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Old 04-03-2017, 12:52 AM
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Hi Adrian,

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Old 04-03-2017, 09:13 AM
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You might want to ad in there that sagging engine mounts are something to check into on inspection as well.
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Old 05-01-2017, 09:01 PM
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Trying to find a decent RV4 to my liking is like trying to find a needle in a stack of needles:-(
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Old 05-02-2017, 06:16 AM
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Have you ever thought of building one? I built mine to what I wanted- roll bar back 2", 200hp, and a whirlwind 3 blade prop. It's relatively light, if I'm light it can do 4,000 rpm on take off, I enter a tight downwind at 150 kts pull the power and make a sweeping 180 turn to the runway and always make the first taxiway.
Absolutely amazing performance.
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Old 05-02-2017, 06:01 PM
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Have you ever thought of building one? I built mine to what I wanted- roll bar back 2", 200hp, and a whirlwind 3 blade prop. It's relatively light, if I'm light it can do 4,000 rpm on take off, I enter a tight downwind at 150 kts pull the power and make a sweeping 180 turn to the runway and always make the first taxiway.
Absolutely amazing performance.
4000RPM? Wow that's some race engine you have, what type is that as no Lyc will reach that figure?:-)
I don't want to build one I want to fly one, am too old now to start such a project & doing so down under would be an expensive undertaking!
After chatting to various RV4 owners the 160HP fixed pitch seems to be the go as it's lighter, better endurance & simpler to maintain, may have to look into that combo now.

Just out of curiosity can the instrument panel be pushed further back? When I sat in one it seemed right in my face
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Old 05-02-2017, 06:04 PM
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4000RPM? Wow that's some race engine you have.............
Suspect he meant FPM, not RPM
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Old 05-02-2017, 09:32 PM
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The instrument panel cannot be adjusted fore or aft. The canopy sits on it, and if you move it in either direction it will affect where the canopy sits. I'm 6'2", and the panel is in a nice position for me. And it was FPM, not RPM, though I do run it at 2750 rpm. It makes a noticeable difference in performance.
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Old 05-02-2017, 09:33 PM
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Buy one to fly, and build one at the same time. It is a lot of fun to build one. I still find myself staring at the plane for ten minutes before I leave the hangar. It is amazing that I built it, and that it flies.
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Old 05-02-2017, 11:08 PM
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If I where younger I would have built one but am not able to these days, don't have the room for one thing, too many toys as it is:-)
I appreciate you guys passing on info about the 4, thanks I'm learning fast that the 4 can't carry much with full gas & if it's got any heavy iron up front. I hear an 8 is better in that area but not as sweet in handling compared to the lighter 4, such a conundrum:-):-)

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Old 05-03-2017, 02:53 PM
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I set my gross weight to 1750 pounds, and have flown it that heavy, and it goes great. I'm not doing aerobatics at that weight, but it still outperforms the spam cans easy enough.
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