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Old 04-14-2017, 01:59 AM
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Wink WTB - RV4 - 180hp+ IO360+ CS prop +

Gentlemen! Experience is key & knowledge is king, & some of you may have both so please help me make this decision as I have neither!

If anyone hears or knows of any good strong well built VANS RV4 around for sale with 180 - 200+ hp IO-360+ engine with full inverted fuel & oil system & CS prop & preferable with full dual controls with instruments in the rear cockpit as well. That would be greatly appreciated. I want to buy an RV as soon as possible. Please help me & please help me find a good one.

Thank you for your help on this one! It's who you know not what you know!

Animal
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Old 04-14-2017, 08:20 AM
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With those requirements, you won't be buying an RV4 anytime soon. Not trying to squash your dream, but a full dual control -4 w/rear seat instruments is about as common as a pink elephant.
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Old 04-14-2017, 08:45 AM
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Nothing bad about an O 320.....easier to find
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Old 04-14-2017, 08:57 AM
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Nothing bad about an O 320.....easier to find
Nothing bad at all. In fact the RV-4 was designed with an O-320 in mind. When I was looking at planes and considering the -4, I wanted an [i]O-320 and would not buy a -360.
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Old 04-17-2017, 06:55 AM
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Default flying from the rear sucks

There's zero room for pedals and the view is awful. Are you sure you don't want a Harmon Rocket? That sounds more like what you're looking for.
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Old 04-17-2017, 07:05 AM
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There's zero room for pedals and the view is awful. Are you sure you don't want a Harmon Rocket? That sounds more like what you're looking for.
Or at least a -8
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Old 04-17-2017, 02:05 PM
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That is a very rare bird from what I saw when I was looking. I was after mostly the same setup (but IFR with an IO-320 - CS - Dual).

In the end I found nearly the perfect one (no fuel injection) and have been extremely happy.

For rear controls, you can add them to most that don't have them (I added rear pedals to mine and a throttle - no mixture or pitch though in rear). Passengers feet and pedals will run alongside the pilots legs, so the pilot can't be too large.

For rear instruments, I have a GRT Hx which I was able to add a bluetooth adatper too (USB, easy). This let me install a Samsung tablet in the rear seat that mirrors the VFR instrument information / attitude indicator.


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Gentlemen! Experience is key & knowledge is king, & some of you may have both so please help me make this decision as I have neither!

If anyone hears or knows of any good strong well built VANS RV4 around for sale with 180 - 200+ hp IO-360+ engine with full inverted fuel & oil system & CS prop & preferable with full dual controls with instruments in the rear cockpit as well. That would be greatly appreciated. I want to buy an RV as soon as possible. Please help me & please help me find a good one.

Thank you for your help on this one! It's who you know not what you know!

Animal
(Giles Smith - gsmith@pgm.co.uk)
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Old 04-17-2017, 02:41 PM
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What about the fastback, long gear, leather heated seats, polished aluminum, weighs 918, air conditioner, and power windows?

Since you're asking. ��
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Old 04-17-2017, 02:54 PM
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Thanks for the advice. I guess it's an RV8 then.
Does anyone know of a good 8?
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Old 04-17-2017, 03:23 PM
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Default The obvious question...

Why all those needs?.
I understand the CS(if serious aerobatics are planned), the rear controls - kind of, but the 180-200hp with full rear seat instrumentation is hard for me to grasp in this light and fun airplane to fly.
Not judging, just curious what mission would warrant all this.
Love my O-320, FP, rear stick only RV-4 for going places fast, mostly solo.
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