Matt's RV-6 Project



Matt Dralle's RV-6 Project
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Date:  5-27-2013
Number of Hours:  1.00
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Brief Description:  Tailwheel Assembly Upgrade - Part 01

I upgraded the tail wheel assembly on The Flyer last weekend and installed a new spring, fork, wheel, control arm, and upgraded to a single spring push rod, replacing the original dual springs and chains. The original tail wheel appeared to have been mis-drilled at a slight angle which caused the tire to wear at an angle which could have also been caused by the single arm/axle arrangement I suppose. In any case, steering The Flyer was somewhat of a suggestion rather than a positive decision so I decided to upgrade the whole thing. Once I got in and started looking at what I had to do, it became obvious that I was going to have to remove the horizontal and vertical stabilizers to be able to have the access I needed to drill the hole for the replacement tail spring. Nothing is easy, it seems. Anyway, the installation came out great, and I can't believe how much BETTER the plane steers with the semi-ridge control rod! Wow! Amazing. I also like the looks of the traditional Van's fork and the tail rides a little bit lower now giving the plane a bit more rake which I like too.
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Tailwheel Upgrade

Tailwheel Upgrade

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Tailwheel Upgrade

Tailwheel Upgrade

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Tailwheel Upgrade

Tailwheel Upgrade

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