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Old 08-10-2017, 10:09 PM
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not sure about the 8 but I have seen it done and provided some assistance to convert a 7 to 7A. it required new engine mount, new gear and gear brackets for the mains. some adjustment of the cowl to spinner interface was required and some cowl fiberglass patches where the gear penetrated. it's a tight work space to drill the main gear brackets but doable. upside was 1/3 cost for insurance for an 7A model and easy landings.
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Old 08-10-2017, 10:21 PM
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Major big job. Easy landings in the 8 to. After just a short while, insurance costs are about the same.
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Larco View Post
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?
All true.

The 8A has gear system similar to other RV's. The 8 is totally different, it would be major task to change it.
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Old 08-11-2017, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by bubba View Post
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.


I did a search on Google and found these Vans Air force threads that are related to your question. I hope you find them helpful.

"Converting RV-8A to 8":

"8A to 8 Conversion":

"RV-8A to -8 Tailwheel conversion:"
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