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