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Old 08-10-2017, 12:49 PM
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has anyone done a conversion of an RV8 to RV8A? I am interested in the cost and time to do the conversion. My RV8 is complete.

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Old 08-10-2017, 01:22 PM
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While I would assume it could be done given enough time and money, I suspect you will not be happy with the results.

Consider purchase of a RV-8A quickbuild fusleage, and then just the finish kit parts that you cannot use from the RV-8 (engine mount, gear legs, etc.). Obviously your current wings, empennage, engine, panel and such can be carried over.

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Old 08-10-2017, 01:45 PM
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Or just pay a grand to a darned good instructor and keep the little wheel where is should be...
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Old 08-10-2017, 03:58 PM
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I like Mikes idea. Budget a $1000 bucks to fly with an instructor and once you get a 100 hours TT or so(maybe not all with him/her), you should be happy with the little wheel in the back. Plus you will have learned a lot of other good stuff too.
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Old 08-10-2017, 05:24 PM
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Or just pay a grand to a darned good instructor and keep the little wheel where is should be...
I agree.

Besides, the RV-8 is the TriPacer of the RV fleet.
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Old 08-10-2017, 07:09 PM
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Mike has the best idea.
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Old 08-10-2017, 07:10 PM
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Mike has the best idea.
Unfortunately, that does not address the question the OP is asking.
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:18 PM
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Unfortunately, that does not address the question the OP is asking.
No, but I suspect that anyone who did do the conversion, having 20/20 hindsight would have done just what was proposed in Post #2.
....or.....
Sell the RV-8 and buy a RV-8A. Pocket the considerable difference!
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:36 PM
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No, but I suspect that anyone who did do the conversion, having 20/20 hindsight would have done just what was proposed in Post #2.
....or.....
Sell the RV-8 and buy a RV-8A. Pocket the considerable difference!
Ron,

You didn't understand my post. I agree, Post #2 was helpful, as was yours. My post referred to the posts telling him to keep the TW version and just get training. That is not what the OP asked and those responses were not helpful.
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:58 PM
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Unlike the 6 or 7 or 9 the Rv8 and the RV8A are totally different from each other forward of the main wing carry through. I do not think it's a viable option. 8 has gear towers and the 8A is similar to the side by side. Just looking at how different they are may answer your question?
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