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Old 03-11-2018, 06:46 PM
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Default Alternative starters with "snorkel" inlet?

The RV-8 I purchased has the "snorkel" inlet and cowl.
The previous owner souped-up the angle valve IO-360-A1B6
with 10+:1 pistons and the little SkyTec 149-12LS starter is
really hard-pressed to turn it over. The recent replacement
starter (shiny case) has actually made it worse.

I would like to get a higher torque starter, so I was wondering
if anyone has had success in fitting the E-drive starter (current
part #ELZ-8021), the NL starter (current part #149-NLR) or
the HT starter (current part #149-12HTL) to an -8 with the
snorkel inlet & cowl.

It's hard to tell from the pix on the SkyTec web page which
would work at all and how much rework to the inlet would be
required for each. Comments on any & all appreciated.

Andy Elliott, CFI, RV-8, N303RV
Flight Reviews, Dynamic Prop Balancing
KFFZ, Mesa, AZ
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Old 03-11-2018, 07:04 PM
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Bite the bullet, modify your snorkel and install the B and C.

I did it and am thrilled to bits!

You will be too.

RV-7 Flying - 700 Hours in 3 Years!
TMX-IO-360, G3i ignition & G3X with VP-X
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Old 03-11-2018, 09:29 PM
Chkaharyer99 Chkaharyer99 is offline
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I replaced a broken Skytec Lightweight starter on my RV-8 (IO-360) with the B&C starter.

In my case it wasn't a drop in, no hassel, replacement. I had to modify the snorkel to accomodate the offset of the B&C. I also required a mixture lever with a greater offset in order to clear the starter. The Bendix FI and B&C are an interference fit. They nestled tightly together requiring some slight modification.

The B&C spins the prop on the first attempt and spins it faster than the SkyTec it replaced. The SkyTec often required 2-3 bumps before it would even turn the prop.

No weight benefit in my case. I think I gained a pound. For me it was worth it.

Call B&C. I think you'll be impressed with their customer service. I am.
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Old 03-12-2018, 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by N729LS View Post

I would like to get a higher torque starter,

How about a different approach. An EarthX Lithium Iron battery has about 20% higher voltage to the starter. It made my starter problems disappear and saved 10 pounds in the process.
John Morgensen
RV-9A N946PM 500+ hours since 2013
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