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Old 11-12-2017, 05:45 PM
tdk tdk is offline
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Default Flap rod installation

Is there any reason I should not reverse the bolts holding the upper flap rod bearing to the flap bar weldment?

The plans show the bolt head on the outboard side, but I don't have enough room to install the bolt through the bearing. If I unbolt the weldment and install the upper bearing, I am unable to align and insert the stud on the lower bearing into the flap.

Reversing the bolt allows much easier adjustment of the flap rod length, and there seems to be plenty of clearance to the fuselage side skin. I suppose the nut could more easily hang up on the rudder cable, but I plan to make a small bracket on the baggage cover to keep the two separate.
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Old 11-12-2017, 06:14 PM
gasman gasman is offline
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If I recall, mine is installed as you have requested with the nut outboard. I do also have a J bracket on the side panel to keep the rudder cable in place. Mine is a 6A.

When you make your J brackets, bend enough tension on the leg so it will definitely contact the side skin with a little pressure.
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Old 11-12-2017, 06:29 PM
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Default Bolt head inboard

I installed mine with the bolt heads inboard. I remove the bolts every conditional inspection and release the flaps to inspect the flap hinge and rear spar. Didn't see a good reason to jump through extra steps to remove the nylon blocks/bolts just to get the bolt out or untreading the rodend if the bolts were installed per plans.
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Old 11-13-2017, 06:39 AM
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There was one guy here that had his rudder cable snagged by this bolt, the nuts go inward, unless you capture the cable like mentioned above. yes, I too had to remove the weldment to install correctly
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Old 11-14-2017, 09:37 AM
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I installed mine with the nut inboard too. I want the record to show that I did it in protest. It seems to me if I have to do work on one flap I run the risk of doing more harm than good taking the entire weldment out.
Gil Brice
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