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Old 09-15-2019, 09:19 AM
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Default Curing a slow and hot Rocket: CHTs

I've recently picked up an early SN Harmon Rocket 2 and as is always the case, "new to me" airplanes always end up slower, thirstier, and hotter than the rest of the fleet. I'll be spending the next few months, or years, taking her from what she is, to what she should be. In order not to flood this thread with too many variables, I'll make multiple threads with known issues.

Currently CHTs are quite limiting and I think some of that may be instrumentation (MGL iEFIS), some is the poor baffle sealing, and some is the very limited exit area. I'm running down a bunch of possibilities in the instrumentation department, and we've spend a bunch of time and a few tubes of red RTV sealing up the obvious leaks. As for the cowling exit, the lower cowling is nearly flush with the bottom of the fuselage. I'll try and attach some pictures.

Are/were the factory HR2 cowlings nearly flush, or did they have something more similar to other RVs with a 4" or so deep "tunnel" to duct the air out?

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Old 09-15-2019, 04:33 PM
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which Rocket did you buy?
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Old 09-15-2019, 06:09 PM
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Default Exit area.

I have seen some rockets with larger inlets, but for most the stock size is big enough. Smoothing out the exit airflow seems to be very effective mine has a fairing on the firewall and motor mount to help the air turn the corner as it exits the cowling.
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Old 09-15-2019, 06:18 PM
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which Rocket did you buy?

N86WR, SN 011 Its a beautiful plane that just needs a little TLC to bring her up to speed.

She had a large piece of flattened out hose clamped in between the exhaust stacks right about where the air exits the cowling. I removed that and trimmed a tiny bit of uneven material from the trailing edge of the lower cowling today. It will be tomorrow before I get any real numbers, but it sure seems to have helped a good bit. I'm guessing that the flattened hose represented about 9 square inches of obstructed exit area. Is there any need to tie the exhaust stacks together?

On another note, the LH upper landing gear intersection fairing has seen better days. It looks like a homeless place kicker used it for a shoe for the entire 2018 season. It really sticks out since its just about the only thing on the plane that isn't really nice. The crankcase vent exits flush with the belly at the left gear leg and I see where it is sucking oil all the way down the outboard side of the gear leg, so I'm guessing that it has the airflow really jacked up in that area. Does Mr. Harmon still supply these fairings?

All of the gear leg fairings are split in the rear to facilitate removal, but when installed, the gaps are unacceptably large. Are there any tricks to neatly pull them together?

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Old 09-15-2019, 06:49 PM
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I have seen some rockets with larger inlets, but for most the stock size is big enough. Smoothing out the exit airflow seems to be very effective mine has a fairing on the firewall and motor mount to help the air turn the corner as it exits the cowling.
Did you cover and smooth the area around the lower engine mount cross bar? I'd love to see some pics of that if you have them available.
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Old 09-16-2019, 05:41 PM
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The two most effective mods to improve cooling are to smooth out the top side of each inlet on the inside of the cowl and to add a plenum. There is plenty of air coming in, itís just that too much of it is escaping.

It has been my experience that none of the outlet mods are needed once you redirect the inlet flow.
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Old 09-16-2019, 07:34 PM
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Come over to BQ1 for lunch tomorrow about noon and we can have two Rockets there! I am working on my temps also. Test flight to lunch for BBQ!
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Old 09-16-2019, 09:07 PM
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Come over to BQ1 for lunch tomorrow about noon and we can have two Rockets there! I am working on my temps also. Test flight to lunch for BBQ!
George
Durn, Iíd love to fly over there and check out your rocket, unfortunately Hurricane Dorian has us way behind at work. Maybe I can catch up with you some time in the near future. BQ1 is awesome by the way.
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Old 09-17-2019, 01:53 PM
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What Randy said, plus the stuff on this page:

http://vincesrocket.com/Additions%20...2010-27-04.htm

Scroll down to the "Summer heating woes" section.
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Old 09-20-2019, 09:13 PM
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