 adds an internal axle on which the conical bearings are mounted. The internal axle has an adjustment nut with its own locking mechanism to allow the bearing torque to be adjusted independently from the main axle bolt’s torque on the fork.

The good news is that this Matco solution is included in the new Nose Gear kit!

I will include a link to the old and new C1 drawings where you can see the modification:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/yV2NyjyNVsViJn6p8

Leonard Westermeyer
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Old 08-04-2019, 12:28 AM
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The good news is that this Matco solution is included in the new Nose Gear kit!
The axle assembly shipping with the new nose gear /engine mount is a Van’s designed and manufactured part.
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Old 08-04-2019, 01:32 AM
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Sorry for the misinformation.

It does appear to be a similar solution to the Matco part, although I think it’s probably superior in the design of the locking mechanism.

Anyway, super happy with the solutions which will help us to sleep better!

Leonard Westermeyer
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Old 08-04-2019, 06:15 AM
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My choice for a nose wheel is the Beringer, plus it's tubeless:
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