Originally Posted by Aussieflyer
The starter motor on the stock Vans IO 390 can hardly turn the engine through the first compression, after that its OK.
I hear this a lot, but I have never had an issue with the stock starter. I now have well over 200 starts without an issue with either the starter or the battery (which also seems to come in for criticism).
I see it's lighter weight as a pluss.
I did go with aluminum air vents.
As far as pitot installation during wing build, it depends on which type of pitot heat. Add the mast at build time, but if you are going to add pitot heat with the control unit, you do need to plan on how you will mount the control unit. I went with Garmin's heated pitot without the control unit so it was simple to install and wire up to the installed mast. I provisioned for the wiring at wing build time as well.