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Old 10-13-2018, 08:43 PM
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Default Subpanel on a 6 tip-up structural?

Hi all, about to cut the subpanel almost in the middle of the subpanel and wanted to know if itís structural? There is a bracket that hold the 2 subpanel as together.

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Old 10-14-2018, 10:52 AM
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If you're referring to the panel that is riveted to the top skin, and has longitudinal ribs riveted to it that extend forward to the firewall, yes, it is structural.
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Old 10-14-2018, 03:25 PM
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Hi all, about to cut the subpanel almost in the middle of the subpanel and wanted to know if itís structural? There is a bracket that hold the 2 subpanel as together.

Thanks,
D
It depends on how and where you are going to cut it. Sketch up the cuts and send them to Van's for their OK.

Properly reinforced, you can cut good sized chunk out of the center.
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Old 11-04-2018, 08:48 PM
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I am cutting right where the brace is for the canopy jettison mechanism. I donít have the mechanism anymore but th brace worries me.
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Old 11-05-2018, 08:51 AM
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As @gasman suggested... Make a sketch showing where you want to cut (maybe photocopy the plans and mark up the page showing the piece), and send it to Van's and ask their opinion. They will guide you.
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Old 11-05-2018, 08:58 AM
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On my -6A I found that the sub-panel would lie flat even before parts were cut out of it. The parts just were not very flat as shipped.

A 3/4 by 1/16 angle riveted on top of the lower flange helped to keep things square.
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