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Old 02-25-2017, 08:11 PM
BlndRvtr BlndRvtr is offline
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Default SB 16-05-23

How many folks here have had to replace their nose gear fork WD-1203 due to cracks as referenced in SB 16-05-23?

Is there a more durable replacement available?

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Old 02-26-2017, 07:40 AM
TomVal TomVal is offline
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Old 02-26-2017, 10:11 AM
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I'm doing general maintenance on my 12 during the winter months. Just last week I removed the Nose Fork for cleaning / repainting. Fork looks brand new after 200+ hours of operating off rough grass. No indication of cracking - solid design.
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Old 02-26-2017, 09:56 PM
RFSchaller RFSchaller is online now
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Almost 560 hours in 5 years and mine is fine. Just a thought: the recommended takeoff method is to get the nose wheel clear of the ground early. Wheel barrowing might be a contributor. Out of balance vibration might also contribute to cracking. All I am really sure about is that I get the nose wheel clear of the ground as soon as possible on takeoff and keep the nose wheel balanced --- and mine isn't cracked.
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