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Old 03-23-2017, 05:07 PM
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I had been "about to" do this for years, and finally got around to it today. Especially during build, this piece gets pressure on it and bends down, then you bend it back up - over and over again! Easy, cheap fix, I would recommend everyone do it![IMG][/IMG]
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Old 03-23-2017, 05:29 PM
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I had been "about to" do this for years, and finally got around to it today. Especially during build, this piece gets pressure on it and bends down, then you bend it back up - over and over again! Easy, cheap fix, I would recommend everyone do it![IMG][/IMG]
I do not get why it is needed?
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Old 03-23-2017, 05:38 PM
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I do not get why it is needed?
For those of us who crawl into our planes😎
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Old 03-23-2017, 05:58 PM
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Especially for us that are so old we are not graceful getting in or out!
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Old 03-23-2017, 09:17 PM
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I like that Don! Thanks for posting.

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Old 03-23-2017, 10:02 PM
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I did exactly the same thing and it is much stronger and no more bending. Vans should evaluate making this change.
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Old 03-24-2017, 11:29 AM
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One time I was off balance while standing on the passenger step. I grabbed hold of F-1254-R and bent it. To prevent that from happening again, I riveted a 7" long channel to the underside of F-1254-R. The channel is not visible unless you put your head on the seat and look up. All that is visible are 6 rivets on the top surface of F-1254-R. The advantages of my fix are no compound curves, no exposed sheet metal edges, and no worry about minimum distance between rivet holes and edge of F-1254-R.
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Old 03-25-2017, 01:52 AM
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my reinforcement pieces were cut and drilled 6 months ago. haven't been put in yet.
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Old 03-25-2017, 08:42 AM
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I agree that this brace is a very useful addition to the RV-12 cockpit structure -- I installed it immediately following my A/W cert inspection. Simple to make and install. The only down-side is future access regarding the canopy's plastic guides on the rail should the guides become worn or loose (unlikely IMHO).
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Old 03-25-2017, 09:21 AM
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I installed one a long time ago. Mine's about half as long as Don's but works very well. This is something that Vans should incorporate in the kit.
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